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5000 Years of Indian Art
5000 Years of Indian Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 8174368531

A beautiful reference book that explores Indian Art through 5000 years, collected from museums, galleries and private collections worldwide. Exquisite packaging - the book is placed within a handcrafted box with a magnetic flap. 5000 Years of Indian Art demystifies the story of Indian art spread over the millennia. This visually stunning book offers a panoramic view of Indian art from pre-historic times to the contemporary period. The absorbing narrative links different predominant artistic genres (like prehistoric art, ancient Indian art of Vedic and Buddhist traditions, temple art, Mughal miniature painting, colonial art, modern Indian art, and contemporary art) that were prevalent in different eras, instead of following formally demarcated historical periods. The illustrated tale encompasses the entire gamut from the earliest primitive markings on stones, caves, and frescoes to exquisite paintings, sculptures, modern photography, finely crafted artifacts, media-inspired work, popular installations, and other forms of contemporary art. The book displays around 200 select masterpieces of art from museums, galleries, and private collections around India and the world. The history of Indian art is as old as the civilization itself and every major period of history has given it newer modes of expression. This book successfully captures all the myriad influences that have enriched Indian art over the years.

Special Subjects: Beginning Chinese Brush: Discover the Art of Traditional Chinese Brush Painting
Special Subjects: Beginning Chinese Brush
Discover the Art of Traditional Chinese Brush Painting
Paperback      ISBN: 1633222055

With comprehensive instruction and artist tips and tricks, Special Subjects: Beginning Chinese Brush is the perfect resource for beginning artists. Explore and experience this traditional medium

Special Subjects: Beginning Chinese Brush teaches aspiring artists everything they need to know to get started creating Chinese brush paintings. From choosing brushes to painting techniques, composition, and development, Special Subjects: Beginning Chinese Brush is bursting with valuable skills and lessons to help you learn how to use this traditional medium.

Artist Monika Cilmi guides you through an exploration of a variety of step-by-step Chinese brush paintings, covering basic concepts and techniques, such as different brushstrokes, as well as how to blend traditional methodswith your own personal style. Building on these introductory techniques, you can practice your craft with projects that cover a variety of subjects, including birds, flowers, and traditional landscapes. This is one tool that no artist will want to be without

Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China: Updated Edition
Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China
Updated Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 9881714338

In 1993, 10 contemporary Chinese artists debuted at the 45th Venice Biennale. The reception was lukewarm: people wanted to know if and when the Chinese avant-garde would cut through certain quaint notions of oriental mystique and evolve a distinct identity. Today, contemporary Chinese art is everywhere, and the innovations of the artists in this volume are now recognized as primary catalysts for the contemporary scene. Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China, first published in 2005 and now available in a revised edition, focuses on the stories of nine individuals who set it all in motion--Wang Guangyi, Geng Jianyi, Fang Lijun, Gu Dexin, Li Shan, Zhang Xiaogang, Xu Bing, Zhang Peili and Wang Jianwei. Now in its second edition, this insightful study is standard reading for anyone interested in contemporary Chinese art. Every chapter is fully illustrated with images chronicling the artists' youth, their mature work, the effects of international acclaim and the impact of the commercial art world.

Early Carpets and Tapestries on the Eastern Silk Road
Early Carpets and Tapestries on the Eastern Silk Road
Hardcover      ISBN: 1851498109

A mystifying group of carpets and tapestries created along the Silk Route over five hundred years ago is the topic of this richly illustrated book. The carpets and tapestries with riveting yet puzzling designs have been preserved in closed treasure houses in the former Japanese capital since the fourteenth to fifteenth centuries. They are brought out only one day a year for a Shinto-Buddhist festival procession and quickly returned to storage. This book is about their shrouded origin in China, the pariahs who wove them, the meaning of their obscure motifs, and the reasons for the secrecy continuing to surround their exhibition. Early Carpets and Tapestries on the Eastern Silk Road is written by Gloria Granz Gonick, Art Historian and Research Associate at The Fowler Museum at UCLA, former Guest Curator for Matsuri Japanese Festival Arts, and former Museum Curator for the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum. She has studied the collections and their intriguing past over the past two decades during multiple research visits to China and Japan. The sites in Asia where the carpets and tapestries were created centuries ago, and over two hundred exemplary artworks have been photographed in color, and documented for this fascinating volume. Contents: Introduction: A Collection of Carpets and Painted Wool Tapestries; The Two Mystery Collections: The Pile Carpets and Painted Tapestries; The Search for Provenance; The Painted Tapestries Preserved in China; Manichaeanism - The Religion Of Light, Vegetarianism; Change: The Challenge in China: Time, Space, and Terminology; Chinese Minority Costumes and Textiles: The Monguor; Painter-devotees in Northwest China: Murals and Mandala; Features of the Carpets and Painted Tapestries Preserved in Japan; Manichaen Motifs Depicted on the Carpets And Painted Tapestries; Painted Tapestries ( crane tapestries ) Produced in China's Southern Coastal Towns; Conclusions."

