Synopses & Reviews
Ian Jeffrey is a superb guide in this profusely illustrated introduction to the appreciation of photography as an art form. Novices and experts alike will gain a deeper understanding of great photographers and their work, as Jeffrey decodes key images and provides essential biographical and historical background. Profiles of more than 100 major photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, highlight particular examples of styles and movements throughout the history of the medium. Each entry includes a concise biography along with an illuminating discussion of key works and nuggets of contextual information.
How to Read a Photograph: Lessons from Master Photographers is the third book in Abrams successful series that includes How to Read a Painting and How to Read a Modern Painting.'
is a unique and fascinating publication of over 250 pornographic photographs from Danny Moynihanand#8217;s personal collection, including images made by some of the earliest erotic photographers, right up to the 1940s. This publication visually documents attitudes about sex and pornography, and by so doing shows how they were developed alongside a and#145;correctand#8217; social and cultural behavioural code of restraint, particularly with regard to sexual intercourse and role-play.
By providing a historical overview of nudity and sex in photography, the book offers an intriguing insight into the way pornography was made alongside the development of photography. Private Collection includes an extremely readable and informative essay by Cressida Connolly which discusses pornography from an historical perspective, the way the sex industry was used in the 19th century, and how this affected the production, function and availability of pornography: and#147;There were no rules. It is the revolutionary newness of these images which makes them as exciting as their subjects.and#8221;
'In How to Read Bible Stories and Myths in Art
, Patrick De Rynck explores the roots of Western civilization from three different angles: He introduces the reader to the best-known stories from the Bible and mythology; he presents a selection of exquisite masterpieces by some of the world\'s greatest painters; and he shows the reader how these painters interpreted these famous scenes.
Using the same highly visual approach that made his How to Read a Painting a popular success, De Rynck shows how artists portrayed the main subjects of Western art. Old Masters such as Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, and countless others rendered these stirring, poignant, bloodthirsty, and even erotic tales on panel or canvas, in the process creating a familiar way of visualizing our collective imagination.
With each new technological advance, pornography has proliferated andand#160; degraded in quality. Today, porn is everywhere, but where is it art? 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom
surveys the history of pornography and argues that the success and vibrancy of a society relates to its permissiveness in sexual matters.
This history of erotic art brings together some of the most provocative illustrations ever published, showcasing the evolution of pornography over diverse cultures from prehistoric to modern times. Beginning with the Venus of Willendorf, created between 24,000-22,000 bce, and book-ended by contemporary photography, it also contains a timeline covering major erotic works in several cultures. 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom ably captures the ancient and insuppressible creative drive of the sexual spirit, making this book a treatise on erotic art.
Filled withand#160;great masterpieces by such artists as Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, and Titian, How to Read Italian Renaissance Painting takes the reader into their world.and#160;As inand#160;the internationally successful and innovative How to Read a Painting, each spread uses an important painting as a way to explain a key concept, with numerous large details. Here, 180 works illuminate key ideas in Renaissance painting, from "perpective"and#160;andand#160;"the golden section" to "grace" and "symbolism."and#160;In addition, there are brief biographies of theand#160;major artists. The result is an original, accessible, and affordable volume that offers an introductionand#160;into the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance.
Eroticism is a truly universal topic, a subject that has always fascinated humankind. Erotic art is telling: It reveals much about an era, a culture, and psychology; it can be sweet, aggressive, soothing, or wild. Erotic Art
explores the history of erotic art and presents paintings, drawings, etchings, sculptures, and more by Titian, Picasso, and Keith Haring, by Bernini, Rodin, and Giacometti, and from ancient Greece, Rome, China, Japan, India, and the Middle East. Reproduced in lush color with close-up details, the art is accompanied by texts that offer insights into how to read the different works. In this book, erotic art gives up its secrets.
Praise for How to Read Erotic Art:
andquot;The lush illustrations together with the texts . . . make How to Read Erotic Art an informative, fun, and sexy addition to any collection.andquot; andmdash;The Huffington Post
About the Author
Born in London in 1959, Danny Moynihan is a painter and writer. He went to the Slade School of Art, London in 1977. In 1981 he opened the Space Gallery with Paul Kasmin and furniture designer Jasper Morrison. Moynihan moved to New York in 1983 where he worked at the Robert Miller Gallery. On his return to London he took up painting again and had several exhibitions in Los Angeles and London. He has curated numerous shows, most notably and#145;Psychoand#8217; at Anne Faggionato, London, and#145;Artist and Photographyand#8217; at Karsten Schubert Gallery, London, and and#145;Between a Rock and Hard Placeand#8217; at Rove Gallery, London, and is also a founding member of Photo London. Moynihanand#8217;s book, and#145;Boogie Woogieand#8217;, for which he also wrote the screenplay, is currently in production starring Gillian Anderson, Charlotte Rampling and Heather Graham. His book and#145;Baitand#8217; is being published in 2008.