Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Pop art is in the news, as Campbell’s Soup introduces limited-edition labels for its tomato soup inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous piece “32 Campbell’s Soup Cans”.  Fifty years after his rise to popularity, Andy Warhol’s influence on art and pop culture is still being felt.  Want to learn more?  Check out these great books about this great American artist.

Before Warhol was the biggest name in of the Sixties art scene, he was your average commercial artist.  He was often commissioned to illustrate for top fashion magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Mademoiselle.  Fashion collects these charming early sketches and illustrations and gives an interesting view into the remarkably ordinary early career of the twentieth century’s most outrageous artist.

The Andy Warhol Show is a catalog from an exhibition of Warhol’s later, more well-known works during 1960s.  Instead of a simple collection of images that even the most casual fans have seen before, this book gives valuable context and critique to the pieces in the exhibition.  It’s like having a tour guide with you as you walk through the pages of the exhibit.

After immersing yourself in Warhol’s work, why not read up on the artist himself?  Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties is a biography of not only Warhol, but of his entire artist collective known as “The Factory”.  The book uses research, anecdotes, pictures, and quotes from the members of the group to paint a picture of this innovative tribe of creative people as well as the decade that shaped them.

But don’t take other people’s word for it; why not go straight to the source?  Andy Warhol’s book about, well, Andy Warhol, is a behind-the-scenes, tell-all book about his life during the factory days.  It’s not strictly an autobiography or memoir, since he talks equally about himself as he does the other artists and personalities he worked with.  It is, however, thoroughly entertaining and fascinating to read about this unique group of people and the equally distinct art they created together.

(Green) Thumbs Up!

Even though summer is nearly behind us, it’s not too late to think about gardening.  There are plenty of flowers and produce that can still be planted for a late fall harvest or springtime blooms.  If you’re brand-new to the plant scene, or want some fresh ideas on landscaping or growing your own food, take a look at some of the gardening books here at the library.

The All-New Illustrated Guide to Gardening is the classic guide for gardeners.  In addition to a clear format written in everyday terms, it has tons of pictures as well as easy-to-read tables and charts.  The plant encyclopedia is useful for deciding what to plant and when.  Best of all, the guide was  recently revised to reflect organic practices.  It’s a great reference gardeners will find themselves using time and again.

If you’re interested in growing an herb garden, Reader’s Digest has published The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs as a companion to the Guide to Gardening.  This guide focuses on all things herbal — from growing herbs, to choosing the correct herbs, to preparing them for various medicinal, culinary, and decorative uses.  It is not necessarily a holistic guide, but rather a practical guide for the common herb enthusiast.

Perhaps you would love to start a garden, but live in an apartment with limited space.  Grow Great Grub understands, and is here to help.  This book has great tips for the urban gardener.  If your backyard is the size of a postage stamp, or if it consists solely of a balcony, don’t fret.  This book has suggestions for either situation, including raised beds and varieties that do well in pots.  You’ll be harvesting your home-grown food in no time!

Maybe you already put your garden in the ground last spring.  What will you do with the crops you don’t eat right away?  You need an easy, tasty way to preserve these hard-won prizes.  You need Canning for a New Generation.  This book takes a fresh look at the time-honored practice of canning fresh fruits and vegetables.  It goes beyond the boring basics with recipes for pickles, jams, and chutneys that will make you glad you spent all that time in the dirt last spring.

Remember the Olympics?

The 2012 London Olympics wrapped up last week.  While most casual sports fans have already recovered from their small case of Olympic fever, hardcore sports fanatics may still be nursing their Olympics hangover.  Don’t despair — as usual, the library has you covered.  These Olympics-related books and DVDs should help you feel better in no time.

Otl Aicher was an influential German designer, as this collection of his work shows.  The book includes a fascinating chapter on Aicher’s groundbreaking design work for the ill-fated 1972 Munich Olympics.  From posters to signage to color schemes, Aicher’s designs  complement each other and create an overall visual identity.  The pictograms he created to represent events would later become the basis of commonly-used symbols, such as male/female restrooms, “no swimming”, etc.

A single photograph can truly do wonders to capture the pure emotions of the Olympic Games.  Andy Steel’s collection of sports and action photography is excellent.  It includes a short bio and interview with each photographer as well as full-page color images.  While all of the shots in this book are stunning, check out the work of Ezra Shaw and Tom Jenkins to see great Olympic images from recent years.

Admittedly, some of us were watching the London Olympics in hopes of catching a glimpse of Britain’s biggest fashion celebrities in the stands.  For those fans, Anglomania is a great book.  It’s a collection of photos from the Metropolitan Museum of Art that takes a creative approach to showing how British fashion has changed over the past few centuries.  Modern fashion pieces are displayed in time period-themed rooms, marking the similarities and differences in culture and fashion.  It’s a must for any fan of British fashion.