Ways Beyond Art: Ai Weiwei
Ways Beyond Art
Ai Weiwei
Hardcover      ISBN: 0955961327

A catalogue from the first Spanish exhibition of the Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei (China, 1957). It demonstrates the ironic humour of the artist which he unites in the same object with traditional Chinese culture (an ingredient which carries enormous weight in the artistic production of China).

The City Palace Museum Udaipur: Paintings of Mewar Court Life
The City Palace Museum Udaipur
Paintings of Mewar Court Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 094414229x

Among the City Palace Museum's varied collections is an outstanding group of unusually large pictures of court life that were painted at Udaipur from around 1700 until as late as the 1940s. This title discusses these remarkable paintings, and illustrated them in colour.

Hiroshige: Sea at Satta (Blank Sketch Book)
Hiroshige
Sea at Satta (Blank Sketch Book)
Hardcover      ISBN: 1783616881

A new series of blank sketch books, with luxurious bindings. Combining high-quality production with on the best and most popular art, the covers are printed on foil and embossed, foil stamped with gilded edges. Perfect for personal use, for anyone who sketches or makes notes, for students and artists, they also make a brilliant gift. This version features 'The Sea at Satta in Suruga Province' by Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) printed on silver foil.

Hiroshige was a prolific artist, creating over 5,000 works in his lifetime. Here he makes tribute to Hokusai's The Great Wave, off Kanagawa. The hectic activity of the waves is offset by Mount Fuji's tranquility, demonstrating Hiroshige's fascination with portraying the sensual moods of a landscape.
Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition
Byzantium and Islam
Age of Transition
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300179502

This groundbreaking volume explores the epochal transformations and unexpected continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the seventh to the ninth century. As the period opened, the Empire's southern provinces--the vibrant, diverse areas of North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean--were at the crossroads of trade routes reaching from Spain to China. These regions experienced historic upheavals when their Christian and Jewish communities encountered the emerging Islamic world, and by the ninth century, an unprecedented cross-fertilization of cultures had taken place.

This extraordinary age is brought vividly to life by leading international scholars, their writings accompanied by sumptuous illustrations of the period's most notable arts and artifacts. Resplendent images of authority, religion, and trade--embodied in precious metals, brilliant textiles, fine ivories, elaborate mosaics, manuscripts, and icons, many of them never before published--highlight the dynamic dialogue between the rich array of Byzantine styles and the evolving Islamic aesthetic. With its masterful exploration of two centuries that would shape the emerging medieval world, Byzantium and Islam provides a revelatory interpretation of a period with profound ramifications for the modern era.

Gods Are Leaving the Country: Art Theft from Nepal
Gods Are Leaving the Country
Art Theft from Nepal
Paperback      ISBN: 9748299198

The removal and sale to the West of the finest pieces of Nepalese art during the 1970s and 1980s is still going on. This text - the result of over ten years' research - reveals the shocking truth behind the plunder of a nation's artistic heritage for short-term gain.

Pointers and Clues to the Subjects of Chinese and Japanese Art
Pointers and Clues to the Subjects of Chinese and Japanese Art
Paperback      ISBN: 1588860019

An important reprint of the classic reference on Chinese and Japanese arts. The book explains the popular subjects that appear in Chinese and Japanese decorative arts, including mythological and Buddhist themes. A useful reference for scholars, dealers and other researchers of Chinese and Japanese arts.