Art and Photography
Early Exposures
A Photographic Memoir
By Bill Pennell
Review by Bob Lane on Tue, Nov 28th 2017.
Early Exposures by Bill Pennell  A memoir (from French: mémoire: memoria, meaning memory or reminiscence) is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject's life. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MEMOIR. The voice is first person singular: I, not we, one, or you. The memoirist is the main character, the someone for readers to be within the story. The writer's thoughts and feelings, reactions and reflections, are revealed. Many will remember one of th
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Outsider Art and Art Therapy
Shared Histories, Current Issues, and Future Identities
By Rachel Cohen
Review by Mark Welch on Tue, Nov 28th 2017.
What is (Outsider) Art, and what is Art Therapy, and where, if at all, do they intersect, overlap, coexist, sit in opposition or relate to each other? These are some of the questions that Cohen, an Art Therapist herself, looks to explore in this slim, but welcome volume. She suggests that they have shared histories, common problems of definition, and perhaps a mutually reflexive future, and in this she sees deeper currents of social construction and identity issues. Outsider Art, a term that first emerged in 1972 in direct reference to what Dubuffet called art brut, has usually been taken to
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Outsider Art and Art Therapy by Rachel Cohen

Going Into Town
A Love Letter to New York
By Roz Chast
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Nov 21st 2017.
Going Into Town by Roz ChastGoing into Town is a guide to moving to Manhattan and learning to enjoy it, although it would be equally good for tourists. It is a revised version of a booklet Chast created when her daughter moved to NYC for college. Chast wanted to explain the basics of how to get around town, what to do for entertainment, and how to appreciate the beauty of the city. It has a mixture of personal anecdote and facts about the city, illustrated in Chast's familiar style, along with a few photographs. It is entertaining and charming in its quirkiness. Chast highlights the standpipes which populate the city and
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The Story of Sex
A Graphic History Through the Ages
By Philippe Brenot and Laetitia Coryn
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Sep 19th 2017.
Originally published in French in 2016, The Story of Sex: A Graphic History Through the Ages has now been published in translation in the USA. It starts back in prehistoric times and gives an overview of the sex lives of famous rulers and ordinary people. Later on it addresses various issues in a more didactic way, reflecting the experience of Bernot as a psychiatrist and couple's therapist. The graphics are fun and cheerful, full of nudity and sex, but nothing very explicit or detailed. The basic theme of most stories is that people want to have lots of sex and do as many different
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The Story of Sex by Philippe Brenot and Laetitia Coryn

The Incantations of Daniel Johnston
By Ricardo Cavolo & Scott McClanahan
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 12th 2016.
The Incantations of Daniel Johnston by Ricardo Cavolo & Scott McClanahanDaniel Johnston is known for making music and art. He is also known for having a mental illness. His work is very distinctive and it has a lot of fans. The 2005 movieThe Devil and Daniel Johnston was a good introduction to his work. This new graphic novel, The Incantations of Daniel Johnston, is much more bizarre in its style.  It is a combination of art by Richardo Cavlolo and words by Scott McClanahan, and it packs a punch. The book tells a story of Daniel Johnston's life. The art is bold in color and style, psychedelic, and funny. The words are addressed personally to the reader, and t
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Generation Dada
The Berlin Avant-Garde and the First World War
By Michael White
Review by Sharon Packer, MD on Tue, Dec 30th 2014.
In this book, Michael White focuses on the friendships that forged the enigmatic and difficult to define avant-garde art movement (or anti-art movement) known as "Dada." He quotes Richard Huelsenbeck (1892-1974) who said that, "Dada is a club, founded in Berlin."           Whether Dada began in Berlin or in Zurich (at the Café Voltaire) is open to question. The exact specifications of Dada art are also open to question, for Dada remains "the most indefinable of the 20th century's counterculture movements." In spite of this ambiguity,
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Generation Dada by Michael White

Boy Stories
By Johan Willner
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 5th 2014.
Boy Stories by Johan WillnerBoy Stories has a strong autobiographical element for Johan WIllner.  In his preface he explains how his photographs here are related to his childhood memories of his father's hospitalization for mental illness, and then, when the psychiatric hospitals closed, a move to other housing.  Most of these images are staged, but others are more authentically documentary of his father's current living conditions.  There is no indication of which are which though, although in most cases it is fairly easy to guess if they feature actors or people from Willner's family.  More are stag
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The Art of Medicine
Over 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination
By Julie Anderson, Emm Barnes, and Emma Shackleton
Review by Jacob Stegenga on Tue, Jul 22nd 2014.
Art has long played a role in representing aspects of medicine. The Art of Medicine is a coffee-table book which presents highlights from one of the world's great holdings of medical art, from the Wellcome Collection, a museum founded in 2007 in London. This museum is part of the Wellcome Trust, originally founded by Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome in 1936, now one of the world's largest non-governmental providers of funds for biomedical research. Sir Henry (1853-1936) collected a massive number of artworks, including books, sculptures, prints, and paintings, and the Wellcome Collection h
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The Art of Medicine by Julie Anderson, Emm Barnes, and Emma Shackleton

 
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