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

50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship (Book, Reprinted edition): Salvador Dali 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship (Book, Reprinted edition)
Salvador Dali
R424 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R46 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Rare, important volume in which famed Surrealist expounds (in his inimitably eccentric fashion) on what painting should be, the history of painting, what is good and bad painting, the merits of specific artists, and more. Includes his 50 "secrets" for mastering the craft, including "the secret of the painter's pointed mustaches." Filled with sensible artistic advice, lively personal anecdotes, academic craftsmanship and the artist's own marginal drawings.

The Artist's Reality - Philosophies of Art (Paperback): Mark Rothko The Artist's Reality - Philosophies of Art (Paperback)
Mark Rothko; Edited by Christopher Rothko; Contributions by Kate Prizel Rothko
R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A recently discovered book manuscript by the celebrated artist Mark Rothko offering a landmark discussion of his views on topics ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary art, criticism, and the role of art and artists in society One of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Mark Rothko (1903-1970) created a new and impassioned form of abstract painting over the course of his career. Rothko also wrote a number of essays and critical reviews during his lifetime, adding his thoughtful, intelligent, and opinionated voice to the debates of the contemporary art world. Although the artist never published a book of his varied and complex views, his heirs indicate that he occasionally spoke of the existence of such a manuscript to friends and colleagues. Stored in a New York City warehouse since the artist's death more than thirty years ago, this extraordinary manuscript, titled The Artist's Reality, is now being published for the first time. Probably written around 1940-41, this revelatory book discusses Rothko's ideas on the modern art world, art history, myth, beauty, the challenges of being an artist in society, the true nature of "American art," and much more. The Artist's Reality alsoincludes an introduction by Christopher Rothko, the artist's son, who describes the discovery of the manuscript and the complicated and fascinating process of bringing the manuscript to publication. The introduction is illustrated with a small selection of relevant examples of the artist's own work as well as with reproductions of pages from the actual manuscript. The Artist's Reality willbe a classic text for years to come, offering insight into both the work and the artistic philosophies of this great painter.

Too Beautiful to Picture - Zeuxis, Myth, and Mimesis (Paperback): Elizabeth C. Mansfield Too Beautiful to Picture - Zeuxis, Myth, and Mimesis (Paperback)
Elizabeth C. Mansfield
R754 Discovery Miles 7 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Few tales of artistic triumph can rival the story of Zeuxis. As first reported by Cicero and Pliny, the painter Zeuxis set out to portray Helen of Troy, but when he realized that a single model could not match Helen's beauty, he combined the best features of five different models. A primer on mimesis in art making, the Zeuxis myth also illustrates ambivalence about the ability to rely on nature as a model for ideal form. In Too Beautiful to Picture, Elizabeth C. Mansfield engages the visual arts, literature, and performance to examine the desire to make the ideal visible. She finds in the Zeuxis myth evidence of a cultural primal scene that manifests itself in gendered terms. Mansfield considers the many depictions of the legend during the Renaissance and questions its absence during the eighteenth century. Offering interpretations of Angelica Kauffman's paintings, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Mansfield also considers Orlan's carnal art as a profound retelling of the myth. Throughout, Mansfield asserts that the Zeuxis legend encodes an unconscious record of the West's reliance on mimetic representation as a vehicle for metaphysical solace. Elizabeth C. Mansfield is associate professor of art history at the University of the South.

Public Sphere by Performance (Paperback): Vujanovic Cvejic, Ana Bojana Public Sphere by Performance (Paperback)
Vujanovic Cvejic, Ana Bojana
R390 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R33 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Blue - The History of a Color (Hardcover): Michel Pastoureau Blue - The History of a Color (Hardcover)
Michel Pastoureau
R848 R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Save R197 (23%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A beautifully illustrated visual and cultural history of the color blue throughout the ages Blue has had a long and topsy-turvy history in the Western world. The ancient Greeks scorned it as ugly and barbaric, but most Americans and Europeans now cite it as their favorite color. In this fascinating history, the renowned medievalist Michel Pastoureau traces the changing meanings of blue from its rare appearance in prehistoric art to its international ubiquity today. Any history of color is, above all, a social history. Pastoureau investigates how the ever-changing role of blue in society has been reflected in manuscripts, stained glass, heraldry, clothing, paintings, and popular culture. Beginning with the almost total absence of blue from ancient Western art and language, the story moves to medieval Europe. As people began to associate blue with the Virgin Mary, the color became a powerful element in church decoration and symbolism. Blue gained new favor as a royal color in the twelfth century and became a formidable political and military force during the French Revolution. As blue triumphed in the modern era, new shades were created and blue became the color of romance and the blues. Finally, Pastoureau follows blue into contemporary times, when military clothing gave way to the everyday uniform of blue jeans and blue became the universal and unifying color of the Earth as seen from space. Beautifully illustrated, Blue tells the intriguing story of our favorite color and the cultures that have hated it, loved it, and made it essential to some of our greatest works of art.

