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This historic document brilliantly exemplifies the profound integration of Marxism-Leninism with the practice of the Chinese revolution.
6 essays on photography (In Plato's Cave; America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly; Melancholy Objects; The Heroism of Vision; Photographic Evangels; The Image-World), and a brief anthology of quotations.
The Best Tool of the Millennium The seeds of Rybczynski's elegant and illuminating new book were sown by The New York Times, whose editors asked him to write an essay identifying "the best tool of the millennium." An award-winning author who once built a house using only hand tools, Rybczynski has intimate knowledge of the toolbox -- both its contents and its history -- which serves him beautifully on his quest. One Good Turn is a story starring Archimedes, who invented the water screw and introduced the helix, and Leonardo, who sketched a machine for carving wood screws. It is a story of mechanical discovery and genius that takes readers from ancient Greece to car design in the age of American industry. Rybczynski writes an ode to the screw, without which there would be no telescope, no microscope -- in short, no enlightenment science. One of our finest cultural and architectural historians, Rybczynski renders a graceful, original, and engaging portrait of the tool that changed the course of civilization.
Great photographs change the way we see the world; The Ongoing Moment changes the way we look at both. Focusing on the ways in which canonical figures like Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Andre Kertesz, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston have photographed the same things--barbershops, benches, hands, roads, signs--award-winning writer Geoff Dyer seeks to identify their signature styles. In doing so, he constructs a narrative in which these photographers--many of whom never met--constantly encounter one another. The result is a kaleidoscopic work of extraordinary originality and insight.
Andrew Potok is an intense, vigorous, sensual man--and a gifted painter. Then, passing forty, he rapidly begins to go blind from an inherited eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa. Depressed and angry, he rages at the losses that are eradicating his life as an artist, his sources of pleasure, his competence as a man. He hates himself for becoming blind. But as he will ultimately discover, and as this remarkable memoir recounts, it is not the end of the world. It is the beginning. Ordinary Daylight This the story of Potok's remarkable odyssey out of despair. He attempts to come to terms with his condition: learning skills for the newly blind, dealing with freakish encounters with the medical establishment, going to London for a promised cure through a bizarre and painful "therapy" of bee stings. He wrestles with the anguish of knowing that his daughter has inherited the same disease that is stealing his own eyesight. And then, as he edges ever closer to complete blindness, there comes the day when he recognizes that the exhilaration he once found in the mix of paint and canvas, hand and eye, he has begun to find in words. By turns fierce, blunt, sexy, and uproariously funny, Andrew Potok's memoir of his journey is as shatteringly frank as it is triumphant. From the Trade Paperback edition.
This book is a history of Orientalist art during the period of high modernism. Roger Benjamin, drawing on a decade of research in untapped archives, introduces many unfamiliar paintings, posters, miniatures, and panoramas and discovers an art movement closely bound to French colonial expansion.
Psychedelic zeppelins floating over palaces atop impossible mountain crags, stormy seas crashing below--you're in the world of award-winning fantasy illustrator Tom Kidd. Now readers can create their own fantasy worlds in oil paint and watercolor with Kidd's step-by-step instructions, illustrated in glorious color on every page. The book gives detailed instructions for painting 13 different types of scenes, from enchanted forests to futuristic cities, and provides ideas to help artists stimulate their imaginations. Part 1 covers basics of supplies, illustrated with photos of the artist's real-life studio set up, and outlines sketching techniques for pencil and ink and Photoshop techniques for idea sketching. There is also material on ambient and refracted light and principles of color. Part 2 goes deeper into color theory, layering, and composition, as well as dragon anatomy and the evolution of a creature. Part 3 gives advice on thinking in three dimensions, with more step-by-step instructions for fantasy scenarios. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
This charming book portrays domestic life in New England during the century between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Drawing on diaries, letters, wills, newspapers, and other sources, Jane C. Nylander provides intimate details about preparing dinner, spinning and weaving textiles, washing and ironing laundry, planning a social outing, and exchanging food and services. Probing behind the many myths that have grown up about this era, Nylander reveals the complex reality of everyday life in old New England.
The scope of this Companion extends over all the main fields of decorative craftsmanship--as well as a number of minor and specialized ones. It includes prehistoric crafts, crafts like leather-working and ceramics that have arisen more recently, and specialized crafts, such as toys and embroidery. There are also entries on important craftsmen and schools and surveys of specific cultures and periods. All the articles are written by expert contributors and the text is illustrated throughout with photographs and line drawings.
