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    1. Living with Art with Core Concepts
    $94.40 $66.38
    2. Arts and Culture, Combined Volume
    $16.06 $7.73 list($22.95)
    3. The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash
    $37.20 $31.85 list($40.00)
    4. Principles of Color Design
    $25.19 $25.04 list($39.99)
    5. Pantone Guide to Communicating
    $16.49 $16.48 list($24.99)
    6. 2005 Artist's & Graphic Designer's
    7. The Devonshire Collection of Italian
    $40.00 $35.00
    8. The Elements of Color
    $14.95 $14.57 list($21.99)
    9. Artists Journals and Sketchbooks:
    $55.00 $18.99
    10. Verdura : The Life and Work of
    $31.47 $29.57 list($49.95)
    11. Marker Magic : The Rendering Problem
    $29.70 $26.61 list($45.00)
    12. Interior Design Visual Presentation:
    13. The Dictionary of Art
    14. History of Modern Art : Painting,
    $31.50 $31.21 list($50.00)
    15. Art and the Power of Placement
    $23.10 $23.07 list($35.00)
    16. How to Read a Painting : Lessons
    $9.71 $8.67 list($12.95)
    17. Art & Fear
    $31.47 $29.55 list($49.95)
    18. Color Drawing: Design Drawing
    $10.77 list($17.95)
    19. Color by Betty Edwards: A Course
    $13.97 $12.62 list($19.95)
    20. The Art Spirit: Notes, Articles,

    1. Living with Art with Core Concepts CD-ROM v2.5 w/ Timeline
    by MarkGetlein, Mark Getlein
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    Asin: 007298936X
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-30)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
    Sales Rank: 21317
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Throughout the previous six editions, this text has earned a reputation for elegance and the highest standards of quality. Living with Art helps students develop an appreciation of art by offering a clear and comprehensive introduction to the visual arts from several perspectives: themes and purposes of art; the vocabulary of art; individual art media (painting, drawing, camera arts, sculpture, architecture, etc.); and the history of art. The book is rich with illustrations drawn from a wide range of artistic cultures and time periods. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Language and art beautifully intermingled
    This book is wonderfully written.Through its mastery of language and composition, as well as the fascinating illustrations and photographs, it has piqued my interest in art.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Living with Art not being true to Rita Gilbert
    When I was in school taking Art History, there were no women artists to mentor me - none!I am so grateful there are some now however as I now teach Art History.

    I have to tell you about my disappointment with this 7th edition.I'm not able to feel comfortable teaching both male and female students from this book anymore.You have been gradually making your "mark" by subtle and not so subtle changes of the last few editions but this one is particularly objectionable.

    1)Why is Marie-Denise Villers (my slide says) (Constance Charpentier) on the cover?There is no relation to the text, there is no discussion of the image.Is it because she is "attractive"?
    2)What is happening to the former women artist images?Are you "cleaning up" possibly more "direct" imagery by women artists?Do they make you or other male instructors uncomfortable discussing? (Artemisia, Judith Leyster, Morisat)
    3)What is going on with the female nude?I am very uncomfortable with your replacement of the very influential La Grande Odolisques by Ingres with the Jupiter and Thetis image.I can discuss the dominance of the female object as significant subject but what is that other awful image?That to me is offensive.
    4)Where has Rosa Boneur gone?Wasn't she famous enough for you? Put her back.

    Here we have obviously run right up against the crux of the problem of a male art historian versus a female art historian.We do not perceive art history through the same lens.You do not see the huge significance that women do of the position of women historically in these cultures and the resulting use of women in art imagery.I do not want these issues swept under the art historical rug again!

    By the way, how do you know about Monet's models' loose morals. Please read "Alias Olympia" by Eunice Lipton.She was a woman artist herself.Life drawing models do not have "loose morals"!Remember, you are teaching attitudes here.Your text implies that it is still there.Is it?Why? ... Read more

    2. Arts and Culture, Combined Volume (2nd Edition)
    by Janetta Rebold Benton, Robert DiYanni
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    Asin: 0131899155
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-19)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 106992
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    Offering an exploration of Western and World civilization's cultural heritage, this book is richly illustrated, beautifully designed and engaging. Readers move chronologically through major periods and styles—from prehistoric culture to 20th Century America—to gain insight into the achievements and ideas in painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, philosophy, religion, and music. For arts and cultural coordinators, professionals and enthusiasts. ... Read more

    3. The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern
    by Carol Strickland, John Boswell
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    Asin: 0836280059
    Catlog: Book (1992-06-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 11860
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent from middle school to college
    This book is wonderful for several reasons:

    1) clear and concise; 2) inclusive of the audience; 3) makes art very approachable; 4) places art within its historical context and development; 5) quick reference;

    I was exposed to this book after taking various humanities courses and found this book great. It does a much better job of making art accessable than books like Gardner and Janson. I was impressed that the book covered a variety of bases without leaving too much out.

