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Books > Arts & Architecture > The arts: general issues > Theory of art

River of Ink (Paperback): Etienne Appert River of Ink (Paperback)
Etienne Appert
R441 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R80 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

With grace, poetry, clarity, and expert knowledge, artist Etienne Appert brings us a book about the very origins of the art of illustration-what it means and why it exists. "Why do you draw?" A simple question by a young boy moves the author to travel with him down the River of Ink, which flows from the present day back to the very first illustration drawn by a human. Along the way, they visit legendary artists of the past and encounter personal tales that explore the philosophy of communication through drawing. Why do we draw? It's a simple question with a spellbinding and complex answer with an entirely new and entertaining look at the history of art. Also featured is an illustrated interview between Appert and comics master Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, The Sculptor) that no reader should miss!

Georg Simmel - Essays on Art and Aesthetics (Hardcover): Georg Simmel Georg Simmel - Essays on Art and Aesthetics (Hardcover)
Georg Simmel; Edited by Austin Harrington; Introduction by Austin Harrington
R2,573 Discovery Miles 25 730 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Georg Simmel is one of the most original German thinkers of the twentieth century and is considered a founding architect of the modern discipline of sociology. Ranging over fundamental questions of the relationship of self and society, his influential writings on money, modernity, and the metropolis continue to provoke debate today. Fascinated by the relationship between culture, society, and economic life, Simmel took an interest in myriad phenomena of aesthetics and the arts. A friend of writers and artists such as Auguste Rodin, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Stefan George, he wrote dozens of pieces engaging with topics such as the work of Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Rodin, Japanese art, naturalism and symbolism, Goethe, "art for art's sake", art exhibitions, and the aesthetics of the picture frame. This is the first collection to bring together Simmel's finest writing on art and aesthetics, and many of the items appear in English in this volume for the first time. The more than forty essays show the protean breadth of Simmel's reflections, covering landscape painting, portraiture, sculpture, poetry, theater, form, style, and representation. An extensive introduction by Austin Harrington gives an overview of Simmel's themes and elucidates the significance of his work for the many theorists who would be inspired by his ideas. Something of an outsider to the formal academic world of his day, Simmel wrote creatively with the flair of an essayist. This expansive collection of translations, many of them prepared by the editor, preserves the narrative ease of Simmel's prose and will be a vital source for readers with an interest in Simmel's trailblazing ideas in modern European philosophy, sociology, and cultural theory.

The Imaginary Museum - A Personal Tour of Contemporary Art Featuring Ghosts, Nudity and Disagreements (Hardcover): Ben Eastham The Imaginary Museum - A Personal Tour of Contemporary Art Featuring Ghosts, Nudity and Disagreements (Hardcover)
Ben Eastham 1
R189 R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Save R22 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Join the art critic Ben Eastham on a private tour of an extraordinary museum. Let him walk you through a building constructed from memory and filled with a series of bewildering art works, while he delivers a guide comprised of personal experience, professional expertise and sympathy. In this stunningly original book, an introduction to contemporary art is combined with the author's own memories and reflections on what art means. With the help of a cast of interfering security guards, pretentious curators, sceptical visitors, angry protestors and elusive ghosts, Eastham proposes that the art of today offers a way of understanding our increasingly strange and complex times. Eastham doesn't ask you to like the artworks in his imaginary museum, but offers the tools for you to formulate and express your own opinion of them. He argues that art should be judged by the feelings it provokes and the conversations it generates: in talking about art, we learn to talk about ourselves and the world in which we live.

The Faithful Artist - A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts (Paperback): Cameron J Anderson The Faithful Artist - A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts (Paperback)
Cameron J Anderson
R503 R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Save R87 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The tension between Christianity and the arts is often real. But it also offers a false dichotomy. Many Christian artists think that they must choose between their faith and their artistic calling. Drawing upon his experiences as both a Christian and a practicing artist, Cameron J. Anderson explores the dynamics of faith and art in this latest volume in IVP Academic's Studies in Theology and the Arts series. Tracing the relationship between evangelicalism and modern art in postwar America-two entities that often found themselves at odds with each other-Anderson raises several issues that confront artists. With skill, sensitivity and insight, he considers questions such as the role of our bodies and our senses in our experience of the arts, the relationship between text and image, the persistent dangers of idolatry, the possibility of pursuing God through an encounter with beauty and more. Throughout this study, Anderson's principal concern is how Christian artists can faithfully pursue their vocational calling in contemporary culture. Readers will find here not only an informed and thoughtful response, but also a vision that offers guidance and hope.

documenta - Politics and Art (Hardcover): Raphael Gross, Lars Bang Larsen, Doris Blume, Alexia Pooth, Julia Voss documenta - Politics and Art (Hardcover)
Raphael Gross, Lars Bang Larsen, Doris Blume, Alexia Pooth, Julia Voss
R713 Discovery Miles 7 130 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Despite its name, documenta's primary concerns are neither with the simple documentation of individual artists and their work nor with developments in art history, but instead with providing a historical space where art reflects and comments on social constellations and political or social change, or demands it through art interventions. documenta is not only a historical testimony and event, but also a show at which-through the medium of art-self-interpretation becomes the catalyst for debate and historical change. For the first time, this book places the history of documenta in the context of the political, cultural and societal development of Germany during the second half of the twentieth century, illustrating how art and history can be explored in terms of a mutually dependent relationship.

Feminist Antifascism - Counterpublics of the Common (Paperback): Feminist Antifascism - Counterpublics of the Common (Paperback)
R438 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R64 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

In this exciting, innovative work, Polish feminist philosopher Ewa Majewska maps the creation of feminist counterpublics around the world-spaces of protest and ideas, community and common struggle, that can challenge the emergence of fascist states as well as Western democratic "public spheres" populated by atomized, individual subjects. Drawing from Eastern Europe and the Global South, Majewska describes the mass labor movement of Poland's Solidarnosc in 1980 and contemporary feminist movements across Poland and South America, arguing that it is outside of the West that we can see the most promising left futures. Majewska argues for the creation of a feminist public-a politics and a world held in common-and outlines the tactics this political goal demands, arguing for a feminist political theory that does not reproduce the same forms of domination it seeks to overcome.

Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Procreate - How to Create Art on an iPad (R) (Paperback): 3DTotal Publishing Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Procreate - How to Create Art on an iPad (R) (Paperback)
3DTotal Publishing
R558 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R36 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Learn how to paint on your iPad like the professionals in Beginner's Guide to Procreate, a comprehensive introduction to this industry-standard software. Accessible and versatile, Procreate is an ideal tool for anyone wanting to give digital painting a go. Step-by-step tutorials, quick tips, and inspiring artwork ensure you'll have all you need to create stunning concept art quickly and easily.

Extravagant Bodies: Extravagant Age Reader - Inspiring Gold Age - Body and Mind on the Fringes of Social Norms (Paperback):... Extravagant Bodies: Extravagant Age Reader - Inspiring Gold Age - Body and Mind on the Fringes of Social Norms (Paperback)
Tereza Teklic, Suncica Ostoic, Ivana Bago
R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Klassensprachen - Ausgabe 0, Written Praxis (Paperback): Manuela Ammer Klassensprachen - Ausgabe 0, Written Praxis (Paperback)
Manuela Ammer
R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Extreme Self - Age of You (Paperback): Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist The Extreme Self - Age of You (Paperback)
Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Manifesto of Artistic Research (Paperback): Dieter Mersch, Silvia Henke, Thomas Strassle, Nicolaj Van Der Meulen, Joerg Wiesel Manifesto of Artistic Research (Paperback)
Dieter Mersch, Silvia Henke, Thomas Strassle, Nicolaj Van Der Meulen, Joerg Wiesel
R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Since its beginnings in the 1990s, artistic research has become established as a new format in the areas of educational and institutional policy, aesthetics, and art theory. It has now diffused into almost all artistic fields, from installation to experimental formats to contemporary music, literature, dance, or performance art. But from its beginnings--under labels like "art and science" or "scienceart" or "artscience" that mention both disciplines in one breath--it has been in competition with academic research, without its own concept of research having been adequately clarified. This manifesto attempts to resolve the problem and to defend the term. Further, this manifesto defends the radical potential of artistic research against those who toy all too carefully with university formats, wishing to ally their work with scientific principles. Its aim is to emphasize the autonomy and particular intellectuality of artistic research, without seeking to justify its legitimacy or adopt alien standards.

Authors in Court - Scenes from the Theater of Copyright (Paperback): Mark Rose Authors in Court - Scenes from the Theater of Copyright (Paperback)
Mark Rose
R654 Discovery Miles 6 540 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Through a series of vivid case studies, Authors in Court charts the 300-year-long dance between authorship and copyright that has shaped each institution's response to changing social norms of identity, privacy, and celebrity. "A literary historian by training, Rose is completely at home in the world of law, as well as the history of photography and art. This is the work of an interdisciplinary scholar at the height of his powers. The arguments are sophisticated and the elegant text is a work of real craftsmanship. It is superb." -Lionel Bently, University of Cambridge "Authors in Court is well-written, erudite, informative, and engaging throughout. As the chapters go along, we see the way that personalities inflect the supposedly impartial law; we see the role of gender in authorial self-fashioning; we see some of the fault lines which produce litigation; and we get a nice history of the evolution of the fair use doctrine. This is a book that should at least be on reserve for any IP-related course. Going forward, no one writing about any of the cases Rose discusses can afford to ignore his contribution." -Lewis Hyde, Kenyon College