The Books that Shaped Art History - From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss (Paperback): Richard Shone, John Paul... The Books that Shaped Art History - From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss (Paperback)
Richard Shone, John Paul Stonard
R440 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R88 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The Books That Shaped Art History provides an invaluable roadmap of the field by reassessing the impact of the most important texts of art history published during the 20th century. Each of the sixteen incisive chapters, focusing on a single book, is written by a leading art historian, curator or one of the promising scholars of today. In bringing these cross-generational contributions together, the book presents a varied and invaluable overview of the history of art, told through its most enduring literature. Each essay - with writers including John Elderfield, Boris Groys, Susie Nash and Richard Verdi - analyses a single major work, mapping the intellectual development of its author, setting out the premises and argument of the book, discussing its position within the field of art history, and looking at its significance in the context both of its initial reception and its legacy. Enlivening debates and questioning the very status of art history itself, this is a concise and brilliant study of the discipline and an invaluable resource for anyone interested in visual culture and its histories.

Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia - On the Needles of Days (Paperback): Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Michael Richardson,... Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia - On the Needles of Days (Paperback)
Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Michael Richardson, Ian Walker
R1,201 Discovery Miles 12 010 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia: On the Needles of Days sheds much-needed light on the location of the greatest concentration of Surrealist photography and examines the culture and tradition within which it has taken root and flourished. The volume explores a rich and important artistic output, very little of which has been seen outside of its land of origin. Based on extensive research at museums in Prague and Brno and many conversations with participants in and historians of the movement, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Michael Richardson and Ian Walker analyse how this photographic work has developed cohesively and rigorously, from the beginnings of Czech Surrealism in 1934, to the intriguing researches of the present-day Czech and Slovak Surrealist group by way of mysterious veiled responses to the repressive contexts with which they were faced from the 1950s to the 1980s. The main chapters, ordered chronologically, are intersected with shorter texts examining specific works. The reader will find in this volume images that present challenges to our understanding of how photographic work has been used within surrealism, pinpointing individual pictures whose dynamic charge may induce instants of compelling interrogation and disruption.

The Architecture of James Stirling and His Partners James Gowan and Michael Wilford - A Study of Architectural Creativity in... The Architecture of James Stirling and His Partners James Gowan and Michael Wilford - A Study of Architectural Creativity in the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
Geoffrey H. Baker
R1,224 Discovery Miles 12 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Sir James Stirling was arguably the greatest British architect of the twentieth century. This book provides the most comprehensive critical survey of Stirling's work to date, charting the development of his ideas from his formative years, through his partnership with James Gowan, on to his period in practice as sole partner; and finally, his partnership with Michael Wilford. Using archival material, extensive interviews with his partners and others who worked for him, together with analytical examination of key buildings, this detailed critical examination explains his philosophy, working method and design strategy. In doing so, it sheds new light on the atelier structure of his office and who did what on his major buildings. Geoffrey Baker is the first to analyse in depth the articulation systems used in major projects undertaken by Stirling. He confirms that the Staatsgalerie complex at Stuttgart does not demonstrate Stirling's interest in post modernism but rather an enhanced sensitivity towards context informed by his growing allegiance to the classical canon. Baker explains how this important development in his work, powerfully influenced by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, is consummated in perhaps the finest of Stirling's uncompleted works, the extension to London's National Gallery. In a discussion of his mature works, Baker explains how Stirling's work can be understood in terms of several interconnected ideas. These include surrealism, historicism, myth and metaphor, inconsistency and ambiguity, bi-lateral symmetry, the garden, rusticity and arcadia, and the archetype, seen as the repository of the collective architectural memory. As well as discussing his interests and those who influenced Stirling, the book compares his oeuvre with that of the pioneers of modern architecture, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto and Le Corbusier. This book charts a remarkable career, and offers invaluable insights not only into the masterly, timeless architecture, but also into the man himself: charismatic, irreverent, courageous, serious; sometimes rude, often stubborn, belligerent, yet gentle. He was endlessly inventive and deeply dedicated to his art, producing buildings that reflect all of the above, buildings that are magnificent and ultimately humane.

