Who really invented photography? Why is the Mona Lisa really smiling? Which painting was hung upside-down for over a month before anyone noticed? This highly entertaining assumption-confounding, myth-busting book about art and art history has the answers.
Provides a tool kit for understanding the world around us. This book is about our obsession with collecting, the quest for authenticity and the creation of national identities. It's about Hitchcock's film sets and why we value imperfection. It's about fashion and technology, about politics and art.
Features some fun and educational art activities to keep kids, young and old, occupied at mealtimes. This title also features 36 generously sized mats printed on art activity paper, and 9 different designs, including 3 illustrations. It lets you make up your own pasta shapes; draw your favourite meal; and, more.
Decodes the things around us: their hidden meanings, our relationship with them, how they shape our lives and why we desire them. This book makes us part with our money. It defines who we think we are.
Lapwing & Fox is a series of stimulating conversations in the form of letters and small books sent between two friends, writer and critic John Berger and artist and film-maker John Christie over a three-year period. The correspondence is reproduced in colour facsimile throughout and covers a vast range of thought-provoking topics.
Shows how different art effects can be achieved by using fingers and ink only. Providing ideas to spark your creative imagination, this title shows how to make letters, patterns, animals, characters and even whole works of art from your fingerprints.
A celebration of the writer and artist John Berger (1926-2017) with texts by his friends and collaborators including Anne Michaels, Geoff Dyer, Katya Berger Andreadakis and Eulalia Bosch. Profusely illustrated through with drawings by John Berger and his son Yves Berger. It is edited and designed by artist John Christie.
Explores how the ancient relationship between man and nature has been broken in the modern consumer age, with the animals that used to be at the centre of our existence now marginalized and reduced to spectacle.
Bringing together an innovative new generation who are creating the aesthetics of the next decade, all the artists featured are making waves in the contemporary art world. 100 New Artists features the new themes, media, imagery and ideas emerging in contemporary art practice.
From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the "Very Interesting People" series provides biographies of Britain's fascinating historical figures - people whose influence and importance have stood the test of time. This work talks about John Ruskin.
Offers a look at the debates and ideas involved in the aesthetics of painting. This book introduces ideas in the aesthetics of painting. It looks at how and why pictorial representation can be distinguished from other forms of representation; and the relationship between the painted surface and the depicted subject.
A selection of essays on the arts in Britain, written by John Tusa, a notable controversialist, who spoke for the need for the arts. In these essays, he tells the true story of arts philanthropy and seeks out the ways in which the arts can be made to blossom in a cultural and political climate.
Covering the history of art, from Paleolithic cave painting onwards, this book provides foundational guidance to the basic character and techniques of the different art forms, to the various genres of painting in the western tradition, and to the techniques of sculpture as they have been practised over several millenia and across cultures.
Arts Management is designed as an upper division undergraduate and graduate level text that covers the principles of arts management. It is the most comprehensive, up to date, and technologically advanced textbook on arts management on the market.
Written specifically for textile designers, Digital Textile Design provides the know-how for students and professionals who wish to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as design tools by examining how they can access the techniques of digital textile printing and providing an insight into the technology involved.
Aimed at anyone who would like to be able to pick up a pencil and just draw, this book provides a foolproof way to pick up the skills - and most importantly the confidence - to sketch and experiment without the hang-ups and inhibitions that can all too often get in the way of our creativity.
Pierre Bourdieu is now recognized as one of the key contemporary critics of culture and the visual arts. This book analyzes Bourdieu's work on the visual arts to provide an overview of his theory of culture and aesthetics. It applies Bourdieu's theory of practice to the three fields of museums, photography and painting.
Packed with insightful, easy-to-follow tips and featuring a refreshingly diverse range of work from contemporary artists, 365 Hints & Tips for Drawing & Sketching is a comprehensive, highly accessible guide that is guaranteed to appeal to aspiring artists of all levels.
Learn essential urban sketching tips for drawing buildings and street scenes with over 200 images from 40 international artists. Brimming with inspirational art, this book is a sketching guide that is also packed with tips to help you identify architectural features along the way.
A brilliant, ambitious follow-up to The Secret Lives of Buildings, in which Hollis turns his focus from the great architectural constructions of the past and present to the now-vanished chambers they once contained
Using a simple and accessible chronological structure, together with detailed illustrations, this bibliophile's delight showcases the beauty and knowledge contained within the Bodleian Library's renowned collections.
Acknowledges the unstable relationship between language, objects and meanings and explores how we translate the experience of visual culture into written and spoken words. This book aims to examine and clarify a representative range of language, formal and informal, academic and colloquial, global and local, which characterises design discourse.
Booker wining novelist, playwright, essayist, poet and critic - even admirers rarely know John Berger in all his literary incarnations. This collection of essays takes a look at his career. Berger's wide-ranging essays emphasise the continuities that have underpinned more than 40 years of tireless intellectual inquiry and political engagement.