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21. Portrait Sculpture: A Catalogue
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22. Patinas for Silicon Bronze
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23. Modelling and Sculpting the Human
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24. Contemporary Sculpture: Projects
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25. Jean-Antoine Houdon : Sculptor
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26. How to Carve Wood: A Book of Projects
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27. Thomas Demand
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28. American Vernacular: New Discoveries
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29. Joseph Beuys: Actions, Vitrines,
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30. Chihuly Projects
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31. Contemporary Stone Sculpture:
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32. Calder/Miro
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33. The Art of Ceramics: European
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34. Modeling the Head in Clay
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35. Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic,
36. Richard Serra: Sculpture 1985-1998
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37. The Villa Dei Papiri At Herculaneum:
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38. Stories in Stone: A Field Guide
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39. Maskmaking
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40. Shaping Space

21. Portrait Sculpture: A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection C.1675-1975
by Aileen Dawson, Alleen Dawson
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Asin: 0714105988
Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: British Museum Press
Sales Rank: 704668
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22. Patinas for Silicon Bronze
by Patrick V. Kipper
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Asin: 0964726904
Catlog: Book (1996-08-01)
Publisher: Path Publications
Sales Rank: 153142
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book!
Although I've never taken any of Kipper's workshops, I know many people who have. They all tell me that he's a patina guru. I've been doing patinas for only a few years, and am by no means an expert, but I use this book like a bible. Kipper's language is clear and concise, and his recipies are understandable. You may not get the result you want on the first try, but you do have something to work from. There's some great color plates that show you examples of the recipies. I find this book invaluable and I consult it almost every day. If you are delving into the world of bronze patina you definately need this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book
Although I've never taken any of Kipper's workshops, I know many people who have. They all think he's a patina guru. I've been doing patinas for only a few years and I am by no means an expert, but I use Kipper's book like a bible. His language is concise and to the point, and his recipies are relatively easy to follow. You may not get the result you want on the first try, but it does give you a starting point. There are some great color plates that show the wide range of patina recipies that he includes in this book. Anyone who is delving in the world of bronze patina, needs this book. You won't be dissapointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exellent book on patinas.
Patrick Kipper's book is the best source to learn contemporary hot patina techniques. For the artist, it is an exellent reference of patina color. For the professional, it contains valuable chemical combinations and application techniques. ... Read more

23. Modelling and Sculpting the Human Figure
by Edouard Lanteri
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Asin: 0486250067
Catlog: Book (1985-11-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Sales Rank: 31237
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A difficult choice
Boy! Buying this book has been a difficult choice. The information is essential to anyone working with human anatomy and sculptural form, however, you have to wade throught information written in a very dated, pedantic manner. Professor Lanteri's comments are in the classical form and written so long ago (his copyright is 1902 - 1904) that an interpreter might be needed for the younger sculptor. I almost returned the book because it isn't something to sit down and read in one or two sessions. This isn't a simple 'How to . . .' book, but if you are a serious sculptor, and willing to work your way throught the exaggerated writing style, you'll realize what a gem it is. It is really the most comprehensive book of sculpting the human figure I've ever read. I only wish the book had been printed in larger format so the illustration notes would be easier to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good course material
A very good course material for beginners and a perfect reference for the professionals. easy reading from cover to cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable reference for the aspiring sculptor
This seminal work on figure sculpting has been a standard reference for both students and teachers of fine sculpture for almost two generations. Lanteri goes beyond typical systematic instruction for recreating anatomical form and demistifies techniques for infusing one's work with the humanity that will elevate it to the level of true sculpture. It is a text that is worth reading from cover to cover as it essentially encompasses a four year course in fine sculpture. It is also valuable as a reference for materials, anatomy and basic technique.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good instruction for representational sculptors
This book was recommended to me by two different sculptor instructors. I found it very clear with many illustrations as it discussed both the technical and aesthetic considerations of creating good sculpture. I thought the chapter on the construction and aesthetics of drapery was especially valuable, applicable to drawing as well as sculpture, and worth the price of the book. Lanteri also shares a few thoughts about teaching art.

