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181. Rodchenko: Photography 1924-1954
182. Jock Sturges
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183. Eames Design
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184. Supernatural : The Work of Ross
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185. Animals in Motion
186. Walker Evans: The Getty Museum
187. Fairfield Porter
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188. Cezanne in the Studio: Still Life
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189. Mary Cassatt
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190. The Art of Rowena
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191. H.R. Giger's Necronomicon
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192. Cotton Puffs, Q-tips(r), Smoke
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193. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell:
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194. Frederic Remington Art Museum
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195. Kingsgate: The Art of Keith Parkinson
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196. The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey
197. Bilitis
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198. M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio
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199. The Art of Bev Doolittle
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200. William Hodges, 1744-1797 : The

181. Rodchenko: Photography 1924-1954
by Alexander Lavrentiev
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Asin: 3895081108
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Konemann
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182. Jock Sturges
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Asin: 3931141306
Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Scalo Verlag Ac
Sales Rank: 137749
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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This is the first comprehensive publication on American photographer Jock Sturges (b.1947) compiled by the artist himself. It is nothing less than an ode to beauty. For more than 20 years, he has been taking photographs of girls growing up, both in his native California and at a nudist resort on the Atlantic coast of France. Nudity in Sturges' work has never been a cheap or tawdry gimmick, rather it is shown as human being's natural state. His photographs are an expression of the trust he has established over the years with the girls and their families. Calmly and almost casually, Sturges observes the aging process of his models. His striking long-term studies chart barely perceptible changes in their appearance, the slow maturing of the female body. Sturges preserves transient states that will never return; graceful forms that time will eventually extinguish. A sweet melancholia pervades Sturges' images as he knows that beauty is not an everlasting state-but a brief moment in time whose essence we should cherish. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive Jock Sturges monograph
This is by far the best collection of Sturges' work in publication. Unlike the previous Aperture monographs, it displays the images as the artist intended. It follows his chronology, and that of the models, so you can see how they developed over time from young women and men; through their teens, to adults raising their own families. Telling their stories as well as painting their portraits.

He portrays them with the familiarity and intimacy of one who is almost family himself; and captures their characters as well as their forms. It is wonderful to watch how the girls and their families grow over time, how they change and develop. One wishes to know more about them as people, to understand the story behind the pictures.

His models, though nude, are more comfortable in that state than most people are clothed. There are no clothes, no outside trappings, to get in the way of the full expression of the person. The people he photographs are relaxed and peaceful.

His work is free of gimmicks, of artificial tension, of blatant eroticism. It is all about beauty and innocence.

He has received numerous accusations of child pornography and exploitation from narrow-minded and perverse individuals. One only needs to look at his work to dispel all notions of such. Only the most twisted and sick-minded person could find his work pornographic. As a Christian, I find it to be a wonderful expression of the beauty of God's greatest creation.

The tones of his images are mostly soft, low-contrast. The beach images reflect in sand and sea the same light gradations and textures visible on the bodies of those he photographs; the models seeming to become a part of their environment, but still standing out from the background. Others are more contrasty, both in tone and setting, complimenting rather than echoing the models.

The printing is exquisite. Having attended two gallery shows of Sturges' work, and seen the prints, I can say that the book, though it can't reproduce the richness of the tones of the silver prints, does admirably in approximating them. The quality of the binding is superb; and the introductory texts are well-worth reading.

A book that i highly recommend for all lovers of find photography.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sheer beauty - a look at life
I am a white, male, Christian, conservative, Republican grandfather that teaches Sex Education to students the same age as some of Mr. Sturges' friends. How wonderful it is that my students can now see what other normal people their own age actually look like, and that their own body is OK!. Usually, they only get to see what Madison Avenue thinks that they should look like. How sad that Jock is persecuted, while everyday we see the use of little bare babes to sell toilet paper, skin lotion or fashionable pants. I love the book. Thank you Jock, and thank you, Amazon, for carrying Jock's work.

5-0 out of 5 stars People cared for beautifully.
Gerry Badger, in a listing of 250 key photographers, refers to Jock Sturges as the leading photographer of the "natural" nude (p. 170, Collecting Photography, Mitchell Beazley). This is fine, as far as it goes, but is too limited an introduction to Mr. Sturges's work. Mr. Sturges's photography is not limited to nudes. Neither can his subject matter be properly described as the nude or the natural nude. Rather, Mr. Sturges cares deeply about people. He is interested in people - in the whole of what a person is - and his work reflects this valuing. Simply turn to page 114 of the first Scalo book - the book I'm reviewing here - or page 31 or 87 or 126 - this is a wonderfully rich book - to find the definition of a great portrait.

