Right as you walk into the Iowa City Library, there’s a display of new books, and we hope you’ll take the time to look them over next time you stop by. I was struck by three new visual art books, and wanted to share them with you…but first a quick reminder. If you ever see a book in the library catalog that’s in a different location than you are (so if you’re in Iowa City, and a book you’d like is in Cedar Rapids, or vice versa), the library will be transfer the book to your location, usually by the next day. Ask a librarian for more information!
Now on to the latest art-book eye-candy:
Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye by Gilles Mora and John T. Hill
Location: Iowa City Library Call Number: 779.092 E92mh
Walker Evans is the American-born photographer most well-known for his pictures of the Great Depression. The book features a great deal of the images Evans made from 1927 to 1975 – images of New York, Cuba, the American South, Florida, workers in various industries, Chicago, and more abstract images of signs, graffiti, landscapes, and interesting visual repetitions. I wasn’t aware of Walker’s photographs in color, and so found the small selection at the back of the book showing images not in black and white particularly interesting.
Though analytical and biographical text accompanies parts of the book, many of the images stand alone or are juxtaposed with other images that allow the reader to see the depth and breadth of Evan’s photographic vision. The book is an interesting portrait of a man, his times, and his work.
Paul Cezanne by Philippe Cros
Location: Iowa City Library Call Number: 759.4 C425cr
This is a large-format, paperback book of rich color images that traces Paul Cezanne’s career (as the chapters are divided) from Aix to Paris, through Cezanne’s exposure to Impressionism, his maturing artistically, and the subsequent recognition his work has received. An ideal book for any art student or art appreciator interested in learning more about the famous French post-impressionist.
Henry Darger by Klaus Biesenbach
Location: Iowa City Library Call Number: 700.92 D217b
Henry Darger is sometimes known as an “outsider” artist who made images of richly imagined fantasy worlds. Darger was a custodian who lived in Chicago until he died in 1973. This new, hardback book is large, with lateral fold-outs of some of Darger’s larger works – the printing is brilliant with sharp colors and a great deal of the book devoted to letting Darger’s work speak for itself.
We hope to see you in the library soon!
–Nicole Forsythe, Reference Librarian