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Items in Fine Arts that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 30 days.


  • Selected survey of radio art in Canada, 1967-1992 / edited and compiled by Dan Lander with researchers Hank Bull [and others]
    NX 513 A1 R322 1994
    This anthology explores artists' use of radio in the context of its history and role as a mass medium. Until recently, radio has been a relatively unexplored aspect of artistic practices; this book asks why. Essays, artworks, interviews and creative texts consider the impact of a range of influences on radio art-from political, philosophical and aesthetic histories to social and cultural developments.

  • Nineteenth-century illustration and the digital : studies in word and image / Julia Thomas
    NC960

  • The uses of reason in the evaluation of artworks commentaries on the Turner Prize / Les Gillon
    N 396 G7 G55 2017eb

  • Rhetoric, social value and the arts : but how does it work? / Charlotte Bonham-Carter, Nicola Mann, editors
    NX 180 S6 B664 2017eb

  • Art and Politics Under Modern Dictatorships A Comparison of Chile and Romania
    N72.P6

  • The active image architecture and engineering in the age of modeling / Sabine Ammon, Remei Capdevila-Wering, editors
    NA2790

  • Making Value and Career Building in the Creative Economy / Fasche, Melanie
    N7445.2

    This work offers a nuanced perspective based on empirical evidence of the role of talent and creativity for economic growth, prosperity, social and spatial inequality, and precarity in creative cities by arguing that creativity and talent need to be valued and eventually rewarded to achieve sufficient conditions for individual economic success. Shedding light on the recent momentum of a growing convergence of cultural and economic spheres in post‐industrial societies by building on a case study of contemporary visual art from interviews with commercial gallerists. Written from an economic geography and historical-institutional perspective while leveraging the analytic strength of the established repertoire of other social science disciplines this book will provide a fascinating read for economic geographers and other social scientists researching the creative and knowledge economy as well as arts professionals aiming to better understand the process of making value of contemporary visual art.


  • Articulating novelty in science and art : the comparative technography of a robotic hand and a media art installation / Julian Stubbe
    N72.T4

  • Encyclopedia of 20th century architecture. R. Stephen Sennott, editor
    NA 680 E495 2004eb
    For more information including the introduction, a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample pages and more, visit the
    Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecturewebsite.

    Focusing on architecture from all regions of the world, this three-volume set profiles the twentieth century's vast chronicle of architectural achievements, both within and well beyond the theoretical confines of modernism. Unlike existing works, this encyclopedia examines the complexities of rapidly changing global conditions that have dispersed modern architectural types, movements, styles, and building practices across traditional geographic and cultural boundaries.

  • Teaching art to young children 4-9 / Rob Barnes
    N 365 G7 B35 200eeb
    This second edition of a classic and popular book includes new chapters, figures and colour plates. The book blends practical ideas with sound principles of art education. For the teacher or trainee-teacher looking for ideas, there are plenty of tested classroom examples. For those looking for firm principles of art teaching and 'best practice', this book presents many important issues in art education with clarity and insight.
    Based on first-hand experience of teaching children, the book uses many examples from the school situation. Essential topics, such as developing skills through using media, how children draw, producing original artwork, developing ideas and Art and the digital image are tackled with realism and imagination. An important feature is that these subjects are not seen in isolation but are purposefully linked with other areas of the curriculum.
    The author's approach should encourage teachers to develop and think about art in the National Curriculum. His writing shows a deep sympathy with children and sensitivity to the real task of teaching art to the young.

  • The restoration of Blythburgh Church, 1881-1906 : the dispute between the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the Blythburgh Church Restoration Committee / edited by Alan Mackley
    NA 5469 S75 R47 2017
    In 1881, after decades of mouldering into ruin, the grand fifteenth-century church of Blythburgh, Suffolk, "The Cathedral of the Marshes", was closed as unsafe. The church was saved - but its rescue involved a bitter twenty-five year long dispute between Blythburgh vicars and committees, and William Morris and his Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, who feared that the medieval fabric would be over-restored and the character of the building lost forever. This volume presents an edition, with notes and introduction, of original documents from both sides - providing unique insights into a rancorous conflict, with vicars pitted against patrons as well as the Society. The need was local, but the significance national, with elites ranged against another. From a description of the Blythburgh committee headed by a royal princess, to accounts of lavish fund-raising fetes and garden parties, the story is vividly brought to life. Alan Mackley, an honorary research fellow at the University of East Anglia, studied history after a career as a scientist in the oil industry. He has lived in Suffolk for over 35 years.

