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    • Radical Light

    • Studies in World Art, Book 13
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Gerard Marquez
    • Length: 9 mins
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    It is a historical peculiarity of landscape painting that it begins with the artificial, and only after that proceeds towards the natural. For example, landscape paintings, and especially fanciful Nilotic panoramas, were one of the genres produced by artists in Pompeii. When, with the Renaissance, landscape painting once again started to establish itself after a long interval, the representations of the surrounding world that artists began to produce as a separate and independent genre, rather than simply as a background for human figures, were usually more fanciful than real.

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    • In Miniature

    • How Small Things Illuminate the World
    • By: Simon Garfield
    • Narrated by: Adrian Scarborough
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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    Best-selling, award-winning writer Simon Garfield returns with an enthralling investigation of humans’ peculiar fascination with small things - and what small things tell us about our larger world. 

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    • The Decline and Fall of the Avant-Garde

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 170
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Frank Knutson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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    One of the commonest and most loosely used terms in any discussion of contemporary art is the word avant-garde. Indeed it often seems to be taken for granted that valid contemporary art and avant-garde art are synonymous.

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    • Pablo Gargallo

    • Studies in World Art, Book 129
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Richard M. Pshock
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Pablo Gargallo is often described as "Cubist" sculptor, partly thanks to his signature technique of hollowing out or reversing volumes, and partly due to his links with Picasso, one of the two undoubted inventors of cubism. In the strict sense, the idea of cubist sculpture is an oxymoron. Despite its undoubted early links to the African tribal sculptures that partly inspired Picasso’s transition to a new and radical style, cubism was essentially an attempt to find a better and more complete way of representing forms on a flat surface.

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    • Radical Nature

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 172
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Neil Gallagher
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Eco-art exhibitions are part of the trend of our times. Radical Nature, the show at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, demonstrated some of the possibilities and paradoxes of enterprises of this sort. Basically what the organizers had to do is to move the outside indoors. This set them both practical and, in their own terms at least, moral problems.

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    • Art and Homosexuality

    • Studies in World Art, Book 11
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Christopher Selbie
    • Length: 16 mins
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    There is room for a book on this subject, among the vast mass of publications about the visual arts that flow from British and American publishing houses every year. Gay art, from being a quasi-forbidden topic, is now fashionable, not least among would-be up-to-the-minute academics.  

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    • Matisse: The Cut-Outs

    • Studies in World Art, Book 47
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: David Bernard
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The big exhibition of Matisse's Cut-Outs at Tate Modern in London was, certainly on the face of it, everything that a major museum of modern and contemporary art should be doing. It was beautifully presented, very professionally curated, had an extremely thorough, excellently illustrated catalogue, and was greeted with ecstatic reviews.

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    • John Ruskin: Art Critic and Social Pioneer

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 218
    • By: Nicholas James
    • Narrated by: James Hill
    • Length: 12 mins
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    A recorded visit on January 28 to John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing, at Two Temple Place WC2. The review includes descriptions of exhibits by Ruskin and his associates and his contact with JMW Turner. 

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    • Pierre Bonnard at Tate Modern

    • A View of the Exhibition (Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 217)
    • By: Nichoas James
    • Narrated by: James Hill
    • Length: 11 mins
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    A commentary on the Pierre Bonnard exhibition recorded at the press view on Monday January 21, 2018. Views figure studies and landscapes made between 1900 and 1940 and responds to the conception of the compositions with their radiant color fields. 

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    • Art and Aids 2

    • Studies in World Art, Book 10
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Christopher Selbie
    • Length: 14 mins
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    'AIDS art' is essentially an American invention. It has now manifested itself in a large number of different locations, but is almost invariably based on a model of artistic activity that evolved in the United States - one that was a response to the impact made by the epidemic on sections of American society.

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    • Daily Rituals: Women at Work

    • By: Mason Currey
    • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Michael Crouch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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    More of Mason Currey's irresistible Daily Rituals, this time exploring the daily obstacles and rituals of women who are artists - painters, composers, sculptors, scientists, filmmakers, and performers. We see how these brilliant minds get to work, the choices they have to make: rebuffing convention, stealing (or secreting away) time from the pull of husbands, wives, children, and obligations in order to create their creations. 

