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Book cover. Printing R-Evolution and Society, 1450-1500. Fifty Years that Changed EuropeDondi, C. (editor). Printing R-Evolution and Society, 1450-1500. Fifty Years that Changed Europe Venice: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari Digital Publishing, 2020 (CERL Papers XIV), 978p.

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The volume contains a reassessment of the economic and social impact of the printing revolution on the development of early modern European society, using 15th-century printed books, which still survive today in their thousands, as historical sources. Over 100 color illustrations.

The proceedings of the conference held in Venice, Palazzo Ducale, 19-21 Sept. 2018. This is an open access gold publication on the website of Edizioni Ca’ Foscari (Univ. of Venice).

Cover. The Chthonic Roots of Leonardo da Vinci’s Youthful Iconography

Tyler, Christopher W. The Chthonic Roots of Leonardo da Vinci’s Youthful Iconography. Diatrope Press, 2020

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An unusual feature that is found in most of Leonardo da Vinci’s depictions of the Virgin Mary is a striking yellow or golden sash around her waist. This feature is not found in prior depictions of this central figure of Christian iconography, and in only a few of the works of his immediate pupils, and is thus largely unique to Leonardo. As such, it calls for an analytic appraisal of its derivation as a symbolic trope in his youthful works. An association with the myth of Persephone is developed on the basis of several features of his ‘Virgin of the Rocks’, in which this yellow sash is a central motif. This mythic identification in turn helps to account for the substantial deviation of this work from the specification of its original commission into an extreme version of the mountainous setting that is common to most of Leonardo’s established works. The roots of this symbolism are considered in relation to the Etruscan resonances of the Florentine milieu in which Leonardo matured.

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Wendy Murray Poster Book CoverWendy Murray Poster Artist: A selection of posters from 2009 – 2019. ISBN: 978-0-6486643-3-8

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Featuring over 80 posters produced by poster artist Wendy Murray and collaborators. Some of the collaborative artists include Anna Macleod (IRE), Jake Holmes (AUS), Dewey Tafoya (USA), Sima Alikhani (AUS), Jason Wing (AUS), Douglas Archibald (AUS), and Antonia Aitken (AUS) plus commission posters for the Australian War Memorial Museum, National Art School and the University of Sydney. Articles by Kurt Iveson, Alison Alder, Jo Holder, Alex Torrens, Paul Howard, and Michael Organ.

Wendy Murray aka Mini Graff is a poster artist and screen printer who prints from studios in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. >> more


Illustrated Life of Leonardo da Vinci from Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari, book coverTyler, Christopher W. Illustrated Life of Leonardo da Vinci from Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari. Diatrope Press, 2019.

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Edited with complete illustrations and annotations by Christopher W. Tyler. Color illustrations throughout. This is the only edition of Vasari’s Life of da Vinci that illustrates every single painting and sculpture mentioned by Vasari.

Translated by Gaston du C. De Vere (The Medici Society/Macmillan: London, 1912-1915). Measures 6×9 inches. 36p.>> more

Portraits of his Daughters by Thomas Gainsborough (Compiled by Christopher Tyler), book cover Portraits of his Daughters by Thomas Gainsborough by Christopher Tyler. The Hermitage, Hanwell, 2018.

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This book commemorates two delightful sisters painted by their father, the famous 18th century English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788). The daughters are buried together at St Mary’s Church, Hanwell.

In 1809, the rector of the Church, George Henry Glass, built the Hanwell cottage where a fountain inscribed in memory of two sisters makes an interesting link with the Gainsborough daughters. Illustrations on every page. >>more

Book cover. Synesthetes: a handbook by Sean A. DayDay, Sean A. Synesthetes: A Handbook. ISBN: 9781534738058.  2016. Copyrighted by Sean A. Day.

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A guide on all things synesthesia. This handbook is for anyone who is trying to better understand the synesthete’s world and for those trying to understand what synesthesia is.

Sean A. Day, a synesthete, holds a PhD in Linguistics, with BA and MA degrees in Anthropology.  He is presently in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Trident Technical College and President, the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists. He was President of the American Synestheisia Association from 2001- 2015.

ISBN: 9781534738058. Copyrighted by Sean A. Day.

Book Cover. Digital Light edited by Sean Cubitt, Daniel Palmer and Nathaniel Tkacz edited by Sean Cubitt, Daniel Palmer and Nathaniel Tkacz Fibreculture Books, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-78542-008-5; PDF ISBN: 978-1-78542-000-9

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Digital Light brings together artists, curators, technologists and media archaeologists to study the historical evolution of digital light-based technologies. The book also provides a critical account of the capacities and limitations of contemporary digital light-based technologies and techniques by tracing their genealogies and comparing them with their predecessor media. As digital light remediates multiple historical forms (photography, print, film, video, projection, paint), the collection draws from all of these histories, connecting them to the digital present and placing them in dialogue with one another. >>more

Cover. Studio Ione 2003Ione, Amy.  Studio Ione 2003. The Diatrope Press, 2003. ISBN: 0972533028.

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A painter for over twenty-five years, Amy Ione’s extraordinary work has been exhibited internationally, commissioned by the City of San Francisco, and is included in public and private collections. In addition, Ione is well known as a writer on the relationships on art, science and technology.

Cover. Nature Exposed to Our Method of QuestioningIone, Amy. Nature Exposed to Our Method of Questioning. Berkeley, California, U.S.A.: Diatrope Press, 2002. ISBN: 097253301X.

Examines how we create our cultural assumptions about nature, culture and ourselves. Index. Bibliographic references.  >> more

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Tjotjok. Diatrope Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780972533003

A collection of 86 poems by Jerry Bass, enhanced by Amy Ione’s original artwork.

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Book cover. A report on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-1971Tuchman, Maurice; Livingstone, Jane. A report on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York: Viking, 1971. 387p. ISBN 670133728.

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In 1966, Maurice Tuchman, curator of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, California, introduced the Art and Technology (A&T) program. The mandate of this project, which was peripheral to the museum’s activities, was to promote an exchange between artists and the corporate world. With his colleague, curator Jane Livingston, artists and companies were paired. Certain works produced in conjunction with the program were presented at the American pavilion during the 1970 Osaka World Exposition and at LACMA the same year.

The report is a collection of documents and testimonials from 1966 to 1971, the years that the program was active. It also constituted the catalogue for the exhibition of works at the American pavilion in Osaka. Pairings included Richard Serra’s project with Kaiser Steel; John Chamberlain at Rand Corporation; Robert Irwin and James Turrell at the Garrett Corporation, James Lee Byars at the Hudson Institute, and others.

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