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March 3, 2015

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Pick of the Day: The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

The Noisy Paint BoxRosenstock, Barb. The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art. illus. by Mary GrandPré. 40p. bibliog. notes. reprods. websites. Knopf. Feb. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780307978486. LC 2012032800.
Gr 1-4–A stirring tribute to a prominent pioneer of abstract art, Paintbox follows the life of Russian-born artist Vasya Kandinsky from his childhood to adulthood, conveying the astounding imagery conjured in the painter’s (probably genetic) condition, synesthesia, which caused sensory fields to collide in explosions that enabled him, for example, to hear colors. In this delightful homage, Rosenstock’s crisp visual language unites with GrandPré’s deeply expressive and whimsical paintings to re-create the intriguing world of art as seen through Kandinsky’s distinct lens. The book offers diverse potential for different types of study, whether one is reading for information or for pleasure. Outstanding.–Kathryn Diman, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Bernard, ME

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