Row of book spines of recent CMOA publications.

Museum Publications

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939

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World’s fairs were the most important vehicles for debuting advancements in modern living. These renowned expositions were showcases and marketplaces for design on an international level, and they democratized design more than any previous forum. Accompanying a groundbreaking exhibition of decorative arts, Inventing the Modern World explores innovation and its effect on the creation of objects and modern life. Lavishly illustrated with more than 200 examples of furniture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and textiles from private and public collections, primarily in the US and Europe, many never before published.

Edited by Jason T. Busch and Catherine L. Futter. Accompanied exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, April 14 to August 19, 2012; and Carnegie Museum of Art, October 13, 2012 to February 24, 2013.

2012; softcover and hardcover; 304 pages; available from Skira Rizzoli Publications Inc.; ISBN 978-0-88039-055-2

Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History

Book cover with woman seated on car overlooking landscape and text Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History

Teenie Harris grew up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, a neighborhood once called “the crossroads of the world.” A serious photographer from the age of 18, he started his professional photographic career in 1937 when he opened a studio and began to take on freelance assignments. In 1941, Harris was appointed staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, the nation’s preeminent black newsweekly. His images were disseminated nationally through the Courier, and played a key role in how African Americans visualized themselves. His career with the Courier lasted until the mid-1970s, and his photos of the public personalities, events, and the daily lives of people in his neighborhood offer a historic outlook on this crucial period for black Americans.

Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History explores Harris’s artistry along with the social and historical context of his photographs, and provides a detailed biography of the photographer whose archive of over 70,000 images is considered one of the most important documentations of 20th-century African American life. Harris’s work is explored through nearly 200 reproductions, including 100 plates of his signature images.

Preface by Deborah Willis and texts by Cheryl Finley, Laurence Glasco, and Joe Trotter. Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, October 29 to April 7, 2012.

Winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

2012; softcover and hardcover; 208 pages with 198 duotone illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and University of Pittsburgh Press; ISBN: 978-0-8229-6174-1 (softcover)

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Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty

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From the Russian court to the mountains of Tibet, and from the laboratories of Pittsburgh to the salons of Park Avenue, the extraordinary career of the artist and entomologist Andrey Avinoff (1884–1949) has never been surveyed in its entirety. Avinoff created a rich body of effusive, fantastical, Symbolist watercolor paintings that express yearnings both mystical and homoerotic, exploding beyond the strictures of his equally esteemed entomological research (“I bow to scientific fact until five o’clock,” he once declared. “After that I may have other ideas”). Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty accompanies the first exhibition devoted to this visionary in more than 50 years. Incorporating botanical illustrations, Symbolist watercolors, apocalyptic scenes, dance subjects, and homoerotic drawings (many of which the artist made for his friend Alfred Kinsey), author and curator Louise Lippincott elaborates the work through Avinoff’s identity as a gay man and situates him firmly within the culture of Russia’s bountiful Silver Age.

Accompanied exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, February 26 to August 28, 2011.

2011; 104 pages with 80 color illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-053-8

Paul Thek: Diver, A Retrospective

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An American sculptor, painter, and installation artist, Paul Thek (1933–1988) is primarily known for hyper-realistic works of human body parts executed in fleshlike beeswax and for his strongly symbolic, room-size installations constructed from transitory materials. A major figure on the 1960s New York art scene, Thek also spent time in Europe, where he paved the way for artists adopting collaborative strategies. Published to accompany Thek’s first retrospective in the United States, this landmark publication includes nearly 300 chronologically arranged illustrations of sculptures, paintings, prints, and other works featured in the exhibition as well as four special in-depth image sections focusing on key installations, projects, and pages from the artists journals. An extensive selection of documentary photographs, many never before published, illuminate Thek’s artistic aesthetic and production process. This overdue acknowledgment of Thek’s brief but broad-reaching career will be the authoritative volume on the artist for years to come.

Co-authored by Elisabeth Sussman and Lynn Zelevansky. Accompanied exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 21, 2010–January 9, 2011; Carnegie Museum of Art, February 5–May 1, 2010; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May 22–September 4, 2011.

2010; hardcover; 304 pages with 316 color and black-and-white illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and Yale University Press; ISBN 978-0-300-16595-1

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Decorative Arts and Design Collection Highlights

Book cover that reads Decorative Arts and Design Collection Highlights, Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Art is renowned for its collection of decorative arts and design objects. This handbook presents, for the first time, the collection’s highlights, from early porcelain to Arts and Crafts furniture to contemporary turned wood. More than 100 illustrated entries detail almost 200 European and American objects from 1700 to the present. Included are ceramics, furniture, metalwork, and glass by noteworthy designers and manufacturers, such as Meissen, Tiffany, Herter Brothers, Marcel Breuer, Peter Voulkos, and Ron Arad. Also featured are the museum’s important holdings of early Western Pennsylvania furniture, innovatively designed chairs, and contemporary glass and aluminum objects.

Published to mark the grand opening of the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries, Carnegie Museum of Art, November 21, 2009.

Winner, 2011 Print Regional Design Annual, East

Softcover; 224 pages; 244 color illustrations. Available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-052-1

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