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Recommended Books that Offer Inspiration to Make Art
Artists and creatives of all kinds who are
looking for new ways to liberate their artistic imagination will love
this book. Readers are invited to playfully explore various aspects
of visual art, such as light, color, texture and design through a series
of imaginative art projects. Artists will experiment hands-on with dozens
of techniques and mediums in new and unconventional ways including:
* Capturing whites with crayon and wax resist * Glazing and floating
colors * Portraying the patterns of nature with sedimentation and precipitation
* Loosening up with gesso painting and printing with plastic * Constructing
a new piece of art from old work * Experimenting with three-dimensional
assemblage * Creating a street map In addition, artists are prompted
to challenge their imaginations by building new painting surfaces, creating
their own personal symbols and more. Further inspiration can be found
in a gallery of work by more than 30 contributing artists. Celebrate
Your Creative Self is a fun, no-fail guide every artist should have.
Kimmelman's knowledge of art is astonishingly broad, and he has a way with questions that ignite each artist's memories, reflections, and opinions. otherwise, he inserts himself only to offer enough biographical data or physical description to bring a reader up-to-date and up close. for the most part, he simply listens. closely. the result is a series of interviews so cozy readers may feel they're eavesdropping. few readers will ever make another foray through the metropolitan or the museum of modern art or london's national gallery completely alone. after devouring these "portraits"--most of which appeared originally as articles in the times's art pages--they will be accompanied forevermore by the lively, eccentric, thoughtful, unguarded voices of jacob lawrence, kiki smith, wayne thibaud, francis bacon, lucian freud, elizabeth murray, cindy sherman, richard serra, leon golub and nancy spero, brice marden, hans haacke, and chuck close. '
the Edge and Over : Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary
Society 1970s-1990s' by Linda Weintraub, et al, Art Insights, Inc ,
January 1997. Price: $18.00, You Save: $4.50 (20%)
This book requires no art history background or knowledge of special jargon. It was published for anyone interested in understanding what's going on today in avant-garde art, as well as for people who want to better understand modern culture and adapt more easily to the stresses and changes in their daily lives.
Artists today are affected by society just as you are--by artificial, non-natural environments; synthetic products; computers; shopping malls; mass media; gender roles and discrimination; pollution; conditioning about the importance of fame, acquiring money and appearance; racial and other prejudices; compulsions; too many, overwhelming choices; and countless other experiences relevant to all of us.
The book features 35 concise chapters, each focusing on--and quoting--a particular artist. These artists do not aim to create beautiful artworks via painting or sculpture. They have powerful messages to convey in response to society's pressures, so they must resort to such unexpected mediums as pollen, smell, old clothes, flowers, blood, discarded dolls, toxic earth, objects from shopping trips, urine. Their social goals are illustrated through 158 images of their creations, including 29 in color.
The work discussed and shown is incredibly provoking and will change your view of society and how to live in it. It will definitely explain, help you translate and give you insights into avant-garde art. Then this art can have meaning for you and add immeasurably to your cultural life.
'The Art Spirit : Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters
and Talks to Students, Bearing on the Concept and Technique of Picture
Making, the Study of Art' by Robert Henri, Margery A. Ryerson (Editor),
Icon (Harpe), April 1984.
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