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Books in the SRJC Libraries relevant to the work of artist Donna Larsen.

Collage: The Making of Modern Art Collage: The Making of Modern Art

Almost a century after its invention, collage has never been more popular. It picks up the discarded scraps and residue of everyday experience, turning them into art--a truly modern art, the artistic equivalent of the fragmented nature of contemporary life. Beginning with the seminal moment in 1908 when the young Picasso first took a piece of brown card pasted with a "Magasins au Louvre" label and invented a new kind of picture, Brandon Taylor tells the story of how progressive artists have consistently used the medium to create challenging and provocative works, developing a cut-and-paste aesthetic that would go on to influence other, more traditional art forms such as sculpture and architecture. The whole sweep of the twentieth century is here: cubist, dadaist, and surrealist collage; the experiments of the Russian constructivists and Eastern European avantgardes; the hard-hitting political satires of interwar Germany; the raw, aggressive styles of the United States' East and West coasts in the 1950s; the burgeoning pop aesthetic in 1960s America and Europe. Taylor ends his authoritative account by addressing the question of why the ideas behind collage are so much in harmony with the digital age.

Doyle Library Call Number: N6494.C6 T395 2004


Art in the StreetsArt in the Streets

A chronicle of the first large-scale American museum exhibition to survey the colorful history of graffiti and street art movements internationally. Highlighting the connection between graffiti and street art and other vibrant subcultures, such as those that developed around Hip Hop in the Bronx and skateboarding in Southern California, Art in the Streets explores parallel movements in dance and music. The exhibition is curated by MoCA Director Jeffrey Deitch, working with a curatorial advisory committee that includes Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND2608 .A78 2011


Islamic CalligraphyIslamic Calligraphy

This book is an important contribution to a key area of non-western art, being the first reference work on the art of beautiful writing in Arabic script.
The extensive use of writing is a hallmark of Islamic civilization. Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, became one of the main methods of artistic expression from the seventh century to the present in almost all regions from the far Maghrib, or Islamic West, to India and beyond. This groundbreaking book explains this art form to modern readers and shows how to identify, understand and appreciate its varied styles and modes. The book is designed to offer a standardized terminology for identifying and describing various styles of Islamic calligraphy and to help Westerners appreciate why calligraphy has long been so important in Islamic civilization.

Mahoney Library Call Number: NK3636.5.A2 B53 2006

Collage Techniques: A Guide for Artists and IllustratorsCollage Techniques: A Guide for Artists and Illustrators

This book presents the medium of collage within the context of a wide variety of materials, including washi (oriental and rice papers) and watermedia; stained, prepared, and found papers; photographs; and fabrics and fibers. Each category of material is examined through a step-by-step demonstration and works by artists who approach collage in original and refreshing ways. The latest trends in technologically enhanced collage, including such high-tech applications as multiple photocopying and digital scanning, are also discussed. The author then explores how the elements and principles of design are used in collage, and how they in turn are employed in all the major genre, including still life, landscape, the human figure, abstraction, and nonobjective imagery.

Doyle Library Call Number: N7433.7 .B77 1994


The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Post-War American ArtThe Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Post-War American Art

Drawing from twenty years of experience as an art critic in New York, Carter Ratcliff maps the Manhattan art world from Fifty-seventh Street to SoHo, revisiting the world of studios, galleries, and artists' bars where those personalities met and clashed. He follows the story of postwar American art from the late 1940s through the triumph of Abstract Expressionism and the sudden explosion of Pop Art, all the way to the boom of the 1980s, which brought stardom to an array of young artists. Over it all looms the monumental and tragic figure of Jackson Pollock, the measure of all who have felt compelled to challenge him.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND212 .R38 1996


An Introduction to Japanese Kanji CalligraphyAn Introduction to Japanese Kanji Calligraphy

The word calligraphy literally means "beautiful writing." It is an art form that can be found in most civilizations with a written script. Originally developed to stress the importance of culture, religion and philosophy, over time calligraphy in most languages has developed into a purely artistic expression. In Japan, kanji characters from the Japanese writing system are used in calligraphy. An Introduction to Japanese Kanji Calligraphy is an exploration of this Asian art form, and examines how calligraphic poetry developed in Japan. Written by a Japanese shodo master, An Introduction to Japanese Kanji Calligraphy is a wonderful introduction to a beautiful art.

Doyle Library Call Number: NK3637.A2 T35 2005