Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Quick And Nimble Glance Into Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau by Constance M. Greiff                                     Abbeville Press (1995) Paperback

This pocket-size Stylebook is chock full of black and white reproductions of art nouveau paintings, photographs, architecture, furniture, and jewelry. The introduction emphasizes art nouveu’s ‘totality of design’, and that is definitely shown throughout this volume. The art pieces are highlighted by some deep orange text headers, which are a nice design touch, but makes me long for the reproduction of the art pieces to be in color as well! It would provide the book with evan more pizzazz. Art Nouveau covers art nouveau’s birth, unified aesthetic, outdoor and indoor pieces, decorative objects, and other structures. It also provides an index of museum collections, additional sites to visit, and recommended further reading. All in all it’s a cute, handy book, full of knowledge and inspiration.

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A First Step On The Immense Journey

The Immense Journey: An Imaginative Naturalist Explores the Mysteries of Man and Nature by Loren Eiseley                                                    Vintage (1959) Paperback
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This book makes me want to be a naturalist! Although not directly about art, Eiseley so poetically describes his musings on life and nature that art is unintentionally held between the pages. My favorite essays were the last, about ‘the secret of life’ and the second, ‘the flow of the river’, describing the mysticalities of water. A poignant passage contends that men are not more than “a way that water has of going about beyond the reach of rivers” as everything alive is nine tenths water.
This paperback is a perfect park read and beautifully written. It really gives you a different perspective and deeper understanding of things encountered on an everyday basis, like birds. It’s fantastic!

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Collage Conundrum Part Two

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Elle Fanning and the Glee Guys

Since I’m moving into the dorms tomorrow, I decided to do this last post from my summer sublet. This collage had me preoccupied for a full 12 hour day. Collages go great with hurricane warnings! I think we can safely say it’s art.

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Chillin’ with Cubism

Cubism (Art and Ideas) by Neil Cox                                           Phaidon (2000) Paperback

Alright you may think you’re seeing a trend here now, but I swear I am not in any way affiliated with Phaidon Press (although honestly I wish I were). My eye was immediately drawn to this volume because of its’ solid white spine and tiny reproduction of Picasso’s Guitar in the center. Their book designs just pop and I can’t resist taking them down from the crowded library shelves!

In any case, the introduction explains that this book will delve not only into cubism’s aesthetic characteristics but also historical and political questions surrounding the cubist movement that made it what it is. Cubism covers the origin of cubism and how it took off in Paris, how cubism expanded around the world, cubist philosophies, and cubism today. In the back is a glossary, brief biographies, key dates, a map of Europe at the end of the 20th century, recommendations for further reading, and, of course, an index. In short, all you may ever need to know! Cox’s writing is comprehensive and easy to follow, and the reproductions of cubist masterpieces are amazing. Once again, a fantastic art and ideas book by Phaidon Press.

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