From Hitler's vast Chancellery to Saddam Hussein's Mother of all Battles mosque, from Olympic stadiums to Donald Trump's excesses, the author examines the murky relationship between buildings, money and politics, revealing the power of architecture - and the architecture of power.
Features exclusive illustrations of iconic mid-century designs, from Eames chairs to Poul Henningsen lamps and George Nelson clocks, all rendered in a distinctive graphic style. This title is suitable for design aficionados or those wishing to inject a little mid-century style into their home.
How Posters Work is more than a standard exhibition catalogue. Conceived as a useful and illuminating primer in visual thinking, this book explores principles of design through a range of historical and contemporary works, uncovering ideas relevant not just to the design of posters but to 2D design more generally.
Features over 300 of the most sought after examples of poster art created between the wars. Organized thematically into subject categories (aviation, communication, fashion and more), this book includes over 300 highly rare and even unique posters by masters of the art form, including Nizzoli, Cassandre and Beall.
Remember how you used to draw with confidence and joy as a child? This book will help you harness that natural skill, and along the way you will discover how drawing will give your thoughts clarity, trigger memories, invigorate passions and find solutions.
A collection of 20 personal and passionate essays on why controversial Brutalist buildings are so loved. Illustrated with striking drawings by The Brutal Artist, the book is divided up into a series of mini essays that explains the brutalist world from a human aspect, as well as an architectural, historical and even pop cultural angle.
Arranged into five themes, this book includes over forty projects that are presented in terms of their innovation and uniqueness, tapping into the current trend and passion for eco-design, and appealing to a broad readership as well as architectural practitioners.
Drawing has always been a fundamental skill and despite the wide availability of computers and other technologies, drawing has remained a treasured skill. Walk the Line includes interviews with the international selection of artists, as well as examples of their work.
This book accompanies the largest exhibition to date of Nari Ward's groundbreaking sculptures, videos, works on paper, and installations, which tackle themes of African- American history and culture, the dynamics of power and politics, and the Caribbean diaspora.
Italian Futurism proclaimed the bankruptcy of an artistic culture that clung to the forms and values of the past. The movement was launched in 1909 and a group of spectacular talents set out to revolutionize human culture. It was a young man's movement, eventually overtaken by war and Fascism.
Presents a study and appraisal of paintings, drawings and prints. This book shows how you can develop visual, analytical and historical skills in learning to look at and understand an image by analyzing how it works, what its pictorial elements are and how they relate to each other. It contains images by such artists as Rembrandt and Tacita Dean.
Over the decades, London has become a diverse landscape for all forms of graffiti and street art. Featuring glossy photos of graffiti, this is a companion for those excited by this most vibrant and changing of art form. It aims to give an insight into the creative output lost and found in and around the capital.
Based on twenty years of research in the graffiti and street art scenes, Street Art World is the first book to provide a history and context for the words and images that appear in cities all around the world. Inviting the reader into a realm that is usually hidden, it will enthral all those who enjoy this global phenomenon.
Discussing the development of modern art in the first third of the 20th century, this volume opens with an essay that introduces the main themes of art in the period and summarizes the political context in which it developed.
Interpreting American architecture, this text explores the subject in relation to five themes: community, nature, technology, money, and art. In giving particular attention to indigenous, folk, ethnic and popular architectures it seeks to reveal the richness of America's human landscape.
This comprehensive survey traces the history of realist painting and argues that realism has had a continuous yet restlessly changing place in American and European painting throughout the 20th century. Artists discussed include Eakins and Bellows through to Lucian Freud, and David Hockney.
Cubism initiated a pictorial revolution through its radical approach to image-making, invention of the new media of collage and sculptural assemblage, and evolution towards pure abstraction. This work aims to reveal these innovations as integrally related to rapid changes in French society.
Architecture matters. To our cities, to our planet, to our personal lives. How we design and what we build has an impact that usually lasts for generations. This book focuses on the mechanisms, politics and personalities that play a role in how buildings in our societies and urban centres come to be.
A lively text that offers an overview of the entire Impressionist movement, and contains illustrations reproducing the works of such artists as Cezanne and Degas, explanatory commentary for each work of art, and biographies of each of the artists.
A guide to the major modern developments in Western painting, sculpture, architecture and design. It includes chapters on Art Photography, Destination Art and Design Art. It contains a foldout timeline that shows at a glance how the evolution of art corresponds with historical events, providing an overview of the whole period.
Presents a comprehensive introduction to the major issues in the history of portraiture. The text's chapters are structured chronologically, progressing from the Italian Renaissance to Dutch 17th-century portraiture and on to Picasso, surrealism, Lucian Freud and Cindy Sherman.
Cubism was the most influential artistic movement that emerged in the twentieth century. With over 100 illustrations this fascinating book recounts the history of cubism and discusses how principal writings, from the likes of Apollinaire to Rosalind Krauss, have shaped its importance over the years.
What is contemporary art? What makes it 'contemporary'? What is it for? And why is it so expensive? From museums and the art market to biennales and the next big thing, this book offers insights into today's art scene, decoding 'artspeak', explaining what curators do, demystifying conceptual art, exploring emerging art markets and more.
During the first third of the 20th century, Russian art went through a series of dramatic changes, reflecting the political and social upheavals of the country. Illustrated with more than 100 photographs and facsimiles, this book helps us in understanding the motivations and struggles that produced an extraordinary, seminal period in Russian art.
Each book in Taschen's Basic Art movement and genre series includes a detailed introduction with approximately 30 photographs, plus a timeline of the most important events (political, cultural, scientific, sporting, etc.) that took place during the time period.