Art on Specific Subjcts
How Visual Culture Is Going Places
Hardcover ISBN: 3899550846
"From surface and into space is the overlying design trend these days. Graphic designers and urban artists are creating objects and interiors, moving into art galleries and museums worldwide. Designs, artworks and illustrations are emerging into the third-dimension increasingly featuring ornamental and sculptural objects. Hidden Track documents this movement introducing protagonists and their spaces that are taking visual culture out of the underground to the level of high culture"--P.  of cover.
The Goblins of Labyrinth
Hardcover ISBN: 0810970554
This book of the grotesque creatures who love to torment unsuspecting humans--and most of whom starred in the movie Labyrinth--features detailed illustrations and humorous tales depicting the goblins' mind and spirit.
Bits & Pieces Put Together To Present A Semblance Of A Whole
Walker Art Center Collections
Hardcover ISBN: 0935640789
One of the country's premier institutions of contemporary art, the Walker Art Center has a collection of more than 11,000 objects dating from the early 20th century to the present. Its holdings represent the vast diversity of art-making around the world as well as the Walker's relationships with many of our culture's most creative minds, including Matthew Barney, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, William Klein, Yoko Ono, and Kara Walker. This book, which draws on extensive new research and unpublished archival materials, is a guide to the multidisciplinary collections as well as a primer on contemporary art. It includes lavishly illustrated essays on 350 artists working in visual arts, performing arts, film, video, new media, architecture, and design; a sixty-five-page scrapbook of the institution's history; and a full-color, foldout chronicle of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
The Art Of George R.R. Martin's; A Song Of Ice And Fire
Hardcover ISBN: 1589942183
This is a collection of art based on George R. R. Martin's bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. "No, I just want to stand on top of the Wall and piss off the edge of the world." - Tyrion Lannister. George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire has thrilled and inspired millions of readers since its debut in 1996. Its lush and cinematic style paints images in the mind, and more than a few artists have put those images to canvas (digital or otherwise). Now, for the first time, art inspired by this best-selling series is collected in The Art of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. From the North, with its epic Wall of socery and ice, through the war-torn Riverlands and down to the hot sands and hot tempers of Dorne; from the salt-sprayed Iron Islands in the west, across the grand city of King's Landing and across the sea to the strange and exotic locales of the East; from maester to knight to Dothraki horselord, the splendor and panoply of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond comes to life. Drawing from diverse sources, including Fantasy Flight Games' award-winning A Game of Thrones CCG and board game, The Art of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire will feature the popular locations and characters that have made the story great in gorgeous full-color. Including all-new artwork and a forward by George R. R. Martin himself, this book is sure to be a hit with fans of the series and will introduce countless others to the breath-taking scope of A Song of Ice and Fire.
An Analytical and Cosmological Approach
Paperback ISBN: 0892818034
â€¢ The classic study of the cosmological principles found in the patterns of Islamic art and how they relate to sacred geometry and the perennial philosophy. â€¢ 150 color and black-and-white drawings of Islamic patterns. â€¢ Explains how these patterns guide the mind from the mundane world of appearances to its underlying reality. For centuries the nature and meaning of Islamic art has been wrongly regarded in the West as mere decoration. In truth, because the portrayal of human and animal forms has always been discouraged on Islamic religious principles that forbid idolatry, the abstract art of Islam represents the sophisticated development of a nonnaturalistic tradition. Through this tradition, Islamic art has maintained its chief aim: the affirmation of unity as expressed in diversity. In this fascinating study the author explores the idea that unlike medieval Christian art, in which the polarization of such forms and patterns was relegated to a background against which to set sacred images, the geometrical patterns of Islamic art can reveal the intrinsic cosmological laws affecting all creation. Their primary function is to guide the mind from the mundane world of appearances toward its underlying reality. Numerous drawings connect the art of Islam to the Pythagorean science of mathematics, and through these images we can see how an Earth-centered view of the cosmos provides renewed significance to those number patterns produced by the orbits of the planets. The author shows the essential philosophical and practical basis of every art creation--whether a tile, carpet, or wall--and how this use of mathematical tessellations affirms the essential unity of all things. An invaluable study for all those interested in sacred art, Islamic Patterns is also a rich source of inspiration for artists and designers.
The Life of Christ in Woodcuts
Paperback ISBN: 0486468844
Although there are many volumes that explore the life of Christ, this one is unique, relying exclusively on stunning woodcut prints in place of text. Eloquent in its simplicity, it offers 71 black-and-white illustrations — from the Annunciation of Mary to Christ's ascension into heaven — in a moving retelling of the greatest story ever told.
Fairies & Fantasy
Learn to Paint the Enchanted World of Fairies, Angels, and Mermaids
Paperback ISBN: 1600581412
Fairies, mermaids, and angels have captivated imaginations throughout the centuries. Embodying all that is feminine, sparkly, and magical, these fantastic creatures have found their ways into countless stories, films, and works of art that appeal to people of all ages. And now anyone can discover how to bring them to life in watercolor with this delightful 64-page guide. Inside, artist-author Meredith Dillman shares the methods of her unique artistic style, which is influenced by Pre-Raphaelite paintings, turn-of-the-twentieth-century book illustrations, and modern-day Japanese manga—a combination that results in beautiful, contemporary artwork. Meredith provides instruction specific to creating the mythical beauties and their whimsical surroundings, showing readers how to draw and paint faces, bodies, hair, clothing, and more. The author also guides readers through several inspiring projects, demonstrating how to re-create the magic step by step.
The Language of Ornament
Paperback ISBN: 0500203431
Ornament, the art of decorative patterning, includes some of the most spectacular creations of human imagination and skill. Although the fashion for unadorned form pushed ornament to the margins of Western taste in the twentieth century, an ornamental revival is now under way. This book introduces the global panorama of ornament and will be of value to crafts people, collectors, and students of art history. Trilling's approach is both visual and historical. With over 200 illustrations, he presents the dazzling variety of ornament so that the reader can appreciate both its inherent form and the role it has played in everything from the monumental architecture of Mycenaean Greece to the inlaid vessels of Zhou Dynasty China, from the bronze mirrors of Early Celtic Britain to the carved and woven ornament of the Indians of Alaska and British Columbia. The characteristics of individual styles are balanced against their evolution and interaction from the Paleolithic Age to the present day. Special attention is paid to patterns that migrate across large stretches of space and time, showing how ornament becomes a record of cultural interaction through trade, conquest, and the spread of religions. Finally, Trilling explores the fate of ornament since the beginning of modernism in the early twentieth century. Modernism actually nurtured a vibrant and original ornamental style of its own, one so different from traditional ornament that its true nature went virtually unrecognized. Ornament in the postmodern era is open to any number of possible innovations, combining the modernist legacy with forms and principles from the world of traditional ornament. 50 color and 175 b/w illustrations.