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No longer is explanation of art subjective and the sole domain of the art critic. Introducing Neurones, Art and Morality, this well-researched and insightful book applies recent scientific explanations of brain biology to explain the impact of art, and adds objectivity and independence from commercial and personality influences. Beyond that, it illuminates how the artist uses brushstrokes, shapes and colours to manipulate our emotions. Through the prism of science, the process of visual reception, storage, memory connections, interpretation and reaction become clear. The differences between old masters and modern art genres are discussed and the relationship of "taste" to the cognitive stock of the viewer is explored. The artist draws human experience into focus enabling us to see ourselves with a clarity that is otherwise elusive. In this way we are reminded of the characteristic values of our existence, an important part of our acculturation. This book is aimed at art lovers and is an accessible and informative scientific discourse on that magic aspect of painting, how the artist achieves and how the viewer perceives. This is extrapolated to how art was used as a moral guide to the illiterate, as propaganda and as protest art. In turn, the religious and socio-political influences on art and artists are followed through history from cave art to monochrome canvases.
For more than ten years, typographer and illustrator Peter Campbell has been the resident art critic for the London Review of Books, as well as serving as its resident designer since it began in 1979. Not easily characterized in professional terms, Campbell's writingthoughtful, jargon-free, and notably inquisitive about techniqueis the product of an independent mind and eye. Peter Campbell's first collection of writings introduces a refreshing voice to the critical discussion of art. Reductionist evaluations are resisted in favor of a detailed consideration of the work. The setting of the exhibit is often part of his discussion: we always know that the show is at a particular place. At presents a generous selection of reviews covering a wide range of subjects from Giovanni Bellini and Titian to Lucian Freud and Louise Bourgeois. Critiques of blockbuster shows are included alongside those for exhibitions of lesser-known artists. Reviews of photography, fashion design, illustration, and architecture add further dimension to these collected writings. At includes a gallery of Campbell's cover designs for the London Review of Books as well as an afterword by Robin Kinross contextualizing Campbell's work and relates the interesting history of the London Review of Books.
The enormous canvases of Swiss painter Andy Denzler (born 1965) portray human figures and faces, sourced from photographs and striated by horizontal lines of paint, in the fashion of Gerhard Richter. "The Human Nature Project" gathers a series of recent works that project his brooding, semi-apocalyptic vision of humanity.
A spirited portrait of the colorful, irrepressible, and iconoclastic American collector who fearlessly advanced the cause of modern art One of twentieth-century America's most influential patrons of the arts, Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) brought to wide public attention the work of such modern masters as Jackson Pollock and Man Ray. In her time, there was no stronger advocate for the groundbreaking and the avant-garde. Her midtown gallery was the acknowledged center of the postwar New York art scene, and her museum on the Grand Canal in Venice remains one of the world's great collections of modern art. Yet as renowned as she was for the art and artists she so tirelessly championed, Guggenheim was equally famous for her unconventional personal life, and for her ironic, playful desire to shock. Acclaimed best-selling author Francine Prose offers a singular reading of Guggenheim's life that will enthrall enthusiasts of twentieth-century art, as well as anyone interested in American and European culture and the interrelationships between them. The lively and insightful narrative follows Guggenheim through virtually every aspect of her extraordinary life, from her unique collecting habits and paradigm-changing discoveries, to her celebrity friendships, failed marriages, and scandalous affairs, and Prose delivers a colorful portrait of a defiantly uncompromising woman who maintained a powerful upper hand in a male-dominated world. Prose also explores the ways in which Guggenheim's image was filtered through the lens of insidious antisemitism.
Determining the authorship and originality of artistic works is essential for fully enjoying art, and for the correct functioning of the market and many cultural centres. It is one of the tasks falling not only to institutions but also to artists' foundations, museums, public administrations, academics, gallery owners and art collectors. All those involved with this part of the artistic world encounter problems. This book, derived from an international seminar organised by the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation shares the knowledge, experience and opinions of some of the most prestigious experts on these subjects. Furthermore, it provides some new angles, proposals and linguistic elements that can help to understand the difficulties presented by the topic and to improve its legal regulation.
