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reviewed That Is Priceless. November 26, 2011
That Is Priceless
In THAT IS PRICELESS, Steve Melcher takes famous and some not-so famous paintings and re-titles them with more contemporary titles that turn them into great visual gags. For example, Renoir's "Diana …
posted a Quick Tip about Nitrate + Kinogeists 2. Teil - Art of.... June 29, 2011
Nitrate + Kinogeists 2. Teil - Art of Silent Cinema
   An absolutely beautiful catalog displaying the March 2011 exhibition of vintage silent film posters and modern art inspired by silent cinema. Among the diverse contemporary artists to contribute …
posted a Quick Tip about The Union of Hope and Sadness: The Ar.... June 24, 2011
The Union of Hope and Sadness: The Art of Gail Potocki
The Union of Hope and Sadness written by Thomas Negovan is a beautifully haunting exploration of the artwork of modern symbolist painter Gail Potocki. The book features a great collection of her art spanning …
posted a Quick Tip about Dustcovers: The Collected Sandman Covers. June 16, 2011
Dustcovers: The Collected Sandmand Covers
Dave Mckean created some great artwork for these covers. The uniqueness of these covers comes from the original idea (at the time, as editor Karen Berger comments) of not featuring Sandman at every cover; …
posted a Quick Tip about Dustcovers: The Collected Sandman Covers. June 15, 2011
Dustcovers: The Collected Sandmand Covers
Dustcovers is an extraordinary (albeit incomplete) collection of Dave McKean's covers for Neil Gaiman's Sandman adult comic book series.      The works presented in this collection …
Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles
This book was published on the occasion of an exhibition of Charles Burchfield's works (2009 - 2010) that was curated by the artist, Robert Gober. Even if you've read other books about Burchfield, …
reviewed Marlene Dumas. August 08, 2010
Marlene Dumas
Marlene Dumas is one of those artists that seems to touch everyone who visits her art in a profound way. Though her paintings are deceptively simple in execution, they are so filled with emotional energy …
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative
I have no shortage of art/craft books- both those for inspiration and those for instruction, but "Drawing Lab" tops them all. Not only does it offer both inspiration and instruction, but it does so in …
Masters: Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists
When I was young my step-mother's 'thing' was decoupage. For some odd reason I always equated decoupage with collage and, as such, was never that interested in the process. A turn in my artistic path …
reviewed Photomosaics. June 05, 2010
Using a large number of small images to create the impression of a larger image is an art form that I find fascinating. In this book, Silvers presents 28 photomosaics, everything from classic artwork …
reviewed Totally Tangled. May 02, 2010
Totally Tangled
I could not wait to get my hands on this book! I was not disappointed when it arrived! Sandy Steen Bartholomew is a very talented artist, terrific blogger and Tangle master. I hope that she will consider …
reviewed Norman Rockwell: A Classic Treasury. April 18, 2010
Norman Rockwell: A classic treasury
No one has ever captured the American landscape and culture better than Norman Rockwell and he did it with images. You can look at his illustrations and see your youth, a simpler time in America and what …
reviewed Jeff Koons (book). January 14, 2010
Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons is a controversial figure - of that much we can be sure. How he is remembered in the history books is still uncertain, but there will be no middle ground. Surveying the review shows that one …
Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World
Pros: Interesting way to recount history; engaging and nicely written     Cons: Fails to appreciate the art for its own sake     The Bottom Line: Using the work …
reviewed Oceanic Art. November 13, 2009
Oceanic Art
I lucked into this book sometime in mid 2008. I found it in one of those shops with the big yellow and black "discount books" signs. I'd never heard of it, never seen it before, and ended up buying it …
reviewed Matisse and Picasso: A Friendship in Art. August 29, 2009
Matisse and Picasso Francoise Gilot
For sure others have tried to tell this story.      Imagine learning the story from the actual words of the artists, in their own chronological time-frames.      …
reviewed The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: .... August 19, 2009
Hilliard Goldfarb gave me instant gratification after I visited the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts for the first time at the urging of my good friend, Carole Gillmore of Glens …
reviewed The Private Life of a Masterpiece: Un.... August 13, 2009
Private Life of a Masterpiece
Monica Bohm-Duchen has taken eight famous paintings and told me the story of both the artist and the painting with the understanding that there really is no separation between the artist and his or her …
reviewed My Secret: A PostSecret Book. August 27, 2008
My Secret: A PostSecret Book
Pros: A quick but deep look into the minds and hearts of many.     Cons: Ah, wish there was more.     The Bottom Line: Fascinating, and you never know how a book …
reviewed Gardner's Art Through the Ages. May 31, 2008
Gardner's Art Through the Ages Books
Pros: Comprehensive content, consistently organized study tool.     Cons: Some sections are REALLY long.      The Bottom Line: This study guide is a very helpful …
reviewed Logo-Art: Innovation in Logo Design. April 27, 2008
Logo-Art: Innovation in Logo Design
I had to write this review to let you know that the "Look Inside" feature for this book does it NO justice whatsoever. In fact, it hurts it, to be honest.    The designs selected in …
reviewed From Bauhaus to Our House. April 21, 2008
From Bauhaus to Our House
Pros: Clever and witty and factual.     Cons: Could be hard for someone with no knowledge of modern architecture.     The Bottom Line: I would have to heartily …
reviewed The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Int.... August 24, 2005
The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction to
I was glad I had this book along with me when I went to see the real Book of Kells at the Trinity College Library in Dublin. The lines of tourists waiting to view this famous eighth century manuscript …
reviewed Perspective As Symbolic Form. January 03, 2001
Perspective As Symbolic Form
Pros: Excellent scholarly work     Cons: So difficult to ingest     Panofsky¬ís work is certainly a scholarly look at the topic of the history of perspective as …
reviewed Meaning in the Visual Arts. January 03, 2001
Meaning in the Visual Arts
Pros: Excellent approach to theory     Cons: None that I can see     When teaching students new to the study of art history, one has to cover a lot of general information …
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