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Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth.But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and was known--in the late 1940s, no less--to traipse around in full-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard? An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes--but who was the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose?He published over a hundred books and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike, Charles Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, and others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious.Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, BORN TO BE POSTHUMOUS draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.
Amore, Anthony M. M.
Art security expert Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. Through thefts around the world - from Stockholm to Boston - the authors track daring entries and escapes from the world's most renowned museums. There are robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence.
David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium
Jenkins, Jeffrey (Edt)
A remarkable illustrated volume of artwork and images selected from the diaries David Sedaris has been creating for four decadesIn this richly illustrated book, readers will for the first time experience the diaries David Sedaris has kept for nearly 40 years in the elaborate, three-dimensional, collaged style of the originals. A celebration of the unexpected in the everyday, the beautiful and the grotesque, this visual compendium offers unique insight into the author's view of the world and stands as a striking and collectible volume in itself.Compiled and edited by Sedaris's longtime friend Jeffrey Jenkins, and including interactive components, postcards, and never-before-seen photos and artwork, this is a necessary addition to any Sedaris collection, and will enthrall the author's fans for many years to come.
Feast Your Eyes
Artist Brittany Wright was stuck in a job she didn't love and needed a new creative project to stay happy--so she learned to cook. Inspired by the effortless beauty of her ingredients--fresh fruits, vegetables, and more--she created the hugely popular Instagram hashtag #foodgradients to showcase the splendor of nature's edible rainbows.The vivid photographs in this book capture the diversity and beauty of the foods we love to eat, from heirloom tomatoes and hot peppers to ripe strawberries and frosted cupcakes. Inside, revel in the vivid neons of your favorite candies, the rich color of freshly picked greens, and the gorgeous shades you can even find in a single cup of coffee. Each exquisite, neatly ordered photograph is a pleasure to get lost in.With a sleek, minimalist design and more than a hundred high-quality photographs, Feast Your Eyes is a celebration of the earth's bounty, a breath of fresh air for the busy mind, and an inspiration for everyone looking for joy in the simple things.
Kirby: King of Comics (Anniversary Edition)
Jack Kirby created or co-created some of comic books’ most popular super heroes, including Captain America, The X-Men, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, The Mighty Thor, Darkseid, and The New Gods. More significantly, he created much of the visual language for fantasy and adventure comics. There were comics before Kirby, but for the most part their page layout, graphics, and visual dynamic aped what was being done in syndicated newspaper strips. Almost everything that was different about comic books began in the 1940s on the drawing table of Jack Kirby. This is his story by one who knew him well—Mark Evanier. First issued in 2008, Kirby: King of Comics was the first overview of the legendary comic book creator’s career. It is now available in a smaller, more affordable package, revised and expanded for Kirby’s centennial.
Forever Frida: A Celebration of the Life, Art, Loves, Words, and Style of Frida Kahlo
Revel in the enduring legacy of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo—from the self-portraits, to the flower crown, to her iconic eyebrows—with this fun and commemorative book!With her colorful style, dramatic self-portraits, hardscrabble backstory, and verve for life, Frida Kahlo remains a modern icon, captivating and inspiring artists, feminists, and art lovers more than sixty years after her death.Forever Frida celebrates all things Frida, so you can enjoy her art, her words, her style, and her badass attitude every day. Viva Frida!
Milton Glaser Posters: 427 Examples from 1965 to 2017
Milton Glaser’s posters—more than 450 since 1965—combine conceptual rigor and originality with a mastery of visual language and a high level of artistic expression. Some, like his 1967 Bob Dylan poster for Columbia Records, are icons; others, like his series celebrating “I Love New York,” evoke his best-known work. Milton Glaser Posters includes them all, with Glaser’s own commentary describing his thought process and inspiration. The book is a delight for the art lover, an education in visual expression, and an entertaining journey through the cultural life of half a century, all rolled into a single compact, intense volume.
