Books in English on Art and Architecture



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Hess, Barbara Abstract Expressionism / Barbara Hess; edited by Uta Grosenick. - TASCHEN, 2006. - 96 p.






Hess, Barbara

Abstract Expressionism.
ISBN – 3822829706

ISBN – 9783822829707

The language of paint "Abstract expressionism" refers to the non-representational use of form and color as a means of expression that emerged in America in the 1940s, largely thanks to the innovative work of Arshile Gorky. Interestingly, abstract expressionism is considered to be the first movement originating in America to have a worldwide influence. Two very different sub-categories of the movement developed: "action painting" (exemplified notably by Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock) and "color field painting," made most famous by Mark Rothko. Abstract expressionists strove to express pure emotion directly on canvas, via color and especially texture (the surface quality of the brushstroke), by embracing "accidents," and celebrating painting itself as a communicative action.


Holzhey, Magdalena Victor Vasarely 1906-1997. Pure Vision / Magdalena Holzhey. - TASCHEN, 2005. - 96 p.






Holzhey, Magdalena

Victor Vasarely 1906-1997. Pure Vision.
ISBN: 3822839086

ISBN: 9783822839089

Influenced by the innovative use of color in Bauhaus art, Hungarian painter Victor Vasarely (1908-1997) developed his own abstract-geometric visual language, exploring the relationship between pure form and pure color. Vasarely's experimentation with optical effects in the 1940s and 50s earned him a central role in the evolution of Op Art. By the late 50s and early 60s, he concentrated on the "democratization of art" by no longer producing his works as expensive originals but in large editions of affordable screen prints; this attempt to redefine the position and function of the artist in society was an important first step in the Pop Art movement. Vasarely's boldly colorful and eye-popping paintings are instantly recognizable and remain entirely modern and relevant today.




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