♥ Book Title : Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll
☯ Full Synopsis : "Boldly developing the central traditions of American modernist abstraction, Lawrence Carroll's paintings engage with a fundamental issue of aesthetic theory, the nature of the medium of painting, in highly original, frequently extraordinarily successful ways. Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll explains how he understands the medium of painting; shows what his art says about the identity of painting as an art; discusses the place of his paintings in the development of abstraction; and, finally, offers an interpretation of his art. The first monograph devoted to him, this philosophical commentary employs the resources of analytic aesthetics. Art historians trace the development of art, explaining how what came earlier yields to what comes later. Taking for granted that the artifacts they describe are artworks, art historians place them within the history of art. Philosophical art writers define art, explain why it has a history and identify its meaning. Pursuing that goal, Aesthetic Theory, Abstract Art, and Lawrence Carroll roams freely across art history, focused at some points on the story of old master painting and sometimes on the history of modernism, but looking also to contemporary art, in order to provide the fullest possible philosophical perspective on Carroll's work."Article| David Carrier| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : I Have Longed to Move Away
☯ Full Synopsis : "Lawrence Carroll (b. 1954) is an Australian-born American artist whose work has been featured in major exhibitions around the world. Born in Melbourne, Carroll moved to California with his family in 1958. Some 25 years later, in 1984, he moved to New York to pursue his artistic development, with little concern for the fashions of the moment but a profound sense of personal commitment and dedication to the language and practice of painting. This book, published to accompany a career-spanning exhibition, provides an overview of Carroll's artistic development from his earliest works to the present day, highlighting the subtle recurring themes as well as the fresh departures that have taken him on wholly new artistic journeys."Article| Gianna A. Mina| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Wild Art
☯ Full Synopsis : "Wild Art is an incredibly brash and current collection of over 300 extraordinary artworks that are too offbeat, outrageous, kitschy, quirky, or funky for the formal art world. From pimped cars, graffiti, flash mobs, and burlesque acts, to extreme body art, ice sculpture, light shows, and carnivals, the works featured here are variously moving, funny, or shocking - and guaranteed to elicit a reaction. Authors David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro have studied alternative and underground art cultures for years. Here, they've compiled the ultimate collection of creative works that celebrate the beauty and art in anything and everything, challenging the reader's perception of what is and what isn't art."Article| David Carrier, Joachim Pissarro| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Landscape into Eco Art
☯ Full Synopsis : "Dedicated to an articulation of the earth from broadly ecological perspectives, eco art is a vibrant subset of contemporary art that addresses the widespread public concern with rapid climate change and related environmental issues. In Landscape into Eco Art, Mark Cheetham systematically examines connections and divergences between contemporary eco art, land art of the 1960s and 1970s, and the historical genre of landscape painting. Through eight thematic case studies that illuminate what eco art means in practice, reception, and history, Cheetham places the form in a longer and broader art-historical context. He considers a wide range of media—from painting, sculpture, and photography to artists’ films, video, sound work, animation, and installation—and analyzes the work of internationally prominent artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Nancy Holt, Mark Dion, and Robert Smithson. In doing so, Cheetham reveals eco art to be a dynamic extension of a long tradition of landscape depiction in the West that boldly enters into today’s debates on climate science, government policy, and our collective and individual responsibility to the planet. An ambitious intervention into eco-criticism and the environmental humanities, this volume provides original ways to understand the issues and practices of eco art in the Anthropocene. Art historians, humanities scholars, and lay readers interested in contemporary art and the environment will find Cheetham’s work valuable and invigorating."Article| Mark Cheetham| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Beyond Aesthetics
☯ Full Synopsis : "Claims authorial intention, art history, and morality play a role in our encounter with art works."Article| Noël Carroll| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Giorgio Morandi
☯ Full Synopsis : "This gorgeously produced monograph focuses on the period during which Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964) developed and refined his investigations of serial, reductive and permutational forms and compositions, a body of work that has had a profound influence on 20th-century contemporary art and painting. Included here are four of the ten iconic “yellow cloth paintings,” a series featured prominently in the historic 1998 exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and numerous late paintings by the Italian master. Lavishly reproduced, these immersive plates draw attention to the idiosyncratic perspectival and color-driven decisions that give the work its abstract power. In addition to an essay by art historian Laura Mattioli, founder of the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), the book includes a fantastic array of contributions by contemporary artists, including John Baldessari, Lawrence Carroll, Vija Celmins, Mark Greenwold, Liu Ye, Alexi Worth and Zeng Fanzhi. Each of the artists offers a personal response to Morandi’s work, and to the 2015 David Zwirner exhibition this book accompanies. Working in different mediums across many disciplines, this diverse list of contributors is a testament to the reach of Morandi’s paintings and their influence on contemporary art."Article| Laura Mattioli| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Giorgio Morandi