All the Restaurants in New York
From romantic spots like Le Bernardin to beloved holes-in-the-wall like Corner Bistro, John Donohue renders people’s favorite restaurants in a manner that captures the emotional pull a certain place can have on the hearts of New Yorkers. All the Restaurants in New York is a collection of these drawings, characterized by their appealingly loose and gently distorted lines. These transportive images are intentionally spare, leaving the viewer room to layer on their own meaning and draw connections to their own memories of a place, of a time, of an atmosphere. Featuring an eclectic mix of 100 restaurants—from Minetta Tavern to Frankies 457 and River Café—this charming collection of drawings is accompanied by interviews with the owners, chefs, and loyal patrons of these much-loved restaurants.
Cult Artists: 50 Cutting-Edge Creatives You Need to Know (Cult Figures)
Honigman, Ana Finel
What makes a cult artist?Whether challenging societal ideas about art or speaking out about philosophical, social and ethical concerns: cult artists are nothing if not divisive. Some gain instant fame, others instant notoriety. More still remain anonymous until a change in fashion propels them into the limelight.Cult Artists handpicks 50 notable figures from the modern art world and explores how they use art as a form of revolution. From iconic pioneers Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo to radical activists such as the Guerrilla Girls and Nan Goldin, little knowns with small, devout followings to superstars gracing the covers of magazines. Each artist is special in their ability to inspire, antagonize and delight.
Andy Goldsworthy: Projects
Andy Goldsworthy: Projects presents more than 40 of the artist’s recent large-scale sculptural work from around the world. Using local materials—including stone, clay, and wood—Goldsworthy’s projects are inspired by and interact with the natural landscape. Each project subjects Goldsworthy’s ideas about the work to the brute facts and forces of nature: sunlight, sedimentation, tides, erosion, extremes of heat and cold, and plant growth and decay. Situated mostly throughout Europe and the United States, Goldsworthy’s projects are as beautiful as they are thought-provoking. Each one is accompanied with notes by the artist, and many have not been published previously.
The Conference of the Birds
An award-winning author and illustrator offers a beautiful and uplifting adaptation of the beloved Sufi poem Celebrated children’s book creator Peter Sis presents his first book for adults with The Conference of the Birds—a lyrical and richly illustrated story of love, faith, and the beauty of the human journey. Sis’s deeply felt version of the classic twelfth-century Persian epic poem tells the story of a flock of birds in search of the true king, Simorgh, who lives on the mountain of Kaf. Drawn from all species, the flock travels through the seven valleys: quest, love, understanding, detachment, unity, amazement, and death. The birds that endure reach the mountain to learn a profound lesson: that Simorgh the king is, in fact, each of them and all of them.
Shoji Hamada: A Potters Way and Work (Ceramic Classics)
Shoji Hamada, along with Bernard Leach, was one of the key figures in the development of studio pottery in the 20th century. His influence both in England and the US as well as in his native Japan cannot be underestimated. The Japanese government designated him a "Living National Treasure" in 1955 and awarded him the Order of Culture in 1968. This book has been totally redesigned with colour photographs and a new chapter.
Red Grooms: The Graphic Work
Red Grooms is one of the most inventive and prolific artists working today. His antic humor, imaginative vision, and often raucous view of an extensive range of subjects are legendary. In this comprehensive collection of his graphic work from 1956 to 1999, his mastery of an array of printmaking techniques is revealed, whether in delicate, soft-ground etchings, spray-painted stencils, or an over six-foot-tall woodblock print.Walter Knestrick, a boyhood classmate of the artist and owner of the definitive Grooms print archive, tells of their lifelong friendship. The 241 illustrations -- 171 in splendid color -- are a testament to the witty and discerning sensibility of an artist who, as Vincent Katz notes in his essay, "keeps devising ways to refresh techniques, working at breakneck speed, molding and reshaping the world he sees".
Rauschenberg (Third Edition)
Kotz, Mary Lynn
Iconoclastic, generous, inventive, impulsive, sensitive, gregarious, prodigious: these are just some of the words to describe Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) and the art he made over his career. From the age of 38, when he received the grand prize at the Venice Biennale in 1964, Rauschenberg was a pivotal figure in the creative explosion of art following WWII. This revised edition of the classic biography of the artist adds a new chapter covering the significant moments in the final years of his life, and offers an in-depth look at his legacy and continued influence on the postmodern art world. It includes new photography and interviews with friends, colleagues, critics, and art historians.Rauschenberg is a richly impressive and highly readable portrait of the artist. The book shows the astonishing dexterity and range of Rauschenberg’s art even as an emerging artist, the creation of his now famous combines, his eagerness to bridge art and technology, the establishment of the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange, and his final collaborative work: the Lotus Series with Universal Limited Art Editions.
