African Art from the Mack Collection Zemanek David Since 1955, artist Heinz Mack has regularly undertaken artistic expeditions into the deserts of Africa. During his travels he has purchased works by African artists, arousing a curiosity about foreign objects that has shaped his life and work. An array of sculptural and woven works by unknown African artists inspired Mack, and their unique use of light, architecture, and portraiture has continued to affect the style and content of his works to this day. Printed here for the first time, Mack's collection includes sculptures and objects made of wood, clay, and metal materials which have also become characteristic of his own art. Featuring magnificently detailed photographs of these moving and powerful works, this book is a must-have for enthusiasts of Heinz Mack and African art alike.
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.
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.
Cars - Driven By Design
The sports cars of the 1950s to the 1970s are fast, beautiful, eccentric and innovative. In recent decades these automobiles not only became coveted collector's items; they also enjoy cult status. In an exciting journey through time the volume presents 25 outstanding sports cars as design icons and illuminates their presentation in film and photography. As a design object beyond it's practical purpose, the automobile has left an indelible mark on the world we live in. There is scarcely another everyday item which has been designed in a more sophisticated and inventive manner and which offers a larger projection area. This can be seen with particular clarity in the sports car. The volume pays homage to a selection of exclusive sports cars by legendary manufacturers, from Porsche to Ferrari to Jaguar, as artworks in their own right and as a unity of form, technology, design and emotions. Essays, selected texts and biographies shed light on the multi-layered development of automobile design and introduce the vehicles and their designers.
Chagall to Malevich: The Russian Avant-Gardes
When Marc Chagall, Kasimir Malevich, and the other artists of the Russian Avant-Garde created art in opposition to the sanctioned style of Socialist Realism, they set off an artistic revolution that represents a fascinating chapter in the history of twentieth-century art. Reaching its creative zenith between 1905 and 1934, the movement is best known for combining Cubism with the forward-looking vision of the Italian Futurists, but the movement was also much more diverse than is generally realized.
This book presents for the first time a comprehensive look at the scope of the Russian Avant-Garde movement through a sequence of 130 major and minor works by Chagall and Malevich, as well as Nathan Altman, Alexandra Ekster, Natalia Goncharova, Wassily Kandinsky, Mikhail Larionov, El Lissitzky, Kusma Petrow-Wodkin, Liubov Popova, Alexander Rodchenko, and many others. Together, these works show how widely different styles and design principles developed in parallel. While some turned to expressionism and pure abstraction, others drew inspiration from the successive movements of primitivism, Cubo-futurism, and suprematism. Artists within the movement frequently drew inspiration from one another, but their aesthetic views were also at times in conflict.
With a wealth of full-color illustrations, Chagall to Malevich: The Russian Avant-Gardes offers a rich sense of this radically innovative tradition, presenting the diversity of the movement while reinforcing its broader aim of challenging conventions of art at the time.
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.
Henry Moore: A European Impulse
Henry Moore (1898–1986), known as the “Picasso of Sculpture,” is regarded as one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century and the epitome of the modern artist. He influenced the history of twentieth-century sculpture more decisively than anyone else and was one of the first contemporary sculptors to install his work in public spaces throughout the world. His oeuvre has been a lasting source of inspiration for generations of artists, from Hans Arp and Alberto Giacometti to today’s younger generation of sculptors.
This book offers a sumptuous catalog of some his most significant works, revealing the interrelationship between nature and abstraction often typified in his sculptures. Moore’s work was revolutionary in its use of voids, openings, and holes that heighten the sculptural, three-dimensional effect of his pieces. Through one hundred and fifty color plates, this book illustrates the innovation of Moore’s work, which led to his rise as a dominant figure in modern sculpture, and demonstrates his collaborative influence on other generations of artists.
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.
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.
Rubens: Metamorphosis Weppelmann Stefan Even in his lifetime, Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was renowned throughout Europe, and today he is justly celebrated as the greatest painter of the Flemish Baroque. This book draws on the large number of paintings from Rubens and his workshop owned by the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which include both exuberantly colored, multi-figured masterpieces—such as the huge altarpieces he produced for the Jesuit church at Antwerp—and intimate compositions like The Fur, Head of Medusa, or his late Self-Portrait. Those extensive holdings are augmented for this volume, which accompanies a major exhibition, by loans from numerous international institutions to offer a powerfully rich depiction of Rubens’s work in a wide range of media, including drawings, oil sketches, panel paintings, and large-scale canvases. In addition, the book features work by the painter’s contemporaries, enabling us to see how he was inspired by, and built on, the work of others, including Titian and Caravaggio. The result is perhaps the most complete account we’ve had of Rubens’s artistic achievement, a celebration of a true master.
Vasily Kandinsky was one of the first painters of abstract art and a founding member of the Blue Rider movement. Although he trained as a lawyer, Kandinsky abandoned this career path to devote himself to art, both as a creator and an influential teacher and theorist at the Bauhaus. Over time, Kandinsky’s works grew more abstract, and he is best known for large, expressive paintings that free color from form and line. The book covers the entire span of his career, focuses in particular on his time at the Bauhaus, where he collaborated with Lyonel Feininger and Paul Klee.
Lively, accessible, and lavishly illustrated, this new book offers a concise introduction to the life and work of this great master of art.
The Spanish artist Diego Velazquez (1599-1660) was one of the most important painters of the Golden Age. Taking as its starting point a group of masterly children's portraits from the high-profile collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, this opulent volume shows a representative cross-section of Velazquez's oeuvre, which also includes kitchen still lives, religious subjects, mythological themes and history paintings. As the court painter of King Philip IV of Spain, Diego Velazquez advanced to become one of the outstanding portraitists of his time. Through their modern and psychologically profound representation of the subject, his likenesses remain an experience for the viewer to this day. Above all the Spanish master's highly individual view of man and his world make his paintings stand out among contemporary works and render him unique. With contributions by renowned specialists the volume shows Velazquez's development as a painter and traces his uniqueness through comparisons with works by famous contemporaries.
Ways of Pointillism: Seurat, Signac, Van Gogh
Pointillism is one of the few artistic movements to achieved near-ubiquitous recognition. Works like Paul Signac’s Portrait of Felix Feneon or Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte appear in almost every major museum, where we delight in examining the thousands of tiny, distinct dots before stepping back to watch them blend together, as if by magic, to form richly detailed masterpieces of exceptional brightness and color. In addition to their beauty, we are fascinated with pointillism because this pathbreaking method was among the see artists render figures and landscapes in a way that did not focus solely on the imitation of reality.
Pointillism: From End to Beginning: Seurat, van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso brings together more than one hundred paintings and drawings from the mid-1880s to 1930 that take readers through the movement, from the earliest works by Signac and Seurat through various later developments in pointillist technique to the late days of the movement, when Vincent van Gogh and other artists of the modern era began to free themselves from pointillism’s constraints. In addition to Signac, Seurat, and Van Gogh, Pointillism includes works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Klee, among many others. The book shows how artists approached this method throughout the twentieth century. Critical texts additionally explore how this movement marked a major turning point—the beginning of modern painting.
Drawing on masterpieces from around the world, Pointillism guides readers through this beloved branch of impressionism, bringing it to life with nearly two hundred full-color illustrations, including full and detail photographs.
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.