Biography & Autobiography - Artists, Architects, Photographers

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No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental ...

Janice Dickinson

She wasn't just a model. She was a supermodel. In the 1970s—before her star turns on the The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency and America's Next Top Model—Janice Dickinson was the lush-lipped, long-stemmed, dark-eyed brunette who ...

Published: Oct 2009

Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Mo...

Christopher Zara

Great art comes from great pain.Or that's the impression left by the haunting profiles in Tortured Artists, which examines the maladies that drive creative types to the brink of despair and the inspired works that are born from their ...

Published: Mar 2012

Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced, an...

Laurie Perry

If you've ever been dumped, duped, or three minutes from crazy, you'll love Crazy Aunt Purl. Side-splittingly funny and profoundly moving, Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair is the true-life misadventures of Laurie Perry, aka Cr...

Published: Oct 2007

Levels of Life (Vintage International...

Julian Barnes

An NPR Best Book of the YearA Daily Candy Best Book of the YearJulian Barnes, author of the Man Booker Prize–winning novel The Sense of an Ending, gives us his most powerfully moving book yet, beginning in the nineteenth century and...

Published: Jul 2014

Among the Bohemians: Experiments in L...

Virginia Nicholson

They ate garlic and didn't always bathe; they listened to Wagner and worshiped Diaghilev; they sent their children to coeducational schools, explored homosexuality and free love, vegetarianism and Post-impressionism. They were often d...

Published: Mar 2005

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

This thorough collection of van Gogh's letters has been assembled with an artful eye and sensitivity to the artist's thinking. The result is an atypical take on Vincent van Gogh that avoids putting too much stress on his troubled ment...

Published: Mar 1998

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, ...

Martin Gayford

From October to December of 1888, Paul Gauguin shared a yellow house in the south of France with Vincent van Gogh. They were the odd couple of the art worldone calm, the other volatileand the denouement of their living arrangement was...

Published: May 2008

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Rebecca Solnit

A series of autobiographical essays draws on key moments and relationships in the author's life to explore such issues as trust, loss, and desire, in a volume that focuses on a central theme of losing oneself in the pleasures of exper...

Published: Jul 2006

You Must Change Your Life: The Story ...

Rachel Corbett

Winner of the 2016 Marfield Prize In 1902, Rainer Maria Rilke―then a struggling poet in Germany―went to Paris to research and write a short book about the sculptor Auguste Rodin. The two were almost polar opposites: Rilke in his t...

Published: Oct 2017

Captain Beefheart: The Biography

Mike Barnes

Here is the real story of the cult figure known as one of modern music's true innovators.  Following Don Van Vliet's death, Mike Barnes reassesses his legacy through new interview material and with reference to reports and eulogies t...

Published: Nov 2011

The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His...

Mary Blume

A sparkling life of the monumental fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga One of the most innovative and admired figures in the history of haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga was, said Christian Dior, "the master of us all.&quo...

Published: Feb 2014

Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life

Lisa Chaney

The controversial story of Chanel, the twentieth century's foremost fashion icon Revolutionizing women's dress, Gabrielle "Coco' Chanel was the twentieth century's most influential designer. Her extraordinary and unconventional j...

Published: Nov 2012

Francisco Goya: Life and Times

Evan S. Connell

From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Son of the Morning Star and Deus Lo Volt! , a biography that breaks the mold--recounting with stunning immediacy the dark genius behind the renowned Spanish painter. Goya's prot...

Published: Mar 2005

Yes You Can Make Money as an Arti$t

Mr Warren Cullar

Warren Cullar couldn't spell, write or type and struggled through school. He was declared incapable of achieving success by those who “knew”. Discover the two gifts his father gave him that changed his life. One of the gifts broug...

Published: Feb 2018

The Memoirs of Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio De Chirico

No Italian painter of this century has aroused so much comment, from eulogy to outright condemnation, as Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978). One of the initiators of surrealism, he is a key figure in modern art; his influence on later pai...