Sequential Drawings: The New Yorker Series (Pantheon Graphic Novels)
Sequential Drawings gathers together more than a decade of McGuire's witty and endlessly inventive spots—a veritable short-story collection—each drawing given its own spread, which, in turn, assures for the reader the experience of surprise and delight that the drawings unfailingly deliver. Richard McGuire's first series of "spot" drawings debuted in The New Yorker in February 2005 for the magazine's 80th anniversary issue. Spot drawings, scattered among the magazine's text, had been a long-running feature of The New Yorker, and over the years, many artists had contributed them. But McGuire was the first to conceive them as a sequence, and his drawings were something altogether new: deceptively simple images that imbued the series with movement and narrative, telling their own unexpected stories.
Eggers is one of the most notable writers of his generation, recognized for such bestselling and critically acclaimed books as A Hologram for the King, What Is the What, and The Circle. Before he embarked on his writing career, Eggers was classically trained as a draftsman and painter. He then spent many years as a professional illustrator and graphic designer before turning to writing full-time. More recently, in order to raise money for ScholarMatch, his college-access nonprofit, he returned to visual art, and the results have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the country. Usually involving the pairing of an animal with humorous or biblical text, the results are wry, oddly anthropomorphic tableaus that create a very entertaining and eccentric body of work from one of today’s leading culture makers.
Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez
Award-winning author Lawrence Weschler’s book on the young Mexican American artist Ramiro Gomez explores questions of social equity and the chasms between cultures and classes in America.Gomez, born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California, to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents, bridges the divide between the affluent wealthy and their usually invisible domestic help—the nannies, gardeners, housecleaners, and others who make their lifestyles possible—by inserting images of these workers into sly pastiches of iconic David Hockney paintings, subtly doctoring glossy magazine ads, and subversively slotting life-size painted cardboard cutouts into real-life situations.Domestic Scenes engages with Gomez and his work, offering an inspiring vision of the purposes and possibilities of art.
Robert Rauschenberg (Tate Introductions)
A lively and accessible introduction to the life and work of Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), one of the most inventive and influential artists of the post-war period. An important influence on pop artists in the 1960s, Rauschenberg worked in a variety of media—painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, silkscreen, lithography, and performance—and actively collaborated with musicians, choreographers, and dancers, and with engineers and scientists to pursue the potentials offered by new technologies. Part of the Tate Introduction series, this book offers a concise and engaging account of Rauschenberg’s life, his art, and the ongoing debates concerning his significance.
Altman, Kathryn Reed
For decades, Robert Altman fascinated audiences with pioneering films—among them M*A*S*H, Nashville, The Player, and Gosford Park—that combined technical innovation with subversive, satirical humor and impassioned political engagement. His ability to explore and engage so many different worlds with a single, coherent vision changed the landscape of cinema forever. This signature "Altmanesque" style is, in the words of Martin Scorsese: "as recognizable and familiar as Renoir's brushstrokes or Debussy's orchestrations."Now, the Altman estate opens its archive to celebrate his extraordinary life and career in the first authorized visual biography on the iconoclastic director. Altman, by Altman’s widow Kathryn Reed Altman and film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, brims with photographs and ephemera, many culled from private family albums, and personal recollections of the director. Alongside the intimate illustrated story is a complete visual, historical, and critical narrative of Altman’s films and his process.To honor the Altman trademark of using a wide cast of characters, Altman also features contributions from his collaborators and contemporaries including Frank Barhydt, E. L. Doctorow, Roger Ebert, Jules Feiffer, Julian Fellowes, James Franco, Tess Gallagher, Pauline Kael, Garrison Keillor, Michael Murphy, Martin Scorsese, Lily Tomlin, Alan Rudolph, Michael Tolkin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Paul Sahre, Inc.