5-0 out of 5 stars The sculptor's best guide
After several years of sculpting I discovered Lanteri's book. What a revelation. I recently took a workshop with an acclaimed sculptor who also produced his copy of the book and recommended it as a "must read" for aspiring sculptors. Rodin referred to him as his "dear master". What higher recommendation is there? ... Read more

24. Contemporary Sculpture: Projects in Munster 1997
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Asin: 3775706674
Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Inc (Dap)
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25. Jean-Antoine Houdon : Sculptor of the Enlightenment
by Anne L. Poulet
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Asin: 0226676498
Catlog: Book (2005-01-15)
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Sales Rank: 356765
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Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1826) has long been recognized as the greatest European portrait sculptor of the late eighteenth century, flourishing during both the American and French Revolutions as well as during the Directoire and Empire in France. Whether sculpting a head of state, an intellectual, or a young child, Houdon had an uncanny ability to capture the essence of his subject with a characteristic pose or expression. Yet until now, Houdon's exquisite sculptures have never been the subject of a major exhibition.

This lavish exhibition catalogue, now available in paperback, is the definitive work on Houdon. With more than one hundred color plates and two hundred black and white halftones, Jean-Antoine Houdon: Sculptor of the Enlightenment illustrates every stage of the sculptor's fascinating career, from his early portrayals of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to his stunning portraits of American patriots such as George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Indeed the images we hold dear of legendary Enlightenment figures like Diderot, Rousseau, d'Alembert, and Voltaire are based on works by Houdon. More than mere representations, these sculptures provide us fascinating, intimate glimpses into the very core of who these figures were. Houdon's genius animated even his less illustrious subjects, like his portraits of his family and friends, and filled his sculptures of children with delicacy and freshness. Accompanying the images of Houdon's masterworks are four insightful essays that discuss Houdon's views on art (based in part on a newly discovered manuscript written by the artist) as well as his prominence in the highly varied cultures of eighteenth-century France, Germany, and Russia.

From aristocrats to revolutionaries, actors to philosophers, Houdon's amazingly vivid portraits constitute the visual record of the Enlightenment and capture the true spirit of a remarkable age. Jean-Antoine Houdon finally gives these gorgeous works their due.

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26. How to Carve Wood: A Book of Projects and Techniques
by Richard Butz
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Asin: 0918804205
Catlog: Book (1991-10-01)
Publisher: Taunton Press
Sales Rank: 10271
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Beginner's Book
To an experienced woodcarver this book may seem unfocused and thinly spread, but for the beginner it does exactly what it should do. The book begins with a good grounding in the tools of the craft and how to care for and sharpen each type. After that it gives you a sampler of carving styles with at least one project for each. It's guaranteed there is at least one or two chapters the reader will not care for. Even this is useful since the reader avoids launching into the craft with a project they really have little enthusiasm for, and then lose interest in wood carving all together. This book should be required reading before the beginner spends a single dime on tools, equipment, or wood. If it's not 'the' best beginner's book, it's in the top five.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good technical guide to woodcarving
A good general book on woodcarving. This book could be better if it didn't try to be all things for all people. There are better books for beginners out there for the money and more advanced carvers probably need to buy a book concentrating on their type of carving. I found it to be a little on the technical side and would have preferred a few more patterns for each type of carving.

My favorite sections were on finishes, sharpening, and the tool section. There are numerous photographs of some beautiful examples of the various types of carving. The author does show some very useful carving techniques in most of the carving styles.

Sections include tools, sharpening, woods and finishes, design, whittling, chip carving, relief carving, wildlife carving, lettering, archatectural carving, and a bibliography. ... Read more

27. Thomas Demand
by Roxana Marcoci
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Asin: 0870700804
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art
Sales Rank: 32453
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Originally trained as a sculptor, Thomas Demand approaches photography as a means of preserving ephemeral paper constructions but inevitably the camera becomes central to his creative process. At first glance, Demand's works seem to present fragments of a hyperreal and familiar place but, before long, they reveal their true identity: a wholly artificial world reduced to generic forms. Large immaculate photographs of interiors and architectural exteriors—a world peopled with inanimate objects and bathed in uniform lighting—are mounted on Plexiglas, which underscores the materiality of the photographic object. For each of his reproductions, Demand constructs life-size models using paper and cardboard, and these forms always allow signs of their true nature to show through. 50 color illustrations. ... Read more