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    • Another great book on the routines of creatives!

    • By Blake K. on 03-12-19

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    • Foursome

    • Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury
    • By: Carolyn Burke
    • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
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    New York, 1921: Alfred Stieglitz, the most influential figure in early 20th-century photography, celebrates the success of his latest exhibition - the centerpiece, a series of nude portraits of the young Georgia O'Keeffe, soon to be his wife. It is a turning point for O'Keeffe - and for Rebecca Salsbury, the fiancée of Stieglitz's protégé at the time, Paul Strand. When Strand introduces Salsbury to Stieglitz and O'Keeffe, it is the first moment of a bond between the two couples that will last more than a decade and reverberate throughout their lives.

    • Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury
    • By: Carolyn Burke
    • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 03-05-19
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    • Open Book Theater Management

    • Ethical Theater Production
    • By: Rafe Beckley
    • Narrated by: Rafe Beckley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
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    In the world of Fringe (or off-off-Broadway) theatre, a strong debate has been raging for years - when you're producing a low/no-budget production, how on earth can you make it happen and still treat everyone involved in an open, honest, and ethical manner? Open Book Theatre Management is the first audiobook ever to show you exactly how to mount a theatre production without losing either your integrity or your shirt.

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    • Ingres

    • Studies in World Art, Book 37
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: James Hill
    • Length: 10 mins
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    The artist Ingres was a supreme bourgeois who also succeeded in being one of the supreme rebels of 19th-century art. Like Caravaggio, his opposite in most respects, he is historically recalcitrant.

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    • Ink Painting

    • Studies in World Art, Book 38
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: James Hill
    • Length: 11 mins
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    In Chinese culture, calligraphy is so closely allied to traditional modes of ink-and-brush painting as to be almost indistinguishable from them. There is no definite border between the two art forms, as this exhibition amply demonstrates. 

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    • How We Think

    • By: John Dewey
    • Narrated by: Helen Smith
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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    "How We Think" by John Dewey was published in 1910. From the preface: "Our schools are troubled with a multiplication of studies, each in turn having its own multiplication of materials and principles. Our teachers find their tasks made heavier in that they have come to deal with pupils individually and not merely in mass. Some clew of unity, some principle that makes for simplification, must be found. This book represents the conviction that the needed steadying and centralizing factor is found in adopting as the end of endeavor that attitude of mind, that habit of thought, which we call scientific.

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    • Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War

    • Through the Lens, Book 2
    • By: Marina Vaizey
    • Narrated by: Verona Westbrook
    • Length: 28 mins
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    The reputation of Cecil Beaton hardly rests on the fact that he was the most prolific and productive of official war photographers both on the home front and abroad during World War II; rather, he is thought of as a royal-society- and celebrity-portrait photographer, designer for stage and film - recipient of three Oscars and a Tony - prolific author, and gossipy and fascinating diarist.   

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    • China and the Chinese

    • By: Herbert Allen Giles
    • Narrated by: Thomas Collins
    • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
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    If the Chinese people were to file one by one past a given point, the interesting procession would never come to an end. Before the last man of those living to-day had gone by, another and a new generation would have grown up, and so on for ever and ever. The importance, as a factor in the sum of human affairs, of this vast nation, - of its language, of its literature, of its religions, of its history, of its manners and customs, - goes therefore without saying. Yet a serious attention to China and her affairs is of very recent growth.

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    • Beauty

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: Roger Scruton
    • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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    In this Very Short Introduction audiobook, the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object - either in art, in nature, or the human form - beautiful and examining how we can compare differing judgments of beauty when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely.  

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    • Shyama Perera

    • A Collection
    • By: Shyama Perera
    • Narrated by: Shyama Perera
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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    Shyama Perara is a writer and journalist who writes clearly, succinctly and passionately on a number of issues. In this collection she turns her knowing eye and insightful mind to British Theatre and the recent plays that come before audiences from the largest of West End theatres to the smallest of pop-ups. It’s a treat!

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