Fine Arts Specific Aspects
The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
The Rape of Europa
The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Paperback      ISBN: 0679756868
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

The real story behind the major motion picture The Monuments Men. The cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. And the story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich's war on European culture and the Allies' desperate effort to preserve it.

From the Nazi purges of "Degenerate Art" and Goering's shopping sprees in occupied Paris to the perilous journey of the Mona Lisa from Paris and the painstaking reclamation of the priceless treasures of liberated Italy, The Rape of Europa is a sweeping narrative of greed, philistinism, and heroism that combines superlative scholarship with a compelling drama.
Think Small: The Tiniest Art in the World
Think Small
The Tiniest Art in the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 1452156964

From the astounding to the downright unbelievable, this little volume of mind-blowingly tiny artworks showcases the talents of 24 artists from around the globe. Makers, crafters, art enthusiasts, and fans of tiny works will delight in this homage to all things infinitesimally small. Replete with more than 200 images of miniature masterpieces-- including intricately carved pencil leads, fantastical dioramas floating in test tubes, ceramic vases smaller than a sixsided die, crystal cityscape shells designed for hermit crabs, and more--Think Small is sure to make a big impression.

200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills
200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills
Paperback      ISBN: 0764138111

Challenging tutorials, 35 imaginative projects to complete, and tips from professional artists introduce beginning students to the building blocks of art. This profusely illustrated book teaches serious beginners the fundamental skills of graphic design as an introduction to their formal study in fine art, illustration, computer game design, interior design, animation, and virtually all other avenues in the visual arts. The author advises on setting up a proper workspace and assembling the needed materials--everything from sketchpads and paints to affordable computer software. Chapters that follow present themes and related projects that instruct readers in

  • The basics of line art for illustration and lettering
  • Understanding color and tone and using color media
  • Texture in art
  • Spatial relationships and perspective
  • Creating shapes and relating them to other elements of composition
    More than 200 color illustrations demonstrate art principles and practical techniques, and show students how to apply what they are learning in a wide range of media.
  • Alternative Art and Anthropology: Global Encounters
    Alternative Art and Anthropology
    Global Encounters
    Hardcover      ISBN: 147423125x

    While the importance of the relationship between anthropology and contemporary art has long been recognized, the discussion has tended to be among scholars from North America, Europe, and Australia; until now, scholarship and experiences from other regions have been largely absent from mainstream debate. Alternative Art and Anthropology: Global Encounters rectifies this by offering a ground-breaking new approach to the subject. Entirely dedicated to perspectives from Asia, Latin America, and Africa, the book advances our understanding of the connections between anthropology and contemporary art on a global scale. Across ten chapters, a range of anthropologists, artists, and curators from countries such as China, Japan, Indonesia, Bhutan, Nigeria, Chile, Ecuador, and the Philippines discuss encounters between anthropology and contemporary art from their points of view, presenting readers with new vantage points and perspectives. Arnd Schneider, a leading scholar in the field, draws together the various threads to provide readers with a clear conceptual and theoretical narrative. The first to map the relationship between anthropology and contemporary art from a global perspective, this is a key text for students and academics in areas such as anthropology, visual anthropology, anthropology of art, art history, and curatorial studies.

    American Artists: Signatures and Monograms, 1800 to 1989
    American Artists
    Signatures and Monograms, 1800 to 1989
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0810822490

    Listing 5,100 artists, with nearly 10,000 signatures, Castagno gives approximately 25% more information about artists' full names and birth and death dates than any other directory; lists nearly 1,000 artists overlooked by the American Art Annuals; and includes many important 19th-century artists and notable late 20th-century artists omitted in other indexed directories. With 600 listings of prominent Canadian and Latin American artists, and 900 listings of monograms, pseudonyms, symbols, etc. that would be unidentifiable without the use of the book.

    Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americas
    Art & Place
    Site-Specific Art of the Americas
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0714865516

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    Art & Place is an extraordinary collection of site-specific art in the Americas. Featuring hundreds of powerful art works in 60 cities - from Albuquerque to Boston and Baja to Rio de Janeiro - the book is both an informative guide and a virtual bucket list of outstanding art destinations.

