Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But, there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. This is a book on art in various languages.
What do we mean when we call a work of art beautiful? How do perceptions of beauty change with the passage of time? This title explores these questions, showing the vital relationship between our changing notions of beauty and specific works of art. It charts the story of western art, from eighteenth-century Germany to the late 20th century.
Which contemporary artworks best capture the zeitgeist of the late 20th and early 21st centuries? This book, written by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in cultural criticism, predicts which artists and artworks from the past two decades will come to define our age through their power to question, provoke and inspire.
Combines six well-known books by George W Bridgman, a celebrated artist and lecturer, who taught figure and anatomy drawing for many years at New York City's Art Students League. This title features Bridgman's lessons and original sketches.
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.
Winner of the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, this book is about a journey undertaken by the author that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain.
Over 1,900 entries provide succinct and accessible explanations of a variety of terms used in art, covering materials, techniques, styles, and periods. From abstract expressionism to Renaissance, batik to zincograph, this dictionary will help you navigate the wide variety of terms used in the art world.
Drawing, the most basic of the visual arts, is often seen as a natural ability, but it can be learnt. Working from observation in pencil, pen or charcoal helps you to see clearly, increases your visual awareness and enhances your ability to design in two dimensions.
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.
Based on original documents never before discussed, this account of the disastrous marriage of Effie Gray and John Ruskin overturns the myths that have grown up around the most notorious annulment of the Victorian period.
Encompassing a variety of processes and techniques, printmaking offers the amateur and professional alike to visualise ideas in many different ways. This handbook contains step-by-step instructions that take you through different stages of the processes of relief printing, intaglio printing, lithography, screen printing and photocomposition.
Describes how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world; why Barack Obama opted for Gotham, while Amy Winehouse found her soul in 30s Art Deco; the pivotal moment when fonts left the world of Letraset and were loaded onto computers; and more.
Like millions of others, Andrew Marr draws. He hasn't had lessons, yet since childhood, the journalist and TV presenter has been at his happiest with a pen or brush in his hand. In this intriguing new book, Andrew Marr explores the subject of drawing and painting through his own experience.
England has a wealth of surviving houses from past centuries, be they country mansions or rustic framed cottages, and the circumstances of the age are often reflected in the interiors. Linda Hall charts the development of the fixtures and fittings we still see today - from medieval and Tudor times to Georgian and Victorian.
This interactive book is packed with stimulating ideas to spark your creative imagination. You can complete the Mona Lisa's smile, or design your own Jackson Pollock. There are step-by-step instructions for how to draw a bird and give it an expression. Aimed at children aged eight and older.
Art historical theory is a forum of intense, often passionate debate. This book provides an accessible introduction to the range of critical theories used in analysing art. It covers a range of approaches, presenting individual arguments, controversies and divergent perspectives.
In John Berger, a concise yet detailed study of Berger's life and work, Andy Merrifield sheds light on Berger the man, the artist, and the concerned citizen. Merrifield creates a reader-friendly, freewheeling narrative, which gives fascinating insight into one of the most influential thinkers of our times.
Both a practical guide to drawing with 15 detailed projects and an informative insight into the minds of artists who work with the medium. It profiles ten key artists and illustrators including Dryden Goodwin, Cornelia Parker, Claude Heath, William Kentridge and Keith Tyson, revealing their environments and practices.
Graffiti/Street Art - sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, but one thing is certain: they're breathtaking in their skill of execution. Collected here are 256 pages of the best photographed from around the world by RomanyWG.
This is a new, extended version of Jane Stobart's book on printmaking for beginners. It has been brought up to date and a new chapter on carborundum added. These make it one of the most comprehensive basic guides to printmaking techniques available.
In this book, Alexia Tala explores and investigates the new experimental forms of printmaking, which are today pushing the traditional boundaries of this technique in contemporary art. These include the usage of photo-emulsion, glass and paper, Perspex and paint stripper, printing with sand and digital prints mounted on relief surfaces.