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Figure Skating and the Arts: Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration
The grace, speed, and beauty of ice skating has inspired painters and sculptors, graphic artists and photographers, film makers and choreographers of spectacles, and the designers of skates and costumes, medals, programs and posters, advertising dolls, and decorative objects. With 321 images, trace figure skating's eight centuries of history. See the impact it has had on ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Schiffer Publishing
(first published August 28th 2011)
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Jan 08, 2012 Surreysmum rated it really liked it
I requested this for Christmas, and I'm very pleased I did. It has a curiously international provenance (published in the US, printed in China), but it's a Canadian book at heart, and that can only be pleasing to a Canadian reader, however irritating it may be to others. My only disappointment is that Toller Cranston, that most notable Canadian exemplar of the crossover between figure skating and the visual arts, does not appear to have co-operated with enthusiasm, though one of his works is ...more
In many ways, this book is a remarkable accomplishment as a collaboration of figure skating-related art and the changing styles within the sport. The photographs alone are worthy of a book purchase for any serious fan. Keep on mind the book jumps between eras and topics haphazardly, is rather North American-specific (really Canadian-specific; fair enough as the author is Canadian), and contains a few typos I hoped the editors would have found, but if you can overlook these shortcomings, the book ...more