We recently received a copy of the newly released Knowing Nature: Art and Science in Philadelphia 1740-1840, edited by Amy R.W. Meyers and Lisa L. Ford. Not only is the book an extremely interesting and educational read, the historic scientific illustrations are incredible!
“Philadelphia developed the most active scientific community in early America, fostering an influential group of naturalist-artists, including William Bartram, Charles Willson Peale, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon, whose work has been addressed by many monographic studies. However, as the groundbreaking essays in Knowing Nature demonstrate, the examination of nature stimulated not only forms of artistic production traditionally associated with scientific practice of the day, but processes of making not ordinarily linked to science. The often surprisingly intimate connections between and among these creative activities and the objects they engendered are explored through the essays in this book, challenging the hierarchy that is generally assumed to have been at play in the study of nature, from the natural sciences through the fine and decorative arts, and, ultimately, popular and material culture. Indeed, the many ways in which the means of knowing nature were reversed—in which artistic and artisanal culture informed scientific interpretations of the natural world—forms a central theme of this pioneering publication.”
Knowing Nature will soon be on the shelves in our AITA library, so feel free to stop by and take a look!
Our book collection has been growing rapidly, and it’s time to lighten the shelves!
20% OFF ALL BOOKS in stock.
Selected books will be discounted as low as 50% off!!!
Going on now through April 29th!
Just when we thought we had seen the last of winter, the snowy weather returned with a vengeance.
Wilson “Snowflake Man” Bentley was one of the first known photographers of snowflakes. Bentley was born in Jericho, VT in 1865, and when he turned 15, his mother gave him a microscope. Bentley soon figured out how to capture a snowflake on velvet so it wouldn’t melt before he could take a photograph. He captured over 5,000 images in his lifetime, famously never finding two snowflakes that were alike.
Bentley’s 1931 book, Snow Crystals, contains more than 2,400 images and can be purchased here, but keep your eyes pealed at flea markets for an original copy.
Thanks to COLD SPLINTERS
Launched in February 2007, Monocle is a global briefing covering international affairs, business, culture and design.
Developed for an international audience hungry for information across a variety of sectors, Monocle’s team of award-winning editors and correspondents have been drawn from The New York Times, The Independent on Sunday, the BBC, CBC and a host of other news and current affairs outlets.
This month’s issue includes:
AFFAIRS: Russia’s Far East boom-town in waiting
BUSINESS: World service: the rise and rise of the Filipina brand
CULTURE: Dub dynasties: the face behind the voices
DESIGN: The great Made in China revolution
EDITS: Swedish scrub-downs, getting fresh in Sydney and a home in Rome
EXPO: Kish me quick: Iran’s easy breezy island outpost
We are all super excited about Apartamento, a magazine which focuses on the actual living spaces of real people, rather than über-manicured designer showrooms.
The first issue of Apartamento was released in April 2008, and is a logical result of the post-materialist mind shift. There is a real quest for identity in the midst of mass production (Walter Benjamin was right!) and globalization, and that quest leads to what is personal, what is natural, what is real.
Apartamento Issue 06 Features: Carl Johan De Geer, Paz de la Huerta, Leon Ransmeier, 6a Architects, Anders Edström, Ramdane and Victorie Touhami, Felisa Pinto, Herrenstein, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Paul Schiek, Coming to a boil, Outdoor living and cactus misfits, Les Nouïes, Island of calvary, Leopoldo Pomés, Today’s home, Charlie Koolhaas, Plus: Kinder, an everyday life kids supplement curated by Benjamin Sommerhalder with a coloring book by James Jarvis, an interview with Tomi Ungerer, a feature by Yukari Miyagi and kids’ activity pages by Miranda July.
This magazine is only available twice a year! Pick up your own copy at Art in the Age.