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Roy G. Biv: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color by Jude Stewart

Jude Stewart, a design expert and writer, digs into the rich subject of color with gusto. What color is the universe? We might say it’s black, but astrophysicists think it might be turquoise. Unless it’s beige. To read about color from Jude Stewart is to unlock a whole different way of looking at the world around us—and bringing it all vividly to life.

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ISBN: 9781608196135
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 17th, 2013

Heretics and Heroes by Thomas Cahill

From the best-selling author Thomas Cahill (How the Irish Saved Civilization), another popular history, this one focusing on the Renaissance and Reformation and how this innovative period changed the Western world. “Cahill writes passionately about the era’s transformational art, the unexpected benefits of the Black Plague, and the intellectual struggles over secular and papal power, resulting in an entertaining yet thought-provoking examination of Western civilization.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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ISBN: 9780385495578
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 29th, 2013

Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton & John Armstrong

What is art’s purpose? In this engaging and lively new book, best-selling philosopher Alain de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life) and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful, relevant, and—above all else—therapeutic for their viewers. Chapters on love, nature, money, and politics outline how art can help with these common difficulties by guiding us, consoling us, and helping us better understand ourselves.

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ISBN: 9780714865911
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 14th, 2013

Before I Die by Candy Chang

What do you want to do before you die? Artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned building with chalkboard paint and asked her neighbors this question. Within a day of the wall’s completion it was covered, as people stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than 200 walls have been created by people all over the world. Filled with our hopes, fears, humor, and heartbreak, this inspiring book is a celebration of these walls. “Through a series of large-scale projects that combine installation art with social activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces to let their voices be heard.” —O Magazine

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ISBN: 9781250020840
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 5th, 2013

Tamalpais Walking by Tom Killion

This beautiful collaboration between woodcut artist Tom Killion and poet Gary Snyder illuminates the history of Mount Tamalpais, which rises above the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and Marin. The text alternates between Killion and Snyder, and their prose lovingly brings to life the history of the mountain, and their connections to it. Illustrated with Killion’s exceptional prints, and containing poems by Snyder, this is a truly lovely book.
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ISBN: 9781597142595
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Published: Heyday Books - September 1st, 2010

The Art of Clean Up by Ursus Wehrli

Think your OCD is bad? Check out this guy! In an impressive feat of artistic compulsion, Ursus Wehrli deconstructed everyday things--alphabet soup, a parking lot, the checkout line at the grocery--and then rearranged them by size, color, etc. The result is both visually striking and highly entertaining. My favorite is probably the checkout line.
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By Ursus Wehrli, Geri Born (Photographs by), Daniel Spehr (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781452114163
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 19th, 2013

kate spade New York: Twenty Things We Love

First of all, Kate Spade can't do any wrong in my eyes. With that bias stated, you must must check this book out. There's a whole chapter on the color RED! Why not, right? Besides well-placed bows (yes!) and handwritten notes (yes!) and a sense of humor (of course!), this book is a beautiful compilation that visually represents the spirit of kate spade New York.

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By kate spade new york, Deborah Lloyd (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781419705663
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Published: Abrams - January 15th, 2013

Raw + Material = Art by Tristan Manco

If there was a contest for amazing books with terrible covers, this would win Grand Prize. This dull, orange cover in no way hints at the unbelievable art showcased inside. Wood, metal, plastic, even children’s toys are all used to create stunning, wildly inventive works of art. Do yourself a favor, look inside. You’ll be blown away, I guarantee it.

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ISBN: 9780500289914
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Published: Thames & Hudson - June 1st, 2012

An Artist’s View of Santa Cruz By Lidia C. Hasenhauer

There are many books about Santa Cruz from which to choose, but Hasenhauer’s artwork is lovely, and each piece is paired with a detailed map, directing you to the exact spot that inspired her work. Charming pictures, and a delightful way to get to know the area through the eyes of a local artist.

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ISBN: 9781468172065
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 30th, 2012

The Art Book by the Editors of Phaidon

My old edition of The Art Book has gone through many evolutions as a part of my library, beginning as an incredibly user-friendly reference book. Eventually I became so enamored with some prints that they made their way into tiny frames and onto my walls. Later on, other pieces became starting points for collages and various art projects of my own. That small book managed to last me for probably a decade and was a constant source of inspiration. Now it’s time for a new one to replace my tattered copy on the shelf, and there’s a beautiful new edition out just in time! A wonderful gift for art lovers and appreciators of all kinds.
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ISBN: 9780714864679
Availability: Backordered
Published: Phaidon Press - September 10th, 2012


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