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The Handy Art History Answer Book by The major art pieces, most important artists, and significant artistic movements from 35,000 BCE to today are collected together in this easy-to-read resource on art history.
Call Number: N5303 .D53 2013 (South)
Publication Date: 2013-06-01
The Oxford History of Western Art by The Oxford History of Western Art is an innovative and challenging reappraisal of how the history of art can be presented and understood. Through a carefully devised modular structure, readers are given insights not only into how and why works of art were created, but also how works in different media relate to each other across time.
Call Number: N5300 .O96 2000 (Deerwood, Downtown, South)
Publication Date: 2000-10-19
Art by In Art: A New History, Paul Johnson turns his great gifts as a world historian to a subject that has enthralled him all his life: the history of art. This narrative account, from the earliest cave paintings up to the present day, has new things to say about almost every period of art.
Call Number: N5300 .J64 2003(Deerwood, Kent, North, South)
Publication Date: 2003-09-30
The Visual Arts by The Visual Arts is recognized as the most up-to-date and wide-ranging history of art available in one volume. Now completely revised, it's more comprehensive and compelling than ever.
Call Number: N5300 .H68 1999 (Deerwood, South)
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
The Artist's Eyes by In this fascinating juxtaposition of science and art history, ophthalmologists Michael Marmor and James Ravin examine the role of vision and eye disease in art. They focus on the eye, where the process of vision originates, and investigate how aspects of vision have inspired and confounded many of the world's most famous artists.
Call Number: N71.8 .M37 2009 (South)
Publication Date: 2009-10-01
Artists under Hitler by "What are we to make of those cultural figures, many with significant international reputations, who tried to find accommodation with the Nazi regime? Jonathan Petropoulos asks in this exploration of some of the most acute moral questions of the Third Reich.
Call Number: NX 180 .N37 P48 2014 (South)
Publication Date: 2014-11-25
Luxus by In contrast to other histories of ancient art that typically privilege well-preserved works of ceramics or stone, Luxus offers an integrated contextual analysis of artifacts fashioned from a wide variety of luxury materials, which survive in far greater number than is typically supposed. These include gold and silver, semiprecious hard stones, and organic materials, such as ivory, fine woods, amber, pearl, coral, and textiles.The book then goes on to address a broad range of luxury goods, such as intaglios, cameos, vessels, and statuettes, providing a full and multifaceted account of luxury in the ancient world.
Call Number: NK665 .L37 2015 (South)
Publication Date: 2015-07-01
The First Signs by "If you love mysteries, you'll love this book. Genevieve von Petzinger acts as guide and sleuth in this fascinating, accessible, and fast-paced exploration of Ice Age artists and the evocative cave paintings they left behind" (Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise and Ancestral Passions). In an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones, archeologist von Petzinger explores the little-known geometric cave art of our ancient ancestors--perhaps the first form of human written communication and a key to unlocking some of the mysteries of our ancient past. These "remarkable" (Jean Auel, author of the bestselling Earth's Children series) findings "may represent one of the most extraordinary scientific insights of our time" (Wade Davis, author of The Serpent and the Rainbow). Join von Petzinger as she travels throughout Europe and attempts to crack the code of these strange symbols, which persisted virtually unchanged for some 30,000 years. Clearly meaningful to their creators, these geometric signs are one of the first indicators of our human ancestors' intelligence and capacity for symbolic meaning and language--glimpses across millennia of an ancient consciousness linked to our own. Part travel journal, part popular science, and part personal narrative, this groundbreaking investigation explores what makes us human, how we evolved as a species, and how this cave art laid the foundation for so much of the technology that we enjoy today.
Call Number: GN772.2.A1 V66 2016 (Deerwood)
Publication Date: 2017-03-28
Art History - eBooks
African-American Art by From its origins in early eighteenth century slave communities to the end of the twentieth century, African-American art has made a vital contribution to the art of the United States. African-American Art provides a major reassessment of the subject, setting the art in the context of the African-American experience.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 1998
Art History by Art History: The Basics is a concise and accessible introduction for the undergraduate approaching the history of art for the first time at college or university, and for anyone else interested in the subject. It will give you answers to questions like: What is art and art history? What are the main methodologies used to understand art? How have ideas about form, sex and gender shaped representation? What connects art with psychoanalysis, semiotics and Marxism? and, How are globalization and postmodernism changing art and art history? Each chapter introduces key ideas, issues and debates in art history, including information on relevant websites and image archives. Fully illustrated with an international range of artistic examples, Art History: The Basics also includes helpful subject summaries, further ideas for reading in each chapter, and a useful glossary for easy reference.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2007-12-19
Dada and Surrealism by The avant-garde movements of Dada and Surrealism continue to have a huge influence on cultural practice, especially in contemporary art, with its obsession with sexuality, fetishism, and shock tactics. In this new treatment of the subject, Hopkins focuses on the many debates surrounding these movements: the Marquis de Sade's Surrealist deification, issues of quality (How good is Dali?), the idea of the 'readymade', attitudes towards the city, the impact of Freud, attitudes to women, fetishism, and primitivism. He also examines the Dadaist obsession with the body-as-mechanism in relation to the Surrealists' return to the fetishized/eroticized body.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2004-06-24
Free Art Books (Downloadable)
The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History by In tune with the concerns of contemporary students and scholars, The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History draws on literature, history, psychology, geography, economics, and other disciplines to set key artistic advances in their cultural context. More than 1500 entries distill current scholarly findings in an engaging nonacademic voice.
