Performing Dark Arts

From David Blaine’s death-defying feats of will to Harry Potter’s boarding-school victories against evil forces, the darker side of magic and its performance clearly strikes a cultural nerve. The conjuror’s act of bringing the impossible into being and summoning both the grotesque and marvelous with a sudden gesture challenges spectators’ assumptions of reality and fantasy. Performing Dark Arts explores the paradox of the conjuror an...

Degenerate Art - The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany

Looks at the reconstructed exhibit of degenerate art censored by the Nazis in 1937 Examines the 1937 Nazi-arranged exhibition "Degenerate Art," comprised of 650 avante-garde artworks stripped from German museums. Includes essays, a diagrammed catalogue of the exhibition, artist biographies, a translated facsimile of the exhibition guide, and other reference resources, accompanied by reprints of the artworks and photos of the exhibiti...

100 Midcentury Chairs: And Their Stories

A stylish and informative guide to the best of Midcentury Modern chair design. These are the top 100 most interesting, most controversial, or simply most beautiful chairs from the period spanning 1930-1970, according to expert curator and chair addict Lucy Ryder Richardson. Get to know the designers of the Modern era, and find out about the controversies, drama, gossip and intrigue that accompanied these fascinating figures. Featurin...

Leon Battista Alberti and Nicholas Cusanus

Providing a fresh evaluation of Alberti’s text On Painting (1435), along with comparisons to various works of Nicholas Cusanus - particularly his Vision of God (1450) - this study reveals a shared epistemology of vision. And, the author argues, it is one that reflects a more deeply Christian Neoplatonic ideal than is typically accorded Alberti. Whether regarding his purpose in teaching the use of a geometric single point perspective ...

The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music

The eighteenth century arguably boasts a more remarkable group of significant musical figures, and a more engaging combination of genres, styles and aesthetic orientations than any century before or since, yet huge swathes of its musical activity remain under-appreciated. This History provides a comprehensive survey of eighteenth-century music, examining little-known repertories, works and musical trends alongside more familiar ones....

Leonardo da Vinci

“Majestic...Isaacson takes on another complex, giant figure and transforms him into someone we can recognize...Enthralling, masterful, and passionate.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “A monumental tribute to a titanic figure.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vi...

Simplicity: Ideals of Practice in Mathematics and the Arts

To find "criteria of simplicity" was the goal of David Hilbert's recently discovered twenty-fourth problem on his renowned list of open problems given at the 1900 International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris. At the same time, simplicity and economy of means are powerful impulses in the creation of artworks. This was an inspiration for a conference, titled the same as this volume, that took place at the Graduate Center of the Ci...

Le temps des sauvages

Martine Laverdure, caissière, était trop lente. L’entreprise l’a liquidée. Elle est morte. Ses fils lui rendront justice, même si la vie les avait distanciés d’elle. Blanc, Brun, Gris et Noir, quatre jeunes loups d’une extrême sauvagerie, surentraînés et prêts à tout pour se faire une place au soleil, se mettent en quête de punir le ou les responsables de sa mort. L’affrontement entre la grande distribution et les loups solitaires es...

Die Erotik in der Photographie

So heißt es im Vorwort dieses gesuchten Standardwerkes, das nun als originalgetreue Reprintausgabe vorliegt. Der Band bietet eine Fülle an künstlerischen Photographien und vielerlei Informationen zum Thema Aktphotographie im Text. Eine Pflichtlektüre für jeden an der Aktphotographie Interessierten! Aus dem Inhalt: Die Anfänge der erotischen Photographie; Die Wandlungen der Aktphotographie und des erotischen Lichtbildes im Laufe der Z...

Wie das Denken erwachte (Gehirn & Geist)

Wie wir wurden, was wir sind Wie entstanden unser Denken und unsere Sprache? Wie intelligent sind wir wirklich? Was empfinden wir als attraktiv? Fragen, die dieses Buch auf wissenschaftlich fundierte und gleichzeitig unterhaltsame Weise beleuchtet. Über alle Fachgebiete hinweg belegen renommierte Verhaltensforscher, Genetiker, Psychologen, Philosophen und Biologen, dass unser Denken und Verhalten auf unserem biologischen Erbe beruhen...