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Centering Modernism - J. Jay McVicker and Postwar American Art (Hardcover): Louise Siddons Centering Modernism - J. Jay McVicker and Postwar American Art (Hardcover)
Louise Siddons
R1,132 Discovery Miles 11 320 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Digital Plenitude - The Decline of Elite Culture and the Rise of New Media (Hardcover): Jay David Bolter The Digital Plenitude - The Decline of Elite Culture and the Rise of New Media (Hardcover)
Jay David Bolter
R633 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R185 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How the creative abundance of today's media culture was made possible by the decline of elitism in the arts and the rise of digital media. Media culture today encompasses a universe of forms-websites, video games, blogs, books, films, television and radio programs, magazines, and more-and a multitude of practices that include making, remixing, sharing, and critiquing. This multiplicity is so vast that it cannot be comprehended as a whole. In this book, Jay David Bolter traces the roots of our media multiverse to two developments in the second half of the twentieth century: the decline of elite art and the rise of digital media. Bolter explains that we no longer have a collective belief in "Culture with a capital C." The hierarchies that ranked, for example, classical music as more important than pop, literary novels as more worthy than comic books, and television and movies as unserious have broken down. The art formerly known as high takes its place in the media plenitude. The elite culture of the twentieth century has left its mark on our current media landscape in the form of what Bolter calls "popular modernism." Meanwhile, new forms of digital media have emerged and magnified these changes, offering new platforms for communication and expression. Bolter outlines a series of dichotomies that characterize our current media culture: catharsis and flow, the continuous rhythm of digital experience; remix (fueled by the internet's vast resources for sampling and mixing) and originality; history (not replayable) and simulation (endlessly replayable); and social media and coherent politics.

London - Shop Interiors, Wrapping Tools, Catalogues, and More (Paperback): Pie Books London - Shop Interiors, Wrapping Tools, Catalogues, and More (Paperback)
Pie Books
R698 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R231 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Fluid Flesh - The Body, Religion and the Visual Arts (Paperback): Barbara Baert Fluid Flesh - The Body, Religion and the Visual Arts (Paperback)
Barbara Baert; Introduction by James Elkins
R818 Discovery Miles 8 180 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

How do we relate the body we have and the bodies we see to the mind, or to the soul? Fluid Flesh addresses the relationship between the body, religion, and the visual arts, which is one of both love and tension. Are we able (and allowed) to think of the divine in a corporeal way? Isn't artistic expression, which originated from both the human mind and body, intrinsically a bodily matter?Featuring an introduction from James Elkins, Fluid Flesh covers an array of topics including the visual as a spiritual medium today; iconophilia and iconoclasm in the past and present; the human body, religion and contemporary lifestyles; and premodern and postmodern perspectives on anatomy and the visual arts. Several authors address the presentation of the human form in Christian art and ask whether the body may be present in religious art even without figuration. The authors highlight the intertwined and powerful roles of both the image and the body within a contemporary culture that has seemingly devalued language (in favor of the image) and has renewed a "sinful" conception of the body as in constant need of improvement.

The Quay Brothers - Into a Metaphysical Playroom (Paperback): Suzanne Buchan The Quay Brothers - Into a Metaphysical Playroom (Paperback)
Suzanne Buchan
R520 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R69 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This work is the first thorough analysis of the creative oeuvre of the Quay Brothers. Known for their animation shorts that rely on puppetry, miniatures, and stop-motion techniques, their fiercely idiosyncratic films are fertile fields for Suzanne Buchan's engaging descriptions and provocative insights into the Quays' art-and into the art of independent puppet animation.
Buchan's aesthetic investigation stems from extensive access to the Quay Brothers' artistic practices and work, which spans animation and live-action film, stage design and illustration. She also draws on a long acquaintance with them and on interviews with collaborators essential to their productions, as well as archival sources. Discussions of their films' literary origins, space, puppets, montage, and the often-overlooked world of sound and music in animation shed new light on the expressive world that the Quay Brothers generate out of their materials to create the poetic alchemy of their films.
At once a biography of the Quays' artistic trajectory and a detailed examination of one of their best-known films, "Street of Crocodiles," this book goes further and provides interdisciplinary methodologies and tools for the analysis of animation.

