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Leonardo's Ink Bottle: The Artist's Way of Seeing
Leonardo's Ink Bottle
The Artist's Way of Seeing
Paperback      ISBN: 0890878544

This guide to creativity describes the rediscovery of and reliance upon instinct, intuition and the nature of inspiration, and asks the reader to lay aside the accepted definitions of logical realistic interpretation. The author goes on to examine the mastery of technique, and explains how to translate what comes in through the eye and out via the hand. Finally, we are we are asked to cast aside inspiration and the mastering of technique, stop thinking about it, and just do it.

Bloomsbury Women: Distinct Figures in Life and Art
Bloomsbury Women
Distinct Figures in Life and Art
Paperback      ISBN: 1862054509

First published in 1995, this gives new insight into the Bloomsbury group of writers and artists. The book traces the group from its beginnings in the early 20th century to the old age of its founders and the legacy that lives on. Illustrated throughout, this is a collection of portrait studies, decorative images, line drawings and photos.

Rodin: The Shape of Genius
Rodin
The Shape of Genius
Paperback      ISBN: 0300064985

This reinterpretation of Rodin's life and times draws on archives and letters to disentangle the facts of this artist's life from the many myths that have grown up around him. The book provides new interpretations of the motivations, execution and reception of Rodin's artistic creations.

In the Lands of the Enchanted Moorish Maiden: Islamic Art in Portugal
In the Lands of the Enchanted Moorish Maiden
Islamic Art in Portugal
Paperback      ISBN: 1874044368

This thematic travel guide contains ten itineraries for exploring Islamic Portugal, each taking a different geographical area and lasting 1-2 days. It is an exhibition' not of artefacts, but of landscapes, sites and monuments across central and southern Portugal which explores the art and history of more than five centuries of Muslim presence. It is filled throughout with colour photographs and includes three introductory essays on Islamic art in the Mediterranean', Gharb al-Andalus: a brief history' and The far west of Iberia'.

Manhattan Within
Manhattan Within
Hardcover      ISBN: 0375508686

Captures the Manhattan skyline as viewed from within Central Park, accompanied by a text booklet that shares the author-architect's observations on the city and his creation of a 360-degree sketch of the city.

How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age
How Latitudes Become Forms
Art in a Global Age
Paperback      ISBN: 0935640738

The rise of globalism has created tremendous challenges to old economic, political, and cultural paradigms, changes that are increasingly reflected in diverse artistic practices across the planet. If disciplinary boundaries are now crossed as easily as geographic ones, how does the new internationalism that we are facing affect aesthetics and artistic production? Is there a link, for example, between the rise of video works and the global availability of digital media? Does the global information age facilitate an international language of art and an alternative reading of history, from art history toward art histories? From the perspective of a museum of modern and contemporary art--a purely European construct--the art institution has to overcome a major contradiction, one that exists between its mission of permanence and its mission of change. To invite and encourage such dialogue, How Latitudes Become Forms looks at current scholarship on globalism and changing curatorial practices, and identifies critical models provided by artists themselves, featuring thought-provoking essays and conversations by curators, critics, and cultural programmers from across the world, as well as multidisciplinary artworks by more than 40 artists from Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States. Including conversations with Cuauhtemoc Medina & Vasif Kortun, Kathy Halbreich & Vishakha Desai, Steve Dietz & Raqs Media Collective, Philip Bither, Baraka Sele and Philippe Vergne.



"GLOBAL AGE. Sm4to, 352pgs. Book has a unique binding, bound in illustrated paper wraps held together with chrome screws and titling stamped on exposed text block spine, very clever. Catalog is an extensive examination of the exhibition replete with color images and writings on the show. One of the screws is missing from the binding, front cover at spine edge has a 1/4 semi-circle closed tear, corner tips of pgs.215-352 are slightly bumped and cover edges are lightly worn, otherwise book is solid and interior is clean and bright.

Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy
Air Guitar
Essays on Art and Democracy
Paperback      ISBN: 0963726455

The 23 essays (or "love songs") that make up the now classic volume Air Guitar trawl a "vast, invisible underground empire" of pleasure, through record stores, honky-tonks, art galleries, jazz clubs, cocktail lounges, surf shops and hot-rod stores, as restlessly on the move as the America they depict. Air Guitar pioneered a kind of plain-talking in cultural criticism, willingly subjective and always candid and direct. A valuable reading tool for art lovers, neophytes, students and teachers alike, Hickey's book--now in its eighth printing--has galvanized a generation of art lovers, with new takes on Norman Rockwell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol and Perry Mason. In June 2009, Newsweek voted Air Guitar one of the top 50 books that "open a window on the times we live in, whether they deal directly with the issues of today or simply help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways," and described the book as "a seamless blend of criticism, personal history, and a deep appreciation for the sheer nuttiness of American life."

Dave Hickey (born 1939) is one of today's most revered and widely read art writers. He has written for Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum and Vanity Fair among many others.
Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art
Conversation Pieces
Community and Communication in Modern Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0520238397

Some of the most innovative art of the past decade has been created far outside conventional galleries and museums. In a parking garage in Oakland, California; on a pleasure boat on the Lake of Zurich in Switzerland; at a public market in Chiang Mai, Thailand--artists operating at the intersection of art and cultural activism have been developing new forms of collaboration with diverse audiences and communities. Their projects have addressed such issues as political conflict in Northern Ireland, gang violence on Chicago's West Side, and the problems of sex workers in Switzerland. Provocative, accessible, and engaging, this book, one of the first full-length studies on the topic, situates these socially conscious projects historically, relates them to key issues in contemporary art and art theory, and offers a unique critical framework for understanding them.

Grant Kester discusses a disparate network of artists and collectives--including The Art of Change, Helen and Newton Harrison, Littoral, Suzanne Lacy, Stephen Willats, and WochenKlausur--united by a desire to create new forms of understanding through creative dialogue that crosses boundaries of race, religion, and culture. Kester traces the origins of these works in the conceptual art and feminist performance art of the 1960s and 1970s and draws from the writings of Mikhail Bakhtin, Jurgen Habermas, and others as he explores the ways in which these artists corroborate and challenge many of the key principles of avant-garde art and art theory.
Art on the Edge...and Over
Art on the Edge...and Over
Paperback      ISBN: 0965198812

In this highly accessible introduction to American art since the 1970s, Linda Weintraub offers art lovers a readable exploration of some of the most important artists and movements of the past three decades. Today artists routinely dissolve the old boundaries of art by creating works that neither hang on walls nor adorn pedestals, and often willfully overturn conventions of aesthetic value, permanence and optical reward. Curator and educator Weintraub has researched and/or interviewed 35 prominent radical artists and here explores their common concerns, creative processes and media. Devoting one essay to each artist, Weintraub offers a primer for museum and gallery goers who may be confronting such works for the first time, discussing Andres Serrano's photo of a crucifix submerged in urine, the half ton of dirty clothes Christian Boltanski piled on a museum floor worn by children of the Holocaust, Janine Antoni's mammoth blocks of chocolate and lard, Chuck Close's computer art and David Hammon's detritus constructions.

Intimate Creativity: Partners in Love and Art
Intimate Creativity
Partners in Love and Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0299180549

Integrating the psychology of love and creativity, this work explores both how a couple's involvement as lovers influences their creative collaboration and how working together affects their relationship.