I find that I can go back to Mr. Sturges's books again and again with pleasure and for profit. I look at people differently since meeting the books - with greater pleasure and discernment. Having Mr. Sturges's work in my home makes my house feel more like home. Enough said.

Mr. Sturges's monographs include Jock Sturges (Scalo), Jock Sturges: New Work 1996 - 2000 (Scalo), The Last Day of Summer (Aperture), Radiant Identities (Aperture), and Evolution of Grace (Gakken). The Gakken book is printed too darkly (at least the copy I have is) but I'm grateful to the book, nevertheless, for the images it shares. Those wishing to catch a glimpse of Mr. Sturges's Irish work could look for an April 2001 copy of B&W: Black & White Magazine.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photography, very little to complain about.
You'll find some very good photography here, nothing pornographic and mostly well composed. Some of the pictures do seem to me to be oddly posed or taken at too great a distance but basically you've got a great book if you get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Got me to go to Montalivet
As a serious yet amatuer photographer, and one fascinated with portrait photography, I was truly intrigued by the pictures in this book. I find these images mezmorizing. the light in the pictures is sincerely magical, so much so that I had to discover why. So, I packed up my family and went to Montalivet, France, and lived in a naturist campground for two weeks. This is an incredible place, with a mystical feel in the air, and, yes, incredible light. The ocean tide moves out revealing an endless flat, and wet landscape, with mud pools of clay where one can paint one's body (or someone else's) and become part of the "moonscape". Everyday, the sun sets and the same magical light appears, with the same wonderful, unpretentious people drink it up. This was 5 years ago, and my family has returned to this spot, and others like it over and over again. Thank you, Jock, for opening my eyes and my lens.
Truly a must have for any fan of good, human photographic honesty. PS his other books are great too!! ... Read more

183. Eames Design
by John Neuhart, Marilyn Neuhart
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Asin: 0810908794
Catlog: Book (1989-10-01)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
Sales Rank: 57587
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A stunning visual record of a great American design team
This is THE book about Charles and Ray Eames. Beautifully printed and designed and with more than 3500 photos to explore the work, year by year, of these two famous designers. The range of work is amazing, furniture (domestic and commercial) films, exhibitions, architecture, books even toys. I have a set of his 1952 House of Cards, a deck of fifty-four playing-card size cards that can be interlocked to create three dimensional structures, a very simple idea beautifully conceived.

I think the book easily reflects the joy and stimulation that Charles and Ray Eames got out of the creative process.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Text
An exceptionally comprehensive year-by-year summary of the work of the Eames Office from the early 1940s to the late 1970s. Covers everything equally -- from wartime plywood experiments and herman miller furniture to toys, exhibitions, and, of course, films. A must for anyone interested in Eames design. Full of hard-to-find information and photos of rarely seen items.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Survey of Eames Studio
This is an excellent survey of the work of the Eames studio. It provides a chronological survey of the furniture, films, exhibits, and other work of the studio. It even provides a listing of the Eames staff at each point and time. Lavishly illustrated, it provides photographs of furniture, exhibits, and stills from the over 100 films produced by the Eames's. Highly recommended as the one book you must have about their work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
Is the great book on Charles and Ray Eames I 've even read. The best book on my shelf. Even thought I can't afford to buy them all ... Read more

184. Supernatural : The Work of Ross Lovegrove
by Ross Lovegrove
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Asin: 0714843679
Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Sales Rank: 56994
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This book is the first monograph on the product designer Ross Lovegrove. Written by the designer himself, with a forward by Paola Antonelli, it presents a complete overview of the designer's career, featuring realized and unrealized project. While the main texts explains Ross Lovegrove’s philosophy and way of working, the products descriptions reveal the main feature and characteristic of every project. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Ross Lovegrove Britain's prolific and unique product designer is profiled in a beautifully produced volume called Supernatural: The Work of Ross Lovegrove. Nature and organic shapes influence Lovegrove's designs. His designs come to life and push the boundaries of what is possible with the help of modern materials and technology. He has designed for Knoll, Capellini, Moroso, Kartell and many others. Enriched with 300 photographs Supernatural presents a variety of chairs, house wares, and even a bike. ... Read more

185. Animals in Motion
by Eadweard Muybridge
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Asin: 0486202038
Catlog: Book (1957-06-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Sales Rank: 134252
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Definitive selection of 3,919 photographs, plus author’s observations on animals’ movements. Incredible true-action shots cover 34 different animals and birds in 132 characteristic motions. Horses, goats, cats, gnus, eagles, gazelles, sloths, camels, many others shown walking, running, flying, leaping, more.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Its Not Just For Animators
The images of the dray horses pulling heavy loads is worth the price of admission for me. This is a great reference for artists who want to create realistic images of animals in motion. It's a fabulous settler of bar room bets. It's a source of animated gifs for web designers (I have the running cat image that's been going around.)

