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Books in the SRJC Libraries on oil painting relevant to the work of artist Alan Azhderian

The Art of AssemblageThe Art of Assemblage

This book is the synthesis of a new approach of making art using the memory of our civilization. Art is in the hands of the observer, the occupant of the intersection between the tactile world and his concept of the universe. Matter, senses and space get connected in a whole one. The art of assemblage is "an alternative" for the art of every time and all ages. No style, no rules, no products, and all work is considered to be work in progress.

Doyle Library Call Number: N6490 .S35 1961


Kurt Schwitters: color and CollageKurt Schwitters: Color and Collage

Best known for his extraordinary abstract collages, German artist Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948) is one of the most influential figures of the international avant-garde. Emphasizing the significance of color and light in the artist’s work and delving into the relationship between collage and painting, this handsome volume accompanies the first U.S. retrospective of the artist’s oeuvre in twenty-five years. Affiliated with Dada and the Constructivist movement in the years following WWI, he coined the term “merz” to describe his ambition to "make connections, preferably between everything in the world."

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: N6888.S42 A4 2010


Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay EternidayJoseph Cornell: Shadowplay Eterniday

Originally published to celebrate the centennial of Joseph Cornell's birth, this book provides a multidimensional perspective on the pioneering modern artist. Lavishly illustrated with more than seventy-five boxes and collages, as well as images of the fascinating source material that the artist collected to create his exquisitely crafted worlds, it communicates to the reader the sense of surprise and delight that one experiences on viewing the actual boxes with their toys, stuffed birds, maps, clay pipes, marbles, shells, and other paraphernalia of daily life.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: N6537.C66 J68 2003


De Kooning : A RetrospectiveDe Kooning : A Retrospective

Published in conjunction with the first large-scale, multi-medium, posthumous retrospective of Willem de Kooning's career, this publication offers an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the development of the artist's work as it unfolded over nearly seven decades, beginning with his early academic works, made in Holland before he moved to the United States in 1926, and concluding with his final, sparely abstract paintings of the late 1980s. The volume presents approximately 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, covering the full diversity of de Kooning's art and placing his many masterpieces in the context of a complex and fascinating pictorial practice.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: N6537.D43 A4 2011

Dime-store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell Dime-store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell

Mingles the author's poems and reminiscences with quotes from other sources, biographical information, and writings from Cornell's journals to illuminate the work of the surrealist artist noted for his collaged shadowboxes. In Dime-Store Alchemy, poet Charles Simic reflects on the life and work of Joseph Cornell, the maverick surrealist who is one of America’s great artists. Simic’s spare prose is as enchanting and luminous as the mysterious boxes of found objects for which Cornell is justly renowned.

Mahoney Library Call Number: N6537.C66 S57 1992


Terry Winters width=Terry Winters

Terry Winters is one of an international group of artists who have reinvigorated abstract painting over the past 10 years. This volume features more than 100 paintings, prints and drawings, constituting a mid-career survey of Winters' work.

Doyle Library Call Number: NC139.W535 A4 1991


Dada : Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, ParisDada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris

Along with Russian constructivism and surrealism, Dada stands as one of the three most significant movements of the historical avant-garde. Born in the heart of Europe in the midst of World War I, Dada displayed a raucous skepticism about accepted values. Its embrace of new materials, of collage and assemblage techniques, of the designation of manufactured objects as art objects as well as its interest in performance, sound poetry, and manifestos fundamentally shaped the terms of modern art practice and created an abiding legacy for postwar art. Yet, while the word Dada has common currency, few know much about Dada art itself. In contrast to other key avant-garde movements, there has never been a major American exhibition that explores Dada specifically in broad view. "Dada"--the catalogue to the exhibition on view in 2006 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and The Museum of Modern Art in New York presents the hybrid forms of Dada art through an examination of city centers where Dada emerged: Zurich, Berlin, Cologne, Hannover, New York, and Paris. Covered here are works by some 40 artists made in the period from circa 1916, when the Cabaret Voltaire was founded in Zurich, to 1926, by which time most of the Dada groups had dispersed or significantly transformed. The city sections bring together painting, sculpture, photography, collage, photomontage, prints and graphic work. Relying on dynamic design and vivid documentary images, "Dada" takes us through these six cities via topical essays and extensive plate sections; an illustrated chronology of the movement; witty chronicles of events in each city center; a selected bibliography; and biographies of each artist--accompanied by Dada-era photographs.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: NX456.5.D3 D53 2005


Robert Rauschenberg: CombinesRobert Rauschenberg: Combines

Poetic and lush, Rauschenberg's "Combines" focuses on the works created roughly between 1954 and 1964, the most important decade in the artist's 50-year career. 172 color illustrations.

Mahoney Library Call Number: N6537.R27 A4 2005