From fine art to music to dance, art is here, there and everywhere in our daily lives. Get some inspiration from these reads.
by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (paperback, Abrams, 2013, 384 pages, $18.95) What is art? This engaging book from The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers nearly 200 illustrated answers to that question, all presented in simple, concise observations about selected works in the museum’s collection.
by Margaret Fuhrer (hardback, Voyageur Press, 2014, 288 pages, $45) Break dancing, musical-theater dance, disco, ballet, jazz, ballroom, modern, hula, the Charleston, the Texas two-step, swing-—these are just some of the forms celebrated in this riveting volume. Hundreds of photographs accompany the text, making “American Dance” as visually captivating as the works it depicts.
by Jack Viertel (hardcover, Sarah Crichton Books, 2016, 336 pages, $28) “The Secret Life of the American Musical” makes you feel as though you’ve been there in the rehearsal room, in the front row of the theater, and in the working offices of theater owners and producers as they pursue their love affair with that rare and elusive beast: the Broadway hit.
by Ian Chilvers (hardcover, DK Publishing, 2013, 400 pages, $40) ”Art That Changed the World” tells the story of every major art style, movement by movement, giving art lovers a visual timeline showing key paintings that sparked each transition and explaining major events that shaped their evolution.
by Shea Serrano (paperback, Harry N. Abrams, 2015, 240 pages, $18.95) Complete with infographics, lyric maps, uproarious and informative footnotes, portraits of the artists and short essays by other prominent music writers, “The Rap Year Book” is a narrative and an illustrated guide to the most iconic and influential rap songs ever created.
Books provided by the Stark County District Library, www.starklibrary.org