  • Aural cultures / edited by Jim Drobnick
    NX 650 S68 A94 2004

  • Anthony Caro : sculpture laid bare / edited by Kenneth Brummel
    NB 497 C35 A4 2016

  • Gilded lions and jeweled horses : the synagogue to the carousel / Murray Zimiles ; project coordinator, Stacy C. Hollander ; with an essay by Vivian B. Mann ; foreword by Gerard C. Wertkin
    NK 9742 Z55 2007
    Winner of the National Jewish Book Award

    Based on more than 20 years of original research in Europe, Israel, and the United States by artist Murray Zimiles, and accompanied by an essay by distinguished Judaica scholar Vivian B.Mann, this book is the first fully developed study of the secularization of Eastern European Jewish folk art traditions in America.

    Until recently, little was known in the United States about the creative work of European Jewish folk artists. The destruction of the material heritage of Eastern European Jews during World War II has made it very difficult to recover artifacts of Jewish artistry. The physical remnants of that heritage--among them, the types of papercuts, gravestones, and wood carvings featured in this volume--can only suggest how extensive the traditions of Jewish folk art in Eastern Europe once were.

    Skilled craftsmen, responsible for the painted and carved interiors of Eastern European synagogues and their elaborately carved arks and bimahs, came to the New World in the late nineteenth century, where they soon flourished and became the creators of some of America's greatest folk art. Folk art embraces many artistic expressions made by gifted individuals who have not had formal training in the arts. Folk artists apply a diverse range of skills to objects used in daily life. Jewish folk artist #65533;migr#65533;s encountered in the United States a society more interested in what they could produce than in what religion they practiced. Not only did they continue to carve religious artifacts for new synagogues serving fellow immigrants; they also created wooden trade figures, carnival figures, and some of the greatest carousel animals the world has ever seen.

    This volume tells the story of carvers who, released from Eastern European religious strictures, responded with great playfulness to an expansive new environment. Traditional patterns reemerged, often infused with American ideas and images, not only in synagogue decorations and objects intended for ritual use but also in the secular world. Within this dynamic, a surprising link was forged between the Eastern European synagogue and the American carousel.

    This volume and the exhibition that it documents recapture a sense of awe and appreciation for a nearly lost tradition. They return to the Jewish people, and to world culture, a visual tradition of great beauty and decorative complexity.

  • Colour mixing bible : all you'll ever need to know about mixing pigments in oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, soft pastel, pencil, and ink / Ian Sidaway
    N 7432.7 S56 2002
    Mixing colors accurately may be an art unto itself. In fact, many artists are discouraged by the time and expense it takes to mix and match colors, and achieve the right results. Even more frustrating is the vast range of colors available. Now there's a ready-to-use visual directory that takes all the guesswork out of mixing and matching colors . . . making every artist an expert! Color Mixing Bible provides a basic color palette for each art medium, demonstrating an array of two-, three-, and four-color mixes, as well as offering full explanations of various paints and pigments.

    This invaluable guide features scores of tips and techniques for color mixing with oils, acrylics, watercolors, inks, pastels, and virtually every other art medium. It also includes in-depth information on how to determine the opacity and strength of a color, choose a color palette, mix whites, arrange and organize colors prior to mixing, use optical and physical mixing techniques, and much more! Plus, hundreds of color illustrations make everything simple. Whether one is an aspiring artist or working professional, Color Mixing Bible is an essential addition to every bookshelf.

  • Sculpting the figure in clay : an artistic and technical journey to understanding the creative and dynamic forces in figurative sculpture / Peter Rubino
    NB 1180 R83 2010
    A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO SCULPTING THE HUMAN FIGURE IN CLAY

    In Sculpting the Figure in Clay, acclaimed portrait bust sculptor and author Peter Rubino teaches a master class in the essentials of figurative sculpture. In this intensive, all-inclusive guide, he introduces students to a natural, straightforward geometry that will help them become masters at forming figures in clay. Rubino's unique approach utilizes a geometric system consisting of blocks, simple shapes, and guidelines that instruct students in a new and instinctive sculptural style. With these easy-to-follow instructions and informative concepts, students will see figures as the basic shapes beneath the form as well as learn vital approaches such as BLT: Bend, Lean, and Turn, to create evocative expression, and the Three Ps: Position, Proportion, and Planes, for accurate representation. This unparalleled resource is the definitive guide to figurative sculpture.

