Andy Warhol. The Life Years 1949 - 1959 Tanner Paul In 2011 a sensational find came to light in Andy Warhol's estate: an extensive collection of drawings that provides impressive evidence of Warhol's artistic talents. He used iconic photographs and magazine illustrations, many of which were taken from Life magazine, as inspiration. This publication explores these sources and presents them in juxtaposition. Drawing was an essential element of Warhol's everyday life during his early years in New York. He was particularly inspired by the blossoming magazine culture and its pictorial language. Extensive research has now identified the majority of the sources he used. Warhol drew a large number of subjects from the world-famous Life magazine. This publication presents notable examples of the copying technique developed by Warhol, known as blotted line, and presents the drawings in direct juxtaposition with the sources that he used. The accompanying essays explore Andy Warhol's unique design process and his very own method for making transfers between the media of photography and drawing.
Andreas Horlitz. Equilibrium Leismann Burkhard Best known for his large-scale installations made of mirror and glass, Munich-based artist Andreas Horlitz has also incorporated photography, light works, and site specific architectural installations into his practice over an impressive three decade career. Taking his inspiration from the sciences and creative exchanges with scientists Horlitz's work frequently mimics chemical, biological, and physical processes. Foremost among these scientifically sourced works are his Autoportraits series of eight biometric images that incorporate his own DNA, and the eight hundred foot mirrored glass installation, Interdependence, which symbolizes information transfer, multiple horizons, and velocity waves. Published in connection with an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Andreas Horlitz: Equilibrium represents the first English language look at Horlitz's entire body of work and includes one hundred full-color illustrations spanning a large selection of Horlitz's artworks. Also included is an introduction by art historian Burkhard Leismann as well as scientific texts and essays by Nike Ritter, Verena Titze, and Yvonne Ziegler.
Benjamin Katz. Gerhard Richter at Work Wiegand Wilfried With a career spanning almost sixty years, Gerhard Richter is among the most prominent painters of the twentieth and twenty first century, well known for his monumental abstract and photo-realistic works. But beyond the many instantly recognizable paintings, relatively little is still known about how Richter works, his artistic processes and philosophy. For Gerhard Richter at Work, Belgian photographer Benjamin Katz a fifty year veteran of the art world himself had the opportunity to capture on film the notoriously camera-shy artist at work. Armed with a pair of compact Leicas, he photographed and hand-developed eighty extraordinary black and white portraits of Richter painting, sketching, and mulling over his work. A keen observer, Katz shoots his subjects candidly and without the use of flash. Because of this, his photographs reflect genuine moments in the lives of their subjects, often with an almost palpable sense of humor, melancholy, or love. In addition to Richter, Katz has photographed Joseph Beuys, Sigmar Polke, Rosemarie Trockel, Martin Kippenberg, and Georg Baselitz, among many other legends of the contemporary art world, exhibiting his photographs in some of the world's biggest institutions. Katz's striking photographs of Richter will be equally well-received for the insight they offer into his celebrated career.
Canaletto. Bernardo Bellotto Paints Europe Schumacher Andreas In 1761, Bernardo Bellotto painted his famous panorama of Munich, signing the painting Canaletto as he signed many of his paintingsin tribute to his uncle and teacher Giovanni Antonio Canal. In addition to the famous panorama, Bellotto completed over the course of several months two stunning palace views for the Duke of Bavaria, Maximilian III Joseph. Placing Bellotto's Munich paintings within the artist s broader body of work, this well-illustrated book highlights the Italian painter and printmaker's capacity to create paintings of European cities that are both remarkably realistic and compositionally idealistic. Depicting Dresden, Vienna, Turin, and Warsaw, the paintings demonstrate an elaborate attention to architectural and natural detail and a sophisticated understanding of the specific quality of light in each place. By juxtaposing the paintings with Bellotto's preparatory sketches, the book also sheds light on his complicated process, which is thought to have included the use of the popular optical aid of that time, the camera obscura. Rounding out the book is a contemporary artistic reevaluation of the paintings through the medium of photography. Bringing together many well-known works by the Venetian "vedute" with a trove of paintings rarely seen, including a series of highly idealized architectural depictions, the book illustrates his critical contribution to this important European tradition.
