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Art Students League of New York on Painting

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Art Students League of New York on Painting by James L. McElhinney
Nov 10, 2015 | ISBN 9780385345316

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A New York Times Gift Pick: Coffee Table Books About New York 

“The League’s diverse instructors are among the world’s best, so I’m grateful that James McElhinney has brought readers along to gain their insight. The art is both apt and luscious, and it’s especially fascinating to consider the work of top pupils alongside their teachers.”
 —Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine

“The diminishing returns of a media-saturated culture have produced a remarkable visual illiteracy in our time. The antidote is a hands-on engagement that works toward the mastery of seeing what you are looking at and discovering a personal attitude toward what you are seeing. The final result is a record of what it means to be in this world. This book is a doorway opening to that journey.”
 —Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency and The Geography of Nowhere
“This informative and lavishly illustrated volume, with its step-by-step demonstrations, personal histories, and interviews, provides readers with privileged access to the distinct philosophies and painting practices of artists, illuminating their alchemical transformations of raw materials—of charcoal and pigments and oils—into unique and inspiring expressions ofhuman values.”
—Adrienne Baxter Bell, associate professor of art history at Marymount Manhattan College and author of George Inness and the Visionary Landscape

“Richly illustrated, this thoroughly modern painting guide invites painters working in every medium, style, and subject matter to pull up an easel or open a sketchbook to explore new and different ways to think about painting.”
—Charles C. Bergman, chairman and CEO, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Art Students League of New York on Painting is such a gift: it provides information on techniques, philosophies of art, and the art of seeing. You should treat yourself to this book.”
—Audrey Flack, painter, sculptor, and former Art Students League student

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