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Shanes, Eric

Works: 191 works in 606 publications in 9 languages and 15,837 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Biography  Art  Catalogues raisonnés  Catalogs  Pictorial works  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Other, Creator, Author of introduction, Editor, Contributor, Secretary, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: ND1942.T8, 759.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Eric Shanes
The life and masterworks of Salvador Dalí by Eric Shanes( )

26 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Life and Masterworks of Salvador Dali, Eric Shanes explores the rise and fall of Dali, setting his art in the context of his life and paying special attention to Dali's most important years: the late 1920s and the 1930s. Then Eric Shanes perceptively analyses the 149 works reproduced in colour that, along the commentaries, fully reveal the range of Dali's invention and vision
Warhol by Eric Shanes( )

38 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book describes his personal life, his approach to art of his youth, his work as a commercial artists, and his emergence to the art world in New York City in the early 1960's
Pop art by Eric Shanes( )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume offers a new perspective on the Pop Art creative dynamic that has been around since the 1950s. Pop art challenged tradition by asserting that an artist's use of the mass-produced visual commodities of popular culture is contiguous with the perspective of fine art. Pop art employs aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects. It is widely interpreted as a reaction to the then-dominant ideas of abstract expressionism, as well as an expansion upon them. The book discusses the major contributors to the Pop/Mass-Culture Art tradition right up to the present, including a number of artists who have never previously been associated with so-called Pop Art but whose work showed a strong interest in mass-culture. The book reproduces over 150 of the key works of the Pop/Mass-Culture Art tradition, allowing the reader to have a closer look and better understanding of these images
Salvador Dalí by Eric Shanes( )

10 editions published in 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) is best known for his unique and striking style with an extraordinary repertoire reaching out across film, painting, photography, and sculpture. Whilst his name may be most commonly associated with Surrealism, Dalí consummately displayed mastery over such broad genres as classical, modernist, and Cubist styles. A crucial figure in art history, Dalí has inspired countless literary works and this edifying Best Of volume gives readers a fascinating insight into the life and career highlights of one of art's most controversial and exciting pioneers."
Constantin Brancusi by Eric Shanes( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life and work of nineteenth-century Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, and includes statements from the artist, notes on technique, a chronology, and over one hundred illustrations
Turner : the great watercolours by Eric Shanes( Book )

14 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is published to accompany the Royal Academy's unparalleled survey of Turner's watercolours
The Life and Masterworks of J.M.W. Turner by Eric Shanes( )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The prolific master J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden in 1775 and has left over 19,000 artworks that have eventually given to the fog of London its Turnerian savour. Turner was one of the most important Romantic when it came to landscapes, with an inimitable flair for seascapes, and a pioneer of mixing tone and hue. Today his works figure in the collections of the top museums of London, New York and Washington DC
Turner's picturesque views in England and Wales, 1825-1838 by J. M. W Turner( Book )

