The Art of Shapes. For Children and Adults

A unique and engaging board book which teaches children their shapes via pieces of contemporary art (with one exception) by acclaimed artists, with short accompanying text that describes each artwork for the adult reader.  For example, an elegant painting by Ellsworth Kelly represents the shape of square.  A square is extracted from the artwork and placed on the right along with the word “square.”  A few sentences are given for the adult reader that describes Kelly’s motivation for this and other artworks.   Twelve shapes and artworks are featured, as listed below. They represent pieces by the masters of contemporary art to emerging leaders; women and men; people of many ethnic backgrounds. Square – a powerful painting by Ellsworth Kelly Circle – an intriguing work by Jeff Koons Star – a fascinating mixed media work by Vito Acconci Rectangle – a moving painting by Jacob Lawrence Triangle – a stunning photograph by Barbara Kasten Diamond – an intriguing installation by Jenny Holzer Heart – a lovely painting by Jim Dine Oval – a beautiful work by Henri Matisse Cone – a fantastic sculpture by Claes Oldenburg Octagon – an engaging collage by Robert Rauschenberg Cylinder – a compelling work by Eva Hesse Spiral – an engaging neon sculpture by Bruce Nauman

cm 13×15; pp. 24; COL; hardcover. Publisher: MoCA, Los Angeles , 1997.

ISBN: 9780914357506| 0914357506

ID: AM-2805

Product Description

A unique and engaging board book which teaches children their shapes via pieces of contemporary art (with one exception) by acclaimed artists, with short accompanying text that describes each artwork for the adult reader.  For example, an elegant painting by Ellsworth Kelly represents the shape of square.  A square is extracted from the artwork and placed on the right along with the word “square.”  A few sentences are given for the adult reader that describes Kelly’s motivation for this and other artworks.   Twelve shapes and artworks are featured, as listed below. They represent pieces by the masters of contemporary art to emerging leaders; women and men; people of many ethnic backgrounds. Square – a powerful painting by Ellsworth Kelly Circle – an intriguing work by Jeff Koons Star – a fascinating mixed media work by Vito Acconci Rectangle – a moving painting by Jacob Lawrence Triangle – a stunning photograph by Barbara Kasten Diamond – an intriguing installation by Jenny Holzer Heart – a lovely painting by Jim Dine Oval – a beautiful work by Henri Matisse Cone – a fantastic sculpture by Claes Oldenburg Octagon – an engaging collage by Robert Rauschenberg Cylinder – a compelling work by Eva Hesse Spiral – an engaging neon sculpture by Bruce Nauman

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