Art for Baby
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Art for Baby

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A collection of fascinating black-andwhite images created by some of the world’s leading modern artists. Each one has been specially selected to help babies begin to recognize pictures and connect with the world around them. This board book also includes a stunning frieze featuring all the images used in the book — a perfect way to bring contemporary

Overview

A collection of fascinating black-andwhite images created by some of the world’s leading modern artists. Each one has been specially selected to help babies begin to recognize pictures and connect with the world around them. This board book also includes a stunning frieze featuring all the images used in the book — a perfect way to bring contemporary art to your baby.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Budding Baby Warhols can fix their gaze on this oversize board book of 12 eye-stimulating patterns, credited to well-known artists. Each picture features chunky black-and-white shapes to catch a child’s attention. Some pop pieces, like Takashi Murakami’s deliriously happy-faced flower, resemble conventional child fare. Others are unorthodox but promising choices: Kazimir Malevich’s modernist Black Cross is an enormous plus sign, and Julian Opie’s stylized human portraits have smiley-face dot eyes and serious mouths. A few pages offer familiar subjects: a duck silhouette, a pear or a carrot, while the intersecting ovals of Josef Albers’s Together could suggest a family or a nest, and Keith Haring’s iconic Radiant Baby—a crawling figure emanating exclamation-point lines—graces the cover. Little ones unmoved by figurative work can linger on abstract compositions like conceptual artist Damien Hirst’s grid of grayscale dots or ’60s op artist Bridget Riley’s aggressive zigzags. The images repeat on three folded “friezes,” tucked into the back of the book, ready for installation in art connoisseurs’ play spaces or bedrooms. The high-contrast art should prove mesmerizing; no batteries required. Up to age 3. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The latest trend in upscale parenting is responsible for this extraordinary board book that was first published in England. Billed as "High-contrast Images by Eleven Contemporary Artists to Explore with Your Child," the end result is exactly as promised. All of the images are in simple black-and-white on the current theory that newborn infants are born color blind. There is no text, aside from tiny artist/art identifications on the border of each full-page image and the requisite credits page. Ah, but those images! The simple, vibrant strokes of Keith Haring's iconic Radiant Baby (1984) nearly levitate the picture from its starring front-cover position. Recognizable forms such as David Shrigley's Untitled (2005) carrot share space with abstracts such as Josef Albers' Together (1933) or Kazimir Malevich's Black Cross (ca. 1920.) Each page is suitable for study by the infant. Wait, there's more. Tucked inside the back cover is a frieze of all the images, ready for mounting on the nursery wall. The concept seems absolutely straightforward. Yet somehow, working together, these simple pictures become powerhouses, raising an interesting question: If these images resonate so strongly with the adult viewer, what might they be doing clanging around the nearly-empty spaces of the just-born brain? Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS—Child-development experts have long advocated the use of high-contrast images with infants due to the difficulties newborns have in changing focus from foreground to background. These bold, black-and-white selections were chosen to address this issue. The pictures range from Patrick Caufield's Duck, a silhouette, to Bridget Riley's Fragment 3, a dizzying series of zigzags. There are also several simplified portraits, e.g., Julian Opie's Natasha, whose stylized hair suggests the carved surfaces of a woodcut. The images are glossy and slightly reflective, while the white pages have a matte finish—another contrast. With a square trim size and heavy cardboard pages, the book could be enjoyed when propped on a changing table or crib or held by an adult. The last spread contains brief notes about infant vision, picture credits, and an envelope with 3 folded posters of the 12 scenes for nursery walls. Information about each artist has been placed on the back of the friezes. Libraries will want to consider whether these "consumables" are assets or deterrents, but babies won't care if they disappear. The variety of patterns offers an interesting alternative to the more traditional shapes found in Tana Hoban's classic Black and White (HarperCollins, 2007), now available in an accordion-fold format. Will young picture readers develop a greater open-mindedness toward abstract art? Time will tell.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Capitalizing on research on infant development, this handsome oversized board book features high-contrast black-on-white pieces of modern art. Julian Opie's "Natasha," a simple bust of a young woman, appears opposite Bridget Riley's "Fragment 3," an array of irregular, interlocking zigzags; Kazimir Malevich's bold, simple "Black Cross" shares an opening with Damien Hirst's "Hypovase Prazosin Hydrochloride," a square field of gray and black dots. It's an ambitious enterprise, but its lack of text poses some challenges. If the adult reader has the confidence to follow baby's cues and hold off on page turns, it bids fair to be a terrific mutual experience. An accompanying frieze "for your nursery wall" gives baby an opportunity to enjoy the art one-on-one and provides additional information on each artist on the reverse. (3-18 mos.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763644246
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
12
Sales rank:
185,149
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

Meet the Author

The modern artists whose work appears in the book and the frieze include Josef Albers, Patrick Caulfield, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Kazimir Malevich, Paul Morrison, Takashi Murakami, Julian Opie, Bridget Riley, and David Shrigley.

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