Lifestyle and Culture: Popular Culture

Enchanted

A History of Fantasy Illustration

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The first-ever history of fantasy art and illustration

For hundreds of years artists have been inspired by the imaginative potential of fantasy. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an impossible reality-a universe where dragons breathe fire, angels battle demons, and magicians weave spells. Published to coincide with a major exhibition, this handsome volume reveals how artists have brought to life mythology, fables, and fairy tales, as well as modern epics like the Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Final Fantasy.

Written by leading historians of the field, Enchanted traces the development of fantasy art from Old Masters like Bosch, Dürer, and Henry Fuseli, through Golden Age illustrators like Arthur Rackham and Howard Pyle, to classic cover artists like Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, and emerging talents like Anna Dittmann and Heather Edwards. More than 150 key works-including paintings, prints, drawings, and digital art-are illustrated in vibrant color, many at full-page size. 

Enchanted is a must-have reference for artists and illustrators, and a delight for all lovers of fantasy.

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Seductive Subversion

Women Pop Artists 1958–1968

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Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968 is the catalogue of the exhibition of the same title and the first book to survey the achievements of women Pop artists.

Pop Art was one of the most important artistic movements of the late twentieth century. Its adaptation of mediated, popular-culture imagery continues to influence artists, but until now, little attention has been paid to the important contributions that women made to the movement. Pop Art by women dealt less with direct consumerist critiques, instead subversively combating the stereotypical perceptions of women via advertising and film clichés. Work by women Pop artists ranges from Rosalyn Drexler’s surreal filmnoir riffs, Idelle Weber’s New Realism office workers, and Niki de Saint Phalle’s exuberant Nanas to the more controversial and blatantly political statements of Faith Ringgold and Martha Rosler. Pauline Boty and Axell explored female desire, while the innovative soft structures stitched by Yayoi Kusama, Jann Haworth, Patty Mucha, and others form an important contribution to the history of sculpture.

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958–1968 is the catalogue of the first exhibition to expand Pop Art’s narrow critical definition to reflect the significant role of these women artists. The culmination of six years of research by Sid Sachs, this exhibition, organized by the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, is touring nationally. The essays in this catalogue span from London’s Independent Group in the early 1950s to the end of classic Pop in 1968. Written by the art historians Linda Nochlin, Sid Sachs, Kalliopi Minioudaki, Bradford R. Collins, Annika Öhrner, and Sue Tate and the artists Martha Rosler and Patty Mucha, these texts will be revelations and will remain a vital reference for artists, art and cultural historians, and feminists alike. Artworks by more than twenty artists are reproduced, including Pauline Boty, Chryssa, Rosalyn Drexler, Jann Haworth, Yayoi Kusama, and Marisol, as well as now lesser-known figures such as Barbro Östlihn and Dorothy Grebenak. Numerous works are discussed in depth from a number of vantage points.

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Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas

Great American Suburbs

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A beautiful and comprehensive chronicle of two of America’s earliest and most luxurious suburbs: Highland Park and University Park, Texas.

Dallas local Virginia McAlester, author of Random House’s A Field Guide to American Houses, the classic book on the subject, and Abbeville’s celebrated Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles, teamed up with Prudence Mackintosh and Willis Cecil Winters to write Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas. This impressive and informative case study immerses readers into the architecture and culture, both past and present, of these classy neighborhoods.

Illustrated with over 280 specially commissioned photographs, in addition to over 75 maps, graphs, and archival images, this insightful work covers the history and development of Dallas’s suburbs, as well as the architects who designed them. Homes also features several appendices, providing notes on how to preserve early-twentieth century homes and a catalogue listing over 1,600 homes by address and architect. McAlester authored an additional appendix that illustrates the architectural styles found in The Park Cities, which run the gamut from Tudor and Colonial Revival to Minimal Traditional and Mid-Century Modern.

As grand as the houses it chronicles, Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas will fascinate architects, historians, suburbanites, and would-be suburbanites alike.

