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Masters: Collage [Paperback]

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Book Description

7 Aug 2010 Masters
Versatility, innovation, inspiration - thats what The Masters series offers artists and crafters and this superb new collection offers a stunning look at contemporary collage work from approximately 40 leading artists. It features a breathtaking mix of techniques from traditional cut-and-paste to digital to collage with paint or encaustic, and styles ranging from wildly playful and colourful to evocative, almost monochrome images. Each highlighted master takes centre stage in an informative eight-page feature that includes nearly a dozen gorgeous, high-quality photos plus a short essay by curator Randel Plowman placing the impressive work and its creator in context. The innovative featured artists include: Cecil Touchon, Jonathan Talbot, Lynne Perrella, Lynn Whipple and James Michael Starr.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Lark (7 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600591086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600591082
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juror Randel Plowman graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BFA in Printmaking. He has worked in collage since 1982 and his art has been exhibited in solo and juried exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including the Cincinnati Art Museum. Plowmans work has been cited in numerous publications, including The New York Times and USA Today; been featured in How Design magazine and Artist Magazine; and been used as cover art on numerous books.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I got the tip to read this book from one of the artists in it- Lynn Whipple- my favourite mixed media artist- and it was well worth the money!!

Loved all the inspirational photos of the various arts- I will look into it often- for the rest of my life- I'm sure!

If the Artists had given some tips and ideas to the reader I would have given it full point- but other then that- I do think it has a given place in every shelf of a mixed media fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Winning Compilation of Inspiring Collage Art! 6 Jun 2010
By MusingCrow - Published on Amazon.com
When I was young my step-mother's 'thing' was decoupage. For some odd reason I always equated decoupage with collage and, as such, was never that interested in the process. A turn in my artistic path has led to me to become besotted with art journaling however - and with art journaling has come an interest in collage. Yes! Collage. I never saw it coming. Collage has not been an easy thing for me to do - I tend to over think a page, but it is becoming easier and more enjoyable for me as I do more of it - as with anything in life - it's all easy when we know how - and it's all a bit intimidating when we don't know how!

Lark Books has a fabulous series that I love - the 'Masters' series. I was fortunate to have been able to review their 2008 publication "Masters- Art Quilts" I don't know how they manage to get the quality photography and gorgeous paper in these books and still offer them at such reasonable prices, but I am glad that they do! I tend to 'feel' the paper quality of books - and I am also particular about type fonts. I love everything about the Master series of books! I was therefore, thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review this book, the latest in the 'Masters' series.

"Masters Collage" is veritable treasure trove of work by leading collage artists that was thoughtfully curated by collage artist and teacher Randel Plowman. Of more than 200 entries he distilled his selections down to the work of 40 artists. Randel's introduction is excellent; very informative and well written. The styles of collage that are represented in this book vary from minimalist work to jam packed hi voltage pieces. The represented works include styles that are comic-esqe, fine art, humorous, thoughtful, inspirational - indeed, so many styles are represented that my mind is boggled at how many varieties of art can be included in the term 'collage'. I look at the work in this book and become inspired. That, to me, is the mark of a great book - a book that moves you to create more of your own art! The artists include men and women. A variety and several examples of each artist's work is preceded by a short, well done biography.

As you look through this book you just can't help but think about the process that was used, the content of the image and what you might want to do with a similar subject matter. This is an inspirational and informative book that I think that anyone who enjoys art, collage, or mixed media work will find it to be thoroughly engrossing. Looking at the work presented in this book is like creativity fodder. I highly recommend this book - and indeed I think any book in this "Masters" series will not disappoint. Buy this book - I don't think that you will regret it for a moment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 14 Jun 2010
By Foodie - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow!! Finally a true "art book" of the modern masters of collage, not a how-to instruction manual, but a beautiful book of superbly reproduced collages. It includes some of the most innovative and talented collage and mixed-media artists around. A definite must for any collagist.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time & your $! 30 Jun 2010
By Shushu - Published on Amazon.com
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As a collage artist, I eagerly awaited the release of this lavish book. I enjoyed the works presented over a number of mornings with my cup of coffee in the bright June sunlight. I didn't want to come to the end!
The variety of artists represented is impressive. The brief insights shared by them are personal and revealing. The color reproductions are truly lovely. So, that said, get this book, grab your coffee and relish! Thanks to Randall Plowman for his efforts and vision.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully varied pick of techniques! 15 Aug 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Any arts and crafts collection will find Masters: Collage a powerful pick, presenting a strong survey of collages form leading modern international artists working in the medium. Each page holds one or two several good-sized color photos of the collage, brief descriptions of medium, and makes for a fine portfolio of varied techniques and examples. A wonderfully varied pick of techniques!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the work! 3 Sep 2010
By Ann M. - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this book. The writing was interesting and improved your understanding of the artists work. I appreciate the fact that this was not a how to book. It is a wonderful survey of college artists, whose work is relevant today.
High quality pictures, many images of each artist's work and nicely laid out.
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