Reconciling Art and Mothering (Paperback): Rachel Epp Buller Reconciling Art and Mothering (Paperback)
Rachel Epp Buller
R1,261 Discovery Miles 12 610 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Reconciling Art and Mothering contributes a chorus of new voices to the burgeoning body of scholarship on art and the maternal and, for the first time, focuses exclusively on maternal representations and experiences within visual art throughout the world. This innovative essay collection joins the voices of practicing artists with those of art historians, acknowledging the fluidity of those categories. The twenty-five essays of Reconciling Art and Mothering are grouped into two sections, the first written by art historians and the second by artists. Art historians reflect on the work of artists addressing motherhood-including Marguerite Gerard, Chana Orloff, and Renee Cox-from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Contributions by contemporary artist-mothers, such as Gail Rebhan, Denise Ferris, and Myrel Chernick, point to the influence of past generations of artist-mothers, to the inspiration found in the work of maternally minded literary and cultural theorists, and to attempts to broaden definitions of maternity. Working against a hegemonic construction of motherhood, the contributors discuss complex and diverse feminist mothering experiences, from maternal ambivalence to queer mothering to quests for self-fulfillment. The essays address mothering experiences around the globe, with contributors hailing from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Landscape and Power, Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): W.J.T. Mitchell Landscape and Power, Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
W.J.T. Mitchell
R681 Discovery Miles 6 810 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The first edition of this book, published in 1994, reshaped the direction of landscape studies by considering landscape not simply as an object to be seen or a text to be read, but as an instrument of cultural force, a central tool in the creation of national and social identities. This second edition adds not only a new preface, but five new essays--from Edward Said, W. J. T. Mitchell, Jonathan Bordo, Michael Taussig, and Robert Pogue Harrison-extending the scope of the book in remarkable ways.

Post-Butt - The Power of the Image (Paperback): Melani De Luca Post-Butt - The Power of the Image (Paperback)
Melani De Luca; Foreword by Charlotte van Buylaere
R469 Discovery Miles 4 690 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Art and Discontent - Theory at the Millennium (Paperback): Thomas McEvilley Art and Discontent - Theory at the Millennium (Paperback)
Thomas McEvilley
R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
In and Out of Brussels - Figuring Postcolonial Africa and Europe in the Films of Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Renzo... In and Out of Brussels - Figuring Postcolonial Africa and Europe in the Films of Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Renzo Martens, and Els Opsomer (Paperback)
Hilde Van Gelder, T.J. Demos
R683 Discovery Miles 6 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In and Out of Brussels examines four Brussels-based artistic projects that converge in critically investigating the figuration of Africa in the image economy of the West: Herman Asselberghs's Speech Act (2011), Sven Augustijnen s Spectres (2011), Renzo Martens s Episode III Enjoy Poverty (2008), and Els Opsomer s Building Stories: That Distant Piece of Mine (2012). While each is a singular film, together they reveal Africa s postcolonial imaginary to be a zone of crisis, situated between humanitarian emergency, financial pillage, and the politics of memory on the one hand, and the fictional but nonetheless consequential construction of European identity on the other.

Just as dominant neocolonial narratives (which all too often cover over movements for independence and social justice) are critically played out and contested in these works, so too are documentary conventions creatively reinvented by Asselberghs, Augustijnen, Martens, and Opsomer. The resulting moving images emerge as a complex site of postcolonial haunting, self-reflexive performativity, researched analysis, archival reordering, and postdocumentary cinematic affect This book represents the outcome of an interdisciplinary and international research project, In and Out of Brussels, which gathered theorists, art critics, curators, and artists over a two-year period (2010 2012). The conversations collected and reprinted here look closely at the four films and examine their political, aesthetic, and historical implications.