28. American Vernacular: New Discoveries in Folk, Self-Taught, and Outsider Sculptures
by Frank Maresca, Roger Ricco
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Asin: 0821227807
Catlog: Book (2002-09-09)
Publisher: Bulfinch
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This groundbreaking book, the most comprehensive survey ever assembled, takes America's rich heritage of vernacular art out of the antiques arena and the specialty museum and into today's art world. AMERICAN VERNACULAR presents hundreds of newly identified and never-before-published objects, from carnival figures to religious totems, from antique trade signs to spectacular examples of hand-carved canes. The book reveals the powerful strains of imagination that have shaped the American visual landscape and continue to nourish cutting-edge artists today. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for a different take on Folk and Outsider Art
This is an awesome book for the person interested in a fresh approach to the standard canon of traditional folk art. Although this features some of the old standbys like decoys and weathervanes, the true spirit of this book, and a reflection of the aesthetic sensibilities of its authors, Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca, is in the celebration of the variety of sculptural forms that occur in folk, outsider and self-taught art. The writing is a bit dry and a little academic, but the real reason to get this book is for the great photographs that come at you page after page. For any one interested in art and how it can occur in the most interesting ways, this is an incredible reference book that you must have. One other note: this book is a sort of continuation of an earlier book by Ricco/Maresca titled "American Primitive" that is, sadly, out-of-print. ... Read more

29. Joseph Beuys: Actions, Vitrines, Environments
by Mark Rosenthal, Sean Rainbird, Claudia Schmuckli
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Asin: 0300104960
Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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An in-depth look at the fascinating sculptural works of one of the twentieth century’s most innovative artists

Joseph Beuys (1921–1986)—a German sculptorand performance artist—became one of the most influential figures in modern and contemporary art. His charismatic presence, extraordinary life, and unconventional artistic style (incorporating ritualized movement and sound, and materials such as fat, felt, earth, honey, blood, and even dead animals) gained him international notoriety during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Beuys’s innovative influence is particularly felt in the field of sculpture, whose definition he expanded to encompass performance art, vitrine cases, and site-specific environments.

This beautifully illustrated book investigates Beuys’s sculpture, arguably the most fundamental portion of his artistic work, as well as his extraordinary influence. Featured objects include a stunning selection of Beuys’s remarkable vitrines—sly cousins of standard museum presentations, featuring both hand-made and found objects serving as “exhibitions” on Beuys’s own topics; blackboards on which he recorded his lectures and performances; room-sized environments; and many other sculptural projects that frequently served as physical documentation for Beuys’s performances.

With a comprehensive chronology of Beuys’s activities as an artist and activist, this book is essential for those interested in the life, work, and legacy of one of the art world’s most intriguing figures.

Joseph Beuys: Actions, Vitrines, Environments accompanies a major exhibition on view at The Menil Collection, Houston (October 8, 2004, to January 2, 2005) and the Tate Modern, London (February 2 to May 3, 2005).

Mark Rosenthal is adjunct curator at The Menil Collection; Sean Rainbird is curator at the Tate Modern; and Claudia Schmuckli, formerly assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art, is an independent critic of contemporary art.

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30. Chihuly Projects
by Dale Chihuly
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Asin: 0810967081
Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Sales Rank: 112967
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Voluptuous shapes in luscious color, Dale Chihuly's large-scale glass sculptures are all about immediate sensory experience. It's likely no book could capture the intoxication of being in the presence of clusters of glass forms that look like undersea life or tropical forests, hanging overhead or rising up from the floor in fabulous splendor.

Chihuly Projects offers 200 full-page photographs (in supersaturated color) of 34 installations the Seattle artist created over a 30-year span for public and private clients, plus chatty comments by the artist and members of his staff. A fine essay by the art writer Barbara Rose places Chihuly's work in the context of contemporary art and his own life. (An eye injury in the mid-'70s precipitated his shift from blowing individual tabletop glass pieces to becoming the director of a team effort.) But the photographs tend to flatten out Chihuly's generous shapes, and the real-world settings of the sculptures are often so busy visually that, seen from the fixed vantage point of a still photo, they compete distractingly with the art. Although some pieces are shown in different stages of completion, it's hard to grasp how any given project actually comes together from start to finish.