At its core, the Olympics are a display of the marvelous feats the human body is capable of performing.  The National Geographic special Incredible Human Machine explores the science of how an athlete’s body is able to accomplish what they do, as well as the amazing things our bodies do for us regular folks on a daily basis.  As it turns out, the act of breathing is just as fascinating as running a triathalon, and way less tiring.

Major Literature

Summertime and reading a good book seem to go hand in hand.  If the only book you’ve picked up in the last few months is a textbook, it’s time to come to the library and pick up your own summer reading book.  The following great reads are as unique as the programs offered on our campus.

Chuck Palahniuk’s book Invisible Monsters will wake you up from the boredom of constant textbook reading.  This book, from the author of Fight Club, follows a fashion model who is horribly disfigured in a freak auto accident.  Her downward spiral and self-discovery as she travels across the country with a drag queen and his companion will keep your eyes glued to the page.  Along with all the unpredictable twists and turns, you’ll find a story that deals with the harsh realities of gender and beauty.

Swinging from one end of the heroine spectrum to the other, Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel Jane Eyre is the epitome of the Victorian novel.  While the soap opera-esque plot revolving around the downtrodden, self-proclaimed “plain” Jane and the brooding, mysterious Mr. Rochester is reason enough to read this book, we confess that the cover art is our favorite part.  It was designed by designer Coralie Bickford-Smith as part of Penguin’s Clothbound Classics series.  This is one situation where it’s perfectly okay to judge a book by its cover.

The idea of expressing love through food takes on special meaning in Laura Esquivel’s book Like Water for Chocolate.  The book tells the story of the De La Garza family and the enduring yet forbidden love between Tita and Pedro.  However, food is the driving force of this novel: the characters infuse their meals with love, sadness, or whatever emotion they are feeling while cooking, producing intense results for those who eat it.  It’s a magical tale of the power of food in everyday life.

If you were ever a moody teenage girl, and haven’t read Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, you have some required reading to do.  Esther, a summer intern at a top fashion magazine in New York City, becomes deeply depressed and disillusioned with life, eventually attempting suicide.  After several tries, Esther finally meets a doctor who helps her fight the crippling depression that nearly cost her her life.  Plath’s coming-of-age novel puts a spotlight not only on clinical depression, but also on the problematic way creative women are treated in our society.

World Showcase: Japan

Japan’s vibrant, fascinating culture has had a definite effect on American design and culture.  Just take a look at a few of these items in the library to get a taste of Japanese style.

Fruits is a popular magazine with fashion students on campus, but did you know it is also a book?  The library has two collections of the best photos ever to grace the pages of this quirky Japanese street fashion magazine.  The wild combination of vintage trends with kids couture somehow ends up looking pretty cool.  While the look may seem pretty extreme, it has subtly influenced contemporary American style, most notably Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls collection.

Famous chef Takashi Yagihashi has made Japanese noodles a hot commodity.  You may remember seeing Takashi on the late-night talk show circuit a while ago promoting his book,
Takashi’s Noodles, based on his successful NYC restaurant.  If you’re a lover of ramen noodles, or really noodles in general, you’ll fall in love with the simple, tasty recipes in this book.  It’s comfort food at its Japanese finest.

More and more, the trend in interior design has shifted towards a minimal, clean look.  It’s a style that has been perfected by the Japanese for centuries.  Japan Style is great for the interior designer looking for inspiration on simple yet functional style.  The captions and descriptions of the model houses included give the reader history on aspects of Japanese style as well as ideas as to how to make items more functional in a small space.

Neo Japanesque Graphics is a treat for graphic design students.  The designs included in the book put a modern spin on traditional Japanese design motifs. Additionally, it gives design examples using a variety of different commercial mediums, including packaging, letterhead, calendars, etc.  It’s a good example of the clash between old and new Japanese style.

Hot New Databases!

You probably haven’t noticed, but the temperatures this summer have been very hot.  To survive the heat wave, the official recommendation of the library is for all staff and students to sit indoors, enjoy the wonderful air-conditioning, and check out these new databases:

ThinkStock Images: This is an improvement on our former Getty Images subscription.  ThinkStock has more than 10 million images in multiple file sizes available to downloading for educational use.  Be sure to get the username and password for this resource by logging in to your student portal (MyAiCampus.com) and clicking on the Library link at the top of the page.

VideoBlocks: A collection of royalty-free stock footage, motion backgrounds, production music, sound effects, and more available to download and use for educational purposes.  With over 50,000 clips available, there’s something for almost any project in here.

Vogue Archive: Take note, fashion students: you can now access the entire run of Vogue magazine (U.S. edition) from 1892 to present electronically.  This collection includes more than 400,000 high-resolution color page images.  Read an entire issue, or do a keyword search to find articles on a particular topic.

