As much a teacher and theorist as he was a practicing artist, poetry, Kandinsky’s interests in music, theater, myth, ethnology, and the occult, philosophy, were all essential components to his painting and engraving. Over the course of his artistic career, Wassily Kandinsky 1866–1944 transformed not only his own style, but the course of art history.
Kandinsky Basic Art Series 2.0 #ad - Kandinsky. Tracing the artist’s radical stylistic development, it shows how one painter’s progression paved the way for generations of abstract expression to come. Key tenets included the connections between painting, music and mystical experience, and the purification of art away from material realism and towards an emotional expression, condensed in particular by color.
This book presents key Kandinsky works to introduce his repertoire of vivid colors, forms, and feelings.
Abstract Expressionism Basic Art Series 2.0TASCHEN #ad - Abstract Expressionism. It emerged in america in the 1940s, mark rothko, Robert Motherwell, with lead protagonists including Jackson Pollock, Philip Guston, and Willem de Kooning. The movement favored large-scale canvases, and embraced the role of accident or chance. With featured works from 20 key abstract expressionist artists, this book introduces the movement which shifted the center of art gravity from Paris to New York and remains for many the golden moment of American art.
Throughout, abstract expressionists strove to convey emotions and ideas through the making of marks, textures, shades, through forms, and the particular quality of brushstrokes. Abstract expressionism spawned many different stylistic tendencies but two particularly prominent sub-categories: action painting, exemplified by de Kooning and Pollock, and color field painting, made most famous by Rothko.
Abstract Expressionism Basic Art Series 2.0 #ad - Hailed as the first american-born art movement to have a worldwide influence, Abstract Expressionism denotes the non-representational use of paint as a means of personal expression.
Rothko Basic Art Series 2.0TASCHEN #ad - He believed “a picture lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer. From his early development through to his most famous color fields, intimate, this book introduces the intellect and influence of Rothko’s dramatic, and revolutionary work. Abstract Expressionism.
These intense color forms contained all the tragedy of the human condition. Resisting interpretation or classification, Mark Rothko 1903–1970 was a prominent advocate for the artist’s consummate freedom of expression. At the same time, Rothko explicitly empowered the viewer in the expressive potential of his work.
Rothko Basic Art Series 2.0 #ad - Rothko. With these shimmering, pulsating color masses, Rothko stressed that he had not removed the human figure but rather put symbols or shapes in its place. Although identified as a key protagonist of the Abstract Expressionist movement, first formed in New York City, Rothko rejected the label and insisted instead on “a consummated experience between picture and onlooker.
Following a repertoire of figurative works, yellow, Rothko developed his now iconic canvases of bold color blocks in red, black, ochre, maroon, or green.
Miró Basic Art Series 2.0TASCHEN #ad - Rothko. In later years, textiles, working with ceramics, he diversified his media further, and even proposing sculptures made of gas. Through his vivid colors, its interaction with major modernist movements, dreamlike fantasies, this book brings together the numerous strands of Miró’s kaleidoscopic oeuvre to introduce his fascinating career, and enigmatic symbols, and how it made him into a modernist legend.
Emerging into the public spotlight in the early 1920s, he first experimented with Fauvism and Cubism before developing a distinctive style of symbols and pictograms, arranged in elusive visual narratives, with frequent reference to Catalan life. Miro. Abstract Expressionism. As his career progressed, lyrical abstraction, and, Miró moved towards Surrealism, despite never fully identifying with the movement, emerged as one of its most celebrated practitioners with techniques including automated drawing, and Color Field painting.
Miró Basic Art Series 2.0 #ad - With a career spanning seven decades, magic realism, and ceramics, and embracing ideologies as varied as Fauvism, Cubism, sculpture, tapestry, art books, producing masterworks across painting, Catalan-born Joan Miró 1893–1983 was a polymath giant of modern art, Dada, Surrealism, and abstraction. Over the course of his prodigious output, Miró evolved constantly, seeking to eschew categorization and the approval of “bourgeois” art critics as much as he pursued his own dreamlike worlds.
