Laurie Schneider Adams

The Making and Meaning of Art

Prentice-Hall 2007

The Making and Meaning of Art is divided into six main sections. In the first part readers are introduced to the creation and definition of art; in the second part, to the purposes of art; in the third part to the language of style and meaning; in the fourth part, to two-dimensional media and techniques; in part five, to three-dimensional media and techniques. Part six is a brief history of western and non-western art from the cave paintings to the present.
Throughout the book, there are sections on how artists conceive and create, and on the meaning of their works. Interviews with artists are included, among which are the author's personal interviews with the leading American graphic designer, Milton Glaser; Graham Nickson, Dean of the New York Studio School; and Christo and Jeanne-Claude on the Gates Project for New York City's Central Park.

Selected Works

Art History
A one-semester introduction to the history of western art.
Combined volume A history of world art from prehistory to the present
An introduction to the methods of art historical analysis
A survey of Italian Renaissance art from the 14th through the 16th century
Two short introductions: one to Italian Renaissance Art and one to Baroque Art
A collection of essays on themes, style,and context in non-western art
Various psychoanalytic methods of interpretation applied to works of art and artists
A brief history of 19th-Century Western art
Art Appreciation
A lavishly illustrated, brief introduction to some of the most important topics in considering works of art
An introduction to works of art and architecture from the point of view of the artist and the viewer.
Art and Culture
An introduction to art in context for the general reader
A new biography of the mother of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Lucrezia Tornabuoni De' Medici
Art and Law
Six famous art trials, from Whistler to Rothko
Based on the cases of Robert Volpe, art crime detective in New York City during the 1970's
Seven essays applying psychoanalysis to the humanities
A two-volume survey of the western humanities, including art, history, religion and myth, literature, philosophy, and science
For Children
How Alice Whipple became the proud owner of a boa constrictor and an esteemed member of the Peaches in the fourth grade

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