The Quality Instinct

Author: Maxwell L. Anderson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442276827
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Part personal memoir, part thinking person's guide to the museum, The Quality Instinct is filled with wit and humor, anecdotes, and insights from the author's 30 years in the highly competitive, often contentious art world. Maxwell Anderson takes us on a grand tour of ancient and contemporary art, sharing five simple metrics of quality that help us to increase our "visual literacy" as we learn to see, not simply look-and yes, to judge.

Etiquette Lessons

Author: Teresa Grisinger Reilly
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595779832
Format: PDF
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The book, Etiquette Lessons is a collection of the good manners parents want their children to know. Girls & Boys at the Table & Teens at the Table Part I and II are easy to use instructional programs containing a series of 45 minute classes in table manners, social behavior etiquette and Introduction to Ballroom Dance. These two courses are designed for groups of children and young people ages five through twelve and thirteen through nineteen. Each program includes detailed lesson plans to help educators guide students through lessons such as how to use napkins and eating utensils to how to dress for dinner. Each lesson is presented with a light snack and beverage. Convenient instructions allow you to order Etiquette Achievement Certificates and Student Keepsake Booklets for presentation to program graduates. In addition to basic table manners, teens learn tips on grooming, how to eat different foods, make introductions, write social correspondence, the art of conversation and Cotillion Dance Floor Etiquette. Each lesson ends with a quiz to help evaluate and insure program effectiveness. All receive social skills that will last a lifetime. "Our experience with Mrs. Reilly's Etiquette Course was magnificent."-Ms. L., Mrs. N., Mrs. K., a Montessori School "Wait until you see this program, this is brilliant!"-Mrs. S.D., Publisher "Ours is the practical and natural approach to etiquette training. Young people study these lessons gaining confidence and skill together. They soon begin to conform to the roles of ladies and gentlemen at the table. We strive to prepare our students to dine capably and independently. We review and reinforce good manners taught at home adding nuances of fine dining etiquette. This system of dining and social behavior creates opportunities for each graduate's best traits to shine through."-Teresa Kathryn Grisinger Reilly

Magician of the Modern

Author: Eugene R. Gaddis
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 030776124X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The story of Chick Austin is the story, in Virgil Thomson's words, of "a whole cultural movement in one man." Becoming director of Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum at the age of twenty-six, Austin immediately set about to introduce modern art to America and to transform this conservative insurance capital into a cultural mecca that would become the talk of the art world during the yeasty years between the two world wars. The first in the United States to mount a major Picasso retrospective, Austin was soon acquiring works by Dalí, Mondrian, Miró, Balthus, Max Ernst, and Alexander Calder. In the museum's new theater (which he designed), he staged the premiere of the revolutionary Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson opera Four Saints in Three Acts (with an all-black cast). At Lincoln Kirstein's instigation, he brought Balanchine to America. And he embraced all the new art forms, making film, photography, architecture, and contemporary music part of the life of his museum. For his own family he built a Palladian villa (now a recently restored national historic landmark), filling it with the baroque and the Bauhaus and inviting all the locals in to see how it felt to be modern. Austin's instinct for quality proved infallible. Whether acquiring a matchless Caravaggio or a startling Dalí, he balanced the old masters with the modern. Mounting provocative shows that linked the past to the present, he created dramatic installations--and he threw himself into everything, hanging fabrics, creating backdrops, stitching up costumes. He loved to teach, to paint, to act, to give lavish costume balls, and to dazzle audiences of all ages with his performances as a magician, the Great Osram. Brilliant at using his magician's sleight of hand, he could manipulate his conservative trustees to get what he wanted--but only up to a point. One more purchase of an incomprehensible abstract canvas, one outrageous party too many, one more shocking theatrical role, eventually led to a crisis. Never one to be idle for long, Austin left Hartford and took on a new challenge--to make an artistic triumph of the pink-and-white palace in Sarasota, Florida, known as the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which housed the circus king's moldering but magnificent collection. Here is the colorful life of Chick Austin, and as we relish his audacious career--the risks he took, the successes he enjoyed along with the inevitable setbacks--we understand what a far-reaching influence he had on the way Americans look at and think about art. Not only a brilliant portrait of an extraordinary man, this wonderfully American story gives us a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the art world as it was then--and in many ways still is today. From the Hardcover edition.

Exhibitions

Author: Tom Klobe
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442276789
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Tom Klobe, founding director of the University of Hawai'i Art Gallery and emeritus professor, draws upon three decades of award-winning design work to produce a definitive text on what makes for compelling and unforgettable museum exhibitions. Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design presents the basics—the elements and principles of design, use of space, budgets and resources, lighting and wall labels, and more—as well as the inspiring.

