ekphrasis Reader Series

"Ekphrasis," originally from the Ancient Greek, is the graphic, often dramatic description of a visual work of art. The ekphrasis reader series, published by David Zwirner Books, introduces a broad audience to both new and overlooked pieces of exemplary writing on art and visual culture.
Giotto and His Works in Padua
By John Ruskin. Introduction by Robert Hewison.

In 1303, Giotto, then considered the preeminent painter in Italy, was commissioned to paint the Arena Chapel in Padua. The resulting Chapel and its panels, detailing the history, birth, life and death of Christ, rank >>more

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ISBN 9781941701799
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Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 72 pgs / 40 color.
Pub Date: 05/22/2018 In stock

The Psychology of an Art Writer
By Vernon Lee. Foreword by Dylan Kenny.

Vernon Lee—a pseudonym of Violet Paget (1856–1935)—is the most important female aesthetician to come out of 19th-century England. Though she was widely known for her supernatural fictions, Lee never gained the recognition she so clearly >>more

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ISBN 9781941701782
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Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 72 pgs.
Pub Date: 05/22/2018 In stock

Letters to a Young Painter
By Rainer Maria Rilke.

"As for you, my dear Balthus, you surely know full well the love that connects us. Yours with all my heart, Rilke."

Never before translated into English, Rainer Maria Rilke’s fascinating Letters to a Young Painter, >>more

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ISBN 9781941701645
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Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 64 pgs.
Pub Date: 11/21/2017 In stock

Summoning Pearl Harbor
By Alexander Nemerov.

"Now he had time to think. Tadayoshi Koga, 19 years old, had just crash-landed his Mitsubishi Zero airplane on the remote Aleutian island of Akutan. It was June 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor..."

Summoning Pearl >>more

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ISBN 9781941701652
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Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 96 pgs / 12 color.
Pub Date: 11/21/2017 In stock

Ramblings of a Wannabe Painter
By Paul Gaugin. Introduction and translation by Donatien Grau.

“People tell me I’m not Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Puvis de Channes--but I already know that! Why tell me?” --Paul Gauguin

“Criticism is our censorship….” So begins one of the greatest invectives against criticism ever written by an >>more

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ISBN 9781941701393
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Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 56 pgs / 5 color.
Pub Date: 11/22/2016 In stock

Chardin and Rembrandt
By Marcel Proust. Translated by Jennie Feldman. Afterword by Alain Madeleine-Perdrillat.

“Only a petty mind, an artist who at most speaks and dresses as such, looks solely for people in whom he recognizes the harmonious proportions of allegorical figures. For the true artist, as for the >>more

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ISBN 9781941701508
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Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 64 pgs / 8 color.
Pub Date: 11/22/2016 In stock

Degas and His Model
By Alice Michel. Translated by Jeff Nagy.

"Monsieur Degas, you just said some things that would make an old soldier blush!"

There are many myths about Edgar Degas—from Degas the misanthrope to Degas the deviant to Degas the obsessive. But there is no >>more

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ISBN 9781941701553
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Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 88 pgs.
Pub Date: 08/22/2017 In stock

Pissing Figures 1280–2014
By Jean-Claude Lebensztejn. Translated by Jeff Nagy.

"Not just anyone makes a good pisser."--Jean-Claude Lebensztejn

Jean-Claude Lebensztejn’s history of the urinating figure in art, Pissing Figures 1280–2014, is at once a scholarly inquiry into an important visual motif, and a ribald statement on >>more

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ISBN 9781941701546
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Pbk, 4.25 x 7 in. / 168 pgs / 130 color / 25 b&w.
Pub Date: 08/22/2017 In stock


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