18 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andy Warhol by Eric Shanes( )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the major works of artist Andy Warhol and explores his personal life, career accomplishments, and impact on twentieth-century art
Jack Beal by Eric Shanes( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jack Beal first attained prominence in the early 1960s when he was one of the first American artists to renounce abstract expressionism for realist painting, feeling that he was raising rather than lowering the stakes of his art by doing so. Since then the artist has, in author Eric Shanes's words, "mined a rich vein of representation, which has usually demonstrated a fine sense of observation, an inventive painterliness, an acute responsiveness to shape and pattern, the ability to create dynamic compositional structures, and always the willingness to take artistic risks rather than languish in a single mode of picture making. Moreover, in his best works, Beal's pushing of representational forms to their interface with abstraction has been responsible for the creation of some of the most striking and unusual images of the period." Jack Beal, the first monograph on this leading American artist, surveys his entire oeuvre to date, including paintings, murals, drawings, and prints, beginning with what he himself regards as his first important picture, The Saw (1964). Beal's increasing desire "to make the world inside the canvas nearly as real as the world beyond it," to make the pictorial space as believable as real space, coincided with a decision to tackle narrative in his work - an unfashionable stance and another way of raising the stakes of his art. This combination resulted in a painting of a mythological subject which was also, perhaps more significantly, his first major treatment of the reclining female nude, Danae I of 1965. Through the next decade Beal painted a series of nudes that includes many of his most important paintings; the series concluded and culminated in a second treatment of Danae in 1972. Usually these nudes are set amid complex patterns and shapes including both setting and still-life details. Beal's oeuvre also includes still-lifes done for their own sake; portraits; landscapes; allegories, such as a series on the Virtues and Vices; and a group of murals on the history of labor commissioned by the United States government's General Services Administration to adorn the new Labor Department Building in Washington - the first such project sponsored by the federal government since the great spate of commissions during the 1930s. Through all the artist's work run his passionate moralism and sensuality, which combine with a consummate grasp of his craft to provide works that resonate with visual poetry and emotional density. Shanes concludes his survey of Jack Beal's life and work: "He has been responsible for a serious body of work, and at his best he has created images of complexity and feeling, pictures that have certainly placed representationalism back on the agenda of serious art ... And in his best paintings he has given us rich images that enjoy the power equally to delight us visually, move us emotionally, and stimulate us intellectually." Jack Beal reproduces all of the artist's most important works, including sixty-four in full color, conveying a range and balance of colors of extraordinary freshness and richness. They are accompanied by a major essay written by Shanes, a bibliography, biographical outline, lists of exhibitions and public collections, and index
Impressionist London by Eric Shanes( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vividly written and elegantly designed, this book is filled with exquisite paintings and rare archival images as well as lively commentaries by artists and literary observers. It perfectly captures the flavor of Impressionist London and the lives of the painters it profoundly inspired
The golden age of watercolours : the Hickman Bacon collection by Eric Shanes( Book )

15 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Watercolour flourished as an artistic medium in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England. Its transparency afforded both rich colour and exact tonal control, while its portability, speed of drying and relative technical ease permitted direct contact with nature, as well as great expressivity. The spontaneity of watercolour made it the perfect medium for capturing the fleeting light and weather effects of Britain, and, because of it, there arose a group of painters who put English art on the global cultural map." "These 'Golden Age' watercolourists included John Robert Cozens, Thomas Girtin, J.M.W. Turner, John Sell Cotman, David Cox and Peter de Wint. Cozens expanded the spatial breadth and character of landscape images, influencing both Girtin and Turner. Turner used watercolour to search for future images, producing a body of work that prefigures abstract painting. For Cotman, watercolour permitted a highly lucid method of representing reality, while it allowed Cox great expressiveness and de Wint the ability to find his imagery within the very act of painting itself. Such later artists as Louis Francia, Richard Parkes Bonington, Thomas Shotter Boys, William James Miller and John Frederick Lewis equally employed watercolour in the most virtuosic ways possible."--BOOK JACKET
Dalí by Eric Shanes( Book )

