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A unique and engaging board book which teaches children their shapes via pieces of contemporary art (with one exception) by acclaimed artists, with short accompanying text that describes each artwork for the adult reader. For example, an elegant painting by Ellsworth Kelly represents the shape of square. A square is extracted from the artwork and placed on the right along with the word "square." A few sentences are given for the adult reader that describes Kelly's motivation for this and other artworks.
Twelve shapes and artworks are featured, as listed below. They represent pieces by the masters of contemporary art to emerging leaders; women and men; people of many ethnic backgrounds.
Square - a powerful painting by Ellsworth Kelly
Circle - an intriguing work by Jeff Koons
Star - a fascinating mixed media work by Vito Acconci
Rectangle - a moving painting by Jacob Lawrence
Triangle - a stunning photograph by Barbara Kasten
Diamond - an intriguing installation by Jenny Holzer
Heart - a lovely painting by Jim Dine
Oval - a beautiful work by Henri Matisse
Cone - a fantastic sculpture by Claes Oldenburg
Octagon - an engaging collage by Robert Rauschenberg
Cylinder - a compelling work by Eva Hesse
Spiral - an engaging neon sculpture by Bruce Nauman
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The Art of Shapes for Children and Adults stems from my having spent many hours with my children in museums and wanting to engage them in the artworks in a meaningful way. They may not be mature enough to understand the deeper meaning of the artworks but they certainly have fun looking for circles or diamonds. This way, artwork became a positive and joyful part of their lives at a very early age. These books speak to families that know very little about art as well as, of course, the many families for whom art is a mainstay of their lives.
I included text about each artist's work, mostly as a gift to the parents. Once one has a baby it can be difficult to find the time to read for oneself; the short didactic-text is an opportunity for the adult reader to enjoy/benefit from a book that is also fun for the child. This book truly is for children and adults as the title states.
This book is very important to me, because it supports the arts, children, parents and families. I hope that you enjoy it as well. Please let us know what you think of it! Thank you.
Margaret Steele worked in cultural institutions for over thirteen years, with the last seven at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. While her education and professional background contributed to the book, the most valuable experiences have been simply spending time in the museums galleries with her own children and those participating in the institutions educational programs.
Cindy Estes is an award-winning designer who has created numerous art catalogues and commercial products. She made The Art of Colors for Children and Adults both approachable and elegant; her skill has allowed the paintings to be respectfully presented yet within a format that is clearly meant for young children.
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Book Description Fotofolio Inc, 1997. Board book. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110914357506
Book Description Fotofolio Inc, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0914357506