Art Theory and Criticism
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 Last Picture Show
Artists Using Photography 1960-1982
Hardcover ISBN: 0935640762
Traversing the fine line between artists who are photographers and artists who use photography, The Last Picture Show traces the development of Conceptual trends in postwar photographic practice from their first glimmerings in the 1960s in the work of artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Bruce Nauman, and Edward Ruscha to their rise to art world prominence in the work of the Picture Theory artists of the late 1970s and early 1980s, including Silvia Kolbowski, Richard Prince, and Cindy Sherman.
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.
Methods and Perspectives
Hardcover ISBN: 0262122634
How the tools of design research can involve designers more directly with objects, products and services they design; from human-centered research methods to formal experimentation, process models, and application to real world design problems.
Paperback ISBN: 0300102917
As one of today’s most renowned cartoonists, Chris Ware is widely considered an artist of genius. Combining innovative comic book art, hand lettering, and graphic design, Ware’s uniquely appealing work is characterized by ceaseless experimentation with narrative and graphic forms. The publication of his novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth in2000 inspired a near avalanche of praise from critics and general readers alike. This book is the first to explore the life and work of Chris Ware. Daniel Raeburn looks closely at Ware’s career, work methods, and artistic innovations. Born in Omaha in 1967, Ware introduced the character Jimmy Corrigan in a full-page strip he began writing for the Chicago tabloid New City. Combining six years’ worth of the strips, Ware created the best-selling novel named after Jimmy that spans an Irish-American family’s life in Chicago from the Civil War to the present. For its experiments in graphic form—including pull-out, three-dimensional inserts—and its non-chronological narrative, the novel earned numerous honors, among them the Guardian First Book Award, presented for the first time to a comic book. For this volume Raeburn interviewed Chris Ware for many hours to make fascinating connections between Jimmy Corrigan’s fictional life and the life of his creator. Raeburn discusses the scope of Ware’s career, including his drawings for New City, the New Yorker, and his own comic book, The Acme Novelty Library. AsRaeburn shows, Ware’s unique art form extends beyond the world of graphic novels into the broader worlds of literature, graphic art, and popular culture, and challenges traditional definitions of all three.