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Big Art / Small Art

Tristan Manco (Author)

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Brilliantly innovative artists revolutionizing traditional approaches to art through an exaggerated use of scale

Scale is being taken to new extremes in art: from Luke Jerram’s microbiological clear-glass sculptures and Klari Reis’s petri dish paintings, to Lilian Bourgeat’s oversized furniture and stemware and Janet Echelman’s 230-foot-long aerial sculpture that was installed over the Amstel River in Amsterdam. Art lovers are forced to examine these massive or tiny works through a new perspective.

Featured here are forty-five cutting-edge artists from around the world who are revolutionizing our approach to scale in art, using crafted or found objects, unusual materials, texture, color, and patina to create a sense of wonder in which we think afresh about function, appearance, beauty, and aesthetics. The book is divided into two sections: Big Art and Small Art. The artists showcased are innovative in their choice of materials, which include plastic bags (Pascale Marthine Tayou) crayons and pencils (Diem Chau), leaves (Lorenzo Manuel Durán), inflatables (Choi Jeong Hwa),and digital media (Yang Yongliang). Stylishly designed and highly accessible, this is the first book to bring together in one volume the very best examples of big and small art of the twenty-first century.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • October 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-500-23922-3
  • 10.6 × 12.5 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Mining the artistic potential of scale in art, Big Art/Small Art is comprehensive, offering intelligent, in-depth critical essays and artists' biographies. Ideal for art students. General readers interested in contemporary art will find [this book] colorful and accessible.” — Library Journal

“Maintaining a sense of winder and a wide aesthetic, this survey reveals a meaningful exploration of art ranging from monumental to tiny.” — Public Art Review

“A coffee table book full of work that uses scale, large and small, as an essential element. . . . Unexpected [and] eye-popping.” — Unshelved by Ambaum & Barnes

“Showcases a rich variety of intentions and approaches to scale, encompassing a wide-ranging aesthetic—from the natural to the synthetic, and from the hyperreal to the otherworldly. Stunning stuff!” — Lurzer's International Archive

“Big Art/Small Art is more than just a catalog of large and small works of art: it’s a statement about the value of perspective.” — Modern in Denver

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