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Looking without seeing: art appreciation edition

I make an effort to visit art museums very regularly. I love art! How can I make the most out of my visit? I would also welcome suggestions for how to get more out of the books I read and films I watch. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on May 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Recommendations for fine art facsimiles and artist books?

I am interested in buying some beautiful facsimiles of illuminated manuscripts and artist's books. Do you have any recommendations, particularly for affordable ones? I can pay up to about $100 / book, but not the thousands of dollars that some facsimiles cost. Any leads would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Oct 20, 2013 - 6 answers

How Do I Take in Better Stuff?

How do I practice better taste - in my art, music, and other kinds of cultural consumption - without being a prude or curmudgeon or elitist? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Seeking information on illuminated manuscripts online

I am interested in learning more about illuminated manuscripts--from ancient times to today, both sacred and secular. I also want to look at some of them in their entirety. What are the coolest illuminated manuscripts that have been digitized and made available online? What makes them so great? Also, are there any great videos about illuminated manuscripts? Any leads would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Oct 6, 2013 - 19 answers

What is that book of cover art from self-released records?

I feel like an idiot "wasting" a question on this, but it's driving me crazy and I am experiencing uncharacteristic google failure. Some time in the last few months I read reviews of a book of cover art from self-released LPs. The hell was that book called?
posted by dersins on Jul 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Best Books On Museum Life?

Looking for recommendations for the best non-fiction books on the subject of running a large museum/art archive. From any POV, from the fund-raising presidents to the ticket takers, guards, and art history interns in the basements. I'm looking for more large, prestige institutions ("What is it like to work at the Met" for example) but smaller collections or niche museums are also good.
posted by The Whelk on May 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Diamonds in the haystack

I'm looking for the unexpected, overlooked masterpieces hiding within conventionally marginal artistic genres: novelty Christmas music albums, mass market cowboy novels, direct-to-video action movie sequels, etc. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on May 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Where can I find accent images to make printed documents classy?

Where can I find free graphics that I can use on invitations, event programs, and books? I'm looking for black and white images: Horizontal rules, flourishes, small flowers, accent images, those little symbols that look like a spade but have a swirling stem....? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Apr 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me find a specific (art piece?) book

I was linked a book some time ago via twitter, but that account is now gone and with it went the link. Things I remember: Pretty sure it was called "Daylight" (maybe not that, but definitely a time word. daytime? morning?) Content: the text was just the entirety of a single day's New York Times transcribed The link went to the publisher, I recall seeing it on Amazon also. I believe published in the early 90s. 93ish? But still purchasable Currently going crazy trying to find it with such not-so-limiting search terms. My browser history doesn't go back far enough to find it there. Hoping someone familiar with it happens upon this, I guess.
posted by arsey on Mar 8, 2013 - 1 answer

Books on immersive experiences

Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Robin Sloan's Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore describe immersive artistic experiences that echo Alternate Reality Games or events like the All Worlds Fair. What other books describe events and experiences like these? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Crossing over with art

House of Leaves and Haunted are works in two different mediums (book and album) by two different artists that deliberately accompany each other. What other examples of this are there? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Occupy Muldoon's!

What kind of art project(s) could I create with old paperback edition of Muldoon's Handling a Criminal Case in New York (that I'm willing to take apart)? [more inside]
posted by 168 on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a book recommendation that combines art and philosophy

Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Jul 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Reccomendations for an art theft novel?

Can you recommend a novel that features art theft, forgery or other fine art-related crimes? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Jul 11, 2012 - 41 answers

Is it really more of a liability to pack my own boxes?

I'm looking for moving/shipping companies to send a couple of boxes of books & clothes from Australia to the USA (as I'm relocating). While requesting quotes, one company strongly suggested that I hire them to pack my things for me as apparently US Customs get suspicious if the boxes were packed by the individual mover (me, in this case) rather than by a professional. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else and the US Customs website hasn't addressed this. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 1, 2012 - 12 answers

NYC Art-stravaganza!

I get to spend two months this summer in New York City, and I'm gonna hit as many art museums as I can, all genres and kinds. What should I read first to get the most out of the experience? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Apr 22, 2012 - 18 answers

Books about the beginning needed.

I saw Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and loved it. Now I want to read more about early human history. Please recommend some good books on the beginnings of human art in particular and the emergence of human society and the beginnings of conciousness in general. I'm not a scientist and I'm not looking for a textbook, but I'm not afraid of a challenging read, either.
posted by vibrotronica on Mar 26, 2012 - 16 answers

Experimental book art?

What are the most fascinating examples of book art, currently in print and affordable? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on Mar 8, 2012 - 20 answers

Writing, etc., about gulfs between cultures?

Looking for good depictions of people or characters with truly foreign, alien, or mutually irreconcilable views of the world. [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Feb 14, 2012 - 29 answers

What thought-provoking things can I give my Dad for Christmas?

For Christmas, I want to give my Dad a collection of thought-provoking, idea-filled things to read or listen to - things that inspire discussion, reflection, imagination, and curiosity. His specific preferences and a few ideas I've had already are inside. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Dec 4, 2011 - 18 answers

I already know how it ends

I'm really good at predicting the end of most movies and books. I easily see foreshadowing, symbolism, and archetypes. How can I parlay this skill into a creative job? [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr on Oct 2, 2011 - 27 answers

Bold book covers

Looking for examples of good bold / striking book covers and other graphic design [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Updated Comic Drawing Material?

Can anyone recommend some updated drawing books for modern comics? [more inside]
posted by Hexidecimal on Jul 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Writing against one's own inclinations

Can anyone point me towards examples of authors (or other artists) who have produced work with a theme that runs contrary to their own established political or social views? [more inside]
posted by MShades on May 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Alain Badiou: Where should I start?

