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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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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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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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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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How to Write About Contemporary Art
The essential handbook for students, arts professionals and other aspiring writers on contemporary art.
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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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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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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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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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Future of the Image
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
Ranciere's magnum opus on the aesthetic.
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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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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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About Looking
The follow-up to the seminal Ways of Seeing, one of the most influential books on art
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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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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.
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Signs & Symbols: An illustrated guide to their origins and meanings
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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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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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Blue Mythologies: Reflections on a Colour
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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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Creative Practices for Visual Artists: Time, Space, Process
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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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Sunniness in Painting: From Edward Hopper to David Hockney
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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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Chance
This anthology analyses the meaning of these strategic spaces of uncertainty, poised between intention and outcome, and provides a new critical context for chance procedures in art since 1900.
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Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour
Colour in art - as in life - is both inspiring and uplifting, but where does it come from?
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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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Aesthetic Theory
Theodor Adorno (1903-69) was undoubtedly the foremost thinker of the Frankfurt School, the influential group of German thinkers that fled to the US in the 1930s, including such thinkers as Herbert Marcuse and Max Horkheimer. His work has proved enormously influential in sociology, philosophy and cultural theory. Aesthetic Theory is Adorno's posthumous magnum opus and the culmination of a lifetime's investigation., Analysing the sublime, the ugly and the beautiful, Adorno shows how such concepts frame and distil human experience and that it is human experience that ultimately underlies aesthetics. In Adorno's formulation `art is the sedimented history of human misery'.
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Story of Painting: How art was made
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Concerning the Spiritual in Art
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Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists against Originality
Beg, Steal and Borrow offers a comprehensive and provocative survey of artistic borrowing.
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Education for Socially Engaged Art
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Radical Museology: or, What's Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art?
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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. -- .
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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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Design Studies: A Reader
Reflecting the diverse range of perspectives on design, this book brings together over seventy key texts. It includes sections covering history, methods, theory, visuality, identity, consumption, labor, industrialization, new technology, sustainability, and globalization.
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Art and Production
A classic of Russian avant-garde writing, focusing on the Productivist art movement of the 1920s
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Ekphrastic Encounters: New Interdisciplinary Essays on Literature and the Visual Arts
This book offers a comprehensive reassessment of ekphrasis: the verbal representation of visual art. It seeks to complicate the traditional model of ekphrasis as a form of paragone (competition), and proposes a more reciprocal model that involves an encounter or exchange between word and image. -- .