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In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is—as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.” –Josef Albers

Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Yale University Press has recently launched the A&AePortal edition of Alber's Interaction of Color.

During the 1960s, Josef Albers and his wife artist Anni developed 150 silk screen prints that demonstrated how colors behaved differently depending on what color they were next to. These beautiful color prints have taught generations of artists a new way to think about color and how colors create different dialogues depending on what colors they are in close proximity with. This groundbreaking work is currently held in the Dartmouth's Sherman Art Library Special Collection

In addition to Albers’s original commentary and instruction, the A&AePortal version features high-resolution reproductions of the color plates and video of experts discussing some of the color exercises from the book (see example, below).

The four X';s in the print below are one color that looks like different when place next to other colors.

The A&AePortal edition of the Interaction of Color is a new way to introduce student’s to this extraordinary publication and a useful supplement to the print edition in classes.

Unique and Transformative                                                                                          

The A&AePortal is a ebook resource that features important works of scholarship in the history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and design. With innovative functionality and extensive metadata, the site offers students and scholars an engaging experience, encouraging critical thinking skills and supporting rigorous academic research.

Exclusive and authoritative
Many out-of-print titles, key backlist, and recent releases from the world’s finest academic and museum publishers are available as eBooks exclusively on this site. Peer-reviewed born-digital content will also be available uniquely on the A&AePortal.
Innovative functionality
With innovative search features, zoom capabilities, an interactive online reader, plus supplemental audio and video, the A&AePortal enables researchers to make efficient and effective connections between texts and related images. The site also provides opportunities for the publication of new forms of scholarship.
Discoverable and centralized
Deep text and image tagging allow researchers to study scholarship across multiple eBooks from a variety of major publishers, yielding rich and exciting results.
Accessible and affordable
Instantly expand your library’s collection by subscribing to the A&AePortal. Multi-user permissions provide classrooms with convenient access to chapters and customizable coursepacks without additional cost.
Discover content by image
Once a researcher identifies an image of interest, the A&AePortal provides all of the chapters on the site in which the image is referenced. The researcher can then quickly move between publications to read the various interpretations of the same image.

Photo of Nicola M. Camerlenghi

In this week's edition, we speak with Nick Camerlenghi, Assistant Professor of Art History. Camerlenghi's interests in early Christian and medieval architecture form the basis of his research for the book St. Paul's Outside the Walls: A Roman Basilica, from Antiquity to the Modern Era (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

What is your book about?

My book treats the architectural changes and continuities that took place over 1,500-years at the church in Rome where St. Paul was buried.

Where did you get your ideas for this book?

It is an off-shoot of my dissertation.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

Thanks to architectural design and GIS software, my computer allows me to visualize and analyze "what was where and when" in a building or even in an entire city over the course of lengthy temporal spans. That's my cup of tea.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

I hope it looks like an Italian piazza—full of people of all ages who read, talk, play and share experiences that really matter.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

1) Tell us only what we need to know; 2) Eliminate distractions while you write.

And finally, what do you read for fun?

For me, fun is not reading. I would much rather play with my kids, take a walk in the woods, cook and eat with family and friends. But every summer I try and read at least one "classic" that I have not read before. Most recently, these have included The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

Professor Katie HornsteinHolding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library.

In this week's edition, we talk with Katie Hornstein, a specialist of nineteenth-century French art and visual culture.  Her book, Picturing War in France, 1792–1856 (Yale University Press, 2018), examines representations of contemporary conflict in the first half of the 19th century and how these pictures provided citizens with an imaginative stake in wars being waged in their name.  Katie also recently co-edited Horace Vernet and the Thresholds of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture (University Press of New England, 2017) about the artist Horace Vernet, who, although popular during his lifetime, was reviled by the poet Charles Baudelaire and thus consigned to relative obscurity.  In this interview, Katie speaks about her single-authored monograph, Picturing War.

What is your book about?

My book deals with the emergence of a public in France after the French Revolution that was eager to consume pictures of war: these pictures were (relatively) easy to understand and often fun to look at, though they were also violent. I want to know what this tells us about the political and artistic culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 

Where do you get your ideas?

From my cat. And from primary sources, especially works of art.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

For research, I could not live without Gallica (the digital portal of the Bibliothèque nationale de France), museums, curators, and my colleagues.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

I hope that it will still contain a lot of books. The digital world is wonderful, but I think it's important to know how to browse the shelves and be surprised by what you find.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

Put down your phone and make space for non-distracted thinking.

And finally, what do you read for fun?

I just read Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong and some salacious French revolutionary historical fiction by Hilary Mantel (A Place of Greater Safety); at the moment, I'm contending with a pile of old New Yorker magazines that have gone neglected in recent months.

The American Art-Union was founded in 1844 in New York City, with the aim of promoting the fine arts through its publication, which was available as membership subscription, and eventually through its art gallery, which was free and open to everyone.

Inspired by European models, the membership subscription entitled members to receive the annals and transactions, including prints and engravings of famous works, as well as an opportunity to participate in an annual lottery for a painting by a well-known American artist.  

The original aim was to focus on art that had an American character or appeal, and images of the American landscape and country life predominated. The American Art-Union also endeavored to provide artwork that represented all of America without a regional bias.  As this was the era of abolition, a politically charged atmosphere reigned over all public spheres, and it seems as though their aim to be unbiased created a bias.  Eventually, the union became embroiled in anti-abolitionist politics and was accused of running an illegal lottery, which led to its downfall.

However, the union had inspired other American cities to develop their own art unions, and the free and open to the public art gallery changed the greater public perception of art for the masses.  Few scholarly monographs have been published on the American Art-Union until Perfectly American was published in 2011, presenting new scholarship on this important aspect of American art history.  This volume can be found in the Sherman Art Library, N6510 .P47  

In addition, an original volume of the Transactions of the American Art-Union is available in the Sherman Art Library Special Collection, 700.51 A5122T  1845; 1849.   All issues of the Transactions of the American Art-Union, as well as the Bulletin of the American Art-Union, are freely available from JSTOR’s Early Journal Content: