Art has had a great number of different functions throughout its history, making its purpose difficult to abstract or quantify to any single concept. This does not imply that the purpose of Art is "vague", but that it has had many unique, different reasons for being created. Some of these functions of Art are provided in the following outline. The different purposes of art may be grouped according to those that are non-motivated, and those that are motivated (Lévi-Strauss).

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Image for <b>The Master Architect Series I: Selected and Current Works Vol.7: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Vol 7</B>

The Master Architect Series I: Selected and Current Works Vol.7: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Vol 7

By: N/A

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Mulgrave, VIC, Australia, Images Publishing Group: 1998

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 002476

ISBN: 1875498206

Condition: Fine


No flaws to this unused book. Minimal retail handling. View more info

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Italia Mia
[Italy]

By: Lollobrigida, Gina; Moravia, Alberto

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Italy:, Sedifo,: 1973.

Seller ID: 008160


A celebrated photographic essay called My Italy - by the Italian actress, Gina Lollobrigida. Illustrated with black & white and color photos of scenes and people of Italy.Bindings tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate handling wear. Dust Jacket with price is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve has light edge wear and minor chipping.Text is in English. View more info

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Over the Door: The Ornamental Stonework of New York
[Architecture]

By: Yang, John

Price: $14.95

Publisher: New Jersey:, Princeton Architectural Press,: 1995.

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 008557

ISBN: 9781568980577<br>


A study of the ornamental sandstone reliefs on New York City brownstones and tenements of the late 19th century. The dialogue between historical documentation and the artist's personal vision makes Over the Door a landmark book of photography, as well as a photographic book of landmarks. No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal retail handling; Still Gift Quality. Dust Jacket with price is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve. View more info

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The Scrolls of Fire: a Nation Fighting for Its Life. 52 Chapters of Jewish Martyrology

By: Abba Kovner

Price: $21.95

Publisher: Jedrusalem:, Keter Publishing House.: 1981

Seller ID: 004228

Condition: Very Good


Text in English and Hebrew. Light handling wear. Bindings firm. Text clean. No flaws to note. The Scrolls of Fire describe Jewish martyrdom and the heroism of the people of Israel from the time of the Destruction of the Temple to the present day. This book is a complete reproduction, text and paintings, of the original oversized book which is part of the core exhibits in Beth Hatefutsoth: The Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv. Consists of 52 chapters of persecution and affliction, of standing firm, as author Abba Kovner termed it. The chapters are meant to be read... View more info

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Seeing Gardens

By: Abell, Sam

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Washington, D. C., National Geographic Books: 2000

Seller ID: 010541

ISBN: 0792279565

Condition: Fine


Seeing Gardens lets its 150 pictures speak for themselves with a spare text that offers context rather than commentary. The book is at once thoughtful and elegant, and the anecdotes, recollections and aesthetic philosophy amount to a brief but telling memoir of Abell's three decades of interpreting gardens.No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal handling; Still Gift Quality. Oblong; 208 pages with color photography. View more info

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Yosemite and the Range of Light [ Laid in booklet; Ansel SIGNED Photo card]

By: Adams, Ansel

Price: $495.00

Publisher: Boston, New York Graphic Society: 1979

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed Invitation

Seller ID: 011170

ISBN: 0821207504

Condition: Fine


First Edition, First Printing. Introduction by Paul Brooks. Illustrated throughout from black & white photographs by Ansel Adams. (Oblong folio) linen-backed cloth, pictorial jacket. Laid in booklet "Ansel Adams: The Museum Set" and two photo cards, advertising an event at the Roxburghe Club in San Francisco, in an envelope, one of which is signed by Adams - the latter contains Adam's personal recollections of Albert Bender.Albert Maurice Bender (1866 - 1941) was a leading patron of the arts in San Francisco in the 1920s and 1930s, who played a key role in the early career of An... View more info

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The World Of Charles Addams

By: Addams, Charles

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York:, Knopf,: 1991.

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 009294

ISBN: 0394588223

Condition: Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket


A retrospective collection of the humorous, macabre artwork of Charles Addams features black-and-white drawings and full-color covers from 'The New Yorker,' in a selection that spans more than fifty years in Addams' career. No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal retail handling; Still Gift Quality. Dust Jacket with price is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve. View more info

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Francis Hayman

By: Allen, Brian

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Mass:, Yale University Press.: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 004980

ISBN: 0300039530


Francis Hayman RA (1708 - 2 February 1776) was an English painter and illustrator who became one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in 1768, and later its first librarian. A versatile artist influenced by the French Rococo style, he achieved some note during the 1740s through decorative paintings executed for the supper boxes at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in London. Hayman was also a successful portraitist and history painter.Bindings tight; Text clean. Light shelf handling wear. View more info

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The Last Folk Hero: A True Story of Race and Art, Power and Profit

By: Andrew Dietz

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Atlanta, Georgia, Ellis Lane Press: 2006

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 010381

ISBN: 0977196801

Condition: New


SIGNED by the author on the title page without personalization. No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. 8vo; 9.25 inches tall; 576 pages with sources. A self-made art expert who traveled the world and amassed a collection for himself, Arnett developed an interest in rural African-American folk art made by self-taught men such as Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley, both from Alabama. [PW] ----- William Faulkner, meet Tom Wolfe....a splendid, surreal portrait of an art world gone mad. [John Helyar] View more info

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Raku: A Review of Contemporary Work

By: Andrews, Tim G.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: UK, Chilton Book Company: 1994

