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Ways of Seeing
Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But, there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. This is a book on art in various languages.
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Art as Therapy
Two authorities on popular culture reveal the ways in which art can enhance mood and enrich lives - now available in paperback
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Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood
Shows that any of us can appreciate art. Based on his hugely popular BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures and full of pictures, this title presents the author's personal journey through the art world that answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask.
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Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self
The international bestseller which has helped millions recover their creativity reissued in a beautiful new edition.
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Create Dangerously
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Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
From Botticelli to birdsong, Mozart, and the Turner Prize, Roger Scruton explores what it means for something to be beautiful. This thought-provoking introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial, but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects around us.
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Art in Theory 1900 - 2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas
* New edition of this popular anthology of twentieth-century art-theoretical texts. * Now updated to include the results of new research, together with significant contributions from the 1990s. * Includes writings by critics, philosophers, politicians and literary figures.
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Complete Outsider: Always Almost: Never Quite
Published to enormous critical acclaim and commercial success between 2011 and 2012, these classic memoirs from the late great and incendiary art critic Brian Sewell will be reissued in a single volume in response to their continuing popularity.
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Art History: A Critical Introduction to its Methods
Unique in its approach, by applying the different theories used in art history to one painting, Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon An ideal text for teaching, it provides a lively and stimulating introduction to methodological debates within the subject Offers a lucid account of approaches from Hegel to post-colonialism by.
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Future of the Image
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Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition: Expert Color Information for Professional Results
The only color guide a designer will ever need; The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition has been completely updated with Pantone colors and new text.
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What is Art?
During the decades of his world fame, Tolstoy wrote this series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice and religion. He considered and rejected the idea that art reveals and reinvents through beauty, although he perceived the question of art to be a religious one.
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Interaction of Color: New Complete Edition
The 50th anniversary edition of a classic text, featuring an expanded selection of color studies
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Secret Code
This book deals with the Divine Proportion, a secret code that rules art, nature, and science. It is known by many names: Golden Mean, Sacred Cut and Phi are only a few; and it is not by chance that the Divine Proportion was given its name. It has been called divine because over thousands of years it has been deemed to be so.
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Creating Stylized Characters
Learn how to create vibrant character designs with the step-by-step guidance of professional artists from the illustration and animation industries.
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Methods & Theories of Art History, Second Edition
Art historical theory is a forum of intense, often passionate debate. This book provides an accessible introduction to the range of critical theories used in analysing art. It covers a range of approaches, presenting individual arguments, controversies and divergent perspectives.
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Pocket Universal Principles of Art: 100 Key Concepts for Understanding, Analyzing, and Practicing Art
The Pocket Universal Principles of Art is a portable but still comprehensive reference for all artists, and a companion volume to Rockport Publishers' best-selling Universal Principles of Design.
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Making Van Gogh
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Value of Art
Now available in an updated paperback edition, this fascinating and critically acclaimed book explains the market for art - and art's value for all of us.
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Chromophobia
Argues that a chromophobic impulse - a fear of corruption or contamination through colour - lurks within much Western cultural and intellectual thought. This book analyses the motivations behind chromophobia and focuses on the work of writers and artists who have been prepared to look at colour as a positive value.
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Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
Ranciere's magnum opus on the aesthetic.
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How to Write About Contemporary Art
The essential handbook for students, arts professionals and other aspiring writers on contemporary art.
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100 Artists' Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists
A collection of 100 manifestos from the last 100 years is cacophony of voices from such diverse movements as Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Destructivism, and Stuckism, taking in along the way film, architecture, fashion, and cookery. It gathers together an international array of artists of every stripe, including Kandinsky, Gilbert and George.
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Signs & Symbols: An illustrated guide to their origins and meanings
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What Great Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail
If you thought these paintings were familiar, look again, and look closer. Part art history, part detective work, this fascinating collection explores 100 world-famous works of art through enlarged details, revealing the fashions and lifestyles, the loves and intrigues, politics and people that truly make a masterpiece.
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John Berger's Ways of Seeing
Ways of Seeing is a key art-historical work that continues to provoke widespread debate. It is comprised of seven different essays, three of which are pictorial and the other containing texts and images. Berger first examines the relationship between seeing and knowing, discussing how our assumptions affect how we see a painting.
