How to Visit an Art Museum: Tips for a truly rewarding visit

How to visit an art museum

By Johan Idema

Published by BIS Publishers, October 14, 2014

Hardcover 144 pages

Stop wandering, start acting! Find out how museum guards can be to your advantage. Learn the rule of thumb to distinguish good art from bad art. How to Visit an Art Museum is a short, fun, and rewarding read, full of tips and inspiring illustrations to get the most out of your museum visit.

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DIS: #artselfie


By Marvin Jordon

Published by  Jean Boîte Éditions, March 24, 2015

Paperback: 128 pages

#artselfie opens with an incisive remark by Douglas Coupland: “Selfies are mirrors we can freeze … Selfies allow us to see how others look at themselves in a mirror making their modeling face when nobody’s around … except these days, everybody’s around everywhere all the time.” The #artselfie hashtag emerged in 2012 and was subsequently activated by New York-based collective DIS, as an aggregated mode of art-tourism and documentation. These selfies and their dialogue with art are an opportunity to revisit fundamental questions such as: if art is a mirror, what happens when we place ourselves between it and the camera? Including an introduction by Douglas Coupland (author ofGeneration X and ruthless observer of contemporary society) and a discussion between Simon Castets and DIS, #artselfie allows us to experience how significant-and seductive-this viral phenomenon is.

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The Lost Pre-Raphaelite: The Secret Life and Loves of Robert Bateman

Lost Pre-Raphaelite

By Nigel Daly

Published by: Wilmington Square Books, September 2, 2014

Hardcover: 336 pages

When the author bought a falling down fortified house on the Staffordshire moorlands, he had no reason to anticipate the astonishing tale that would unfold as it was restored. A mysterious set of relationships emerged amongst its former owners, revolving round the almost forgotten artist, Robert Bateman, a prominent Pre-Raphaelite and friend of Burne Jones. He was to marry the granddaughter of the Earl of Carlisle, and to be associated with Benjamin Disraeli, William Gladstone, and other prominent political and artistic figures.

But he had abandoned his life as an artist in mid-career to live as a recluse, and his rich and glamorous wife-to-be had married the local vicar, already in his sixties and shortly to die. The discovery of two clearly autobiographical paintings led to an utterly absorbing forensic investigation into Bateman’s life.

The story moves from Staffordshire to Lahore, to Canada, Wyoming, and then, via Buffalo Bill, to Peru and back to England. It leads to the improbable respectability of Imperial Tobacco in Bristol, and then, less respectably, to a car park in Stoke-on-Trent. En route the author pieces together an astonishing and deeply moving story of love and loss, of art and politics, of morality and hypocrisy, of family secrets concealed but never quite completely obscured. The result is a page-turning combination of detective story and tale of human frailty, endeavor, and love. It is also a portrait of a significant artist, a reassessment of whose work is long overdue.

Nigel Daly is an antique dealer and house restorer.

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Pre-Raphaelite Cats


By Susan Herbert

Published by By Thames & Hudson, May 20, 2014
Paperback, 64 pages

Susan Herbert’s feline versions of famous paintings have found an appreciative audience among both cat and art lovers. Here, she brings her charming illustrations of cats to the subject of Pre-Raphaelite painting.

Well-known works by such artists as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, and William Holman Hunt can be viewed in a new and entrancing way when their protagonists are endearing cats. The Beggar Maid takes on a particularly touching relationship with King Cophetua, while Medea gives new meaning to the word enchantress as she prepares the ingredients for a spell. Were ever two creatures so frightened and so abandoned as the poor cat princes wickedly imprisoned in the tower or two lovers as sad and stoical as the young officer cat and his fiancée on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo? With black-and-white reproductions of the original paintings that inspired these illustrations, the book offers irresistibly delightful comparisons to a great period in art history.

Illustrated in color and black and white throughout.

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Jack in Search of Art


by Arlene Boehm

Published by Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 2001)
Paperback, 32 pages

Jack the Bear captivates young readers again! After discovering Music in his last adventure, this time it is ART!

In an innovative blend of illustration and digitized art photography, Jack the Bear explores the galleries of the Delaware Art Museum and discovers much more than just what meets the eye!

Price - $7.95

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