Medium Design - Knowing How to Work on the World (Hardcover): Keller Easterling Medium Design - Knowing How to Work on the World (Hardcover)
Keller Easterling
R393 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R56 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Everyone is a designer. But while many practitioners may be looking for solutions or ideological certainties, Easterling argues that solutions are mistakes and ideologies are unreliable markers. Instead, Medium Design speaks to anyone looking for alternative approaches to the world's unresponsive or intractable dilemmas-from climate cataclysm to inequality to concentrations of authoritarian power. Such an approach joins many disciplines in considering not only separate objects, ideas and events but also the space between them. In case studies dealing with everything from automation and migration to explosive urban growth and atmospheric changes, Medium Design looks not to new innovations but rather to sophisticated relationships between emergent and incumbent technologies. It does not try to eliminate problems but put them together into productive combinations. And it offers forms of activism for modulating power and temperament in organization of all kinds

Dawn Ades - Selected Writings (Paperback, New): Dawn Ades Dawn Ades - Selected Writings (Paperback, New)
Dawn Ades; Edited by Doro Globus
R565 R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Save R74 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Code: Red (Paperback): Maria do Mar Castro Varela, Ana Lopes, Gabriela Silva Leite Code: Red (Paperback)
Maria do Mar Castro Varela, Ana Lopes, Gabriela Silva Leite; Edited by Tadej Pogacar
R745 Discovery Miles 7 450 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Sketch Encyclopedia - Over 1,000 drawing projects (Hardcover): 3DTotal Publishing The Sketch Encyclopedia - Over 1,000 drawing projects (Hardcover)
3DTotal Publishing
R914 Discovery Miles 9 140 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

* High quality drawing resource to keep and treasure for years * Suitable for complete beginners * Over 1000 people, animals, places, vehicles and items to draw * Large introduction provides vital information on fundamental considerations when drawing

Creating Characters for the Entertainment Industry - Develop Spectacular Designs from Basic Concepts (Paperback): 3DTotal... Creating Characters for the Entertainment Industry - Develop Spectacular Designs from Basic Concepts (Paperback)
3DTotal Publishing; Artworks by Kenneth Anderson
R829 R700 Discovery Miles 7 000 Save R129 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Creating Professional Characters: Develop Spectacular Designs from Basic Concepts is an inspiring and informative exploration of how popular professional character designers take the basic concept of a character in a production brief and develop these ideas into an original, high-quality design. Suitable for student and professional character designers alike, this book focuses on how to approach your character designs in ways that ensure the target audience and production needs are met while still creating fun, imaginative characters. This visually appealing book includes twenty thorough tutorials guiding you through the design and decision making processes used to create awesome characters. Replicating the processes used in professional practice today, this book demonstrates the types of brief a professional designer might receive, the iterative design process used to explore the brief, the influence of production feedback on the final design, and how final designs are presented to clients. This detailed, enlightening book is an excellent guide to creating incredible imaginative characters suitable for your future professional projects.

Aesthetics and Neuroscience - Scientific and Artistic Perspectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Zoi Kapoula, Marine Vernet Aesthetics and Neuroscience - Scientific and Artistic Perspectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Zoi Kapoula, Marine Vernet
R2,910 R2,145 Discovery Miles 21 450 Save R765 (26%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This edited monograph provides a compelling analysis of the interplay between neuroscience and aesthetics. The book broaches a wide spectrum of topics including, but not limited to, mathematics and creator algorithms, neurosciences of artistic creativity, paintings and dynamical systems as well as computational research for architecture. The international authorship is genuinely interdisciplinary and the target audience primarily comprises readers interested in transdisciplinary research between neuroscience and the broad field of aesthetics.

Pirates and Farmers: Essays on the Frontiers of Art - Dave Hickey (Paperback, New): Dave Hickey Pirates and Farmers: Essays on the Frontiers of Art - Dave Hickey (Paperback, New)
Dave Hickey
R428 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R52 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Arguably one of the most astute art and cultural critics working today, Hickey's collection of essays questions and challenges the cultural status quo.

Concerning the Spiritual in Art (Paperback, Revised edition): Wassily Kandinsky Concerning the Spiritual in Art (Paperback, Revised edition)
Wassily Kandinsky
R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Pioneering work by the great modernist painter, considered by many to be the father of abstract art and a leader in the movement to free art from traditional bonds. Kandinsky's provocative thoughts on color theory, nature of art. Analysis of Picasso, Matisse, earlier masters. 12 illustrations.

