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Matisse (Famous Artists Series)

0812094263


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Book Description
Henri Matisse, who lived from 1869 to 1954, was a painter, sculptor, muralist, and stage set designer. His mature years saw his important works in lithography and the birth of his famous colored paper designs constructed with paste and scissors.

Card catalog description
Explores the French painter's life and development as an artist, his involvement with Fauvism, and his continued experimentation with art. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills -- and Leave a Positive Impression
Debra Fine
1401302262
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Would-be social butterflies will get encouragement but little inspiration from this not quite scintillating self-help primer. Fine, a conversation consultant, insists that small talk is the necessary overture to deeper communication, the key to generating business leads and dates and a pathway to a richer life in which strangers are magically transformed into acquaintances. She covers such cocktail-party conundrums as how to spot "approachable" interlocutors, how to make introductions, how to butt into an intriguing conversation, resuscitate a flagging one and bail out of a boring one, and how to resist one-uppers, know-it-alls, motormouths and other abusers of talk. Given the ingrained human reluctance to talk to strangers, will, not technique, is the real issue. Much of the book is taken up with motivational...


American Chopper/Orange County Choppers: The Fine Art of the Custom Motorcycle
William G. Scheller
0883631172
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The hit television series American Chopper portrays the tension, tirades, and triumphs of the father-and-son team of custom motorcycle builders known as Orange County Choppers. The show captures the family dynamics and fiery exchanges, showcasing the pair’s contrasting styles but similar passions as they create remarkable, one-of-a-kind motorcycles. Similarly, American Chopper, the book, portrays the fruits of their labor: the highly sought-after, distinctive bikes themselves. In an engaging, informative style, the book details the history of custom motorcycles and what it takes to build a custom bike — the tools and fabricators and the blending of artistic vision with iron, chrome, and steel. Photographed specifically for this book, more than 25 of O.C.C.'s custom choppers — including the...


Vitamin D : New Perspectives in Drawing
Emma Dexter
0714845450
December 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Drawing has recently experienced a renewal of importance in the art world; in fact, it has rarely been as widely represented in the biennials, art fairs, and exhibitions as it is now. Similar in concept, scope and structure to Phaidon's successful volume Vitamin P, Vitamin D presents, in A to Z order, the work of 109 artists who have emerged internationally since 1990 using the medium of drawing. Whether representational or abstract, small or large in scale, using only one line or rich in colors and pattern, drawings have a highly descriptive and meticulously detailed quality that is being explored by an increasing number of contemporary artists. Extending beyond the traditional image associated with this medium, Vitamin D hopes to illustrate the complexity, variety, and relevance of the practice of drawing today. ...


Polymer Clay Creative Traditions
Judy Belcher
0823040658
Dec 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
Addressing novices to the medium of polymer clay as well as more advanced crafters in the field, Belcher prepares an attractive handbook on making clay items; the more than 30 projects suggested here are inspired by traditions in working in glass, metal, fiber, painting and drawing, stone and bone and wood, and ceramics, since, as the author states, "polymer clay is the only medium that can emulate all of those different art forms." Gorgeous color photographs highlighting her work and the work of many other successful crafters guide the reader through a mouthwatering, even surprising, display of clay things to make, from beads that take after ones made of glass, to an enameled pin that would be a lovely accent to a blouse or blazer, to replications of Georgia O'Keeffe-type flowers to decorate a purse. For crafters adding...


Speak Italian: The Fine Art of the Gesture
Manufactured by Bruno Munari
0811847748
February 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Attenzione!

They say that a gesture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to speaking with your hands, the Italians speak volumes. This quirky handbook of Italian gestures, first published in 1958 by renowned Milanese artist and graphic designer Bruno Munari, will help the phalange-phobic decipher the unspoken language of gestures—a language not found in any dictionary. Charming black-and-white photos and wry captions evoke an Italy of days gone by. Speak Italian gives a little hand to anyone who has ever been at a loss for words.

About the Author
Bruno Munari (1907 1998), internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor, photographer, graphic designer, and creator of books, was a member of the Milanese Futurist group and taught at universities in Europe...