Build a Successful Art Career 2015 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market is the must-have reference guide for any artist who wants to establish or expand a career in fine art, illustration, or graphic design. Thousands of successful artists have relied on us to help develop their careers and navigate the changing business landscape. The 2015 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market introduces a whole host of new features and guarantees the most up-to-date, individually verified market contacts possible. Expand your art business with these resources: * A FREE 1-year subscription to ArtistsMarketOnline.com, where you can find industry contacts, track your submissions, get the latest art and design news, and much more (PLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the e-book edition of this title) * Complete, up-to-date contact information for more than 1,700 art market resources, including galleries, magazines, book publishers, greeting card companies, ad agencies, syndicates, art fairs, and more * Articles on the business of freelancing--from basic copyright information to tips on promoting your work * Information on grants, residencies, organizations, publications, and websites that offer support and direction for visual artists of all types * NEW! Informative articles on setting goals, getting organized, building a resume, and mastering marketing and branding * NEW! Special features on defamation, alternative art show venues, art rentals, art and wine workshops, and art fairs * NEW! Inspiring and informative interviews with successful professionals including children's book author-illustrator Tomie dePaola, graphic designer Mikey Burton, and fantasy illustrator John Howe Check out ArtistsMarketOnline.com for more interviews, tips for selling your work, and our easy-to-use searchable database of markets!
This gorgeous book delves into the elusive world of traditional Japanese tattooing. The Samurai spirit, Bushido, is an integral component of Japanese tattooing that is traced through the imagery and interpersonal dynamics of this veiled subculture. The eloquent text is based largely on Takahiro Kitamura's experiences as client and student of the famed Japanese tattoo master, Horiyoshi III. Over 200 beautiful photos by Jai Tanju capture the breathtaking tattoo artistry of Horiyoshi III. Five original, unpublished prints by Horiyoshi III, like those in his acclaimed book, 100 Demons of Horiyoshi III, are included here. Bushido: Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo is certain to fascinate everyone with an interest in tattoo culture.
The last twenty years have seen a rise in the production, circulation, and criticism of new forms of socially engaged art aimed at achieving social justice and economic equality. In Wages Against Artwork Leigh Claire La Berge shows how socially engaged art responds to and critiques what she calls decommodified labor-the slow diminishment of wages alongside an increase of demands of work. Outlining the ways in which socially engaged artists relate to work, labor, and wages, La Berge examines how artists and organizers create institutions to address their own and others' financial precarity; why the increasing role of animals and children in contemporary art points to the turn away from paid labor; and how the expansion of MFA programs and student debt helps create the conditions for decommodified labor. In showing how socially engaged art operates within and against the need to be paid for work, La Berge offers a new theorization of the relationship between art and contemporary capitalism.
Written for prospective and practicing visual arts, music, drama, and dance educators, Teaching the Arts to Engage English Language Learners offers guidance for engaging ELLs, alongside all learners, through artistic thinking. By paying equal attention to visual art, music, drama, and dance education, this book articulates how arts classrooms can create rich and supportive contexts for ELLs to grow socially, academically, and personally. The making and relating, perceiving and responding, and connecting and understanding processes of artistic thinking, create the terrain for rich curricular experiences. These processes also create the much-needed spaces for ELLs to gain communicative practice, skill, and confidence. Special features include generative texts such as films, poems, and performances that function as springboards for arts educators to adapt according to the needs of their classroom; teaching tips, formative assessment practices, and related instructional tables and resources; an annotated list of internet sites, reader-friendly research articles, and instructional materials; and a glossary for readers? reference.
Violence at an aesthetic remove from the spectator or reader has been a key element of narrative and visual arts since Greek antiquity. Here Robert Appelbaum explores the nature of mimesis, aggression, the affects of antagonism and victimization and the political uses of art throughout history. He examines how violence in art is formed, contextualised and used by its audiences and readers. Bringing traditional German aesthetic and social theory to bear on the modern problem of violence in art, Appelbaum engages theorists including Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Adorno and Gadamer. The book takes the reader from Homer and Shakespeare to slasher films and performance art, showing how violence becomes at once a language, a motive, and an idea in the experience of art. It addresses the controversies head on, taking a nuanced view of the subject, understanding that art can damage as well as redeem. But it concludes by showing that violence (in the real world) is a necessary condition of art (in the world of mimetic play).
With a Probability of Being Seen. Dorothee and Konrad Fischer: Archives of an Attitude focuses primarily on the personality of Konrad Fischer - as a painter, as an exhibition maker and as a gallery owner. The influence of this key figure in the development of contemporary art from the 1960s to the 1990s is presented in the exhibition in three ways: through his own works, through archived documents and through the works of his artists, which he collected together with his wife Dorothee. Numerous documents and photographs, shown in public for the first time, convey a richly faceted picture of Konrad Fischer's activities and a captivating panorama of this great period of contemporary art in the Rhineland. This collection, too, testifies to the consistent attitude that characterised Konrad Fischer, an attitude that cannot be readily explained or quantified in material terms.
