Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection

Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection (Giles, $55), by Kristen Hileman and James Meyer, is the catalog for the current retrospective of this pioneering Washington sculptor’s work (at the Hirshhorn through January 3). Here are full-color images of her abstract sculptures in two and three dimensions. Hileman, curator of the Truitt show, provides a biographical essay and overview of the sculptor’s growth as an artist; Meyer, an art historian who has written extensively on Minimalism, places Truitt in the wider context of abstract minimalism. We knew Truitt as a frequent customer in the store, where her modesty masked this immense talent so wondrously portrayed in this new volume.

Washington Sculpture: A Cultural History of Outdoor Sculpture in the Nation's Capital - James M. Goode

A revised and updated edition of James Goode’s 1974 classic, The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, Washington Sculpture (Johns Hopkins Univ., $75) includes sculpture newly constructed in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, as well as new monuments on the National Mall, such as The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial.  Art historian Goode has established an admirable track record documenting past and present Washington architectural treasures in Capital Losses and Best Addresses, and this new volume is a welcome addition to his oeuvre.

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ISBN: 9780801888106
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - February 23rd, 2009

On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery - Robert M. Poole

Robert M. Poole’s history of Arlington National Cemetery, On Hallowed Ground (Walker, $28), intertwines the often poignant stories of some of the 300,000 soldiers, jurists, presidents, and scientists laid to rest there with America’s martial history since the Civil War. The site itself testifies to the nation’s war-torn past: once the family plantation of Robert E. Lee, it served as a Union headquarters after Lee switched his allegiance to the Confederacy. The 360-acre estate was also used as a haven for freed slaves and a burial ground for indigent soldiers before Secretary of War Stanton, adopting the idea from Union General Montgomery Meigs, officially established it as part of a national cemetery system. Poole, author of Explorers House and a contributing editor at Smithsonian, has produced a deeply felt and thoroughly researched book.

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ISBN: 9780802715494
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - November 8th, 2010