    The tone of the work was inclusive and allowed anyone with an interest in understanding methods, techniques, personalities and history of art to do well towards approaching that goal. It does not approach art for the few with a rarefied tone nor does it talk down to the reader.

    The layout of the pages are done well and have a decent flow of text and image. It does not, thank god, go into list memorization which is the downfall of some compact versions of some topics.

    Highly recommended for those who play academic tournaments at the high school and college levels. The topics covered and interesting personal history found in this book will be found at all levels of play. The pricing of the paperback version will allow people to compete very well indeed.

    For home schoolers/educators this book is a good survey introduction and is portable enough for museum trips.

    Very few books do so well with so much material to compress. Very impressive. The only thing I could wish further is a music history version of this work.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Useful
    I've found this book to be helpful as a teaching tool. I teach from Gardner's, but this book helps me to focus my lectures, since I can't cover absoultely everything in class.

    My only gripe is that on the book flaps Strickland unnecessarily pans introductory art textbooks in order to bolster her own book, saying "The Annotated Mona Lisa isn't bogged down with convoluted theories or author's pet peeves," or jargon. Being someone who has read Janson, Gardner's and Stockstad, I can honestly say that these books are quite approachable and traditional, and can not be sweepingly characterized in that way. My feeling is that these statements may be a manifestation of her own feeling of alienation from the academic community; her work appears in some venues -- the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Arts and Antiques -- that aren't exactly on friendly terms with the academic world of art history. Fortunately, however, the actual text of Strickland's book does not resort to backhanded and reactionary gripes about other authors' approaches to art history.

    Strickland and authors of college-level introductory textbooks have different goals and intentions. Textbooks offer a kind of engagement with the material that is essential to any comprehensive study of art history. The author does a good job of touching on key issues, but the book could not possibly serve as a replacement of introductory texts such as Gardner's, Janson, or Stockstad.

    For the person with a only a casual interest in art history this book would be a very nice thing to have on hand. It would also serve well as a study aid for a student who is taking an in-depth art history course.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Too much fun
    Sadly, I have to thank this book for sparking my interest in art history. Now that I know more about the subject, of course, I can see how simple and inadequate "The Annotated Mona Lisa" really is, but for anyone who is grossly unfamiliar with art, as I once was, this is a fine place to start. The book's coverage of pre-Renaissance art and non-Western art is limited, but the sections on 19th- and 20th-century art are fairly thorough, and certainly entertaining--you've gotta love those gossipy stories the author throws with her descriptions of every artist.

    I heard somewhere that someone read this book and then scored a 5 on the Art History AP exam without doing any other work, but having just taken the test I very much doubt this is true. Art History students might benefit from reading the chapter on modern art, since the AP doesn't require much knowledge about 20th century art movements beyond their general characteristics, which "The Annotated Mona Lisa" provides. The rest of the book, however, is guilty of dangerous oversimplification, and probably wouldn't be useful to serious students, though it is still way too much fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great source
    I use the Annotated Mona Lisa in my 8th grade Art History class. Throughout my years of using it I have seen this as my most reliable source of information. Each period or movement is well introduced and there is a lot of information on each major artist. It is filled with many colorful quotes, all coming from people of the time period. Overall I consider this a great source and I recomend it to any aspiring art historians. im 14

    4-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful introduction
    The Annotated Mona Lisa is a fabulous introduction to the history of western art from pre-history to the Post-Modern era. Artists, movements, vocabulary, and specific works of art are all discussed in enough detail to give the reader a very good foundation. The only thing lacking is that it is oriented exclusively towards Western art. Boswell has done a marvelous job on the art of the West, its a pity attention was not given to the art of Asia, the Americas or Africa - especially considering the influence these regions have had on western art through the ages. Nonetheless, a recommended resource. ... Read more

    4. Principles of Color Design
    by WuciusWong
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    Asin: 0471287083
    Catlog: Book (1996-09-12)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 149760
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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    A complete revision of what is considered the classic introduction to color for all graphic designers and artists. This book provides a solid foundation for the development of personal color sense, and a practical examination of the myriad effects that can be achieved with color. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars principals of color design
    good condition and very fast service

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for newbies
    I haven't got any formal art background and have found this book to be extremely useful. However, it may or may not get much higher - I can't tell since I'm a newbie, but I keep in mind my experience with some other books on other subjects: while I was a beginner I found them great; now I think they're just fine for beginners.

    2-0 out of 5 stars OUTdated
    This is not the best book out there. The first section of the 5 section book goes into form and shape theory, which although useful in design, is just filler to give the book more pages. The color theory sections are fairly basic. I think there are better books out there, especially for the price.

    3-0 out of 5 stars the truth about this book
    It explains very well the color principle and some design techniques. It is a good book for beginning graphic artists with no formal art background (those who never studied art/GD in school). There are 5 parts to this book. Part one establishes desing principles, part 2 examines common color principles related to the use of color pigments, part 3 helps the beginner develop systematic color thinking with the aid of excercises, part 4 introduces priciples and techniques for generating colors on the computer and part 5 presents color sets and guides for attaining color harmony.

