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Universal Principles of Art

Book Description

A follow-up to Rockport Publishers’ best-selling Universal Principles of Design, a new volume will present one hundred principles, fundamental ideas and approaches to making art, that will guide, challenge and inspire any artist to make better, more focused art.Universal Principles of Art serves as a wealth of prompts, hints, insights and roadmaps that will open a world of possibilities and provide invaluable keys to both understanding art works and generating new ones. Respected artist John A. Parks will explore principles that involve both techniques and concepts in art-making, covering everything from the idea of beauty to glazing techniques to geometric ideas in composition to minimalist ideology. Techniques are simple, direct and easily followed by any artist at any level. This incredibly detailed reference book is the standard for artists, historians, educators, professionals and students who seek to broaden and improve their art expertise.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Preface
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. 1 Abstraction
  7. 2 Allegory
  8. 3 Ambiguity
  9. 4 Appropriation
  10. 5 Areas of Competence
  11. 6 Authenticity and Outsider Art
  12. 7 Autobiography
  13. 8 Balance
  14. 9 Beauty
  15. 10 Boundaries
  16. 11 Brush Techniques
  17. 12 Chance
  18. 13 Classicism and Renaissance
  19. 14 Collage and Assemblage
  20. 15 Color as Light
  21. 16 Color as Limit
  22. 17 Color Theory
  23. 18 Composition
  24. 19 Conceptual Art
  25. 20 Consistency of Visual Language
  26. 21 Craft
  27. 22 Creativity
  28. 23 Cross-Cultural Fertilization
  29. 24 Cubism
  30. 25 Dada
  31. 26 Decoration
  32. 27 Distortion
  33. 28 Distribution
  34. 29 Drawing Language
  35. 30 The Emotive Object
  36. 31 Erotic Art
  37. 32 Expression in the Abstract
  38. 33 Fantasy and Visionary Art
  39. 34 Finish
  40. 35 Formal Innovation
  41. 36 Form Rendered
  42. 37 Gender
  43. 38 Harmony
  44. 39 Hierarchical Proportion
  45. 40 Imagination
  46. 41 Installation
  47. 42 Intentionality
  48. 43 Interactive Art
  49. 44 Juxtaposition
  50. 45 Kinetic Art
  51. 46 Land Art
  52. 47 Layers
  53. 48 Linear Basics
  54. 49 Mannerism
  55. 50 Mass
  56. 51 Materials as Art
  57. 52 Minimalism
  58. 53 Mixed Media and Multimedia
  59. 54 Motif
  60. 55 Movement
  61. 56 Narrative
  62. 57 Op Art
  63. 58 Overload
  64. 59 Performance Art
  65. 60 Perspective
  66. 61 Plasticity
  67. 62 Politics and Polemics
  68. 63 Prepare and Develop
  69. 64 Printmaking
  70. 65 Process as Meaning
  71. 66 Proportion and Ratio
  72. 67 Quality
  73. 68 Quoting
  74. 69 Readymades
  75. 70 Realism
  76. 71 Religiosity
  77. 72 Repetition
  78. 73 Representation
  79. 74 Restraint
  80. 75 Rhythm
  81. 76 Romanticism
  82. 77 Scale
  83. 78 Semiotics
  84. 79 Semiotics 2: Deconstruction
  85. 80 Sensitivity and Sensibility
  86. 81 Shape
  87. 82 Shock
  88. 83 Simplification
  89. 84 Space and Volume
  90. 85 Spectacle
  91. 86 Style and Stylishness
  92. 87 Successive Approximation
  93. 88 Sufficiency of Means
  94. 89 Surrealism
  95. 90 Symbols
  96. 91 Symmetry
  97. 92 Temporary Art
  98. 93 Texture
  99. 94 Theme
  100. 95 Tone as Structure
  101. 96 Touch Communicates
  102. 97 Tribal Art
  103. 98 Trompe l’Oeil
  104. 99 Underpainting
  105. 100 Video Art
  106. Credits
  107. About the Author
  108. Acknowledgments
  109. Copyright