Pollock Basic Art Series 2.0TASCHEN #ad - Abstract Expressionism. Channeling ideas from sources as diverse as Picasso and Mexican surrealism, interpreting, he rejected convention to develop his own way of seeing, and expressing. Pollock’s most famous works are his drip paintings, where he dripped and poured household enamel paint over the canvas with a variety of instruments, from sticks to syringes, hardened brushes to broken bits of glass.
This essential artist introduction explores both his work and his fame to shed light on masterpieces of the modernist story, and the making of a cultural icon. The rebel hero of abstract expressionism, Jackson Pollock 1912–1956 careened through his life like a firework across the American art landscape.
Pollock Basic Art Series 2.0 #ad - . The splattered results pulsate with energy, replacing the refinement of easel and brush with something altogether more immediate, vivid, and physical. To evade the viewer’s search for figurative elements in his paintings, Pollock abandoned titles and identified each work with a neutral number only. Notoriously reclusive and volatile, struggling with alcoholism, married to fellow Abstract Expressionist Lee Krasner, and killed in a car crash aged just 44, Pollock is as much a compelling celebrity icon as an artistic pioneer.
Miro. Rothko. Pollock.
Mondrian Basic Art Series 2.0TASCHEN #ad - In 1917, originally a publication, and subsequently a circle of practitioners, he cofounded De Stijl, committed to a strictly geometrical art of horizontals and verticals. With key works and succinct texts, this introductory book presents Mondrian's distinctive and pioneering oeuvre, architecture, and design, art, an abiding inspiration for fashion, from White Stripes album covers to Yves Saint Laurent dresses.
2016 © us mondrian/Holtzman Trust Abstract Expressionism. Miro. Pollock. Mondrian. A key figure in the international avant-garde, Piet Mondrian 1872–1944 was at once an extraordinary painter and leading art theoretician whose influence resonates to this day. Coining the term “neo-plasticism”, he pursued a style of painting composed only of primary colors against a grid of black vertical and horizontal lines and a white base background.
Mondrian Basic Art Series 2.0 #ad - Mondrian’s vision was that this essential painting would help to achieve a society in which art as such has no place, but rather exists for the total realization of “beauty. With stints in amsterdam, london, and New York, especially jazz, Mondrian drew upon the modern metropolis and modern music, Paris, as points of inspiration.
Matisse Basic Art Series 2.0TASCHEN #ad - The bard of color deserves no less. Taschen. Rothko. It was matisse’s palette that particularly thrilled the modern imagination. Though famed in particular for his paintings, stained glass, sculpture, lithography, Matisse also worked with drawing, and collage, developing his unique cut-out medium when old age left him unable to stand and paint.
Matisse’s subjects were often conventional: nudes, Oriental scenes, portraits, and figures in landscapes, but in his handling of bold color and fluid draftsmanship, and interior views, he secured his place as a 20th-century master. Mondrian. The work of henri matisse 1869–1954 reflects an ongoing belief in the power of brilliant colors and simple forms.
Pollock. Miro. Abstract Expressionism. With vivid blue, and many shades beyond he liberated his work from a meticulous representation of reality and sought instead a “vital harmony, amethyst purple, egg-yolk yellow, ” often referring to music as an inspiration or analogy for his work. A comprehensive and informative source, this lavishly illustrated publication has been revised in close collaboration with the Matisse estate.
Matisse Basic Art Series 2.0 #ad - . Including preparatory studies, discover the artist's adventurous path, and enlarged details, from the chromatic brilliance of his Fauve period, full-page reproductions, right through to his invention of gouache cut-outs at the ripe age of 80. Each image has been reproduced with painstaking care to create a viewing experience worthy of the expressionist par excellence.
Klimt Basic Art Series 2.0TASCHEN #ad - Miro. Rothko. Through paintings, and friezes, floral elements, murals, his work is defined by radiant color, fluid lines, and mosaic-like patterning. With subjects ranging from sensuality and desire to anxiety and despair, all this iridescence is also suffused with feeling. Pollock. Klimt’s numerous images of women, were particularly charged with passion, and flushed cheeks, red lips, characterized by curvaceous forms, tender flesh, at a time when such frank eroticism was still taboo in Viennese upper-middle-class society.