    Note, however, that this book is a bit outdated. It showed when trying to explain certain design techniques using old version Photoshop tool bar.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
    I actually perchased this book two years ago in college for an art class and have used it in almost every assignment and project I have completed there after. ... Read more

    5. Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color
    by Leatrice Eiseman
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    Asin: 0966638328
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
    Publisher: North Light Books
    Sales Rank: 5357
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
    I teach digital media and design to grade eleven and twelve students. This is the only book on Color that my students responded to with enthusiasm. The book covers color theory very basically. However, it does an excellent job of covering the more important topics of the meaning and psychology of colors and color combinations. The author uses good examples for each section and the book can be used as a learning tool or a resource you can use again and again. My students found the many pantone color combination swatches very useful in helping setup the color schemes for their designs. My students and I recommend this book highly, You might say this review is 5 stars taken 80 times.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Could have been a lot better
    The work by the now defunct arm of Cheskin research, the Color Research Insititute is much more insightful than anything in this book. Unofrtunatley the scientific research undertaken by this insititute is not available to the General Public and is only available through Cheskin.

    The color schemes and patterns shown in this book may have been all the rage a few years ago but they definitly do not age very well and are way too bright and gaudy.

    The author unfortunatley does not give examples of color schemes that work well and have stood the test of time such as Coca Colas color scheme and IBM's "Big Blue" which is a type of blue which has a very powerful effect on the subconscous mind of the viewer and this color alone was shown to actually increase the sales of IBM products once it was widely implemented in their adevertising campaign.

    This book comes across as a marketing tool for the author pitched at large corporate clients, its deliberate attempt not to give any worthwhile information to readers of this book seems to validate this.

    Giving this book 2 stars is being generous considering the price. If you know absolutley nothing at all about color then perhaps you will find this book helpful. If you are an interior decorater dont use any of the color scemes this book recommends unless you wish to send your clients to a mental asylum. If you are a markeing manager dont waste your money on this book

    5-0 out of 5 stars Color Thesaurus for the Chromatically Challenged!
    As well as for graphic artists.

    I am an author as well as entrepreneur and have long researched color combinations for presenting information and creating a recognizable corporate identity.

    If you're one of those people who "know what you're looking for" but can't articulate it, this comprehensive guide has every major color combination you could possibly want, conveniently grouped by the "unique color proposition" (like USP, unique selling proposition), you're trying to convey. (If you already have a color scheme selected, you should check it out here to see whether it unwittingly conveys connotations you don't want associated with your company.)

    If you're a graphic designer (I'm not), you can plunk this book down in front of a client with some suggestions and save both of you a lot of aggravation and miscommunication.

    I've researched just about every "color guide" out there and have found this one by far the most helpful. It's simple and easy to use, practical without a lot of the questionable theorizing other authors on color seem to need to include.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very practical
    This is quite a practical book on how to express, how to talk with colours. You don't find cultural or history thoughts on it.
    Nothing about Van Gogh, nothing about Mondrian.
    But you can find ways to efective use colours in marketing or web interfaces, for instance.
    It's more a book to look at than a book to read. It's pretty well illustrated, mainly with ads.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent to use to help customers choose their color scheme
    This book is packed with great color combinations catorgorized into color schemes by the emotional moods they generate. When I am working with clients in web design, I use this book to help them focus on the tone of their website or product. First, they choose from the many categories such as Classic, Strong, Energetic, Calm, etc., and from there they choose one or two of the perfectly matched color combinations for their basic website colors. It's a great visual tool!
    Also included are some basics on color theory, setting moods with color, and some useful advice in choosing appropriate colors for different projects.
    Well written, easy to read, and to the point, this book has become a favorite on my desk! ... Read more

    6. 2005 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market (Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market)
    by Mary Cox, Lauren Mosko
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    Asin: 1582972788
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-18)
    Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    Sales Rank: 4223
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    7. The Devonshire Collection of Italian Drawing: Roman and Neapolitan/Venetian and North Italian Schools/Tuscan and Umbrian Schools/Bolognese and Emili (Devonshire Collection)
    by Michael Jaffe
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    Asin: 0714829374
    Catlog: Book (1994-12-01)
    Publisher: Phaidon Press Inc.
    Sales Rank: 443311
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    8. The Elements of Color
    by JohannesItten
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    Asin: 0471289299
    Catlog: Book (1970-01-31)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 18872
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A useful simplification and condensation of Johannes ltten's major work. The Art of Color, this book covers subjective feeling and objective color principles in detail. It presents the key to understanding color in ltten's color circle and color contrasts. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for the Serious Colorist
    I have been a professor for 15 years. "The Elements of Color" has been required reading for many of my courses. It is not only enriching as a color theory document, but it helps expand the artist or designers possibility of using, arranging and conceiving color.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The book that tought me color.
    Itten's analysis and application of color is thoughtful and scientific. As a practicing art director, I have successfully used the theories and methods explained in "Elements of Color" for over twenty years. I also teach them to my design classes. Whether you use a paintbrush or a mouse, his "seven color contrasts" will prove invaluable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars colour miracle
    I took an art course to learn about colour and learnt nothing. Then I read this book...It answered all my questions and informed me about areas of colour theory I had never dreampt of. Now I paint with knowledge and confidence.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE MOST FLUENT AUTHOR OF COLOR
    the compact version of "the art of color''. itten is like my 2nd grade teacher that answers the "why is it so" in my color brain like liquid sunshine ! he does'nt even show his paintings w/c makes him more SINCERE w/ his message.

