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Books in the SRJC Libraries relevant to the work of artist, Paul Beattie


The Beats: A Graphic HistoryThe Beats: A Graphic History

This revelatory and exhilarating and funny book not only tells us of the Beat generation, but of a time when we as individuals felt truly free. According to Studs Terkel, it is as fresh and pertinent as the latest scholarly history only far more entertaining. According to the New York Times, the writers and artists don’t try to untangle the Beats’ hazy history, which is often drawn from works of fiction, or to examine their writings. There are almost no quotations. But the medium provides a new angle on a familiar story, in a voice more directly empathetic than those of many prose histories.

Mahoney Library Call Number: PS228.B6 P45 2009


A Century of Artists BooksA Century of Artists Books

This celebration of the illustrated book as an art form begins with works produced in France by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Gauguin at the end of the 19th century, and traces the international development of the modern illustrated book to the last decade of the 20th century. Major artists of the modern movement, among them Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, turned to the "illumination" of poems, classical literature, and their own writings to make books that are now collectors' objects, luxuriously produced. Such limited editions have continued to be produced alongside other types of artists' books aimed at a much larger audience. The more available artists' books have served a different purpose, often expressing aesthetic and political principles, in the hands of such artists as Kasimir Malevich, Marcel Duchamp, Ed Ruscha, Joseph Beuys, and Barbara Kruger. Accompanying texts consider the historical background, complex relationships between artists and book manufacturers, technical constraints, and recent changes.

Mahoney Library Call Number: N7433.3 .C38 1994


American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s: An Illustrated Survey: With Artists' Statements, Artwork and BiographiesAmerican Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s: An Illustrated Survey: With Artists' Statements, Artwork and Biographies

A unique book presents art's main stream between 1950 and 1959 in New York and across the United States regardless of race, gender or ethnic origin. This excellent publication builds on the earlier publication. It has broadened the scope to include artists from throughout the United States, and contains the philosophical statements and biographies of nearly 90 artists in a book with a beautiful layout and superb photographs.

Doyle Library Call Number: N6512.5.A25 A64 2003


The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery: Mixed-Media Techniques for Collage, Altered Books, Artists Journals, and More The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery: Mixed-Media Techniques for Collage, Altered Books, Artists Journals, and More

This is a hands-on guide to hundreds of techniques for painting and drawing. For anyone who has ever had the urge to create art, this easy-to-use manual explains the artist's essential tools and materials -- how to choose them, how to use them, and how to care for them. Packed with information on myriad techniques, from color use and composition to subject choice, and including tips from the professionals, here's everything painters and illustrators need to begin, develop, and perfect their craft. Over 500 color photographs, 200 original works of art, and an extensive list of suppliers are included.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: TT880 .M53 2005


The Beat Generation in San Francisco: A Literary TourThe Beat Generation in San Francisco: A Literary Tour

A blow-by-blow unearthing of the places where the Beat writers first came to full bloom: the flat where Ginsberg wrote "Howl;" Gary Snyder's zen cottage in Berkeley; the ghostly railroad yards where Kerouac and -Cassady toiled; the pads where Jack & Neal & Carolyn lived; Ferlinghetti's favorite haunts. This meticulous guide also brings to light never-before-heard stories about Corso, Bob Kaufman, DiPrima, Kyger, Lamantia and other West Coast Beats. A entertaining read as well as a practical walking (and driving) tour that covers the entire Bay Area. With an introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Doyle Library Call Number: PS144.S4 M67 2003


No Longer Innocent: Book Art in America: 1960-1980No Longer Innocent: Book Art in America: 1960-1980

This history of the artist's book, a flourishing form which over the years has often been greeted with confusion by critics, collectors, historians and artists, aims to spell out its role in contemporary art and to claim for it a vital and heretofore unacknowledged status since the blossoming of the artform in the 1970s. Renowned scholar and curator Betty Bright takes an inclusive view of the varied field in order to redress its marginalization, identifying three distinct types: the fine press book, the deluxe book, and the bookwork. She covers crucial supporters of the form, like New York's Center for Book Arts, Franklin Furnace, and the Visual Studies Workshop Press in Rochester, New York, as well as key organizations and figures in Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Bright examines how artist's books have responded to specific movements, such as Pop, Fluxus and Conceptualism, and how the book arts' own mini-art world of the 1970s was shaped by seminal exhibitions, fledgling nonprofit organizations and collectors.

Doyle Library Call Number: Z1033.F5 B75 2005


Joseph Cornell and Astronomy: A Case for the StarsJoseph Cornell and Astronomy: A Case for the Stars

This book provides an in depth look at one artist's intense fascination with the science of astronomy. Joseph Cornell has often been viewed as a recluse, isolated in his home on Utopia Parkway, lost in the fairy tales and charming objects of his collages and assemblage boxes. Less commonly known has been Cornell's vested and serious interest in the history of astronomy and the cutting-edge discoveries made during his own lifetime. An avid reader, he amassed a library of books and articles about science and astronomy, and his reflections about these subjects had a direct impact on his art. This book explores why astronomy captivated Cornell, and considers hundreds of his works: found-footage films, three-dimensional space-object boxes, enigmatic collages, and cosmic ephemera, that contain references to astronomical phenomena. Unfolding Cornell's work with depth and breadth, this work offers a convincing and original appreciation of this intriguing American artist.

Doyle Library Call Number: N6537.C66 H68 2009