    TOPICS INCLUDE:
    * The Fundamentals of the Clay Torso
    * Observing the Model
    * Essential Materials and Tools
    * Sculpting the Female Torso from the Live Model
    * Sculpting the Reclining Figure from the Live Model
    * Sculpting the Hand, Foot, and Lower Arm
    * Plus Many Photographic Reference Poses for continued Study

  • Practices of looking : an introduction to visual culture / Marita Sturken, Lisa Cartwright
    N 72 S6 S78 2018
    Practices of Looking, Third Edition, bridges visual, communication, media, and cultural studies to investigate how images and the activity of looking carry meaning within and between different arenas in everyday life. The third edition has been updated to represent the contemporary visual cultural landscape and includes topics like the increasingly rapid global circulation of media, the rise of design and DIY cultures, digital media art and activism, and challenges to photojournalism and news media. Challenging yet accessible, Practices of Looking, Third Edition, is ideal for courses across a range of disciplines.

  • Art history / Marilyn Stokstad, Michael W. Cothren
    N 5300 S923 2018
    For survey courses in Art History

    Welcoming, inclusive, engaging, and global
    Art History brings the history of art to life for a new generation of students. It is global in scope, inclusive in its coverage, and warm and welcoming in tone. The guiding vision of Art History is that the teaching of art history survey courses should be filled with equal delight, enjoyment, and serious learning, while fostering an enthusiastic and educated public for the visual arts. The Sixth Edition has been revised to reflect new discoveries, recent research, and fresh interpretive perspectives, as well as to address the changing needs of both students and educators.

    Art History , Sixth Edition is also available via Revel (tm), an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience.

  • Ways of seeing : based on the BBC television series with John Berger / a book made by John Berger [and others]
    N 7430.5 W39 1972
    John Berger's seminal text on how to look at art

    John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the  Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures." By now he has.

    "The influence of the series and the book . . . was enormous . . . It opened up for general attention to areas of cultural study that are now commonplace." --Geoff Dyer

    "Berger has the ability to cut right through the mystification of the professional art critics . . . He is a liberator of images: and once we have allowed the paintings to work on us directly, we are in a much better position to make a meaningful evaluation." --Peter Fuller, Arts Review

  • Banaras reconstructed : architecture and sacred space in a Hindu holy city / Madhuri Desai
    NA 1508 V37 D47 2017

    Between the late sixteenth and early twentieth centuries, Banaras, the iconic Hindu center in northern India that is often described as the oldest living city in the world, was reconstructed materially as well as imaginatively, and embellished with temples, monasteries, mansions, and ghats (riverfront fortress-palaces). Banaras's refurbished sacred landscape became the subject of pilgrimage maps and its spectacular riverfront was depicted in panoramas and described in travelogues.

    In Banaras Reconstructed , Madhuri Desai examines the confluences, as well as the tensions, that have shaped this complex and remarkable city. In so doing, she raises issues central to historical as well as contemporary Indian identity and delves into larger questions about religious urban environments in South Asia.


  • Dan Hanganu : works, 1981-2015 / editor, Essy Baniassad
    NA 749 H35 A4 2017

  • A moment's monument : Medardo Rosso and the international origins of modern sculpture / Sharon Hecker
    NB 623 R8 H43 2017
    Medardo Rosso (1858-1928) is one of the most original and influential figures in the history of modern art, and this book is the first historically substantiated critical account of his life and work. An innovative sculptor, photographer, and draftsman, Rosso was vital in paving the way for the transition from the academic forms of sculpture that persisted in the nineteenth century to the development of new and experimental forms in the twentieth. His antimonumental, antiheroic work reflected alienation in the modern experience yet showed deep feeling for interactions between self and other. Rosso's art was transnational: he refused allegiance to a single culture or artistic heritage and declared himself both a citizen of the world and a maker of art without national limits. In this book, Sharon Hecker develops a narrative that is an alternative to the dominant Franco-centered perspective on the origin of modern sculpture in which Rodin plays the role of lone heroic innovator. Offering an original way to comprehend Rosso, A Moment's Monument negotiates the competing cultural imperatives of nationalism and internationalism that shaped the European art world at the fin de si#65533;cle.

