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Art and Cartography: Six Historical Essays
Art and Cartography
Six Historical Essays
Hardcover      ISBN: 0226907228

The contributors Svetlana Alpers, Samuel Y. Edgerton, Jr., Ulla Ehrensvard, Juergen Schulz, James A. Welu, and David Woodward examine the historical links between art and cartography from varied perspectives."

The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide
The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1581152043
With the information contained here artists can at last be free from fear and confusion to return to creativity in the safest, healthiest environment possible. "Vitally important."--Library Journal

If you are a painter, sculptor, printmaker, potter, welder, papermaker, photographer, or teacher in the arts, staying healthy and safe in your work place should not be a matter of circumstance. Through dozens of handy tables, diagrams, and charts, Monona Rossol's essential book points out dangerous ingredients found in specific brands of paint, dye, and adhesives; simple supplies such as goggles and ladders that keep classrooms and studios safe; and steps that art educators can take to comply with OSHA regulations. This volume also details helpful and potentially life-saving subjects such as:
  • Questions to ask when ordering art supplies
  • Recommendations for proper ventilation
  • Safe work practices
  • Precautions for individual media
  • Art materials and projects for children and other high risk individuals

Not only artists, but those who work in school administration, health care, and risk analysis will benefit from the surprising facts revealed. For example, art and craft supplies labeled as biodegradable, water-based, and natural must be handled with utmost caution, because they can still contain highly toxic properties.
And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos
And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos
Paperback      ISBN: 0679736565

Booker Prize-winning author John Berger reveals the ties between love and absence, the ways poetry endows language with the assurance of prayer, and the tensions between the forward movement of sexuality and the steady backward tug of time. He recreates the mysterious forces at work in a Rembrandt painting, transcribes the sensorial experience of viewing lilacs at dusk, and explores the meaning of home to early man and to the hundreds of thousands of displaced people in our cities today. And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos is a seamless fusion of the political and personal.

The Shape of Content
The Shape of Content
Paperback      ISBN: 0674805704

In his 1956-57 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the artist--painter, writer, composer--to his material, his craft, and his society. He talks of the creation of the work of art, the importance of the community, the problem of communication, and the critical theories governing the artist and his audience.

The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form
The Nude
A Study in Ideal Form
Paperback      ISBN: 0691017883

From the art of the Greeks to that of Renoir and Moore, this work surveys the ever-changing fashions in what has constituted the ideal nude as a basis of humanist form.

The Painted Word
The Painted Word
Paperback      ISBN: 0553380656

The author derails the great American myth of modern art in a scathing, witty, uncompromising critique of American art from the 1950s through the 1970s. Reprint. NYT.

Primer on Postmodernism
Primer on Postmodernism
Paperback      ISBN: 0802808646

From the academy to pop culture, our society is in the throes of change rivaling the birth of modernity out of the decay of the Middle Ages. We are now moving from the modern to the postmodern era.


But what is postmodernism? How did it arise? What characterizes the postmodern ethos? What is the postmodern mind and how does it differ from the modern mind? Who are its leading advocates? Most important of all, what challenges does this cultural shift present to the church, which must proclaim the gospel to the emerging postmodern generation?


Stanley Grenz here charts the postmodern landscape. He shows the threads that link art and architecture, philosophy and fiction, literary theory and television. He shows how the postmodern phenomenon has actually been in the making for a century and then introduces readers to the gurus of the postmodern mind-set. What he offers here is truly an indispensable guide for understanding today's culture.

Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art
Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0064301001

0-8133-1027-X the Soviet Nationality Reader: the Disintegration in Context

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.

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.