Brick / edited by William Hall

Brick. Phaidon, London, 2017, 217 oldal
ISBN: 9780714868813

The humble brick has been an architectural staple for centuries – but is rarely celebrated. Brick is a fresh, insightful and surprising look at one of the world’s most familiar and popular building materials. From the strange remains of the Ziggurat of Ur dating from 2100 BC, to the stunning Winery Gantenbein – built by robotic arm in 2006 – Brick shows the extraordinary and inspiring potential of fired earth. The world’s best architects have explored the qualities of brickwork. Alvar Aalto, Antoni Gaudí, Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, and Jørn Utzon all built with the material, and bricks were integral to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for an American vernacular in his Prairie Houses. Equally striking and memorable structures by lesser-known newcomers are also shown. Following the popularity and format of Concrete (William Hall, 2012), Brick is a beautiful and informative visual exploration of a material that is often overlooked, and sometimes considered limiting, but is actually full of spectacular potential.

Islamic geometric design : with 800 illustrations / Eric Broug

Eric Broug: Islamic geometric design : with 800 illustrations. Thames and Hudson, London, 2016, 256 oldal
ISBN: 978-0-500-51695-9

The beauty of Islamic geometric designs, and the breathtaking skill of the craftsmen who created them, are admired the world over. The intricacy and artistry of the patterns can seem almost beyond the powers of human ingenuity. In this handsomely illustrated volume, artist and teacher Eric Broug analyses and explains these complex designs for the first time in their historical and physical context. His own original drawings accompany magnificent photographs of mosques, madrasas, palaces and tombs from the Islamic world, ranging from North Africa to Iran and Uzbekistan, and from the 8th to the 19th centuries. The creators of these patterns were usually anonymous and there is little evidence for their working practices, but a close and detailed study of the designs can tell us much. Combining wide-ranging empirical research with his own artistic skills and sensibility, Eric Broug shows how, over the centuries, craftsmen were able to adorn beautiful buildings with wonderful geometric patterns using the simplest of tools and without recourse to mathematical calculations. Design elements created from straight lines and circles were placed in grids and then repeated and varied to generate seemingly limitless arrays of dazzling patterns. Chapters are devoted to each of the main ‘families’ of geometric design – fourfold, fivefold and sixfold – and to the complex ‘combined’ patterns. Every design is carefully explained, and illustrated with a wealth of stunning photographs and clear, meticulously detailed drawings. Readers can follow the design processes by which these patterns were created and even learn to reproduce and invent geometric patterns for themselves, using exactly the same tools as the Islamic craftsmen of old: a ruler and a pair of compasses.

Iznik : the artistry of Ottoman ceramics / Walter B. Denny

Walter B. Denny: Iznik : the artistry of Ottoman ceramics. Thames and Hudson, London, 2015, 239 oldal
ISBN: 978-0-500-51788-8

In this beautifully illustrated book, Walter Denny presents a new vision of one of the most internationally renowned Islamic artforms: Iznik ceramics. Covering both Iznik pièces de forme and the famous Iznik tiles that decorate Ottoman imperial monuments, Iznik integrates the entire spectrum of Iznik production, both tiles and wares, and the broader artistic tradition in which it originated. Denny begins with a description of the particular nature of Islamic art under the Ottoman empire, as well as the methods of the craftsmen who worked under the imperial auspices. He then examines the links between the court style of Istanbul and the ceramic ateliers in Iznik itself, and the crucial role of the dominant styles of the golden age of Iznik ceramics and their most famous creators, Shah Kulu and Kara Memi. The book showcases the array of motifs – floral, vegetal and figurative – used on Iznik wares, looks at the relationship between non-Muslim communities and the Ottoman empire, and closes with an examination of the rich stylistic heritage that Iznik ceramics have given to Western art. Gloriously illustrated in full colour throughout, this is a panoramic overview of a spectacular and refined artform.

Damascus tiles : Mamluk and Ottoman architectural ceramics from Syria / Arthur Millner

Arthur Millner: Damascus tiles : Mamluk and Ottoman architectural ceramics from Syria. Prestel, Munich, 2015, 320 oldal
ISBN: 9783791381473

One of art history’s previously overlooked treasures—the vibrant ceramic tiles of Syria and especially Damascus—are the subject of this fascinating study by a leading Islamic art expert. Architectural ceramic decoration is one of the most celebrated manifestations of the arts of Islam. Spanning a period from the 13th to the 20th century, the tiles featured in this book exhibit a rich range of influences from Persia, Turkey, China and even Europe. A renowned specialist in the fields of Islamic and Indian art, Arthur Millner explores the historical context that allowed the uniquely creative achievement of Syrian craftsmen to flourish, and why tiles from this region are less restricted in artistic expression than those from betterknown centers of production. The complex and interconnected nature of tile designs, techniques and color palettes is explored, highlighting what is distinctive about Damascus ceramics and how they relate to tiles produced in other parts of the Islamic world. Finally, the author traces the journey made by many of these tiles to the West, embellishing the interiors of wealthy clients as Islamic art became both fashionable and influential in late19th century art and design.

