Decadence, Degeneration, and the End: Studies in the European Fin de Siècle

Artwork and literature in the course of the eu fin-de-siècle interval frequently manifested subject matters of degeneration and rot, either one of our bodies and civilizations, in addition to affliction, strange sexuality, and common morbidity. This assortment explores those themes when it comes to artists and writers as various as Oscar Wilde, August Strindberg, and Aubrey Beardsley.

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Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

This can be the lifetime of essentially the most progressive artists in background, informed in the course of the tale of six of his maximum masterpieces: “The one quintessential advisor for encountering Michelangelo on his domestic turf” (The Dallas Morning News).

Michelangelo stands on my own as a grasp of portray, sculpture, and structure, a guy who reinvented the perform of artwork itself. all through his lengthy profession he clashed with buyers by means of insisting that he had no grasp yet his personal not easy muse. Michelangelo used to be formidable, egotistical, and hard, yet in the course of the towering strength of genius and during sheer pugnaciousness, he reworked the best way we predict approximately art.

Miles Unger narrates the lifetime of this tormented genius via six of his maximum masterpieces. every one paintings accelerated the expressive diversity of the medium, from the Pietà carved by way of a brash younger guy of twenty-four, to the apocalyptic Last Judgment, the paintings of an previous guy weighed down via the unbelievable anguish he had witnessed. within the gargantuan David he depicts guy within the glory of his adolescence, whereas within the tombs he carved for his Medici overlords he deals probably history’s so much sustained meditation on demise and the afterlife of the soul. within the mammoth expanse of the Sistine Chapel ceiling he tells the epic tale of construction. in the course of the ultimate many years of his existence, his palms too unsteady to wield the comb and chisel, he exercised his brain through elevating the hovering vaults and dome of St. Peter’s in a last tribute to his God.

“A deeply human tribute to at least one of the main complete and interesting figures inthe background of Western tradition” (The Boston Globe), Michelangelo brings to lifestyles the irascible, egotistical, and undeniably fantastic guy whose artistry keeps to amaze and encourage us after years.

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Andy Warhol and the Can that Sold the World

By Gary Indiana

In the summer season of 1962, Andy Warhol unveiled 32 Soup Cans in his first solo exhibition on the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles—and despatched the artwork global reeling. The responses ran from incredulity to outrage; the poet Taylor Mead defined the exhibition as “a amazing slap within the face to America.” The exhibition placed Warhol at the map—and remodeled American tradition ceaselessly. nearly single-handedly, Warhol collapsed the centuries-old contrast among “high” and “low” tradition, and created a brand new and notably glossy aesthetic.

In Andy Warhol and the Can that bought the World, the dazzlingly flexible critic Gary Indiana tells the tale of the genesis and impression of this iconic murals. With power, wit, and super perspicacity, Indiana recovers the excitement and controversy of the Pop paintings Revolution and the bright, tormented, and profoundly narcissistic determine at its vanguard.

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Forbidden Asia

By Hans-Jürgen Döpp

Since The Turkish Baths (1863) by way of the French painter Ingres, the a long way jap girl has, to many, been an emblem of out of achieve or forbidden pleasures. Seafaring explorers, army adventurers and straightforward travelers from Europe over the centuries have all been enthralled via the unique nature of the Asian girl, her foreignness accentuated via the light pallor of her epidermis. hence arose the parable that she, of all ladies, was once in ownership of the information of definite subtle pleasures.

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Dictionary of Furniture: Second Edition

In a entire directory of entries from "Aalto, Hugo Alvar Henrik" to "Zui Weng Yi," Boyce illuminates readers approximately furnishings kinds, development info, terminology, furnishings designers, and layout pursuits all through background and in the course of the global. kinds lined contain European-inspired classical, baroque, pop, rococo, and modernist. This huge advisor can be invaluable for furnishings lovers, historians, and people drawn to decorating their homes.

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Darger's Resources

By Michael Moon

Henry Darger (1892–1973) used to be a clinic janitor and an immensely efficient artist and author. within the first many years of maturity, he wrote a 15,145-page fictional epic, In the geographical regions of the Unreal. He spent a lot of the remainder of his lengthy lifestyles illustrating it in miraculous drawings and watercolors. In Darger's unfolding saga, pastoral utopias are time and again savaged by means of severe violence directed at young children, fairly ladies. Given his annoying subject material and the extraordinary solitude he maintained all through his existence, critics have characterised Darger as eccentric, deranged, or even risky, as an interloper artist forced to create a fable universe. Contesting such pathologizing interpretations, Michael Moon appears to Darger's assets, to the narratives and fabrics that encouraged him and sometimes came upon their means into his writing, drawings, and work. Moon reveals an artist who reveled within the burgeoning pop culture of the early 20th century, in its newspaper comedian strips, pulp fiction, illustrated kid's books, and industrially produced spiritual artwork. Moon contends that Darger's paintings merits and rewards comparability with that of contemporaries of his, akin to the "pulp historians" H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Howard, the oz. chronicler L. Frank Baum, and the newspaper cartoonist Bud Fisher.

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La Photographie érotique

By Klaus H. Carl

L'ouvrage prend le contre-pied des magazines comme Play Boy qui ont contribué à développer des photographs du corps féminin formatées et liées à los angeles consommation de masse. Il est ici query de photographies coquines, de femmes dénudées et offertes au regard. L'auteur, Alexandre Dupouy, résume l. a. state of affairs de los angeles photographie érotique à ses débuts et fait émerger une véritable « École française de los angeles photographie érotique ». Cet ouvrage est un lengthy voyage à travers un siècle de photographies de collectionneurs. Chacune de ces photographs d'une grande qualité artistique est marquée par l. a. pudeur et l. a. tendresse du cliché.

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A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

By Melinda K. Hartwig

A spouse to old Egyptian Art offers a complete choice of unique essays exploring key strategies, severe discourses, and theories that form the self-discipline of old Egyptian art.

• Winner of the 2016 PROSE Award for unmarried quantity Reference within the Humanities & Social Sciences
• Features contributions from best students of their respective fields of craftsmanship on the subject of historical Egyptian art
• Provides overviews of previous and current scholarship and indicates new avenues to stimulate debate and make allowance for severe readings of person artwork works
• Explores topics and themes corresponding to methodological techniques, transmission of Egyptian artwork and its connections with different cultures, historical reception, expertise and interpretation,
• Provides a accomplished synthesis on a self-discipline that has diverse to the level that it now contains matters starting from gender conception to ‘X-ray fluorescence’ and ‘image-based interpretations systems’

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Art in Minutes

This concise but entire consultant to the historical past of artwork is the suitable guide for all would-be artwork buffs. artwork historian Susie Hodge takes you on a whistle-stop overseas journey of all of the significant philosophies, routine, stages, advancements, artists, and subject matters, from prehistoric paintings to Hyperrealism. different thoughts lined contain Greek classicism, Gothic paintings, the Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Cubism, surrealism, Pop artwork, and Minimalism.

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