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NETHERLANDISH PAINTINGS IN SOVIET MUSEUMS by Nikolai Nikulin. Phaidon Press, Oxford, U.K., 1987.404pp., illus. Cloth, E29.95. ISBN: 0-7148-2441-0. This lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced volume covers the work of early sixteenth-century painters of the Netherlandish School currently in Soviet galleries-mainly the Hermitage in Leningrad and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. Both the text and illustrations, many reproduced here for the first time and almost allin colour, are of a high standard. An introductory essay explainshowcollectionsof Netherlandish paintings came to be formed in Russia. A HISTORY OF RUSSIAN PAINTING by Alan Bird. Phaidon Press, Oxford, U.K., 1987. 304 pp., illus. Cloth, E35.00. ISBN: 0-7148-2213-5. Placing the art, artists, and movements firmly in their historical contextsespecially helpful in the early history of Russia-the authortracesthe progression of Russian (and Soviet) art from the earliest icons to the beginnings of secular art, through the confusing maze of groups and movements at the turn of the century, through Proletarianism and SocialistRealism, to the present day with its greater freedoms. The lucid and eminently readable text is accompanied by 152interesting illustrations: a pity that only 16are in colour. THE GLEN GOULD READER Tim Page, ed. Faber & Faber, London, U.K., 1987.496pp. Paper, E12.50. ISBN: 0-571-14852-2. If you had ever wondered, but had never asked, why Glen Gould refused to give concerts, you will find the answer here, along with almost everything else he wrote or spoke for publication. A remarkable range of material includes articles on the purpose of art, technology and art, and his own distinctive view on composers-often as provocative and infuriating as some of his performances, but, like his playing, always fresh and sincere. A stimulating and enjoyable collection. EXTRATERRESTRIALS: SCIENCE AND ALIEN INTELLIGENCE Edward Regis, Jr, ed. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, U.S.A. 288 pp. Paper, $12.95, E7.95. ISBN: 0-521-34852-8. Extraterrestrial life is often taken for granted by science fiction writers and movie makers. In this collection of articles by scientists and philosophers, seriousconsideration isgivento questions such as “Do extraterrestrials really exist?’, “Where are they?“, “Could we communicate with them?’, “Do they have a moral code?“ Their deliberations and conclusions make fascinating and thought-provoking reading. First published in 1985 and now re-issued in paperback, Extraterrestrials fullydeserves a wider audience. MANTLE FIELDING’S DICTIONARY TORS AND ENGRAVERS,2nd Ed., enl. Glenn B. Opitz, ed. Apollo Books, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1986. 1041pp. Trade, OF AMERICAN PAINTERS, SCULP- $75.00. IBSN: 0-938290-04-5. Thisbasicreferencebook isa compilation of biographical data from various sources. It is a much expanded version of Fielding’s original 1926 volume. There are now over 11,000biographies included representing both living and deceased artists. The listings include latest known address for living artists. This reference book will be re-issued periodically with updated and augmented listings. Artists wishing to send their resumes for consideration should send them to Glenn B. Opitz, Editor, Mantle Fielding Dictionary, 5 Schoolhouse Lane, Poughkeepsie , NY 12603, U.S.A. BOOKS RECEIVED Art and Cartograpby: Six Historical Essays. David Woodward, ed. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, U.S.A., 1987. 249 pp., illus. Trade, $65.00. ISBN: 0-226-90722-8. Artists’Materials.Ian Hebblewhite. Phaidon Press, Oxford, U.K., 1986.256pp., illus. Trade, E16.95. ISBN: 0-7148-2432-1. TheArts at Black Mountain College, Exh. Cat. Mary Emma Harris. M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 1987. 315pp., illus. Trade, $50.00. ISBN: 0-262-08161. Beyond 0rpheus:StudiesinMusicalstructure. David Epstein. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 1987. Paper, E10.95. ISBN: 0-19-315150. TheCourseoftheKnife:A MultimediaPerformanceby ClaesOldenburg,CoosjevanBruggenandFrank 0.Gebry.German0Celant. Rizzoli,New York, NY, U.S.A., 1986.240pp., illus.Trade,$40.00.ISBN: 0-8478-0822-X. Electronic & ComputerMusic. Peter Manning. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 1987. Paper, E9.95. ISBN: 0-19-311923-4. Freedom, Cannibalism,CreativeLoveandthe ValuesofCosmicNonsense.E.M. Robson. Primary Press, Parker Ford, PA 19457,U.S.A., 1986. 57 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 0-934982-11-2. Imageand Word.Jefferson Hunter. Harvard UniversityPress, Cambridge, MA, U.S...

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ISSN
1530-9282
Print ISSN
0024-094X
Pages
pp. 105-106
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-04
Open Access
No
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