This book presents a selection of Klimt’s work, introducing his pictorial world of decoration and desire, as well as his influence on artists to come. Mondrian. Abstract Expressionism. Taschen. The unfading popularity of gustav klimt 1862–1918 attests not only to the particular appeal of his luxuriant painting but also to the universal themes with which he worked: love, aging, feminine beauty, and death.
Klimt Basic Art Series 2.0 #ad - The son of a goldsmith, klimt created surfaces of ornate and jewel-like luminosity which show the influence of both Egyptian and Japanese art.
Warhol Basic Art Series 2.0TASCHEN #ad - At the same time, Warhol reconfigured the role of the artist. Miro. Andy warhol 1928–1987 is hailed as the most important proponent of the Pop art movement. Pollock. Warhol. Abstract Expressionism. Through warhol, a campbell’s soup can and Coca Cola bottle became as worthy of artistic status as any traditional still life.
Famously stating “i want to be a machine, ” he systematically reduced the presence of his own authorship, working with mass-production methods and images, as well as dozens of assistants in a studio he dubbed the Factory. Rothko. Mondrian. A critical and creative observer of American society, media, materialism, he explored key themes of consumerism, and celebrity.
Warhol Basic Art Series 2.0 #ad - Drawing on contemporary advertisements, and Hollywood’s most famous faces, consumer products, comic strips, Warhol proposed a radical reevaluation of what constituted artistic subject matter. Taschen. This book introduces warhol’s multifaceted, prolific oeuvre, which revolutionized distinctions between “high” and “low” art and integrated ideas of living, producing, and consuming that remain central questions of modern experience.
Basquiat Basic Art Series 2.0TASCHEN #ad - 05in / 1. 5cm. Miro. 1025in / 26cm. An icon of 1980s new york, jean-michel basquiat 1960–1988 first made his name under the graffiti tag “SAMO, ” before establishing his studio practice and catapulting to fast fame at the age of 20 Although his career lasted barely a decade, he remains a cult figure of artistic social commentary, and a trailblazer in the mediation of graffiti and gallery art.
Basquiat’s work drew upon diverse sources and media to create an original and urgent artistic vocabulary, biting with critique against structures of power and racism. Rothko. Hardcover. 96 pages. 8. 75in / 22cm. Mondrian. Pollock. His practice merged abstraction and figuration, and African art, poetry and painting, Roman, while his influences spanned Greek, French poetry, jazz, and the work of artistic contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly.
Basquiat Basic Art Series 2.0 #ad - The results are vivid, visceral mixtures of words, daubs of bold color, cartoonish figures, African emblems, and beyond. This book presents basquiat’s short but prolific career, and his profound engagement with ever-relevant issues of integration and segregation, his unique style, poverty and wealth.
DalíTASCHEN #ad - Abstract Expressionism. 05in / 1. 5cm. Dali. Miro. 1025in / 26cm. Painter, sculptor, writer, filmmaker, and all-round showman Salvador Dalí 1904–1989 was one of the 20th century’s greatest exhibitionists and eccentrics. Pollock. Taschen. Rothko. One of the first artists to apply the insights of freudian psychoanalysis to art, now hallmarks of the surrealist enterprise, with such conceits as the soft watches or the lobster telephone, he is celebrated in particular for his surrealist practice, and of modernism in general.
Dalí frequently described his paintings as “hand-painted dream photographs. Their tantalizing tension and interest resides in the precise rendering of bizarre elements and incongruous arrangements. 96 pages. 8. 75in / 22cm. Warhol. Hardcover. As dalí himself explained, he painted with “the most imperialist fury of precision, ” but only “to systematize confusion and thus to help discredit completely the world of reality.
Dalí #ad - Revolutionizing the role of the artist, and film, advertising, fashion, writing, the mustache-twirling Dalí also had the intuition to parade a controversial persona in the public arena and, through printmaking, to create work that could be consumed and not just contemplated on a gallery wall. This book explores both the painting and the personality of Dalí, introducing his technical skill as well as his provocative compositions and challenging themes of death, decay, and eroticism.