Paul Sahre shares deeply revealing stories that serve as the unlikely inspiration behind his extraordinary thirty-year design career. Sahre explores his most vain attempts to escape his "suburban Addams Family" upbringing and the death of his elephant-trainer brother. He also wrestles with the cosmic implications involved in operating a scanner, explains the disappearance of ice machines, analyzes a disastrous meeting with Steely Dan, and laments the typos, sunsets, and poor color choices that have shaped his work and point of view.Two-Dimensional Man portrays the designer's life as one of constant questioning, inventing, failing, dreaming, and ultimately making.
Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World
Unger, Miles J.
When Picasso became Picasso: the story of how an obscure young painter from Barcelona came to Paris and made himself into the most influential artist of the twentieth century.In 1900, an eighteen-year-old Spaniard named Pablo Picasso made his first trip to Paris. It was in this glittering capital of the international art world that, after suffering years of poverty and neglect, he emerged as the leader of a bohemian band of painters, sculptors, and poets. Fueled by opium and alcohol, inspired by raucous late-night conversations at the Lapin Agile cabaret, Picasso and his friends resolved to shake up the world.For most of these years Picasso lived and worked in a squalid tenement known as the Bateau Lavoir, in the heart of picturesque Montmartre. Here he met his first true love, Fernande Olivier, a muse whom he would transform in his art from Symbolist goddess to Cubist monster. These were years of struggle, often of desperation, but Picasso later looked back on them as the happiest of his long life.Recognition came slowly: first in the avant-garde circles in which he traveled, and later among a small group of daring collectors, including the Americans Leo and Gertrude Stein. In 1906, Picasso began the vast, disturbing masterpiece known as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Inspired by the groundbreaking painting of Paul Cézanne and the startling inventiveness of African and tribal sculpture, Picasso created a work that captured and defined the disorienting experience of modernity itself. The painting proved so shocking that even his friends assumed he’d gone mad. Only his colleague George Braque understood what Picasso was trying to do. Over the next few years they teamed up to create Cubism, the most revolutionary and influential movement in twentieth-century art.This is the story of an artistic genius with a singular creative gift. It is filled with heartbreak and triumph, despair and delirium, all of it played out against the backdrop of the world’s most captivating city.
Salvador Dali at Home
De Burca, Jackie
Salvador Dalí at Home explores the influence of Catalan culture and tradition, Dalí's home life and the places he lived, on his life and work. Fully illustrated with over 130 illustrations of his famous work, as well as lesser known pieces, archive imagery, contemporary landscapes and personal photographs, the book provides uniquely accessible insight into the people and places that shaped this iconic artist and how the homes and landscapes of his life relate to his work.
Norman Rockwell's Spirit of America
Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of America is an original collection of Rockwell paintings accompanied by classic American poems, stories, and songs that showcase the true spirit of America. In the tradition of the bestselling Norman Rockwell’s Christmas Book, this compilation features Rockwell’s beloved illustrations of American towns, families, and more, all culled from the extensive Rockwell archive. Alongside the timeless images are works from beloved writers such as Mark Twain, O. Henry, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. This collection also features lyrics and music for songs such as the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” as well as recipes for a classic Thanksgiving dinner. The perfect gift for any Rockwell fan, young or old, this book includes eight ready-to-frame, limited-edition prints.
Gauguin: The Other World (Art Masters)
In 1891, Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) arrives on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. In this lush paradise, he is liberated from the concerns of the city-dwelling European. He is free: to love, to sing, and to create. In Copenhagen, Gauguin’s wife enjoys no such freedom. She would rather forget her odious husband and his degenerate artwork. Instead, in a city resistant to the avant-garde, she is tasked with selling a collection of his extravagantly priced Tahitian paintings. When they finally go on sale - in Paris, shortly after Gauguin’s return - sales are catastrophic. For Monet, Renoir, and the rest of the old guard, nothing indicates that these bizarre, visionary works are of any lasting significance.Gauguin: The Other World is a revelatory biography of an artist whose qualities as a man won him few admirers in his own lifetime, but whose talents as a painter would have an enormous influence on the art of Picasso, Matisse, and many more.
