Art Installations

9781482422740. ea vol: 32p. (But Is It Art?). further reading. glossary. index. websites. Gareth Stevens. 2015. lib. ed. $26.60.
Gr 6 Up—Bold, arresting images dominate this well-written series, which tackles boundary-pushing and public art forms, such as unusual installation art and yarn bombing. Each title contains an "Is It Art?" chart that weighs both sides of the argument and that will get teens wondering for themselves. Pages contain arresting photos with a splotchy-paint or crayon-rub graphic. The layout is colorful and dynamic, crammed with text rendered in eye-catching fonts, conveying a sense of energy. Subjects include the thought-provoking, disturbing, whimsical, and unforgettable, from sidewalk "gum art" to defaced stop signs to sunflowers planted in desolate urban areas to white "ghost" bikes that honor fallen cyclists.
VERDICT An entertaining book that will have students crowding around. Unsettling in the best of ways.

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