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The Georgia Museum of Art is pleased to offer catalogues that chronicle its exhibition history. These publications effectively incorporate illustrations of remarkable quality, insightful biographies of featured artists, scholarly essays by noted art historians and critics, historical perspectives on exhibited works and checklists of the works as they appeared at the Georgia Museum of Art. The museum also regularly publishes scholarly works unrelated to exhibitions, such as its publication of the papers delivered at the biennial Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, which won an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, and its publication of papers from the biennial Trecento Symposium.

The museum has won awards for its publications from the American Association of Museums, College Art Association, Southeastern Museums Conference, Southeastern College Art Conference, Independent Publishers Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Foreword Book Awards, Costume Society of America and the Southeast Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America. It serves as its own imprint.

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Homecoming: The Sixth Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts

This volume comprises papers from the Georgia Museum of Art's sixth Henry D. Green Symposium for the Decorative Arts, held February 2 - 4, 2012. The theme marked the museum's return to its expanded building and the return of the symposium to Georgia topics. The publication includes the following essays: Deanne Deavours, Reminiscences of a Professional Life on the Forefront of American Decorative Arts; Daniel Kurt Ackermann, New Stories from Familiar Objects: Discovering the African American Imprint on Southern Decorative Arts at MESDA; William S. Burdell, Images of the Geechee People and Their Culture; Ashley Callahan Modern Antiques by Henry Eugene Thomas: Images of and Comments on the Georgia Bellflowers Exhibition; Treadwell Rice Crown, Known and Grown: Plants and Plantings of Cedar Lane Farm; Fred and Beth Mercier, Restoration, Revelation, and Reunion: The General John Floyd House; John Charles Knowlton Jr., Small and Gracious: A Planter's Home in Talbot County; Michelle Miller, Painted Porcelain of the Lycett Studios of Atlanta; Tania June Sammons, Supplied by England: The Thomas Gibbons Silver Collection; Samuel N. Thomas Jr., Mechanics of Time: Clock Peddlers of the Southern Piedmont and the Clocks They Peddled; Chris Schleier, By Eye and Feel; William Dunn Wansley, Cobbham's Dunn Jug; Kathleen Staples, The Butler-Downer Coverlet: A Masterpiece of Embroidered Histories; and Paul Manoguerra, The Billups Portraits; as well as four notes delivered by students, an introduction by Dale L. Couch and a foreword by museum director William Underwood Eiland.

Publishing Date: January 2014

200 pages; $30 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977833

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The Material of Culture: Renaissance Medals and Textiles from the Ulrich A. Middeldorf Collection

This catalogue by Perri Lee Roberts accompanies the exhibition of the same name, on view at the Georgia Museum of Art Oct. 26, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014, and consisting primarily of medals, plaquettes and textiles from Indiana University Art Museum. Both catalogue and exhibition present a historical overview of Ulrich A. Middeldorf's career as an art historian, teacher and curator. Contextual material provides insight into how these luxury artifacts were utilized in the Renaissance and the various ways in which they convey the desire for personal recognition, taste for public display and a sense of general pride and enjoyment so prevalent in 16th-century Italian urban society. Includes full-color images of almost every work in the exhibition.

Publishing Date: October 2013

96 pages; $20 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977826

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Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762-1796)

"Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762-1796)," organized by Dr. Asen Kirin at the University of Georgia s Lamar Dodd School of Art, is an exceptional exhibition for the Georgia Museum of Art. Not only are the objects on which it focuses remarkable achievements of European decorative arts, but the scholarship its accompanying catalogue contains adds immeasurably to the field. Kirin examines Catherine s use of art patronage as a tool to solidify her grasp on power through her evocation of both the classical past and Byzantine heritage. In essays that focus in depth on the Orlov vase, the Buch chalice and the Green Frog Service, he takes a close look at the intricate symbolism each object evokes and the exuberance of meaning each was meant to convey. Scott Ruby, Liana Paredes, and Kristen Regina, of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, contribute essays and catalogue entries that further add to the body of knowledge on this singular and fascinating ruler. The catalogue stands as a record of the exhibition, with full-page color images of nearly every object it includes, but goes beyond that to serve as a resource for scholars and the general public.

