Transformative Beauty

Author: Amy Woodson-Boulton
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804780536
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Transformative Beauty. Why did British industrial cities build art museums? By exploring the histories of the municipal art museums in Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester, Transformative Beauty examines the underlying logic of the Victorian art museum movement. These museums attempted to create a space free from the moral and physical ugliness of industrial capitalism. Deeply engaged with the social criticism of John Ruskin, reformers created a new, prominent urban institution, a domesticated public space that not only aimed to provide refuge from the corrosive effects of industrial society but also provided a remarkably unified secular alternative to traditional religion. Woodson-Boulton raises provocative questions about the meaning and use of art in relation to artistic practice, urban development, social justice, education, and class. In today's context of global austerity and shrinking government support of public cultural institutions, this book is a timely consideration of arts policy and purposes in modern society.

Museum Pieces

Author: Ruth B. Phillips
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 0773539050
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Museum Pieces. Ruth Phillips argues that these practices are "indigenous" not only because they originate in Aboriginal activism but because they draw on a distinctively Canadian preference for compromise and tolerance for ambiguity. Phillips dissects seminal exhibitions of Indigenous art to show how changes in display, curatorial voice, and authority stem from broad social, economic, and political forces outside the museum and moves beyond Canadian institutions and practices to discuss historically interrelated developments and exhibitions in the United States, Britain, Australia, and elsewhere. Drawing on forty years of experience as an art historian, curator, exhibition critic, and museum director, she emphasizes the complex and situated nature of the problems that face museums, introducing new perspectives on controversial exhibitions and moments of contestation. A manifesto that calls on us to re-imagine the museum as a place to embrace global interconnectedness, Museum Pieces emphasizes the transformative power of museum controversy and analyses shifting ideas about art, authenticity, and power in the modern museum.

Glorious Nature

Author: Katharine Baetjer
Publisher: Hudson Hills Pr
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Glorious Nature. This aptly named volume brings together 91 masterpieces in oil and watercolor by 44 artists, the zenith of England's sublime landscape tradition. These beautiful, innovative works represent the most talented artists of the genre -- including Gainsborough, Wright of Derby, Turner, and Constable.

Re Imagining The Museum

Author: Andrea Witcomb
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134598882
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Re Imagining The Museum. Re-Imagining the Museum presents new interpretations of museum history and contemporary museum practices. Through a range of case studies from the UK, North America and Australia, Andrea Witcomb moves away from the idea that museums are always 'conservative' to suggest they have a long history of engaging with popular culture and addressing a variety of audiences. She argues that museums are key mediators between high and popular culture and between government, media practitioners, cultural policy-makers and museums professionals. Analyzing links between museums and the media, looking at the role of museums in cities, and discussing the effects on museums of cultural policies, Re-Imagining the Museum presents a vital tool in the study of museum practice.


Author: Andrea Lipps
Publisher: Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
ISBN: 9781942303114
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Beauty. Beauty--the book, born out of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's 2015 Triennial of the same name, curated by Andrea Lipps and Ellen Lupton--showcases some of the most exciting and provocative design created around the globe during the past three years. These pages aim not to emphasize the hidden beauty in the everyday--a beloved teapot or favorite shoe--but to locate transformational beauty in contemporary design that is exuberant, ethereal, atmospheric, experiential, exceptional or sublime. Sixty-two designers represent a vast range of disciplines from architecture, fashion, digital, graphic, and product design, to interiors, hair, nail and lighting design. The objects featured cause us to take pause, catch our breath and get lost in our pursuit to understand or explain them. Designed by the innovative Kimberly Varella, the book is itself a tactile, fluid and provocative interpretation of beauty. Varella's design provides unexpected points of entry, playing with the concepts of beauty by using reflective surfaces, hot pink thread weaving pages together and a "heart" of the book, from which all else flows. Ethereal, Intricate, Extravagant, Transformative, Transgressive, Elemental and Emergent Beauty are the seven themes. Each section includes the individual designers in conversation with the curators about her or his process and beauty's differing forms, punctuated by rich galleries of their work, generating the ultimate feast for the senses.

Paint The Revolution

Author: Renato Gonz Mello
ISBN: 9780300215229
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Paint The Revolution. A comprehensive look at four transformative decades that put Mexico's modern art on the map In the wake of the 1910-20 Revolution, Mexico emerged as a center of modern art, closely watched around the world. Highlighted are the achievements of the tres grandes (three greats)--Jos´┐Ż Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros--and other renowned figures such as Rufino Tamayo and Frida Kahlo, but the book goes beyond these well-known names to present a fuller picture of the period from 1910 to 1950. Fourteen essays by authors from both the United States and Mexico offer a thorough reassessment of Mexican modernism from multiple perspectives. Some of the texts delve into thematic topics--developments in mural painting, the role of the government in the arts, intersections between modern art and cinema, and the impact of Mexican art in the United States--while others explore specific modernist genres--such as printmaking, photography, and architecture. This beautifully illustrated book offers a comprehensive look at the period that brought Mexico onto the world stage during a period of political upheaval and dramatic social change.

Parks Plants And People

Author: Lynden B. Miller
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393732030
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Parks Plants And People. Shares inspirational advice on how and why to enhance cities with well-tended gardens, parks, and streets, counseling readers on a range of topics from the maintenance of year-round plantings to advocating for public and private funding.

Art Studio America

Author: Hossein Amirsadeghi
ISBN: 9780500970539
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Art Studio America. Large-format and illustrated with original photography: a fresh look at the current scene for art lovers and a unique introduction to the art world for the novice

Museums And Modernity

Author: Nick Prior
Publisher: Berg Publishers
ISBN: 9781859735084
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Museums And Modernity. Short-listed for the Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2003 Museums have been the subject of intense debate in recent years and their history and development raise important questions. What was 'modern' about the art museum? Why did museums emerge when and where they did? How were museums involved with the development of modern art worlds? What was the relationship between art galleries and their audiences and who were the key people involved with their inception? Focusing on the role of national art galleries in continental Europe, England and Scotland, this book explores in depth the interrelationship between artistic and exhibitionary forms, as well as between power and governance in those places where the roots of modern culture were being laid most visibly. Drawing upon debates concerning modernity, Prior investigates how the boundaries of art and culture have been determined within the museum world. In particular, he looks at the interface between the project of the nation and the gallery and how galleries were involved in making certain social groups or bodies feel 'at home' and others excluded.

Visions Of The Industrial Age 1830 1914

Author: Minsoo Kang
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780754664888
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Visions Of The Industrial Age 1830 1914. Diverse and wide-ranging, the essays collected here examine nineteenth-century visual culture as European culture redefined itself, embracing political and social change yet expressing tensions and anxieties about modernity. Scholars of history, art, the history of science and literature combine forces to investigate the role of visual representation by looking at changing ideas expressed in representations of science, technology, politics, and culture in advertising, art, periodicals, and novels.