  • Charles Howard : a margin of chaos / [editor] Aspara DiQuinzio ; with contributions by Robert Gober and Lauren Kroiz
    N 6537 H658 A4 2017
    Catalog for an exhibition focusing on the work of American artist Charles Houghton Howard (1899-1978), whose paintings and drawings bridged figurative, Surrealist, and abstract currents in modern art.

  • Dreams / edited by Francesco Bonami and Hans Ulrich Obrist
    N 8217 D74 D7 1999

  • Feminism and art history now : radical critiques of theory and practice / edited by Victoria Horne and Lara Perry
    N 72 F45 F44155 2017

    Four decades of feminist art history have prompted a radical rethinking of the discipline. This volume asks how feminism's interventions and propositions are relevant to contemporary scholarship today. To what extent have developments in global politics, artworld institutions, and local cultures reshaped the critical directions of feminist art historians? The significant new research gathered here engages with the rich inheritance of feminist historiography since around 1970, and considers how to maintain the forcefulness of its critique while addressing contemporary political struggles.

    Taking on subjects that reflect the museological, global and materialist trajectories of twenty-first-century art historical scholarship, the chapters address the themes of Invisibility, Temporality, Spatiality and Storytelling. They present new research on a diversity of topics that span political movements in Italy, urban gentrification in New York, community art projects in Scotland and Canada's contemporary indigenous culture. Individual chapter analyses focus on the art of Lee Krasner, The Emily Davison Lodge, Zoe Leonard, Martha Rosler, Carla Lonzi and Womanhouse. Together with a synthesising introductory essay, these studies provide readers with a view of feminist art histories of the past, present and future.


  • Creating ourselves : the self in art : works from the ISelf Collection / edited by Emily Butler with Candy Stobbs
    NX 650 I35 C74 2017

    Accompanying a yearlong display of the London-based ISelf Collection, this publication examines individual identity, the body and the human condition from the perspectives of 20 artists.

    Taking the display of the Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery as its springboard, this book looks generally at the question of the self in modern and contemporary art, and the ways in which artists are thinking about being and identity as an individual, in relation to others, to society and the wider world. Featuring over 100 works by a world-class roster of artists including Francis Alÿs, Fiona Banner, Phyllida Barlow, Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Alex Katz, Sarah Lucas, Mike Nelson, Cindy Sherman, John Stezaker and Wolfgang Tillmans, the catalog also includes quotes by influential writers and theorists chosen by the artists, revealing how they have approached the question, "who or what exactly are we?"


  • Black post-blackness : the Black Arts Movement and twenty-first-century aesthetics / Margo Natalie Crawford
    N 6490 C62 2017
    A 2008 cover of The New Yorker featured a much-discussed Black Power parody of Michelle and Barack Obama. The image put a spotlight on how easy it is to flatten the Black Power movement as we imagine new types of blackness. Margo Natalie Crawford argues that we have misread the Black Arts Movement's call for blackness. We have failed to see the movement's anticipation of the "new black" and "post-black." Black Post-Blackness compares the black avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s Black Arts Movement with the most innovative spins of twenty-first century black aesthetics. Crawford zooms in on the 1970s second wave of the Black Arts Movement and shows the connections between this final wave of the Black Arts movement and the early years of twenty-first century black aesthetics. She uncovers the circle of black post-blackness that pivots on the power of anticipation, abstraction, mixed media, the global South, satire, public interiority, and the fantastic.

  • The art of brutalism : rescuing hope from catastrophe in 1950s Britain / Ben Highmore
    N 6768 H55 2017
    While most famously associated with numerous mid-century architects, Brutalism was a style of visual art that was also adopted by painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Taking into account Brutalist work by eminent artists such as Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, as well as lesser-known practitioners like Nigel Henderson  and Magda Cordell , this volume focuses on a ten-year period between 1952 and 1962 when artists refused a programmatic set of aesthetics and began experimenting with images that had no set focal point, using non-traditional materials like bombsite debris in their work, and producing objects that were characterized by wit and energy along with anxiety, trauma, and melancholia. This original study offers insights into how Brutalism enabled British artists of the mid-20th century to respond ethically and aesthetically to the challenges posed by the rise of consumer culture and unbridled technological progress.  

