There is widespread agreement that art is 'very important' - but it can be remarkably hard to say quite why. Yet if art is to enjoy its privileges, it has to be able to demonstrate its relevance in understandable ways to the widest possible audience. Alain de Botton and John Armstrong ... read more
The artistic stagnation of Vienna at the end of the 19th century was rudely shaken by the artists of the Vienna Secession. Their work shocked a conservative public, but their successive exhibitions, their magazine Ver Sacrum, an... read more
In this book, Bojan Bujic sets into an appropriate cultural context the immensely rich life of a composer who is, arguably, the key musical personality of the twentieth century. A major force in the development of modern music, Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) is famous for abandoning ... read more
A timely survey that addresses the relationship between art and electronic technology, including mechanics, light, graphics, robots, virtual reality and the web.
Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987) captured the popular culture of his age through his iconic drawings, paintings, films and prints.He made as great an impact on the world of art as any of his contemporaries, ushering in a fundamental transformation in our visual culture to the mediated image. Yet perhaps his ... read more
One of the most critically acclaimed and influential artists working today, Anselm Kiefer(b1945) has played a major role in shaping the landscape of post-war German and, indeed, international art. Kiefer's vision encompasses philosophy, history, literature, politics and co... read more
To the general public, Andy Warhol is known as a painter of famous faces, from Liz & Marilyn & Jackie & Marlon to his own ever-changing self-portrait. Less known are the portraits he made thoughout his career of socialites, art dealers, collectors, politicians, & cult figures. This book provides an overview of this topic.
Assembled from the wisdom of 36 legendary art teachers – all of them artists or critics at the top of their field – Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life is an ideal curriculum for the aspiring artist.
Each of the book’s "tutors" has provided a uni... read more
|Author:||John Singer Sargent|
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was American by parentage, but spent most of his life in London where he became a prolific and fashionable portrait painter, known for his elegant ladies and sophisticated gentlemen. This is a guide to the painter, with occasional quotes from Henry James.
|Series:||Art & Ideas S.|
|Reading Level:||very good|
Aboriginal art has survived the colonial period to become a major feature of contemporary Australian society. This book surveys the great variety in Aboriginal art, from ancient rock paintings to powerful modern works in acrylic on canvas. The patterns and symbols of Aboriginal art,... read more
The 21st‐Century Art Book is an A‐to‐Z guide of contemporary artists featuring established art‐world figures – Maurizio Cattelan, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall – alongside rising stars of the next generations. Global in scope, the book features work from 50 co... read more
An accessible introduction to the whole of art history, from prehistoric times to the present day - now revised and expanded. This updated edition includes over 25 new entries that expand the scope of the book further into the 21s... read more