Published: Apr 1994

The White Road: Journey into an Obses...

Edmund de Waal

An extraordinary blend of narrative history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with Amber EyesIn The White Road, artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate portrait of his ...

Published: Nov 2016

A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing N...

Donald Hall

Former poet laureate of the United States Donald Hall's final collection of essays, from the vantage point of very old age, once again "alternately lyrical and laugh‑out‑loud funny."* *(New York Times)"Why should a ...

Published: Apr 2019

Frank Lloyd Wright (Lives)

ADA Louise Huxtable

From the way we build to the way we live, Frank Lloyd Wright's influence on American architecture is visible all around us. Now, Ada Louise Huxtable, the Pulitzer Prize- winning architecture writer for The Wall Street Journal-and chie...

Published: Apr 2008

Blood And Champagne: The Life And Tim...

Alex Kershaw

Robert Capa, one of the finest photojournalists and combat photographers of the twentieth century, covered every major conflict from the Spanish Civil War to the early conflict in Vietnam. Always close to the action, he created some o...

Published: Jun 2004

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Ar...

Olivia Laing

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism#1 Book of the Year from Brain PickingsNamed a best book of the year by NPR, Newsweek, Slate, Pop Sugar, Marie Claire, Elle, Publisher's Weekly, and Lit HubA dazzling wor...

Published: Mar 2017

Her: A Memoir

Christa Parravani

Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, gifted and beautiful twin sisters Christa and Cara Parravani were able to create a private haven of splendor and amusement that they shared between themselves. They earned their wa...

Published: Feb 2014

Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles

Francine Prose

Francine Prose's life of Caravaggio evokes the genius of this great artist through a brilliant reading of his paintings. Caravaggio defied the aesthetic conventions of his time; his use of ordinary people, realistically portrayed-stre...

Published: Feb 2010

My Art, My Life: An Autobiography

Diego Rivera

A richly revealing document offering many telling insights into the mind and heart of a giant of 20th-century art. 'There is no lack of exciting material. A lover at nine, a cannibal at 18, by his own account, Rivera was prodigiously ...

Published: Jan 1992

In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and t...

Sue Roe

A lively and deeply researched group biography of the vibrant figures who invented modernist art in bohemian Paris at the dawn of the twentieth century  When the young Pablo Picasso first arrived in Paris in 1900, the most progressiv...

Published: Apr 2016

Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana V...

Amanda MacKenzie Stuart

Diane von Furstenberg once called Diana Vreeland a "beacon of fashion for the twentieth century." Now, in this definitive biography by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, is the story of the iconic fashion editor as you've never seen h...

Published: Nov 2013

Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpie...

Miles J. Unger

This is the life of one of the most revolutionary artists in history, told through the story of six of his greatest masterpieces: "The one indispensable guide for encountering Michelangelo on his home turf" (The Dallas Morni...

Published: Jul 2015

The Lives of the Artists (Oxford Worl...

Giorgio Vasari

These biographies of the great quattrocento artists have long been considered among the most important of contemporary sources on Italian Renaissance art. Vasari, who invented the term 'Renaissance,' was the first to outline the infl...

Published: Dec 2008

Magritte: This Is Not a Biography

Vincent Zabus

Intoxicated by the promise of a promotion, Charles Singular for once allows himself a small extravagance: he buys a bowler hat. But there's a problem: this is no ordinary hat. This one once belonged to the surrealist painter Rene Magr...

Published: Nov 2017

Lee Miller: A Life

Carolyn Burke

Lee Miller's life embodied all the contradictions and complications of the twentieth century: a model and photographer, muse and reporter, sexual adventurer and domestic goddess, she was also America's first female war correspondent...

Published: Apr 2007

Madame Tussaud: A Life in Wax

Kate Berridge

Millions have visited the museums that bear her name, yet few know much about Madame Tussaud. A celebrated artist, she had both a ringside seat at and a cameo role in the French Revolution. A victim and survivor of one of the most tu...

Published: Aug 2007
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