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Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics
A startling reassessment of Hitler's aims and motivations, Frederic Spotts's Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics is a deftly argued and highly original work that provides a key to fuller understanding of the Third Reich. In this acclaimed work, Spotts convincingly demonstrates that contrary to the traditional view that Hitler had no life outside of politics, Hitler's interest in the arts was as intense as his racism - and that he used the arts to disguise the heinous crimes that were the means to fulfilling his ends. Hitler's vision of the Aryan superstate was to be expressed as much in art as in politics: culture was not only the end to which power should aspire, but the means of achieving it.
Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America
From British rule to women's suffrage to the Vietnam War to Black Lives Matter to the actions of our forty-fifth president and more, Signs of Resistance is an inspiring, optimistic, and visually galvanizing history lesson about the power people have when they take to the streets and stand up for what's right.
Draw Your Weapons
A single book might not change the world. But this utterly original meditation on art and war might transform the way you see the world - and that makes all the difference.Through a dazzling combination of memoir, history, reporting, visual culture, literature, and theology, Sarah Sentilles offers an impassioned defense of life lived by peace and principle. It is a literary collage with an urgent hope at its core: that art might offer tools for remaking the world.In Draw Your Weapons, Sentilles tells the true stories of Howard, a conscientious objector during World War II, and Miles, a former prison guard at Abu Ghraib, and in the process she challenges conventional thinking about how war is waged, witnessed, and resisted. The pacifist and the soldier both create art in response to war: Howard builds a violin; Miles paints portraits of detainees. With echoes of Susan Sontag and Maggie Nelson, Sentilles investigates images of violence from the era of slavery to the drone age. In doing so, she wrestles with some of our most profound questions: What does it take to inspire compassion? What impact can one person have? How should we respond to violence when it feels like it can’t be stopped?
Churchill: The Statesman as Artist
Cannadine, David (Edt)
Across almost 50 years, Winston Churchill produced more than 500 paintings. His subjects included his family homes at Blenheim and Chartwell, evocative coastal scenes on the French Riviera, and many sun-drenched depictions of Marrakesh in Morocco, as well as still life pictures and an extraordinarily revealing self-portrait, painted during a particularly troubled time in his life. In war and peace, Churchill came to enjoy painting as his primary means of relaxation from the strain of public affairs.In his introduction to Churchill: The Statesman as Artist, David Cannadine provides the most important account yet of Churchill's life in art, which was not just a private hobby, but also, from 1945 onwards, an essential element of his public fame. The first part of this book brings together for the first time all of Churchill's writings and speeches on art, not only "Painting as a Pastime," but his addresses to the Royal Academy, his reviews of two of the Academy's summer exhibitions, and an important speech he delivered about art and freedom in 1937.The second part of the book provides previously uncollected critical accounts of his work by some of Churchill's contemporaries: Augustus John's hitherto unpublished introduction to the Royal Academy exhibition of Churchill's paintings in 1959, and essays and reviews by Churchill's acquaintances Sir John Rothenstein and Professor Thomas Bodkin, and the art critic Eric Newton. The book is lavishly illustrated with reproductions of many of Churchill's paintings, some of them appearing for the first time. Here is Churchill the artist more fully revealed than ever before.
Let's Burn This Moment Down to the Filter
Let’s Burn This Moment Down to the Filter is Los Angeles–based artist Morley’s second collection of art created for the street. Blending humor, hope, and his unique perspective on life, he specializes in bold, typographic posters, which he wheat-pastes within the urban landscape. Disregarding legal boundaries and personal safety, Morley’s commitment to offering hope, humor, poetry, and wisdom is literally on display in each of his pieces.
Art of Justice: An Eyewitness View of Thirty Infamous Trials
As the principal courtroom sketch artist for the New York Times and WABC in New York, Marilyn Church has covered many of our most infamous trials, from John Gotti and Mark David Chapman to Amy Fisher and Martha Stewart. With "The Art of Justice," she takes readers inside the courtroom for 30 sensational cases, with a cast of characters that's straight from the headlines: Bernhard Goetz, O. J. Simpson, Woody Allen, Sean "Puffy" Combs, the Son of Sam, the Central Park Jogger, and many, many others. In addition to brilliant full-color reproductions of Church's artwork, "The Art of Justice" also includes compelling trial summaries by noted journalist Lou Young and a Celebrity Gallery featuring Mick Jagger, Don King, and Donald Trump in the courtroom. It's essential reading for true-crime fans!
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