The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Art provides readers at every level with a wealth of material and information on the art of our time. No other reference book or guide to twentieth-century art covers so wide a range of subjects, or supplies so much detail, as this one-volume assemblage, based on previously scattered information from inaccessible histories, monographs, and widely dispersed exhibition catalogs. Complementing The Oxford Companion to Art, this new Companion treats in far greater depth the artists, ideas, movements and trends of painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts of this century up to the mid 1970s. While it contains mainly entries on individual artists, the contributors also include articles on movements and schools, styles and new technical terms, ranging from Dada and Surrealism to Body Art and Computer Art. It offers separate accounts of art in the United States, Britain, and in the major European countries, as well as articles by leading authorities on the art and artists of Africa, Australia, Canada, Latin America, Mexico, South Africa, and the USSR. The contributors concentrate particularly on the aims and aesthetic theories of individual artists and groups. Including 300 carefully-chosen illustrations--nearly half in color--and a selective bibliography, The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Art will guide students of art and general readers intelligently through the exuberant jungle of contemporary art.
Hailed by Choice as "concise, clear, and very informative," The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists-- the first such dictionary to appear in three decades-- offers an informative, insightful, and long overdue resource on our nation's artistic heritage. Featuring 945 alphabetically arranged entries, here is an indispensable biographical and critical guide to American art from colonial times to contemporary postmodernism. Readers will find a wealth of factual detail and insightful analysis of the leading American painters, ranging from John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, and Mary Cassatt to such modern masters as Jackson Pollack, Romare Bearden, and Andy Warhol. The range of coverage is indeed impressive, but equally important is the quality of analysis that appears in entry after entry. Morgan gives readers a wealth of trustworthy and authoritative information as well as perceptive, well-informed criticism of artists and their work. In addition, the book is thoroughly cross-referenced, so readers can easily find additional information on any topic of interest.
At my first sight of a painting by Samuel Bak, I had the keen sense that he was telling me stories with his brush. Now that at long last he has written this book, I find it no wonder that he has painted with his pen.... Among the tens and hundreds of books I have read about the pre-Shoah and post-Shoah period... Bak's book is unique. Despite being suffused with a sense of loss, horror, degradation, and death, it is ultimately a sanguine, funny book, full of the love of life, rocking with an almost cathartic joy. At times I found myself bursting out laughing... a marvelous ode, a colorful hymn to the forces of life, love, creation, and the joys of the senses. --From the Foreword by Amos OzIn Painted in Words internationally renowned artist Samuel Bak sets aside his brushes to narrate the stories of his life--as a child in Nazi-occupied Vilna, as a youth in European refugee camps, and as a maturing artist in Israel, France, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. With gentle humor, the child prodigy of the faraway past and the accomplished artist of today engage in a spirited dialogue from which emerges a self-portrait of "The Artist as a Young--and middle-aged and aging--Survivor." The brilliance, vision, and virtuosity that Bak brings to his painting are equally in evidence in his writing. This deeply touching work is an important contribution to Holocaust literature and art history.
A painter discusses the conventions and revolts, the psychology, techniques, and problems of painting from the Renaissance to the present day. An invaluable aid in the appreciation and understanding of art.
Love to paint? Want to learn? Then let's get started! The adventure begins the moment you pick up a brush. Let Jerry Yarnell show you how to make the most of it! In Painting Adventures - the fifth volume of his popular painting series - you'll learn how to create attractive landscapes with skill and confidence. Drawing upon more than thirty years of painting and teaching experience, Jerry provides you with dozens of exciting new challenges and unexpected surprises, along with seven gorgeous step-by-step projects. You'll learn how to paint night scenes, clouds, people and wildlife, plus realistic fur, feathers and hair. It's all the insight and instruction you need to paint your most exciting landscapes yet!
Anyone can be a rock artist! Just paint along with the easy-to-follow, step-by-step photographs. You don't need a green thumb to grow these bloomin' beauties - just some ordinary rocks and acrylic paint. Step-by-step instructions (with lots of pictures) make it fun and easy to paint your own rock tulips, daisies, petunias, daffodils and other flowers. They'll brighten any corner of your home, they make great gifts - and they're guaranteed not to wilt!