The first book on the artist collective known for their raucous multimedia installations. Founded by artist Eli Sudbrack, assume vivid astro focus has been dazzling the art world since 1994 with its exuberant, visually spectacular room-size installations. Created out of recycled and appropriated imagery from a wide range of sources--such as unicorn tapestries, children's stickers, pages from gay porn magazines, album covers, Buddhist thangka paintings, and street graffiti, to name a few--the finished works can feel like a cross between a '70s disco, Brazilian Carnival, and a psychedelic version of Andy Warhol's Factory. This volume, their first, will include many of the elements featured in their installations, which are known for the many "give-aways" the artists provide the visitors: a blow-in poster, postcard and sticker pages, and a pop-up, all designed by avaf.
Animals. We love and care for them as pets, we weave them into our myths and fables and then we breed them under conditions of terrible cruelty just so we can eat them cheaply. As new developments in research into animal cognition force us to concede fewer characteristics separating us from our neighbouring species, this issue of Granta asks writers, poets and photographers to consider the complex ways we interact with the animal kingdom.
Han Kang meditates on canaries; Arnon Grunberg investigates the bloody business of slaughterhouses; Rebecca Giggs on leeches and the weather; Anjan Sundaram celebrates the life of a Rwandan 'hero chicken'; John Connell moves back home to his parents' farm.
With new fiction from Ben Lasman, Yoko Tawada and Nell Zink and new poetry from Ko Ko Thett.
The oldest commercial art gallery in the world, print sellers to the Prince Regent, and pioneers of photographic publishing, Colnaghi have sold some of the most important Old Master works to come on the market to private collectors and museums across the world. In celebration of their 250th anniversary, they are producing a commemorative catalogue, which traces the history of the gallery from its foundation in 1760 by the enterprising fireworks manufacturer Giavanni Battista Torre. The book is slanted to what one might call the Golden Age of Old Master picture dealing, between c. 1894, when Colnaghi began to challenge Agnew and Sulley for domination of the Old Master picture market, and 1930-31, the date of the great Hermitage sale, which is discussed by David Ekserdjan. In other essays authors consider the gallery's relationships with important dealers and collectors such as Otto Gutekunst, Isabella Gardner, Bernard Berenson, Henry Clay Frick and James Byam Shaw.
One of the first female artists to achieve recognition in her own time, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) became instantly popular in the 1970s when feminist art historians "discovered" her and argued vehemently for a place for her in the canon of Italian baroque painters. Featured alongside her father, Orazio Gentileschi, in a recent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Artemisia has continued to stir interest though her position in the canon remains precarious, in part because her sensationalized life history has overshadowed her art. In The Artemisia Files, Mieke Bal and her coauthors look squarely at this early icon of feminist art history and the question of her status as an artist. Considering the events that shaped her life and reputation--her relationship to her father and her role as the victim in a highly publicized rape case during which she was tortured into giving evidence--the authors make the case that Artemisia's importance is due to more than her role as a poster child in the feminist attack on traditional art history; here, Artemisia emerges more fully as a highly original artist whose work is greater than the sum of the events that have traditionally defined her. The fresh, engaging discourse in The Artemisia Files will help to both renew the reputation of this artist on the merit of her work and establish her rightful place in the history of art. "Over the last generation Artemisia has been transformed from a talented curiosity . . . into a standard bearer of early feminist consciousness. This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the critical frame of mind underlying this transformation."--Keith Christiansen, Jayne Wrightsman Curator of Italian Painting, The MetropolitanMuseum of Art
A timely exploration of artists whose work addresses the subject of conspiracy and media manipulation in modern culture Shaped by events such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, and 9/11, conspiracy theories have flourished and influenced our collective worldview. This provocative book examines how artists from the 1960s to the present explore both the covert operations of power and the mutual suspicion between governments and their citizens. Featured are works by 30 contemporary artists-including Sarah Charlesworth, Hans Haacke, Rachel Harrison, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Mark Lombardi, Cady Noland, Trevor Paglen, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, and Sue Williams-in media ranging from painting, drawing, and photography to video and installation art. Whether they uncover webs of deceit hidden in the public record or dive headlong into the paranoid fever dreams of the disaffected, artists examine the rhetorical strategies of conspiracy researchers and endeavor to expose evil in high places. Everything Is Connected elucidates the many ways in which artists use their work to take a powerful and proactive stance against the political corruption, consumerism, bureaucracy, and media manipulation that are hallmarks of contemporary life.
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First Published in 1992, this encyclopedia is designed to survey the social, cultural and intellectual climate of English Romanticism from approximately the 1780s and the French Revolution to the 1830s and the Reform Bill. Focussing on a ~the spirit of the agea (TM), the book deals with the aesthetic, scientific, socioeconomic a " indeed the human a " environment in which the Romantics flourished. The books considers poets, playwrights and novelists; critics, editors and booksellers; painters, patrons and architects; as well as ideas, trends, fads, and conventions, the familiar and the newly discovered. The book will be of use for everyone from undergraduate English students, through to thesis-driven graduate students to teaching faculty and scholars.
