The self-appointed “leader” of the artists’ group Die Brücke (Bridge), founded in Dresden in 1905, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was a key figure in the early development of German Expressionism. His first works show the influence of Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Jugendstil, but by about 1909, Kirchner was painting in a distinctive, expressive manner with bold, loose brushwork, vibrant and non-naturalistic colours and heightened gestures. He worked in the studio from sketches made very rapidly from life, often from moving figures, from scenes of life out in the city or from the Die Brücke group’s trips to the countryside. A little later he began making roughly-hewn sculptures from single blocks of wood. Around the time of his move to Berlin, in 1912, Kirchner’s style in both painting and his prolific graphic works became more angular, characterized by jagged lines, slender, attenuated forms and often, a greater sense of nervousness. These features can be seen to most powerful effect in his Berlin street scenes. With the outbreak of the First World War, Kirchner became physically weak and prone to anxiety. Conscripted, he was deeply traumatised by his brief experience of military training during the First World War. From 1917 until his death by suicide in 1938, he lived a reclusive, though artistically productive life in the tranquillity of the Swiss Alps, near Davos.
Stenciled on many of the deactivated facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the evocative phrase “abandoned in place” indicates the structures that have been deserted. Some structures, too solid for any known method of demolition, stand empty and unused in the wake of the early period of US space exploration. Now Roland Miller’s color photographs document the NASA, Air Force, and Army facilities across the nation that once played a crucial role in the space race.
Rapidly succumbing to the elements and demolition, most of the blockhouses, launch towers, tunnels, test stands, and control rooms featured in Abandoned in Place are located at secure military or NASA facilities with little or no public access. Some have been repurposed, but over half of the facilities photographed no longer exist. The haunting images collected here impart artistic insight while preserving an important period in history.
The 1950s, 60s, and 70s saw some of the most defining moments in our nation’s history, and Detroit remained at the forefront during these decades of change. A companion book to Historic Photos of Detroit, Historic Photos of Detroit in the 50s, 60s, and 70s follows life, government, and events throughout Motor City’s history, from its booming population, pro-sports reputation, and thriving automobile industry in the 50s; to the birth of Motown Records and the Detroit riot in the 60s; to a declining population, oil crisis, and expanding music scene in the 70s. This book illustrates the participants, riots, triumphs, and tragedies of this period through the lens of hundreds of historic photographs, published in striking black and white.
This playful collection of rainbows is a bright and beautiful appreciation of all the color that surrounds us. Artist Julie Seabrook Ream invites us to see the extraordinary beauty of ordinary objects: she gathers colorful iterations of a single type of thing, from feathers to fishing gear, matchbooks to macarons, and neatly arranges them in rainbow order. A fascinating index details all the objects in each rainbow, bringing the magnetic appeal of meticulous organization to this burst of color in book form. A striking package— with foil stamping on the cover and a rainbow-colored exposed spine—makes this celebratory book a treasure for those who love art, design, and a fresh perspective.
What does it mean to be vulnerable and defiant at the same time? In Deeply Grateful and Entirely Unsatisfied, author and artist Amanda Happé poses this question with disarming honesty and humor. Her colorful marker drawings and quirky hand-lettered sentiments offer an idiosyncratic take on life's challenges, reminding the reader that "you are the sign you've been waiting for." Brimming with compassion, empathy, and a healthy dose of sarcasm, Deeply Grateful and Entirely Unsatisfied is, in Happé's own words, "so good it's odd."
"As Henry Mayhew noted as long ago as 1882, after an ascent in a hot-air balloon, "there is an innate desire in all men to view the earth and its cities from exceeding high places". And should proof be needed that the same holds true today, one need look no further than the huge crowd that gathered at British Airways London Eye on the day it was raised upright from its assembly platforms on the River Thames in October 1999. Almost overnight, in a spectacular coup de theatre, a new landmark had appeared on the skyline of London -- a graceful arch of white- painted steel, at once as familiar as it was unexpected -- and it has been drawing the crowds ever since.
Behind The Locked Door is Graeme Thomson’s rich, insightful account of George Harrison’s extraordinary life and career.
This Omnibus Enhanced digital edition includes Spotify sections, detailing Harrison’s early influences, his contributions within The Beatles and the best of his solo career. Additionally, an interactive Digital Timeline leads you through a collage of music, videos and images, displaying live performances, interviews, memorabilia and more.
As a Beatle, Harrison underwent a bewilderingly compressed early adulthood, buffeted by unprecedented levels of fame and success, from schoolboy to global superstar. "Beatlemania" offered remarkable experiences and opportunities, and yet dissatisfaction still gnawed within. His life became a quest for meaning and truth which travelled far beyond the parameters of his former band and his former self. This elegant, in-depth biography tracks these changes and conflicts, marking the struggle of walking a spiritual path lined with temptation.
Drawing on scores of interviews with close friends and collaborators, rigorous research and critical insight, Behind The Locked Door is a fascinating account of an often misunderstood man. As well as an intimate character study, it offers a full analysis of Harrison’s music, from his earliest songs for the Beatles to his landmark solo album All Things Must Pass, his work with The Traveling Wilburys and the posthumous Brainwashed. Behind The Locked Door provides the definitive account of a compelling, contradictory and enlightening life.
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