Alain Badiou: Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Jan 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Learning how to draw/paint when I can't afford classes...

I'm looking for recommendations on the best way to sharpen very dull art skills. Anything in the realms of learning, whether they be books, how to discipline self to stick to learning the basics, positive self talk through frustration...you name it. I am not looking to be remotely professional. I like sketching and illustration as well as mixed media (ink/watercolor). Any positive advice appreciated.
posted by snap_dragon on Nov 20, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I work with history?

What's the best way to find a career in historical preservation/art restoration from where I am now? [more inside]
posted by billypilgrim on Oct 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Can I lend a collection of art books?

[LibraryFilter] Can I lend a collection of art books to a library? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Books about art that are not boring.

What are your favorite books about art and music? I'm looking for meat and potatoes. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jul 26, 2010 - 23 answers

Art history for a total beginner

I love going to museums and galleries and looking at art, but somehow never got around to taking an art history class in college. I'm looking for a book that will give me a good basic grounding in art history. Suggestions, please?
posted by Messily on May 13, 2010 - 21 answers

visual stimulation on the cheap

Looking for cheap, beautiful art and design books I can buy used. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge on Mar 25, 2010 - 4 answers

Best books and websites on modern and contemporary art?

What are the best books and websites about modern and contemporary art, from 1850 to today? I want to find materials that could totally change how I think about modern art, world-wide.
posted by tnygard on Mar 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Can you recommend a good book about the WPA artists program, or a great book that came out of the Federal Writers' Program?

Can you recommend a good book about the WPA artists program, or a great book that came out of the Federal Writers' Program? Bonus points if you know of a fictional story that uses it as the main theme. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 - 12 answers

Innovative Book Designs

Innovative Books: I am looking to compile a list of the most innovative uses of the book format. Books that break the mould in their layout and design, perhaps books that use online systems to extend their content value or push their form into new places. I am most interested in narrative and theory, but any book that is interesting (artist books etc.) would be really appreciated. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 1, 2009 - 29 answers

I want to to make a picture book on my computer. How?

What software would you recommend for a book project that needs to utilize a large amount of art from different mediums, including reproducing pictures? I am trying to emulate Paul Arden's 'It's not how good you are; it's how good you want to be", if that helps as a reference point... [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Oct 14, 2009 - 1 answer

Total Crud Face Universe and Galaxy

I am obsessed with artist&writer Lynda Barry, and don't believe she has any peer or equal in the world of comics. Prove me wrong; who else would I love? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Sep 24, 2009 - 30 answers

Best art and coffee table books?

What are your favorite coffee table books and art books? Examples for me are the art editions of Taschen like GOAT, The Godfather family Album, the MILK project(Humanity), all books by David LaChappelle. [more inside]
posted by tusharj on Jul 5, 2009 - 22 answers

Contemporary Art History and Theory

Help me learn as much as I can about the history and theory of contemporary art. I would at this point, love to take up a full time course for two years on the above, but for several reasons I cannot do so. I can however, spend 3-4 hours daily to read and study. I also spend almost three months of the year travelling to various biennales, museums and collections around the world to up my knowledge. But while I am fairly up to date with what is going on today, I need to get myself a proper history so i know the context of what I am seeing. So if someone could provide me with a systematic syllabus of what I need to read, it would be appreciated. An actual syllabus from a top notch program would be the best. A great book I read on the subject was "Shock of the New" by Robert Hughes.
posted by tusharj on Jun 28, 2009 - 16 answers

publishing

How do I go about publishing an art book? [more inside]
posted by ChloeMills on Mar 1, 2009 - 4 answers

Vintage Illustrations

I am trying to find vintage/retro images from old childrens' books and other sources for my wedding invitations and save the date cards. Specifically I am interested in bunnies, deer or anything wilderness related and children with butterfly nets. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Feb 10, 2009 - 18 answers

Comic Books -- What New with Batman etc

Is there any site that will give me updates in comic book storylines for a long stretch of time (last 6 months +) since I barely can afford to buy one nowadays?
posted by snap_dragon on Jan 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Is there a name for this style of art?

Is there a name for Satoshi Kitamura's art style in Creepy Crawly Song Book? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on May 15, 2008 - 2 answers

Using My Right Brain

How can I improve my art awareness (i.e paintings, sculpture, crafts, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 13, 2008 - 25 answers

Examples of Mise en Abyme (in form)

Recursion filter: I recently came across the phrase 'Mise en Abyme' and have become fascinated by recursion in literature, language and film. What writings have used these themes in their form to address the questions they posed? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 2, 2008 - 20 answers

Physical cut-ups: Making Frankenstein vinyl records and books

I want to physically cut-up vinyl records and books into pieces, which I will then glue back together in various, alternate combinations. What are the best methods of doing this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 25, 2008 - 10 answers

How Things 'Become': The Infinity of Definition

I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 13, 2008 - 32 answers

Book mystery involving surrealist art and attempted murderers of Andy Warhol

I remember everything about this book except the title and author---cover, quotes, illustrations, approximate size & shape. You love a challenge, and you love being right. All ideas welcome. [more inside]
posted by ibeji on Jan 1, 2008 - 4 answers

watercolor instruction book for kids?

Can anyone recommend a watercolor painting instruction book for children? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Dec 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Looking for an old "pass it on" style scrapbook project

6 - 9 years ago there was an project where x empty books were sent out to x different people, who then filled one page, and passed the book on to someone else. What was this project? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Dec 4, 2007 - 8 answers

The Future of War?

Help me find a series of illustrated children's hardcover books from the 70s/80s about the upcoming technologies of "The Future" [more inside]
posted by Ryvar on Jul 10, 2007 - 11 answers

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