The UArts Libraries staff always has something good to recommend to the UArts community. Here are four recent book recommendations from Music Reference Librarian Jim Cowen, Visual Resources Assistant Mike Sgier, Circulation Assistant Lessa Keller-Kenton, and Work Study Assistant Alyssa Winscom. All books are available for immediate check-out!
Jim Cowen – Ivan Albright
While I am familiar with Chicago artist Ivan Albright’s work mostly as a painter, Grove Art Online points out he was also a sculptor, printmaker, and filmmaker. I was first exposed to his work when his retrospective show traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1997. One of his best-known works, entitled That which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do (The Door), was the work that immediately caught my attention. Grove describes it: “A haunting assemblage of memorabilia, including a weathered Victorian door, a cheap funeral wreath and a woman’s hand, is depicted with cold, metallic lighting, a scarred paint surface and a warped perspective that makes the door appear coffin-shaped.” The details captured in this painting continue to amaze me; these details also help to explain why this work took him around a decade to complete, details which can be seen yet even better in the images available via ARTstor. I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do!
Janet Marstine. ” Albright, Ivan.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web.29 Oct. 2015.
by Courtney Graham Donnel
Mike Sgier – The Magic of M.C. Escher
With excellent reproductions and imagery, this book is a perfect compendium of M.C. Escher’s work, highlighting the precision and craft that the artist brought to his art. The book not only includes finished art from a wide array of media, but also includes process sketches, stages that his imagery went through, and examines the thematic explorations that Escher embarked upon throughout his career.
The Magic of M.C. Escher
by M.C. Escher
Lessa Keller- Kenton – Frankenstein’s Cat
At first glance a book about biotechnology might not be the most obvious fit for an art school, but once you start reading you quickly realize the link science has forged between the fields of biology and design. Goats that produce medicinal milk, clones of beloved family pets, and glow-in-the-dark cats: these are just a few examples of the wide range of creatures you’ll be introduced to in the book. The author, Emily Anthes, writes in an accessible style and invites readers to consider the biological, ethical, and economic implications of living in a world where “product design” applies not just to phones or clothing, but to life itself.
by Emily Anthes
Alyssa Winscom – Artemisia Gentileschi: Taking Stock
Whether or not you are interested in baroque painters, Artemisia Gentileschi is an incredibly strong, talented and inspiring woman. Artemisia, classically trained by her father, Orazio Gentileschi, developed her ability to paint alongside her father, matching and surpassing his skill in her early adult years. She found herself in a horrific situation when her father’s friend and fellow painter, Augustino Tassi, sexually assaulted her in her studio. Despite this trauma and tragedy, Artemisia rose above this obstacle. With her father fighting by her side, they successfully got Tassi exiled from Rome. Artemisia also produced many paintings of the Story of Judith, the most iconic of her series being “Judith Slaying Holofernes” that had a twist: she painted herself as Judith and Tassi as Holofernes in all of the paintings of this series. With the massive fame of these pieces, Tassi’s face will always be pasted across painting history as a monster who was conquered by our protagonist, Artemisia. Judith W. Mann does a wonderful editing job balancing the amount of images by Artemisia represented in her book while also exploring the entire history and life of Artemisia.
Artemisia Gentileschi: Taking Stock
Edited by Judith W. Mann