  • Art in Canada / Marc Mayer
    N 6540 M39 2017

  • The recording machine : art and fact during the Cold War / Joshua Shannon
    N 6494 R4 S53 2017
    A revealing look at the irrevocable change in art during the 1960s and its relationship to the modern culture of fact

    This refreshing and erudite book offers a new understanding of the transformation of photography and the visual arts around 1968. Author Joshua Shannon reveals an oddly stringent realism in the period, tracing artists' rejection of essential truths in favor of surface appearances. Dubbing this tendency factualism , Shannon illuminates not only the Cold War's preoccupation with data but also the rise of a pervasive culture of fact.

    Focusing on the United States and West Germany, where photodocumentary traditions intersected with 1960s politics, Shannon investigates a broad variety of art, ranging from conceptual photography and earthworks to photorealist painting and abstraction. He looks closely at art by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Robert Bechtle, Vija Celmins, Douglas Huebler, Gerhard Richter, and others. These artists explored fact's role as a modern paradigm for talking, thinking, and knowing. Their art, Shannon concludes, helps to explain both the ambivalent anti-humanism of today's avant-garde art and our own culture of fact.

  • The past and future city : how historic preservation is reviving America's communities / Stephanie Meeks ; with Kevin C. Murphy
    NA 9053 H76M44 2016eb
    At its most basic, historic preservation is about keeping old places alive, in active use, and relevant to the needs of communities today. As cities across America experience a remarkable renaissance, and more and more young, diverse families choose to live, work, and play in historic neighborhoods, the promise and potential of using our older and historic buildings to revitalize our cities is stronger than ever.

    This urban resurgence is a national phenomenon, boosting cities from Cleveland to Buffalo and Portland to Pittsburgh. Experts offer a range of theories on what is driving the return to the city--from the impact of the recent housing crisis to a desire to be socially engaged, live near work, and reduce automobile use. But there's also more to it. Time and again, when asked why they moved to the city, people talk about the desire to live somewhere distinctive, to be some place rather than no place. Often these distinguishing urban landmarks are exciting neighborhoods--Miami boasts its Art Deco district, New Orleans the French Quarter. Sometimes, as in the case of Baltimore's historic rowhouses, the most distinguishing feature is the urban fabric itself.

    While many aspects of this urban resurgence are a cause for celebration, the changes have also brought to the forefront issues of access, affordable housing, inequality, sustainability, and how we should commemorate difficult history. This book speaks directly to all of these issues.

    In The Past and Future City, Stephanie Meeks, the president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, describes in detail, and with unique empirical research, the many ways that saving and restoring historic fabric can help a city create thriving neighborhoods, good jobs, and a vibrant economy. She explains the critical importance of preservation for all our communities, the ways the historic preservation field has evolved to embrace the challenges of the twenty-first century, and the innovative work being done in the preservation space now.

    This book is for anyone who cares about cities, places, and saving America's diverse stories, in a way that will bring us together and help us better understand our past, present, and future.

  • Simon Starling : the Nanjing particles / edited by Susan Cross
    N 6797 S727A4 2009
    2005 Turner Prize winner Simon Starling is known for his investigations into the hidden lives of objects and images, and his catalogues are an integral part of his production. The Nanjing Particles , published for an exhibition at MASS MoCA, is a unique object that takes as its departure a historical stereograph of Chinese laborers brought to Massachusetts in 1870 to break a strike. Starling literally mined the photographs for their history, extracting from their emulsion two silver particles. Enlarged one million times, the microscopic grains were translated into stainless steel sculptures fabricated by workers in Nanjing. Taking viewers through the installation and the work's fabrication process, the book reiterates the visual and conceptual play of the exhibition. The cover, which features die-cut peepholes, mimics the form of a structure in the exhibition. Readers can use the book itself as a low-tech stereoscope to view the photographs--printed on the inside covers--as a single three-dimensional image.
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