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Seeing Gertrude SteinSeeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories

by Wanda M. Corn and Tirza True Latimer
(University of California Press, 2011)
hardcover, 9 x 11 in.; 404 pp., $45.00

Gertrude Stein is justly famous for her modernist writings and her patronage of avant-garde painters (most notably Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso) in Paris before World War I. Seeing Gertrude Stein illuminates less familiar aspects of her life. Wanda M. Corn and Tirza True Latimer analyze the portraits for which Stein posed, the domestic settings she created with Alice B. Toklas, her partner, and the signature styles of dress the two women adopted. Lavishly illustrated with images in a range of media, this pathbreaking study shows Stein’s life on a human scale while tracing her influence on a wide variety of artists of her own and subsequent generations.

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Capital PortraitsCapital Portraits: Treasures from Washington Private Collections

by Carolyn Kinder Carr and Ellen G. Miles
(Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2011), hardcover, 8 x 10 in.; 198 pp., $49.95

Capital Portraits presents little-known artworks from important Washington-area private collections. These portraits by major artists date from the mid-eighteenth century to the present and speak to the many compelling ways that paintings and sculpture capture human likenesses and personalities. Collected, commissioned, or inherited, many of these works have seldom, if ever, been seen in a public setting. The catalogue, which accompanies an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from April 8 through September 5, 2011, illustrates the portraits and recounts their histories, including comments by living sitters about having their portraits made.

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Calder's PortraitsCalder's Portraits: A New Language

by Barbara Zabel
(Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2011), hardcover, 9 x 11 in.; 164 pp., $49.95

Celebrated for mobiles and stabiles that enliven city squares and museums around the world, Alexander Calder (1898–1976) is not widely recognized as a portrait artist. Throughout his career, however, Calder created portraits of a wide variety of subjects—himself and family members, entertainment figures (Josephine Baker and Jimmy Durante), sports stars (Babe Ruth and Helen Wills Moody), and artists (including Fernand Léger and Saul Steinberg). Calder’s Portraits examines how the artist negotiated his relationships the people he drew and painted, and how he continually defined and redefined himself through his art.

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Hide/SeekHide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

by Jonathan D. Katz and David C. Ward Washington, DC: (Smithsonian Books, in association with the National Portrait Gallery, 2010), 9 ½ x 11 ¼ in.; 296 pp., $45.00

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, companion volume to an exhibition of the same name at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, traces the defining presence of same-sex desire in American portraiture through a seductive selection of more than 150 full-color illustrations, drawings, and portraits from leading American artists. Arcing from the turn of the twentieth century, through the emergence of the modern gay liberation movement in 1969, the tragedies of the AIDS epidemic, and to the present, Hide/Seek openly considers what has long been suppressed or tacitly ignored, even by the most progressive sectors of our society: the influence of gay and lesbian artists in creating American modernism.

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