Publishing Date: September 2013

232 pages; $50 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977819

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Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art

This catalogue accompanies the first major exhibition devoted to the art and activities of Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square), the artistic group cofounded in 1929 by Pierre Daura (1896 1976), Joaquín Torres-García (1874 1949) and Michel Seuphor (1901 1999). It includes essays by Pierre Daura Curator of European Art Lynn Boland, Laura Valeri, Catherine Dossin and Filip Lipinski, artists' biographies by Caroline Barratt and translations into English of the group's three journal issues for the first time (by Laura Valeri). The book includes a section of 126 color plates, including not only works included in the Georgia Museum of Art's exhibition but also works that appeared in Cercle et Carré's original 1930 exhibition in Paris and that were published in its journal. Artists represented include Daura, Torres-García, Seuphor, Hans Arp, Marcelle Cahn, Franciska Clausen, Le Corbusier, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Piet Mondrian, Antoine Pevsner, Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Stella, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and H.N. Werkman. A black-and-white section of images reproduces photographs from that original exhibition, of both its installation and the artists involved. Complementing the primary-source materials in the Georgia Museum of Art's Pierre Daura Center's archives, this exhibition and its catalogue make an important contribution to understanding international abstract art in the period between the wars.

Publishing Date: September 2013

320 pages; $40 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977802

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The Kress Project

This small, gilt-edged book includes works by winners of the Georgia Museum of Art's Kress Project, part of a two-year initiative by the museum to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its Kress Study Collection, a small but important group of Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings. Artists of all types were invited to respond to the paintings, and a panel of three judges--visual artist Didi Dunphy, English professor Jed Rasula, and Kate Pierson, founding member of The B-52s--chose the winning entries. The volume includes 62 black-and-white or color photos and a companion DVD.

Publishing Date: July 2013

227 pages; $20 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977796

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Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy

In 1946, J. LeRoy Davidson began assembling a collection of contemporary American paintings to show the world what his countrymen could do in modern art. By 1948, those works had been auctioned off to buyers across the nation, Davidson forced to resign, his position abolished and the entire project a laughingstock in the media. Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy reunites nearly all of the paintings Davidson purchased, recreating his original proposed exhibition and investigating the U.S. State Department's use of fine art as a valuable tool in the Cold War. Organized by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma and supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Henry Luce Foundation, this exhibition draws from the permanent collections of ten museums, private collectors, and other public institutions and includes many of the images from Advancing American Art. Representing works by artists from Romare Bearden to Ben Shahn, Stuart Davis, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Loren MacIver, Jacob Lawrence, Marsden Hartley, and Arthur Dove, Art Interrupted includes many important figures in the development of American modernism. Although his plan to promote the vitality of American art abroad failed, Davidson's project had a second life as the works were dispersed across the nation. In the collections of, primarily, university museums and galleries, including the three organizing institutions, they exemplified the principles for which he had intended them and reached countless Americans in their formative years.

Publishing Date: July 2012

280 pages; $65 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977789

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Georgia Bellflowers: The Furniture of Henry Eugene Thomas

This exhibition catalogue chronicles the life and work of Henry Eugene Thomas, a prominent figure in the first generation of collectors from Georgia who operated during the first recovery of furniture from Piedmont Georgia. Not only did Thomas discover many of the masterpieces that are now icons of early Georgia furniture, he also restored many of them. Thomas also was a significant craftsman in his own right, who created a recognizable Colonial Revival style from the 1920s through the 1950s and provided furnishings for many prominent homes in Athens. This small attractive catalogue includes more than 40 illustrations, a previously unpublished manuscript by Thomas's son Jack and a checklist of the exhibition.

Publishing Date: January 2012

107 pages; $16 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977772

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Neighboring Voices: The Decorative Culture of Our Southern Cousins

This volume comprises papers from the Fifth Henry D. Green Symposium for the Decorative Arts held at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Ga., on January 29 and 30, 2010. The theme "Neighboring Voices" emphasizes the richness of southern material culture within as well as outside Georgia. Topics include the development of the collection of objects from Georgia at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Limoges china, painted furniture, Alabama pottery, the silversmith Rev. John Mood and the role toys and imagination play in the decorative arts.

Publishing Date: November 2011

111 pages; $25 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977765

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One Hundred American Paintings (Paperback)

This catalogue of the Georgia Museum of Art s permanent collection is both a tribute to Alfred Heber Holbrook, the museum s founder, and a record of his legacy, which began in 1945 when he gave one hundred works of American art to the people of Georgia through its flagship university. These works formed the foundation of the museum s current collection of more than 8,000 art objects. Published to coincide with the museum s grand reopening in January 2011 after a 30,000-square-foot expansion, this catalogue features one hundred significant American paintings that, for the first time, will be on continual display in the building s new permanent-collection galleries.

