Paperback ISBN: 0642541221
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) considered his drawing to be a very intimate means of expression - the "purest" and "most direct." His method of execution varied from charcoal, pencil, crayon, etcher's burin, lithographic tusche, to paper cut. Frequently his composition was of the female form. This small book reproduces drawings from late in the artist's career, when he created series of drawings in the great French tradition of the artist's book (livre de peintre), where original prints are combined with carefully selected texts. Included are illustrations from Jazz and other works.
Currents of Change
Art and Life Along the Mississippi River, 1850-1861
Paperback ISBN: 0816644527
Powerful and beautiful, the Mississippi River holds some of the nation's most interesting scenery and treasured history. Although the river had long been a channel for trade, the 1850s marked the transformation of the Mississippi River from a travel route to a vital conduit for cultural, artistic, and architectural ideas from Louisiana to Minnesota.Minneapolis Institute of Arts curators Jason Busch and Christopher Monkhouse have culled public and private collections to assemble an exhibition of fine and decorative arts from along the river during the period from 1850 to 1861, a time of unprecedented economic and technological change throughout the country. Currents of Change brings together art in all media: paintings, prints, drawings, furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles, and sculpture-many of which have never before been showcased in a national exhibition. Each of the 150 objects presented demonstrates the development of culture and design along the Mississippi River, honoring and preserving the artistic history of the era.The fully illustrated Currents of Change includes color plates and black-and-white photographs. Monkhouse, Busch, and Janet Whitmore, a freelance art historian, each contribute an essay to the publication. Monkhouse examines the development of America's artistic identity with the Mississippi River through Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha and Evangeline. Busch uses furnishings and portraits by artists like Thomas Sully and Alexander Roux to trace patterns of patronage and decoration along the river. Whitmore explores the Mississippi River landscape, people, and architecture in paintings by artists such as George Caleb Bingham and Henry Lewis.Jason Busch is assistant curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.Christopher Monkhouse is curatorial chair at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.Distributed for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Power of Art to Transform Lives
Paperback ISBN: 0933856407
Conceived as a series of journeys akin to those of saints or shamans, Negotiating Rapture brings together the work of Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, James Lee Byars, Lucio Fontana, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anselm Kiefer, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, and Bill Viola. These artists are exhibited together in order to reveal their diverse expressions of a shared longing: the basic and enduring human urge to transcend the ordinary and experience the sublime.Juxtaposed with a range of works by Old Masters and examples from architecture, literature, and anthropology, the works in Negotiating Rapture show how artists, as creators, move beyond common experience to a state approaching religious ecstasy and how we, as viewers, can in turn discover a deeper involvement in our own humanity. Major essays by Homi K. Bhabha, Georges Didi-Huberman, David Morgan, and Lee Siegel, as well as a series of focused contributions by Yve-Alain Bois, Wendy Doniger, Kenneth Frampton, Martin E. Marty, John Hallmark Neff, Annemarie Schimmel, and Helen Tworkov, consider how rapture resonates both in a cultural context and within the experience of a single human being. A "Travel Guide to Negotiating Rapture," written by curators Richard Francis and Sophia Shaw, explores how each artist in the exhibition has sought to define rapture and, by guiding the viewer/reader, initiates scrutiny of transformative experiences.
Hardcover ISBN: 0810945649
Westermann's oeuvre receives serious treatment in this catalogue raisonT, made in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. There are four lengthy essays, by Robert Storr (Museum of Modern Art, New York), Dennis Adrian (a friend of Westermann), Lynne Warren and Michael Rooks (both curators at the host museum). Westermann's amusing, beautifully crafted, and sometimes surreal sculptural works are fully described in the catalogue entries. The appendices contain a lengthy bibliography, chronology, and exhibition history. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)