A splashy book that seems to be trying to match the brio and outsized vision of its artist, Chihuly Projects serves primarily as an eye-popping general tour of work that ranges from a 70-by-30-foot ceiling for the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas to an outdoor "chandelier" (for a retreat in Washington State) with 1,200 handblown glass icicles--and an attached heater for melting snow to add hanging pendants of real ice. --Cathy Curtis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars eye candy for your visual palette
This book is a fabulous deal. With about 75% of the book being full page color photographs of Chihuly's work, this volume really helped me discover who this artist is and what his work is all about. The reproductions are of the highest quality as is the art. The two essays opening the book are well written, allowing beginners and veterens of glass alike to pick up info about the artist, his technique, and his place in history. Notes from Chihuly and his team are provided to give a personal inside look at the art, which I found to be very interesting. Even if you don't know anything about glass, buy this as a coffee table book. I guarantee it will make you look culturally saavy and will be a great conversation starter. Best of all, if you'd rather look than read, this is definitely the volume for you. It's like taking a world tour of Chihuly's glass installations, art that is accessible and fun to view for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chihuly Projects
This book is best described by the words color and form.Many collectors of glass have discovered Chihuly and his freedom of color and form but not many can travel to see his installations all over the world. This book is so well done it satisfies the eye with the color and forms but the full size of the works of Dale Chihuly are only realized in person,so let it suffice to enjoy the best book on Dale Chihuly and his works.This is excellent photography of Art Glass at its finest. ... Read more

31. Contemporary Stone Sculpture: Aesthetics Methods Appreciation
by Dona Z. Meilach
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Asin: 0887400892
Catlog: Book (1987-03-01)
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Sales Rank: 75993
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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There is currently a revival in the art of stone sculpture,-along contemporary lines-of the Golden Age in Greece and the Renaissance in Europe. Many noted twentieth-century sculptors are now working directly in stone. This book explains how to create modern stone sculpture, with hundreds of examples by today's top sculptors. Included are sculptures by Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Max Bill, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, and many others, illustrated and explained with hundreds of clearly detailed photographs. This is also a how-to book, giving specific, step-by-step instructions for creating stone sculpture; describing various types of stone, how to select and transport it; telling how to carve the stone with hand tools and electric or pneumatic power tools; and providing the methods of finishing the work. Contemporary Stone Sculpture is important for the inspiration of art collectors and working artists alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb
A fine reference volume, this book is perhaps less valuable in terms of instruction than Liebson's book, but Meilach picks up where Liebson leaves off. Liebson devotes his book entirely to technique -- to the craft of sculpting; only the first third of this book does the same, but with the help of over 350 photos, Meilach instead concentrates on the art of carving. Not so much art theory, but rather considerations of form, volume, and meaning, and how to impart those to your sculpture. Liebson will teach you how to carve; Meilach will help you figure out what to carve. Liebson's book is still #1, but Contemporary Stone Sculpture is its perfect complement. ... Read more

32. Calder/Miro
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-07)
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers
Sales Rank: 187587
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33. The Art of Ceramics: European Ceramic Design 1500-1830
by Howard Coutts
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Asin: 0300083874
Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Yale University Press
Sales Rank: 616197
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The great age of European ceramic design began around 1500 andended in the early nineteenth century with the introduction oflarge-scale production ofceramics. This beautiful book is the first complete history of European ceramic designand decoration during this period, presenting it not only in art-historical terms but also inthe context of the era's social, cultural, economic, and scientific developments.

Howard Coutts considers the main stylistic trends—Renaissance, Mannerism, Oriental,Rococo, and Neoclassicism—as they were represented in such products as ItalianMaiolica, Dutch Delftware, Meissen and Sèvres porcelain, Staffordshire, and Wedgwoodpottery. He pays close attention to changes in eating habits over the period, particularlythe layout of a formal dinner. And he discusses such fascinating topics as thedevelopment of ceramics as room decoration, the transmission of images via prints,fashion and marketing of ceramics and other luxury goods, and the intellectualbackground to Neoclassicism.

Comprehensive, engrossing, and lavishly illustrated, the book is essential reading foranyone interested in ceramics and their history. ... Read more

34. Modeling the Head in Clay
by Bruno Lucchesi, Margit Malmstrom
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Asin: 0823030997
Catlog: Book (1996-04-01)
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Sales Rank: 113269
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not For the Beginner...or the Advanced?
For a beginning sculptor, Lucchesi leaves a lot of steps out, the gaps are difficult to overcome for the starter. I also found that it was difficult to apply the techniques when trying to create an actual likeness.....much of Lucchesi's work appears to be very similar in shape and form.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Pass This One Up
I am interested primarily in learning figure sculpture, so I bought this as a companion to the volumes "Modeling the Figure in Clay" and "Terracotta." I must say I was not disappointed. The book is a walkthrough of a single sculpture, but it is not developed in the anatomical style taught in "Modeling the Figure in Clay." Students of portraiture may prefer a more detailed treatment of facial anatomy. However, the work shown in the book has the grace and "flow" which is so difficult for beginners to master -- and which is tough to learn without viewing the piece as an integrated whole.

