Multcolib Research Picks: New Book Selections - Art & Music
Annotation:Fifty detailed studies, using paint and drawing techniques and mixed media, in a "try it out" approach for learning ways to paint.
Annotation:Jewelry projects to make, with ample color photographic instructions of the materials and steps to create pieces.
Annotation:Essential skills to enter the audio post-production industry. Tutorials from Berklee Press on equipment, sound processing techniques, and strategies for professional work.
Annotation:An engaging series of essays on the art of conducting, with historical accounts of composers and conductors for eras of music and national traditions. The final chapter offers ideas for the future of conducting and the role of orchestras in the fabric of contemporary civic life.
Annotation:"Given the wide range of music that Tippett composed during a long career that extended for much of the twentieth century, there is a great deal of music by him that is not being performed and has not been discussed extensively in the literature. This Companion cannot fully address this absence, but it does provide commentary on Tippett's music beyond just the already well-known works and it raises issues that were pertinent to Tippett at many key points in his career." - from the Preface.
Annotation:The Cambridge Companion series provide excellent histories and analyses of composers and forms of music, in essays intended for general readership as well as for students. This volume surveys history of the symphony from the early classical world of Mozart and Haydn through to 20th century forms of orchestral music.
Annotation:"[This] is an extraordinary document: Matisse, in his own voice, speaking of his life as a painter." - from the book cover description. Published by the Getty Research Institute.
Annotation:Tours through rooms thematically organized by color, with commentary about styles and combinations of color, in a conversational style that draws the reader in to the process.
Annotation:A lively book that tells in narrative style art history from the vantage point of fakes and forged artworks. The title is intended to express the idea that "Out in the world, a fake takes on a life of its own, which even the counterfeiter cannot control. A forgery is alive with meaning."
Annotation:A stunning book of the paintings of Francis Bacon, with beautiful typography, design, and photographs of the artist and his work. Created for an exhibition in Australia by Art Gallery of New South Wales, this internationally sponsored exhibition and catalog surveys the Bacon's paintings from the 1940's to the 1980's.
Annotation:Make unique and charming jewelry for friends and family, or for a crafts business with these instructions, from a basic toolkit of supplies and designs. Elegant ideas for small objects with clear instructions.
Annotation:"This text investigates why art patrons of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Italy came to believe that celestial forces could operate through their works of art and architecture. " Written by a professor of art history at Northern Illinois University, this book references worldviews in the era of pre-modern Europe.
Annotation:Not a new title, but a new replacement copy of this perennially popular autobiographical book by Patti Smith, influential artist and musician from the 1970's to the present.
Annotation:Instructions for winter hats, lace scarves, gloves, shawls, sweaters, and household objects, all with elements of design inspired by bird motifs.
Annotation:A full instruction manual to learn how to use the diverse features of this complex SLR camera, from basic technique to the advanced capabilities it offers for photography.
Annotation:Large scale images from National Geographic photographers survey the day around the world, from dawn through night.
Annotation:A reprint edition of Suzuki's thoughts and beliefs about becoming a musician, and for overcoming the problems and blocks that can impede musical development. For teachers, children, and adults learning music.
Annotation:Pink Floyd in stories and full-page images from the mid '60's to 2012 in a large format book, with over 200 concert photographs interwoven with an account of the history of the band. Includes a full discography with images of record covers, posters, and other memorabilia.
Annotation:"The 25 January Egyptian Revolution opened the floodgates for a wave of street art. In the beginning it wasn't clear how strong this new expression would be, but by the summer of 2011 the constant flow of graffiti had caught the attention of the media, and people started to talk about the walls of Egypt being under an 'art attack.' - from the Introduction. One of a sequence of books by Swedish journalist Mia Grondahl on art created in the midst of political turmoil.
Annotation:Learn how to think in 3D, integrate 3D design into your script or story, design and control effects in film production.
Annotation:"One of the chief charms of these old buildings is the way in which they fit the ground. Whether on the side of a hill with entrance doors on both upper and lower levels, or with practically flat ground around the house, the effect is invariably restful and inviting." This book describes the stone houses by Richardson Brognard Okie from Pennsylvania, shown with both exterior and interior photographs of these elegant houses.
Annotation:One of a series of books by Phaidon, "that seek to provide a dose of visual stimulation and vital information for the contemporary art world." These books together form a unique series for images and information about contemporary artists' works, and are frequently checked out.
Annotation:"The Worst Gig" can be the type of book for which you sit down and start reading, intending to read for just a short while, but then don't move for hours until you reluctantly arrive at the end. Absorbing stories of bands on tour.