This publication is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Publishing Date: January 2011

320 pages; $44.95 (paperback)

ISBN: 978-0915977741

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One Hundred American Paintings (Hardcover)

This catalogue of the Georgia Museum of Art s permanent collection is both a tribute to Alfred Heber Holbrook, the museum s founder, and a record of his legacy, which began in 1945 when he gave one hundred works of American art to the people of Georgia through its flagship university. These works formed the foundation of the museum s current collection of more than 8,000 art objects. Published to coincide with the museum s grand reopening in January 2011 after a 30,000-square-foot expansion, this catalogue features one hundred significant American paintings that, for the first time, will be on continual display in the building s new permanent-collection galleries.

This publication is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Publishing Date: January 2011

320 pages; $59.95 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977741

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Tracing Vision: Modern Drawings from the Georgia Museum of Art

The latest in the Georgia Museum of Art s series of publications on drawings from its permanent collection, Tracing Vision focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century works by a huge range of artists. Contemporary feminist artists Lenore Tawney and Nancy Grossman are represented alongside Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Chuck Close is closely followed by American Scene artist Howard Cook and turn-of-the-century muralist Kenyon Cox. Carol Nathanson, who wrote by far the largest number of entries, also supplies a marvelous introductory essay that highlights the ties among this diverse selection of drawings and focuses on the importance of the medium throughout art history.

Publishing Date: January 2011

320 pages; $59.95 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977758

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A Colorful Past: Decorative Arts of Georgia

This volume covers a range of topics, from painted, vernacular nineteenth-century furniture and the history of painted surfaces in Georgia to color innovations in folk pottery and the conservation of ornamental painting and stained glass in historic Georgia homes. Heavily illustrated, A Colorful Past adds to the history of the state through a mix of research, scholarship, and personal narrative, as in Diane Barrett’s article on the tradition of African American quilting, which combines all three. Other contributors to the volume are Ashley Callahan, Dale Couch, Susan Neill, Sarah Hill, Geoffrey Steward, Rick Crown, Maryellen Higginbotham, Dean Taylor, and Michael Crocker.

Publishing Date: January 2010

152 pages; $35 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977727

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Corpus of Early Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections: The South

Conceived in 1993 by Professor Bruce Cole of Indiana University and the late Professor Andrew Ladis of the University of Georgia, the goal of the Corpus of Early Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections is to profile and illustrate every Italian Renaissance painting dated between 1250 and 1500 in museums and galleries across the continent. The South is the first in the series of Corpus catalogues to be published and covers Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Puerto Rico, neatly balancing comprehensiveness and concision under the careful hand of author Perri Lee Roberts of the University of Miami. Three volumes' worth of entries provide full information, bibliography and scholarly commentary on each work of art, all of which are illustrated, vastly expanding the resource base of curators, students and educators. Neatly packaged in a slipcase, the work is a major accomplishment and an essential reference for those in the field.

Publishing Date: December 2009

801 pages; $200 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977642

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Lord Love You: Works by R. A. Miller from the Mullis Collection

This catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name organized by the Georgia Museum of Art for the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Ga., from August 8 to October 24, 2009, consisting of more than 80 works of art (paintings, sculptures, whirligigs, etc.) by the Georgia self-taught artist Reuben Aaron "R.A." Miller and drawn from the collection of Carl and Marian Mullis. Paul Manoguerra served as the curator of the exhibition and contributes an essay to the catalogue and a lengthy interview with Carl Mullis and Durwood Pepper, a close friend of R.A. Millier and an early dealer of his work, as well as a folk artist in his own right. The book includes many color illustrations, a checklist of the exhibition and a reproduction of the Georgia House of Representatives' resolution commending Miller.

Publishing Date: August 2009

32 pages; $25 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977703

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The South in Black and White: The Graphic Works of James E. Routh Jr., 1939-1946

Born in New Orleans in 1918 and raised in Atlanta, James E. Routh Jr. enrolled in the Arts Students League in New York in 1936, where he studied painting with Raphael Soyer, printmaking with Harry Sternberg, and lithography as an assistant to the League s master printer, Will Barnet. Routh's career as a printmaker culminated in a year-long trip through his native South, which he documented in sketches and, later, in paintings and prints. The fall 2009 exhibition was organized by GMOA in collaboration with the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The companion catalogue includes eighteen color and black-and-white reproductions of Routh s prints, an essay by curator Stephen J. Goldfarb, and a checklist of the exhibition.