 

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The Russians Emerge

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A brilliant portrayal of Russians in the post-Soviet era--from ordinary people to politicians and rock stars.

Heidi Hollinger, in a photographic tour-de-force, has captured the spirit of the Russian people as they adjust to their new freedoms. Her sympathetic portraits reveal how some "emerging" Russians relish their new opportunities while others, rooted in the past, struggle to survive in their changing world. The wide-ranging collection in this sumptuous volume includes images of workers, entertainers, artists, military officers, religious leaders, cosmonauts, Stalin's great-grandson, and Lenin's niece, among others. Accompanying the portraits is a fascinating text by Jonathan Sanders, who provides insight about the people of modern Russia and Hollinger's importance in documenting them during this intriguing, troubled era.

For nearly a decade, Hollinger has lived in Russia, at first as a visitor and gradually as an insider, gaining access to such high-profile politicians as Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin, as well as other top-echelon personalities. At the same time she explored Moscow's lower depths: mounted on in-line skates and armed with mace, she invited typical Russians to her studio to pose for a portrait. Her "working folk" images are in the tradition of pre-Revolutionary masters, who also wandered through the streets in search of representative faces to photograph.

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In Advance of the Landing

Folk Concepts of Outer Space

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Long unavailable, this cult classic about UFOs and the people who believe in them is back at last!

As Tom Wolfe explains in his foreword: "Douglas Curran is not only a photographer but also a reporter, and an extremely gifted one. I am tempted to suggest that he also qualifies as an anthropologist, but I think I will leave it at 'reporter.' To be a reporter of Douglas Curran's caliber is a lofty enough achievement. He has discovered an exotic world, and for eight years he has traveled remote terrains throughout the United States and Canada exploring it. This book is the culmination of a quest that, by terrestrial standards, is as extraordinary as that of the people he brings to life." In the course of that long quest, Curran recorded — in sympathetic words and perceptive photographs — the ideas and experiences of individuals whose obsession with outer space inspired them to create elaborate homemade spaceships and even more elaborate belief systems.

Now updated with several new photographs and an expanded text — and more relevant than ever, given the popularity of The X-Files and other investigations of alien life — In Advance of the Landing remains the definitive probe of a singularly fascinating subculture.

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Beyond Soap, Water, and Comb

A Man's Guide to Good Grooming and Fitness

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A lighthearted book revealing everything a man needs to know about grooming, stress relief, and mental and physical well-being.

Most men want to look good, but without a hassle. For the man who wants to look equally good in a business suit or in jeans and a T-shirt, and who wants to feel confident in all situations, Beyond Soap, Water, and Comb is the perfect guide. This comprehensive manual provides easy-to-follow tips for improving one's appearance and enjoying life. Whether a man worries about his hair—holding onto it, losing it, or styling it—or about how to keep his mind and body functioning smoothly, he'll find all the information he needs on these pages. He'll learn how best to shave with success, how to assemble and care for a classic wardrobe without spending a lot of time or money, and how to maintain healthy diet and exercise routines. He'll also learn to sleep better at home or on the road, to break bad habits, to manage time efficiently, to identify and avoid causes of stress, and to adopt international relaxation techniques like steaming Japanese baths or Swedish massages.

This hip, friendly, and appealing find is a pleasure to look at and to use. No man can afford to be without this lively manual of essential information.Included are essential tips on:

Grooming - Shaving and saving face- Maintaining and improving skin tone- Tanning salons and tanning lotions

Hair Care- Getting a good haircut- Balding basics- Hair removal basics

Exercise and Health- Picking a gym and a routine- Weight maintenance and diet- Avoiding sexually transmitted diseases

Clothing- Wardrobe basics - Shopping for clothes- Choosing the right clothes for every occasion- Tips for clothes care

Recharging Your Life- Tuning up your daily routine - Reducing stress- Sleeping better - Realistic time management

Social Encounters- Getting a (social) life - Basic etiquette- Sex and enhancing sexual energy

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Home Spa

Recipes and Techniques to Restore and Refresh

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Whether you have five minutes or several days, this book has just the right recipe or technique for pampering yourself from head to toe.