Create Dangerously (Paperback): Albert Camus Create Dangerously (Paperback)
Albert Camus 1
R25 R21 Discovery Miles 210 Save R4 (16%) Ships in 5 - 10 work days

'To create today is to create dangerously' Camus argues passionately that the artist has a responsibility to challenge, provoke and speak up for those who cannot in this powerful speech, accompanied here by two others. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.

The Artist's Way - A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity (Hardcover, New Edition): Julia Cameron The Artist's Way - A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity (Hardcover, New Edition)
Julia Cameron 1
R675 R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Save R126 (19%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

'I love it. A practical, spiritual, nurturing book.' - Russell Brand

Since its first publication, The Artist's Way has inspired the genius of Elizabeth Gilbert, Tim Ferriss, Reese Witherspoon and millions of readers to embark on a creative journey and find a deeper connection to process and purpose. Julia Cameron guides readers in uncovering problems and pressure points that may be restricting their creative flow and offers techniques to open up opportunities for self-growth and self-discovery.

A revolutionary programme for personal renewal, The Artist's Way will help get you back on track, rediscover your passions, and take the steps you need to change your life.

Les collections du Art et marges musee - Collection Strates (English, French, Dutch, Hardcover): Cfc-Editions Les collections du Art et marges musee - Collection Strates (English, French, Dutch, Hardcover)
Cfc-Editions
R997 R812 Discovery Miles 8 120 Save R185 (19%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Located in the heart of Brussels, the Art et Margins Museum, an outsider art museum, questions art and its borders. Its collection has been built up since the mid-1980s with self-taught artists, art workshops for psychiatric patients and for those with learning difficulties. Its temporary exhibitions, at the rate of three per year, bring together artists from both sides of the margin, questioning the boundaries of art and its very definition. The museum's anniversary year is an opportunity to propose a book richly illustrated with visuals, specially produced by a team of professionals, and to take stock of its rich collections of works by outsider artists built up over time. Text in English, French, and Dutch.

Dibujante Nocturno: The Art of Francisco Garces - The Art of Francisco Garces (Hardcover): Dibujante Noctorno, 3DTotal... Dibujante Nocturno: The Art of Francisco Garces - The Art of Francisco Garces (Hardcover)
Dibujante Noctorno, 3DTotal Publishing
R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Turn the pages of this lavishly-produced book to discover a collection of monsters, creatures, and characters created by self-taught concept artist Francisco Garces, AKA Dibujante Nocturno. The artist and illustrator shares his journey, revealing how his self-taught skills have evolved over the years, resulting in the demonic yet exquisite style that has earned him over 400,000 followers on Instagram. In addition to a specially curated gallery of his past work, there are new pieces created exclusively for this book, including step-by-step tutorials that break down not only the artist's workflow and routine, but also his intricate pen linework techniques, cleverly chosen color palettes, and detailed rendering. Being self-taught, the artist has honed his skills in a completely unique way, allowing readers to glean not only unique tips and techniques, but also inspiration and insight into how they can practise, improve, and develop their own style. His experience of teaching art ensures he knows how to effectively communicate ideas, concepts and practical techniques. From his elegantly drawn linework to the darkest character creation, this is a unique opportunity for fans of fantasy art and creature design to see what goes into the epic art of Dibujante Nocturno.

Humanity (Hardcover): Weiwei Ai Humanity (Hardcover)
Weiwei Ai; Edited by Larry Warsh; Introduction by Larry Warsh 2
R269 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R41 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Writings on human life and the refugee crisis by the most important political artist of our time Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) is widely known as an artist across media: sculpture, installation, photography, performance, and architecture. He is also one of the world's most important artist-activists and a powerful documentary filmmaker. His work and art call attention to attacks on democracy and free speech, abuses of human rights, and human displacement--often on an epic, international scale. This collection of quotations demonstrates the range of Ai Weiwei's thinking on humanity and mass migration, issues that have occupied him for decades. Selected from articles, interviews, and conversations, Ai Weiwei's words speak to the profound urgency of the global refugee crisis, the resilience and vulnerability of the human condition, and the role of art in providing a voice for the voiceless. Select quotations from the book: "This problem has such a long history, a human history. We are all refugees somehow, somewhere, and at some moment." "Allowing borders to determine your thinking is incompatible with the modern era." "Art is about aesthetics, about morals, about our beliefs in humanity. Without that there is simply no art." "I don't care what all people think. My work belongs to the people who have no voice."

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