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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.
Create Dangerously
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.
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.
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.
Future of the Image
How to Write About Contemporary Art
The essential handbook for students, arts professionals and other aspiring writers on contemporary art.
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.
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.
Making Van Gogh
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.
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.
Observer Effect - On Contemporary Painting
Story of Painting: How art was made
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
Ranciere's magnum opus on the aesthetic.
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.
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.
Interaction of Color: New Complete Edition
The 50th anniversary edition of a classic text, featuring an expanded selection of color studies
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.
Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change
An illustrated 100-year history of modern art, from cubism to pop and avant-guard. .
Fictioning: The Myth-Functions of Contemporary Art and Philosophy
In this extensively illustrated book containing over 80 diagrams and images of artworks, David Burrows and Simon O'Sullivan explore the process of fictioning in contemporary art through three focal points: performance fictioning, science fictioning and machine fictioning.
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.
Hand Lettering 201: Intermediate Lettering and Design Basics
Best-selling author returns to the shelves with widely anticipated follow-up, Hand Lettering 201--the book perfect for intermediate hand letterers, whether they learned to letter from Sarah's first book or are self-taught
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.
Creative Practices for Visual Artists: Time, Space, Process
Signs & Symbols: An illustrated guide to their origins and meanings
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunniness in Painting: From Edward Hopper to David Hockney
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.
Why You Like This Photo: The science of perception
Combining science and photography, Brian Dilg explores the reasons behind Why You Like This Photo.
Dada Bodies: Between Battlefield and Fairground
A comprehensive study of Dada's images of the body in various media and geographical centres. Mask or machine-part, grotesque or iconoclastic, the bodily image is confronted as both a reflection of and on the disjunctive, dehumanised society of wartime and post-war Europe, and a blueprint of the New Man. -- .
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.
Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art
The author combines a lifetime of anthropological research with the most recent neurological insights in this text. Illuminating glimpses into the ancient mind are interwoven with the self-evolving story of modern-day cave discoveries and research.
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.
Design Philosophy Reader
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. -- .
Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists against Originality
Beg, Steal & Borrow: Artists Against Originality<br>Art is theft," Picasso once proclaimed, and much of the best and most "original" new art involves an act or two of unequivocal, overt theft.Paradoxically, the law relating to artistic borrowing has grown more restrictive. "The plagiarism and copyright trials of the twenty-first century are what the obscenity trials were to the twentieth century," Kenneth Goldsmith, has observed. "These are really the issues of our time."Beg, Steal and Borrow offers a comprehensive and provocative survey of a complex subject that is destined to grow in relevance and importance. It traces an artistic lineage of appropriation from Michelangelo to Jeff Koons, and examines the history of its legality from the sixteenth century to now.<br>
Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
"This is criticism at its best." -Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Art and Production
A classic of Russian avant-garde writing, focusing on the Productivist art movement of the 1920s
Photographs Objects Histories: On the Materiality of Images
Exploring the idea that photographs are objects as well as images, and this materiality is integral to their meaning and use, this text focuses on photographs where physical properties, the nature of their use and the cultural formations in which they function make their "objectness" central to how we should understand them.
Golden Section: Nature's Greatest Secret
What was the golden secret known to Leonardo da Vinci, Kepler, Plato and the ancient magicians? Can there really be a key to nature and life itself? This book aims to unravel a mystery, a code that seems to underly life, the universe and everything, a pattern we instinctively recognise as beautiful, and which nature herself uses at every scale.
About Looking
The follow-up to the seminal Ways of Seeing, one of the most influential books on art
Wretched of the Screen
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