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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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


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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 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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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>


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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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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

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Contemporary Japanese Architecture, Its Development and Challenge

By: Bognar, Botond

Price: $21.95

Publisher: Florence, Kentucky, U.S.A., Van Nostrand Reinhold: 1985

Seller ID: 002289

ISBN: 0442211740

Condition: Fine


Fine in a fine Dust Jacket. No flaws or blemishes to this illustrated book. Dust jacket in protective Mylar sleeve. View more info

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The Louvre

By: Bonafante-Warren, Alexandra

Price: $19.95

Publisher: New York:, Barnes & Noble,: 2000.

Seller ID: 009326

ISBN: 0760734909

Condition: Fine


Beautiful coffee table book, great pictures and clear explanations of so many of the world's great treasures. It's a useful source for before or after a trip to Paris.Carefully handled, Text clean, Bindings firm., no flaws to note. Dust Jacket is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve has minimal shelf handling. Folio; 320 pages with bibliography and index. View more info

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Art Under Stalin

By: Bown, Matthew Cullerne

Price: $49.95

Publisher: New York, Holmes & Meier Pub: 1991

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Seller ID: 010627

ISBN: 0841912998

Condition: New


Matthew Cullerne Bown's fascinating and often provocative analysis focuses on the art of the Stalin era, from 1932 to 1953, and includes discussion of the pre- and post-Stalin years. The author illuminates the political and social framework of the time and provides a complete expose of Stalinist aesthetics, socialist realism in art and neo-classicism in architecture, the Cult of Personality, art-world debates, and isolationism.No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal retail handling; Still Gift Quality. Small 4to; 9.875 inches tall; 256 pages with index; 198 illustrations. View more info

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The Extraordinary Trees of Whitehead Street
[Key West, Florida]

By: Bradford, Judi

Price: $39.95

Publisher: USA, Blurb: 2009

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 010780

ISBN: 1457993139

Condition: New


SIGNED by the Author. No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. A thoughtful four-block walking tour of Old Town Key West's oldest neighborhood where some of the most extraordinary trees dance when you're not looking. View more info

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Anatomy of Movement

By: Calais-Germain, Blandine

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Seattle, WA, Eastland Press: 1993

Seller ID: 010901

ISBN: 0939616173

Condition: New


No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. The author focus throughout the book is on anatomy not for its own sake, but in its functional relationship to the actual movements of the body in physical disciplines. View more info

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Art of the Forties

By: Castleman, Riva ; essay by Guy Davenport

Price: $19.95

Publisher: New York, Museum of Modern Art: 1991

Edition: 1st Edition

Seller ID: 010993

ISBN: 0870701894

Condition: New


A revealings panorama of the creative climate of the tumultuous decade of the 1940's and the startling political and social changes. No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. 4to; 10.5 inches tall; 160 pages; 173 illustrations; 48 in color. View more info

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Svenska Teckningar, 1700-Talet: En Konstbok Fran Nationalmuseum

By: CEDERLOF, Ulf

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Stockholm:, Raben & Sjogren,: 1982.

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000333

ISBN: 9129558727

Condition: Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket


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Boucher. 1703 - 1770

By: COLLECTIF

Price: $45.00

Publisher: France, REUNION DES MUSEES NATIONAUX: 1991

Seller ID: 003116

ISBN: 2711820734

Condition: New


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The Art Dealers, Revised & Expanded: The Powers Behind the Scene Tell How the Art World Really Works

By: Coppet, Laura de ; , JonesAlan

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Cooper Square Press: 2002

Seller ID: 010760

ISBN: 0815412452

Condition: New


An indispensable history. The back story of the important names on the door, the gatekeepers to the empire of the art world. [Knight Landesman, Artforum executive publisher] No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. View more info