Add these new art books to your reading list now!!!

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life. ―  John Lubbock

The quote says a lot in just a few words. Art is about creativity dipped in visualisation and imagination. Every activity has art in it. One has to look thoroughly. To know more, reading about arts can guide you about its importance. Here are some books on arts that show the creativity in the artwork, how it evolved, the history, etc.

  1. Scoring the Hollywood Actor in the 1950s by Gregory Camp

The book describes the performances of different Hollywood actors such as James Dean, Montgomery Clift, Marilyn Monroe, and the film directors such as Elia Kazan, Douglas Sirk, etc. The book explores the idea of music and lets you know the voices and movements. It also describes how acting and music go together.

The writer describes how Adobe Photoshop has revamped many things for artists and photographers. The book includes detailed instructions about various updates on the Adobe Photoshop software. It covers all the tools and techniques that professional photographers and image editors use. All professional photographers and editors who want to stay updated should read this book as Adobe Photoshop is the next best thing you can get to have that perfect flawless picture.

It views the human body as a highly nuanced sensor to explore the countless numbers of methods available to gather all the data about the city’s environment. The book is a step in the right direction for concluding the constitution, character, and morphology of the urban space public, habitable, and sustainable by monitoring the human body’s reactions. “Urban Sensographies” shows the integration of wild and domesticated nature in urban planning and living and the effects of urban pollution on the earth.

The book contains the philosophical context of our situation now and its implications on the design. It covers a wide array of topics, including spiritual teachings, materialistic culture, notions of meaningful designs, traditional and indigenous knowledge, symbolic significance, and much more. Through this book, the author is offering a different perspective for the readers to think and analyse.

Amy Raffel describes Keith Haring’s career in this book by using the latter’s pop shop and art and merchandise. Keith Haring develops an alternative way of marketing and using the social efficacy of art. He professes using the mass production of objects strategically to change society and help in forming a community.

As per the author, “The book will be of interest to scholars or students studying art history, consumer culture, cultural studies, media studies, or market studies, as well as anyone with a curiosity about Haring and his work, the 1980s art scene in New York, the East Village, street art, art activism, and art merchandising.”

Food is the representation of who we are and where we come from. There is an art in photographing food. Food and photography are blends of creativity. If you want to learn how to photograph food in the best way possible, this book is just for you. It is a beautiful, inspiring, and thoughtful book that teaches creative ways of food photography. It will help you to take your food images to the next level.  

This book plays a vital role in the trans-disciplinary field of critical design studies. It contains interrelated and based essays on topics like climate change, nuclear war, racial and geopolitical violence, education, loss of commons, and computational cultures. The book is the best way to get a lot of knowledge about culture and much more. It describes the interventions required to transform design with time and how to use them to solve many of the world’s problems. 

The book covers topics like how the people of morally shattered culture and nation find ways to live. The Cambodians take this as a challenge following the collective disasters of the American bombing and the civil war. The book shows the magnitude of wars, the execution of the artists, the numbers of human losses, and so on. It provides a collective viewpoint on history and how it affected others in one or another. 

The book is about the painters of seventeenth-century Italy and, more specifically, about the lives and careers of the Procaccini brothers- the family of painter brothers working in northern Italy. The book analysed how these entrepreneurial brothers gained success in their artwork by following their interests and speciality: art. It’s about their journey from being a painter to an entrepreneur.

  1. !Printing the Revolution! : The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now

by Claudia E. Zapata, Terezita Romo, E.Carmen Ramos and Tatiana Reinoza

The USA is known as the home of several cultures, ethnicity and lifestyle. The book covers the visual beauty of the Chicano civil rights movement related to the awakening of the people of Mexican descent in the USA. It explores the legacy of Chicano graphic arts, which is still praised by all and includes the art belonging to social activism, which created the remarkable statement of new political and cultural change in people’s consciousness, especially from Mexican lineage. 

Final note:

If you have a love for art, culture, and art history, then these are the must-read books for you. Add these books to your must-read collection and boost your knowledge of art, history of art, design, culture, the evolution of art, art as a business and so on.

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