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  • Broché: 160 pages
  • Editeur : Akashic Books,U.S. (6 mai 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1617751987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617751981
  • Dimensions du produit: 1,9 x 21 x 28,6 cm
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Par PHyères TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS sur 19 avril 2014
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Il y a maintenant de nombreuses années que "l'art des fous","l'art des débiles" (voir le livre ancien de Jean Revol : Art de débiles, débiles de l'art ?), bref l'art pratiqué par les malades atteints de maladies psychiatriques est devenu digne d'intérêt.
Il ne s'agit pas là des artistes confirmés, célèbres, dont la créativité et les oeuvres ont pu être directement influencés par une pathologie (voir L'Art et la folie de Sophie de Sivry) mais bien les oeuvres de patients "lambda", qui pour la très grande majorité resteront inconnus.
Pourtant, dans ce livre bien édité (belles reproductions pleine page sur papier mat pour un prix vraiment modique) on est face à des oeuvres de qualité certes inégale mais parfois de grande qualité, exprimant toujours la souffrance ressentie par ces malades particuliers que sont les autistes.
Oeuvres autoditactes surprenantes de maturité dans certains cas, et qui rappellent des peintres aussi connus que Bacon par exemple (Milda Branzaite, Noah Erenberg).
Si le sujet vous intéresse, ou plus généralement si vous êtes amateur d'art, ce livre est pour vous.
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The soul of autism in form and color 21 février 2010
Par Dennis Littrell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This art book is primarily a celebration of form and color as done by artists on the autistic spectrum. I counted 53 different artists with a wide range of styles. Just to note a few: there is the blueprint precision of Temple Grandin, the cubist-like work of Wil C. Kerner, the pointillism style of Esher Brokaw, the cartoons of Justin Canha and Glen Russ, the categorical detailed work of Gregory L. Blackstone, the ethereal anguish of Marilyn Cosho, and many more. I felt an overall sense of estrangement and longing that is at the heart of the human predicament. We are both part of this world and estranged from it; we are among family and friends and yet we are alone. We feel the contradictions and the confusions of life and we try to make sense of it.

I think it was at least partially the intent of Jill Mullin, who edited the book and conducted the interviews with the artists, to allow the artwork to reveal the unique soul of autism. She writes: "...I sorted the work so that it provides an overview of the spectrum while celebrating the creative individuality of every single person on the spectrum. These themes and visual tendencies do speak to aspects of the diagnoses." (p. 13)

We, so-called "normal" people, necessarily see the world in a utilitarian sense heavily colored by subsistence and social need. Consequently I have always thought that one of the things that an artist must do is free our minds from the prison of utility in which we see the world only in so far as it is useful to us or not. While most manmade objects in our lives are useful for something, art is its own reason for being.

It is in this context that I find this book most interesting. Some autistics naturally see things as they are, without the coloration of utility. Temple Grandin, who wrote the introduction for "Drawing Autism," is probably the most famous autistic in the world. (A movie about her life, Temple Grandin (2010), starring Claire Dane in the title role has recently been aired on HBO.) She is an artist herself although her work is enormously precise and detailed and in fact of great utility. But much of the "utility" in her designs for the livestock industry shows that she sees the design from the point of view of the animals themselves, and that is the secret of her success. Most designers of such equipment would naturally be interested in designs that work for the company, and would be unlikely to see things from the point of view of the animals. But Grandin did, and because the equipment that she designed calmed the animals, the equipment proved to be very useful to the industry and a godsend to the animals.

Similarly the art of Donna Williams, for example, as shown in this book depicts a unique, non-utilitarian, non-social point of view. In "Cat's Home" (p. 20) she identifies with a homeless cat. In "The Outsider" on the next page, she identifies with someone outside a social network. She says, "Being object blind and context blind, I'd tap everything to make noise, to hear its 'voice,' flick it to feel its movement, turn it to experience how it caught light..." (p. 21) The "normal" person would not see the object beyond what it is useful for, and the context would be monetary, social or sexual.

Professor Grandin sees three types of specialized minds on the autistic spectrum. First there is the visual thinker who sees the world primarily in pictures like herself. The second type is the pattern thinker who see relationships between numbers and geometric forms. The third type is the word specialist. Grandin notes, "These people are often really good with words, and they usually are not interested in art." I think people of this third type are often recognizes as "Aspies," or people with Asperger's syndrome, which is now considered part of the autistic spectrum of disorders--a designation that has been met with much controversy.