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Art London: A Guide to Places, Events and Artists
A down-to-earth, entertaining and accessible companion book for the London roamer celebrating the diverse voices of London's art world, past and present
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Yellow: The History of a Color
"First published in the French language by aEditions du Seuil, Paris, under the title Jaune: Histoire d'une Couleur by Michel Pastoureau, copyright A 2019, aEditions du Seuil, Paris"--Verso
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Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Explores how the age of mass media means audiences can listen to or see a work of art repeatedly - and what the troubling social and political implications of this are.
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Talking Art: The Culture of Practice and the Practice of Culture in Mfa Education
Gary Fine opens up the contemporary art practice MFA and finds that it's mostly about theorizing and arguing about art, and very little about actually making it.
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Meaning of Art: Faber Modern Classics
Explains the persistence of certain principles and aspirations throughout the history of art. This title provides a basis for the appreciation of paintings, sculpture and art-objects of all periods by defining the elements that went into their making.
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Creative Practices for Visual Artists: Time, Space, Process
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In the Mind But Not From There: Real Abstraction and Contemporary Art
Artists and critics explore the concept of Real Abstraction to help understand contemporary cultural production.
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Art in Theory 1815-1900: An Anthology of Changing Ideas
* Provides an indispensable companion to Harrison and Wooda s classic volume Art in Theory 1900--1990. * Extends to a startling degree the canon of nineteenth--century art theory. * Offers for the first time English translations of material from foreign sources, comprising a third of the entire volume.
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Power of Art
* 'Great art has dreadful manners...' Simon Schama observes at the start of his epic exploration of the power, and whole point, of art.
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Rural
Part of the acclaimed series of anthologies which document major themes and ideas in contemporary art. A timely collection of texts, interviews and documentation reflecting the complex interrelationship between the urban, the rural and contemporary cultural production.
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Sunniness in Painting: From Edward Hopper to David Hockney
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Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction
Postmodernism has been a buzzword of contemporary society for the last decade. But how can it be defined? In this Very Short Introduction Christopher Butler challenges and explores the key ideas of postmodernists, and their engagement with theory, literature, the visual arts, film, architecture, and music.
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Materiality
Part of the acclaimed series of anthologies which document major themes and ideas in contemporary art.
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On Modern Beauty - Three Paintings by Manet, Gauguin, and Cezanne
A thought-provoking discussion on the concept of beauty in works by Manet, Gauguin, and Cezanne.
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Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction
Explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, bringing together philosophy, art theory, and many examples. This work discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, sex, web sites, and research on the brain's role in perceiving art. It is suitable for the public, introductory students, and teachers in the arts.
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Towards a Philosophy of Photography
Shows how the transformation of textual into visual culture (from the linearity of history into the two-dimensionality of magic) and of industrial into post-industrial society (from work into leisure) went hand in hand, and how photography allows us to read and interpret these changes with particular clarity.
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Design Philosophy Reader
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Film: A Very Short Introduction
Film is considered to be the dominant art form of the twentieth century. It can be considered many other things; a record of events, a modern mythology, a career, an industry, an art, a hobby, and much else. Michael Wood explores the history of film, its venture into the digital age, and its role and impact on modern society.
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Luminous and the Grey
A new book from Reaktion best-selling author and artist, David Batchelor, The Luminous and the Grey is a unique study of the places where colour comes into being and where it fades away.
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Art and its Global Histories: A Reader
A varied selection of content, including excerpts, new translations, interviews with curators and artists, and art criticism. The Reader is contextualised under key themes and ideas that underpin the notion of a global art history that spans from the 1400s to present day. -- .
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Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism
A passionately urgent call for all of us to unlearn imperialism and repair the violent world we share.
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Light for Visual Artists Second Edition: Understanding and Using Light in Art & Design
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What is Art?: Conversation with Joseph Beuys
Joseph Beuys' work continues to influence and inspire practitioners and thinkers all over the world, in areas from organizational learning, direct democracy and money forms to art pedagogies and ecological art practices. This work describes Beuys' expanded conception of art and the deeper motivations and insights underlying 'social sculpture'.
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Curator's Egg: The Evolution of the Museum Concept from the French Revolution to the Present Day