Many of our most cherished childhood memories recall the pleasure of sitting in a big comfy chair while a doting parent reads from a lovingly illustrated picture book. Jack and the Bean Stalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Robinson Crusoethe colorful illustrations that decorated the pages of these stories remain forever captured in the minds eye.
Once Upon a Time reawakens the joys of childhood reading, of seeing a story come alive in words and pictures on the printed pageand in our nascent imaginations. Drawing upon the extraordinary collection of Victorian-era illustrated books amassed by Arthur and Ellen Liman, it presents fairy tales and fables, nursery rhymes, instructional books, juvenile fiction, histories, and manners manuals. Created through a variety of illustration techniques and printing processes, most are beautifully colored. Many are also animated with moveable parts. These striking objects are accompanied by brief texts that place them within their era and illuminate the rise of children's literature in America as a cultural phenomenon related to the growth of literacy, an increase in leisure time, and an understanding of the "infant mind." The moral of this story: learning your ABCs can be a visual pleasure.
When the young artist Everard Jean Hinrichs was looking for a new name, he chose "Sloane" as a tribute to his mentor John Sloane and "Eric" as homage to his greatest inspiration, America. This original collection of Eric Sloane's oil paintings spotlights his evocative depictions of the nation's landscape and material culture. Shimmering with immense historical and nostalgic appeal, it features nearly a hundred of the artist's finest paintings of locations ranging from New England to the American Southwest. A perfect introduction to Sloane's art, this fine anthology will also appeal to the painter's many longtime fans. Michael Wigley, whose Santa Fe gallery is a primary venue for Sloane's artwork, selected these images from an extensive legacy. Wigley also provides an informative commentary on the artist's techniques, and Mimi Sloane offers a warm reminiscence of her husband's life and lively career.
In the eighties, Cuban art centered on ideology, exoticism, shamanism, and a Beuysian conceptual legacy prevalent among students at the Instituto Superior de Artes, a power-house for young artists. Many of the artists from this generation left the island for Mexico and the United States. In the nineties many artists have chosen, almost strategically, to stay in Cuba. Their narratives deal with race, sexuality, camouflage, tourism, and the "hybrid" as the reigning cultural metaphor for the endless contradictions of contemporary Cuban life. This book includes work by Pedro Alvarez, Saidel Brito, Carmen Cabrera, Henry Erik, Luis Gomez, Douglas Perez, and Jose Vincench among others.
Spanish-born architect Santiago Calatrava has achieved considerable international acclaim in recent years with his breathtaking feats of engineering in the service of elegant and humanistic modern forms. While his most recent success was the much-lauded (and much-televised) stadium, velodrome, and other structures of the Athens Olympics, Calatrava first established his reputation as the preeminent engineer of our time with a stunning series of bridges designed for cities around the globe―Barcelona, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Orl ans, Seville, Venice, and Jerusalem.
Recent years have witnessed the introduction of Calatrava's elegant forms to the American cityscape with designs for an innovative apartment tower and the much-anticipated World Trade Center Transportation Hub, both planned for lower Manhattan. But before these designs were unveiled, Calatrava completed the Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum, which Time named the best new design project of 2001. This beautifully illustrated monograph is a detailed exploration of a celebrated American architectural masterpiece.
Calatrava's spectacular cultural and civic projects have secured his place in the pantheon of world-class twenty-first-century architects. In addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, he's celebrated for train stations in Zurich, Lyons, Lisbon, and Li ge; the Sondica Airport in Bilbao; the Tenerife Concert Hall in the Spanish Canary Islands; and the Valencia Science Museum, Planetarium, and Opera House.
A Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825 reveals how artists depicted themselves and their profession from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. This richly illustrated book presents engravings, etchings, woodcuts, mezzotints, and lithographs from the collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. It provides an in-depth examination of works by Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain, Adriaen van Ostade, Salvator Rosa, William Hogarth, Goya, and many other European masters. A Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825 accompanies an exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. The prints in this book are grouped into four themes: "Icon," "Work," "Genius," and "Market." Together the themes present a comprehensive look at how artists used art to define individual and group identities. From the late Middle Ages onward, artists struggled to improve their social status. This quest affected the ways in which they represented themselves, other artists, and subjects relating to their profession. The prints featured in this book focus on artists' lives and work and on the roles that both artists and the arts held in society. Many of the examples are self-portraits, whereas others depict artists at work, interacting with clients, or in training.
Focusing on ink-printed graphics, more than 6,000 examples are cited, ranging from the 15th to the 20th century. Works by many of the leading printmakers of the Western world are represented, including unique and exceedingly rare impressions by Durer, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, and many others.
Each of 100 entries discusses and illustrate a single print, several impressions, or portions of series. Information on the date, size, state, signature, inscriptions, catalogue raisonne numbers, watermark, provenance, and exhibition and publication history of each print precedes the extended text. An essay presents relevant biograhical detail, analysis of imagery, description or style, and critical comment. Also included is a list of 6000 other prints, arranged alphabetically according to nationality, medium, and artist; 290 of these prints are illustrated.