For people who want to understand animals in general, this is a good reference. I never thought that all the ways an animal can go from point A to point B each had a name to it and that a quadruped can have so many ways to move.

Its an interesting historical piece, too. People do not see horses doing useful work any more and it's a reminder that we all had a life before internal combustion. Its an interesting chapter in the history of photography and the history of art, too. (Painting was never the same after people figured out how animals really moved.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensible Reference for Artists
Muybridges momumental work photographing animals in all different gates and poses and tests of ability. Using sometimes up to 100 cameras for a single set up to gain what is now the definitive guide for animators in understanding the motion of animals. It all started with a $25,000 bet: Eadweard Muybridge and a friend argued whether all four of the horses hooves leave the ground completely at any point during a gallop. Being funded for the project, Muybridge proved to be the winner in saying that horses do in fact leave the ground for a momentary second in their strides. The book begins with an anlaysis of locomotion, going over the walk, the amble, the trot, the rack (or pace), the canter, the transverse-gallop, the rotary-gallop, and the richochet, along with the leap and buck and kick. There are roughly 4,000 photos in this collection which claims to be the largest collection of animals in motion. It features not only horses but lions, deers, oxen, elephants, birds and kangaroos. From this development, Muybridge not only discovered that horses gallop with no feet touching the ground, but his discovery led to motion pictures, in which his photos is a very crude version of cinema today. Later he designed a viewer called a Zoogyroscope (or Zoopraxiscope) which, similar to a Zoetrope, was a carousel with slits which you look through while it is spinning to give the illusion of motion (or persistence of vision). Today these pictures are looked at for a couple of reasons, mostly as nastolgia for one to have wonder and excitement of this simple cinema, but it also is a great reference for modern animators. In fact, for those looking at animation, I can tell you that if you ask for an application to Walt Disney Animation Studios, they will give you their requirements and texts, this will be on the list. Highly reccomended for the artist, graphic, fine arts or animation or anything else you can dream of. ... Read more

186. Walker Evans: The Getty Museum Collection
by Judith Keller, Walker Evans, John Harris, J. Paul Getty Museum
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Asin: 0892363177
Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum
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The J. Paul Getty Museum holds nearly 1,200 prints by master photographer Walker Evans, spanning four decades of his professional life.Many of them have never before been published.This catalogue brings together all of the museum's material on Evans.Included are images both familiar, such as his photographs of tenant farmers in the 1930s, and unfamiliar, such as those he made in Florida in the 1940s and his very late Polaroid studies from the 1970s. Judith Keller's lively text provides essential background on the major phases of Evans's artistic development. In the wealth of biographical and bibliographical information assembled here, even the reader well acquainted with Evans's work will find much that is new.Walker Evans: Catalogue of the Collection immediately becomes one of the essential studies of this American master's long and influential career. ... Read more

187. Fairfield Porter
by John T. Spike
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Asin: 0810937190
Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
Sales Rank: 717565
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Solid Journey Through the Life and Work of F. Porter
It is no secret that Mr. Porter was a rogue of twentieth-century art. Where abstraction and "modern" themes ruled the endeavours of most contemporary artists, Mr. Porter returned to classical figuration. He did, however, have something new to say. Spike sifts through the strata of Mr. Porter's life and connects them well with development of his work. He helps the reader understand Porter's unique vision amidst his tumultuous and, at times, bizarre activities. To an untrained eye, Mr. Porter's paintings may appear to be the work of a mere amateur. However, careful analysis of both this text and the color plates, not to mention actual museum visits, yield a wonderful fruit: a more lucid appreciation of one America's greatest painters to date. That is reward enough in itself. If the work of Mr. Porter captures you, investigate Morandi, Diebenkorn and the Bay Area Figurative Painters, and the contemporary landscape painter, Neil Welliver. Enjoy.

2-0 out of 5 stars Fairfield Porter is over-rated
The format, color plates and essay about Porter's life are all well done. However, it seems to me that despite his excellent reputation, Porter at best is a mediocre painter who draws awkardly. If you already like him, buy the book. But if you are looking for good representational art, look elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars A dazzling book for art lovers and plein air painters
An intimate gem of a book with Porter's biography threaded through luminous paintings of portraits and landscapes. A book I treasure and recommend to any painter, especially plein air painters, for both inspiration and to add to the shelf of resource books. When I purchased Wolf Kahn's book, Porter was listed on Amazon's "customers who bought this book also bought:" I'm glad I went for it. A great recommend!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent, well-researched book on painter and critic Fairfield Porter.