Andy Warhol: Giant Size
Editors of Phaidon Press (Author), et al
071484540X
February 28, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. With its beautiful layouts, pin-sharp reproductions and sparkling texts, this enormous 15-pound book is worth every penny of its price. The volume kicks off with an illuminating essay by Dave Hickey (Air Guitar) that traces the development of Warhol's genre-mocking style to his childhood in industrial Pittsburgh. Poverty forced Warhol to hone the instincts of a salesman, Hickey suggests, and neighborhood tales about Czech folk hero David Schrapnel taught him his favorite artistic method: get it exactly wrong. "Exactly wrong demonstrated that you knew what was exactly right and you were doing it wrong for the right reasons," Hickey explains. "Thus, in his impoverished early days as a fashion illustrator, Warhol dressed so wretchedly that... colleagues suspected him of being rich." The volume...


The Art Book For Children
Editors of Phaidon Press
0714845302
October 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7–Large color reproductions expose readers to a wide variety of art, from the best-known paintings of the 14th and 15th centuries to contemporary photographs and wrap art. European, Asian, and American art is included in the more than 30 discussed works. Illustrations are arranged to fill single pages, spreads, and small squares. The text, at times calligraphic, becomes part of the art as it invites viewers to take more than a cursory look. Questions encourage readers to observe details, while statements of opinion help to provoke new thoughts and elicit emotional responses to the pieces. Because the book is not arranged by chronology, medium, or style, readers have the option to skip around, to pick and choose the works to study–much like visiting favorite paintings in a museum. A...


The Fine Art of Erotic Talk: How to Entice, Excite and Enchant Your Lover with Words
Bonnie Gabriel
055337396X
January 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Explore the Passionate Power of Words

A whispered term of endearment, a flirtatious phrase, a secret suggestion, a cry of passion--words can be the most intimate gift that lovers share. This guide to their sensual power invites us to explore the erotic potential in verbal communication, as sexuality counselor and seminar leader Bonnie Gabriel shows how words can arouse desire, reveal and fulfill fantasies, and infuse lovemaking with romance and fire.

Based on Gabriel's popular workshops, this frankly provocative and warmly encouraging book is designed for both singles and couples: to help singles navigate the the shoals of attraction, budding intimacy, and safe sex; and to inspire couples to chrage longtime romances with new creative expressions of love and ardor through explicit examples, sample...


Art History Combined, Revised Combined (w/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition)
Marilyn Stokstad
0131455273
July 6, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
This attractively packaged two-volume set attempts an almost impossible task: to present the art of the entire world, from vibrant cave paintings dating back 30,000 years to the creative trends of the late 20th century. Though the arts of Europe are the most thoroughly analyzed, respected scholars in several specialized fields cover other cultures with cogent essays. A more unusual feature is the space devoted to art created by women, such as the late-Renaissance painters Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana--the latter was invited in 1560 to be an official painter at the Spanish court. Relationships between the art of different cultures are emphasized and, while each section can stand alone, each is shown to fit meaningfully into the overall development of the world's artistic heritage. Beautiful images grace the...


What Southern Women Know about Flirting
Ronda Rich
0399530967
May 2005
Hardcover
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Charlotte Observer
A must-read for all women. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
The savvy author of What Southern Women Know reveals how to flirt like a true Southern belle.

In this engaging book, columnist Ronda Rich divulges the secrets for making the most of natural female instincts-at home, in the office, and in any social situation. With good humor, real-life anecdotes, and plenty of savvy know-how, Ronda shows readers how to:

- Win others over with grace, confidence, and charm
- Master the art of social flirting, courtship flirting, and romantic flirting (and how to know the difference)
- Reap the benefits of sincere flattery
- Be a good storyteller and a good listener -

Ronda shares all her...


The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Rapport -- and Leave a Positive Impression
Written and Read by Debra Fine
0971132216
August 2003
Audio
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From Publishers Weekly
Would-be social butterflies will get encouragement but little inspiration from this not quite scintillating self-help primer. Fine, a conversation consultant, insists that small talk is the necessary overture to deeper communication, the key to generating business leads and dates and a pathway to a richer life in which strangers are magically transformed into acquaintances. She covers such cocktail-party conundrums as how to spot "approachable" interlocutors, how to make introductions, how to butt into an intriguing conversation, resuscitate a flagging one and bail out of a boring one, and how to resist one-uppers, know-it-alls, motormouths and other abusers of talk. Given the ingrained human reluctance to talk to strangers, will, not technique, is the real issue. Much of the book is taken up with motivational...


