The 20th century witnessed an explosion of creativity as artists, musicians, and writers rejected centuries of past practice and boldly created new visual forms, new musical languages, and new ways of thinking. This is the story of the individuals who created the art, told within the context of the times in which they lived. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/140070/bk_acx0_140070_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How does art work? How does it move us, inform us, challenge us? Internationally renowned painter David Salle´s incisive essay collection illuminates the work of many of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Engaging with a wide range of Salle´s friends and contemporaries - from painters to conceptual artists such as Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alex Katz, among others - How to See explores not only the multilayered personalities of the artists themselves but also the distinctive character of their oeuvres. Salle writes with humor and verve, replacing the jargon of art theory with precise and evocative descriptions that help the listener develop a personal and intuitive engagement with art. The result: a master class on how to see with an artist´s eye. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Michael Summerer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012400/bk_tant_012400_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) was a man of many talents - a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholar - but he is best known for Lives of the Artists, which singlehandedly established the canon of Italian Renaissance art. Before Vasari´s extraordinary book, art was considered a technical skill, and artists were mere decorators and craftsmen. It was through Vasari´s visionary writings that Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo came to be regarded as great masters of life as well as art, their creative genius celebrated as a divine gift.Lauded by Sarah Bakewell as ´´insightful, gripping, and thoroughly enjoyable´´, The Collector of Lives reveals how one Renaissance scholar completely redefined how we look at art. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer M. Dixon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/002333/bk_high_002333_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Art history is all about challenging the creative side of yourself, inspiring you to find beauty in all forms. Since the beginning of the world, mankind has known and practiced art in different styles, from the crude drawings and paintings of the caveman to the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci. Art history spans the entire history of the human race, right from the primeval times to the 21st century. It is the study of objects of art and the style, design and genre that they have been made in. This includes paintings, sculptures, architecture, and even furniture and other decorative arts like ceramics. Art History embraces various methods to study the works of art and architecture. The field of art is much easier to understand when divided into three parts, which is the specialists, the critics, and the art historians. The part played by the art critics is very crucial, because they are the ones who help in establishing a comparative artistic value to the piece of work with respect to the works of others of the same genre. They have the authority to sanction an entire new style or a movement or philosophy of art and art theory. There is another department of study known as Aesthetics and it mostly deals in investigating the problem of the transcendent and defining the quintessence of beauty. On the other hand, Art History has nothing to do with any of these. Art historians use historical methods to find answers about a historical piece of art, to questions such as: How was the artist inspired to create the particular work? Who was the teacher? Who were the spectators? What historic events influenced the artist´s work? What effects did the art create socially and politically? Many questions like these arise for each piece of art, and the art historian´s work is to find those answers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrea Giordani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067784/bk_acx0_067784_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Art theory has had great prominence for centuries. Many people are fond of art and in fact artists are producing artwork to portray their views on any particular situation, trend, or a topic. Art theory was refined in the twentieth century by adding many other art forms. People are exhibiting interest in buying these artworks by paying astronomical prices. Art theory accentuates the concepts of modern and contemporary art practices. With the increase in demand for art theory, educational institutions and universities have introduced this as one of the courses in their colleges. As part of this art theory, people, especially artists, designers, and craftspeople will get to study and interpret art in various forms and will learn how to generate ideas to project their artistic work. Art theory will inform people about the society, history, culture, traditions, and social structure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrea Giordani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070968/bk_acx0_070968_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman. Art Matters will inspire its listeners to seize the day in the name of art.Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters. Neil Gaiman once said that ´the world always seems brighter when you´ve just made something that wasn´t there before´. This audiobook is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters explores how reading, imagining and creating can change the world, and will be inspirational to young and old. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Gaiman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/head/001309/bk_head_001309_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school - in her 60s - to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful, demands of a life fully lived.How are women and artists seen and judged by their age, looks, and race? What does it mean when someone says, ´´You will never be an artist?´´ Who defines what ´´an artist´´ is and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference?Old in Art School is Nell Painter´s ongoing exploration of those crucial questions. Bringing to bear incisive insights from two careers, Painter weaves a frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art.A Library Journal Editor´s Pick for Spring. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nell Painter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011737/bk_blak_011737_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1958, and again in 1969, Ayn Rand gathered a small group of her friends and acquaintances and gave an informal course on writing. At once a fascinating philosophical discourse on the art of creation and an invaluable guide for the aspiring writer, these edited transcripts are a treasure that will challenge, edify, and illuminate the way to more powerful writing. Ayn Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterization, and style, the four essential elements of fiction. Here, too, are Rand´s illuminating analyses of passages from famous writers, rewrites of scenes from her own works, and fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000891/bk_blak_000891_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1958, and again in 1969, Ayn Rand gathered a small group of her friends and acquaintances and gave an informal course on writing. At once a fascinating philosophical discourse on the art of creation and an invaluable guide for the aspiring writer, these edited transcripts are a treasure that will challenge, edify, and illuminate the way to more powerful writing. Rand takes listeners step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. She discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. She talks about articles and books, explaining how to select a subject and theme, how to identify your audience, and how to write the first draft. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000892/bk_blak_000892_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.