Book Genre: Art

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Douglas Florian
Colleen
3

The pictures inside Dinothesaurus: prehistoric poems and paintings by Douglas Florian are appealing to anyone who is fascinated by collage art and other forms of artistic expression. And dinosaurs of course. I find the poems less inspiring than the visual art. I would recommend...

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Robert M Edsel
ShellyB
4

The Monuments Men tells the story of the brave men and women determined to save art from rampant looting and possible destruction not only by the Nazis during (and leading up to) WWII, but by the Allied forces, as well.  Most of the men recruited to become part of this Allied...

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Jimmy (Photographer) Nelson
Zac
4

This book just floored me. It really changed my day.

It’s a powerful collection of portraits documenting dozens of cultures around the world whose people are, for one reason or another, at risk of fading away.

Traveling across five continents and a wide array of environments, the...

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David Nytra
Hope H
1

The illustrations in The Secret of the Stone Frog are fantastic. Detailed, intriguing, and layered, they are the best part of the book. Unfortunately, the story they help tell and the characters they visualize are in many ways so clichéd and lacking in depth as to make the entire...

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Ilike Merey
Angelita
5

The art in this graphic novel was great! It's all black and white, but it conveys the emotion very well, with the mix of light and darkness. I also loved the story line, especially of how two people found a common ground and fell in love. Each deals with awkward situations of unknown sexuality,...

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Nell Beram
L.F.
4

John Lennon once described Yoko Ono as "the world's most famous unknown artist”.  Art critic Arthur C. Danto observed, “Her fame made her almost impossible to see.”
Now authors Nell Beram and Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky tell the inspiring story of this often misunderstood artist, musician...

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Ellen Forney
Thane
4

Ellen Forney is an artist. When she first becomes diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her initial reaction is one of elation. She sees her diagnosis as proof that she is a “crazy artist” equal to Vangogh or Hemingway in passion and creativity. But as she descends from the euphoria of mania into the...

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David Kelley
Michelle
4

Written by the founders of IDEO design firm, this book is a great exploration of how to develop your own creativity (we all have it!) and build teams and processes for designing user-centric services and products. It has a lot of practical exercises.

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Hisae Iwaoka
Hope H
1

One of the best things about stories set in space is the feeling of limitless possibility and discovery. Unfortunately Hisae Iwaoka's Saturn Apartments takes that sense of possibility and discovery and turns it on its head, making what should be interesting dull and what is...

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Chuck Close
Laurie.
5

I am a BIG fan of the books published by Abrams Books for Young Readers and quickly pounced on their new biography about Chuck Close, an American painter best known for his BIG paintings of the human face. Face Book is a massaged and amped up presentation based on an...

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Alexis Turner
Emily
5

This is beautiful and strange, moments of the absurd. Honestly I didn't even read any of the text because I was so distracted by the amazing collection of images. I will be purchasing a copy of this for my home library.

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Laurie.
4

The collection kicks off with a quote from Louis Armstrong. When asked to define jazz he reportedly responded, "If you have to ask, you'll never know." The poets represented provide a taste; vamping, swinging, and sharing sounds of tributes to musicians and singers who did...

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Matthue Roth
Laurie.
4

In a 2011 interview with The Guardian, Maurice Sendak said "I refuse to lie to children." Were he alive today, Sendak would be very pleased with Matthue Rothm and Rohan Daniel Eason's retelling of three...

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Tara Conklin
dfields
5

The House Girl is a masterful debut novel, weaving the lives of Lina Sparrow, a present-day attorney and Josephine, a seventeen-year-old house slave in an unforgettable tapestry. As Lina researches documents to uncover a "face" for a class-action lawsuit to which she's been assigned, she begins...

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David Lynch
Laurie.
5

You don't need to "get" David Lynch to be wowed by this book. He describes the process of trolling the waters of consciousness via meditation to catch the big idea. I picture Lynch, however, surfing an undulating wave and art happens when he rides the crest. Either way, discipline is the core of...

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Yōko Ono
Laurie.
4

Sean Lennon found the unpublished version of An Invisible Flower in his mother's closet and fortunately for all us daydreamers, he published the tale. Ono, a conceptual artist, wrote the story after she was evacuated to the Japanese countryside as a child during WWII. Not just a...

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Sarah Thornton
Laurie.
4

If you ever wondered about what goes on behind the scenes of the contemporary art world, you may enjoy this ethnographic romp.  Thornton's research, compiled through interviews between 2004-2007, provides glimpses of a day in the life of artists and people who make art...

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Angela Wenzel
Rachel
4

Wenzel covers a wide breath of sculpture with concise descriptions, plenty of pictures and a thorough glossary in this fun introduction to the world of sculpture. She includes works from antiquity and others from the present; they come from all over the world and are made out of everything from...

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Barbara Sparks
ShellyB
5

A compilation of black and white photographs by Barbara Sparks that were part of an exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, it includes pictures from Nepal, Turkey, Italy, Taos, and our own backyard here in Colorado.  The photos are exquisite and the background information is...

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Suzanne Bloom
Mary P
4

This is a short, simple story that is excellent for younger children who are still experimenting with the world around them.  It provides ideas for them (and their parents!) of things they can do with their outdoor-made creations besides eating them.  At the end of the story, the...

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Ellen Forney
Becker
4

When she was in her late 20s, cartoonist Ellen Forney  was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While she was open to the idea of treatment, she also worried that the drugs--and having her disorder more under control--would impede her creativity, her very livelihood. In this graphic memoir, she...

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Slinkachu
Bobby
4

This is a whole new level of street art with intricacies and creativity that will leave you shaking your head well after you put the book down.

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Betty Kirke
Laurie.
5

The oversize hardback is a pleasure to read, tracing Ms. Vionnet's progression from a child seamstress to "queen mother of haute couture."  A true unexpected treasure is the inclusion of complete patterns for Ms. Vionnet's sumptuous designs. A b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l book about an amazing French...

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Vivian Maier
extra medium
5

From the 1950’s to the 1990’s, Vivian Maier quietly photographed her surroundings creating hundreds of thousands of photos that she didn't tell anyone about.  These images are more than snapshots, although they do have that feeling about them. Her composition is breathtaking and she truly...

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Slinkachu
extra medium
5

Just discovered this as I was shelving new non fiction this morning. Global Model Village is a witty and wry take on art in public spaces. The pieces are tiny—you may not see them unless you’re the type to look at the minutiae in your everyday environment.  Part social commentary, part...