    5-0 out of 5 stars johannes said it all ! PERIOD.

    9. Artists Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages
    by Lynne Perrella
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    Asin: 1592530192
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
    Publisher: Quarry Books
    Sales Rank: 1539
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Creative souls want and need a special place for recording and decoding their interior world a place to download all their creative ideas, a place to remember the events of the day, or a place to doodle, to draw, and to dream. This book is an engaging and intimate glimpse into the personal pages of a wide variety of select artists and journal keepers whose works not only provide visual delight and inspiration but evidence the intensity and devotion that such personal journals invite. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have !
    This is a great book, very inspiring!! I have several books on the subject and this is fast becoming my favorite. It's so full of color and fabulous art work from several favorite artists of this genre. If you love color and whimsy in your artwork, you will be very pleased and inspired by this book. A must have for your collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, you do need this book
    I don't care how many books you have on altered books, artists' journals, etc., this is a book you'll come back to over and over again. It presents material in an orderly fashion, though never in a predictable one. Not only is each technique or idea explained, but there are examples of each. The only people who might not benefit from this book are the ones who need a literal cookbook of instructions: "Take item A, place three inches from top of item B, on the left." Highly recommended both as inspiration and an easy-to-use reference work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Art Play
    I have been familiar with Lynne's art for years and have never tired of it. She has an ability to keep it fresh by constantly pushing herself to try new things. This book is a fine examole of that. I was so pleased that this was NOT "how to: book but more of an inspiring and motivating book. The book sings with color and what a treat after a sepia over dose in some of the paper craft magazines of late. I have had the wonderful experience of taking a class from Lynne and this book was able to accomplish the same feeling of renewal and excitement that her class did for me. I tell my students in my journaling and collage classes that what I like about teaching is that I get to see the world through many sets of eyes and this book provides this experience with the fine artists' work included! You need this book!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Who says money can't buy happiness?
    Money can definitely buy happiness. I used some to buy this book, and am I ever happy that I did. I've been carrying it around with me for a week and I haven't finished reading it all yet. There's so much to see, and such interesting artists to meet within its covers. It would have been great if Lynne Perella had just shown us her own work, but nooooo, instead she has generously incorporated work of many other artists, which gives this book a lot of richness and depth. It's very inspiring to see how simple art materials like acrylic paint and colored pencils can be used in such a fresh way--techniques anyone can learn are presented in an unpretentious, non-intimidating format. Would-be artists are going to be motivated to get out their stuff and start splashing paint around!

    If you are at all interested in loosening up your own artwork, or just wondering what's up with all the current buzz about journals and book arts, I highly recommend you grab this book as soon as possible, because a couple of similar titles have sold out almost as soon as their first printing was released, and this one might too--it's that good! Buy this book--you won't be sorry!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exploring and Creating
    Here is a book that is both literate and illustrative. Lynne Perrella masterfully writes and provides visual images of how artists journals become. The writer puts you at ease as she explores her own journal development and the work of others. She lends credence and creates excitement about a carved stamp by featured artist Anne Bagby and the advantages of using a repeat image to underscore its potential. Ms. Perrella is an extremely respected visual artist. I find her equally able as a writer. My single disappointment was not having enough, something I rarely voice in books of this genre. I'd like to see more! ... Read more

    10. Verdura : The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler
    by Patricia Corbett
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    Asin: 0810935295
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
    Sales Rank: 38445
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    A master of metamorphosis, Sicilian duke-turned-jewelry-designer Fulco di Verdura (1898-1978) studded seashells with precious gems, transformed sailor's knots into pearl-encrusted necklaces, and wrapped blazing ruby hearts with braided gold rope. Since the mid-20th century, his ultrasophisticated neo-Baroque pieces have been the status symbols of a near-secret society of European blue bloods, Hollywood royalty, and Park Avenue patricians. Verdura's by-appointment-only patrons included Wallis Simpson, Marlene Dietrich, and Diana Vreeland, who considered his Maltese Cross cuffs an essential part of her daily uniform.

