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Renoir: His Life, Art, and Letters
Renoir
His Life, Art, and Letters
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810980886
An illustrated study of the life and art of the noted Impressionist traces Renoir's career from his early struggles to his triumphant later years and discusses his stylistic, technical, and topical contributions to art
Tacky the Penguin
Tacky the Penguin
Paperback      ISBN: 0395562333
Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.
The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
The Mayor of Castro Street
The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
Paperback      ISBN: 0312019009
A biography of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay city official in the nation, recounts his public and personal life, and examines the emergence of the San Francisco gay community as a social and political force
The Inro Handbook: Studies of Netsuke, Inro, and Lacquer
The Inro Handbook
Studies of Netsuke, Inro, and Lacquer
Hardcover      ISBN: 0834801353
For collectors who have discovered the delights of such miniature Japanese art forms as the inro and the netsuke, this authoritative and enlightening book offers a wealth of valuable information. That it also affords entry to a world of fascinating design and superb craftsmanship goes without saying. In addition to illustrating in color and discussing in detail 108 distinguished inro and their accompanying netsuke, as well as 18 related miniature objects, it presents highly informative essays on the making of inro, on pearl shell inlays, and, in particular on the materials and techniques of lacquer art, the last of these with 62 color photos. It also furnishes an extensive list of lacquer artists' signatures with 386 photos. It is refreshing to have an author tell his readers not only what his book is but also what it is not. In his introduction Bushell says: "This book is addressed to the collector of inro, netsuke, and other forms of miniature Japanese art, with emphasis on works in lacquer. Its purpose is specific and limited. It is not a comprehensive study of lacquer. It is not a historical survey, a technical analysis, a comparative examination, or a compendium of terms and definitions. In point of time it is limited to the Tokugawa, Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa periods. In point of craft it is limited to the later development of precise and sophisticated techniques, with their brilliant decorative effects." Bushell points out that he is not making an unnecessary emotional appeal in praise of lacquer. His objective is far more practical. This book is the product of his efforts to understand the structure underlying the beauty of lacquer art and to provide clear and simple explanations. Because other books on the subject had not satisfied him, he undertook his own basic research, and here he presents the information he acquired through painstaking study with master lacquer craftsmen and other authorities.
Piero Della Francesca
Piero Della Francesca
Hardcover      ISBN: 1558591680
The Spirit of Native America: Beauty and Mysticism in American Indian Art
The Spirit of Native America
Beauty and Mysticism in American Indian Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0877015155
Portrays the art and artifacts created by North American Indians
Use and Abuse of Art
Use and Abuse of Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0691018049
The lecturer traces the historical development of attitudes toward the arts over the past 150 years, suggesting that the present is a period of cultural liquidation, nothing less than the ending of the modern age that began with the Renaissance.
The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of the Italian Renaissance
The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of the Italian Renaissance
Paperback      ISBN: 0500201919
Living Materials: A Sculptor's Handbook
Living Materials
A Sculptor's Handbook
Paperback      ISBN: 0520064526
Covers clay, plaster building, mold-making, cement, stone carving, wood, plastic, metals, welding, bronze casting, and sand casting
Swimmy
Swimmy
Hardcover      ISBN: 0394817133
A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.