1-0 out of 5 stars Only the Basics.
While Mr. Lucchesi is obviously a very talented sculpter of the human physique,I found this book to be somewhat simplistic in it's approach. Going through its pages was similar to watching the how-to-paint shows on PBS,a few little tricks here and there to get a quick effect,but no real exploration as to what makes a sculpture a real work of art or a true portrait. For someone who already posseses an understanding of anatomy,who knows the foundation of modeling the head,this book describes not much more than forming a maniken. There is no discussion of the relationships between parts of the face or how those relations change with different emotions. I can only recommend this book to beginners with no previous modeling experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on clay sculpting
I bought this book (along with several others) while taking a class in sculpture. I found it to be the most informative and inspiring of any source, including my sculpture teacher. Using a series of close-up, detailed photographs, the book walks the student through the steps of creating a clay head. I followed them and made a good (for me) sculpture of a man's head and later a bust of a woman. I went on to make other clay faces, incorporated into mugs and pots. I don't pretend to be a great sculptor but, thanks to this book, I am able to make recognizable sculptures. The excellent directions include how to control surface texture using water and a brush; it is possible to make clay look like skin. If you are struggling to bring clay to life, this book doesn't just tell you how, it shows you how.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful photographic illustration of modeling
This is a book that shows you, via numerous photographs, how a clay sculpture is actually made. The book starts with detailed photographs of different types of sculpture that whet your excitement. It then moves to defining the tools and supplies that are going to used in the rest of the book. The greatest part of the book is the detailed step by step photographic illustration of what happens during each part of building the sculpture. It is really exciting to see how the model is transformed between its various stages. I learned more from this one book than 2 adult- evening sculpture classes(that cost $300+)from the local Art college. This book is worth the investment! ... Read more

35. Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic, and the Man
by Laurie Wilson, Alberto Giacometti
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Asin: 0300090374
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Yale University Press
Sales Rank: 470718
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Alberto Giacometti, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, was also one of the most enigmatic. In this major new interpretation of Giacometti and his work, art historian and psychoanalyst Laurie Wilson demonstrates how the artist’s secret beliefs and emotional scars are reflected in his evocative sculpture, drawings, and paintings.

Wilson’s Giacometti was an extremely imaginative child who entwined fantasy and real-life experiences. As he matured, the artist combined fact and fancy into evolving myths, part conscious and part unconscious. Drawing on biographical data uncovered during a decade of research, Wilson reconstructs traumatic events and issues in Giacometti’s life—including family births and deaths in early childhood, world wars and their aftermath, and his intense and ambivalent relationship with his parents—and examines their profound effects on his artistic evolution. These startling new interpretations will forever change the way we understand both the man and his work. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A meticulous, scholarly, seminal body of work
Laurie Wilson (Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU Medical Center, New York Center) has written the definitive biography of the skilled and talented artist Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic, And The Man. Tracing Giacometti's roots from his imaginative childhood the traumas in his early life, to surviving the hardships of world wars, and the effects of his life experiences on the nature, theme, and interplay of his art, Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic, And The Man offers a excellent wealth of documented insights into the creation and message behind one man's great art. Alberto Giacometti is a meticulous, scholarly, seminal body of work which is especially recommended for academic library collections.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wilson's Giacometti and the vital necessity of art
This biographical work is an exquisite study of the artist and of the vital necessity of his work to himself and to us, his audience. Wilson traces his life with a sensitivity that matches its history of loss and trauma while weaving it into an emotionally attuned connection to his work. The effect is an indelibly affecting portrait of this quintessential 20th century artist. This portrayal blends the best traditions of the psychoanalytic method of examining a life with appreciation of the artist's work on aesthetic and art historical grounds. The author brings to it a richly textured language, which avoids the possible pitfalls of formulaic interpreting, and instead brings to life the artist's personal and artistic existence. This feels particularly satisfying because it echoes Giacometti's own accomplishment: a rendering of human fragility and yet transcending it, and helping us transcend it through art. ... Read more

