"EARLY MEDIEVAL ART AND CIVILIZATION, GOTHIC ART AND CIVILIZATION, BYZANTINE ART AND CIVILIZATION. 3 vols, gold cloth with black titling and cover design, gilt edges, a few minor scuffs and scratches to slip case. A handsome set.
This handsome and lavishly illustrated volume invites the reader to explore the exotic and distant world of Greek culture--not primarily the conventional literary idea of that culture but the range of experiences presented in its iconography. Between the sixth and fifth centuries B.C., Athenian artisans flooded the Mediterranean world with remarkable decorated vases depicting a large variety of images. Using the resources of social and religious anthropology, the authors exploit the richness of this material to re-create the intellectual and emotional milieu of the inhabitant of a Greek city-state.
Surprises multiply in this innovative work, translated into English for the first time. The Greeks incorporated the ambiguous and problematical aspects of human existence into their representational repertory, and many images are disconcerting in their brutality, their violence, and their strangeness. Paradoxically it is through pursuing this strangeness in its multiple contexts that we come the closest to ancient Greek civilization.
The book presents the great cultural themes of the time: the hunt, war, erotic love, and the festival. The earlier chapters lead to the discussion of the most disquieting figure in the Greek universe--Dionysus, god of sacred wine, magic masks, and animal metamorphoses. Many reproductions in the work are in private collections and have been rarely seen by the public.
AND SOCIETY IN INCIENT GREECE.
8vo, 343pgs + plates. Full bound in blue buckram with gilt stamped seal on front board and gilt titling on spine. Book contains 32 black and white plates, photographic reproductions of Archaic sculptures. Mild wear to extremities and bumped corner tips. Front free endpaper has note from previous owner in pen and very light toning to interior edges. Dust jacket has very little wear, though there is heavy foxing on spine and light foxing on front and rear covers.
Traces the history of African-American art, examining the lives and careers of more than fifty artists and relating their work to prevailing artistic, social, and political trends
This is an indispensable reference for museums, galleries, collectors, artists and academics, covering some 50 artists, with over 300 colour plates and many never-before-published works on American Tonalism.
This book, which accompanies a major exhibition at the Center for New Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany, invokes three disparate realms in which images have assumed the role of cultural weapons. Monotheistic religions, scientific theories, and contemporary arts have struggled with the contradictory urge to produce and also destroy images and emblems. Moving beyond the image wars, "ICONOCLASH" shows that image destruction has always coexisted with a cascade of image production, visible in traditional Christian images as well as in scientific laboratories and the various experiments of contemporary art, music, cinema, and architecture.While iconoclasts have struggled against icon worshippers, another history of "iconophily" has always been at work. Investigating this alternative to the Western obsession with image worship and destruction allows useful comparisons with other cultures, in which images play a very different role. "ICONOCLASH" offers a variety of experiments on how to "suspend" the iconoclastic gesture and to renew the movement of images against any freeze-framing.The book includes major works by Art & Language, Willi Baumeister, Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren, Lucas Cranach, Max Dean, Marcel Duchamp, Albrecht Durer, Lucio Fontana, Francisco Goya, Hans Haacke, Richard Hamilton, Young Hay, Arata Isozaki, Asger Jorn, Martin Kippenberger, Imi Knoebel, Komar & Melamid, Joseph Kosuth, Gordon Matta-Clark, Tracey Moffat, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Stephen Prina, Man Ray, Sophie Ristelhueber, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and many others.
"Some highlighting on page 14, else in very good used condition.
Three-quarter bound in leather and marbled paper. Five raised bands on spine; also gilt titles in red title labels. All pages with red edge-stain. Moderate shelfwear and rubbing to boards overall. Leather has cracked down the front hinge (terminating about halfway down), but boards and block are holding.