Facts on File Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists

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The four-volume Biographical Dictionary of Artists is an extensive reference to hundreds of influential and diverse artists. A Comprehensive Reference to Great Artists of the World From Finnish architect Alvar Aalto to Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán, the four-volume Biographical Dictionary of Artists provides concise profiles of the world's most important artists. Covering sculptors, architects, painters, video artists, and many other visual artists, this comprehensive reference details the lives and major...
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Overview

The four-volume Biographical Dictionary of Artists is an extensive reference to hundreds of influential and diverse artists. A Comprehensive Reference to Great Artists of the World From Finnish architect Alvar Aalto to Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán, the four-volume Biographical Dictionary of Artists provides concise profiles of the world's most important artists. Covering sculptors, architects, painters, video artists, and many other visual artists, this comprehensive reference details the lives and major works of prominent artists throughout history and from around the world. Each entry offers biographical data on the artist, characteristics of the artist's creative output, significance of the work, career milestones, and locations where the work is displayed. Further readings follow selected entries, and a glossary at the end of the fourth volume defines art-related terms. Accessible, Up-to-date, and Inclusive Biographies Organized in an A-to-Z format, Biographical Dictionary of Artists includes not only well-known artists, but also lesser-known individuals who in many cases are excluded from or glossed over in general surveys of art history. The inclusion of artists who are not part of the canon of Western art gives readers the opportunity to discover unfamiliar artists and develop a broader understanding of art history. Artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries are covered, as are women and artists from other groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in art books. The ideal companion to Facts On File Encyclopedia of Art, this biographical encyclopedia makes information about artists easy to find and readily available. Beautifully Illustrated with Informative Captions Each highly illustrated volume is packed with photographs or reproductionsmany in full coloraccompanied by informative captions. An up-to-date chronology of artists and a comprehensive set index add to this accessible reference. Artists covered include: Laurie Anderson Louise Bourgeois Chang Ta-ch'ien Chuck Close Paul Durand-Ruel Albrecht Dürer Frank Gehry Eva Hesse Jasper Johns Frida Kahlo Ellsworth Kelly Anselm Kiefer Li K'o-jan Jan Lievensz Limburg Brothers Henri Matisse Nam June Park Jusepe de Ribera Richard Serra Jan Vermeer Andy Warhol and many others.
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Heavily based on the 1983 two-volume reference work by Prentice-Hall, Encyclopedia of Visual Art, also edited by the late painter and art historian Gowing, Facts On File Encyclopedia of Art adds minor updates to the original, mostly found in the chapters on contemporary art. The additional text is usually tacked on to the end of the original article and ranges in length from two paragraphs to several pages. Divided into five volumes-starting with the volume on Paleolithic and Etruscan art and ending with the volume on Realism and South African art-the set features 54 chapters altogether, organized by era and geographic region and written by art historians, curators, and archivists. Ranging in length from five pages ("International Style") to 35 pages ("Gothic Art"), the chapters cover not only aesthetics but social and cultural context as well and not only Western arts (which do seem to dominate) but arts from other parts of the world. The most striking feature is the vivid, full-color photography on nearly every page, with three-dimensional objects ranging from Aegean armor to a Japanese Zen temple particularly well treated. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists is similarly a minor revision and update of the Encyclopedia of Visual Art, although the lack of an introduction makes it difficult to spot what has been changed. The unsigned entries range from a paragraph to three pages in length and are complemented by many color photos. The artists covered include Laurie Anderson, Frank Gehry, Anselm Kiefer, Jan Vermeer, and Andy Warhol, to name just a few. A visual chronology of artists by country and era functions as an index to artists, and an alphabetical artist/subject index concludes the work. Bottom Line If your library owns the Encyclopedia of Visual Art, you may want to pass over the new version. If not, this Facts On File work is an important addition to any high school, academic, or public library. Even libraries that own the monumental Grove's Dictionary of Art or classic world art surveys such as Gardner's Art Through the Ages will find that this work complements their collection. The Biographical Encyclopedia is mostly recommended for libraries that don't have a comprehensive collection of art biographies.-Nadine Cohen, Athens, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816058037
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: Volumes 1-4
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 1,506,374
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 4.40 (d)

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