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art-SITES Britain & Ireland: Contemporary Art + Architecture Handbook Paperback – March, 2000

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Product Details

  • Series: Art-SITES
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Art-Sites Pr; 1 edition (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966771729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966771725
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,097,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Britain & Ireland, the second book in the unique travel guide series provided by "Art-Sites," is, in the author's words, "organized geographically to promote walking tours or travel excursions." Unlike its predecessor, France (LJ 4/1/99), in which Stich had focused mostly on Paris and its architecture, this guide includes all major cities of the United Kingdom, starting with London and circling the coast of the country to cover Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, and Cardiff. This time, Stich also focuses more on the art of the country than on its architecture-as most of the British designs did not emerge until the 1980s and 1990s under the leadership of Tony Blair and the Young British Artists-and devotes a large space to the Millennium Projects, some of which are still under construction. With accompanying maps clearly marking site locations and using easily recognizable symbols to portray the different types of buildings such as museums or sculpture parks, this is a wonderful series that provides a new way of approaching well-known places. Recommended for all libraries.
Stephanie Papa, Baltimore Cty. Circuit Court Lib., MD
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Sidra Stich received a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, has taught and lectured widely, and has curated major exhibitions. She is the author of Yves Klein (1994), Rosmarie Trockel (1991), Made in USA (California, 1987), and Anxious Visions: Surrealist Art (1990).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
In art-SITES: Britain & Ireland, Sidra Stich provides a compendium of galleries and exhibitions of contemporary art and architecture in a unique, "travel planning friendly" handbook format. Readers will learn all about contemporary trends and ongoing artistic activities, identification of places where one can see the most innovative work by leading and emerging international talents, plus in-depth and detailed commentaries on museums, galleries, exhibition spaces, architecture, film centers, public art, sculpture parks, bookstores and festivals in British and Irish cities ranging from London, Oxford, and Cambridge, to Glasgow, Dublin, and Belfast. If you appreciate modern art and contemporary architecture, don't leave home for a trip to the British isles without your personal copy of art-SITES: Britain & Ireland.
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If architecture is, as they say, frozen music, this series of books should help thaw the ice. Author Sidra Stich, an art historian and curator, traveled extensively during the preparation of these works. Like all good ideas, this one is simple: assemble photos of an area's great architecture and art sites and put them in a small book suitable for travelers. Intelligent histories bring the subjects to life, particularly for those who appreciate art and architecture but aren't experts. Stich covers the territory comprehensively, finding interesting creations in unlikely places--like the M8 highway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, home to Patricia Leighton's organic sculpture Sawtooth Ramps, and a small herd of grazing sheep who keep the art mowed. The guide offers enough insight to help you immerse yourself in the artistic life of your destination. It details where you can find innovative works by new artists and guides you through more obvious destinations, such as London's new Tate Modern. The first two books in the series deal with Britain (plus Ireland) and France. Japan and Spain are next, and the publisher hopes to cover the globe.
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