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Art Book Donald Robertson, the Andy Warhol of Instagram
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Art Book: Donald Robertson, the Andy Warhol of Instagram

Art Book: Donald Robertson, the Andy Warhol of Instagram – It is no coincidence that Donald Robertson, known as @drawbertson to his hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, has become the fashion world’s favorite art bomber of the Instagram era. Humorous and sharp, Robertson’s work is collected by stars such as Beyoncé and featured in collaborations with it-brands like Smashbox and retailers including Bergdorf Goodman. Earning himself the moniker “the Andy Warhol of Instagram,” Robertson is celebrated as an inspiration by members of the fashion and art worlds, in addition to almost anyone who sees his work. This father of five who has “written off the whole sleeping thing” is as prolific as he is talented, and this monograph will feature the very best of his artwork as well as original work created especially for this title. Featuring playful anecdotes and quotes from industry leaders, fashion designers, and his many collaborators and muses, Donald is already a collector’s item. Reversible Jacket – Donald Reversible Cover: Robertson‘s drawings and constructions cull from a deep understanding of color and fashion, as much as his cheeky sense of humor and sharp wit. A father of five, Robertson observes his youngest children’s…

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Art Book: The Pedro Almodóvar Archives

Art Book: The Pedro Almodóvar Archives – Sexy and subversive, colorful and controversial, passionate and provocative, the world of Pedro Almodóvar world is unlike any other. Thanks to his remarkably cohesive and consistent œuvre, the Manchegan maverick has become a cinematic brand, his name a byword for the visual opulence, experimentation, and eroticism of post-Franco Spanish cinema. A self-taught auteur, Almodóvar found fame with self-penned, gender-bending plots depicting the often comic misfortunes of junkies, nuns, housewives, whores, transvestites and transsexuals. Praised by critics, championed by fellow film-makers, adored by actors and adorned with international awards, he has become the most successful Spanish film-maker since Luis Buñuel.His films draws on influences as diverse as Douglas Sirk, Frank Tashlin, Andy Warhol and John Waters and simultaneoulsy borrow liberally from, and frequently invert, traditional genres of classic American cinema—including film noir, melodrama and screwball comedy. At the same time, his aesthetic remains unmistakably Iberian, rooted predominantly in the director’s beloved Madrid, exploring Spanish myths and modernity to the rhythms of bolero-laden soundtracks. For this unprecedented Art Edition monograph, Pedro Almodóvar has given TASCHEN complete access to his archives, including never-before-published images, including personal photos he took during filming. The director has personally written…

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Ai Weiwei’s Life and Work: Living Art on the Edge
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Ai Weiwei’s Life and Work: Living Art on the Edge

Ai Weiwei’s Life and Work: Living Art on the Edge – Today Ai Weiwei enjoys a reputation far beyond the art world. While his vast social or performance-based interventions and appropriated object-based artworks have secured his place as one of the world’s leading conceptual artists, Ai is equally known as a social media phenomenon, a political activist, and an outspoken champion of free expression in his native China, where he earnt an 81-day police detention in 2011. This book, signed by the artist, is the first comprehensive monograph on Ai Weiwei’s life and work. Compiled in close collaboration with Ai and with direct access to his own archives, it explores the artist’s particular brand of expression and activism over more than 700 pages of images and text. Features: Many previously unseen images, from photos taken during Ai’s time in New York to production shots of large installations in the workshop and pictures from his studio. Essays from Uli Sigg, Ai’s long-time friend and former Swiss ambassador to China; Roger M. Buergel, who curated the 2007 Documenta and hosted the artist’s Fairytale piece; and experts on Chinese culture and politics, Carlos Rojas, William A. Callahan, and James J. Lally. Numerous statements…

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Art Book: Johannes Vermeer Complete Works

Art Book: Johannes Vermeer Complete Works : This book brings together the complete catalogue of Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675), presenting the calm yet compelling scenes so treasured in galleries across Europe and the United States into one monograph of utmost reproduction quality. With new photography of many works, Vermeer’s restrained but richly evocative repertoire of domestic actions—ranging from letter writing to music making to preparations in the kitchen—unfolds in generous format. Numerous details emphasize the artist’s remarkable ability not only to bear witness to the trends and trimmings of the Dutch Golden Age but also to encapsulate an entire story in just one transient gesture, expression, or look. In his lifetime, Vermeer’s fame barely extended beyond his native Delft and a small circle of patrons. After his death, his name was largely forgotten, with works outside of Holland even misattributed to other artists. It was not until the mid-19th century that Vermeer came to the attention of the international art world, which suddenly looked upon his narrative minutiae, meticulous textural detail, and majestic planes of light, and spotted a forgotten master. Today, Vermeer’s works have inspired a New York Times best seller and a film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth…

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Book Review: Norman Rockwell Painting the American Dream
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Book Review: Norman Rockwell Painting the American Dream