One thing is clear: most of those on the spectrum have reduced social skills and so can examine and experience the world from an outsider's perspective. In other words, we can learn from them things we could not learn by ourselves, and we can gain from them a view of the world cleansed of utilitarian bias. But it is also obvious from looking at the work of the autistic artists presented here that there is a great yearning for social acceptance and understanding.

(Note: The following books by Dennis Littrell are now available at Amazon.com:

Yoga: Sacred and Profane (Beyond Hatha Yoga)
Dennis Littrell's True Crime Companion
Novels and other Fictions
Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!
The Holon
Teddy and Teri
High School from Hell
Let's Play Overkill!
Like a Tsunami Headed for Hilo
Understanding Evolution and Ourselves

Coming soon:

The World Is Not as We Think It Is)
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Art Describes the World of Autism 28 novembre 2009
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Jill Mullin opens this very sophisticated and well-designed book with a foreword titled AS SEEN THROUGH THE AUTISM SPECTRUM in which she opens with the statement ' Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability associated with social interaction and communication impairments and rigid and/or repetitive behaviors.' She then proceeds to study the visual manifestations of autistic people by presenting a book, every page of which is filled with not only full color reproductions of 'artists' presenting their art accompanied by a brief but telling note by each person whose art is displayed.

By deciding to allow the art speak for itself Jill Mullin, who comes to this project with years of experience working with both children and adults with autism, makes a strong statement about the manner in which the mind of autistic people view the world. She asked every artist represented in this book the following questions: At what age did the act of creating art enter your life?, Why did you start creating art?, What inspires/excites you about creating art?, How do you choose your subjects?, Do you think your art helps others understand how you view the world?, Who are some artists you like?, What was the inspiration for each piece of art that you have submitted to 'Drawing Autism'? What follows is a splendid portfolio art from a number of very gifted artists. This is a book not only about autism but also about the spectrum of art being created today. It is entertaining, enlightening, and another well designed publication from Mark Batty Publisher. Grady Harp, November 09
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Drawing Autism by Jill Mulin, Temple Grandin 15 mars 2014
Par Ellen Archer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Drawing Autism is a collection of art created by people who are on the autism spectrum. For some of the artists, art is the only way of communicating their experiences as a person with autism. But whether the art is highly sophisticated, emotionally powerful, playful, technically amazing or naive, the cumulative experience of this book is astonishing. There is an introduction by Temple Grandin describing how drawing became her entry into what became her very successful career and the book is then divided into themes. Each chapter consists primarily of art-paintings, collages, drawings, mosaics, a wild and exciting diversity of media and subjects, accompanied by a small amount of text written by the artist.

Jill Mullin has done a wonderful job of selecting the art. Each piece is beautifully reproduced and the companion text is taken from a questionnaire filled out by the artist. In some cases, the answer was dictated to someone who wrote it down and in a few cases, the artist is non-verbal and a caregiver has answered. The text is often fascinating and complements the work but it is the work that amazes. I couldn't put the book down. I am not an artist so I cannot critique the work technically but the emotional power was undeniable and the range of art breathtaking.

I am both a teacher of students with autism and the mother of a son who is on the spectrum and perhaps that contributed to the impact of the work. But I believe that the power of the art would be there anyway. Through art, through the use of color, pattern, drawing, subject matter, these peoples have created a powerful communication about their lives and the gift of creativity. Through art, some without any other voice, speak more clearly than many of us with words. There are expressions of grief and longing, self-definitions, sharing of joy and playfulness, that reach far beyond the page. This is a book I will continue to treasure and return to again and again.

I won this book from LibraryThing, and I feel so lucky! The only critique I have is that the type is so small.
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Excelent 28 juin 2010
Par Gabriel Manzanares - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
La capacidad de expresarse a traves de la pintura es siempre conmovente pero la de estas personas es todavia mas especial.

Felicitaciones a todas las personas que trabajan con ellos para poder darles esta oportunidad.
Any library strong in autism insights or alternative art needs this 20 avril 2010
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
DRAWING AUTISM celebrates the artistry and self-expression found in the drawings, paintings and collages created by people diagnosed with autism. Over 50 contributors exhibit a range of unique perspectives on how autistic individuals see themselves and their world, offering pages packed with full-page color illustrations and in many cases the artists' own insights of their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Any library strong in autism insights or alternative art needs this.
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