Call Number: REF N5300 .F64 2000 (Deerwood, Downtown, South)
Publication Date: 1999-12-01
History of Art by This classic book uses an exceptional art program, featuring impeccable accurate five-color illustrations, to introduce readers to the vast world of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and the minor arts. With its effectively written, balanced, and interesting narrative, this book presents art as a succession of styles--from Prehistory through the 20th century--and enlarges the readers' capacity to appreciate works of art individually.
Call Number: REF N5300 .J3 2001 (Kent, South)
Publication Date: 2001-03-01
The Concise Dictionary of Art Terms by The Concise Dictionary of Art Terms is an accessible and useful A-Z covering a wide range of terms from the visual art world, including materials, techniques, and important styles and periods. In this new edition, the text has been fully revised and updated to reflect the latest developments in the field.
Call Number: N33 .C575 2010 (North, South)
Publication Date: 2010-08-20
Historical Dictionary of Baroque Art and Architecture by The Historical Dictionary of Baroque Art and Architecture relates the history of the Baroque Era through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on such icons as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, Diego Velazquez, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Johannes Vermeer, as well as sculptors, architects, patrons, other historical figures, and events.
Call Number: N6415.B3 Z57 2010 (South)
Publication Date: 2010-09-17
The Oxford Dictionary of Art by Ideal for students, picture researchers, and enthusiasts of all kinds, this third edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Art reaffirms the unrivalled position held by this authoritative one-volume guide to the art of the Western world.
Call Number: REF N33 .O93 2004 (Deerwood, Downtown)
Publication Date: 2004-06-10
The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists by With the advent of abstract expressionism in the 1940s, America became the white hot center of the artistic universe. Now, in The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists, the first such volume to appear in three decades, Ann Lee Morgan offers an informative, insightful, and long overdue resource on our nation's artistic heritage.
Call Number: REF N6505 .M59 2007 (South)
Publication Date: 2007-07-18
The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists by This reference work deals with all aspects of Western art from 1300 to the present day. It provides information on painters, sculptors, and graphic artists, technical processes, terminology, theory, schools, movements, patrons and collecting, and much more.
Call Number: REF N33 .L353 2000 (Deerwood, North, South)
Publication Date: 2000-08-11
Art of the 20th Century by An undertaking as immensely ambitious as this one deserves our attention before we even open one of its stunningly illustrated and argued twin volumes.
Call Number: REF N6490 .A7778 1998 (Deerwood, South)
Publication Date: 1998-07-01
The Abrams Encyclopedia of Photography by A comprehensive reference traces the history of photography from the invention of the daguerreotype in 1829 to the breakthroughs in digital photography today, covering such key themes as portraits, still lifes, photojournalism, and NASA images while exploring the ways that the use of pictures has influenced public perspectives.
Call Number: TR9 .P4813 2004 (South)
Publication Date: 2004-11-01
The Encyclopedia of Sculpture by With an international scope, this fully illustrated reference spans the entire history of sculpture, from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century. While devoting significant attention to individual artists and their works, the Encyclopedia also explores sculpture from the vantage points of history, criticism, theory, aesthetics, production, training, and presentation, making this the most comprehensive, in-depth source on the subject ever published.
Call Number: NB198 .E53 2004 (Deerwood)
Publication Date: 2003-10-31
Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles 7th Edition by The revised and expanded edition features over 14,000 definitions of fibers, fabrics, laws, and regulations affecting textile materials and processing, inventors of textile technology, and business and trade terms relevant to textiles.
Call Number: REF TS1309 .F34 1996 (South)
Publication Date: 2009-03-27
Portrait of an Artist by Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the most original painters America has ever produced, left behind a remarkable legacy when she died at the age of ninety-eight. Her vivid visual vocabulary -- sensuous flowers, bleached bones against red sky and earth -- had a stunning, profound, and lasting influence on American art in this century.
Call Number: ND237.O5 L57 1997 (North)
Publication Date: 1997-10-01
Frida by Originally published in 1983, Hayden Herrera's portrait of Frida Kahlo is the definitive biography of the tempestuous and original Mexican artist.
