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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 9780385345439
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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

Table Of Contents

Foreword by James Rosenquist     vii
Preface by Ira Goldberg     viii
Acknowledgments     x
Introduction: Miracle on 57th Street     1

Part 1: Lessons and Demos     15
Henry Finkelstein: On Painting, with a Critique     17
Mary Beth McKenzie: Painting from Life     27
Ephraim Rubenstein: Painting from Observation     39
Thomas Torak: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Painting     59
Dan Thompson: Learning to Paint the Human Figure from Life     75
Sharon Sprung: Figure Painting from Life in Oils     91
Frederick Brosen: Classic Watercolor Realism     107
Naomi Campbell: Working Large in Watercolor     123
Ellen Eagle: Poetic Realism in Pastel     135
Costa Vavagiakis: The Evolution of a Concept     148

Part 2: Advice and Philosophies     165
William Scharf: Knowing that Miracles Happen     167
Peter Homitzky: Inventing from Observation     181
Charles Hinman: Painting in Three Dimensions     193
Deborah Winiarski: Painting and Encaustic     203
James L. McElhinney: Journal Painting and Composition     213

Part 3: Interviews     229
Frank O’Cain: Abstraction from Nature     231
Ronnie Landfield: On Learning and Teaching     251
Knox Martin: Learning from Old and Modern Masters     269

Concours: Painting and the Public at the Art Students League by Dr. Jillian Russo     282
Index     286

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