Cut and fold techniques for pop-up design / Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson: Cut and fold techniques for pop-up design. Laurence King Publishing, London, 2014,

Introducing techniques for making pop-ups from one sheet of card, the third title in this series on paper engineering takes folding techniques into the third dimension. Each chapter introduces a new technical idea and shows how that technique can be adapted in many different ways, or combined with techniques from earlier chapters. These 3-D techniques can be incorporated into any design where typography and/or illustration are used, including mail-shots, personal publicity, invitations, business cards and greetings cards. With their emphasis on surface design over complex cutting, the pop-ups have an instant appeal for designers. Following the elegant, easy-to-follow style of Paul Jackson’s other titles for Laurence King, Cut and Fold Techniques for Pop-Up Designs is an essential resource for marketing professionals and design students.

Developing glazes / Greg Daly

Greg Daly: Developing glazes. Herbert Press, London, 2018, 128 oldal
ISBN: 978-1-912217-49-6

Developing your own glazes can be tricky and success is dependent on many factors. In this book, ceramicist Greg Daly aims to demystify the process with practical advice and complete, step-by-step instructions. He covers all the essentials, from planning your recipes and recording results to mixing glazes and finding the correct firing temperature. This hands-on technical guidance is supported with helpful how-to images and example tests and recipes. For any potter beginning to experiment with fired colour, texture and decoration in their work, Developing Glazes is an essential reference, revealing workable, exciting methods for achieving the glaze results you want.

Dry glazes / Jeremy Jernegan

Jeremy Jernegan: Dry glazes. Bloomsbury Visual Arts, London, 2015, 144 oldal
ISBN: 978-0-7136-7671-6

This book covers everything you need to know to understand and create dry glazes. There is not much information available on dry glazes and this focuses on them entirely. Dry glazes were and are used by some potters (Lucie Rie and Hans Coper are well-known examples) and often by ceramicists creating sculpture, where a shiny glaze is inappropriate. This book covers slips and engobes, oxides and stains, matt glazes and low alumina surfaces, as well as textured and pitted glazes. It explains thoroughly what makes up a dry glaze and how to create them. It is illustrated with work by artists using these glazes, as well many test tiles of examples of dry glazes with their corresponding recipes, making it a valuable resource for ceramicists working in this area.

Körülöttünk : ipar- és tervezőművészet : Nemzeti Szalon

Körülöttünk : ipar- és tervezőművészet : Nemzeti Szalon. Múcsarnok, Budapest, 2017, 574 oldal
ISBN: 978-615-5695-08-7

2014-ben a Magyar Művészeti Akadémia kezdeményezésére és támogatásával a Műcsarnok Nemzeti Szalon néven új kiállítássorozatot indított, mellyel az a célja, hogy időről időre megbízható körképet nyújtson a vizuális művészetek különböző területein született főbb teljesítményekről. Az első tárlat a mai építészet aktuális feladataira és legjellemzőbb műfajaira fókuszált, a 2015-ös kiállítás a kortárs képzőművészet klasszikusnak számító műfajainak (festészet, szobrászat és grafika) jellemző tendenciáit és eredményeit mutatta be, a 2016-os Szalon pedig a jelenkori fotó- és médiaművészet rendkívül szerteágazó anyagából mutatott be több száz alkotást. A 2017 tavaszán nyíló kiállítás az ipar- és tervezőművészet elmúlt tíz évének áttekintésére vállalkozik. A felkért kurátorok – Sára Ernő és Scherer József – által összeállított szalon tiszteleg a közelmúlt iskolateremtő mesterei előtt, de elsősorban a változó képzési, tervezői, gyártói és értékesítői környezetben tevékenykedő mai alkotók lehetőségeire és legkiemelkedőbb szakmai teljesítményeire koncentrál. A tárlat a tényleges funkciók és szakmai kihívások mentén rendezi az elkészült tárgyakat és a terveket, és a kortárs iparművészet és dizájn klasszikusnak számító műfajai mellett az ezek határterületein létrejövő alkotásokat kívánja feltérképezni és bemutatni.

Mesterek és tanítók évszázadai

válogatta, összeállította, szerk. Kurucz Rózsa: Mesterek és tanítók évszázadai: Pedagógusképzés öröksége 2018.


Romváry Ferenc, a képtárcsináló : curriculum vitae / Romváry Ferenc

Romváry Ferenc: Romváry Ferenc, a képtárcsináló : curriculum vitae. Romváry Ferenc, Budapest, 2017, 407 oldal
ISBN: 978-615-00-0317-7

Amikor réges-régen, első nap az elemi iskolába menet elsírtam magam. Édesanyám kérdésére azt feleltem, nem tudom, hogy mit fogok mondani a vizsgán. 1958-ban, amikor beléptem a Bölcsészkar Pesti Barnabás utcai kapuján, már nem ez járt a fejemben, hanem az irány, a hogyan tovább. Mi legyek majd? Nyelvész, magyar tanár, pszichológus? A leginkább elérhetetlennek akkor a művészettörténet valamely grádicsának elérése látszott. 1962 őszén a Magyar Nemzeti Galériában voltam művészettörténész gyakornok. Fantasztikus élményt jelentett számomra a remekművekkel való napi szembesülés, a kitűnő szakemberek segítőkész szándékú közelsége. Németh Lajos akkor írta első Csontváry monográfiáját, kísérhettem őt raktárról raktárra, képek és szobrok birodalmába. Kovács Péterék is akkor szervezték a fehérvári Csontváry kiállítást, ez ösztönző hatást gyakorolt számomra. Meghosszabbították mandátumomat, így tavasszal is folytatódott a művekkel való közvetlen, életre szóló szimbiózisom...

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