Selected Writings on Art and Literature (Paperback, Reissue): Charles Pierre Baudelaire, P. Charvet Selected Writings on Art and Literature (Paperback, Reissue)
Charles Pierre Baudelaire, P. Charvet
R348 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R111 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Before publishing the sensuous and scandalous poems of Les Fleurs du Mal, Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) had already earned respect as a forthright and witty critic of art and literature. This stimulating selection of criticism reveals him as a worshipper at the altar of beauty, illuminating his belief that the pursuit of this ideal must be paramount in artistic expression. Reviews of exhibitions discuss works by great painters such as Delacroix and Ingres in fascinating detail, and 'Of Virtuous Plays and Novels' sees Baudelaire as an avenging angel in defence of true art. Writings on Poe, Flaubert and Gautier evoke a profound understanding of fellow artists, while his single excursion into musical criticism, 'Richard Wagner and Tannhauser in Paris', displays an incisive awareness of the magical power of suggestion in music.

Rembrandt. The Self-Portraits (Hardcover): Marieke de Winkel Rembrandt. The Self-Portraits (Hardcover)
Marieke de Winkel 1
R1,219 R834 Discovery Miles 8 340 Save R385 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Masters of Comics (Paperback): Joel Meadows, Mark Verheiden Masters of Comics (Paperback)
Joel Meadows, Mark Verheiden
R810 R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Save R424 (52%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Vincent Van Gogh 2020 Square Wall Calendar (Calendar): Inc Browntrout Publishers Vincent Van Gogh 2020 Square Wall Calendar (Calendar)
Inc Browntrout Publishers 1
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Interrogating Secularism - Race and Religion in Arab Transnational Art and Literature (Paperback): Danielle Haque Interrogating Secularism - Race and Religion in Arab Transnational Art and Literature (Paperback)
Danielle Haque
R634 Discovery Miles 6 340 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Interrogating Secularism is a call to rethink binary categories of ""religion"" and ""secularism"" in contemporary Arab American fiction and art. While most studies that explore the traffic between literature and issues of secularism emphasize how canonical texts naturalize and reinforce secular values, Interrogating Secularism approaches this nexus through novels written by and about ethnic and religious minorities. Haque juxtaposes accounts of secular experience in the writing of Arab Anglophone authors such as Mohja Kahf, Rabih Alameddine, Khaled Mattawa, Laila Lalami, and Rawi Hage, with Arab and Muslim artists such as Ninar Esber, Mounir Fatmi, Hasan Elahi, and Emily Jacir. Looking at multiple genres and modes of aesthetic production, including AIDS narratives, visual art, and digital media, Haque explores how their conventions are used to subvert the ideals tied to secularism and the various anxieties and investments that support secularism as a premise. These authors and artists critique Western iterations of secular thought in spaces such as art exhibits, airports, borders, and literary discourses to capture how the secularism thesis reproduces the exclusivity it intends to remedy.

Greater Kruger: A Pocket Memento (Hardcover): Heinrich van den Berg, Philip van den Berg Greater Kruger: A Pocket Memento (Hardcover)
Heinrich van den Berg, Philip van den Berg
R215 R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Save R48 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The sister book to Greater Kruger - the big picture. The region colloquially known as Greater Kruger is the most famous wildlife conservation area in southern Africa. The area includes the world-renowned Kruger National Park; several privately owned game reserves and a contractual park. This region also forms part of the much larger Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which spans international boundaries and includes neighbouring game reserves in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Size: 116mm x 161mm, portrait, 176 full-colour pages, printed on 130gsm matt art paper, hard cover, matt laminated and UV varnished.

Tate: Brief Lessons in Rule Breaking (Paperback): Frances Ambler Tate: Brief Lessons in Rule Breaking (Paperback)
Frances Ambler
R228 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R48 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist' - Picasso Whether it's through disrupting a routine, turning an idea on its head or challenging the norm, Brief Lessons in Rule Breaking will give you the confidence to take creative risks and experiment, free from self-doubt. Be inspired by the artistic avant garde with wise words from Abramovic, Duchamp and more.