I bought this from in late February, 1999 and it arrived very quickly, sealed, and in perfect condition. If you have any interest at all in Fairfield Porter's life and painting, then you must buy it. I waited over 6 years to purchase it and was glad I did.

If there are any other artists who enjoy his work, feel free to contact me for correspondence. I work in a similar vein. ... Read more

188. Cezanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors
by Carol Armstrong, Deborah Gribbon
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: J. Paul Getty Trust Publications
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189. Mary Cassatt
by Judith Barter
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Asin: B0000WA12A
Catlog: Book (1998-10)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for the price
Cassatt was no Sargent or Hassam, but her style reflects sensitivity and charm. This is a great book to own about Cassatt, full of good plates and at a bargain price. You can't go wrong with this one!

3-0 out of 5 stars So close . . .
I'm a semester into a fine arts degree and desperatly searching for a TRUE female role model in the painterly art.

Sigh - - - Mary Cassatt ain't it.

Sadly, I believe that, Mary Cassatt's only claim to LASTING aesthetic fame is that she is American and FEMALE: not that she had anything unique or new (in her time) to say in her paintings. ... Read more

190. The Art of Rowena
by Rowena Morrill, Doris Vallejo
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Asin: 1855857782
Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Paper Tiger Books
Sales Rank: 354061
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Always feminine, often erotic, and usually tinged with irony: fantasy artist Rowena takes modern dilemmas and presents them in a fanciful and powerful fairytale world. Above all, she paints extraordinary images of women. Over 100 artworks and insightful commentary show the influences behind this artist who has done covers for--among others--Anne McCaffrey, Issac Asimov, Piers Anthony, Madeleine L'Engle, Samuel, R. Delaney, and even National Lampoon!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful art book!
This is a very beautiful art book of Rowena art works.The painting she did are seem so real and they got a fantastic atmosphere to it and the colored are great.I wish one day I can draw and paint has good has Rowena.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vivid colors, minute details in fairy-tale scenes
...continuing from my review title: not just fairy-tale scenes, but most of Rowena's art has a magical touch, lavishly detailed.

Rowena's fantasy world is like the colors of her paintings: rich, vivid and beautiful. A harmonious and sometimes even light-hearted approach is always present even in the face of danger. It seems that this talented artist believes in the victory of good over evil, which her high quality work is a testimony of.

5-0 out of 5 stars Depicts the fantasy and surreal darkness of the world
Rowena's paintings depict the fantasy and surreal darkness of the world, focussing on monsters, myths, and legendary creatures which are unusual and warm. This gathers Rowena's many contributions to the fantasy world, and the full-page color reproductions of book jacket covers and other items will draw many already familiar with many of her works, who may not have viewed her art under one cover. A beautiful keepsake presentation.

4-0 out of 5 stars The prettiest monsters in town
Rowena Morrill is a very fine artist with an excellent eye for detail, just how good is revealed by her portraits of Isaac Asimov & Anne McCaffrey . I do have a couple of miner gripes some of her characters assume rather contrived poses, take the cover for example. Could anybody smile beatifically and thoughtfully drape a lily , while an animated statue grasped your leg ? The colours she uses are extremely vivid and some of her monsters are so garish they tend to Kitsch rather than visceral. But I`m a sucker for Brom and compared with his creations anything short of Giger looks tame, so feel free to disagree. These quibles apart this remains a collection of some extremely well done paintings and would be a worthy part of any fantasy art collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Artwork Never disappointed me
I have been a fan of Rowena for a few years now.Found her artwork on the internet.When I saw this book I had to have it and was not disappointed in the quality of her work.I'm not a big fan of the stories however but I will put up with them for the sake of the artwork.I perfer using my imagination to interpertate her artwork.I would recomend this book for anyone who loves fantasy art because it dosent' disappoint the fantasy fan.I could not ask for more except for more artwork in the books. ... Read more

191. H.R. Giger's Necronomicon
by H.R. Giger
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Catlog: Book (1991-11-01)
Publisher: Morpheus International
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Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars His most brilliant work condensed into this outstanding work
After having seen some of Giger's work in Alien and some other more well know work I decided to buy Biomechanics. It was very good, but the Necronomicon is THE pilot book for all the rest of his works. It contains his most outstanding work as far as weird and the macabe go. A tour de force of his strange mind. A wonderous collection of strange and terrible images masterfully done. It is quite disturbing to look at but wonderfully fascinating at the same time. I guarantee if you buy this book you will not be able to put in down until you have read all the notes and seen every last picture, it's that good.

