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Video Art
Video Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500237980
A richly illustrated, in-depth overview of relatively new field of video art offers a detailed history of the medium from 1965 to the present day, discussing the technology involved, its creative use of artistic concepts and theories, its primary practitioners, and more. 10,000 first printing.
Roman Signer
Roman Signer
Paperback      ISBN: 0714844454
Roman Signer is an artist like no other. Although he identifies himself as a sculptor, he is best known for actions in which simple materials (rockets, balloons, rushing water) react with natural forces to yield surprisingly lyrical results. Part mad scientist, part sorcerer's apprentice, part Buster Keaton, Signer often appears in these actions, sometimes at considerable risk to himself. The real star of his works, however, is time. In works such as Sandbag with Timed Detonator (1988), an auto-destructive device featuring a plastic alarm clock that releases a heavy sandbag hanging above it, two periods of tranquil rest are bridged by an instant of sudden violence. In others the change is more gradual, as in Action with a Fuse (1989), a twenty kilometre, thirty-five day 'time sculpture' in which two hundred lengths of fuse burned a path to Signer's current hometown from the village of his youth In the Interview, Paula Van Den Bosch speaks to the artist about the origins of his interest in art and explosives. Gerhard Mack's Survey traces the key themes in a career that spans four decades, from the artist's early experiments with elemental materials to his large-scale explosive actions. In the Focus, Jeremy Millar visits the artist in Switzerland to retrace the path of the epic 1989 Action with a Fuse.
Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community, and Art
Stencil Nation
Graffiti, Community, and Art
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1933149221
“More street artists are turning to stencil art’s speed, efficiency, and neatness as a means of expression. All it takes is a piece of cardboard, an X-Acto knife, and a can of spray paint to pose an idea or tell a story with the potential to change the gait of pedestrians and make them stop and think.”—San Francisco Weekly Without a doubt, stencils are the fastest, easiest, and cheapest method for painting an image on a wall, a sidewalk, or practically anywhere. Stencil Nation focuses on the unexpected mix of this lively, accessible medium—from famous artists including Banksy to international street stencils and gallery shows—to reveal engaging aspects of an intentionally secretive creative community. With dynamically illustrated perspectives from the niches of the art form, female artists, documentarians, and the growing online community of the international scene are featured in this fresh collection of photographs and essays curated by StencilArchive.org’s founder, Russell Howze. New artists, often utilizing stencil art in unconventional ways, are also featured. Stencil Nation also represents the art of lesser-known urban scenes, including Poland, Romania, and Israel. Additionally, Stencil Nation builds upon previous published works to give the most extensive and up-to-date history of stencil art, as well as how-to tips from the artists themselves. Russell Howze is the curator of StencilArchive.org. He lives in San Francisco.
Abraham Obama: A Guerilla Tour Through Art & Politics
Abraham Obama
A Guerilla Tour Through Art & Politics
Paperback      ISBN: 0867197226
A book with more than 250 color images describes the creation of "Abraham Obama" image--a melding of the faces of Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama--and its tour across the U.S. and Asia, during which supporters put up hundreds of Abraham Obama stickers and posters. Original.
Seed Queen: The Story of Crop Art and the Amazing Lillian Colton
Seed Queen
The Story of Crop Art and the Amazing Lillian Colton
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0873515927
At the same time Andy Warhol was changing American art in New York City, Lillian Colton, owner of the Cinderella Clip ’n’ Curl in Owatonna, Minnesota, launched her own version of pop art. From her patient hands, practiced at embroidering linens and crocheting lace, came captivating portraits of Jesus, Elvis, Oprah, Lady Diana, Clinton, and Prince, intricately rendered in timothy, bromegrass, canola, poppy seeds, salsify, alsike, bird’s-foot trefoil, grits, and wild rice. Seed Queen brings to light the story of this crop artist extraordinaire—how she developed her matchless aesthetic by merging rural traditions from her childhood on a farm with a love of Hollywood movies, training as a hairstylist, and skills in drawing and painting—and the larger story of crop art as it has evolved over time. This lively illustrated volume features dozens of color images of Colton’s crop art and of the work of those she has continued to inspire since she took home the blue ribbon for her portrait of Nixon at the 1969 Minnesota State Fair. Countless artists have taken the genre in new directions in recent years, opening up the pantheon of the famous, taking on political issues, and satirizing those in power—all through the meticulous positioning of thousands of individual seeds. Colleen Sheehy is the director of education at the Weisman Art Museum and teaches art history at the University of St. Thomas.