As always, these cool new resources can be accessed from any location, 24 hours a day via the student portal:

MyAiCampus.com — Library — Find by Resource — All Resources

Need help accessing these resources?  Thirsting for even more knowledge about our online services?  Stop by and let us know how we can help you have the best summer quarter ever!

Clip Art Books

Do you know about the library’s clip art collection?  If not, get in to the library immediately and take a look, because it will change your life.  Well, maybe not, but it will definitely be the best part of your day.  It’s a collection of books with clip art images on a huge range of topics, themes, and uses.  Each book comes with a CD, allowing you to view the images from the book on a computer.  You can manipulate the images, use them electronically or print them.  The best part?  Since they’re clip art, the images are copyright-free (be sure to read the details in each book, but this is generally the case).

Here’s a selection of some of the awesome books you can find in the clip art collection.  As always, you can check out these books (or any other awesome finds in this collection) for two weeks with your AiMD student ID card.

 

 

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Keeping Your Taste Buds Cool

With the temperature rising, many people are looking for ways to keep cool.  The rest of us, however, are just looking for an excuse to eat ice cream.  Either way, the library has plenty of books that will show you how to make delicious frozen treats to help beat the heat.

If you own an ice cream machine and you’re feeling adventurous, this book is for you.  Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home is a collection of unusual ice cream recipes from the popular Ohio-based ice cream parlor.  While it includes recipes for traditional flavors, it also has unique flavors like Cognac Ice Cream and Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream.  Other flavors, like Sweet Potato  or Goat Cheese Ice Cream, make you wonder if they were created on a dare.  In any case, this book is sure to give you an ice cream experience that is anything but ordinary.

For our vegan friends who love a sweet treat, take heart: The Vegan Scoop has got you covered.  This book focuses on vegan and dairy-free  ice cream and gelato recipes.  By using soy- and almond-based “milks”, the author maintains that vegan-based frozen desserts have richer, truer flavors.  Some people might think going vegan means giving up good food, but judging by ice cream flavors like Chocolate Pretzel and Key Lime, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Italian ice cream, or gelato, is another delicious treat that can be created at home with the help of this book.  In addition to gelato, it also has delicious recipes for sorbets (fruit-based gelato) and granitas (a crushed-ice drink).  The beauty of gelato is its simplicity: most recipes only call for three or four common ingredients.  A small price to pay for a delicious international treat!

If you prefer your frozen treats on a stick, Pops! is the book for you.  It’s a collection of crazy frozen concoctions made using everyday ingredients.  You don’t need a special mold to make most of the recipes: as long as you have a stick and something to pour your creation into, you can make ice pops.  Freeze your Caramel Latte Pops in espresso cups, or use glass steins to make your Root Beer Float Pops.  Get creative, but don’t forget to make a couple for your favorite librarians!

“Mad” About Interior Design

The TV show Mad Men has become popular not only because of its brilliant writing and engaging characters, but also because of its impeccable recreation of 1960s-era design.  Let’s take a look at some of the designers and styles that you may find while watching your new favorite TV show.

The 1960s saw a revolution in office design, mainly thanks to Herman Miller.  This long-time Michigan company is the father of classic twentieth-century office design.  Classic Herman Miller includes information on the company’s most talented designers, including Charles and Ray Eames, Robert Propst, and George Nelson.  It also includes original catalog photos of some of their more famous designs, including the revolutionary 1968 Action Office 2.  If you’re a Herman Miller fan and want to learn even more, check out their design blog — it has tons of great design ideas as well as info on their past and current designers.

Life doesn’t end at the office, as fans of Don Draper know.  Furniture & Interiors of the 1960s takes a look at design techniques for the home.  The book covers some of the wackier designs that we associate with the sixties, like the use of plastic and sculpted foam with furniture.  The book also does a nice job covering the more mainstream styles of this era.  It also describes the rise of “cash and carry” retail stores, such as Ikea and Habitat.  Overall, the book gives a great visual overview of 1960s interior design.

Making a sweet throw pillow to go with your new marshmallow couch?  Check out the textiles of Marimekko.  The Finnish company’s large graphic prints are usually associated with fashion, but have seen popularity in the interior design field as well.  The book Marimekko: Fabrics Fashion Architecture takes a more scholarly approach to the company’s history and influence, and covers both fashion and interior design usage.

Members of the upper-crust  in the swinging 60s called David Hicks when their house needed a touch of style.  This famous interior designer loved to mix traditional and contemporary 1960s style.  David Hicks: A Life of Design, written by his son Ashley, details this British designer’s life.  Most of the pictures of rooms and apartments Hicks designed were taken shortly before the publication of the book — meaning his designs were so good that Hicks’ original design was preserved through the years.

Materials Are Due!

Just a reminder — all library materials are due by the end of the quarter (Saturday, June 16).  Enjoy the break!