5-0 out of 5 stars A guidebook to hell
H.R. Giger's work has, in my opinion, the distinction of being the most disturbing art embraced by the public since that of Hieronymous Bosch. Here is a great introduction (if you don't mind the price tag) to the work of such an artist.

This book is not for the young or the easily disturbed. The world of Giger is quite intentionally the world of nightmares, with Freudian symbolism, decay, and perverse sexuality abounding. But there is also a beauty behind it all, in the metallic shine of his futuristic nymphs or the strange landscapes of endless babies' faces which make us realize the strangeness inherent in the everyday. Instead of using art to try and transcend reality, Giger pulls us down into the darkest parts of what we see around us, and refuses to let us go. In this way he shows us that perhaps that darkness is not so terrifying as it may seem, and he accustoms us to facing that in ourselves. Not only is such confrontation healthy, it may very well be essential, and Giger is a skilled tour guide when it comes to areas of the mind and psyche that not many artists have dared to explore.

The second Necronomicon volume is a worthy companion to this one, but if you must have only one Giger book this is the one I recommend. Use this book to take yourself into hell...and then realize that you can come back out again.

3-0 out of 5 stars mediocrity and genius
Mr. Giger did the cover for Emerson, Lake and Palmer's great albumn "Brain Salad Surgery" and that central image of a kind of "Lilith of the future" is both an emblem and a counter-emblem of his whole work. One also thinks of the great creature from the movie "Alien" blasphemously beautiful in all of its dehumanized phallic grandeur. "H.R. Giger's Necronomicon" could be regarded as his Sistine Chapel, the focus of all his work, its origin and its summation. For many years now I have felt that Mr. Giger's work is full of both mediocrity and genius. In some odd way it is an exact fusion of the two. (...)I look at all of those devils and distances of depravity and I am filled with a kind of calm. His work comforts me - actually - in the way that the work of Norman Rockwell comforts and assures so many others. Why not? Edgar Allan Poe was also an absurd blend of mediocrity and genius. As a technician Mr. Giger is merely competent. But the skulls the heads and the industry add up to a world mildly beautiful, mildly ugly but stimulating as a kind of Picasso's less significant rebellious cousin. Definitely worth the look.

5-0 out of 5 stars Twisted
In my opinion, H.R Giger is the most twisted and sick artist that I have ever seen, in a good way though. His work is only something that you would see in your wildest and most horrific nightmares.
Giger has been a great inspiration on my artwork and I reccomend all of his books to anyone who has a strong stomach and loves any work having to do with death and HELL.His website is a very good spot to check out his work at or at . Good luck with the Books and hope you like them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most Incredible
This is the Holy Grail of Giger. That's all there is to it. I found this book, immediatly bought it, and was captivated. I have been a Giger fan for a few years, and am also a artist of the Biomechanichal style, so this book has been a great inspiration. People, when i show them this book, often talk about the "messages..ooh! a pentagram! he must be wiccast" but that is not the case. he is, like i am, juts drawing what needs to be in the picture. I reccomend this book for any Giger fan, or a fan of great art in general. ... Read more

192. Cotton Puffs, Q-tips(r), Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha
by Margit Rowell, Cornelia Butler, Cornelia H. Butler
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Asin: 0874271401
Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: Whitney Museum
Sales Rank: 31469
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In a 1976 drawing by Ed Ruscha, the word "Promise"—--spelled out in ribbon-like script—--is suspended at an oblique angle against a delicate gray background and bathed in a gauzy white light. Somehow, this image perfectly sums up the hopeful feeling that success is right around the corner. Ruscha's ability to give concrete form to the inner life of words and images from popular culture has made him a rare breed of artist---a critic's darling whose work also fascinates ordinary art lovers. Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips®, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha collects more than 200 of Ruscha's coolly mysterious works on paper in a handsomely designed volume marred only by a hard-to-read gray typeface. The odd title comes from a remark the artist once made. He uses cotton puffs and swabs to rub gunpowder (which creates those smoky grays) or pastel into the rag paper. Author Margit Rowell emphasizes the influence of photography and film on Ruscha's visual outlook---as well as his training in graphic design and the Los Angeles "landscape" of billboards glimpsed from car windows. Rucha, who is also known for his paintings and his idiosyncratic photo books (depicting serial images of gas stations, parking lots and other banal sights), has been working on paper since the late 1950s. Rowell tracks the various themes and styles of his drawings, while essayist Cornelia Butler adds additional art world context. Although Ruscha has been called a Pop artist and a West Coast Surrealist, Butler sees him as "an essentially Conceptualist artist who seeks to render ideas as information." She singles out his "deeply eccentric nihilism...filtered through a keen humor." This book accompanies an exhibition of Ruscha's work on paper organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (June 24–Sept. 26, 2004). -—Cathy Curtis ... Read more

193. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: In Full Color
by William Blake
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Asin: 0486281221
Catlog: Book (1994-07-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
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5-0 out of 5 stars worth it
It's great to read Blake is his own typeset. And the book is essential Blake. ... Read more

194. Frederic Remington Art Museum Collection
by Brian W. Dippie
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Asin: 0810967111
Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
Publisher: Abrams
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Cowboys and horses, adventure in wide-open spaces. The mythos of the Old West comes alive in the paintings, drawings, and sculptures of Frederic Remington (1861-1909). Born during the Civil War and educated at Yale University, Remington committed his life to making portraits of the American frontier. The Frederic Remington Art Museum Collection presents the collection of the museum founded by and housed in the former home of Remington's widow, Eva Caten Remington.

For much of his creative life, Remington worked as an illustrator for publications like Harper's Weekly. His renderings of life in the Old West were hugely successful, and some even accompanied an essay by President Theodore Roosevelt. His drawings displayed a strongly believable atmosphere:

[Remington's] illustrated scenes from the Apache War were rendered in a direct, spare and unsentimental style with an attention to detail that made them seem like snapshots of specific incidents. In truth, like much of Remington's reality, they were generalizations, not documents, created by extrapolating freely from firsthand observations.

Today Remington's work is often seen as problematic, and as evidence of the racist brutality that wiped out the American Indian culture and population. Of course, in Remington's time, his views of the frontier reflected those of most of the United States. Aside from these political complexities, Remington's work captures the imagery of a time and a landscape long gone. If you are fascinated by the Old West, then you should not miss this book. The book includes detailed commentary on the paintings and drawings, with 333 illustrations and 127 full-color plates. --J.P. Cohen ... Read more

195. Kingsgate: The Art of Keith Parkinson
by Keith Parkinson
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: SQP
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Keith Parkinson's work is immediately recognized as some of the finest in the field of fantasy art. A long-time collaborator to the work of author Terry Goodkind, Keith has been able to conjure images for such works as Elflord, Dark Island, Dragonring, Demon Hunter, and many more. Now a collected volume of Keith's works are available in a showcase worthy of his art. With a foreword and additional commentary by Terry Goodkind, Parkinson gives you a gloriously detailed view of his imagination, with superb reproduction and high-quality stock. ... Read more

196. The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms
by Christopher Finch
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Asin: 0810949644
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
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197. Bilitis
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Asin: 0688015220
Catlog: Book (1982)
Publisher: Quill
Sales Rank: 328599
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Hamilton and his failed attempt to be a movie director.
Based on The songs of Bilitis, a beautiful poetry book by Pierre Löuys (about a greek girl who falls in love with another girl) and French Impressionism (Renoir, Degas, etc) David Hamilton tried to translate his photo work to a movie. But a bad screen-play that left no trace of the original, a very pretentious musical score plus Hamiltons' total ignorance on movie direction led the project to terrible results. Maybe nowadays he's achieved a great level as an artist (on photography not on movie direction), he's in fact a master of Light and Shade as he showed on later books; but at the time of the movie he was a very famous mid-level photographer and mainly because of his excesive use of the fog effect. Even that, there were several beautiful photographic moments on the movie that the book lacks of. The book resembles more a big magazine article or a press release for the movie than a real photo book (the same applies to the Tender Cousins' book). I like Bilitis' story very much, but the one by Löuys, and I like Hamilton's later work too, but when it's presented on a real photo book and without his obsessive fog filter. ... Read more

198. M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio
by Peter Robb
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Asin: 0805063560
Catlog: Book (2000-02-01)
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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A bold, fresh biography of the world's first modern painter

As presented with "blood and bone and sinew" (Times Literary Supplement) by Peter Robb, Caravaggio's wild and tempestuous life was a provocation to a culture in a state of siege. The end of the sixteenth century was marked by the Inquisition and Counter-Reformation, a background of ideological cold war against which, despite all odds and at great cost to their creators, brilliant feats of art and science were achieved. No artist captured the dark, violent spirit of the time better than Caravaggio, variously known as Marisi, Moriggia, Merigi, and sometimes, simply M. As art critic Robert Hughes has said, "There was art before him and art after him, and they were not the same."

