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Patterns in Art

A Closer Look at the Old masters

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A visual delight, and a designer's dream-the decorative details of great European paintings transformed into beautiful two-dimensional patterns

Richly embroidered robes. Intricate lace collars. Elaborately laid floor tiles. Delicately carved and modeled cornices and capitals. These are among the details of decorative art that the Old Masters lovingly rendered in their paintings, to establish a setting, convey a portrait subject's social status, or sometimes just enliven a scene. Together these details-so easy to overlook in the imposing harmony of draftsmanship, color, and composition that makes up a great painting-form a veritable history of ornament.

This inventive book plucks these decorative motifs from the background of paintings by masters like Rubens, Memling, and Filippo Lippi, and transforms them into vibrant two-dimensional patterns. Seeing these patterns side-by-side with the original paintings deepens our appreciation of both. Pattern in Painting will be a resource for graphic designers, and a revelation for all art lovers.

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Ronald Bladen

Sculpture

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The first monograph on a pivotal figure of postwar American art
 
Best known for his monumental sculptures, Ronald Bladen (1918–1988) was regarded as an artistic forerunner by such minimalist artists as Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, and Carl Andre. But in contrast to the matter-of-fact work of these artists, Bladen’s pieces evoke the emotional power of sculpture, what the artist called “presence.” His objects fill entire rooms, pressing outward against the walls and ceiling; his themes include the force of gravity, the dynamism of planar surfaces, the impact of scale, and confrontation with the viewer.
 
This splendidly illustrated volume presents a comprehensive overview of Bladen’s career: his breakthrough sculptures such as Three Elements (1965), a standout at the Jewish Museum’s legendary Primary Structures exhibition, later acquired by the Museum of Modern Art; his monumental outdoor commissions of the late 1960s through the 1980s; and his intricate reflective wall reliefs of the 1980s. Bladen’s working models and drawings are examined in detail, and his early career as a painter is considered in the light of his later work. Also included are selections from the critical literature on Bladen, and an illustrated chronology of his life and work.
 
Ronald Bladen: Sculpture is an essential volume on an artist who continues to influence a wide range of sculptors, from Richard Serra to Ursula von Rydingsvard.

 

 

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Yoshitoshi

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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A beautiful facsimile edition of the last masterpiece of ukiyo-e
 
Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) was the last virtuoso of the Japanese woodblock print, and the One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, published between 1885 and 1892, were his crowning achievement. This series—mainly illustrating stories from history and legend, unified by the motif of the moon—is charged with paradox. In order to carry forward the tradition of ukiyo-e, Yoshitoshi drew stylistic inspiration from the very forces that were rendering it obsolete—namely, Western art and mass media like photography and lithography. As if they realized they were witnessing the end of an era, the artist's public responded enthusiastically to his innovative series—many of the individual prints were sold out on the morning of their publication.
 
This magnificent facsimile of One Hundred Aspects of the Moon reproduces each print at its original size, facing an explanation of the subject. A thorough introductory text, augmented with many comparative illustrations, traces Yoshitoshi's career and the genesis of this series. Printed and bound to the most exacting specifications, this volume will be a must for aficionados of Japanese prints.

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How Artists See Play

Second Edition

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How Artists See is designed to teach children the art of observation and increase their visual literacy. These interactive, inquiry-based books—suitable for both home and classroom—invite young readers to compare and contrast the ways in which different artists treat similar themes. They are an ideal way to introduce kids to art. 

 

This new edition of How Artists See Play is revised and redesigned. More than two-thirds of the featured artworks are newly selected, and they are even more stylistically and culturally diverse, showcasing work by Hispanic, Taiwanese, Russian, and Turkish artists, among others.

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How Artists See Work

Second Edition

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How Artists See is designed to teach children the art of observation and increase their visual literacy. These interactive, inquiry-based books—suitable for both home and classroom—invite young readers to compare and contrast the ways in which different artists treat similar themes. They are an ideal way to introduce kids to art. 

This new edition of How Artists See Work is revised and redesigned. More than two-thirds of the featured artworks are newly selected, and they are even more stylistically and culturally diverse—ranging from an ancient Egyptian sculpture to a 1940s Remington typewriter.

 

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