The Creative Underclass - Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City (Paperback): Tyler Denmead The Creative Underclass - Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City (Paperback)
Tyler Denmead
R480 R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Save R64 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As an undergraduate at Brown University, Tyler Denmead founded New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized arts and humanities program primarily for young people of color in Providence, Rhode Island. Along with its positive impact, New Urban Arts, under his leadership, became entangled in Providence's urban renewal efforts that harmed the very youth it served. As in many deindustrialized cities, Providence's leaders viewed arts, culture, and creativity as means to drive property development and attract young, educated, and affluent white people, such as Denmead, to economically and culturally kickstart the city. In The Creative Underclass, Denmead critically examines how New Urban Arts and similar organizations can become enmeshed in circumstances where young people, including himself, become visible once the city can leverage their creativity to benefit economic revitalization and gentrification. He points to the creative cultural practices that young people of color from low-income communities use to resist their subjectification as members of an underclass which, along with redistributive economic policies can be deployed as an effective means with which to both to oppose gentrification and better serve the youth who have become emblematic of urban creativity.

Representations of Working in Arts Education - Stories of Learning and Teaching (Hardcover): Narelle Lemon, Susanne Garvis,... Representations of Working in Arts Education - Stories of Learning and Teaching (Hardcover)
Narelle Lemon, Susanne Garvis, Christopher Klopper
R1,222 Discovery Miles 12 220 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Arts education provides students with opportunities to build knowledge and skills in self-expression, imagination, creative and collaborative problem solving, and creation of shared meanings. Engagement in arts education has also been said to positively affect overall academic achievement, and the development of empathy. This book provides key insights from stakeholders across the teaching and learning spectrum and offers examples of pedagogical practice to those interested in facilitating arts education.

Duveen (Paperback): S.N. Behrman Duveen (Paperback)
S.N. Behrman; Illustrated by Saul Steinberg
R235 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R47 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A startling number of masterpieces now in American museums are there because of the shrewdness of one man, Joseph Duveen, art dealer to John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, and William Randolph Hearst. In a series of articles originally published in "The New Yorker," playwright S.N. Behrman evokes the larger-than-life Duveen and reveals the wheeling and dealing, subterfuge, and spirited drama behind the sale of nearly--but not quite--priceless Rembrandts, Vermeers, Turners, and Bellinis.

Fantastic Worlds - The Art of William Stout (Hardcover): Ed Leimbacher Fantastic Worlds - The Art of William Stout (Hardcover)
Ed Leimbacher
R1,247 R845 Discovery Miles 8 450 Save R402 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Louisiana Faces - Images from a Renaissance (Hardcover): Philip Gould, Jason Berry Louisiana Faces - Images from a Renaissance (Hardcover)
Philip Gould, Jason Berry; Photographs by Philip Gould
R819 R644 Discovery Miles 6 440 Save R175 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Since the late 1970s, Louisiana a state long known for outrageous politicians has witnessed a blossoming of the arts and their enthusiastic reception by a national, and even world-wide, audience. From John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces to James Lee Burke's detective Dave Robicheaux; from singers Fats Domino and Aaron Neville to jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis and his music-making family; from George Rodrigue's blue dog to Chef Paul Prudhomme's transcendent cooking the list is long for Louisiana talent.

Louisiana Faces documents in images and words the human texture of this remarkable renaissance, not only the painters, sculptors, chefs, musicians, poets, and writers who create the art, but also the ordinary people who in their daily and seasonal rhythms inform that art. Some are living legends, others well-kept secrets; all have a place, and a face, at the feast.

Philip Gould confirms his own part in the renaissance with the 125 stunning portraits in Louisiana Faces. Gould's lively, poignant photographs capture a range of personalities in timeless settings that mirror the larger culture whether masked riders in a Cajun carnival or jazzmen playing a street funeral. Writer Jason Berry complements Gould's images with a probing, witty essay that explores the parallels between art and life. Using meld of interviews, anecdotes, history, and commentary, Berry treats outsized political figures and pop culture celebrities as a parade of inspiration for Louisiana artists.

Revise BTEC National Art and Design Revision Workbook (Paperback): Alan Parsons, Daniel Freaker Revise BTEC National Art and Design Revision Workbook (Paperback)
Alan Parsons, Daniel Freaker 1
R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel Academic Level: BTEC National Subject: Art and Design First teaching: September 2016 First Exams: Summer 2017 For all four of the externally assessed units 1, 2, 6 and 7. Builds confidence with scaffolded practice questions. Unguided questions that allow students to test their own knowledge and skills in advance of assessment. Clear unit-by-unit correspondence between this Workbook and the Revision Guide and ActiveBook.

