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If you like to draw, be inspired by design and generally admire the work of artists and art movements, then this list is for you.

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Woodham, Doug, author.
Woodham is economist, art collector and President of the Americas for Christie's Fine Art Auctioneers. His book is an enlightening explanation of the complexities and complications of today's art marketplace, including issues of buying and selling, amateurish mistakes, cultural property laws and more recently the impact of technology, in particular, Instagram which allows artists to deal directly with potential buyers without traditional gallery representation. Consider this an essential source for anyone interested in coping with this confusing, dynamic industry.
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Mayer, Marc (Marc Daniel), 1956- author.
The National Gallery of Canada celebrates the sesquicentennial with a selection of 150 exceptional artworks by Canadian artists. Included in the multi-disciplinary approach are video, performing, photography and textile artists as well as, works by women, and artists reflecting this country's diverse multi-ethnic community - Indigenous artists and Canadians of non-European descent. National Gallery Director, Mayer provides short passages on 12 select artists and poses the question "How Canadian is Canadian art?" The answer becomes obvious once you have enjoyed perusing this gorgeous collection.
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Paul, Stella, author.
This book examines the history and meaning of colour focusing on ten different hues: red, blue, purple, gold, yellow, green white, gray, black and earth colours. With examples from over 200 artworks, from antiquity to the twentieth century, it explains pigment history, and the science and theory that gave rise to a proliferation of new colours introducing revolutionary art movements such as Impressionism. It goes further to show techniques using colour by different artists to obtain remarkable results: the misty settings in Leonardo's artwork for example, and the water-colour like effects using layers of different coloured glass in a Tiffany stain-glass landscape. Newcomers to art, artists and designers alike will find this information packed resource fascinating. Stella Paul is an art historian and museum educator in the Department of Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Matsinde, Tapiwa, author.
Rather than focusing on traditional crafts this title offers a new look at the gorgeous, unique contemporary design from various parts of Africa. It covers a range of arts from d├ęcor, basketry, ceramics, furniture, lighting, and textiles while explaining design of the past and its inspiration on over fifty introduced designers. Sustainability by design is also featured through examples of unusual, thoughtful, design using materials from old water pipes to discarded tires.
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Zeller, Robert, 1966- author.
This title begins with a concise overview of figurative drawing with 100 historical and contemporary examples from western art, followed with step-by-step lessons ranging from basic to advanced technique. The explanations in clear, analytical detail could make this book one of the most practical, comprehensive resources on this topic for all lovers of art.
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Monk, Philip, 1950-
In the late 1970's the uptown Yorkville galleries considered themselves to be the centre of the TO art scene if not the focus of the Canadian art world; meanwhile in decaying downtown Toronto an experimental artists's collective thrived to create a new, interdisciplinary (videos, photography, performance) scene for themselves. Liberated from the New York art scene as well as hippie sentimentality they were free to innovate and establish a punk, subcultural, alternative movement that became one of the last avant-gardes of the decade. Critic, Philip Monk, Director of the Art Gallery of York University has written extensively on contemporary Canadian art.
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Based on a touring exhibit 2017-2018 at the Louvre Museum, the National Gallery of Art (London) and the National Gallery of Ireland, this book explores Vermeer and genre painters during the latter part of the 17th century; however, the focus is not about Vermeer as dominant personality but the network of painters who competed, exchanged ideas, inspired and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement. Particularly fascinating is the new technical information, x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy revealing more about their artistic methods and strategies. Organized partly by social themes: letter writing, music playing, indulging in food, drink and love, this book also makes a fascinating read about daily life. Adriaan Waiboer is Head Curator of the National Gallery of Ireland.
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Murphy, Bernadette, author.
Most people know in a confused, fragmented way the story of Dutch artist Van Gogh's life in France, his painting of the locals, the yellow house where he lived, his affair with a prostitute and his grisly gifting to her of his severed ear. Who was this mysterious woman? How did he remove his ear? Where was the famous yellow house? What do the letters of his friend, artist Paul Gauguin tell us? This is the story of the mystery surrounding Van Gogh, but also the tale of the author's dogged persistence, spending years painstakingly researching through thousands of records, fighting bureaucracy to finally clarify what happened.
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