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    Aesop, Five Centuries of Illustrated Fables

    Aesop, Five Centuries of Illustrated Fables (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Distributed by New York Graph­ic Society, Greenwich, Conn). 96 pages, illustrated.

    Parents who find themselves stupefied by the vapid quality of present-day children’s books will find this selection a joy. Illustrations for each of the fables selected range from 15th-cen­tury Italian woodcuts to drawings by Alexander Calder, and the fables themselves are presented handsomely print­ed in translations also ranging from Caxton to Marianne Moore. J. J. Grand­ville’s 19th-century wood engravings, which have been charming

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    Harry Callahan, Photographs (Santa Barbara: El Mochuelo Gallery), 1964. 126 plates.

    THE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT Harry Callahan has chosen to include in the present volume radiate such intense visual so­phistication that one wonders if he is not the epitome of the photographer's photographer, the degree of the view­er's response depending on how deeply he is saturated with the photographic mystique. For Callahan is completely committed; his eyes and hands co­operate to bring us images that are important and individual. From the un­likely amalgam of influences on his work of Ansel Adams, whose straight

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    Felix Brunner, A Handbook of Graphic Reproduction Processes (Teufen, Switzerland: Arthur Niggli Ltd.), 1962. 329 pages.

    IF ONE IS TO BUY A PRINT in today’s market with a reasonable assurance that he is not being cheated, he must carry his hand magnifier, and be prepared to understand what he sees through it. Which may involve a reasonably good grasp of details like this:

    In the usual aquatint the unprotected parts of the metal are etched to a uniform degree. This causes an even grey surface in the print. In the hand photogravure technique, the gelatine relief prevents the mordant from biting to

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    Eduard Trier's Form and Space

    Eduard Trier, Form and Space, (New York: Praeger) 1962. 291 pages, 213 illustrations.

    SCULPTORS REST HELPLESSLY at the mercy of photographers, for, creating objects meant to be seen from a great many viewpoints, they work at complete cross-purposes from the camera, with its single, static view. And, should the camera choose an unflattering view, the other views are not available to redeem the piece. Another danger derives from the drama of shadows and highlights which the photographer can manipulate at will, so that often enough the true work, seen after a photograph of the same object, is

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    Fred W. McDarrah's “The Artist’s World in Pictures”

    Fred W. McDarrah, The Artist’s World in Pictures (New York: Dutton), 1961, 192 pp.

    SO MUCH HAS THE MILIEU in which contemporary art is created become a part of our understanding of that art, that it is no surprise at all to discover that in a book comprising over three hundred photographs whose exclusive subject matter is “The Artist’s World,” less than a dozen of these photographs actually reproduce works of art. The rest of the book is given over entirely to an attempt to convey something of the mood and flavor of the hectic, feverish world of cold-water lofts, gallery openings, critics,

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  • Top Ten

    Tod Lippy

    Tod Lippy is an artist, designer, editor, writer, and curator based in Brooklyn. He is the creator of the nonprofit arts publication Esopus (2003–2018) and executive director of the Esopus Foundation.

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    DonChristian

    DonChristian is a New York-based artist, musician, and teacher. He creates videos, public murals, and time- and music-based performances. He has shown work at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, and the New Museum. He is also touring his debut album, Where There’s Smoke (2018), throughout Europe and North America.

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    Jeremy O. Harris

    Jeremy O. Harris is an actor and playwright currently residing in New Haven, Connecticut, by way of Los Angeles, California. Upcoming productions include Slave Play at the New York Theatre Workshop this fall, and “Daddy”—coproduced by New York’s Vineyard Theatre and the New Group—starring Alan Cumming, in winter 2019. He received the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for Slave Play, and is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons, both in New York.

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    Marilyn Minter

    Marilyn Minter is an artist and activist who lives and works in New York. She has staged solo exhibitions at numerous institutions in the United States and abroad, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Murcia, Spain; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland; and the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. She is currently preparing for solo shows at Baldwin Gallery in Aspen and at Lehmann Maupin in Hong Kong.

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