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Hieronymus Bosch : Visions and Nightmares

In his lifetime the early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch was famous for his phantasmagoric images, and today his name is synonymous with the infernal. The creator of expansive tableaus of fantastic and hellish scenes—where any devil not dancing is too busy eating human souls—he has been as equally misunderstood by history as his paintings have. In this book, Nils Büttner draws on a wealth of historical documents—not to mentio...

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Bioart and the Vitality of Media (In Vivo)

Bioart – art that uses either living materials (such as bacteria or transgenic organisms) or more traditional materials to comment on, or even transform, biotechnological practice – now receives enormous media attention. Yet despite this attention, bioart is frequently misunderstood. Bioart and the Vitality of Media is the first comprehensive theoretical account of the art form, situating it in the contexts of art history, laboratory...

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Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years

Sculptor Lorado Taft helped build Chicago's worldwide reputation as the epicenter of the City Beautiful Movement. In this new biography, art historian Allen Stuart Weller picks up where his earlier book Lorado in Paris left off, drawing on the sculptor's papers to generate a fascinating account of the most productive and influential years of Taft's long career. Returning to Chicago from France, Taft established a bustling studio and ...

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The New York Schools of Music and the Visual Arts

Musicians and artists have always shared mutual interests and exchanged theories of art and creativity. This exchange climaxed just after World War II, when a group of New York-based musicians, including John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, and David Tudor, formed friendships with a group of painters. The latter group, now known collectively as either the New York School or the Abstract Expressionists, included Jackson Pollock, Wi...

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Visual Anthropology in Sardinia

Visual Anthropology in Sardinia explores the technique, style and methodology of documentary films about Sardinia, investigating how such films construct different experiences and identities, and reflecting on the advantages of the medium of documentary film over written ethnographic texts. Following a discussion of theoretical developments in the area of visual anthropology in the twentieth century, the author turns to case studies ...

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Geographies of Dance: Body, Movement, and Corporeal Negotiations

This volume provides a theoretical and practical examination of the relationships between bodies, dance and space. Using ten case studies, it illustrates the symbolic power of dance that is crafted by choreographers and acted out by dancers. The book portrays a multitude of ways in which public and private spaces (stages, buildings, town squares as well as natural environments) are transformed and made meaningful by dance. Furthermor...

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Farben: Natur, Technik, Kunst

Mit Farben in der 3. Auflage gehen Welsch und Liebmann der Realität der Farben auf den Grund und erklären Wahrnehmung, Physik und Chemie der Farbenwelt um uns herum. Die Themen des mehr als 400 Seiten umfassenden großformatigen Buches:  Geschichte, Farben in Sprache, Kunst, Kultur, Farbpsychologie und Symbolik, Ordnung der Farben, Farben in Natur und Chemie, Farbwahrnehmung und Farben in Physik und Technik. Auch neue Erkenntnisse wie...

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Making Time: Picasso's -Suite 347-; (American University Studies)

In 1968, near the end of his life, Picasso made 347 etchings that show his interest in television and film, wrestling, and the female nude. Some of the prints refer to old Celestina, the cunning marriage arranger featured in Fernando de Rojas’s play. Others investigate the aging process, voyeurism, the orientalized setting of the harem, and explicit lovemaking as the Pope looks on. When the etchings were exhibited in Paris, and later...

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Art and War (Art and... Series)

This is a truly encyclopaedic survey of artists' responses -- both ""official"" and personal -- to ""the horrors of war."" Art and War reveals the sheer diversity of artists' portrayals of this most devastating aspect of the human condition -- from the ""heroic"" paintings of Benjamin West and of John Singer Sargent to brutal and iconic works by artists from Goya to Picasso, and the equally oppositional work of Leon Golub, Nancy Sper...