How many times have you heard the term 'curate' in the past few years? But what exactly does it mean? Curating has been a key concept both in and outside the art world in the past few years, with the remit of what a curator does having changed and expanded with each new exhibition or biennale. With an emphasis on the `now' and the most recent exhibitions, this book examines the variety and richness of curating practices today, from public commissions by Art Angel to experimental projects such as the 'Ghetto Biennale' in Haiti or the Rhizome digital archive. Each highly illustrated case study is structured around an interview with the curator responsible for the show. The text both tells the story of the show's making and fills in background information about the curator's work.
When it comes to historical violence and contemporary inequality, none of us are completely innocent. We may not be direct agents of harm, but we may still contribute to, inhabit, or benefit from regimes of domination that we neither set up nor control. Arguing that the familiar categories of victim, perpetrator, and bystander do not adequately account for our connection to injustices past and present, Michael Rothberg offers a new theory of political responsibility through the figure of the implicated subject. The Implicated Subject builds on the comparative, transnational framework of Rothberg's influential work on memory to engage in reflection and analysis of cultural texts, archives, and activist movements from such contested zones as transitional South Africa, contemporary Israel/Palestine, post-Holocaust Europe, and a transatlantic realm marked by the afterlives of slavery. As these diverse sites of inquiry indicate, the processes and histories illuminated by implicated subjectivity are legion in our interconnected world. An array of globally prominent artists, writers, and thinkers-from William Kentridge, Hito Steyerl, and Jamaica Kincaid, to Hannah Arendt, Primo Levi, Judith Butler, and the Combahee River Collective-speak to this interconnection and show how confronting our own implication in difficult histories can lead to new forms of internationalism and long-distance solidarity.
Whether you re an aspiring artist or new to the medium, seasoned instructor and accomplished artist Nathan Fowkes makes drawing portraits in charcoal not only accessible, but also a real pleasure! From stocking the best supplies to using them effectively, and composing a portrait while avoiding common mistakes, How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal by Nathan Fowkes will place you firmly on the path to producing the charcoal portraits you've dreamed of creating. His easy-to-follow tips, in-depth tutorials, and valuable exercises make this guide your first step toward building an understanding and appreciation for every face you draw. This handy book will equip you with the skills to capture them in beautiful charcoal fashion."
The definitive, must-have guide to pursuing an art career-the fully revised and updated edition of Art/Work, now in its fourteenth printing, shares the tools artists of all levels need to make it in this highly competitive field. Originally published in 2009, Art/Work was the first practical guide to address how artists can navigate the crucial business and legal aspects of a fine art career. But the rules have changed since then, due to the proliferation of social media, increasing sophistication of online platforms, and ever more affordable digital technology. Artists have never had to work so hard to distinguish themselves-including by making savvy decisions and forging their own paths. Now Heather Bhandari, with over fifteen years of experience as a director of the popular Chelsea gallery Mixed Greens, and Jonathan Melber, a former arts/entertainment lawyer and director of an art e-commerce startup, advise a new generation of artists on how to make it in the art world. In this revised and updated edition, Bhandari and Melber show artists how to tackle a host of new challenges. How do you diversify income streams to sustain a healthy art practice? How can you find an alternative to the gallery system? How do you review a license agreement? What are digital marketing best practices? Also included are new quotes from over thirty arts professionals, updated commission legal templates, organizational tips, tax information, and advice for artists who don't make objects. An important resource for gallerists, dealers, art consultants, artist-oriented organizations, and artists alike, Art/Work is the resource that all creative entrepreneurs in the art world turn to for advice.
Taking a close look at the issue of the arts and school reform, this book explores in detail how the incorporation of the arts into the identity of a school can be key to its resilience. Based on the A+ School Program, an arts-based school reform effort, it is much more than a report of a single case - this landmark study is a comprehensive, longitudinal analysis of arts in education initiatives that discusses the political, fiscal, and curricular implications inherent in taking the arts seriously.
Offering a model for implementation as well as evaluation that can be widely adapted in other schools and school districts, this book will inspire arts educators to move from advocating more arts to advocating the arts as a way to reform schools. Administrators and policy makers will see how curriculum integration can be used to revitalize and energize schools and serve as a springboard to wider reform initiatives. Researchers and students across the fields of arts education, school reform, organizational change, and foundations of education will be informed and enlightened by this real-world scenario of large-scale school reform.
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