The Art Spirit: Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters and Talks to Students, Bearing on the Concept and Technique of Picture Making, the Study of Art Generally, and on Appreciation (Icon Editions)
Robert Henri, Margery Ryerson
0064301389
April 1984
Paperback
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Book Description
In this book are the essential beliefs and theories of a great teacher and American artist, Robert Henri. While it embodies the entire system of his teaching, with much technical advice and critical comment for the student, it also contains inspiration for those to whom the happiness to be found through all the arts is important.


Draw Thumb People: Fine Art at Your Fingertips
Editors of Klutz
1570549842
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Fine art at your fingertips. With this book of clever, step-by-step designs, anyone can transform plan thumbprints into pictures of people of all kinds. Everything is included: a thumb-sized green inkpad, a black felt-tip pen, and a 44-page how-to book, with plenty of room reserved for practicing right on the page. Two thumbs up!

From the Publisher
Also available: Draw Thumb Animals, Draw Thumb Things


Star Wars Chronicles
Deborah Fine, Aeon Inc. (Corporate Author)
081181498X
September 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
This is the ultimate must-have for the Star Wars fanatic. Spendy, but definitely worth it, the Star Wars Chronicles is a big, beautiful book that comes in a gold and black box--it will look great on your coffee table next to your Star Wars Logbook. The Chronicles cover the beloved trilogy of movies in thousands of behind-the-scenes and up-close photographs, many you've never seen before. From the creation of all the aliens to the details of Boba Fett's jet pack, you'll find fascinating facts, drawings, paintings, and photos to pore over endlessly. Each detail is lovingly presented for the appreciation of serious fans, and the whole package will be a delight to collectors.

Book Description
The most spectacular tribute to the Star Wars phenomenon yet, this deluxe limited...


Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques and the Art of Observation
Tony Sweet
0811731812
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Acclaimed nature photographer Tony Sweet helps us to see a familiar subject through new eyes in this astonishing collection of flower photography. Ranging from the elegiac to the experimental, these pictures offer a kaleidoscopic survey of innovative photographic techniques--including multiple exposures and "slide sandwiching"--along with instructions for creating similar effects in your own photography. Perfectly balancing grace and spontaneity, Fine Art Flower Photography ensures that none of us will look at (or photograph) flowers the same way again.

About the Author
After twenty years as a professional jazz drummer and music educator, Tony Sweet changed careers and directed his creative energy toward nature photography. Today he is a nationally known photographer, workshop...


Janson's History of Art : Western Tradition (7th Edition)
Penelope J.E. Davies, et al
0131934554
February 6, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This four-part volume uses an exceptional art program–with sumptuous color pictures–to introduce readers to a succession of art styles from prehistoric times and ancient Egypt, to the vast world of Western painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and the minor arts. Elegantly written, it contains a balanced and interesting narrative that increases ones ability to understand art. Parts I and II cover The Ancient World and The Middle Ages, with a look at prehistoric; Egyptian; ancient near eastern; Aegean; Greek; Etruscan; Roman; early Christian, Byzantine, and Medieval; Romanesque; and Gothic art. Part III looks at the Renaissance through the Rococo–with a focus on the early and high renaissance in Italy; mannerism and other trends; “Late Gothic” painting, sculpture, and the...


Hislop's Official International Price Guide to Fine Art
Duncan Hislop
0609808745
Mar 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
“I have been using Hislop’s Art Sales Index since it began in 1969, and I still find it the best of the price guides.” —Christopher Wood, former director of Christie’s

For more than thirty years, Art Sales Index, or Hislop’s, as it is known in the world of fine art, has been the essential guide that anyone buying art needs to make an informed purchase. Hislop’s Official International Price Guide to Fine Art—the new portable edition and a first for Hislop’s—covers international art auction sales of more than 80,000 works of original art from more than 25,000 of the most popular artists. This is an essential reference for the novice collector and anyone who wants to know art values, a handy tool for the experienced dealer, and a must...