38 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Painter, designer, creator of bizarre objects, author and film maker, Dalí became the most famous of the Surrealists. Buñuel, Lorca, Picasso and Breton all had a great influence on his career. Dalí's film, An Andalusian Dog, produced with Buñuel, marked his official entry into the tightly-knit group of Parisian Surrealists, where he met Gala, the woman who became his lifelong companion and his source of inspiration. But his relationship soon deteriorated until his final rift with André Breton in 1939. Nevertheless Dalí's art remained surrealist in its philosophy and expression and a prime example of his freshness, humour and exploration of the subconscious mind. Throughout his life, Dalí was a genius at self-promotion, creating and maintaining his reputation as a mythical figure
Turner's human landscape by Eric Shanes( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Life and Masterworks of J.M.W. Turner by Eric Shanes( )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At fifteen, Turner was already exhibiting View of Lambeth. He soon acquired the reputation of an immensely clever watercolourist. A disciple of Girtin and Cozens, he showed in his choice and presentation of theme a picturesque imagination which seemed to mark him out for a brilliant career as an illustrator. He travelled, first in his native land and then on several occasions in France, the Rhine Valley, Switzerland and Italy. He soon began to look beyond illustration. However, even in works in which we are tempted to see only picturesque imagination, there appears his dominant and guiding ideal of lyric landscape. His choice of a single master from the past is an eloquent witness for he studied profoundly such canvases of Claude as he could find in England, copying and imitating them with a marvellous degree of perfection. His cult for the great painter never failed. He desired his Sun Rising through Vapour and Dido Building Carthage to be placed in the National Gallery side by side with two of Claude's masterpieces. And, there, we may still see them and judge how legitimate was this proud and splendid homage. It was only in 1819 that Turner went to Italy, to go again in 1829 and 1840. Certainly Turner experienced emotions and found subjects for reverie which he later translated in terms of his own genius into symphonies of light and colour. Ardour is tempered with melancholy, as shadow strives with light. Melancholy, even as it appears in the enigmatic and profound creation of Albrecht Dürer, finds no home in Turner's protean fairyland - what place could it have in a cosmic dream? Humanity does not appear there, except perhaps as stage characters at whom we hardly glance. Turner's pictures fascinate us and yet we think of nothing precise, nothing human, only unforgettable colours and phantoms that lay hold on our imaginations. Humanity really only inspires him when linked with the idea of death - a strange death, more a lyrical dissolution - like the finale of an opera
Turner's rivers, harbours, and coasts by Eric Shanes( Book )

11 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Mr Turner : the first forty years : 1775-1815 by Eric Shanes( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) was arguably Britain's greatest painter. Through a remarkable amount of groundbreaking research, and by rigorously examining the existing evidence concerning the artist's first 40 years. Eric Shanes has been able to unearth a mass of new information, forge many fresh links and provide a great number of original insights. His own training as a painter has enabled him to bring a profound understanding to the practical side of Turner, and thereby reveal many aspects of the output that have hitherto been overlooked. In order to intensify our grasp of the interrelationship between Turner the man and Turner the painter, this book contains over 450 illustrations that form an integral part of the story. As a consequence, we are able to perceive the exact trajectory of Turner's formative years and early maturity more clearly than ever before. Within a strictly chronological framework, Turner's personal and creative developments are charted in tandem, offering an exploration of his stengths and weaknesses of character, and his intellectual and emotional complexity. Shanes provides an unrivalled account of Turner's creative aims and responses, his imaginative and technical evolution, his poetic aspirations and identifications, his strong sense of duty and his educative ambitions. No less closely scrutinised are Turner's mastery of art-world politics, his wider political outlook, his professional relationships, his sales, financial dealings and investments, his travels, and even the buildings in which he lived and worked. Ultimately, we are shown that, despite his difficulties with verbal communication, Turner possessed one of the sharpest and most dazzling minds in the entire history of art. -- from dust jacket
Turner by Eric Shanes( Book )

9 editions published in 1990 in 5 languages and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turner's England : a survey in watercolors by Eric Shanes( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pop art tradition : responding to mass-culture by Eric Shanes( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers a radically new perspective on the so-called 'Pop Art' creative dynamic that has been around since the 1950s. It does so by enhancing the term 'Pop Art' which has always been recognised as a misnomer, for it obscures far more than it clarifies. Instead, the book connects all the art in question to mass-culture which has always provided its core inspiration. Above all, the book suggests that this Mass-Culture Art has created a new Modernist tradition which is still flourishing. The book traces that tradition through the forty or more years since Pop/Mass-Culture Art first came into being in the 1950s, and locates it within its larger historical context. Naturally the book discusses the major contributors to the Pop/Mass-Culture Art tradition right up to the present, in the process including a number of artists who have never previously been connected with so-called 'Pop Art' but who have always been primarily interested in mass-culture, and who are therefore partially or totally connected with Pop/Mass-Culture Art. The book reproduces in colour and discusses in great detail over 150 of the key works of the Pop/Mass-Culture Art tradition. Often this involves the close reading of images whose meaning has largely escaped understanding previously. The result is a book that qualitatively is fully on a level with Eric Shanes's other best-selling and award-winning writings."--Publisher's website
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