Visual Literacy Writing about Art

Author: Amy Tucker
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
ISBN: 9780072302226
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Visual Literacy acquaints students with the critical issues that shape the discipline of art and teaches them to write about art from a variety of scholarly and rhetorical perspectives.

The Anatomy of a Museum

Author: Steven Miller
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119237041
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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What is a museum -- Museum governance -- Museum directing -- Curating = connoisseurship = collecting -- Managing in museums -- Audience: a matter of definition -- Fundraising -- Collection management -- Museum education -- Numbers -- Conservation: the preservation imperative -- Exhibitions: show and tell -- Maintenance and security -- Museums and the media -- Architecture -- Volunteers -- Behavior -- Museum ethics -- What's next for museums.

Antiquities

Author: Maxwell L. Anderson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190614935
Format: PDF, Docs
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The destruction of ancient monuments and artworks by the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has shocked observers worldwide. Yet iconoclastic erasures of the past date back at least to the mid-1300s BCE, during the Amarna Period of ancient Egypt's 18th dynasty. Far more damage to the past has been inflicted by natural disasters, looters, and public works. Art historian Maxwell Anderson's Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know(r) analyzes continuing threats to our heritage, and offers a balanced account of treaties and laws governing the circulation of objects; the history of collecting antiquities; how forgeries are made and detected; how authentic works are documented, stored, dispersed, and displayed; the politics of sending antiquities back to their countries of origin; and the outlook for an expanded legal market. Anderson provides a summary of challenges ahead, including the future of underwater archaeology, the use of drones, remote sensing, and how invisible markings on antiquities will allow them to be traced. Written in question-and-answer format, the book equips readers with a nuanced understanding of the legal, practical, and moral choices that face us all when confronting antiquities in a museum gallery, shop window, or for sale on the Internet.

Surrealism

Author: Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy
Publisher: Taschen
ISBN: 9783822822159
Format: PDF
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Introduction with 30 photographs plus a timeline of the most important political, cultural, scientific and sporting events that took place during the movement; 35 most important works and artists included.

I Sold Andy Warhol Too Soon

Author: Richard Polsky
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
ISBN: 1590513746
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In early 2005, Richard Polsky decided to put his much-loved, hard-won Warhol Fright Wig, up for auction at Christie's. The market for contemporary art was robust and he was hoping to turn a profit. His instinct seemed to be on target: his picture sold for $375,000. But if only Polsky had waited . . . Over the next two years, prices soared to unimaginable heights with multimillion-dollar deals that became the norm and not the exception. Buyers and sellers were baffled, art dealers were bypassed for auction houses, and benchmark prices proved that trees really do grow to the sky. Had the market lost all reason? In I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon), Polsky leads the way through this explosive, short-lived period when the "art world" became the "art market." He delves into the behind-the-scenes politics of auctions, the shift in power away from galleries, and the search for affordable art in a rich man's playing field. Unlike most in the art world, Polsky is not afraid to tell it like it is as he negotiates deals for clients in New York, London, and San Francisco and seeks out a replacement for his lost Fright Wig in a market that has galloped beyond his means. A compelling backdoor tell-all about the strange and fickle world of art collecting, I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) takes an unvarnished look at how the industry shifted from art appreciation to monetary appreciation. From the Hardcover edition.

Spies Against Armageddon Inside Israel s Secret Wars

Author: Dan Raviv
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0985437863
Format: PDF, ePub
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Shedding light on tumultuous events in Syria, Iran, and the entire Middle East, SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON: INSIDE ISRAEL'S SECRET WARS covers more ground than any other book about modern-day Israel. Its 25 action-packed chapters and detailed endnotes are filled with colorful characters, who risk their lives and reputations in the secret service of their nation. This is a history of Israel's espionage and security network from 1948 until the present day, written by the best selling authors of EVERY SPY A PRINCE: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF ISRAEL'S INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. This book takes you inside the Middle East crises of today, analyzing Iran's nuclear program and challenges for the United States. The authors also examined U.S.-Israeli relations in FRIENDS IN DEED. Dan Raviv is a TV correspondent in Washington for i24NEWS after reporting overseas for CBS News, and Yossi Melman is an award-winning Israeli reporter and columnist based in Tel Aviv. They have a global reputation for being fair and balanced, without exaggeration about Israel's covert achievements -- and some flaws -- in the defense of a nation that always sees itself as embattled. Chapter 1 of SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON is titled "Stopping Iran," then come chapters with exclusive and carefully considered history -- showing how the behavior and lessons learned in wars and adventures affect the decisions Israel must make today. Later chapters focus on the secret bombing of a nuclear reactor in Syria, the murder by a Mossad team in a Dubai hotel (Was it a mistake?), and blasting the Steven Spielberg movie "Munich" for making it look like Mossad hit men suffered frustration and regrets. SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON is well researched, balanced, and a remarkably enjoyable read.