Moran, Michael F. Striking
Change: The Great Artistic Collaboration of Theodore Roosevelt and Augustus
Saint-Gaudens. Atlanta: Whitman,
2008. 432 p.
N40.1.S13 M67 2008
Instrumental in creation of the Smithsonian American Art
Museum, President Theodore Roosevelt was also a strong supporter of American artists. This interest in art was also key in his decision
to redesign all United States coins in 1905 after meeting with the great
American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Saint-Gaudens’s commission resulted in some of the most collectible coins
from the United States: the $10 Miss Liberty in an Indian headdress and the $20
gold double eagle. This book provides new
look at the life of Saint-Gaudens and the partnership he created with Theodore Roosevelt
to reinvigorate the coinage of the United States.
Marshall N. Price, and M. Melissa Wolfe.
George Tooker. London: Merrell, 2008. 191 p.
N40.1.T669 N38 2008
The works of George Tooker (born 1920) are both beautiful
and haunting. Associated with the American Magic Realism style which bucked the
increasing popularity of abstraction in the mid-twentieth century, Tooker works
in egg tempera, a medium that requires meticulous application. Drawing on Surrealism, Tooker examines modern
life with still images that have an unsettling air. His works are mysterious, complex and often
full of tension, suggesting far more than what is simply depicted on the
canvas. This catalog coincides with the
first major retrospective of Tooker’s work in 30 years.
Vickrey: The Magic of Realism. New
York: Hudson Hills, 2008. 227 p.
N40.1.V64 E4r 2008
Includes foreword by SAAM Senior Curator Virginia
Another artist that works in the exacting medium of tempera,
Robert Vickrey also emerged in the American art scene when abstract
expressionism was rising to predominance. Although a realist, Vickrey incorporates
surrealist elements into his work, often creating a sense of mystery. This is especially true in his depictions of nuns. Additionally,
beginning in 1957, TIME magazine
commissioned Vickrey to paint portraits for many of its covers (many of which
are now part of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection). This book covers the entire career of the
artist reproducing many of his works in full color.—Doug Litts