Category Archives: Yale University Press

New @ Haas Art Library, Blinky Palermo: Abstraction of an Era

Yale University Press

Via Yale University Press:

Twenty-one-year-old Peter Heisterkamp began signing his colorful and playful abstract artworks Palermo in 1964, when peers noted his resemblance to the American gangster Frank “Blinky” Palermo. This handsome book—a historical and critical study of Palermo’s painting from the time he entered Joseph Beuys’s now famous class at the Düsseldorf academy in 1964 to his death in 1977—explores his significance for postwar and abstract art.

Call Number: ART N6888.P235 M44X 2008 (LC)


New @ Haas Arts Library, Philip Johnson: The Constancy of Change


Via Yale University Press:

Witty, wealthy, and well connected, the architect Philip Johnson was for years the most powerful figure in the cultural politics of his profession.

Owing perhaps to the control he exerted over critiques of his work, few scholarly treatments of Johnson exist. This “unauthorized” account, the first in-depth study to follow his death, constitutes a milestone in the analysis of one of America’s most renowned architects.

Call Number: ART NA737.J6 P57X 2009 (LC)


New @ Haas Arts Library, Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea


Via Yale University Press:

Once a strategic trading post that channeled the flow of riches and ideas among countries situated along the South China Sea and places as far away as India and Rome, Viet Nam has a fascinating history and an artistic heritage to match it. This lavishly produced catalogue will help introduce English-speaking audiences to Viet Nam’s amazing body of artwork, ranging from the first millennium B.C. to the 18th century.

Call Number: ART REF N7314 .T46X 2009 (LC) Oversize


Cowhig wins Yale Drama Series Award

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig Wins Yale Drama Series Award March 16, 2009 Broadway World

The award-winning playwright David Hare has announced that Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is the recipient of the 2009 Yale Drama Series Award for Playwriting for her play Lidless. Ms. Cowhig’s Yale Drama Series prize includes a $10,000 award from the David C. Horn Foundation, along with a staged reading of the work at Yale Rep in September 2009 (date TBA) and the publication of the play by Yale University Press.

Also see: Austinist Interviews: LIDLESS Playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig Mike Agresta Austinist 2.11.09


New @ Haas Arts Library, Gothic: Dark Glamour

“Four Women Crying” (c.1878). Tintype photograph

“ ‘Gothic’ is an epithet with a strange history, evoking images of death, destruction, and decay,” the fashion historian Valerie Steele writes in “Gothic: Dark Glamour” (Yale University Press), a new coffee-table book, written with Jennifer Park.

“It is not just a term that describes something (such as a Gothic cathedral), it is also almost inevitably a term of abuse, implying that something is dark, barbarous, gloomy and macabre,” she wrote. “Ironically, its negative connotations have made it, in some respects, ideal as a symbol of rebellion. Hence its significance for youth subcultures.”

You Just Can’t Kill It Cintra Wilson NYT 9/17/08

Call Number: ML3918.G68 S74X 2008 (LC)

New @ Haas Arts Library, The Artistic furniture of Charles Rohlfs


For a few years around 1900 journalists made pilgrimages to a barely marked furniture workshop in an attic over a bicycle factory in Buffalo. The workshop’s owner, a charismatic former actor named Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936), feigned some modesty in his dusty garret. But then he convinced the visiting reporters that his “artistic furniture” had no precedents or peers, only imitators.

The writers gushed over his square-framed oak pieces with sinuous carvings. “Never have art and utility been joined more skillfully than in these chairs and tables and desks,” wrote one in The Buffalo Daily Courier. The German magazine Dekorative Kunst described Mr. Rohlfs as “inventive and uninfluenced,” and Furniture Journal declared him a main inspiration for the far more famous and prolific designer Gustav Stickley.

Charles Rohlfs’s Theatrical Furniture to Go on the Road Eve M. Kahn  New York Times 8/28/08

Call Number: NK2439.R64 A4X 2008 (LC) Oversize

New @ Arts Library, Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered


Lievens was a child prodigy, whose early works in Leiden were highly praised by his contemporaries and valued by princely patrons. His later career was marked by important civic and private commissions in Amsterdam, the Hague and Berlin. Nevertheless, his name today barely registers in the public consciousness.

‘Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered’ Antiques and the Arts Online 11/25/08

Call Number: N6953 L53 A4X 2008 (LC) Oversize

The accompanying exhibit runs till Jan. 11th at the National Gallery of Art.