    Conceived and developed by Phaidon editors, Art & Place covers carving, painting, murals, frescos, earthworks, land art, and more. Each of the works has a dedicated entry pairing gorgeous, large‐format images with in‐depth descriptions. Maps pinpoint the sites' locations while specially commissioned plans reveal some of the more complex layouts. The book is organized geographically, offering fresh juxtapositions among familiar art works, such as Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate and Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, alongside lesser-known revelations, such as Inhotim Centro de Arte Contempor nea in Brazil. Whether in the mountains, at the heart of a city, or on a remote island, the works in Art & Place are all inextricably linked with their environment. This is art to experience in an immersive way, presented together in a single book for the first time.

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    Art Crime
    Art Crime
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0275947718

    This is the only book by a criminologist to look at the full range of crime involving works of art: forgery, fraud, theft, smuggling, and vandalism. It is up to date, drawing on much material from the boom years of the art market in the 1980s and continuing up through the 1990s, and assimilating information from a variety of sources: art magazines, newspaper accounts, and the relatively small amount of scholarship on art crime by art historians and criminologists. In addition to considering the motives of thieves, the book looks at the way art theft is socially organized: the types of thefts that are committed, the ways thieves locate art to steal and how they gain access to it, their use of insiders and fronts, and the way they launder stolen art. The relationship between art theft and organized crime, especially drug traffickers, is investigated. After looking at explanations of art vandalism and the way vandals explain their behavior, the book concludes with a consideration of policies to curb art crime. The entire book is written in a highly entertaining way, packed with case studies of numerous crimes and stories of smuggling, grave-robbing, and skullduggery, that will appeal to a general audience as well as professionals and academics in criminology, sociology, and art history.

    Art in the Courtroom
    Art in the Courtroom
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0275959716

    Providing legal analysis and touching upon social history and art history themes, this work offers an objective review of five art trials. Spanning the last 20 years, specific areas of law are examined with each trial: First and Fifth Amendments, copyright law, contract law, valuation of art, and misrepresentation. Art, outside of the legal vacuum, has been embroiled in a battle initiated by social conservatives to promote decency. Three trials involving this struggle and the National Endowment of the Arts are analyzed. The valuation of art is examined in the context of Andy Warhol's estate and copyright law is considered because of the appropriation of contemporary images by Jeff Koons. Although each trial is reviewed distinctly, all are interwoven to present major issues relating to contemporary art.

    Entertaining aspects of each trial contribute to the understanding of art and law. For art students, copyright, contract and constitutional analysis in the context of actual hearings is an invaluable resource outlining afforded protections and options. To scholars interested in contemporary art and its encounters with the law, this text bridges the gap between two seemingly disparate worlds.

    The Artist in American Society: The Formative Years
    The Artist in American Society
    The Formative Years
    Paperback      ISBN: 0226317544

    What was the place of the artist in a new society? How would he thrive where monarchy, aristocracy, and an established church--those traditional patrons of painting, sculpture, and architecture--were repudiated so vigorously? Neil Harris examines the relationships between American cultural values and American society during the formative years of American art and explores how conceptions of the artist's social role changed during those years.

    The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide (Fourth Edition)
    The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide (Fourth Edition)
    4th Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1621536122

    Safe use of art or craft materials requires awareness and training. A host of toxic industrial chemicals and environmental pollutants, including lead, cadmium, mercury, asbestos, cancer-causing dyes and pigments, and brain-damaging hydrocarbon solvents, are often found in these materials.

    The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide, Fourth Edition, is the classic guide to using these potentially toxic materials safely and ethically. Additionally, this book is also designed to help art workers and teachers comply with applicable health and safety laws, including the new Globally Harmonized System for labelling as well as safety information adopted by most countries. Coverage includes:
    • Technical hazards information in plain language
    • Tables of data on art material ingredients
    • Steps to comply with health and safety laws
    • Safety checklists for studios and classrooms
    • Detailed descriptions of safe practices
    • Recommendations for proper protective equipment
    • Precautions for children, pregnant women, men and women planning families, and others who are susceptible to toxic substances
    Newly revised with the most up-to-date information on safety requirements and protocols, The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide is required reading for anyone who regularly uses or teaches with art and craft materials as well as for professionals who design or maintain art facilities.