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20th Century Design

Judith Miller

Octopus Publishing

236 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

9781845337230, $19.99,

Modernist art applies to much more than abstract paintings hanging on the walls of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. "20 Century Design: The Definitive Illustrated Sourcebook" by antiques expert Judith Miller (co-founder of Miller's Antiques Price Guide and the author of more than one hundred books) is a 304-page, superbly and profusely illustrated compendium six major sections: The Birth of Modernism; The Craft Movement; The Modern Movement; Art Deco; Mid-Century Modern; Postmodernism to Contemporary. Hallmarked by a combination of idiosyncratic, functional, and esthetic values, the representative examples range from practical furniture and household wares, to posters and sculptures. Informed and informative, an encyclopedic model in the breadth and comprehensiveness of its coverage, "20th Century Design" is especially recommended for artists, craftsmen, designers, and should be acquired as a core addition to professional and academic library reference collections and supplemental reading lists. Also very highly recommended from (Octopus Publishing as a companion volume is Judith Miller's "Mid-Century Modern: Living With Mid-Century Modern Design", (978184533693, $39.99).

Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers

David Jury

Thames & Hudson, Inc.

500 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10110-0017

9780500516461, $60.00,

Graphic design is a creative process--most often involving a client and a designer and usually completed in conjunction with producers of form (i.e., printers, signmakers, etc.)--undertaken in order to convey a specific message (or messages) to a targeted audience. The term "graphic design" can also refer to a number of artistic and professional disciplines that focus on visual communication and presentation. The field as a whole is also often referred to as Visual Communication or Communication Design. Various methods are used to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. A graphic designer may use a combination of typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce the final result. Graphic design often refers to both the process (designing) by which the communication is created and the products (designs) which are generated. But before the modern age of contemporary graphic design there were pioneer practitioners of this visual art form for such items as handbills, signage, trade cards, games, ads, packaging, and more. In "Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers: The Printer as Designer and Craftsman: 1700-1914", David Jury (editor of the journal 'TypoGraphic') has authored a profusely and beautifully illustrated, 312-page compendium showcasing the history and evolution of graphic design in both Europe and America. Informed, informative, and a work of impressive, seminal scholarship, "Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers: The Printer as Designer and Craftsman: 1700-1914" is an indispensable and core addition to professional and academic library Graphic Design and Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Ori Gersht: History Repeating

Al Miner, Yoav Rinon, Ori Gersht

MFA Publications

c/o Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

9780878467792, $60.00,

Ori Gersht (born 1967, Tel Aviv) is an Israeli fine art photographer. He is also a professor of photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, Kent, England. "Ori Gersht: History Repeating" is a 256-page, beautifully illustrated compendium superbly showcasing his paintings and photography with informative commentary by Al Miner and additionally instructive contributions by Ronni Baer and Yoav Rinion. Enhanced with copious notes, an Artist Biography, a Selected Bibliography, a List of Illustrations, and a roster of contributors, "Ori Gersht: History Repeating" is a strongly recommended addition to personal and academic library 20th Century Art History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

The Art Of The Illusion

Brad Honeycutt & Terry Stickels

Imagine Publishing

c/o Charlesbridge Publishing

85 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472

9781936140718, $24.95,

From childhood onward, we have all been treated to the phenomena of optical illusions--the visual shifts in a two-dimensional picture. Ably compiled by visual graphics expert Brad Honeycutt and puzzle master Terry Stickels, and enhanced with an informed and informative introductory commentary by puzzle creator, computer game designer, and artist Scott Kim, "The Art of the Illusion: Deceptions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind" is a superbly illustrated, 224-page compendium showcasing more than two hundred of the finest images from around the world drawn from such illustrious artists as Rafal Olbinski, Rob Gonsalves, Octavio Ocampo, David Macdonald, Gene Levine, M. C. Escher, and a host of others. A true delight for a simple browsing or a focused study, "The Art of the Illusion: Deceptions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind" is a unique and strongly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Art Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Splash 13: The Best of Watercolor

Rachel Rubin Wolf, Editor

North Light Books

c/o F+W Media

4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

9781440310355, $35.00,

Splash 13: The Best of Watercolor: Alternative Approaches explores watercolor solutions and insights from over a hundred watercolor innovators and masters, and displays over a hundred paintings accompanied by artist insights into how they achieved them. From how they handled realism and abstraction to accidents that proved fortuitous and outside-the-box thinking on everything from brushes and watercolors to composition, this is a powerful presentation perfect for any watercolor artist seeking innovative approaches, and packs in color photos displaying the full potentials of the art!
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