Trade in your bird watching binoculars for a brush!Sherry C. Nelson, MDA, invites you to paint your favorite American garden birds.In this book, 11 different oil painting projects show you how to create Bluebirds, Cardinals, Goldfinches, Hummingbirds and other stunning birds in their natural surroundings. Sherry even teaches you, stroke by stroke, how to paint delicate feather textures, markings and eyes!Each project is explained in 20 or more steps and features a materials list, paint mixtures, field sketches and reference photographs. It's never been easier to paint the feathered friends you've been admiring in your backyard.
Designed to address beginning to intermediate artists, this book is the ultimate guide to portraiture and figure painting in watercolour. It guides artists through the entire portrait and figure painting process, from selecting the right materials and tools to exhibiting the finished painting. Richly illustrated, the book features paintings by such masters of watercolour as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Infuse your paintings with light and life! Whether you work outdoors or indoors, understanding the effects of light and shadow is key to making your art lifelike and engaging. Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all recipe for painting light, this book shows you how to capture the particular ambient qualities of any scene before you, be it a gloriously clear morning, a rainy afternoon, or the joyful dance of sunlight on water. Master pastel artist Maggie Price shares techniques for painting beautiful light, rich shadows and convincing reflections. 10 step-by-step demonstrations tackle a diversity of lighting situations, encompassing various weather conditions and times of day. Five contributing artists explore different styles, approaches and subjects, including landscapes, water scenes and people. Concepts are demonstrated with pastel but are applicable to any medium. An illuminating read for beginning and experienced artists alike, this book will help you engage your viewer by achieving that captivating sense of "being there."
An abundantly illustrated guide to the author's techniques for portraying weathered wood, cracked windowpanes, and other facets of old buildings.
Painting Wildlife Step by Step: Learn from 50 Demonstrations How to Capture Realistic Textures in Watercolor, Oil and Acrylicby Rod Lawrence
Easy-to-follow, step-by-step demonstrations (in acrylic, watercolor and oil) show you how to create dozens of specific wildlife textures, including fur, feathers, scales, eyes, ears, bills and muzzles, tails and feet, antlers and horns, and white and black subjects. Throughout, you'll benefit from Rod Lawrence's years of wildlife painting experience. He'll help you notice, for example, the way hair and feather textures change on different parts of an animal's body, through the seasons, even according to the age of the animal. Use your heightened awareness, along with the easy-to-follow, step-by-step demonstrations inside, to create more realistic, more sensitive wildlife paintings.
Provide tips and techniques on how to paint with pastels.
How to work with papier-mâché, the variety of materials that can be used, and a short history of its craft.
Alan Paskow first asks why fictional characters, such as Hamlet and Anna Karenina, matter to us and how they are able to emotionally affect us. He then applies these questions to pictorial art, demonstrating that paintings beckon us to view their contents as real. Emblematic of the fundamental concerns of our lives, what we visualize in paintings, he argues, is not simply in our heads but in our world. Paskow also situates the phenomenological approach to the experience of painting in relation to methodological assumptions and claims in analytic aesthetics as well as in contemporary schools of thought, particularly Marxist, feminist, and deconstructionist.
In this lively, personal book, Robert Scholes intervenes in ongoing discussions about modernism in the arts during the crucial half-century from 1895 to 1945. While critics of and apologists for modernism have defined modern art and literature in terms of binary oppositions--high/low, old/new, hard/soft, poetry/rhetoric--Scholes contends that these distinctions are in fact confused and misleading. Such oppositions are instances of "paradoxy"--an apparent clarity that covers real confusion. Closely examining specific literary texts, drawings, critical writings, and memoirs, Scholes seeks to complicate the neat polar oppositions attributed to modernism. He argues for the rehabilitation of works in the middle ground that have been trivialized in previous evaluations, and he fights orthodoxy with such paradoxes as "durable fluff," "formulaic creativity," and "iridescent mediocrity. " The book reconsiders major figures like James Joyce while underscoring the value of minor figures and addressing new attention to others rarely studied. It includes twenty-two illustrations of the artworks discussed. Filled with the observations of a personable and witty guide, this is a book that opens up for a reader's delight the rich cultural terrain of modernism.
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