Margherita Manzelli
Margherita Manzelli
Hardcover      ISBN: 8881584727
The paintings and drawings are hers, the words are from the writers she loves, the photos have been collected over the years. The whole, seemingly disjointed, but in fact fused into a painstakingly ordered and harmonious chaos, reveals the world of Margherita Manzelli (Ravenna 1968). Next to topical and politically tinged newspaper photos, alternating with sentences from Peter Handke, Marco Lodoli, Ida Magli, Ian McEwan, Alda Merini, Oliver Sacks and Teresa di Lisieux (to name but a few), and side by side with cartoons or sketches by renowned draftsmen such as Osvaldo Cavandoli, Margherita Manzelli's girls - thin, prematurely aged and ethereal - stare at us, demanding our attention. Vaguely enigmatic and apparently helpless, they never lower their gaze, but instead await an answer. This anarchic yet cohesive book, with its subtle and perceptive trains of thought, tells the story of one of the most important artists on the contemporary art scene.
Fairies & Fantasy: Learn to Paint the Enchanted World of Fairies, Angels, and Mermaids
Fairies & Fantasy
Learn to Paint the Enchanted World of Fairies, Angels, and Mermaids
Paperback      ISBN: 1600581412
Fairies, mermaids, and angels have captivated imaginations throughout the centuries. Embodying all that is feminine, sparkly, and magical, these fantastic creatures have found their ways into countless stories, films, and works of art that appeal to people of all ages. And now anyone can discover how to bring them to life in watercolor with this delightful 64-page guide. Inside, artist-author Meredith Dillman shares the methods of her unique artistic style, which is influenced by Pre-Raphaelite paintings, turn-of-the-twentieth-century book illustrations, and modern-day Japanese manga—a combination that results in beautiful, contemporary artwork. Meredith provides instruction specific to creating the mythical beauties and their whimsical surroundings, showing readers how to draw and paint faces, bodies, hair, clothing, and more. The author also guides readers through several inspiring projects, demonstrating how to re-create the magic step by step.
Year 1 Rewind: A Survey of Graffiti, Street and Urban Art
Year 1 Rewind
A Survey of Graffiti, Street and Urban Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 0867197129
Road Show: Art Cars and the Museum of the Streets
Road Show
Art Cars and the Museum of the Streets
Hardcover      ISBN: 1933108177
The automobile has long been a symbol of status, power, and autonomy, and ever since King Tut rolled through Egypt on his golden-wheeled chariot, artists and drivers have dreamed up mobile masterpieces. A striking photographic tribute and social history, Road Show navigates a path across high and low art, showing how people around the world are transforming their vehicles into stunning folk art, obsessive collections, social commentary, and visionary performances. In this fascinating showcase, we see how Henry Ford's motto, “Any color as long as it's black,
Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883
Renoir Landscapes
1865-1883
Hardcover      ISBN: 1857093224
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was one of the most audacious and original landscape artists of his age. Throughout his career, he continually experimented with composition, light, paint handling, and pictorial structure in innovative new ways that challenged traditional––and contemporary––painting. He taught himself by working side-by-side with fellow Impressionist masters Monet and Sisley, and in the 1870s began to define his distinctive landscape style of quick, silvery brushstrokes. By the end of the decade he had moved decisively in the direction of unparalleled painterly freedom. This stunning book is the first to examine Renoir’s landscape art in depth, tracing its evolution from the beginning of his career through his Impressionist period and the early 1880s, when he began to incorporate new landscape motifs and new levels of coloristic intensity in paintings after traveling to Algeria and Italy. With over 200 illustrations, a detailed chronology, and bibliography, the bookincludes essays by highly distinguished scholars that discuss the range and importance of these works and present many fresh discoveries. They also place Renoir’s landscapes in the overall context of the genre in 19th-century France, revealing how his experiments were radical and––in ways that have not yet been fully acknowledged––influential on the later development of modern art.