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BOOKS: Digital Art Comes of Age
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Art of the Digital Age, a $50 hardcover from Thames & Hudson, written by Bruce Wands, is billed as the first major illustrated survey of digital art. Wands, director of the New York Digital Salon and chair of the MFA computer art department at the School of Visual Arts, presents the work of more than 100 artists from around the world, tracing the history of digital art from its roots in the 1960s to the present day, ranging across digital imaging, sculpture, installation art, animation, software and net art. The book features 218 color illustrations as well as a reference section that includes a timeline of breakthroughs in digital art and technology, a list of artists' websites and online projects, and a glossary of digital terms. Seen here: Viktor Koen, "Damsel No. 15" from the series "Damsels in Armor," 2002, archival print on canvas. In the PDF: 2) Bruce Beasley, "Breakout," 1991, cast bronze based on computer-created geometric shapes. 3) Dennis H. Miller, "Faktura 2," 2003, computer animation. And 4) Yoichiro Kawaguchi, "Topolon," 2001, HDTV animation. See www.thameshudson.co.uk for more.