    In this lavish book, featuring fresh color photographs as well as vintage images, Patricia Corbett presents a deft evaluation of Verdura's work and a glimpse inside his impossibly glamorous world. ... Read more

    11. Marker Magic : The Rendering Problem Solver for Designers
    by Richard M.McGarry, GregMadsen
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    Asin: 0471284343
    Catlog: Book (1992-12-01)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 12283
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this book!
    This book got me through architectural school. Hand renderings were never my strong point until I got this book. My rendering skills went up considerably (along with my confidence and grades) and I still reference this book today in my professional career. The book gives great examples and the tips from the professionals are very informative. This is definately one of the best books on how to make profession looking presentations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Questions Answered Here
    The question and answer format of this book is useful and allows a different kind of organization to its contents. It also incorporates the work of a broad cross-section of designers. This allows the editors to expose you to many of the best in different fields in which markers are used to increase the effectiveness of visual communication. While certainly useful for the beginner, it will also stimulate the more experienced designer. ... Read more

    12. Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models & Presentation Techniques, Second Edition
    by MaureenMitton, Maureen Mitton
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    Asin: 0471225525
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-10)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 15174
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The new, updated edition of the successful book on interior design
    Interior Design Visual Presentation, Second Edition is fully revised to include the latest material on CAD, digital portfolios, resume preparation, and Web page design. It remains the only comprehensive guide to address the visual design and presentation needs of the interior designer, with coverage of design graphics, models, and presentation techniques in one complete volume.
    Approaches to the planning, layout, and design of interior spaces are presented through highly visual, step-by-step instructions, supplemented with more than forty pages of full-color illustrations, exercises at the end of each chapter, and dozens of new projects. With the serious designer in mind, it includes a diverse range of sample work, from student designers as well as well-known design firms such as Ellerbee and Beckett Architects and MS Architects.
    Maureen Mitton is Assistant Professor in the department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    This book has a bit of everything I was looking for. techniques, lots of color renderings to review, shadowing techniques, etc. I am currently an interior design student and am using the book to help me with my color rendering and presentation techniques. In fact, my instructor reviewed the book and has requested the book be the textbook for the presentations class in our department next semester. This is the best book I've located so far.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!
    This book is great for everything visual! It is also the only book I've come across with detailed information about presentation boards. This is excellent for IND students!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for ID students
    I just received this book and I wished I had had it for my first in-class presentation. I gives the reader "fresh" ideas and helpful information on organizing your boards. I would recommend this book to any Interior Design student.

    4-0 out of 5 stars using it in 3D studio class
    just the book for beginning intr design students to use thru out their schooling. it covers everything they need to do all the presentations for thier courses. from drawing to models and most useful those sample boards. it tells you what tools to buy (with photos to help) and as basic as how to cut foam core. it has color step by step examples for color rendering. all in the same book is such a good value to the students

    5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC ! Illustrations, Instructions, Explanations, Color
    This book has all the needs and requirements on visual presentations and how to resolve fears,concerns, doubts and so on. It's the first book I have seen that covers many if not all aspects of Interior Design. It's a great book and I have been recommending it to all my fellow students. This book is informative, educational, and a good book to have in your reference library. I have been looking and looking for a book like this one for many years. Someone has finally gone and done it properly. You will not regreat buying this book. ... Read more

    13. The Dictionary of Art
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    Catlog: Book (1996-01)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
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    If you have a passion for art, room for 34 fat volumes on the subject, and $9,000 to spend, then Grove's Dictionary of Art is for you. This enormous compendium contains just about everything anyone would ever want to know about art, artists, art critics, art collectors, or anything else connected to the world of art. What's more, this dictionary strives to be global in its point of view--almost half the content covers non-Western subjects, and contributors hail from 120 countries. With so many different sources and such a vast array of subjects represented, it's not surprising that the writing varies from the merely competent to the sublime. Obviously, a 32,600-page dictionary that costs more than a three-week European vacation for two is not for everybody, but it sure would look great on the shelf next to Grove's 20-volume Dictionary of Music and Musicians; you might keep it in mind the next time you're shopping for the art lover who has everything (that is, if you buy it on layaway). ... Read more

    14. History of Modern Art : Painting, Sculpture, Architecture & Photography
    by H. H. Arnason, Maria F. Prather, Marla F. Prather, H. Horvard Arnason
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    Asin: 0810934396
    Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
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    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    History of Modern Art has long been recognized as the authoritative, encyclopedic history of painting, photography, sculpture, and architecture from the mid-19th century, when modern art emerged, to the present day. Revising author Marla F. Prather's contributions to the new Fourth Edition include:

    More biographical information about each artist.

    An entirely new chapter on Cubism.

    A lively sense of social and historical context.

    Coverageof work in nontraditional mediums, such as video, installation, and performance art.

    More than 30% new illustrations and text and nearly twice the number of color illustrations as in previous editions.

    A culturallydiverse selection of artists and a much broader selection of works by women.

    Chronological reorganization ofthe text, an updated bibliography, and a complete index.

    Marla F. Prather is curator of 20th-century art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

    The late H. H. Arnason was a noted art historian and museum administrator. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on its subject..
    "History of Modern Art" is, in my opinion, the very best general overview of modern art (i.e., the last 125-150 years or so) published to this date.

    Although it is intended to be a textbook, the format and writing make the tome sufficient as a great general reference and a very good read. The illustrations are excellent, although I wish there were more color reproductions.