Fine Art Scratch and Sketch: A Cool Art Activity Book for Budding Fine Artists of All Ages
Virginia Reynolds
0880885963
August 2004
Other Format
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Artforms: An Introduction to the Visual Arts, Revised (7th Edition)
Duane Preble, et al
0131830902
July 2, 2003
Paperback
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Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
From the first edition in 1972, ARTFORMS has been as visually exciting as the individual works of art that are reproduced in it. ARTFORMS grew out of a desire to introduce art through an engaging visual experience. It is written and designed to help readers build an informed foundation for individual understanding and enjoyment of art. By introducing art theory, practice, and history in a single volume, this book aims to draw students into a new or expanded awareness of the visual arts. The goal is to engage readers in the process of realizing their own innate creativity. In keeping with this philosophy, the revised seventh edition of ARTFORMS is a careful blending of the strengths of its earlier editions—clear organizational structure, straightforward writing, and...


400 Wood Boxes: The Fine Art of Containment and Concealment
Veronika Alice Gunter (Editor)
1579904599
March 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Featuring 400 outstanding works that range from traditional to wildly contemporary, this superb gallery celebrates the art of the wooden box. The wonderfully wide variety of styles includes traditional jewelry and keepsake, turned, and tool boxes; miniature treasure chests; and sculptural work. Each one has been personally chosen by renowned boxmaker Tony Lydgate, and appears in an exquisite color plate; many of the boxes also come with detailed images that reveal important construction secrets. The selection includes pieces by a distinguished group of artists.


The Fine Art of Love
Celeste O. Norfleet
1583146733
Nov 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
Kennedy Evan's job as a museum curator and historian might make her sound dull, but the adventure-seeking, motorcycle-riding, world-traveling triplet is anything but. Back home in Washington, D.C., after her African excursion, Kennedy is awaiting the birth of her sister's child. Unfortunately, the ancient Nubian art exhibit Kennedy has put together for the National Museum of African Art is missing some of its most valuable gold pieces. From the minute he sees the mysterious leather-clad female motorcyclist leaving his vehicle in the dust, FBI agent Juwan Mason is intrigued. When he finds out that this sexy daredevil is none other than Kennedy, his curiosity and attraction grows. But she is on his list of suspects for the theft of the Nubian gold, and he hasn't told her that he works for the FBI. With her lush descriptions...


Fine Art Studio Drawing
Jim Bradrick
1592233279
May 2005
Other Format
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Book Description
Can’t draw a straight line? Or maybe you love to draw and want to hone your skills. Either way, this kit gives you everything you need to become the next Picasso! In addition to a complete set of drawing tools, this kit provides lessons on the drawing techniques used by great artists, and it also features step-by-step drawing projects that will increase your skill and pleasure in the art of drawing. With a 6-inch artist's mannequin that can fully pose, textured drawing paper, portable sketchpad, 5 specialized pencils, smudging and erasing tools, and pencil sharpener, this unique art kit is designed to help novice and seasoned artists alike.


The Essence of Style : How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour
Joan DeJean
0743264134
July 5, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Not only do French women not get fat, they've led the world in style for the past 300 years. French historian DeJean's premise is simple yet wonderfully effective: largely because of one obsessive spendthrift, Louis XIV, France, in the late 17th century, became the arbiter of chic, a position from which it has never since faltered. Louis's outrageous vanity, sumptuous court and devotion to his own well-being led to growth in the manufacturing of fine clothing and shoes, and the invention of shops in which to buy them, and to celebrity cuisine, cafes and Champagne (a particularly amusing—and explosive—chapter). Louis was enthralled by glitter, which fostered a huge increase in the diamond trade; the theft of the Venetians' mirror-making secrets and subsequent rise of France as world leader in that...


Art Marketing 101
Constance Smith
0940899485
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Midwest Book Review
Art Marketing 101: A Handbook For The Fine Artist is must reading for any one seeking to make a living through their artwork. Art Marketing 101 shares the secrets of suc cessful artists, ways to keep customers coming back, alternative avenues for selling art, photographing artwork, creating an impressive image, building name recognition, sales and publicity tactics, pricing artwork, planning an exhibition, the legal aspects of selling artwork, portfolios every artist needs, contacting galleries, succeeding without an agent, publishing and licensing artwork, preparing a marketing plan, and debunking the myths surrounding the art business. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Independent Publisher
You can argue that a lot of visual artists and...

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