Energy Overlays. Land Art Generator Initiative
Energy Overlays provides a glimpse into our post-carbon future where energy infrastructure is seamlessly woven into the fabric of our cities as works of public art. Fifty designs use a variety of renewable energy technologies to arrive at innovative site-specific solutions. Power plants of the future will be the perfect place to have a picnic! On the foreshore of St Kilda with the skyline of Melbourne as a backdrop rises a new kind of power plant - one that merges renewable energy production with leisure, recreation, and education. Energy Overlays provides a roadmap to our sustainable future with essays about the energy transition and beautiful renderings and diagrams of more than fifty designs. The result is a city where the infrastructures that power our world are designed to be reflections of culture, where public parks provide clean electricity to the city grid, and where the art that makes our lives more vibrant and interesting is also part of the solution to climate change.
Form and Light. From Bauhaus to Tel Aviv Gawze Yigal "Yigal Gawze's photographs capture the abstraction, the simplicity and the optimism of early modernism in Tel Aviv. He distils the essence of the Bauhaus to bring it alive in a modern city and concentrates on the subtle effects of natural light upon architecture, a technique that the masters of the modern movement themselves applauded".
The fragment - an essential part of the structure which carries within it the genetic code of the whole, is in the core of this visual inquiry depicting Tel Aviv's White City. The encounter between a building style originating in Europe and the Mediterranean glare, is highlighted by the colour photography. While paying homage to the Bauhaus spirit and the avant - garde photographers of the 1920s, it is also a tribute to past ideals and present renewal, enhancing the current relevance of the Modern Movement in an exceptional urban setting. The images add up to create a portrait of a place by revealing the poetic essence of it's architecture and the role light takes in shaping it.
From the Land of the Snow Lion: Treasures from Tibet
Tibet is home to a rich artistic heritage, including some of the world’s most treasured works of material and textile art. Particularly well represented within the Tibetan tradition are carpets; metalwork, including poles, singing bowls, and tingsha prayer chimes, and furniture, especially intricately painted trunks and cabinets. This book is an attractively presented, authoritative overview.
Drawing on a private collection, In the Land of the Snowlion brings together breathtakingly beautiful examples of traditional Tibetan material and textile art from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. Many of the objects pictured play a central role in Tibetan culture, but their uses have remained relatively little known. Hand-woven or hand-knotted sheep’s wool rugs, for example, were often crafted for seating or riding, while highly ornamented poles were sometimes designed to support paintings. This lavish, large-format book fills this gap in the knowledge about Tibetan art and culture, with 450 full-color illustrations, as well as essays by the collectors, Michael and Justyna Buddeberg, and contributions from a distinguished group of international specialists in Tibetan art: Koos de Jong, Christiane Kalantari, Petra Maurer, Ulrike Montigel, H.H. Neumann, Lisa Niedermayr, Bruno Richtsfeld, Rupert Smith, Friedrich Spuhler, Elena Tsareva, Hans Weihreter, and Thoma Wild.
Some of the most beautiful and historically significant works of Tibetan art are in the Buddeberg Collection, and In the Land of the Snowlion makes them available to the public for the first time.
Gerhard Richter. Brigid Polk Knust Sabine In 1970 in Munich Gerhard Richter met Brigid Berlin alias Brigid Polk, Andy Warhol's legendary muse and enfant terrible of New York's high society. This meeting gave rise to Richter's important Brigid Polk series, based on Polaroid self-portraits by the eccentric artist: a dialogue between America and Europe, photography and painting, artist and muse. The series about Brigid Polk is an important record of Gerhard Richter's photo paintings. It is exemplary of his struggle for a new self-concept of painting in dialogue with photography. This volume is the first to pay extensive tribute to this multifaceted series and traces the history of it's creation, which revolved Heiner Friedrich, an important gallery owner in Munich. The personal reminiscences of those who were present at the time are particularly evocative of the avant-garde art scene of the 1970s.
Innovative Impressions Lees Sarah Innovative Impressions explores an under-examined aspect of three impressionists careers: their groundbreaking prints and the new techniques they developed through collaboration and experimentation. In 1879, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro formed the most active core of a group of artists planning a periodical to feature their prints. Through this collaborative effort they challenged each other to develop a new language of printmaking whose visual and expressive potential went well beyond the traditional reproductive purpose of the medium. Indeed, the intimacy of small-scale works on paper at times spurred the artists to be even more daringly creative than they were in their paintings. Their interactions and engagement with printmaking varied over time, culminating in the 1890s, when each developed distinctive methods of introducing color into their work. For much of their careers this unlikely trio of artists inspired and challenged each other, and these dynamics played a crucial role in their creative processes.
