The Visual World of French Theory
In the 1960s and 1970s there were remarkable encounters between the most prominent French philosophers and contemporary artists, particularly members of the Narrative Figuration movement. Passages from critical texts arising from those encounters serve as the focus in each chapter of this illustrated study, which explores, among others, the meetings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Robert Lapoujade; Louis Althusser and Lucio Fanti; and Jacques Derrida and Valerio Adami.
When Constructivism emerged after the 1917 Revolution in Russia, its central aesthetic principles concerned the nature of materials, konstruktsiya (constructedness), efficiency and rationality. In this study, Taylor examines the legacy of Constructivism, tracing a path from the Cubists in Paris and Tatlin, Malevich and Rodchenko in Russia to artists such as Anish Kapoor, Amy Sillman and Tomma Abts working in the 21st century. With 144 illustrations.
British and Irish Art 1945–1951
From War to Festival
After the Second World War, according to received opinion, control of the art world passed from rich individuals to state-run bodies. This groundbreaking study demolishes that idea. Its detailed analysis of letters, committee minutes and newspaper reports demonstrates how an Oxbridge elite retained power in the new institutions. Illustrated with works by Francis Bacon, Jack Yeats, Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland and others, it shows how artists fought to survive against powerful individuals who could make or break reputations.
Amphibians and Reptiles
Although they are distinct animal classes, reptiles and amphibians are often considered together, not least in Britain because there are fewer species than in any other vertebrate group. This illustrated guide to the native and non-native species found in the British Isles introduces their biology and behaviour and suggests areas of study where further research is needed, explaining how carrying out such projects is readily accessible to the amateur naturalist. Foreword by Chris Packham.
In Search of Lost Frogs
The Campaign to Rediscover the World's Rarest Amphibians
In 2010, an international team of researchers, led by the author of this book, set about searching for rare species of frogs, toads and salamanders that had not been seen for decades. This illustrated record of their quest describes the expeditions to inhospitable environments in South and Central America, India and Africa and details their successes and failures in finding lost species, as well as their identification of new species, such as the so-called 'Monty Burns' toad discovered in Colombia.
The Performance of Style
Most associated with the music of artists such as David Bowie, glam was an extravagant and subversive movement of the early 1970s that has received much attention recently for its influence on later music and fashion and for the wider social impact of its experiments with androgyny and artifice. This catalogue, published to accompany the exhibition at the Tate, Liverpool, presents a collection of illustrated essays exploring the music, fashion, art and politics of glam.