Travels with My Sketchbook
Travels with My Sketchbook provides a glimpse of the incredible journey Chris Riddell has been on during his time as Children's Laureate.A gorgeous collection of sketches, doodles, posters, political cartoons, extracts from his books and pages from the Laureate Log - a daily record of his time as Laureate - Travels with My Sketchbook is a fascinating insight into the way the world has changed in the past two years through the eyes of one of our most observant and best-loved illustrators.
Michael De Feo: Flowers
De Feo, Michael
As an art student in 1993, Michael De Feo drew a simple bloom that became a familiar and welcome presence in New York after he spent countless nights pasting hundreds of versions of it all over the city’s building walls. Twenty-five years later, these flowers have been sighted in more than 60 international cities. His street works took a new direction in 2015 when a guerrilla art collective provided him access to the cases that protect bus-shelter ads, enabling him to launch a beautiful campaign of his blossoms on top of fashion ads. His art has taken many forms, including a substantial body of studio work inspired by Dutch 17th-century paintings and another series which married floral themes with Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian portraiture. De Feo’s colorful and lively book reproduces more than 200 of his flower-inspired images and features commentary from a diverse group of people who have supported his often-clandestine work.
Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of The Da Vinci Code were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo's art. Math and the Mona Lisa picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off, illuminating Leonardo's life and work to uncover connections that, until now, have been known only to scholars.Bülent Atalay, a distinguished scientist and artist, examines the science and mathematics that underlie Leonardo's work, paying special attention to the proportions, patterns, shapes, and symmetries that scientists and mathematicians have also identified in nature. Following Leonardo's own unique model, Atalay searches for the internal dynamics of art and science, revealing to us the deep unity of the two cultures. He provides a broad overview of the development of science from the dawn of civilization to today's quantum mechanics. From this base of information, Atalay offers a fascinating view into Leonardo's restless intellect and modus operandi, allowing us to see the source of his ideas and to appreciate his art from a new perspective.
Written in Wood
Walker, George, A.
A cold case from 1917, the tragic cost of the events of 9/11, and the rise and fall of a media baron. These are the themes as imagined by George Walker in his three wordless contemporary narratives -- The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, The Book of Hours and Conrad Black -- told in wood engravings. The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson Thomson was a young Canadian artist of great promise. When his body was discovered in a lake in Algonquin Park in July 1917, Thomson had been missing for eight days. Although the official cause of death was accidental drowning, the corpse had fishing line wrapped around a leg and the head showed evidence of trauma. The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson re-imagines in some 100 wood engravings the events leading up to Thomson's tragic death and the discovery of his body. Book of Hours: A Wordless Novel Told in 99 Wood Engravings is a sequence of visual narratives chronicling the 24-hour period leading up to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The book charts the imagined lives of people who worked in the twin towers. Walker imbues his book with the specter of horror that the reader knows will shatter the lives of those involved and forever alter the course of world events. Walker's Conrad Black imagines the life of this notorious, intellectually complex and fascinating business figure. Black's life is relayed in a sequence of events and episodes in no discernible pattern. Initial impulses set in motion in the early years tumble forward through the decades, culminating in downfall and catharsis.
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.
Shepard Fairey Inc.: Artist, Professional, Vandal
Daichendt, G. James
Shepard Fairey Inc.: Artist/Professional/Vandal, is the first treatment of his extraordinary domain that is not an authorized product of his studio. From clothing and advertising to the world of fine art, the reach of this "street artist" extends to all aspects of society; yet given his great success, he is also the target of critics and detractors. He has challenged conventions, formulas, paradigms, and traditional borders that make many uncomfortable, spurring consistent debate over the legitimacy of his artwork, the authenticity of his background, and the ethics of his design processes. By reflecting on the many layers of being an antimodern artist, we learn much about both the current state of the art world and Fairey's influence on it. Featuring a wide variety of remarkable color photographs and a Foreword by Robbie Conal, Shepard Fairey Inc. gives us a fresh, objective understanding of the work of this astonishing artist.
Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer
Everyone knows a Feiffer illustration when they see one: His characters leap across the page, each line belying humor and psychological insight. Over Feiffer’s prolific 70-year career, his nimble and singular imagination has given us new perspectives as well as biting satires on politics, love, marriage, and religion—alternating with stories imbued with the playful anarchy of a child. Feiffer’s varied output includes children’s books (The Phantom Tollbooth and Bark, George), plays (Little Murders), movies (Carnal Knowledge and Popeye), and comic strips (most notably in his Pulitzer Prize–winning Village Voice comic strip of 42 years). Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer is the long-awaited illustrated retrospective of Feiffer’s celebrated career, providing a revealing glimpse into his creative process and his role as America’s foremost Renaissance man of the arts.
Chihuly [Slipcased Set]
Kuspit, Donald B.
Two volume slipcase covering the art of Dale Chihuly from 1968 to the present day.
C215: #christianguemy Stencil Art
C215 is the pseudonym chosen by Christian Guémy ("The French Banksy"), one of the world’s most important masters of contemporary street art. He became famous in 2008 when Banksy invited him to collaborate on some projects, and today, even though he has the talent to work for galleries or museums, he continues producing his art on the street. See his amazing creations, and get to know him through a series of interviews conducted by Alessandra Mattanza, an expert in international street art. Known for drawing, painting, spray-painting, and personally photographing his works, C215 himself has in fact taken many of the images shown in this eye-opening volume. These photos enrich this intimate portrait of the artist, presenting his vision and his experience on the street. Readers can grasp the essence of his philosophy, and discover his most important works in the cities of Paris, London, Los Angeles, New York, Rome, Istanbul, New Delhi, and Fez as well as in Brazil, Poland, Israel, and Morocco.
Bruegel in Detail: The Portable Edition
Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525–1569) is known for his beautiful landscapes and peasant scenes. Reproducing all of Bruegel’s best-known paintings, drawings, and prints, this book reveals them in stunning large close-up details that showcase his mastery. It offers astonishing views of popular works such as Hunters in the Snow, Peasant Wedding, and The Tower of Babel. The prints and drawings section includes his series on Sins and Virtues. Bruegel expert Manfred Sellink reveals how the artist introduced new subject matter into fine art and examines his use of landscape, perhaps the artist’s greatest innovation.
Chihuly: 1997-2014 (Volume 2)
This large, beautifully produced volume is a companion to the acclaimed Chihuly, Volume 1 originally published in 1997, which covered the first 30 years of the artist’s career. Here, Donald Kuspit surveys the work of Dale Chihuly from 1997 to the present, a pivotal time in the artist’s career. Long established as one of the most significant artists to ever work in glass, Chihuly began at this point to increase the scale of his work, mounting large museum exhibitions. He brought his work outdoors, building monumental installations in historic cities and at 12 preeminent gardens in Europe and America. Chihuly has also focused on architectural commissions from all over the world, culminating with his designing an exhibition space for his work that includes a glasshouse and garden in Seattle. For all the many fans of Chihuly’s astonishing work, this book is the most sumptuous yet published.
The newly released Chihuly Projects is a fascinating retrospective that spans more than thirty years of Dale Chihuly's career in glassblowing and installation. This volume illustrates the evolution of Chihuly's daring and inventive projects - from his first experiments at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent large-scale architectural installations. Chihuly has approached artistic boundaries as challenges to be overcome, installing seemingly impossible sculptures in locations around the world. Chihuly Projects profiles thirty-three of these installations, inviting readers to stretch beyond their relationship with light, color, design, and architecture to gain from Chihuly's dramatic alliances between glass and space and people.
Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever (Third Edition)
The pavement chalk artist is a master of art, perspective, creativity and performance. Julian Beever is one such extraordinary master. More than just traditional flat drawings, the works Beever creates are uniquely three-dimensional anamorphic drawings. They are drawn in perspective and distorted so the subject can be viewed properly only from one particular viewpoint. For those who are standing in the right place, his chalk drawings invite them to step right into the scene or, in the case of the artist's well-known "Swimming Pool in the High Street", dive right into the water.Pavement Chalk Artist includes a fabulous selection of Beever's most intriguing anamorphic drawings. Each one is accompanied by a description of the techniques he used and the challenges he overcame. These photographs record the development of his unusual skill and understanding of perspective. Readers can see how his art progresses and matures as he takes on commissioned works and a wealth of original, inventive subjects in locations worldwide.The photographs tell the story, giving readers both an understanding of the principles of this 3-D art form and the pleasure of sharing the scenes that passersby once enjoyed before these unique works disappeared forever. This new edition includes 16 new pages of Beever's recent art, in addition to the 16 added to the second edition, for a total of 32 new pages.
