Exhibition Highlights

Layered Abstraction: Margo Allman and Helen Mason 

This beautiful catalog accompanies our exhibit, “Layered Abstraction: Margo Allman and Helen Mason.” This survey of two important local artists features stunning images of their work as well as contributions from Curator of Contemporary Art Margaret Winslow, Chief Curator Heather Campbell Coyle, J.Susan Isaacs, Bernard J. Felch, Ryan Grover, and Betty Helen Longhi.

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Wilmington 1968 Sourcebook

Published by the Delaware Art Museum
Compiled by Simon Austin
Designed by Candice Kearns
Edited by Deborah Krieger and Margaret Winslow
ISBN 9780996067652

The Wilmington 1968 Sourcebook is more than just a catalog for the Wilmington 1968 trio of exhibitions. The Sourcebook, compiled by Simone Austin and featuring essays from Ms. Austin as well as Dr. Jordan Howell and artist Hank Willis Thomas, is a collection of documents, photos and writing that shed light on Wilmington’s history during the Civil Rights movement. This book details the events that led to the National Guard occupation of Wilmington, Delaware and explores the occupation and its aftermath.


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Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters

  • Robert C. Jackson with Pamela Sienna
  • Hardcover: 166 color photos
  • Publisher: Schiffer Books

Most art books are not in the first person, so while there is some truth to the analyses, some things are always off. Robert C. Jackson set out to interview 20 contemporary representational artists (himself included) and showcase their artwork within the context of their interviews. Here you will meet Steven Assael, Bo Bartlett, Debra Bermingham, Margaret Bowland, Paul Fenniak, Scott Fraser, Woody Gwyn, F. Scott Hess, Laurie Hogin, Robert C. Jackson, Alan Magee, Janet Monafo, John Moore, Charles Pfahl, Scott Prior, Stone Roberts, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, Daniel Sprick, Will Wilson, and Jerome Witkin. Each of these artists has a very elusive quality–a unique voice. Seeing their work from across a room they are all recognizable. Their artworks are showcased in this large book with more than 140 images of their paintings as well as photographs of the artists in their studios and an epilogue by Pamela Sienna.

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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

by E. Carmen Ramos, with an introduction by Tomás Ybarra-Frausto

  • Publishers: Smithsonian Art Museum with D Giles Limited (March 25, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907804441
  • Softcover, 368 pages

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture. This beautifully illustrated volume focuses on works created from the 1950s to the present, a turning point in our national culture that witnessed the “birth” and transformation of Latino art.

An introduction by guest scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and lead essay by E. Carmen Ramos, curator for Latino art, establish a framework for incorporating Latino art within American art. Sixty-four essays on the artists and collectives included in the exhibition offer close readings of specific works in relation to their broad artistic, cultural, and sociopolitical context.

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Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman

by Margaretta S. Frederick (Author), Jan Marsh (Author)

  • Publisher: Marquand Books (November 30, 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996067614
  • Examines the life and work of Marie Spartali Stillman, an underrepresented artist of the British Pre-Raphaelite circle

Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927) was one of a small number of professional female artists working in the second half of the nineteenth century.

She was an important presence in the Victorian art world and closely affiliated with members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle, modeling for George Frederic Watts, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Edward Burne-Jones, among others. Desiring an artistic career of her own, she trained with Ford Madox Brown. After marrying the American painter and journalist William James Stillman, she lived in Italy, where she was deeply influenced by Renaissance art.

This fully-illustrated catalogue provides the opportunity to examine approximately fifty of her works, many of which reside in private collections and have not been shown since Spartali Stillman’s lifetime. Three essays and individual entries for each of the featured works focus on Spartali Stillman’s biography and creative output.

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Fashion, Circus, Spectacle: Photographs by Scott Heiser

Heather Campbell Coyle, Editor
Hardback, 136 pages
11 x 10

This richly illustrated book includes essays by Dr. Heather Campbell Coyle (Curator of American Art, Delaware Art Museum) and Dr. Stephen Petersen (instructor, Corcoran College of Art and Design). The essays situate Heiser in the context of photography, film, and art in downtown New York. In addition, associates of the artist—Hilton Als (writer and theater critic, The New Yorker) and Tom Woodruff (professor, School of Visual Arts)—provide short contributions.

Distributed by University of Pennsylvania Press.

Price - $47.50

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Portraits of a People: Picturing African Americans in the Nineteenth Century

By Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw

Published by University of Washington Press, 2006
Paperback, 183 pages

This beautifully illustrated book features color reproductions of more than 100 important portraits in various media, drawn from museum and historical collections across the United States. The biographies of individual sitters, artists or histories of the works are discussed in short texts. Essays by art historian Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw consider various issues of how the self was fashioned pictorially and the development of unique identities through the formal portraiture of freeborn and previously enslaved African American artists and sitters.

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Frank E. Schoonover Catalogue Raisonné

By John Schoonover and Louise Schoonover Smith with LeeAnn Dean

Published by Oak Knoll Press, 2009
Hardcover, 846 pages
Two volumes


Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972) is one of the most beloved and prolific illustrators of his time. This two-volume catalogue raisonné embodies Schoonover’s entire career, from his earliest sketches to his last easel painting. Included are over 3,000 images, most in full color, a detailed biography with accompanying time line, and more.

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Paintings from the Reign of Victoria: The Royal Holloway Collection, London

By Mary Cowling with contributions by Tim Barringer, Dianne Sachko Macleod, Christiana Payne, and Andrew Wilton

Published by Art Services International, 2008
Paperback, 244 pages

This catalog for the exhibition Paintings from the Reign of Victoria: The Royal Holloway Collection, London features 60 of Victorian England’s best paintings. The catalog is mostly color with some black and white plates. Included are multiple essays on the works and styles of the Victorian era as well as a section of artists’ biographies.

