Professor Emeritus T.J. Clark’s “Heaven on Earth: Painting and the Life to Come”

Heaven on earth

The latest publication from Modern Art Professor Emeritus T.J. Clark is now available to check out from the Main Stacks in Doe Memorial Library.

From the Thames & Hudson website:

“The idea of heaven on earth haunts the human imagination. The day will come, say believers, when the pain and confusion of mortal life will give way to a transfigured community. Such a vision of the world seems indelible. Even politics, some reckon, has not escaped from the realm of the sacred: its dreams of the future still borrow their imagery from the prophets. In Heaven on Earth, T. J. Clark sets out to investigate the very different ways painting has given form to the dream of God’s kingdom come. He goes back to the late Middle Ages and Renaissance – to Giotto in Padua, Bruegel facing the horrors of religious war, Poussin painting the Sacraments, Veronese unfolding the human comedy. Was it to painting’s advantage, is Clark’s question, that in an age of enforced orthodoxy (threats of hellfire, burnings at the stake) artists could reflect on the powers and limitations of religion without putting their thoughts into words?

At the heart of the book stands Bruegel’s ironic but tender picture of The Land of Cockaigne, but also Veronese’s inscrutable Allegory of Love. The story ends with Picasso’s Fall of Icarus, made for UNESCO in 1958, which already seems to signal – perhaps to prescribe – an age when all futures are dead.”


More French ebooks through OpenEdition

The Library has recently added 731 titles mostly in French but also Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English to its ebook holdings through OpenEdition — an interdisciplinary open access initiative in France. Now, more than 4,700 academic ebooks in the humanities and social sciences are discoverable through the portal or through the Library’s catalogs permitting researchers to benefit from a range of DRM-free formats, some optimized specifically for e-readers, tablets, and smart phones (ePub, PDF, etc.). OpenEdition’s Freemium program makes it possible for UC Berkeley to participate in an acquisitions policy that supports openness and sustainable development of scholarly resources such as these.

Visit OpenEdition to read even more open access ebooks.


Professor Margaretta Lovel’s “A Material World”

Read the new publication, edited by Professor Margaretta Lovel, Jay D. McEvoy Chair in the History of American Art, available for check out from the Art History / Classics Library and the Main Stacks.

A Material World

(From the Penn State University Press Website.)

A Material World

Culture, Society, and the Life of Things in Early Anglo-America

Edited by George W. Boudreau, and Margaretta M. Lovell

“A vibrant compendium of essays that gives a master class in object analysis and shatters old categories of material and visual culture. Together, the authors powerfully demonstrate the global movement of commodities, the sometimes numinous power of memory objects, and the closely calibrated and negotiated human indications of wealth and power in early America. Historians of all stripes should pay attention to their clarion call to look deeply and think broadly.”

—Ann Smart Martin, author of Buying into the World of Goods: Early Consumers in Backcountry Virginia

(From the Penn State University Press Website.)


Art on Earth

Explore the changing world through the artist’s lens with recent publications on art and its role in relation to climate change.   You can find these titles in Doe Main Stacks, the Environmental Design Library, or online.  Click the links below to view their OskiCat records.

 

Art and Future                                                  Anthropocene                              Artistic Visions of the Anthropocene North

Ecological Aesthetics                                                        Ecologies Agents Terrains                                          Eco-Visionaries

Endangered Species                                    Interrogating the Anthropocene                              Landscape into Eco Art


April Brings New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

At Home                                                                     Inka Essenhigh                                         Pedro Correia De Araujo

Mesdag & Japan                               The Ideas, Identity and Art of Daniel Spoerri                        Caspar de Crayer

Shaping the American Interior                              Border Spaces                                      Innovative Impressions


New Books in the Literature Collection

Ah, the mid-semester blues. As the term drags on, it’s nice to have something new in your life to shake things up—like the new books in the library’s collection! The books we recently received have something for everyone—whether you’re looking for poetry, prose, or criticism.

Check out the rest of the new acquisitions!

Want a book that we don’t have in the library? Request it here.



New Photo Books in the Art History / Classics Library

The Art History/Classics Library has received a gift of eight photography titles from donor Richard Sun. In addition to being the donor of a generous endowment to the Library Fine Arts Collection at Berkeley, Richard Sun annually selects and purchases specific titles for the Library. Among his recent selections for the library are several rare titles, limited editions, and Julia Borissova’s artist book “Let me fall again.” These books will be housed in the Art History / Classics Library.


March New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

Gather our of Star-Dust                                        Afrotopia                                                       Mama Casset

Lee Miller                                                         Se va mi Sombra, Pero yo me Quedo                       Nothing Personal

 

Berenice Abbott                                                     Shelley Niro                                                  Spirit Carvings of the Mah Meri


New Books in Literature

Welcome back for a new semester! With new classes and a new year come new books at the library. The books we recently received have something for everyone—whether you’re looking for poetry, prose, or criticism.

Check out the rest of the new acquisitions!

Want a book that we don’t have in the library? Request it here.



January Brings New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

Black Out                                                      Federico Seneca                                                Joyce J. Scott

Ibrahin El-Salahi                                              Helen Lundeberg                                             Centering Modernism

Crtački dnevnik                                                 Poster workshop 1968-1971                                             Hodler, Parallelismus