Friday 5 October 2012

279. Found: The Art of Recycling by Lisa Hölzl

Found: The Art of Recycling by Lisa Hölzl
Published October 2012 Walker

From the publisher:
In the early 1900s the way art was created changed. Pablo Picasso used cardboard instead of paint. Marcel Duchamp called a bicycle wheel art and Raoul Hausemann made a sculpture out of an old shopkeepers dummy. Instead of using traditional materials such as paint, more and more artists started using found materials like newspapers, old photographs and bits of furniture. And they are still doing it today. Find out how these artists, using found materials, changed the art world. Be inspired to create your own masterpieces!

I thought that this book fits in really well with the book from Wednesday, The World According to Alice B Lovely.  In that book there was a lot of alternative art, art made with recycled objects and very unusual items, and that's what this book is all about.

The book is set out chronologically, and each double page features one artist, one of their pieces, information about the artist and the piece as well as an activity for readers explore.  There is a glossary of art terms that include things from 'Abstract expressionism' and 'Cubism' to 'Installation art' and 'Futurism'.  There is also an Artist Biographies section at the back of the book, that gives further information about the artists mentioned in the book.  The book is an Australian publication, so it includes a number of Australian artists as well more recognizable overseas artists.

I am no art expert, and I fall into the category of people who 'don't know anything about art, but I know what I like'.  When it comes to art and sculpture that involves pram wheels, rulers, upside down pianos and white plastic shopping bags my idea of 'what is art' is questioned. The thing I liked about this book, is that it gives a bit of background to each of the pieces, and while I still might not completely understand a piece like Homage to New York by Jean Tinguely, it does make more sense after reading the reasoning behind it.

Who will like this book: Art lovers 10+
Read it if you like: 21st Century Art for Kids by Queensland Art Gallery

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