Contributors: Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Filip De Boeck, Manon de Boer, Carles Guerra, T. J. Demos, Thomas Keenan, Sven Lutticken, Renzo Martens, Toma Muteba Luntumbue, Els Opsomer, Dirk Snauwaert, Hilde Van Gelder, Francoise Verges"

The Lives of the Muses - Nine women and the artists they inspired (Paperback, 1st Perennial ed): Francine Prose The Lives of the Muses - Nine women and the artists they inspired (Paperback, 1st Perennial ed)
Francine Prose
R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

All loved, and were loved by, their artists, and inspired them with an intensity of emotion akin to Eros.

In a brilliant, wry, and provocative book, National Book Award finalist Francine Prose explores the complex relationship between the artist and his muse. In so doing, she illuminates with great sensitivity and intelligence the elusive emotional wellsprings of the creative process.

Writing and Seeing - Essays on Word and Image (Hardcover): Rui Carvalho Homem, Maria Fatima Lambert Writing and Seeing - Essays on Word and Image (Hardcover)
Rui Carvalho Homem, Maria Fatima Lambert
R2,528 Discovery Miles 25 280 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The essays in this volume are informed by a variety of theoretical assumptions and of critical methodologies, but they all share an interest in the intersections of word and image in a variety of media. This unifying rationale secures the present collection's central position in the current critical context, defined as it predominantly is by ways of reading that are based on a relational nexus. The intertextual, the intermedial, the intersemiotic are indeed foregrounded and combined in these essays, conceptually as much as in the critical practices favoured by the various contributions. Studies of literature in its relation to pictorial genres enjoy a relative prominence in the volume - but the range of media and of approaches considered is broad enough to include photography, film, video, television, comic strips, animated film, public art, material culture. The backgrounds of contributors are likewise diverse - culturally, academically, linguistically. The volume combines contributions by prominent scholars and critics with essays by younger scholars, from a variety of backgrounds. The resulting plurality of perspective is indeed a source of new insights into the relations between writing and seeing, and it contributes to making this collection an exciting new contribution to word and image studies.

What Drawing and Painting Really Mean - The Phenomenology of Image and Gesture (Paperback): Paul Crowther What Drawing and Painting Really Mean - The Phenomenology of Image and Gesture (Paperback)
Paul Crowther
R1,051 Discovery Miles 10 510 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

There are as many meanings to drawing and painting as there are cultural contexts for them to exist in. But this is not the end of the story. Drawings and paintings are made, and in their making embody unique meanings that transform our perception of space-time and sense of finitude. These meanings have not been addressed by art history or visual studies hitherto, and have only been considered indirectly by philosophers (mainly in the phenomenological tradition). If these intrinsic meanings are explained and further developed, then the philosophy of art practice is significantly enhanced. The present work, accordingly, is a phenomenology of how the gestural and digital creation of visual imagery generates self-transformation through aesthetic space.

IN/Search RE/Search - Imagining Scenarios Through Art and Design (Paperback): Gabrielle Kennedy IN/Search RE/Search - Imagining Scenarios Through Art and Design (Paperback)
Gabrielle Kennedy
R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Aesthetics and the Arts (Hardcover): Pablo P. L. Tinio, Jeffrey K. Smith The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Aesthetics and the Arts (Hardcover)
Pablo P. L. Tinio, Jeffrey K. Smith
R3,821 Discovery Miles 38 210 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The psychology of aesthetics and the arts is dedicated to the study of our experiences of the visual arts, music, literature, film, performances, architecture and design; our experiences of beauty and ugliness; our preferences and dislikes; and our everyday perceptions of things in our world. The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Aesthetics and the Arts is a foundational volume presenting an overview of the key concepts and theories of the discipline where readers can learn about the questions that are being asked and become acquainted with the perspectives and methodologies used to address them. The psychology of aesthetics and the arts is one of the oldest areas of psychology but it is also one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas. This is a comprehensive and authoritative handbook featuring essays from some of the most respected scholars in the field.