Healthy, balanced living begins with the right attention to your body and mind. Although most of us know this is true, we ignore the need to treat ourselves well in the face of hectic schedules and daily responsibilities. Home Spa is a secret weapon against the drudgery of home and office routine, offering a variety of ways to relax and to look and feel better — from softening skin and removing toxins to improving circulation and lowering blood pressure.

By using simple, natural ingredients that are readily available it's possible to recreate easily and inexpensively the formulas and techniques found in luxurious spas. Sesame yogurt face masks, almond-and-honey moisturizers, and simple self-massages are only a few of the many recipes provided that you can use to revitalize yourself in your own home. By taking the time to take care of yourself, you can ease life's pressures, clear your minds, and create a new sense of calm.

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Gargoyles Postcard Book

Thirty mischievous gargoyles have been captured in these delightful and frightfully amusing postcards.

From their lofty perches they spit, stick their tongues out, threaten, and even laugh at us. Ugly and grotesque, gargoyles may have once been used to terrify all those who came near them. Today, however, their entertaining expressions and often bawdy behavior are frightfully amusing. Thirty of these mischievous devils are presented here in these delightful postcards from Abbeville Press.Inspired by the Abbeville Press book Holy Terrors: Gargoyles on Medieval Buildings.

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Howard Finster, Stranger from Another World

Man of Visions Now on This Earth

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In this remarkable book, illustrations of Finster's exuberant paintings, sculptures, buildings, and gardens are accompanied by his own inimitable narrative.

A backwoods Baptist preacher inspired by the Gospel, visitations from the dead, and visions of extraterrestrial life, the Reverend Howard Finster is an unlikely candidate for art celebrity. Yet his work has been shown in museums and galleries from Soho to Australia and from Los Angeles to the Venice Biennale. He's been a guest on the "Tonight Show" and at the Library of Congress. He's been in People, The Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other national publications. He's done album covers for the Talking Heads and R.E.M., and he's painted Easter eggs for the White House. Collectors buy his works before the paint dries, sometimes acquiring them sight unseen over the phone. As Finster says, "No tellin' how many fans I got now. There's millions of 'em."

Few of those fans can make the pilgrimage to Finster's Paradise Garden in Pennville, Georgia. Stranger from Another World solves that problem by providing 150 illustrations of the artist's exuberant paintings, sculptures, buildings, and gardens, along with his own inimitable narrative. Drawn from hundreds of hours of conversation edited by Tom Patterson, Finster's story has the ear-tickling eloquence that has long enraptured both his congregations and his art fans. As the reverend himself says: "Sometimes people come here, and they look like sour-pusses. But after they hear me talk twenty or thirty minutes, and after they go over the gardens and come out, they just fall in love with me."

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The Japanese Tattoo

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The definitive book on a fascinating art form, whose popularity continues to increase.

A crimson fish wrestles a man. A horned demon stares menacingly. These vivid scenes are tattoos, created in pain, incised in the flesh of the Yakuza, Japan's feared secret society of gangsters. They are the visions of the Irezumi, the legendary tattoo artists, who spend years creating living masterpieces. Photographer Sandi Fellman describes this strange and violent world both in her text and in her stunning, large Polaroid photographs.

American photographer Sandi Fellman used a rare large size Polaroid camera to create these photos of Irezumi Japanese men and women who wear elaborate full-body tattoos. Fellman treats the tattoos as artworks and their creators as artists. Her text touches on the tattooing process, common motifs, the sociology of the tattoo, and relationships between the tattoo masters and their clients. Author D.M. Thomas has contributed two pages of his reactions to these unusual and even disturbing images. The 46 color plates in this volume, most of them whole body nudes, should prove provocative, fascinating, or repellant to a wide variety of library patrons. -- Library Journal

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