Book Review: Norman Rockwell Painting the American Dream – An extraordinarily prolific artist, Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) produced some 4,000 paintings in his lifetime, not including a prodigious quantity of commissioned editorial, commercial, and advertising work. His death in 1978 was regarded the loss of a national icon, an artist who, like no other, celebrated the American Dream. Shunning experimentation and avant-garde techniques in favor of effective composition and relatable subject matter, Rockwell created wholesome, homely paintings with accessible and aspirational appeal. Neat, quaint, and typically jovial, his subjects included classrooms, prom scenes, and Thanksgiving feasts, while his most long-standing projects were covers for The Saturday Evening Post magazine and calendars and covers for the Boys’ Life publication of the Boy Scouts of America. Imbued with optimism and patriotism, the work foregrounds classic professions such as doctor and teacher, as much as the conservative stalwarts of military, family, and faith. See also: Free eBook: Modern Console Tables Hailed by President Gerald Ford as a “beloved part of the American tradition,” Rockwell’s works reveal as much about his own talents as they do about the story of 20th-century America. This fresh artist introduction from TASCHEN brings together key paintings and illustrations from his…

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Art Book: 100 years of Gustav Klimt's Legacy
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Art Book: 100 years of Gustav Klimt’s Legacy

Art Book: 100 years of Gustav Klimt’s Legacy – A century after his death, Viennese artist Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) still startles with his unabashed eroticism, dazzling surfaces, and artistic experimentation. This monograph gathers all of Klimt’s major works alongside authoritative art historical commentary and privileged access to the artist’s archive. With top quality illustration, including new photography of the celebrated Stoclet Frieze, the book follows Klimt through his prominent role in the Secessionist movement of 1897, his candid rendering of the female body, and his lustrous “golden phase” when gold leaf brought a shimmering tone and texture to such beloved works as The Kiss and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, also known as The Woman in Gold. See also: Free eBook: Modern Console Tables Through luminous spreads and carefully curated details, the monograph traces the repertoire of Japanese, Byzantine, and allegorical stimuli that informed Klimt’s flattened perspectives, his symbolic vocabulary, and his mosaic-like textures. Drawing upon contemporary critics and voices, the book also examines the art world’s polarized reception to Klimt’s pictures as much as his own stylistic trajectory. From his landscape painting to erotic works to the controversial ceiling for the Great Hall of the University of Vienna, we see…

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Cinema Books: 100 Must-See Movies You Will Love to Discover

Cinema Books: 100 Must-See Movies You Will Love to Discover – Take a journey through the makers and shapers of celluloid history. From horror to romance, noir to slapstick, adventure to tragedy, Western to new wave, this selection gathers the greats of 20th-century cinema into one indispensable guide to movie gold. The collection is arranged chronologically and in an extra-handy format. Film entries include a synopsis, cast/crew listings, technical information, actor/director bios, trivia, and lists of awards, as well as film stills, production photos, and the original poster for each film. From Metropolis to Modern Times, A Clockwork Orange to Buñuel’s The Young and the Damned, from the blockbusters to lesser-known masterpieces, thumb through and transform a quiet evening into an unforgettable screen encounter. See also: Free eBook: Get Inspired by 100 Dining Room Lighting Ideas Since Tachen started to work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia. Jürgen Müller has worked as an art critic, a curator, a visiting professor at various…

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Book Review A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s (2)
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Book Review: A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s

Book Review: A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s – This Movies series enters the 21st century with this definitive lineup of the most important films made during the 2000s, an age of evergreen franchises, historical epics, and comic-book superheroes, as well as fast-evolving CGI aesthetics, low-key global indies gaining unprecedented audiences, and hard-hitting documentaries (and mockumentaries) becoming mainstream feature hits. Through the gripping stories, insightful dramas, and thrilling, mindless escapism Movies of the 2000s gathers the best of the best around the globe, from the blockbuster Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings installments to cult classics Lost in Translation, Inglourious Basterds, No Country for Old Men, The Lives of Others, and And Your Mother Too. Each movie masterpiece is profiled with stills and production photos, a synopsis, analysis, and movie-buff trivia, as well as cast, crew, and technical listings.   See also: Free eBook: Get Inspired by 100 Dining Room Lighting Ideas Since Taschen started their work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art,…

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Book Review: Flowers that Inspire

Book Review: Flowers that Inspire – Be it a single delicate bud in a simple clear vase or an explosion of colorful blossoms, a brilliant bouquet accents an atmosphere and brightens the mood like nothing else. The beauty of flowers has inspired artists, designers, poets, and myriad other creators for centuries: the Dutch masters of the 1600s and impressionist painters from Manet to Van Gogh, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, botanical illustrator Georg Dionysius Ehret, even the inimitable Andy Warhol. Flowers Art andBouquets showcases a glorious profusion of floral images and interpretations across a spectrum of artistic media and time periods. Design writer Sixtine Dubly chronicles the evolution of floral design in this remarkable compendium, which also features stunning work by more than forty contemporary floral artists in London, Paris, and New York, from minimalist to elaborate. This treasury of gorgeous imagery blooms in resplendent color before the reader’s eyes.See also: Book Review: Inspirations Book, Room by Room French journalist Sixtine Dubly has interviewed the greatest artists, designers, and creative stars of the international scene for the last fifteen years. Wherever she travels, she tracks emerging trends and handpicks talents, keeping in touch with modern design and lifestyle around the world. She…

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