Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thursday's Three on Art

Today, Thursday's Three highlights a trio of recently published art- and design-related books.

Design: The Invention of Desire (Yale University Press, May 24, 2016) ~ Jessica Helfand, artist, theorist, and senior critic in graphic design at Yale School of Art, defends the importance of design and explores how design shapes human emotions, behaviors, and life. The 228-page book includes 12 color illustrations. In the video after the image, Helfand introduces her book. 

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Download the introduction and view images of inside pages.

Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Inspiration and Transformation (Yale University Press, June 28, 2016) ~ John B. Ravenal, executive director of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, examines when and how painter and printmaker Jasper Johns began exploring Edvard Munch's imagery and ideas. The 140-page book, which includes 165 color illustrations, is published in association with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, which will host the exhibition "Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life", beginning November 19, 2016. (The show is on view at the Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway, through September 25.)

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Fractal Worlds: Grown, Built, and Imagined (Yale University Press, June 21, 2016) ~ Mathematician Michael Frame and science writer and poet Amelia Urry look at fractals as they appear in art, nature, medicine, and technology. They also explore fractals with memory, fractals in literature, and the Mandelbrot Set. (Mandelbrot founded fractal geometry.)

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