Japan and the Avantgarde Husslein-Arco Agnes Like many European artists in the 1950s who perceived the Far East as a new reference point for a more open concept of art, Hundertwasser sought inspiration from Taoism and Zen Buddhism. He was also fascinated by the Japanese woodcuts of Hiroshige and Hokusai. His procedural approach to painting, his experimental compositions and his painting actions in the late 1950s led to the development of a mature, but idiosyncratic, style which was equal to that of artists of the international avant-garde. His early friendship with Akira Kito and also his marriage with his Japanese life partner in 1961 during his sojourn in Japan are further links which fuelled Hundertwasser's interest in Japanese art and culture.
John Grade. Reclaimed
John Grade's drawings, sculptures and installations are weathered, marked, worn and disintegrated. Made of reclaimed wood or paper, the works are buried for termites to devour, sunk into a bay to collect barnacles, or hung in forest trees for birds to eat. Grade's work represents our changing environment. An attraction to travel and to the land shapes the work, mirroring patterns found in nature, such as wasp nests, erosion, honeycombs, rocks, trees and the passage of time. Grade invites natural forces to erode and change the work and it's material, exploring both control and disruption and risk and measured thought. The works beg in from an experience - a reaction to place and history or a trek into the landscape, whether it is the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest or the hills of Iceland.
Miniatures from the Baroque Period
The Tansey miniatures, now held by the Bomann Museum in Celle, represent one of the most significant collections of European miniature paintings. This volume is the sixth in a series exploring the collection in key periods. Each volume presents new photographic reproductions of the miniatures at actual size and with close-up photographs that show important details.
This volume covers portrait miniatures created throughout the Baroque period of the seventeenth-century, with more than one hundred representative works. Essays by specialists in the field offer insights into the artworks, their patrons, and the period. The resulting book is as informative as it is beautiful, a stunning testament to a bygone age and a once-popular form.
Although he is best known for pioneering Cubism, Picasso’s works over a prolific seven-decade career are characterized by an impressive stylistic eclecticism and engage with almost every major artistic movement that followed in his wake. Pablo Picasso provides a concise overview of the great Spanish painter, sculptor, and printmaker’s life and work, with insights into the creation of key works and rarely seen photographs of Picasso’s studio from the David Douglas Duncan collection that shed light on his vibrant personality and artistic process.
Lively, accessible, and lavishly illustrated, this new book offers a concise introduction to the life and work of this great master of art.
As the co-founder of cubism and a prolific painter, sculptor, printmaker, and more, Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. He was also one of the most influential—his work haunted the imagination of his peers and has frequently been echoed in contemporary art. In Picasso.Mania, Didier Ottinger, Diana Widmaier-Picasso, and Emilie Bouvard bring together a distinguished group of contributors to showcase the rich engagement with Picasso’s work that has inspired artists for decades.
To trace Picasso’s influence, the essays return to the 1960s, when Picasso’s vibrant presence struck a chord in pop art and narrative figuration, and artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein returned to Picassien archetypal figures. Not long after, Martin Kippenberger’s self-portraits revealed the impact of Picasso’s public image on the imagination of twentieth-century artists, while David Hockney’s Polaroid composites and multiscreen videos echoed Picasso’s exploration of a polyfocal space. These essays also explore the ways Picasso’s stylistic eclecticism and the free craftsmanship of his later paintings inspired artists like Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Julian Schnabel, while more recently, Rineke Dijkstra’s video installation I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman) illustrated Picasso’s presence in contemporary art’s most diverse means of expression—cinema, digital images, and even comic strips.
With three hundred illustrations of works by Picasso and contemporary artists and an interview with Phillipe Sollers by Stéphane Guégan, Picasso Mania is sure to become an authoritative work on the Spanish master’s connection to contemporary art.
Willem De Kooning Thierolf Corinna In 1926 22 year - old Dutchman Willem de Kooning (1904 - 1997) travelled to the USA on a British freighter - without papers and hidden in the machine room. The young art student eked out a living by painting houses, signs and facades, before he was able aft er eight years to dedicate himself entirely to painting. In the United States he established contacts with the art scene and forged friendships with artists such as Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, Clifford Still, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. Today De Ko oning belongs to the outstanding painters of Abstract Expressionism and together with Jackson Pollock is regarded as a pioneer of Action Painting. This publication vividly examines De Kooning's life, marked by self - doubts, successes, new beginnings, excess es, and scandalous paintings, as well as the evolution of his artistic work. In addition, author Corinna Thierolf opens up exciting perspectives on De Kooning's work by revealing entirely new, surprising relationships with the works of fellow artists such as Franz Marc, Piet Mondrian, or Wassily Kandinsky.