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Selected books and catalogs may be purchased through the National Portrait Gallery's website (see order form). Prices do not include shipping and handling. Recent publications are only available through their respective publishers and online booksellers.

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Face ValueFace Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction

By Brandon Brame Fortune, Wendy Wick Reaves, and David C. Ward, with Patricia Quealy, and a new poem for this volume by John Ashbery (National Portrait Gallery in association with D Giles Limited, 2014) hardcover, 9 ¼ x 12 in.; 176 pp. $55.00


Face Value features mid-twentieth-century artists who were reinventing portraiture at a moment when everyone agreed that figuration was dead as a progressive art form. Containing more than fifty paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture, this book highlights innovations in American portraiture from approximately 1945 to 1975. Included are works by such artists as Alice Neel, Robert Rauschenberg, Alex Katz, Romare Bearden, Fairfield Porter, Andy Warhol, Joan Brown, Barkley Hendricks, and Sylvia Sleigh. Inspired by the theories and ambitions of the Abstract Expressionists and keenly attuned to the themes of their own turbulent times, these artists reinvented portraiture for the next generation.

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American CoolAmerican Cool

By Joel Dinerstein and Frank H. Goodyear III (Delmonico Books/Prestel for the National Portrait Gallery, 2014), hardcover, 9 ½ x 12 in.; 192 pp. $49.95


What does it mean when we say someone is cool? This luminous collection of portraits and film stills sheds new light on the term, its origins, and its evolution. Readers will find unexpected and familiar faces here: Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Georgia O'Keeffe, James Dean, Bob Dylan, and Chrissie Hynde. In perceptive essays, Joel Dinerstein investigates the evolution of cool from the 1930s to the present, while Frank Goodyear explores how film and photography have helped define the term. One hundred chronologically arranged portraits, with biographical information about each subject, profile major eras and movements of the past decades, each with its own brand of coolness.

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Lines in Long ArrayLines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration, Poems and Photographs, Past and Present

Edited by David C. Ward and Frank H. Goodyear III (National Portrait Gallery; distributed by Smithsonian Books, 2013), softcover, 8 x 10 ½ in.; 136 pp. $19.95


Lines in Long Array demonstrates the enduring impact of the Civil War on American culture by presenting poems and photographs from both the past and present, including twelve new poems created especially for this volume by Eavan Boland, Geoffrey Brock, Nikki Giovanni, Jorie Graham, John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Steve Scafidi Jr., Michael Schmidt, Dave Smith, Tracy K. Smith, and C. D. Wright. Also included are historic poems by such poets as Ambrose Bierce, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and John Greenleaf Whittier. Interspersed are striking reproductions of Civil War battlefields by contemporary photographer Sally Mann.

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OBPC CatalogueOutwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013

With an essay by Mary Sheriff (National Portrait Gallery, 2013), softcover, 5 x 8 ½ in.; 80 pp. $14.95


The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 showcases the forty-nine most inspiring and intriguing works of this triennial event. More than 3,000 entries were received to be judged in the nation’s most prestigious portrait competition. Submissions included a variety of media ranging from traditional oil paintings and drawings to contemporary works created from rice, glitter, thread, and video. Grand-prize winner Bo Gehring received a $25,000 award for his video portrait of Jennifer Wickham; he will be commissioned to create a portrait of a renowned living American for the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

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18121812: A Nation Emerges

by Sidney Hart and Rachael L. Penman
(Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), hardcover, 9 x 11 in.; 284 pp., $50.00



1812: A Nation Emerges accompanies the exhibition of the same name and features 114 color images, an introduction by one of the exhibition’s curators, and two essays by leading historians. Marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the conflict, this book explores how the United States was transformed and unified by the individuals who took part in that seminal event. It also provides an overview of the battles, the negotiations for peace, the aftermath—known as “the era of good feelings”—and the great commercial, industrial, and cultural expansion that followed, transforming the United States into a world power.

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