36. Richard Serra: Sculpture 1985-1998
by Richard Serra
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Asin: 3882436239
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Steidl Publishing
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In 1996, internationally distinguished sculptor Richard Serra achieved an unparalleled technical and conceptual feat: the creation of forms never before seen in either art or architecture. "They are vessels that you walk into," said Serra of his 13-foot-high bent steel works, called Torqued Ellipses. Imagine standing within an oval-shaped space on the ground with high, curved walls simultaneously rising and seemingly rotating around you. From inside the Ellipses it seems that the walls continuously lean in or out in either direction, creating an unfamiliar and disorienting experience. The pieces were installed at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, during the fall and winter of 1998-99. Richard Serra: Sculpture 1985-1998 is the comprehensive catalog to that show; it also documents more than a decade of Serra's output. A complement to the physical and visual weight of Serra's austere and massive steel sculptures, this handsome hardcover is printed on 240 pages of heavy gloss stock, amply illustrated with 271 plates. It includes strikingly composed black-and-white photographs and a number of insightful sketches and diagrams that should help even readers who haven't seen the pieces firsthand envisage their force.

In his introductory essay titled "The Un/Making of Sculpture," prominent art critic Hal Foster offers a series of notes inspired by Serra's 1976 response to the question "What does making sculpture mean to you right now?" Foster discusses Serra's engagement with historical precedents in art and architecture, his use of steel and the language of industrial production, and the dynamic he creates between his sculptures, their specific sites, and their viewers. Many of the plates are accompanied by Serra's own comments, which, in addition to a lengthy interview with David Sylvester, further elucidate his process and key concerns, making the depth and breadth of his work accessible to even first-time viewers. These informative texts, as well as an exhibition chronology and selected bibliography, make this book a standout. --A.C. Smith ... Read more

37. The Villa Dei Papiri At Herculaneum: Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection
by Carol C. Mattusch, Henry Lie
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Catlog: Book (2005-01-30)
Publisher: J. Paul Getty Trust Publications
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38. Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography
by Douglas Keister
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Sales Rank: 6877
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Certain symbols abound in modern Western culture that are instantly recognizable: the cross signifies Christianity, the six-pointed Star of David is revered by Jews, the golden arches frequently means it's time for lunch. Other symbols, however, require a bit of decoding-particularly those found in cemeteries.

Cemeteries are virtual encyclopedias of symbolism. Engravings on tombstones, mausoleums and memorials tell us just about everything there is to know about a person- date of birth and death as well as religion, ethnicity, occupation, community interests, and much more. In the fascinating new book Stories in Stone: The Complete Guide to Cemetery Symbolism by noted author Douglas Keister, the secrets of cemetery symbolism are finally revealed. For instance, did you know that it is quite rare to see a sunflower on a tombstone? Did you know that the human foot symbolizes humility and service since it consistently touches the earth? Or the humble sheaf of wheat-while it is often used to denote someone who has lived a long and fruitful life, do you know other meanings it might carry?

Stories in Stone provides history along with images of a wide variety of common and not-so-common cemetery symbols, and offers an in-depth examination of stone relics and the personal and intimate details they display-flora and fauna, religious icons, society symbols, and final impressions of how the deceased wished to be remembered. Douglas Keister has created a practical field guide that is compact and portable, perfect for those interested in family histories and genealogical research, and is the only book of its kind that unlocks the language of symbols in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner.

Douglas Keister has photographed fourteen award-winning, critically acclaimed books (including Red Tile Style: America's Spanish Revival Architecture, The Bungalow: America's Arts & Crafts Home, and Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties) earning him the title "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to other books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards. Doug lives in Chico, California, and travels frequently to photograph and lecture on historic architecture and photography. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Photos
It is beautifully illustrated. You really can confidently buy this for the photos alone.

I like the book a lot. It is pretty comprehensive and the types of symbols are broken down into like flora and fauna which makes it easy to reference, there is a nice listing of orginizations in the back. Nice bits of historical changes in the basic meaning of symbols.

No book of listings of symbols is ever complete, I can think of a few things that could have been added, but buy it anyway. Great photos and you won't be disappointed.

And remember, just because someone had ivy carved on their gravestone does not mean that it symbolizes eternity, they really may have just thought it looked pretty.

5-0 out of 5 stars I wish this was a coffee table book...
...but since you're probably meant to bring it with you cemetery-hopping, it makes sense that it's so small. It's packed with information and fantastic photos, and is beautifully bound. I purchased it as a dad's day gift, but wanted to keep it for myself!