Caravaggio threw out Renaissance dogma to paint with dazzling originality and fierce vitality, qualities that are echoed in Robb's prose. As with Caravaggio's art, M arrests and suspends time to reveal what the author calls "the theater of the partly seen." Caravaggio's wild persona leaps through these pages like quicksilver; in Robb's skilled hands, he is an immensely attractive character with an astonishing connection to the glories and brutalities of life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars All history should be written like this...
After years of sitting through droning art history classes Peter Robb finally writes the book that all histories could be modeled on- He gives us the dirt. The culture M made his art in and for is explained for us in great detail, especially the political climate of Rome at the turn of the seventeenth century and all that implied for artists and churchmen alike. Mr. Robb does not hesitate to discuss the seamier aspects of Italian life in this period and it's consequences on M's career. His analysis of the painters career and the development of his work is truly inspired. The research is painstaking, and combined with a deep understanding of human nature Mr. Robb has produced a fascinating and informative work. An absolute requirement for all art historians and painters. You'll need a catologue of the paintings to look at as you read; The book is barely illustrated. So... I was just blown away. Of course I'm a painter and am just enthralled by art history.

4-0 out of 5 stars Innovation does not always guarantee success
Brimming with historical detail and clearly well researched, it is a shame this book is not more artfully written and furnished with more reproductions of the mentioned art.

In his enthusiasm to plunge his readers into Caravaggio's unsavoury environment, Mr. Robb takes on a street talk vernacular, even renaming the painting titles. But, Caravaggio often painted more than one work with the same or very similar title and the author habitually neglects to mention enough details to identify the correct work. Instead, the reader must constantly thumb back and forth toward the end of the book, where they are listed chronologically. Using the location of the works, provided in this list, is the key to cross referencing, for locating them in other sources. Adding to these glaring inconveniences, one is forced to hunt through other sources like picture art books or webpages to understand what he is talking about, since so much of what he says is based on the paintings themselves, of which, few reproductions are provided. What is the point of reading about a painting you are not currently viewing?

Complete with the gory depiction on the book cover, it is marketed as a "sensational" read, but that's where the excitement ends. On the cover, the reproduction demonstrates precisely the main thesis of the book, which asserts that the artist reveals his character through his art. Mr. Robb prefers this method over the traditional route of relying on accounts of the subject's contemporaries and biographers. He astutely proves the reasons why these sources are often less than reliable and this is what saves this book from a toss against the wall.

Attempting creativity in his biography of an historical figure is a good idea except he does not blend this with his other goal of retaining the depth from his research. As a result, it is not the light read as promoted, but rather an academic read with some innovative writing tricks which "might've" worked had they been combined with a less laboured writing style.

5-0 out of 5 stars A thrilling story and a great art book
Peter Robb has managed to achieve a miraculous symphony in this long (500 + pages) book: It's a biography, a detective story (little is known about Caravaggio's life), a social history of Rome, and a definitive art book. As a result, you can read this book on many levels. I read it first as a "beach book" for the story, and then again, when I took a vacation to Rome and tried to see as many of his remaining paintings as I could.

Robb explains how Caravaggio was a breakthrough painter in his use of light, and in his use of recognizable local models (almost all of whom Robb has been able to identify) to express the religious art of the day. Mannerism died at his hands.

Moreover, Peter Robb builds a credible portrait of Caravaggio's brittle personality--it's easy to see why people were out to kill him. At first I thought the title "M" was a little contrived, but by the end of the book, I realized that it's cipher for the real man behind the familiar name. (Calling someone "Caravaggio" after the town is like giving someone the nickname "Boston").

The reproductions are carefully chosen and richly presented. You'll enjoy reading--and re-reading--this wonderful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A new way of writing
Robb's 'M' is sheer brilliance. It is controversial and path break not simply as research but as writing. Robb brings Caravaggio alive and he does so by analysing what type of character the painter must have been and then writing in that style. In this way, Robb's writing is itself art. It is new, clever and fresh. The book is worth reading not simply from its historical content but from the artistry of what Robb himself has achieved. And so the book works at two levels: Robb's and Caravaggio's.

3-0 out of 5 stars Penetrating insight obscured by odd verbal tics
Reviewer Frank Martini beat me to the punch, but it's worth repeating -- this is a fine biography undermined by a writing style that becomes progressively harder to ignore as one reads along. Peter Robb has been badly served by his editors in this regard. He never misses an opportunity to use a contraction or to even glue two or more contractions together into a noisome verbal confection that trips the reader up. His preferences for non-standard punctuation, probably most charitably described as "odd," also stand out like loud, sour, distracting notes in an otherwise masterful composition.