Gallagher, Ann (Edt)
This book is the most thorough and up-to-date survey of the work of Susan Hiller, one of most influential artists of her generation. Moving fluidly between film, audio, video, and projection, and drawing on found materials such as wallpaper, postcards, and audio interviews, Hiller’s large-scale installations have done much in recent decades to redefine what a work of art can be. Much of her work is centered on the subconscious mind and ideas of the paranormal, exploring close encounters, automatic writing, and extrasensory perception, among other subjects. This enthralling survey of her entire career, published to accompany a major Tate exhibition, includes a conversation between the critics Guy Brett and Yves-Alan Bois, and the artist.
Leonardo Da Vinci (30- Second)
Wallace, Marina (Edt)
Artist, anatomist, architect, botanist, cartographer, engineer, mathematician, musician, scientist, sculptor – the word ‘polymath’ cannot provide the full measure of Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary talents. If you only know Leonardo as the painter of the famous, much copied portrait, the Mona Lisa, seize the chance to brush up your knowledge and discover what is meant by the term Renaissance Man.30 Second Leonardo Da Vinci is the quickest way to grapple with the truly diverse thoughts of the ultimate Renaissance superhero. Here, the world’s leading Leonardo scholars present an instant and expert guide to the breadth and brilliance of his greatest innovations. Each entry is summarized in just 30 seconds – using nothing more than two pages, 300 words and a single picture. Illustrated with inventive graphics and supported by studies of his key paintings, it’s the ultimate book to quench your curiosity.
Lavishly illustrated and engagingly written, this stunning new volume is an intimate appreciation of birds of all kinds by "the most influential wildlife artist of the twentieth century." A must-have book for bird and art lovers alike.
This book explores the career of the St Ives artist Kate Nicholson, daughter of Ben and Winifred Nicholson, from her early landscapes, the still lifes painted in Cumberland and St Ives, the abstracts – many of them inspired by her travels in Greece – to the late works made on the Isle of Eigg in the Hebrides. It examines her artistic relationship with her mother, with whom she painted side by side in Cumberland and Scotland, and on their many Greek travels. It also discusses her creative relationship with her father with whom she lived in St Ives in the mid-1950s for two years, as well as her friendship with many of the St Ives artists and her role in the Penwith Society.Published to accompany the exhibition 'Kate Nicholson' at Falmouth Art Gallery, this book is the first monograph on this highly talented artist who deserves to be better known. It illustrates many works from both public and private collections and draws on groundbreaking new research, together with the author's experience of travelling with her on painting trips.
Mondrian and His Studios: Colour in Space
Manacorda, Francesco (Edt)
The enduring relevance of Dutch-born artist Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) speaks to his pioneering role in abstract art, but also to the complex relationship between his artworks, the space around them, and the belief that they were conceived to inspire. His studios in Amsterdam, Paris, and New York reflect different stages of the painter’s way of thinking as well as his evolving intentions. Each studio was designed to allow the artist to perform a clearly defined intellectual and social role. An eye-opening look into the spaces that inspired him, this book also explores Mondrian’s broader relationship with architecture and urbanism, particularly through a comparison of his earlier Parisian works and those made in the frenetic modern cityscape of New York. Vividly illustrated with many of Mondrian’s best-known works and photographs of the artist in his studios, this intriguing book sheds new light on his creative process.
Gift: The Art of David Flores
Gift: The Art of David Flores is an in-depth review of Flores' career in the arts from skateboard designer to noted street artist and muralist. From Walt Disney to Nelson Mandela, his work is a celebration of pop culture and the people who make a difference in the world. Filled with text and hundreds of images analyzing his art and development as an artist, it's the very first in-depth review of Flores' significant rise to fame. Noted for his stained glass approach to portraiture, the iconic nature of imagery explodes off the page.