5-0 out of 5 stars "Stories in Stone," a cemetery lovers book.
I am a family genealogist and love cemeteries. Recently, I spent a most enjoyable Sunday afternoon curled up in my favorite chair reading "Stories in Stone" cover to cover. I just couldn't put it down.

It is one of the very best books I've read on cemetery symbolism. The amount of research and documentation is impressive. Photographs are used freely throughout to illustrate and compliment each of the symbols discussed. "Stories in Stone" is a must-have, must-read book for all cemetery aficionados.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly, highly recommend!
I work at a large, 141 yr. old cemetery in the midwest and I can't say enough about this book. The photos are amazing and the information is extensive. I appreciate that the author included information on the architectural styles and the history of memorials -all of the way back to antiquity. He also covered the symbols of various religions, and fraternal organizations.

I think this book would be facinating to anyone.
If you even have the slightest interest in cemeteries, monuments, or just history, then you must get this book. ... Read more

39. Maskmaking
by Carole Sivin
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Asin: 0871921782
Catlog: Book (1986-07-01)
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Sales Rank: 120829
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Masks offer an extraordinary opportunity for creative expression; they can completely transform the human face into something evocative, mysterious, terrifying, or humorous. Extensive instructions are given here for masks of plaster, clay, laminated paper, papier-mâché, buckram, wire, and celastic (a plastic-impregnated fabric), plus directions for final embellishments, finishing techniques, and maskmaking with children. Wonderfully diverse and marvelously creative, most of these are unfortunately shown only in black and white, though there is an eight-page color section. And there are ideas for incorporating found objects, hardware store items, and other flotsam for added interest. Theater designers, performance artists, craftspeople, and teachers--as well as dedicated Halloween revelers--will find inspiration aplenty in this useful and attractive book. --Amy Handy ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great inspiration!
I initially bought this book to help me teach maskmaking at a summer camp for children. Instead of sitting on the bookshelf at school, however, this book has been living in my art studio!

Sivin's lovely book describes and illustrates maskmaking techniques that involve plaster, clay, paper, papier-mache, wire, fabric and many other materials. Her instructions are easy to follow, and she suggests a range of materials that are quite available and practical. Furthermore, the illustrations are very inspirational. She has chosen pictures of masks made by children, adults and professional artists. Some of them are funny, some are beautiful, ethereal or cute, and many are downright creepy.

There is also a short history of world masks in the first chapter. Although it is not terribly detailed (and doesn't touch at all on the masks of Australia or Oceania), it gives the reader a little background before jumping into instruction.

In the month that I have owned this book, I have tried a number of Sivin's techniques--and have had uncontrollable urges to be CONSTANTLY making masks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maskmaking by Carole Sevin
This is by far one of the best books available on the art of maskmaking. It provides inspiration and clear instructions on technique for the beginners, as well as very useful references for the professional maskmaker. This book always accompanies me when I am given courses on the subject of masks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, book for all ages & skill levels
This is a wonderful book that can teach anyone how to easily make beautiful masks. It is especially nice for teachers & parents for exploring maskmaking with children of all ages because of sections featuring easily made masks.

The book starts out with a brief history of masks as art. A vast array of techniques are shown using a variety of easily found materials. These may include balloons, clay, plaster, papier-mâché, wire, buckram, & celastic.

Each maskmaking method includes a complete materials list & is demonstrated with b/w photos and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. At the back there is a great chapter on creatively fishing the masks & then protecting them.

Example masks in b/w & a small color gallery in the middle are nice bonuses. This is great book for anyone wanting to create unique masks.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hands on approaches to a variety of Maskmaking techniques.
I consider this one of the better books on Maskmaking techniques. It has easy to follow directions in a variety of modeling methods. Well illustrated, it makes what could have been a dry lifeless book into something that is accessable to all levels of Maskmaking experience ... Read more

40. Shaping Space
by Paul Zelanski, Mary Pat Fisher
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Asin: 0030765463
Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Sales Rank: 275213
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Book Description

As a guide to introductory three-dimensional design or sculpture, SHAPING SPACE offers an in-depth exploration of the aesthetic and practical considerations of working in three dimensions. Discussions of technique cover a range of media, including assorted fibers, ceramics, and even virtual design using the computer as a tool. Suggested studio projects provide structured assignments that relate directly to textual materials. ... Read more

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