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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wood Art Today 2 Book Review

This book provides a sweeping overview of what is happening in wood art today, as the title clearly states. The work of 89 artists, all of whom have been in juried shows and/or whose works are available in art galleries, are presented in 380 exquisite color photos sure to reveal the details to interested readers. As editor Jeffrey B. Snyder (an author of a wide range of books, including art books) was frustrated as a child with art exhibitions that did not explain what the moved the artist to create particular works or what the intent of a piece might be, this book satisfies that curiosity. The artist have provided personal statements concerning what they do and why. Further, they have provided brief discussions of their work. Among the artists are carvers, turners, and sculptors of free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures, installation pieces, vessels, jars, vases, bowls, boxes, teapots, and more. The artists and their works are organized alphabetically by name. What makes the Art Today book series unique is that each artist is provided with at least a two page spread and multiple images showing the range of their work. Just as the book is designed to show you the range of what is being accomplished in wood art today, the images of each artist's works provide readers with the range and scope of that artist's current accomplishments. All of the art is from the first decade of the twenty-first century.

You may purchase a copy of this revealing volume, a 256 page hard cover, a gallery show between covers, for $50.00 through Schiffer Publishing (http://www.schifferbooks.com/) or through bookstores near you. Also available in this series are: Art Jewelry Today 2, Ironwork Today 2 (and volumes 1 by the late author Donna Meilach), Ceramics Today, and Printmakers Today. Each book is a 256 page hard cover 11" x 8 1/2" retailing for $50.00.

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