Gainsborough and the Theatre
Based on new research this fascinating book draws together a group of works from public and private collections to examine, for the first time, the relationship that Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) had with the theatrical world and the most celebrated stage artists of his day, such as James Quin, David Garrick and Sarah Siddons. Gainsborough painted notable portraits of these and twenty others, including dramatists, dancers and composers. This publication firmly establishes the artist's place within the theatrical worlds of Bath and London and shows why the art of ballet, and in particular Gainsborough's sitters, rose to prominence in 1780 and examines parallels between Gainsborough's much admired painterly naturalism and the theatrical naturalism of Garrick and Siddons with whom he had personal friendships.
William Wegman: Paintings
William Wegman’s postcard paintings reflect a lifetime of engagement with narrative, perspective, art history, architecture, popular culture, humor, and philosophy in art. Starting with one or more vintage postcards, Wegman constructs scenes that range from intimate interiors to cosmic vistas, filling audaciously complex spaces with intriguing incident. Collected together, the paintings possess the universal, encyclopedic, and mysterious qualities of their source materials. In addition to Martin Filler’s introduction, a stellar group of contributors responds to the work.
Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World
Unger, Miles J.
In 1900, an 18-year-old Spaniard named Pablo Picasso made his first trip to Paris. It was in this glittering capital of the international art world that, after suffering years of poverty and neglect, he emerged as the leader of a bohemian band of painters, sculptors, and poets. Fueled by opium and alcohol, inspired by raucous late-night conversations at the Lapin Agile cabaret, Picasso and his friends resolved to shake up the world.For most of these years Picasso lived and worked in a squalid tenement known as the Bateau Lavoir, in the heart of picturesque Montmartre. Here he met his first true love, Fernande Olivier, a muse whom he would transform in his art from Symbolist goddess to Cubist monster. These were years of struggle, often of desperation, but Picasso later looked back on them as the happiest of his long life.Recognition came slowly: first in the avant-garde circles in which he traveled, and later among a small group of daring collectors, including the Americans Leo and Gertrude Stein. In 1906, Picasso began the vast, disturbing masterpiece known as Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Inspired by the groundbreaking painting of Paul Cezanne and the startling inventiveness of African and tribal sculpture, Picasso created a work that captured and defined the disorienting experience of modernity itself. The painting proved so shocking that even his friends assumed he'd gone mad. Only his colleague George Braque understood what Picasso was trying to do. Over the next few years they teamed up to create Cubism, the most revolutionary and influential movement in 20th-century art.This is the story of an artistic genius with a singular creative gift. It is filled with heartbreak and triumph, despair and delirium, all of it played out against the backdrop of the world's most captivating city.
Primal Beauty: The Sculptural Artistry of CrystalWorks
Over the last three decades, Lawrence Stoller's CrystalWorks has been pioneering an extraordinary new art form, the cutting and polishing of mega-crystals and -gemstones, which can weigh up to a ton, and combining them with bronze bases and light, becoming sculptures of transcendent splendor. Primal Beauty features an extraordinary collection of these works, each paired with a poignant, inspiring quotation from a distinguished voice to illuminate an aspect of art, aesthetics, wisdom, nature, ecology, evolution, physics, or metaphysics that accentuates the presence and raw power of each crystal sculpture. Enhanced with behind-the-scenes stories of Stoller's adventures traveling the globe sourcing the stones and meditations on crystal's mineralogical qualities and arcane meanings, hundreds of stunning photographs capture these beings of "frozen light" in all their exquisite geometry, transporting us to mysterious otherworlds.
William Powell Frith: The People's Painter
Green, Richard (Edt)
William Powell Frith (1819-1909), famous for his picture The Derby Day which normally hangs at Tate Britain, was the most celebrated painter of modern-life subjects in mid-Victorian England and the most popular British artist of that time. Published to mark the bicentenary of his birth and in association with an exhibition at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, this richly illustrated volume of essays offers fresh and fascinating perspectives on Frith's career and context.
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