Robb's lack of decent editing is especially unfortunate because he has produced a fine biography from a very meager historical record. Michelangelo Merisi left little in the way of documentary evidence to mark his brief four decades of life. Until very recently, Merisi's biography was his work, the canvases he churned out with amazing proliferation, often according to his needs for money and political patronage. Robb does an outstanding job of placing Merisi within the context of the Italy of his era and invoking the various religious and political tensions which roiled the peninsula's art world throughout Merisi's life.

Robb is also outstanding at dissecting Merisi's work, telling us how canvases were done, the techniques Merisi used to achieve his goals and the emotional connection his work made with his audiences. I was particularly impressed with Robb's conceit pairing Merisi with 1940s photographer WeeGee, whose gritty real-life, black and white compositions rose or fell on the contradictions between the two opposed qualities of light. In this sense, Merisi followed in God's footsteps by demanding, first of all, that there be light.

The book is dogged by a dearth of color plates of Merisi's surviving work. It can be frustrating to read Robb's often eloquent descriptions of a Merisi canvas only to find that one has to put the book down and look for a reproduction of it on the Internet. And, while I applaud Robb's detective work in piecing together the few remaining scraps of contemporary documentation of Merisi's adult life, I can't help but wonder what might remain to be found in the Vatican's archives or in those of the Spanish monarchy. Robb is such a good researcher that one longs to see him slip the leash and come up with more documentation, particularly concerning Merisi's final days.

This book is a splendid introduction to Merisi's work even despite the caveats I have mentioned. Be prepared to spend some time and mental energy in reading it, but it will be worth your effort. Michelangelo Merisi was instantly recognized during his own lifetime as one of those rare geniuses who completely transform art, which is never the same afterwards. His recent rediscovery is long overdue and Peter Robb's empathetic reading of the life and work of the man who became Caravaggio should further that rediscovery. ... Read more

199. The Art of Bev Doolittle
by Elise MacLay, Bev Doolittle, Betty Ballantine
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Asin: 0867130083
Catlog: Book (2001-03-15)
Publisher: Greenwich Workshop Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Here is lavishly illustrated collection of the work of Bev Doolittle, one of America's leading artists today. Doolittle is best known for her camouflage technique, filled with detail and with "presences" that become more visible with each viewing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Western Art
Bev Doolittle's definitive collection (you don't need anything else of hers if you have this one) is a glorious compendium of richly detailed full-color reproductions of her paintings. The optical tricks alone are worth the book's price tag, and the minuteness and authenticity of Doolittle's details rival the paintings of Frank C. McCarthy (another favorite of mine). Anyone who loves illustrations of horses, American Indians, or both cannot call their collection complete without this title.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Combination of Wonderful Art and Love
Those unfamiliar with Bev Doolittle's work miss the opportunity to discover a true artist's blending combination of technical skill, and understanding of nature, and a love for her work which leaps from every page. She beautifully weaves nature, man, and its animals in a mystical manner. A wonderful choice for anyone who appreciates great talent. Also a wonderful experience for children in examining and finding the hidden so intricately involved.

5-0 out of 5 stars I was great
I think it is the most astonishing book I have ever rea

5-0 out of 5 stars I think the pictures are so realistic and so dramatic.
When I saw the pictures, they almost looked like as though they were pictures taken by a camera. My favorite painting was the one where the horses and indians were hidden in the trees. The only thing you could see when you first looked at it was the red fox. I hope that many teens who are interested in art, will come and look through it. You'll get many indeas on what to draw.

5-0 out of 5 stars magnificent coffee table book
I have this book on the coffee table in the middle of the living room so that when guests admire Doolittle's prints hanging on the walls, I can show them some of her other pieces. I never was "into" any particular artist until I caught a glimpse of her work!! Bev Doolittle's art is addictive!! Get one and you'll easily become a collector!! Beautiful work! I can't wait to see what is next. ... Read more

200. William Hodges, 1744-1797 : The Art of Exploration
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Asin: 030010376X
Catlog: Book (2004-07-11)
Publisher: Yale University Press
Sales Rank: 343876
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William Hodges is well known as the artist who accompanied Cook’s second voyage to the South Pacific as official landscape painter. This book—a major reappraisal of his career and reputation—presents him as one of the most intriguing and controversial painters of his age. Foremost scholars consider Hodges’s work in terms of the rise of ethnology, the investigation of Indian history, the encounter with peoples “without history,” and the development of empirical science and rationalism.

Previous accounts of Hodges have often treated him secondarily to Cook and the history of geographical exploration. This volume redresses this situation in the light of recent developments in the history of eighteenth-century British art, which seek to understand art and aesthetics within a broader framework of social and imperial history.
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