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A collection of reproductions which illustrate Rockwell's artistic concern with everyday life in America
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Having known Chuck Close since the late 1960s when the artist was creating his first 'portrait' masterpieces in an unheated Soho loft, Finch chronicles Close's childhood battles with illness and dyslexia and his rise to the pinnacle ofthe art world. At the age of 48 he was struck down by an occluded spinal artery that left him a partial quadriplegic. With extraordinary determination, Close overcame this potentially career-ending disability, not only learning to paint again but producing work of extraordinary richness that equals or surpasses his previous achievements. Illus., 75 in color. 352p.
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A critical survey of the full range of artist Chuck Close's career in which he has employed an array of mediums ranging from the conventional - oils, acrylic paint, and pastel - to the exotic, including paper pulp collages and huge images accumulated from tens of thousands of fingerprints, as well as innovative forays into photograhy, in a relentless pursuit of portraiture. Christopher Finch offers engaging, in-depth analysis - supported by four decades of studio visits and thousands of hours of conversation with the artist - from the continuous-tone airbrushed heads of the 1960s and 1970s, to the painterly 'prismatic grids' of the past two decades. Addenda. With more than 300 illustrations. 336p.
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Chuck Close reinvented portraiture almost four decades ago with a series of nine-foot-tall, black-and-white likenesses of himself and fellow artists, which astonished an art world dominated by minimalism and conceptualism. Close has since explored the possibilities implicit in his original breakthrough in an array of mediums. This lavish, large-format volume is the first to deal with all aspects of Close's carreer and to place them in a biographical context. Finch provides an engaging, in-depth analysis of Close's portraits on canvas, from the continuous-tone airbrushed heads of the 1960s & 1970s, to the painterly 'prismatic grids' of the past two decades, plus images from his photographic oeuvre.
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In May of 1968, New York City is broke and on the skids, and private eye Alex Novalis is hard up for gigs. So when he’s offered a case from wealthy construction mogul Gabriel Kravitz, he can’t refuse. Kravitz’s eighteen-year-old daughter Lydia has gone missing. Though she’s presumed to be with Jerry Pedrosian, the radical middle-aged artist and known womanizer she’d been sleeping with, there are few clues. Information is hard to come by; everyone seems to be hiding something. And then there’s Andrea Marshall, Lydia’s miniskirted and vinyl-booted best friend, who Novalis is deeply distrustful of…and unfortunately attracted to.But as Novalis traverses the city, tracking Lydia from scummy artists’ lofts in pre-gentrified SoHo to luxury penthouses overlooking Central Park, he’ll face threats deadlier than any he signed on for. Smart and sophisticated, Good Girl, Bad Girl provides a rare, fascinating snapshot of late 1960s New York City — a glimpse into the forbidden sex, politics, art, drugs, and counterculture violence that ran rampant in its once gloriously gritty streets.
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A tribute to the creativity of Jim Henson presents more than five hundred photographs, drawings, and behind-the-scenes designs of the Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and other works
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Beyond doubt, one of the greatest contributions of the 19thcentury to the history of painting was the explosion of watercolor, one of the most demanding mediums for the artist, yet one yielding unparalleled rewards in color andform. This masterful history explores the broad range of styles and approaches of the century's great artists, from the romanticism of Delacroix to the compelling realism of Eakins. 364 illus., 260 in color.
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At the outset of his career, Norman Rockwell was not the most likely candidate for long-term celebrity; he was just one of many skillful illustrators working within the conventions of the day. But there was something tenacious about his vision, and something uncanny about his access to the wellsprings of public taste. Although technically he was an academic painter, he had the eye of a photographer and, as he became a mature artist, he used this eye to give us a picture of America that was familiar-astonishingly so-and at the same time unique.It seems familiar because it was everyone's dream of America; and it was unique because only Rockwell managed to bring it to life with such authority. This was, perhaps, an America that never existed, but it was an America the public wanted to exist. And Rockwell put it together from elements that were there for everyone to see.Rockwell helped preserve American myths, but, more than that, he recreated them and made them palatable for new generations. His function was to reassure people, to remind them of old values in times of rapid change.
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Norman Rockwell's best-loved works, collected in a handsome clothbound volumeNorman Rockwell gave us a picture of America that was familiar—astonishingly so—and at the same time unique, because only he could bring it to life with such authority.Rockwell best expressed this vision of America in his justly famous cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post, painted between 1916 and 1963. All of his Post covers are reproduced in splendid full color in this oversized volume, with commentaries by Christopher Finch, the noted writer on art and popular culture.
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A nostalgic collection of Norman Rockwell's scenes of twentieth century American life includes all of the Saturday Evening Post covers plus paintings, drawings, and graphics from every period of the artist's career--with many foldout pages.
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(Revised & Expanded Edition). Still considered the definitive study of The Walt Disney Company's vast artistic achievements through the decades, this extensively revised & expanded edition adds three new chapters, to cover all the major Disney projects since the original 1995 edition. Here Finch describes in detail the Disney films from the last ten years, including Fantasia/2000, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, A Bug's Life, and Finding Nemo.This edition also covers the latest in live-action films and Disney's successful foray on Broadway with The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aida. Index. 818 illus., 468 in full color. 504p.
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First published in 1973, The Art of Walt Disney is one of the most successful and influential illustrated art books on American popular culture ever published. This book was the first to reveal the wealth of concept art, animation drawings, and archival material created in the course of animating films. In this newly revised edition, author Christopher Finch has thoroughly reworked every chapter to incorporate the vast achievements of The Walt Disney Company in filmmaking, theater, and theme parks, from Walt's day to the present, including all-new exciting chapters on Pixar Animation Studio and Walt Disney Animation along with extensive interviews with their chief creative officer, John Lasseter, and president, Ed Catmull. Offering hundreds of new images and unparalleled access to leading filmmakers and artists at The Walt Disney Company, The Art of Walt Disney will once again capture the imaginations of animation fans young and old.Praise for The Art of Walt Disney: “Every student of art should own and study this book.” —Georgia Times-Union
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Gathers watercolors by Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, George Grosz, Otto Dix, Paul Islee, Joan Miro, and Piet Mondrian
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