A rapid succession of art movements and different styles reflected the extreme changes in US culture and society, as well as America's position within the international art world. All key movements are discussed, including early American Modernism, the New Negro movement, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Neo-Expressionism.
This refreshing new look at Medieval art conveys a very real sense of the impact of art on everyday life in Europe from 1000 to 1500. It examines the importance of art in the expression and spread of knowledge and ideas, including notions of the heroism and justice of war, and the dominant view of Christianity.
The Italian Renaissance is a pivotal episode in the history of Western culture. This book discusses a range of works from across Italy, examines the issues of materials, workshop practices and artist-patron relationships, and explores the ways in which visual imagery related to contemporary sexual, social and political behaviour.
An essential little book - perfect for the pocket or art bag - covering all practical aspects of sketching and drawing. Sketching is a skill that every artist needs to master and this handy book shows you how in a very clear and simple way.
Shirley Trevena is well known for her vibrant use of colour. In this superbly illustrated book in Collins Artist's Studio series she focuses on using colour in particularly creative and innovative ways, offering the intermediate painter new insights into this essential aspect of painting.
New edition of this key guide to art history, which takes a critical reading of the field's most innovative and influential texts over the past two centuries, including the most important new writing on the most recent work in a variety of new media.
In May 1977 the author, an unknown young illustrator, started drawing a weekly comic strip for the "Guardian". It began as a silly parody of girls' adventure stories, making satirical comments about contemporary life. The strip was latterly untitled and usually known just as "Posy". It ran until the late 1980s. This title collects these strips.
Do you need to know your lime putty from your lime plaster? Want to improve your flatness tolerance? Stuck with an incomprehensible DIY manual? This dictionary provides explanations of the techniques, equipment and issues of the building world. It is intended for students, carpenters, glaziers, plasterers, and others.
Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art this autumn, this is a complete monograph on the work of Michael Craig-Martin. It spans his entire career and prodigious output, reproducing the full spectrum of his work, from his early sculptures to his later wall-drawings, neon works, and large-scale installations.
Symbolism began as a literary movement in France with the poetry of Baudelaire and Rimbaud. It spilled over into the visual arts in the late-19th century as a rejection of Impressionism, associated with painters such as Puvis de Chavannes, Moreau and Redon, and later Gauguin and Roualt.
A critical survey which attempts to bring to life the enigmatic Etruscan people and their art. Archaeological evidence survives of this cultured and socially adept civilization with the emergence of richly frescoed tombs, exquisite jewelry and sculpture, metalwork and painted vases.
This comprehensive study provides an analysis of what has shaped post-war American art: how the mass media has framed the way in which artists view the world; and how traditional art media have been joined by readymade commodities, film, video, text and multiple other art forms.
Between 1900 and 1950 the British state amassed a huge collection of over 800 historic buildings, monuments and historic sites and opened them to the public. This book explains why the collecting frenzy took place. It locates it in the fragile and nostalgic atmosphere of the interwar years, dominated by neo-romanticism and cultural protectionism.
What is it to be a work of art? Part philosophical monograph and part memoiristic meditation, this book challenges the popular interpretation that art is an indefinable concept, instead bringing to light the properties that constitute universal meaning.
If you thought these paintings were familiar, look again, and look closer. Part art history, part detective work,this fascinating collection explores 100 world-famous works of art through enlarged details, revealing the fashions and lifestyles, the loves and intrigues, politics and people that truly make a...
How to draw anything and everything, including the kitchen sink ... With unfinished drawings to complete, and plenty of space for you to experiment and improvise, this is a joyous way to discover your untapped artistic talents.
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.
Peter Lanyon transformed the art of landscape, rescuing it from the picturesque and bringing it back to the centre as a radical practice capable of expressing radical ideas. This book sets out to explain just what this transformation involved. It offers fresh reflections on Lanyon's relationship with both American art and post-war Paris.
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.
Takes us on a journey through five themes - measurement, nature, the city, dreams, and the body. Here, each is illustrated with a diverse range of images, from the old masters - Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Durer - through great Modernist pieces by Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, and on to the contemporary artists.
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.