Art Theory and Criticism
Letters from the Avant-Garde
Modern Graphic Design
Paperback ISBN: 1568980523
Letters from the Avant-Garde presents designs for business ephemera -- including stationery, envelopes, postcards, and business cards -- created by F.T. Marinetti, André Breton, Herbert Bayer, Kurt Schwitters, El Lissitzky, Mies van der Rohe, Jan Tschichold, Ladislav Sutnar, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and many others. Working in Europe and the U.S. between 1909 and 1950, these designers used printed stationery to project the public identities of avant-garde movements to an international community, disseminating modernist theory and practice around the globe via the postal service. Letters from the Avant-Garde features over 150 illustrations, in color and black and white, of printed ephemera from the collections of Elaine Lustig Cohen and other sources. Letters from the Avant-Garde is an invaluable resource for all those interested in graphic design, typography, and the history of modernism. Critical essays show how artists and designers mobilized the techniques of commercial communication to promote their ideals and ambitions. Gathered together for the first time, the materials presented in this book are typographic self-portraits of the most influential people and institutions in the development of modern design.
On Book Design
Hardcover ISBN: 0300075707
Award-winning book designer Hendel sets out the approaches and considerations that contribute to creating a fine volume. He includes such variables as the book's size and shape, typeface for text and display, the arrangement of type on the page, and typographical details for all parts of the book within manufacturing and budget limits. He uses two of his own designs as case studies. Then eight other designers offer their views. A brief glossary is included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans
Paperback ISBN: 1578062829
What do the comic book figures Static, Hardware, and Icon all have in common? Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans gives an answer that goes far beyond "tights and capes," an answer that lies within the mission Milestone Media, Inc., assumed in comic book culture. Milestone was the brainchild of four young black creators who wanted to part from the mainstream and do their stories their own way. This history of Milestone, a "creator-owned" publishing company, tells how success came to these mavericks in the 1990s and how comics culture was expanded and enriched as fans were captivated by this new genre. Milestone focused on the African American heroes in a town called Dakota. Quite soon these black action comics took a firm position in the controversies of race, gender, and corporate identity in contemporary America. Characters battled supervillains and sometimes even clashed with more widely known superheroes. Front covers of Milestone comics often bore confrontational slogans like "Hardware: A Cog in the Corporate Machine is About to Strip Some Gears." Milestone's creators aimed for exceptional stories that addressed racial issues without alienating readers. Some competitors, however, accused their comics of not being black enough or of merely marketing Superman in black face. Some felt that the stories were too black, but a large cluster of readers applauded these new superheroes for fostering African American pride and identity. Milestone came to represent an alternative model of black heroism and, for a host of admirers, the ideal of masculinity. Black Superheroes gives details about the founding of Milestone and reports on the secure niche its work and its image achieved in the marketplace. Tracing the company's history and discussing its creators, their works, and the fans, this book gauges Milestone alongside other black comic book publishers, mainstream publishers, and the history of costumed characters.
The Color of Time
Paperback ISBN: 0500282730
Monet is one of the greatest Impressionists as well as being the most popular, yet books about him have concentrated either on aesthetic or on social aspects of his work without attempting a synthesis. Here Virginia Spate provides a full interpretation of Monet's paintings, examining the various ways in which they can be read; the tension between image and reality that energizes them; and the mysterious interactions between the work, its exhibition, promotion, and sale, and its reception both in public and in private. Based on a study of the artist's complete oeuvre, his surviving letters, and contemporary documentary material, this is the fullest account available of a complex and influential man whose style changed and evolved considerably during his long career. Monet's often neglected figure paintings, always of family or friends, are analyzed alongside his landscapes, which ranged from river scenes to steam-filled railway stations. Changes in his output in response to shifts in demand are linked to the new system of art dealers and to his financial situation. The France of Monet's youth and maturity is covered in depth, especially the traumatic legacy of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune; and his famous garden at Giverny is shown to be both a personal utopia and a vital part of his creative processes. This definitive treatment of a hugely important artist makes an indispensable contribution to the art history of Impressionism and the roots of modernism. 135 color and 165 b/w illustrations. Originally published in hardcover under the title: Claude Monet: Life and Work.
The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide
3rd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1581152043
New third edition! This classic art reference shows artists how to handle materials safely while practicing their craft. Dozens of at-a-glance tables and charts present vital information about art materials, ingredients, technical hazards, proper protective equipment, and safe work practices simply and accurately. This brand-new third edition is now completely revised and expanded to detail lifesaving new safety and ventilation equipment, present urgent new discoveries on toxins and pollutants found in arts and crafts materials, and explain the controversies surrounding new government regulations. A virtual lifesaver for all art and craft workers.
A Concise History of American Architecture
Paperback ISBN: 0064300862
Explores the factors and influences that have enriched American architecture throughout its development from colonial times to the present, covering houses, apartments, factories, and office buildings and the architects who designed them