One has to admire the heft of this single volume chronology of the history of art, 30,000 Years of Art, currently in Recent Acquisitions.
While there are numerous sources on Gustav Stickley in the Ingalls Library collection, the recently acquired Stickley's Craftsman Homes: Plans, Drawings, Photographs by Ray Stubblebine is a welcome addition. The first section of the book focuses on the history of Craftsman homes and Gustav Stickley's design. The second half traces the designs of homes offered in issues of
The CMA exhibition history maintained by the Archives is new and improved. The history, which used to be a collection of 91 individual web pages arranged by year, is now a searchable database. Where staff and researchers used to have to know the year of an exhibition to find the full title and dates, they can now search by an exhibition title keyword. The searchable database also allows a way to collect all exhibitions on a certain topic, such as Picasso or bronzes, provided that the topic is in the title.
On our recent acquisitions shelf, we have a large, almost folio sized, book of photos by Brett Weston. The collection is vivid, though short. In only ten images, the photographer captures San Francisco from 1935-1939. A looming Golden Gate Bridge only recently opened, dusk over Ghirardeli Square with Alcatraz in the background, all beneath the ever present California sky. The afterward by Roger Aiken is insightful, relaying the relevant bits of Weston's story.