Seller ID: 008869

Condition: Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket


This work traces the history of Raku from its introduction to the West by Bernard Leach in the 1920s to the present day. The book discusses various Raku techniques, but its main thrust is as an exploration of the work and motivation of a number of international potters who use the medium today. These range from the monumental work of David Roberts to the sculptural work of Paul Soldner and the animated figures of Michael Flynn. No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal retail handling; Still Gift Quality. 29 cm. tall 159 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits No Flaws or Blemishes... View more info

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The American Avant-Garde: A Decade of Change 1936-1946

By: Antell, Joan ; Ross, Nancy ; Zou, Martha

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Bruce Museum: 2000

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 010994

ISBN: 0966514475

Condition: New


No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal retail shelf handling; Still Gift Quality. Square 9.5 by 9.5 inches; 96 pages. Reproductions in color. View more info

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First Impressions: Early Prints by Forty-Six Contemporary Artists

By: Armstrong, Elizabeth; McGuire, Sheila;

Price: $14.95

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A., Rizzoli Intl Pubns: 1989

Seller ID: 003225

ISBN: 1555950183

Condition: New


No flaws or blemishes, Unused. Gift Quality. Providing a new viewpoint of contemporary American printmaking, this illustrated volume surveys the work of a number of painters and sculptors whose contribution to printmaking is widely known. The artists discussed include Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg, and Jennifer Bartlett. The author concentrates on the early graphic efforts of such artists and the influence their experiments have had on each other's later work. View more info

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Beyond the Plane: The Relief Paintings of Judith Rothschild

By: Axsom, Richard H.

Price: $21.69

Publisher: U.S.A., Hudson Hills: 1992

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 004250

ISBN: 1555950779

Condition: New


No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality, Judith Rothschild, an abstract painter whose works were shown internationally in this work has twenty years of work wedding sensual color to geometric and biomorphic form. Her works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery in Washington and the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Mass., among others. View more info

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Designer Hotels

By: Bangert, Albrecht; Riewoldt, Otto

Price: $49.95

Publisher: New York:, Vendome Press,: 1993.

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.<br>

Seller ID: 008927

ISBN: 0865651434<br>


No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal retail handling; Still Gift Quality. Dust Jacket with price is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve. View more info

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Madagascar (Photobook)

By: Barbieri, Gian Paolo

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Los Angles:, Taschen,: 1997.

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 008064

ISBN: 3822882623


Stunning photos. Some have complained about a lack of social veracity in the photos, but this is the work of a master photographer, not a sociologist. It is a photo book, not an evaluation of the social fabric and environmental challenges currently facing the people of Madagascar.No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal retail handling; Still Gift Quality. Dust Jacket un-clipped is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve. View more info

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Picasso: Fifty Years of His Art.

By: Barr, Alfred H.

Price: $24.00

Publisher: New York, The Museum of Modern Art: 1946

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 010022

Condition: Very Good


First Edition. Bindings tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate handling wear. Dust Jacket price-clipped has age-toning on perimeter and light handling wear. More than three hundred plates, seven in full color. Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Prints, and Ballet designs are reproduced and discussed. Also contains several statements by the artist himself as well as a bibliography of more than five hundred and fifty titles, Lists of the works by Picasso in American museums, of books illustrated by Picasso, and of ballets for which he made designs. View more info

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Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp [Box Edition]

By: Basualdo, Carlos ;Battle, Erica F.

Price: $34.00

Publisher: USA, Philadelphia Museum of Art: 2012

Seller ID: 011367

ISBN: 0876332424

Condition: Fine


No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal shelf handling to the paper slip case; Still Gift Quality.Dancing around the Bride is the first exhibition to explore the interwoven lives, works, and experimental spirit of Marcel Duchamp (American, born France, 1887-1968) and four of the most important American postwar artists: composer John Cage (1912-1992), choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009), and visual artists Jasper Johns (born 1930) and Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008). Creating both individually and together, they profoundly affected the direction of postwar avant-garde art and American c... View more info

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A Landscape for Modern Sculpture: Storm King Art Center

By: Beardsley, John

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, London, Paris, Abbeville Press.: 1996

Edition: 2nd Edition

Seller ID: 010990

ISBN: 0789202476

Condition: New


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Historic Photos of Pennsylvania

By: Beardsley, Laura

Price: $21.95

Publisher: Nashville:, Turner Publishing Company: 2009

Seller ID: 004293

ISBN: 1596525150

Condition: Very Good


Carefully used. Moderate wear. Rub on upper rear edge.Pennsylvania's natural beauty, industrial might, and advances in education and the arts Farmlands and waterfalls, coal mines and steel mills, museums and universities-all contribute to the tapestry that is Pennsylvania's landscape and history. Most of all, the images in this collection pay tribute to the people who have made up Pennsylvania's storied past, even as the state looks ahead to a hopeful future. View more info

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Floral House: Simple Designs and Decorations for the Home [Interior Design]

By: Bird, Julia ; Newdick, Jane

Price: $19.95

Publisher: San Francisco, Chronicle Books: 2001

Seller ID: 010642

ISBN: 0811830934

Condition: Fine


Floral House proves that it doesn't take a lot of time or money to transform the look of your home. Small simple accents have dramatic results. Arranged by color palette, Floral House offers a variety of color combinations for all rooms in the home. With page after colorful page of inspiration, Floral House is brimming with ways to create warm, inviting spaces that bloom with color. No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal shelf handling; Still Gift Quality. View more info