The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials & Techniques in Art: One-volume format

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art offers the most comprehensive, up-to-date information on all aspects of this fundamental area of the visual arts. In a convenient one-volume format, this encyclopedia provides fascinating historical and current uses of materials and techniques in a wide range of areas from painting and sculpture to non-traditional media such as digital and video art. Combining scholarly rigor with lively, clear writing this book is an accessible and indispensable resource for anyone who studies, creates, collects, or deals in works of art.

Coverage includes materials in art practice (e.g. ink, enamel, digital materials); materials in conservation (e.g. adhesives); classes of artifacts (e.g. wallpaper, mosaic, ceramic); techniques and methods (e.g. book binding, gilding, printing, weaving), terms (e.g. rustication), tools (e.g. easel, laser), theory (e.g. technical examination, conservation controversies), fakes & forgeries, and conservation theorists and practitioners.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Comprised of articles from The Grove Dictionary of Art (1996), and Grove Art Online, this hefty volume offers an in-depth look at the range of "materials and methods used to create art." -Daryl Grabarek,School Library Journal

Library Journal

Ward, a widely published curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has revised and updated approximately 1440 entries and full-length articles (originally written by experts in the field) from the venerable 34-volume Grove Dictionary of Art and added some new entries on topics of "emerging importance" to produce a comprehensive one-volume resource on all aspects of materials and techniques of the fine arts and crafts, from acrylic painting, alabaster, and aquatint to upholstery, varnish, wood-engraving, and zinc. General topics treated in depth are organized into appropriate sections (the article on acrylic painting, for example, is divided into "history and uses" and "properties"), bibliographies are extensive and have all been updated, and cross-references are copious and helpful. The 180 black-and-white illustrations and color plates have also been updated and expanded from the book's print and online forebears.
—Marcia Welsh

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

Comprised of articles from The Grove Dictionary of Art (1996), and Grove Art Online, this hefty volume offers an in-depth look at the range of "materials and methods used to create art." The articles have been abridged to maintain the volume's focus; a few original entries have been added. Lengthy overviews (dense text, small font) on such topics as "Drawing," "Etching," "Prints," "Relief Sculpture," and "Video Art" generally consist of a definition, a look at aspects unique to the form, an analysis of the materials and techniques employed, a history noting major developments and artists working in the medium, and conservation information. These detailed overviews will be useful to term-paper writers in AP art classes. Entries on substances ("Adhesives," "Dye," "Painting Medium") are quite technical, discussing in great detail the types, uses, and, often, chemical properties. They will be of interest primarily to working artists. Each article ends with an updated chronological bibliography, citing mostly scholarly, historical, and contemporary resources, many in languages other than English. Illustrations consist of occasional clear, captioned black-and-white photos and diagrams and a 16-plate color insert. The quality color reproductions depict all manner of art forms from jewelry and paintings to furniture and mosaics. A 37-page index concludes the book. Consider this comprehensive tool if your art collection is lacking in this area.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195313918
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2008
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 1,193,624
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald W. R. Ward is the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Boston University and formerly served as a curator at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. He has curated numerous exhibitions and published widely on American art, furniture, and decorative arts. He has also taught at Boston University and the University of Delaware.

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