Publishing Date: August 2009

32 pages; $20 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977710

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The Historian's Eye: Essays on Italian Art in Honor of Andrew Ladis: Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia, September 7-9, 2006

Between September 7 and 9, 2006, 25 scholars of Italian Renaissance art gathered at the Georgia Museum of Art to honor Andrew Ladis, Franklin Professor of Art History at the University of Georgia s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Sponsored by the museum, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts and the President s Venture Fund, the conference represented the fulfillment of more than 10 years of similar gatherings in Athens that Ladis had helped to organize. The scholars and audience that came to Athens in September 2006 had all participated in one or another of these earlier events. They gathered to honor Ladis s scholarship and to celebrate his generosity, his enthusiasm, and his joy at sharing art history with others. "The Historian s Eye: Essays on Italian Art in Honor of Andrew Ladis" comprises many of the papers presented at that conference, from scholars including Paul Barolsky, Norman E. Land, Perri Lee Roberts and the editors of this volume, Hayden B.J. Maginnis and Shelley E. Zuraw. Subjects addressed range from maps of Rome to chalices and guild regulations, the history of the Madonna delle Grazie motif in Renaissance Naples and the echoes of the Divine Comedy in the murals of the Chiostro Verde. The book concludes with a collection of tributes to Ladis by his former students and his academic bibliography. More than the usual compilation of essays resulting from a conference, "The Historian s Eye" is a true Festschrift and a worthy tribute to Ladis as scholar and teacher.

Publishing Date: June 2009

258 pages; $40 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977697

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The Ring Shows: Then & Now and Putting the Band Back Together: Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, August 23-November 2, 200

The catalogue of an exhibition for which Ashley Callahan, former curator of decorative arts, Georgia Museum of Art; Rob Jackson, associate professor and area chair, Jewelry and Metalwork, Lamar Dodd School of Art; and Mary Hallam Pearse, associate professor, Jewelry and Metalwork, Lamar Dodd School of Art, served as co-curators, this marvelous little full-color book captures the spirit of the original juried National Ring Shows from the late 1970s and their revisiting in this new exhibition. Every ring in the show is illustrated, and the book also contains essays by Callahan, Jackson and Pearse, as well as an artist's statement by Steuart Bremner, a reflection by juror Lane Coulter, and an interview with Gary Noffke by Pearse and Callahan.

Publishing Date: August 2008

244 pages; $12 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977680

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The Art of Disegno: Italian Prints and Drawings from the Georgia Museum of Art

This book, produced in conjunction with a traveling exhibition, offers a wealth of original research into many rarely seen and unpublished works by such famed artists as Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Jacopo Palma il Giovane, Parmigianino, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Pietro Testa, and Giambattista Tiepolo. The entries, by Robert Randolf Coleman and Babette Bohn, draw on a wide range of primary source material and include a sensitive discussion of both artist and object, accompanied by color illustrations and numerous comparative examples. In addition, the lively introduction by Giancarlo Fiorenza, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, outlines the theory and practice of disegno (drawing) in artists' workshops and academies.

Publishing Date: March 2008

160 pages; $40 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977628

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Decorative Arts in Georgia: Historic Sites, Historic Contexts: The Third Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts

Edited by Ashley Callahan, curator of decorative arts, this book contains the lectures presented at the third Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts, which was held at the museum in February 2006. Essays include: The Role of the House Museum in Georgia: Evolution and Recent Development, by John C. Waters; Recreating the Manse: Interpreting Woodrow Wilson's Civil War Childhood in Augusta, by Erick D. Montgomery; Classicism Returns to Georgia: Shaping a Collection of American Federal Period Furniture for the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta, by Katharine G. Farnham; Silk in Georgia, 1732-1840: From Sericulture to Status Symbol, by Madelyn Shaw; Brothers in Clay Revisited: Georgia Folk Pottery and the Regional Stoneware Tradition, by John A. Burrison; The Arts and Crafts Collection at Tallulah Falls School, by Ashley Callahan; Georgia Furniture: Attributions and Characteristics, by Deanne Deavours; and a revised and updated version of the brochure text for From Sideboard to Pulpit: Silver in Georgia, by Ashley Callahan and Dale Couch.

Publishing Date: February 2008

157 pages; $25 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-0915977666

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Amazing Grace: Self-Taught Artists from the Mullis Collection

This hardcover 12-by-12-inch exhibition catalogue features full-page color illustrations of all 90 works in the exhibition, organized by Paul Manoguerra, curator of American art at the Georgia Museum of Art, as well as essays by Carl Mullis, the collector, and Carol Crown, professor of art history at the University of Memphis. Biographies of all the artists, from Howard Finster and R.A. Miller to Sister Gertrude Morgan and Mary T. Smith, by Paul Manoguerra, follow the exhibition catalogue section. This book recieved a bronze medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Fine Art Books.

Publishing Date: September 2007

160 pp.; Illustrated (color). Published: 2007; $48.00

ISBN: ISBN-10: 0-915977-63-X, ISBN-13: 978-0-915977-63-5