Pamphlets (Paperback): ArtQuest Pamphlets (Paperback)
ArtQuest
R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Complexity - At the Limit of the (Im)possible (Paperback): Complexity - At the Limit of the (Im)possible (Paperback)
R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Art As Experience (Paperback): John Dewey Art As Experience (Paperback)
John Dewey 1
R387 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R55 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Based on John Dewey's lectures on esthetics, delivered as the first William James Lecturer at Harvard in 1932, "Art as Experience" has grown to be considered internationally as the most distinguished work ever written by an American on the formal structure and characteristic effects of all the arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and literature.

On Artists (Paperback): Ashleigh Wilson On Artists (Paperback)
Ashleigh Wilson
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The #MeToo movement is overturning a cliche that has forgiven bad behaviour for years: to be creative is to be prone to eccentricity, madness, addiction and excess. No longer can artists be excused from the standards of conduct that apply to us all. But if we denounce the artist, then what becomes of the work that remains?

Angela Carter and Surrealism - 'A Feminist Libertarian Aesthetic' (Paperback): Anna Watz Angela Carter and Surrealism - 'A Feminist Libertarian Aesthetic' (Paperback)
Anna Watz
R1,052 Discovery Miles 10 520 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In 1972, Angela Carter translated Xaviere Gauthier's ground-breaking feminist critique of the surrealist movement, Surrealisme et sexualite (1971). Although the translation was never published, the project at once confirmed and consolidated Carter's previous interest in surrealism, representation, gender and desire and aided her formulation of a new surrealist-feminist aesthetic. Carter's sustained engagement with surrealist aesthetics and politics as well as surrealist scholarship aptly demonstrates what is at stake for feminism at the intersection of avant-garde aesthetics and the representation of women and female desire. Drawing on previously unexplored archival material, such as typescripts, journals, and letters, Anna Watz's study is the first to trace the full extent to which Carter's writing was influenced by the surrealist movement and its critical heritage. Watz's book is an important contribution to scholarship on Angela Carter as well as to contemporary feminist debates on surrealism, and will appeal to scholars across the fields of contemporary British fiction, feminism, and literary and visual surrealism.

Jean-Francois Lyotard - The Interviews and Debates (Paperback): Kiff Bamford Jean-Francois Lyotard - The Interviews and Debates (Paperback)
Kiff Bamford; Jean-Francois Lyotard
R685 Discovery Miles 6 850 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Jean-Francois Lyotard (1924-1998) was one of the most important French philosophers of the Twentieth Century. His impact has been felt across many disciplines: sociology; cultural studies; art theory and politics. This volume presents a diverse selection of interviews, conversations and debates which relate to the five decades of his working life, both as a political militant, experimental philosopher and teacher. Including hard-to-find interviews and previously untranslated material, this is the first time that interviews with Lyotard have been presented as a collection. Key concepts from Lyotard's thought - the differend, the postmodern, the immaterial - are debated and discussed across different time periods, prompted by specific contexts and provocations. In addition there are debates with other thinkers, including Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, which may be less familiar to an Anglophone audience. These debates and interviews help to contextualise Lyotard, highlighting the importance of Marx, Freud, Kant and Wittgenstein, in addition to the Jewish thought which accompanies the questions of silence, justice and presence that pervades Lyotard's thinking.

Portraiture - Facing the Subject (Paperback): Joanna Woodall Portraiture - Facing the Subject (Paperback)
Joanna Woodall
R501 Discovery Miles 5 010 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Portraiture occupies a central position in the history of Western art. It has been the most popular genre of painting and has been crucial to the construction and articulation of individualism. Despite this, its status within academic art theory is uncertain and there is no adequate critical analysis of the subject available. With an international team of specialists, including Patricia Simmons, Ludmilla Jordanova, John Gage, Marcia Pointon and Ernst Van Alphen, this volume provides a much-needed, comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the major issues in the history of portraiture. The book's chapters are structured chronologically, progressing from the Italian Renaissance to Dutch seventeenth-century portraiture and on to Picasso, surrealism, Lucian Freud and Cindy Sherman. Each chapter examines the key developments in portraiture within each specific period, complete with analytical subheadings, making this an ideal book for students.

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