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book presents an invaluable survey of Giorgio Morandi's drawings, watercolors, and etchings, selected mainly from British and American collections. Morandi was a reserved artist who rarely left his studio in Bologna. He focused his extraordinary artistic sensitivity upon the same motifs again and again, each time depicting them anew. He was a master engraver, and his celebrated etchings - of which there are few - reveal the artist's unmatched ability to express lightness and depth. For Morandi, drawing - as Renato Miracco writes in his introductory essay - represented the first physical manifestation of the idea, a concrete trace of a largely metaphysical quest. This essential volume - the second in the series I Quaderni dell'Istituto italiano di cultura di New York, which began with the works of Fausto Melotti - conveys an atmosphere of meditation and suspended reality, where simple shapes and muted colors reveal a parallel world that the viewer may gently enter."Article| Giorgio Morandi, Karen Wilkin, Renato Miracco| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art
☯ Full Synopsis : "Richard Eldridge presents a clear and compact survey of philosophical theories of the nature and significance of art. Drawing on materials from classical and contemporary philosophy as well as from literary theory and art criticism, he explores the representational, expressive, and formal dimensions of art, and he argues that works of art present their subject matter in ways that are of enduring cognitive, moral, and social interest. His accessible study will be invaluable to students and to all readers who are interested in the relation between thought and art."Article| Richard Eldridge| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Telematic Embrace
☯ Full Synopsis : ""An Ahmanson Murphy fine arts book"--P.  of cover."Article| Roy Ascott, Edward A. Shanken| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Giorgio Morandi
☯ Full Synopsis : "A fascinating study of the revered twentieth-century Italian artist Giorgio Morandi, written by his friend and former studio assistant"Article| Janet Abramowicz, Giorgio Morandi| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Chantal Joffe
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♥ Book Title : The Contemporary Art Gallery
☯ Full Synopsis : "Everyone who looks at contemporary art is familiar with galleries. But visual features of these mysterious temples tend to be taken for granted. The basic purpose of this book is to enliven the reader’s latent knowledge of galleries, including architectural motifs, the intended impression that is conveyed to the visitor, and human interactions within them. The contemporary art world system includes artists’ studios, art galleries, homes of collec-tors and public art museums. To comprehend art, one needs to understand these settings and how it travels through them. The contemporary art gallery is a store where luxury goods are sold. What distinguishes it from stores selling other luxuries – upscale clothing, jewelry, and posh cars – is the nature of the merchandise. While much has been written about the art, this book uncovers the secretive culture of the galleries themselves. The gallery is the public site where art is first seen – anyone can come and look for free. This store, a commercial site, is where aesthetic judgments are made. Art’s value is determined in this marketplace by the consensus formed by public opinion, professional re-viewers and sales. The gallery, then, is the nexus of the enigmatic, billion dollar art world, and it is that space that is dissected here. The first chapter briefly describes the beginnings of the present contemporary art gallery. The second presents the experience of gallery going, presenting summary accounts of vis-its to some contemporary galleries. The third expands and extends that analysis, with de-tailed close up descriptions and comparative evaluations of many diverse contemporary galleries, in order to identify the challenges provided by these marvelous places. Then the fourth chapter indicates why, in the near future, due to the proliferation of myriad art fairs and online platforms extant today, such galleries might disappear altogether."Article| David Carrier, Darren Jones| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Abstraction and Empathy
☯ Full Synopsis : "Wilhelm Worringer's landmark study in the interpretation of modern art, first published in 1908, has seldom been out of print. Its profound impact not only on art historians and theorists but also for generations of creative writers and intellectuals is almost unprecedented. Starting from the notion that beauty derives from our sense of being able to identify with an object, Worringer argues that representational art produces satisfaction from our “objectified delight in the self,” reflecting a confidence in the world as it is—as in Renaissance art. By contrast, the urge to abstraction, as exemplified by Egyptian, Byzantine, primitive, or modern expressionist art, articulates a totally different response to the world: it expresses man's insecurity. Thus in historical periods of anxiety and uncertainty, man seeks to abstract objects from their unpredictable state and transform them into absolute, transcendental forms. Abstraction and Empathy also has a sociological dimension, in that the urge to create fixed, abstract, and geometric forms is a response to the modern experience of industrialization and the sense that individual identity is threatened by a hostile mass society. Hilton Kramer's introduction considers the influence of Worringer's thesis and places his book in historical context."Article| Wilhelm Worringer| Statement ..."