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Recommended Books on Murals as Art

  1. 'California Murals' by Robin J. Dunitz, James Prigoff / Paperback / Published 1998. Our Price: $9.95

  2. 'Chicano Graffiti and Murals : The Neighborhood Art of Peter Quezada ' (Folk Art and Artists Series) by Sojin Kim, et al, Hardcover, Published 1996. Our Price: $32.50


  3. 'San Francisco Bay Area Murals : Communities Create Their Muses 1904-1997' by Timothy W. Drescher, Willie Brown (Preface), Paperback, Published 1998. Our Price: $16.96 ~ You Save: $2.99 (15%)
    reader review : 'the complete handbook of San Francisco's mural treasures : My nomination for a perfect, crystalline Saturday: Follow Drescher's guide through San Francisco neighborhoods to find murals on walls glowing against the September sky. The title is right. Humankind doesn't let nature alone in Bagdad by the Bay. We have been filling walls with our color and figures since the walls have stood in the City. That most curious of monuments, Coit Tower, brimming with the muscular WPA murals, tells California's story in paint. The murals in the Haight vibrate with psychedelic counterculture; those of the Mission and Western Addition not only deliver the messages of the Latino and African American neighborhoods but have become identified as centers of the communities. People meet at a mural in San Francisco, just as they might meet at a fountain in Rome.

    Of course, the book records the outstanding art across the Bay and down the Peninsula, but for me the best part of the book was its putting together city maps and pictures of murals so that a reader can experience the favorites. The fancy semiotics, art techniques and materials are all here, conveyed by a recognized authority, but the author is wise enough not to get in the way of the always revolutionary, ever traditional mix of color, lines, architecture and geography. A keeper. '


  4. 'Colors on Desert Walls : The Murals of El Paso' by Miguel Juarez, et al, Paperback, Published 1997. Our Price: $30.00


  5. 'grand illusions: contemporary interior murals' by caroline cass, tom leighton (photographer), paperback, published 1993. our price: $17.47; you save: $7.48 (30%)


  6. 'Painting Murals : Images, Ideas, and Techniques' by Patricia Seligman, ISBN: 0891342656 List Price: $29.99 Our Price: $20.99 You Save: $9.00 (30%)
    A beautiful book of Trompe L'Oeil murals and techniques. This is a beautifully photographed book with many examples of Trompe L'Oeil murals and other styles of murals. There is also a wealth of techical information on paints, surfaces and sealers. These photographs will make you want to start your mural today.


  7. 'Murals : Cave, Cathedral, to Street' (Art Beyond Borders) by Michael Capek, ISBN: 0822520656. Our Price: $23.93. Library Binding, June 1996 . Reading level: Ages 9-12. "Capek begins this informative history of mural painting with chapters on cave paintings and goes on to describe murals by the ancient Romans and Egyptians, the early Christians, the Renaissance Italians, and Mexican artists from Aztec, Toltec, and Mayan painters to Diego Rivera, and the twentieth-century U.S. Special two-page sections provide good insights into individual artists and special topics but interrupt the flow of the main text. Photographs of painters and many full-color reproductions of murals illustrate the text effectively. The book is both attractive and well written." by Carolyn Phelan.
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