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  • Visual Shockby Michael Kammen

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 18.00

    In this lively narrative, award-winning author Michael Kammen presents a fascinating analysis of cutting-edge art and artists and their unique ability to both delight and provoke us. He illuminates America?s obsession with public memorials and the changing role of art and museums in our society. From Thomas Eakins?s 1875 masterpiece The Gross Clinic... more...

  • Dreaming Redby Linda Pace; Jan Jarboe Russell; Eleanor Heartney; Kathryn Kanjo

    Trinity University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Since its founding in 1993 by the late Pace Foods heiress Linda Pace, Artpace has become one of the premiere foundations for contemporary art. An artist residency program based in San Antonio, Texas, Artpace's goal is to give artists time and space in which to imagine new ways to work. Each year, nine artists (three from Texas, three from other areas... more...

  • Concerning the Spiritual in Artby Wassily Kandinsky; Michael T. H. Sadler

    The Floating Press 1911; US$ 7.99

    Kandinsky sees the spiritual life of humanity as a pyramid. The artist must lead the layman to the top of this pyramid through the soulful exercise of art. Kandinsky differentiates between the superficial pleasure art inspires and the inner resonance created when art is considered attentively and allowed to touch the soul. The artist is allowed absolute... more...

  • On the Decay of the Art of Lyingby Mark Twain

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    On the Decay of the Art of Lying is a short essay by Mark Twain from 1885. In it he deplores that way man's "most faithful friend" is being used and indeed misused, declaring that "the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others'... more...

  • The Beautifulby Vernon Lee

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 5.99

    This book takes Beauty as already existing and enjoyed, and seeks to analyze and account for Beauty's existence and enjoyment. More strictly speaking, it analyzes and accounts for Beauty not inasmuch as existing in certain objects and processes, but rather as calling forth (and being called forth by) a particular group of mental activities and... more...

  • The Mind of the Artistby Laurence Binyon; George Clausen

    The Floating Press 1909; US$ 5.99

    The Mind of the Artist speaks for itself, and really requires no word of introduction. These opinions as a whole have a harmony and consistency, and announce clearly that the directing impulse must be a desire for expression, that art is a language, and that the thing to be said is of more importance than the manner of saying it. This desire for expression... more...

  • Von Göttern und Heldenby Arnulf Krause

    Konrad Theiss Verlag 2011; US$ 21.04

    Feen und Zaubernebel, magische Schwerter und grausame Monster, düstere Götter und riesenhafte Steinskulpturen: Die nordischen Mythen üben auch heute noch eine einzigartige Anziehungskraft aus. Uralte Erzählungen von Abenteurern und Liebeshändeln, vom Anfang der Zeiten und dem Ende der Welt ? Generationen lauschten am Lagerfeuer diesen Geschichten... more...

  • Botanical Painting with Watercolourby Daphne Hicks

    Crowood 2014; US$ 17.49

    The characteristics of watercolour naturally complement botanical art and this beautiful book shows you how to make the most of this versatile medium. It starts by guiding you through the complexities of painting flowers, with advice on materials and colour mixing, using colour to achieve translucency and clarity, building confidence with step-by-step... more...

  • The European Renaissance 1400-1600by Robin Kirkpatrick

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 90.95

    With Italy at its centre, but encompassing the whole of Renaissance Europe, this evocative history challenges some of the popularly-held views on the Renaissance period. In particular, whilst always acknowledging the brilliance and exhuberance of Renaissance culture, Robin Kirkpatrick draws equal attention to the strangeness and often unresolved tensions... more...

  • Double Rhythmby Jean Hélion; Deborah Rosenthal

    Arcade Publishing 2014; US$ 22.95

    Jean Hélion, the French painter who died at eighty-three in 1987, brought together in his copious and essential writing on art the theoretical authority of the intellectual and the fundamental insights of the craftsman in his studio. His writing extended throughout the five decades or more of his career. Soon after the young painter?s arrival in... more...