    Anyone who enjoys fine art should have this book in their personal library.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Get yourself a BIG dictionary.
    I just completed a 20th century art course here in Southern California with this book as the chosen textbook. I would consider it at the medium to advanced level. It was much cheaper on Amazon than the college bookstore or the museum store! Like the title of this review suggests, the authors were pre-occupied with their knowlege of uncommon words in the English Language. I would never encourage the "Dumbing down of America" but the word usage in this book is to the point of distraction. The new Oxford Essential Business and Office Dictionary makes it a point in it's forward to point out that usage like this is superfluous. Er, I mean needless. The reproduction is outstanding and the physical structure is very good. I have every intention of making this book part of my permanent collection. And yes, agreeing with the other reviewers above, it is heavy. But hey, with a few extra sit-ups and one or two extra laps and you'll be just fine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How to read modern art
    Since first published in 1968, this book has widely used as textbook. As a text, artwork could be explained in various ways. Gombrich¡¯s ¡®Story of Art¡¯, for example, focuses on the interaction between the visual art and its time. Since the book deals with the entire time span of Western visual art, that kind of approach would be better suited to inform readers what and how was the artwork in those times. So distant from our time is it that it¡¯s hard to understand the meaning of the work without referring historical context of the work. All the text presume its reader (or audience). And reader or audience reads the text according to the established convention of the time. The conventions to read the work were so different from ours. But when it comes to the contemporary art, things are more complicated. Robert Hughes¡¯ ¡®The Shock of the New¡¯ follows the line of the contextual explanation. Hughes paints not detailed picture of modernism but overall characterization from bird¡¯s eye view. Thus he didn¡¯t touch all the works canonized. It¡¯s more adequate to make a consistent impression of modernism. However, this book was intended to inform the reader the encyclopedic knowledge on Western visual art from the 19th century to postmodernism. Moreover, the coverage of the book is not restricted to the painting but includes sculpture, architecture, and photography. With that kind of coverage and time span dealt with, one can¡¯t benefit from time¡¯s filtering out like Gombrich¡¯s. to be a coherent text as a history, the author cannot but take the view that ¡®artwork tells itself¡¯. The accounts of this book is focused on teaching the reader how to listen to the voice of artwork. With in-depth analysis of distinguished works one by one, you could learn how to listen. But you can ask: to get such an eye, should I swim through heap of paper (yep it¡¯s bulky) and thousands of pictures? As for art, you can take pleasure with art as much as you know classics. Therefore, the encyclopedic approach of this book is reasonable. And that, it¡¯s not boring at all to follow through explaining artworks one by one. Like other arts, visual art has its convention to interpret text which varies from age to age. One should learn how to read it. This book is a good guidebook to practice and learn how to read artwork. With closing the last page, you could overview the history of visual art since the 19th century and enjoy viewing artwork. And that, you could boast your good taste to your friends ;)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very informative, but ponderous tome
    I like the previous review that said this was a metric ton of a book. Yes, it is -- I carried it around for a semester when I was taking a 20th century art class. Lots of color plates and tons of black and white illustrations, and it is printed on very high quality paper (which is why it's so heavy.) It provides a good, reasonably readable survey of what was going on in art from just before the modernist movement up to almost the present day. If you want to acquaint yourself with a broad survey of modern art including all the media, this would be a good one to consider.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Necessary Tool
    I encountered this text in my recent 20th Cent. Art course and found it extremely helpful. It's wonderfully readable and provides the student with lots of color illustrations to make late-night study sessions more bearable. Its mass is threatening, but in relation to its subject matter it successfully encompasses the most important aspects of modern art, and its various components. ... Read more

    15. Art and the Power of Placement
    by VictoriaNewhouse
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    Catlog: Book (2005-05-19)
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    16. How to Read a Painting : Lessons from the Old Masters
    by Patrick De Rynck
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    Catlog: Book (2004-12-07)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
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    Clues to the meaning of many of the masterpieces of art history lie in a rich system of symbols, themes, and motifs that often eludes modern museum-goers. The intimate knowledge of Christian theology, Greek and Roman mythology, and folklore that was so vivid in the minds of viewers during the Renaissance is rarely part of the preparation the contemporary viewer brings to a painting. This insightful, anecdotal, portable book-with 1,000 gorgeous color illustrations-helps to fill in those gaps by decoding the imagery of more than 150 of the most influential and admired artworks of all time.

