This book is essentially an introduction to art through selected essays by some of the greatest historians, critics and artists of the past century. Unique in its approach, it is more of a tapestry than a map as it is woven of many different perspectives and ideas. The essays, selected by Professor Mansfield from more than thirty years of teaching the visual arts in America and China, have been assembled here to provide the reader with a unique window to the many worlds of art. It is dedicated to the student of the visual arts and the idea that art communicates to us through time and space while engaging us on historic, cultural, aesthetic, and personal levels. It presents a broad chronological and geographic span beginning with the sacred world of the ancient past continuing through cultural, sociopolitical, critical, ethnic, gender, archeological, architectural, historic, and technological issues that have shaped the contemporary world and a esthetic consciousness. The book is devoted to presenting a multicultural view while providing a variety of critical, historic and methodological approaches to seeing, thinking, and appreciating art. Robert Mansfield is an internationally acclaimed artist with a specialization in large scale architecturally oriented public sculpture and a tenured professor of art at San Diego State University. He has taught at Smith College and Hampshire College in Massachusetts and the University of Minnesota. He has also taught at the Chinese Academy of Art in Hangzhou and the Suzhou Academy of Art in China. He has written and lectured extensively on public art, architecture and public spaces, in the US and in China. He has also served on the U.S. General Service Administration's Art in Public Places program. Professor Mansfield lives in La Mesa, CA, Merrifield, MN, and Hangzhou, China with his wife Mingya and son Brendan.
This book offers a concise, useful introduction to the indigenous visual expressions created in the Americas, Africa and Asia. It emphasizes the idea that Non-Western cultures have history, that known events occurred, important people lived, and that the arts changed through time. A global perspective on art covers Andean, Mesoamerican, Native American, African, Indian, Chinese and Japanese art, with additional coverage of expressions in Southeast Asia and The Pacific Islands. For those who appreciate visual expressions and the language of art--especially as it pertains to key areas of Non-Western cultures.
This two-volume publication represents the only comprehensive documentation of one of the finest private collections of Asian art in the world. More than 1,000 works of art are shown in exquisite color reproductions, along with a special reference section of illustrated and translated texts, signatures, and seals. Since the collection will be dispersed for public use,Art Through a Lifetime provides the only opportunity for scholars, students, and admirers of Asian art to enjoy it in its entirety.
The first volume of this boxed set presents Japanese paintings, printed works, and calligraphy that date from the Nara period to the late 20th century. The second volume presents the remainder of the Japanese works - ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, sculpture, and textiles - along with an extensive array of Korean and Chinese works of art.
Early readers can learn how to make their very own Chinese New Year dragon in this step-by-step instructional nonfiction book. Bright, vivid photos and a glossary of required tools help introduce children to a new culture through craft-making.
From a Child's mind to an Adult's Heart is written about my life as I saw it as a child and the adults that made an impact on my life. I would like to dedicate this book to all the adults in our community who molded me into the adult I am today. I'm a living witness that one must be careful in the way we act or the things that we say around a child because children tend to mimic adults. We must be careful of the conversations we have when we think children aren't listening. Those conversations can come back to either honor or embarrass us when the child becomes an adult. This book is a prime example of how God allows situations and circumstances to be embedded in some children's minds and hearts for future references. As I look at this world today, and how some children have to worry about where their next meal is coming from or whether their mothers are coming home, I realize how blessed I was to be born in the era of the 50's where the majority of the adults genuinely cared about the well being of the children. This era inspired me to write this book in the hope that it would jog the memory of others, causing them to recall how special they felt when adults took the time out of they busy schedules to play ball or any game with them. Also, some may have forgotten what it was like to be a child without worries. I hope that this book brings back memories of how safe and secure some children felt knowing that a set of adult eyes were always watching out for their safety. Today, children deserve to feel the same type of safety and security that we felt as children. This is their God given right. Let us give our children the happiness and security that they deserve. Out of much love andgreat respect for the people in my community, I have changed the names, city, streets, and gender of some of the characters in my book to protect their identities. In the same spirit, I deemed it necessary to inform my readers so that they would not be deceived. On one hand, I kno
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