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Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents
Modernism
An Anthology of Sources and Documents
Paperback      ISBN: 0226450740
From Bauhaus to Dada, from Virginia Woolf to John Dos Passos, the Modernist movement revolutionized the way we perceive, portray, and participate in the world. This landmark anthology is a comprehensive documentary resource for the study of Modernism, bringing together more than 150 key essays, articles, manifestos, and other writings of the political and aesthetic avant-garde between 1840 and 1950. By favoring short extracts over lengthier originals, the editors cover a remarkable range and variety of modernist thinking. Included are not just the familiar high modernist landmarks such as Gustave Flaubert, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce, but also a diverse representation from the sciences, politics, philosophy, and the arts, including Charles Darwin, Thorstein Veblen, W. E. B. Du Bois, Isadora Duncan, John Reed, Adolf Hitler, and Sergei Eisenstein. Another welcome feature is a substantial selection of hard-to-find manifestos from the many modernist movements, among them futurism, cubism, Dada, surrealism, and anarchism.
Goya: The Last Carnival
Goya
The Last Carnival
Paperback      ISBN: 1861890451
The starting-point of this study was the discovery that Goya's most famous series of etchings, the Caprichos, was published on Ash Wednesday in 1799. The Spanish artist waited until the 'last Carnival of the century' to bring his celebrated work to light because his aim was to give a personal vision of the 'world turned upside down'. This book reconstructs the link between Carnival, Revolution and the turn of the century in Western culture and analyses the way in which Goya's late work vividly illustrates this triple link. The Marquis de Sade is a second emblematic figure in this adventure into the reversal of all values. Topics such as inversion and perversion, violence and transvestism, folly and the triumph of the flesh, techniques of ambiguity and the symbolism of laughter are illustrated by means of a wide range of examples.
The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide
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.
Pop Art
Pop Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0521793637
A study of an important movement in American and British art, Pop Art.
A Typographic Workbook: A Primer To History, Techniques, And Artistry
A Typographic Workbook
A Primer To History, Techniques, And Artistry
Paperback      ISBN: 0471292370
Quickly master the concepts and skills you need to successfully design with type

a typographic WORKBOOK

To help you gain a deeper understanding of the effects produced by various fonts and typographic techniques, designer Kate Clair takes you on a fascinating tour of the innovative potential of type. Extensive visual examples illustrate the use of type as an expressive communication tool. From selecting the right font, to spacing it, to the creative integration of fonts, she explains the decisions made by successful designers. At the same time, she provides step-by-step guidance and numerous practice exercises that help you develop the confidence and skills needed to put that knowledge to work in your own designs. In addition, a detailed history of type is included.

A valuable professional resource for working designers and an indispensable training tool for graphic design students, A Typographic Workbook features:
* A historical overview of type and typographic technologies
* In-depth explanations of the formal qualities of different typefaces
* Skill-building exercises and projects to sharpen your skills
* Quizzes and review questions that help you gauge your progress
* An overview of computer terms and principles
Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0486234118
Pioneering work by the great modernist painter, considered by many to be the father of abstract art and a leader in the movement to free art from traditional bonds. 12 illustrations.
The Illustrator's Bible: The Complete Sourcebook of Tips, Tricks, and Time-Saving Techniques in Oil, Alkalyd, Acrylic, Gouache, Casein, Watercolor, D
The Illustrator's Bible
The Complete Sourcebook of Tips, Tricks, and Time-Saving Techniques in Oil, Alkalyd, Acrylic, Gouache, Casein, Watercolor, D
Paperback      ISBN: 0823025322
Surveys useful tools, materials, and techniques for the professional illustrator
The Transfiguration of the Commonplace
The Transfiguration of the Commonplace
Paperback      ISBN: 0674903463
Mr. Danto argues that recent developments in the artworld, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve. In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history. The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from what has traditionally been confused with it, namely aesthetic theory and offers as well a systematic account of metaphor, expression, and style, together with an original account 0f artistic representation. A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.
The Social Production of Art
The Social Production of Art
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0814792707
A valuable introduction to the central issues in the sociology of the arts, this work draws on sociology, art history, feminism, and literary and media studies, to explain the social nature of the arts, their production, distribution, and reception. This second edition is the result of the author's chapter-by-chapter review and updating, taking into account not only her own re-thinking on these issues but also the work that has been done in cultural studies and the sociology of the arts since the first edition appeared in 1984. Wolff considers changes in sociology, literary studies, and cultural studies, and their implications for the project of the sociology of art: the relevance of post structuralist theory for an understanding of the author/artist; and the current, and perhaps unfounded, rejection of the concept of ideology. The author also assesses the question of cultural politics in relation to debates about postmodernism, as well as the matter of identity politics with regard to gender and ethnicity. Containing a wealth of information about both past and present thinking on the sociology of art, this book will be of particular interest both to students of the arts and students of sociology.
Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art
Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0064301001
Identifies and explains the religious, historical, mythical, literary, and other figures and themes upon which the repertoire of European art is based