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Americans

Americans

By Charles Dana Gibson. New York: R. H. Russell, 1900.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Charles Gibson (1867-1944) is one of the best known illustrators of the Gilded Age primarily due to his creation, the Gibson Girl. As an illustrator he became talented in depicting relationships between men and women and submitted illustrations to such magazines as Harper's Weekly, Life, and Harper's Monthly. In 1890 he introduced a modernized beautiful female character with upswept hair, fashionable clothes, and imbued with independence and glamor. The Gibson Girl attained nationwide celebrity and had songs and plays written about her. Even today, her name is... Read More
Awareness of Love

Awareness of Love

By Rafael F. Squirru. [Washington: H.K. Press, 1966].
Adoption Amount: $3,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Born in Chile, but settling in the United States in the mid-1960s, Juan Downey explored many different art media. Although he became primarily known for his video art, he also created in other media, including painting, installations, and printmaking. Early in his career he studied in Santiago, Spain and then Paris, France where he focused on printmaking and painting. His early work already shows his interest in energy and concerns with navigating his Latin American heritage with his adopted home and ideals. He is now recognized as one of the earliest adopters of video art which... Read More
"Color Problems" cover

Color Problems: A Practical Manual

By Emily Noyes Vanderpoel. New York, : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902.
Adoption Amount: $475   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Emily Noyes Vanderpoel was a painter who worked in watercolors and oils, and thus her understanding knowledge of color theory lends a generous hand to the text of this book. Intended to be consumed by designers, decorators, lithographers, and artists, this manual on color theory addresses the basic principles of color theory, color problems, and color harmonies. This first edition has 117 vivid color plates allow the reader to fully understand the concepts and harmonies addressed in the text of the book. The true highlight of this book, however, is the existence of the original color... Read More
Heirlooms in Miniatures, cover.

Heirlooms in Miniatures

By Anne Hollingsworth Wharton. Philadelphia, : J.B. Lippincott Company, 1898.
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Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Published in 1898, "Heirlooms in Miniatures" features reproductions of illustrations of the “best examples of colonial, revolutionary, and modern miniature painters." Attempting to document the lives and work of the preeminent American artists of the time, it features notes from the author of incorrectly marked portraits and fun facts that add a taste of personality to the informative biographies of the artists and subjects. This edition‘s mustard-yellow cover is ornately decorated with gold borders and designs of palm trees, bows, and rose bouquets to surround and emphasize the... Read More
Cover of Maya Angelou: The Iconic Self

Maya Angelou: The Iconic Self

By Mary Jane Lupton. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2016.
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Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) is best remembered as a prominent African American poet and civil rights activist. But she was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, and was the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards as well as the Mother Teresa Award, showing her wide range of talents. Her famous works include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which was her first autobiography at age 17, and also the related poem, The Heart of a Woman, which was critically acclaimed as it continued the theme of a strong woman who will not be put down or tamed... Read More
Cover, On Booze.

On Booze

By Jack Goodwin [poems] and Knute Stiles [drawings]. Berkeley, CA: Duck Press, 1975.
Adoption Amount: $2,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

A fitting collaboration for two fixtures of San Francisco’s Beat scene, On Booze is a collection of poems on individual spirits and cocktails accompanied by line drawings of faces. This limited first edition volume from 1975 is signed by the artist, Knute Stiles (1923-2009), a Black Mountain College painter, art critic, and bartender at legendary Beat Generation hangout and performance space "The Place". Composer Jack Goodwin (1920-1991), best known for his satirical Beat opera The Pizza Pusher, “has illustrated these drawings with his poems.” Printed on multicolored... Read More
One Way Ticket

One Way Ticket

By Langston Hughes; illustrated by Jacob Lawrence. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1949.
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Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) is arguably the most famous poet of the Harlem Renaissance and Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) is among the most famous artists from this movement. This book is a collaboration of two great African American masters with Lawrence illustrating themes of the poems. The book is signed by both Hughes and Lawrence to Edith Halpert a New York City art dealer who showcased many important modern American artists including Lawrence. Read More
Phrenological Illustrations

Phrenological Illustrations

By George Cruikshank. London: The Author, 1830.
Adoption Amount: $790   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Phrenological Illustrations is a 19th-century satirical work by British artist and caricaturist George Cruikshank that pokes fun at the “science” of phrenology, the pseudo-science in which one analyzed the shape and features of the human skull to explain behavior and personality. Read More
Spiral, cover

Spiral

By Spiral (Group of artists). New York : Spiral Collective, 1965.
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Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

In the lead up to 1963’s March on Washington, several of the decade’s most prominent African American artists joined together in a collective called Spiral. Their efforts culminated in a two-day exhibition in June of 1965. This catalogue is the record of that exhibition; it features an illustrated checklist with works from Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and more, as well as a complete list of the collective’s members. This small pamphlet is held in only two other libraries in the world, but stands as an important record of an ephemeral activity in the fight for Civil Rights in the 1960s. Read More
The "elephantine agriculture" of P.T. Barnum.

Struggles and Triumphs, or, Forty years' Recollections of P. T. Barnum

By P. T. Barnum. New York: American News Company, 1871.
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Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Written by Phineas T. Barnum himself, this 1871 edition of his ongoing autobiography features both sketches and stories from his adventures as a showman and novice circus owner. The final adventure in Chapter 48 involves a meeting with Brigham Young along with one of his children named Barnum, and some playful banter about bringing Young in as an “attraction.” Barnum had just started off his circus career in 1870 after stints in the museum industry, and his autobiography went through several iterations, with new and changed stories. One edition was even said to have been given out... Read More

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