    Covering the works of the Italian, Netherlandish, German, and Spanish Old Masters, from 1450 to 1750-paintings by artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, El Greco, Bruegel, Holbein, Rubens, and Vermeer, all held in public collections-How to Read a Painting not only helps the viewer to understand the significant details of a picture but also explains the relationship with similar imagery in other works. The guide to Old Master paintings that every art lover has always wanted, this indispensable museum companion will open the reader to a whole new experience of Western art's most praised and visited paintings. AUTHOR BIO: Patrick De Rynck is a classicist, a translator, and a writer for museums, publishers, newspapers, and radio. He is the author of ten books, including an ABC of Classical literature and a retelling of Greek myths.
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    17. Art & Fear
    by David Bayles, Ted Orland
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    Asin: 0961454733
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
    Publisher: City Lights Books
    Sales Rank: 4865
    Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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    An artist's survival guide, written by and for working artists. The authors explore the way art gets made, the reasons it doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars There's still the work to be done...
    I agree that this is a very clearly, respectfully, and unpretentiously written book that can serve as a companion to any artist. Making art can otherwise be a lonely,daunting undertaking. My concern for readers of this book, as with readers of The Artist's Way, is that it can be a pacifier. If it gets you to your work sooner and with greater courage and confidence, all the better. But if it substitutes for the process itself--makes you feel better but does not get you "working"--then it's something to pick up but let go of. There's a growing genre of books like this out there, some (such as this one) better than others. The sage advice gets recycled, as do the homilies from famous people. And again, that's fine, as long as they get us to a place where we are working with more energy and joy, but perhaps not so fine if the internal process becomes more interesting than the art-making. Did you paint today? No. But I reread passages of Art & Fear...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learning by Doing!
    Art & Fear is an easy book to rave about, but it is a particularly difficult book to write about. The authors have chosen their words so well, that it seems as if there ARE no other words with which to talk about this subject or this book. I'll try anyway, fully knowing that whatever I might say surely will not please me as much as what I have read in their pages. And this is part of the message of Art & Fear, one of the lessons to be learned - just do it and learn from it.

    Art & Fear is an unpretentious little paperback, written by two lifelong friends who have been artists, as well as other things, for most of their lives. Both of them have their feet firmly rooted in the real world that we all live in (however high their ideas and ideals might fly), and both of them have keen insights into what enables individuals to produce good art and to continue to produce good art, and what stumbling blocks stop many individuals. These insights are of value to artists in any medium whatsoever, and are in fact likely to be of significant value to many individuals who don't think of themselves as artists at all. One doesn't need to be an artist to be struggling with goals that seem beyond your reach and a lack of appreciation from others; it's just a little more pervasive in the artmaking world.

    Reading this book is like sitting down with the authors for a long and lively conversation. You'll learn something of them, and something of yourself, and good things are sure to come from it. I've actually found it too good to keep to myself - I'm on my 6th copy now, as I keep giving them away to friends!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Wise
    Art and Fear is the best and most inspiring book I have read for the artist. It is affirming and realistic and hopeful. I am so grateful to have discovered it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!
    I'm a screenplay writer.
    Movie director Robert Rodriguez recommended this book in his commentary on DVD. So I bought it.
    But it was not as good as I expected.
    If you're confident about you and eager to create something, you don't need this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I have mixed feelings about this book
    First of all let me say that I am glad I read this book, I just don't know if I would do it all over again. I got a few things out of this book. There were some cool quotes from artists and some old proverbs that really hit home with me. Probably the most profound quote in the book for me was "if you chase two rabbits, you catch neither". I'm really glad I heard that one. It's also nice to have someone remind you that art isn't supposed to be perfect, art is supposed to be human and we humans are not perfect.

    I'm also glad that I read some of the interesting discussions of art vs. craft and art vs. science. Their approach to explaining the differences was rather philosophical and not definitive, but it was interesting none the less since probably none of us are able to draw an exact line between those things.

    However, I also have to say that I found this book very annoying and patronizing. It's full of constant reassurances as if they're speaking to someone that's got tears streaming down their cheeks and saying "I'm not sure if I can go on being an artist, boo hoo... I don't know if I have what it takes". The books tone kind of comes off like "there, there, Rome wasn't built in a day... you know what Picasso would say about this... well Mozart always said to keep your chin up!".

    I also found it really annoying how the book is constantly pulling up some kind of story or lesson from a rotating selection of artists from random mediums. You'll be reading along and they'll throw in something like "Mozart used to cry for ten hours before he could even write a note" and "Ansel Adams was constantly on the verge of suicide because he felt insecure about his photography skills". Of course those aren't real quotes from the book, but they are examples of what I find annoying. I know they were writing a book about art in general and they have to throw in things about different art forms occaisionally, but it just seemed really patronizing.

    Like I said I'm glad I've read it, but I probably wouldn't have if I really knew what it was. This book is for people that are very afraid and very insecure. It will give you lots of reassurance and make you feel better about yourself. However, if you are not depressed and on the verge of quitting, then I think you may find this book to be very annoying. ... Read more