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Testimony: Vernacular Art of the African-American South

Published in 2001 by Harry N. Abrams Publishers. Essays by Kinshasha Conwill, Arthur C. Danto, Edmund Barry Gaither, Grey Gundaker, and Judith M McWillie.

192 pages. Hardback

This book covers the Ronald and June Shelp Collection, which was featured at the Delaware Art Museum in a 2004 exhibition. Created as a companion book to the Museum’s Ancestry and Innovation: African American Art from the American Folk Art Museum exhibition, this book provides an overview of African-American artists and styles, ranging from watercolor to quilts and sculptures to oils.

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Illustrating Her World: Ellen B. T. Pyle

By Katharine E. Smith and
Joyce K. Schiller

Published by Delaware Art Museum, 2009
Paperback, 42 pages

The exhibition Illustrating Her World: Ellen B. T. Pyle has a companion book by the same title. The authors are Katharine E. (Lisa) Smith, great-granddaughter of Ellen Pyle, and Joyce K. Schiller, previously Curator of American Art at the Delaware Art Museum and now Inaugural Curator of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Illustrating Her World features an illustrated biography of the artist as well as a checklist of the works in the exhibition.

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Fifty Works for Fifty States: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

Produced in 2008 by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Edited by Don Ball.

242 pages.  Paperback

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel assembled an outstanding 4,000 piece collection of minimal and conceptual art with modest means (he was a postal clerk and she was a librarian). They then teamed up with the National Gallery of Art, with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to launch Fifty Works for Fifty States.  This program distributed 2,500 works from the Vogels’ collection throughout the nation, with 50 works going to a selected institution in each of the 50 states.

This book includes a brief look at some of the art that was given to each institution, including the collection given to the Delaware Art Museum. This was a companion book for the Delaware Art Museum’s 2010 exhibition 50 works for the First State: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection.

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Price - $20.00

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Leonard Baskin: Art from the Gift of Alfred Appel, Jr.

Catalog published in 2010 by the Delaware Art Museum. Essay by Alfred Appel, Jr. Edited by Heather Campbell Coyle.

16 pages. Hardback

This book celebrates the collection of Leonard Baskin’s art generously donated to the Delaware Art Museum by Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Appel, Jr. Professor Appel was a literary scholar and an author of wide-ranging books on modern art and jazz. A professor of English at Northwestern University for more than 35 years, he was known particularly for his expertise on Vladimir Nabokov and for his book The Annotated Lolita (1970, updated 1991). Attracted by Baskin’s profound humanism, Professor Appel formed this exemplary collection in the 1960s and early ’70s, and in the process, he befriended the artist.

In the fall of 2010, the Delaware Art Museum held an exhibition highlighting Mr. Appel’s gift. Leonard Baskin: Art from the Gift of Alfred Appel, Jr. featured more than 70 drawings, prints, sculptures, and books. This limited edition book is a companion to the exhibition of the same name.  Hand printed and hand bound by Lead Graffiti of Newark, Delaware, as a tribute to Baskin’s interest in hand-made books, only 200 were made. Each book is numbered and has a decorative cover of hand-marbled paper.

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Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans

Essay by Bill Scott
Forward by Danielle Rice
Interview with the artist by Heather Campbell Coyle

Published by Delaware Art Museum in association with Hudson Hills Press, 2012
Hardback, 96 pages

This beautifully illustrated hardback book, which was created to accompany the Museum’s exhibition Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans, features an artist interview and essay by Philadelphia painter Bill Scott and highlights a selection of poems that have inspired Mary Page Evans, as well as works inspired by her pictures. Featured poets include Howard Nemerov, Billy Collins, Moira Linehan, Adrianne Marcus, Elizabeth Seydel Morgan, and Susan Jackson.

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Tales of Folk and Fairies: The Life and Work of Katharine Pyle

By Katherine L. Miner.
Published by the Delaware Art Museum, 2012.
Paperback.  43 pages.

Katharine Pyle (1863 – 1938), Howard Pyle’s youngest sibling, emerged as one of Delaware’s most prolific women authors and illustrators. Between 1898 and 1934, she illustrated or wrote and illustrated over 50 books – almost all for children – including fairy tales and animal stories. Largely overshadowed by her more famous brother, the Delaware Art Museum’s 2012 exhibition, Tales of Folk and Fairies: The Life and Work of Katherine Pyle, served to reintroduce Katharine’s work to present-day audiences. This book includes a brief biography, an essay about Katharine Pyle’s work, and an exhibition checklist.

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“So Beautifully Illustrated” Katharine Richardson Wireman and the Art of Illustration

By Mary Holahan
Published by the Delaware Art Museum, 2012
Paperback, 48 pages

Katharine Richardson Wireman (1878 – 1966) studied with Howard Pyle before embarking on a 50-year career as an illustrator. Her lively illustrations, which often featured domestic scenes, ranged from advertisements and fashion features to children’s books to engaging color covers of popular magazines such as The Country Gentleman. This beautiful 48-page book, which was created to accompany a Delaware Art Museum exhibition by the same name, highlights oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings created by Richardson Wireman between 1912 and 1950.

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American Moderns,1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell

by Karen A. Sherry (Author), Margaret Stenz (Author), Brooklyn Museum (Editor)

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Pomegranate (September 10, 2012)

This beautifully illustrated 128-page hardback book, with essays by Karen A. Sherry and Margaret Stenz, was published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition from the Brooklyn Museum. Presented in six exciting thematic sections—Cubist Experiments, The Still Life Revisited, Nature Essentialized, Modern Structures, Engaging Characters, and Americana—this book highlights fascinating shifts in American art and culture between 1910–1960.

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