Call Number: ND359.K33 H47 2002 (South)
Publication Date: 1984-08-01
Portrait of Picasso As a Young Man by "In Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man, Mailer sets out to capture the meaning of Picasso's life and art and explores in bold fashion the originality of his ambition.
Call Number: N6853.P5 M33 1995 (Deerwood)
Publication Date: 1995-09-18
Genius, Isolated: the Life and Art of Alex Toth by Created by the Eisner Award-winning team of Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell who produced the ground-breaking Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles-Genius, Isolated is a lavishly illustrated book that includes the first biography of this giant figure.
Call Number: PN6727 .T68 Z55 2011 (South)
Publication Date: 2011-05-10
Mary Cassatt by
Call Number: ND237.C3 G78 1996b (Kent)
Publication Date: 1998-11-01
David Hockney by Drawing on exclusive and unprecedented access to David Hockney's extensive archives, notebooks, and paintings, interviews with family, friends, and on Hockney himself, Christopher Simon Sykes provides a colorful and intimate portrait of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.
Call Number: N6797.H57 S95 2012 (South)
Publication Date: 2012-04-17
Sarah Angelina Acland by Sarah Angelina Acland (1849-1930) is one of the most important photographers of the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods.
Call Number: TR140.A265 H83 2012 (South)
Publication Date: 2012-11-15
Andrew Wyeth by An insightful and essential new survey of Wyeth's entire career, situating the milestones of his art within the trajectory of 20th-century American life This major retrospective catalogue explores the impact of time and place on the work of beloved American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009). While previous publications have mainly analyzed Wyeth's work thematically, this publication places him fully in the context of the long 20th century, tracing his creative development from World War I through the new millennium. Published to coincide with the centenary of Wyeth's birth, the book looks at four major chronological periods in the artist's career: Wyeth as a product of the interwar years, when he started to form his own "war memories" through military props and documentary photography he discovered in his father's art studio; the change from his "theatrical" pictures of the 1940s to his own visceral responses to the landscape around Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and his family's home in Mai≠ his sudden turn, in 1968, into the realm of erotic art, including a completely new assessment of Wyeth's "Helga pictures"--a series of secret, nude depictions of his neighbor Helga Testorf--within his career as a who≤ and his late, self-reflective works, which includes the discussion of his previously unknown painting entitled Goodbye, now believed to be Wyeth's last work.
Call Number: ND237.W93 A4 2017 (Deerwood)
Publication Date: 2017-06-27
eBooks - General
Universal Principles of Art by A follow-up to Rockport Publishers' best-selling Universal Principles of Design, a new volume will present one hundred principles, fundamental ideas and approaches to making art, that will guide, challenge and inspire any artist to make better, more focused art.Universal Principles of Art serves as a wealth of prompts, hints, insights and roadmaps that will open a world of possibilities and provide invaluable keys to both understanding art works and generating new ones. Respected artist John A. Parks will explore principles that involve both techniques and concepts in art-making, covering everything from the idea of beauty to glazing techniques to geometric ideas in composition to minimalist ideology. Techniques are simple, direct and easily followed by any artist at any level. This incredibly detailed reference book is the standard for artists, historians, educators, professionals and students who seek to broaden and improve their art expertise.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2014-11-15
Beauty and Art, 1750-2000 by What do we mean when we call a work of art "beautiful"? How have artists responded to changing notions of the beautiful? Which works of art have been called beautiful, and why? Fundamental and intriguing questions to artists and art lovers, but ones that are all too often ignored in discussions of art today. Elizabeth Prettejohn argues that we simply cannot afford to ignore these questions. Charting over two hundred years of western art, she illuminates the vital relationship between our changing notions of beauty and specific works of art, from the works of Kauffman to Whistler, Ingres to Rosetti, Cezanne to Pollack. Beautifully illustrated with 100 photographs--60 in full color--Beauty and Art concludes with a challenging question for the future: Why should we care about beauty in the twenty-first century?
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2005-07-28
Art Beyond Representation by Refuting the assumption that art is a representational practice, Bolt's striking argument engages with the work of Heidegger, Deleuze and Guattari, C.S.Peirce and Judith Butler to argue for a performative relationship between art and artist. Drawing on themes as diverse as the work of Cézanne and of Francis Bacon, the transubstantiation of the Catholic sacrament and Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, she challenges the metaphor of light as enlightenment, reconceiving this 'revealing' light as the blinding 'glare' of the Australian sun, and suggests that too much 'light' may in fact reveal nothing. This stimulating book questions many of the fundamental assumptions ingrained in us about the nature of art.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2010-10-07
Art Without Borders by This is a comprehensive study of art and artists which explores questions concerning why art exists, why we enjoy it, and how the world's different art traditions relate to art and to each other.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2009-04-15