    18. Color Drawing: Design Drawing Skills and Techniques for Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers, 2nd Edition
    by Michael E.Doyle
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    Catlog: Book (1999-06-16)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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    Stunningly updated, totally redesigned, practical, and ready to use This new edition of Michael Doyle's classic Color Drawing is the ultimate up-to-date resource for professionals and students who need to develop and communicate design ideas with clear, attractive, impressive color drawings. In an easy to use, step-by-step approach, this comprehensive guide presents a total system of color design drawing that encompasses approaches to sketch communication as well as more finished presentation drawing. Totally redesigned to provide quick, easy access to key information, this Second Edition covers the basics of color phenomena, media, techniques, and approaches to illustrating materials necessary to communicate design ideas. With nearly 400 new color illustrations, it contains a new section on color and design principles for creating more sophisticated presentation drawings and offers innovative ideas for the reproduction and distribution of finished drawings. Color Drawing features:
    * A complete body of illustrated instruction that demonstrates the development of design ideas from initial concept through presentation drawing
    * Finely honed explanations of each technique and process
    * Faster and easier ways to create design drawings
    * Methods for combining hand-drawn and computer-generated drawing techniques
    This remarkably versatile volume is both an illuminating textbook and a completely reliable self-teaching tool, as well as a handy quick reference. It is an excellent guide for students at any level and an unparalleled resource for design professionals.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK !!!
    I bought this book in 1991 (hardcover...) and I remeber reading practicing and admiring the author's talent in both drawing and explaining everything he knows about markers+pencils. I have many renderings that were inspired by his style. Later I moved into pure watercolor but I also remember searching for those Designer2 Markers and Eagle pencils, in the streets of Buenos Aires (where I studied architecture). If you like drawing and rendering and like strong colors: this is one of the best choices out there. (amazing renderings inside)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best I have found on architectural drawing.
    This is the best book I have found on architectural drawing, it is worth it's price. Too bad markers weren't cheaper, you would think they where made by Autodesk!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
    I recently purchased this book for an architecture class and boy has been helpful. There is a wealth of knowledge between these pages. Architectural color rendering is broken down in a step-by-step process that is easy to follow and understand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book of its kind
    Probably no other book has influenced my techniques and choice of media other than this one; a true masterpeice. The examples and their implementation are very useful and easy to do, the book presumes that u have a sizable knowlege in perspective and other techniques of drawing but helps to improve your skills in COLORED presentations taking various examples from drawing shinning objects to full scale projects. The description of materials in the beginning is short though, but is enough for the intermediate user, and the book heavily uses the PRISMACOLOR markers so if u are not used to these and don't intend to use them look for another manual. In short it is a job well done!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Help! I can't get markers!
    This book is absolutely fabulous. The only problem is,
    I don't live in the U.S. and I cannot get professional
    design markers, so I can only use professional colored
    pencils or watercolor. Can someone suggest a book for that? ... Read more

    19. Color by Betty Edwards: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors
    by Betty Edwards
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    Catlog: Book (2004-09-23)
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    20. 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 Generally, and on Appreciation (Icon Editions)
    by Robert Henri, Margery Ryerson (Editor)
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    Asin: 0064301389
    Catlog: Book (1984-04-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A classic of art thought (a very American classic).
    Modern American illustrator Greg Spalunka calls this book the Bible for the artist. It is jam packed with wonderful insights on the "why" of painting and has quite a few great ideas on the "how" as well. The book is perfect for the browser, someone who likes to read a page or two and mull it over for a while and tends ends up next to the toilet. ENJOY!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most important art book I have ever read
    I was given this book 11 years ago whilst studying at art college and despite all the many other influences I have had and the many books I have read, this one book remains the most important. In a world in which we are pulled in every direction through media and advertising etc, Henri reminds me of what it is to be a real artist. Time and again his writings inspire me and send me off to the studio with purpose in my step. Here is one quote to give an idea of the importance of this book; 'The country is full of men who are working in the cold, or worse- too much heat- just to get enough to purchase a day's miserable existance. You are working for your character, and your pay is to last you all your life.' Buy it. It will be one of the best investments you have ever made.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very philosophical book that applies to life in general
    I thought this was a very philosophical book that applies to life in general and not just painting. Lots of his quotes are great. Like this one: "Don't ask someone for a critique until you're unable to give one yourself. Then you will be ready to receive it." The main premise in the book is to have the art spirit. That is, instead of just copying what you see, paint what you feel. I think that is something very few painters do. Have you ever looked at a well executed painting but it just didn't do anything for you? This could be why. Really I think this book is a must read for all artists, even non-painters.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Its good
    It is good, but I can't just sit and read continuously. It's just one of those books you just read once in a while I suppose. But, educational.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Transcends any sort of Categorical Boundary
    This book came recommended to me by my professor of theatre design at NYU. He said, in so many words. "I don't want you to read it cover to cover. Keep it on your toilet and just open to random pages when you get the urge."

    One of the most fantastic qualities of Henri's book (which, by the way, is a series of quips and longer anecdotes recorded in print by Henri's students) is that it's non-linear structure allows you to do precisely that- open it to wherever you want and begin. The genius and omniscience of Henri's words saturate this book to make it not only timeless and relevant, but also convenient.

    Certainly this book is a must for any artist, visual or not, but Henri's wisdom can be applied to anyone who is literate and breathes. To quote:

    "If you want to know how to do a thing you must first have a complete desire to do that thing. Then go to kindred spirits-others who have wanted to do that thing- and study their ways and means, learn from their successes and failures and add your quota. Thus you may acquire from the experience of the race." (55)

    Follow Henri's advice- read the book and add your quota. ... Read more

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