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The Art of Steampunk seeks to celebrate the world of Steampunk: a world filled with beauty and innovation.  A world in which steam power and technology intertwine to create machines that are not only functional and practical, but unique and striking.  

 Inside, you will find the fantastical and stunning artwork of Steampunk artists from around the world.  The 17 artists fe
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Fox Chapel Publishing (first published June 4th 2011)
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Kathryn
This book records the steampunk exhibit at Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science from October 2009 to February 2010. The highlight for me was the mechanical womb, though there were pieces featured which were much more beautiful and fantastical to look at. The womb idea just gives me a dash of the heebie jeebies, which I like.

Do people still leave out coffee-table books? If so, this would be an ideal coffee-table book. I loved every photo. The steampunk genre has been gaining a bi
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Rae
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYBODY!
Over the years, I’ve noticed that being an artist myself has tended to make me a bit more of a picky reader when it comes to art books. I hold these books to a much higher standard, and not all of them rise to those expectations, so when I say that “The Art of Steampunk” is an excellent art book, I mean fantastic!

“The Art of Steampunk” is a way for those that couldn’t see the steampunk exhibit at the Museum of History of Science in Oxford, England to experience the amazing collection of steam
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Jasmine
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british
(I am classifying this as british because the exhibition was at oxford and lets give props where they are due)

being the traitor I am I bought this at st. marks books last night and the guy at the cashier actually started talking to me about his nerdiness, I assume based on my nerdiness.

Well this book is about the importance of the prominence of the object. in a modern time everything is sleek and streamlined and the same (except apple which has suddenly decided to make things bigger, weird I kn
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Jodi
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-books
This book is gorgeous. I love just about everything in it, all the work is of such a high quality. My favourites hands down are the beautiful laptop computers though...I want one so so much. True genius!

You can see it here too:

http://www.datamancer.net/steampunkla...

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Audrey
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
The world’s first exhibition of Steampunk art was held at The Museum of History of Science at the University of Oxford from October 2009 to February 2010. It was a success and drew large crowds of visitors to the museum. This catalog is the result of that exhibition, now in a form where it can be owned, admired, and instructive to those who were not able to make it to the actual event.

In The Art of Steampunk, Donovan attempts to give a summary definition of Steampunk in this catalog, which is me
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Mary
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

What a treasure trove of artifacts are contained in this latest edition of The Art of Steampunk. I have several books on Steampunk art and a large collection of fiction based on the art. This book brings to life some of my favorite things about the movement. It is neatly divided into artists and also contains a section on the Art of Steampunk that was presented in England. I found some new artists like Jessica Joslin and Eric Freitas that have some amazing sculpture
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Mscout
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is more of a museum catalog than an actual text. It covers the eponymous exhibit at the Oxford University Museum of the History of Science that was held October 2009-February 2010.
Calling it a catalog does do something of a disservice. There are no fewer than three introductory-type chapters that explain the phenomena and philosophy of Steampunk (in somewhat repetitive fashion, alas). After that there are individual chapters on each of the artists, along with some highlights of their
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KimberlyRose
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Disappointing because my expectations were set at a more rounded, detailed look at the art of steampunk in general, around the world, over time, etc. I suppose I should have read the back cover more carefully.

Its focus on a single 2010 exhibit in Oxford was extremely limiting, but what was within its covers was passably interesting. The art was glossy and bright, photographed to highlight the best of the exhibit. I must be on a different vein of the steampunk aesthetic from the curator of the e
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Miranda
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this! The Art of Steampunk features a great selection of artists from the steampunk movement, along with examples of their art. Obvious enough. It also has a great essay called "Steampunk 101." For those of us who have picked up that Steampunk is Victorian, techy, and science fiction, but aren't sure how that fits together into steampunk, this essay answers a lot of burning questions.

I spent a lot of time going back through and studying the art in this book. Just awesome.
Evelyn
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every one who loves art
Is as great as a read as it is good looking .
Lisa
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow people are so imaginative i love it i really loved the bat and the little scarabs i would love one for myself!!!
James
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Steampunk art fans
I read the earlier edition, not much difference. If you like steampunk art it's a nice book, though I hate sneaky second editions.
George Siehl
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is essentially an after-the-event catalog for an exhibition of steampunk creations held at the Oxford University Museum of the History of Science in 2009-2010. It is copiously illustrated, contains brief bio sketches of the 18 contributing artists from 8 countries, and includes introductory essays by Art Donovan, who curated the show, Museum Director, Jim Bennett, and author/lecturer G. D. Falksen. The articles exhibit the great imagination and craftsmanship of their creators. This is ...more
Stella
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
A book detailing the art and artists featured in the first ever Steampunk exhibition held at the Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science in 2009-2010. With introductory essays and biographies of each artist, this is a very good blend of photos and words. An excellent introduction to a number of now famous Steampunk artists...In fact, I wish I'd read this book before a couple of others!
to'c
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: steampunk fans and just plain artists
OK, I have to admit it. I got this book for the pictures. And quite a lot of nice pictures there are. Fascinating works with a unifying theme but very different approaches and philosophies. I wish I had seen the exhibit.
Hmy
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Weird and wonderful creations from the first Steampunk exhibition held in Oxford 2009/2010 with a little bit of history and details of Steampunk's most significant artists. Good fun.
Tahlia Newland
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Steampunk novels are hitting our shelves in big numbers these days and many are wondering what Steampunk actually is and where it comes from. This book on the art of Steampunk will fill you in on such details and provide you with delightful visions to help flesh out your imagination when you read a Steampunk novel. From whimsical to elegant, I loved all the artworks in this book. It made me wish I’d never thrown away the old valve radio my parents had and inspired me to seek out any cog in my wo ...more
Anna W.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, nonfiction
Release Date: August 1, 2011

Publisher: Fox Chapel

I received a copy of this book as a courtesy from the team at Fox Chapel after running into them at BEA2011 this past month in my professional capacity. I’m not sure they knew I was also a book blogger, but this one was too exciting not to talk about.

