Art on Specific Subjcts
Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants
The Art of the Paperback
Paperback ISBN: 0789318040
A visually dynamic homage to the paperback. In 1968, John Leonard, then editor of The New York Times Book Review, listed the many merits of mass-market paperbacks: "They can be stuffed in purses, left in buses, dropped in toilets, used as coasters, eaten and thrown away. Their covers can be ripped off! Their spines can be broken! To buy a paperback today is to buy the means of revenging oneself on Western culture." Fast-forward forty years. Leonard’s affectionately flippant assessment may need to be revised as the explosion of digital media threatens the livelihood of the printed word. More than an act of revenge on Western culture, to buy a paperback may be a means of preserving one of its more charismatic—and socially, politically, and aesthetically influential—species. Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants celebrates the mass-market paperback and gives it its due. A vibrant tour that starts with books from the late nineteenth century up to today, examining the most popular genres—mystery, romance, Westerns, how-to, cooking, and diet, and highbrow literature packaged for the broader audience—it focuses on the history of the art and design of the format and how it is inseparable from the history of American literacy, tastes, and mores of the twentieth century.
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.
See Throught the World Around You
Hardcover ISBN: 0670020400
A collection of stark and sophisticated black-and-white images created with x-ray technology features such subjects as a Boeing 777, an mp3 player's circuitboards, and a translucent daffodil, in a computer-enhanced volume that reveals the unlikely beauty within everyday objects. 20,000 first printing.
The Rise of Diy, Art, Craft, and Design
Paperback ISBN: 1568987870
Today's crafters are no longer interested in simply cross-stitching samplers or painting floral scrolls on china. Instead, the contemporary craft movement embraces emerging artists, crafters, and designers working in traditional and nontraditional media. Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching has revolutionized the embroidery industry. Each year Nikki McClure sells thousands of her cut-paper wall calendars. Emily Kircher recycles vintage materials into purses. Stephanie Syjuco manufactures clothing under the tag line 'Because Sweatshops Suck.' These are just some of the fascinating makers united in the new wave of craft capturing the attention of the nation, the Handmade Nation. Faythe Levine traveled 19,000 miles to document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. ethos. For Handmade Nation (along with the documentary film of the same name, coming in 2009) she and Cortney Heimerl have selected 24 makers and 5 essayists who work within different media and have different methodologies to provide a microcosm of the crafting community. Participants in this community share ideas and encouragement through websites, blogs, boutiques, galleries, and craft fairs. Together they have forged a new economy and lifestyle based on creativity, determination, and networking. Twenty-four artists from Olympia, Washington, to Providence, Rhode Island, and everywhere in between show their work and discuss their lives. Texts by Andrew Wagner of American Craft Magazine, Garth Johnson of Extremecraft.com, Callie Janoff of the Church of Craft, Betsy Greer of Craftivism.com, and Susan Beal, author of Super Crafty, supply a critical view of the tight-knit community where ethics can overlap with creativity and art with community. Handmade Nation features photographs of the makers, their work environment, their process, their work, and discussions of how they got their start and what motivates them. Handmade Nation is a fascinating book for those who are a part of the emerging movement or just interested in sampling its wares.
The Goblins of Labyrinth
Hardcover ISBN: 0810970554
This book of the grotesque creatures who love to torment unsuspecting humans--and most of whom starred in the movie Labyrinth--features detailed illustrations and humorous tales depicting the goblins' mind and spirit.
How Visual Culture Is Going Places
Hardcover ISBN: 3899550846
"From surface and into space is the overlying design trend these days. Graphic designers and urban artists are creating objects and interiors, moving into art galleries and museums worldwide. Designs, artworks and illustrations are emerging into the third-dimension increasingly featuring ornamental and sculptural objects. Hidden Track documents this movement introducing protagonists and their spaces that are taking visual culture out of the underground to the level of high culture"--P.  of cover.
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.