What They Didn't Teach You in Art School - What you need to know to survive as an artist (Hardcover): Rosalind Davis,... What They Didn't Teach You in Art School - What you need to know to survive as an artist (Hardcover)
Rosalind Davis, Annabel Tilley
R345 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R73 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

You have the artistic talent, but do you know how to make a success of it? The thing they don't teach you in art school is just how active and engaged you need to be; you'll have to become your own finance, business and marketing manager, as well as a researcher, curator and administrator. What They Didn't Teach You in Art School is the ultimate survival guide to life as an artist, and the perfect springboard for aspiring artists who haven't yet given up the day job. The book provides expert advice, tips and inspiration to help you build a successful career - giving you the opportunity to nurture your true talent.

Boom - The Megadealers Behind the Irresistible Rise of the Contemporary Art Market (Hardcover): Michael Shnayerson Boom - The Megadealers Behind the Irresistible Rise of the Contemporary Art Market (Hardcover)
Michael Shnayerson
R645 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R239 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Before Damien Hirst stuffed a shark, before Basquiat picked up a spray can, before Andy Warhol started The Factory, a pile of unwanted Jackson Pollocks changed everything. From them emerged the first major modern art dealer. It was 1947, and the art world would never be the same. From the early days on 57th Street, to the rise of SoHo in the 60s, to the emergence of Chelsea as the hotbed of art galleries, we see the meteoric rise and the devastating falls of the most renowned dealers: Larry Gagosian, David Zwirner, Arne Glimcher, and Iwan Wirth. With unparalleled access, the longtime Vanity Fairreporter tells us the story of contemporary art through the people who coddled, supported, and funded the likes of Jeff Koons, and Cy Twombly. It's a story of backstabbing, betrayals, fruitful partnerships, genius, and ever larger sums of money. The world of contemporary art is inextricable from the wild wealth and naked financial opportunism that surrounds it.

Mandala Super Mario Coloring Book Part 1 (Paperback): Nadiya Zabolotnaya Mandala Super Mario Coloring Book Part 1 (Paperback)
Nadiya Zabolotnaya
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Mandala Minions Coloring Book Part 1 (Paperback): Nadiya Zabolotnaya Mandala Minions Coloring Book Part 1 (Paperback)
Nadiya Zabolotnaya
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A Field Guide to Color - Watercolor Explorations in Hues, Tints, Shades, and Everything in Between (Paperback): Lisa Solomon A Field Guide to Color - Watercolor Explorations in Hues, Tints, Shades, and Everything in Between (Paperback)
Lisa Solomon
R530 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R167 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Idea of the Avant Garde - And What it Means Today (Paperback): Marc James Leger The Idea of the Avant Garde - And What it Means Today (Paperback)
Marc James Leger
R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book is premised on the view that the idea of the avant garde has an increased importance in these times of global political crisis. Much cultural production today is shaped by a biopolitics that construes all creative and knowledge production in terms of capital accumulation. A different kind of culture is possible. This collection of writings, essays, interviews and artworks by many of today's most radical cultural practitioners and astute commentators on matters avant garde mediates the different strategies and temporalities of avant-garde art and politics. Tracing diverse genealogies and trajectories, the book offers an inter-generational forum of ideas that covers different arts fields, from visual art, art activism, photography, film and architecture, to literature, theatre, performance, intermedia and music. This is an extraordinarily rich collection and is sure to be a benchmark for many years. -- .

Art Worlds - 25th Anniversary edition, Updated and Expanded (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): Howard Saul Becker Art Worlds - 25th Anniversary edition, Updated and Expanded (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Howard Saul Becker
R699 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R184 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This classic sociological examination of art as collective action explores the cooperative network of suppliers, performers, dealers, critics, and consumers who - along with the artist - "produce" a work of art. Howard S. Becker looks at the conventions essential to this operation and, prospectively, at the extent to which art is shaped by this collective activity. The book is thoroughly illustrated and updated with a new dialogue between Becker and eminent French sociologist Alain Pessin about the extended social system in which art is created, and with a new preface in which the author talks about his own process in creating this influential work.

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