A fan of steampunk literature, I was immediately intrigued by the content. So used to building the worlds in my head, coupled together from snippets I’ve seen of Victorian technology and fashion, tid
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Margaret Fisk
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
If you have any interest in the Steampunk movement, you will probably have heard of the London exhibit that brought together Steampunk artists from all over the world. Art Donovan was the curator of that exhibit, and this tabletop book is a glimpse into the artwork and the artists from that presentation.

Steampunk is an odd combination of literature and an esthetic. It’s the design and costuming that is demonstrated through these images. However, the influence of both the Victorian Age and Steamp
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Steven Brown
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
"If upon viewing a piece one does not ask, 'Does that actually work?' then Williford considers the piece a failure"

This clear, crisp, and colorful catalog of an exhibit at the Oxford University's Museum of Science offers items from the quirky "does that actually work" end of the spectrum to that of the expensive art object. I find too much of the latter in the exhibit, but they're all worth a look. I suppose I associate the steampunk movement too much with homemade assemblages, rather than obvi
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Deborah
Pages: 128
Genre: Art Exhibit

The Dame's Review:

Steampunk by its very conception was meant to be quirky and odd-placed, not-of-this timeframe; actually, quite disarranged. In this collection of museum-exhibited pieces of steampunkery (if that's even a word)we find a daunting group of work from artists of all minds and capabilities. I found this book both charming and awe-inspiring. I could look at it over and over for ages.

Art Donovan, the man who coordinated the exhibit and compiled the works in
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Ron Pratt
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Steampunk creations may be mechanical, sculptural, or purely decorative. The designs may be practical or completely fanciful. Whatever the application, the art celebrates a time when new technology was produced, not by large corporations, but by talented and independent artisans and inventors.” -Art Donovan

This is a beautiful book crammed full of Steampunk art, not paintings, fashion, or writing, but of constructions and contraptions created by a wide variety of artists to celebrate the Steampu
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Ron Pratt
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Steampunk creations may be mechanical, sculptural, or purely decorative. The designs may be practical or completely fanciful. Whatever the application, the art celebrates a time when new technology was produced, not by large corporations, but by talented and independent artisans and inventors.” -Art Donovan

This is a beautiful book crammed full of Steampunk art, not paintings, fashion, or writing, but of constructions and contraptions created by a wide variety of artists to celebrate the Steampu
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Alex
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review is based on an electronic viewing
Overall
A beautiful introduction to the world of steampunk, with nice art, limited text and good, basic information. While not ideal for someone already deeply in the world of steampunk, this book will definitely give some ideas to the beginning dabbler, as well as explain some of the history and concepts behind streampunk. A visually appealing work, this definitely would be worth having sitting on the coffee table. If nothing else, it will strike up conver
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Stacey O'Neale
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Art of Steampunk seeks to celebrate the world of Steampunk: a world filled with beauty and innovation. A world in which steam power and technology intertwine to create machines that are not only functional and practical, but unique and striking.

Inside, you will find the fantastical and stunning artwork of Steampunk artists from around the world. The 17 artists featured on these pages, among the frontrunners of the Steampunk genre, have had their work displayed at an exhibition at The Museum
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Heather
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Steampunk by Art Donovan (August 2011, Fox Chapel Publishing) is a window into a wonderfully creative genre of art today—steampunk. This genre includes clocks and sculpture, costumes, jewelry and artifacts, technology and weaponry, sometimes for use, sometimes to decorate an imaginary landscape or character. Interest in steampunk is growing in the entertainment world and it’s not hard to see why when you view the output of the visionary minds focusing here.

The artist author curated an
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Alessandra
This book is really a catalogue for an art exhibit, called simply "Steampunk," at Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science from October 2009 through February 2010. Seventeen artists and the curator, Art Donovan, exhibited various devices, contraptions, and works of art. The director of the museum charmingly talks of how the exhibit gave visitors new appreciation for actual Victorian scientific devices in the collections.

The catalogue lists the eighteen artists and gives each one seve
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Rachel
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I got the book as an advanced copy from Netgalley.

This book is the result of a Steampunk exhibition at Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science, which ran from October 2009 - Feb 2010, and was curated by the author (who also designs Steampunk light fixtures). While the exhibit focused on the Steampunk art and the artists that created them, it also featured "original Victorian and Edwardian instruments and machines that exemplified the roots of Steampunk art" (pg 19). Despite the pop
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Scarlett
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog here.

I love the steampunk genre. Books, movies, pictures, costumes, I avidly follow it all. It was nice that someone took this rapidly expanding genre and compiled a book showing some of the creative things that people have done with this idea. The creations in this book were elegant and worth looking at. I saw an earlier version of the manuscript and the final version is incomparable. The backgrounds really help tie things together and give an overall elegant feel t
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Charla Wilson
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arts-and-crafts
The Art of Steampunk is rooted in the Aesthetics of Victorian Technology. Steampunk can be described as Victorian Sci fi because authors such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells opened peoples imaginations like no one else had ever done before. But, it was not until the late 1980's that it got the name, "Steampunk". The term was used by K.W. Jeter during the Cyberpunk era to describe the stories written during the Victorian period, and it has stuck ever since.


This Victorian period and the writing tha
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