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Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals
Jan 2012
Jan 26, 2012
Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty
Christian Lacroix illustrated this fluffy adaptation of the fairy tale that incorporates biographical fashion elements into Sleeping Beauty's story. A...more
Dec 2011
Dec 28, 2011
The Principles of Uncertainty
I went right though it in one evening having great fun, but it's also a perfect book for browsing. Great pictures, thoughtful thoughts, and meandering...more
Feb 2008
Mar 07, 2008
Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation
A "3" only for the great illustrations. The text is about a "1", utterly lacking any poetry, and also confusing.
Aug 2013
Aug 15, 2013
ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color
This is a somewhat random and fun collection of history and facts, both general and specific, about color. Well-designed illustrations and quotations...more
Dec 2013
Dec 15, 2013
The Conference of the Birds
A beautiful, ethereal, enigmatic book. Both the poem (written by Fari un-Din Attar in the 12th century) and the Peter Sis illustrations are spiritual,...more
May 2012
May 22, 2012
The Illuminated Rumi
I was attracted by the illustrations of Rumi's poetry, which echo and illuminate the enigmatic text.

"We are the mirror as well as the face in it."

Apr 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Paris Underground: The Maps, Stations, and Design of the Metro
I started to read this but the text was pretty boring to me--for "history of the Paris Metro" enthusiasts only. However the photos and maps are pretty...more
Jun 2010
Jul 03, 2010
Make Good Art
I like Neil Gaiman.

I like Chip Kidd.

And this is a truly truly TRULY great speech.

But somehow it didn't work for me as a book--too fragmented. The gest...more
Jul 2013
Jul 20, 2013
Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology
This sweet story can be easily read in one sitting. The expressive illustrations complement the book's exploration of the complications of human-cat-c...more
May 2013
Jun 01, 2013
The journey is the destination : the journals of Dan Eldon
Eldon clearly had intensity and a visual gift. I would have liked to see more historical context; I think it would have added depth and clarity to the...more
Oct 2011
Oct 26, 2011
The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia
A wide-ranging visual exploration of multifarious information--from women's fashion colors to most edited Wikipedia pages to theories of the origin of...more
Sep 2012
Oct 02, 2012
Dali: The Reality of Dreams
The descriptive and biographical text is full of psychobabble and neither very informative nor illuminating. A variety of good quality reproductions s...more
Apr 2012
May 07, 2012
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
The cover of this book is very appealing--an anatomical skeleton with wing bones--and the lavish illustrations of mythical creatures do not disappoint...more
Jan 2013
Nov 05, 2013
Seeing Japan
I guess this is a profusely illustrated travel guide, although it's way too large to carry along on a trip. There is a bit of history, but mostly desc...more
Jan 2013
Jan 12, 2013
World Views: Maps and Art
I'm sure the exhibit was more interesting than this catalog/book. The essays have some good observations about maps, but nothing I haven't seen before...more
Nov 2011
Nov 11, 2011
Georgia O'Keeffe, 1887-1986: Flowers in the Desert
As always, Taschen produces a visually beautiful book. O'Keefe's work needs no enhancement--and, as the author notes, viewers have moved beyond the fl...more
Jan 2012
Jan 05, 2012
Masks: Faces of Culture
"Masks both conceal and reveal."

The history of masking is a mirror of human relations to the environment, the spiritual world, and each other.

The auth...more
Oct 2011
Oct 05, 2011
The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments
While there are some wonderful maps illustrated in this book--really how can you miss with reproductions of historical maps?--for the most part Reinha...more
Apr 2013
Apr 20, 2013
Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth
Nick Cave's soundsuits are bombardments of recycled texture, color, pattern, and form. They are both sculpture and costume for choreographed movement....more
Oct 2013
Oct 26, 2013
Life Doesn't Frighten Me
As a picture book for children, this combination of a poem by Maya Angelou and artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat blends beautifully. The poem is one tha...more
Apr 2010
Apr 16, 2010
Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
After Carl Zimmer noticed the tattoos belonging to several scientist acquaintances, he asked on his blog about others who might sport scientific body...more
Dec 2011
Dec 06, 2011
Embroidered Textiles: Traditional Patterns from Five Continents with a Worldwide Guide to Identification
One interesting fact that I learned from this book: embroidery is more closely related to tatoos than to other textiles. I wonder if the artist who cr...more
not set
Sep 14, 2008
Howard Finster: Man of Visions
It's a bit disconcerting to encounter a sincere believer, a real visionary. We're so used to cynical politicized religious belief.

Howard Finster, who...more
not set
Jul 23, 2008
Lewitt X 2: Structure and Line Selections from the Lewitt Collection
I've always liked the work of Sol Lewitt. Reducing designs to graphs for knitting makes grid-based designs appealing to me. And I love flat color for...more
Nov 2008
Nov 11, 2008
Art Forms from the Ocean: The Radiolarian Prints of Ernst Haeckel
Haeckel's 1862 atlas of the biological classification of radiolarians is still used as a reference by scientists. He recorded, described, and arranged...more
Mar 2013
Mar 30, 2013
The Book of Codes: Understanding the World of Hidden Messages: An Illustrated Guide to Signs, Symbols, Ciphers, and Secret Languages
This is a perfect coffee table book, to leave around and browse through from time to time.

I have to admit I didn't really read carefully all the text...more
not set
Apr 17, 2012
Ensor (Taschen Basic Art)
As with all Taschen art books, this is beautiful to look at and easy to read. The biographical information provides a nice overview of Ensor's life an...more
Oct 2009
Nov 08, 2009
The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color
"Colors are forces, radiant energies that affect us positively or negatively, whether we are aware of it or not."

Itten's color explanations and exerci...more
May 2010
May 20, 2010
The Odyssey
The graphic novel is the perfect format for escapades involving the whims of the Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Chwast makes Odysseus a space superhero com...more
Jul 2013
Aug 01, 2013
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