The Painted Book in Renaissance Italy: 1450–1600
A comprehensive survey examining the vibrant and sumptuous art of illumination during a period of profound intellectual and cultural transformation Hand-painted illumination enlivened the burgeoning culture of the book in the Italian Renaissance, spanning the momentous shift from manuscript production to print. This major survey, by a leading authority on medieval and renaissance book illumination, gives the first comprehensive account in English of an immensely creative and relatively little-studied art form. Jonathan J. G. Alexander describes key illuminated manuscripts and printed books from the period and explores the social and material worlds in which they were produced. Renaissance humanism encouraged wealthy members of the laity to join the clergy as readers and book collectors. Illuminators responded to patrons’ developing interest in classical motifs, and celebrated artists such as Mantegna and Perugino occasionally worked as illuminators. Italian illuminated books found patronage across Europe, their dispersion hastened by the French invasion of Italy at the end of the 15th century. Richly illustrated, The Painted Book in Renaissance Italy is essential reading for all scholars and students of Renaissance art.
About the Author
Jonathan J. G. Alexander is Sherman Fairchild Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York.
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This handsome catalogue presents the Dutch artist Theo Van Doesburg (1883-1931) as a nomadic propagandist on a quest for a new aesthetic that, in conjunction with contemporary science and technology, sought to reform the world. Van Doesburg was a central figure of the De Stijl movement, characterized by a pared-down aesthetic centered in basic visual elements such as geometric shapes and primary colors, and this book highlights the artist’s collaborations with other leading members, including Piet Mondrian, Bart van der Leck, and Georges Vantongerloo. It also traces the stylistic trajectory of the artist’s career from his Neo-Plasticist and Dadaist creations to his Elementarist and Conrete artworks and brings together art, architecture, cinema, poetry, literature, design, and typography to illuminate Van Doesburg’s enduring contributions to De Stijl.
About the Author
Gladys C. Fabre is an art historian, curator, and author specializing in 20th-century modernity and the avant-gardes.
This is the story of how the xerographic copier, or “Xerox machine,” became a creative medium for artists and activists during the last few decades of the twentieth century. Paper jams, mangled pages, and even fires made early versions of this clunky office machine a source of fear, rage, dread, and disappointment. But eventually, xerography democratized print culture by making it convenient and affordable for renegade publishers, zinesters, artists, punks, anarchists, queers, feminists, street activists, and others to publish their work and to get their messages out on the street. The xerographic copier adjusted the lived and imagined margins of society, Eichhorn argues, by supporting artistic and political expression and mobilizing subcultural movements. Eichhorn describes early efforts to use xerography to create art and the occasional scapegoating of urban copy shops and xerographic technologies following political panics, using the post-9/11 raid on a Toronto copy shop as her central example. She examines New York’s downtown art and punk scenes of the 1970s to 1990s, arguing that xerography — including photocopied posters, mail art, and zines — changed what cities looked like and how we experienced them. And she looks at how a generation of activists and artists deployed the copy machine in AIDS and queer activism while simultaneously introducing the copy machine’s gritty, DIY aesthetics into international art markets. Xerographic copy machines are now defunct. Office copiers are digital, and activists rely on social media more than photocopied posters. And yet, Eichhorn argues, even though we now live in a post-xerographic era, the grassroots aesthetics and political legacy of xerography persists.
About the Author
Kate Eichhorn is Associate Professor of Culture and Media Studies at the New School. She is the author of The Archival Turn in Feminism.
About the Author
Thomas Vogel specializes in creativity and creative thinking, strategic communication, experience design and branding on the Internet. Formerly a Professor of Media Design at the Department of Media Management at the University of Applied Sciences Wiesbaden, Germany, he now teaches courses in creativity and creative thinking and directs the masters program in Global Marketing Communication and Advertising at Emerson College. He is a creativity consultant and a founding partner of mediaman, a digital marketing agency.
“Creative Activities for Young Children, International Edition”, is an invaluable resource for any teacher, pre-service or experienced, as well as for parents and child-care providers. Featuring a wealth of information covering every conceivable content area encountered in an early childhood classroom as well as up to grade 5, this combined art/curriculum text promotes creativity in children and encourages readers to exercise their own creativity. The sound theoretical base is applied in hundreds of practical activities. The Tenth Edition features expanded coverage of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), Web tools in the arts, and brain research, and nearly all photos are new. All references, including websites, software recommendations, and additional readings have been updated. The final section on Creativity and Multicultural Education covers the place of creativity in the anti-bias curriculum, and provides a multitude of creative activity ideas for use in today’s multicultural classrooms. Students will find this book to be a helpful resource throughout their professional careers.