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M. C. Escher Pop-Ups [Hardcover]

Courtney Watson McCarthy , Courtney Watson McCarthy , Martin Howard


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Book Description

Nov. 8 2011
The graphic art of Maurits Cornelis Escher is like that of no other artist. Instantly recognizable to millions around the world, his works represent an endlessly fascinating marriage of art and mathematics. Exploring themes of infinity and paradox, impossible geometry and warped perspective, Escher's world is one of playful imagination and the unexpected, executed with precision and exquisite attention to detail. This outsized, lavish book's pop-up format adds even more intrigue, bringing his dazzling, baffling designs to life.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Pop edition (Nov. 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500515905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500515907
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 12.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book presents some of [Escher s] most boggling work in a whole extra dimension. "

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating New Perspective on Escher Dec 6 2011
By Communications Pro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a kid, Escher's work fascinated me as my brain tried to unravel the twists and impossibilities inherent in his art. This amazing collection of pop-ups builds on Escher's work, retaining his singular sense of depth and interplay of elements while bringing them into the third dimension. Rather than breaking the illusions that Escher created, Watson McCarthy's designs add a new level of mystery as you try to figure out not only how Escher created his images but how she, the paper engineer, so successfully translated those flat images into complex and fantastical constructions. The blending of designs works wonderfully well. I discover a little something new each time I go through the book and have been thrilled to watch my young daughter get caught up in the designs as well. This is a phenomenal book for those who are fascinated by Escher and his work as well as those who can be absorbed by and appreciate the subtle craft of finely designed paper engineering.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and beautiful Dec 7 2011
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a really fun and beautiful book. Most pop-up books are designed for kids, but this one is for grown-ups. The works of Escher really come to life. It's a great book just to flip through and enjoy. It's great for anyone who is a fan of Escher, or loves pop-ups, but is looking for somethine more sophisticated.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent work of and about art Dec 8 2011
By Seami - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's hard to imagine an artist more difficult to interpret on the page than M.C. Escher; it's harder still to conceive of Escher in three dimensions. But that's what Courtney Watson McCarthy's remarkable and beautiful book of pop-ups accomplishes, giving us a fresh experience with these compelling and ubiquitous images. Escher's work is all about the illusion of what we see and how we see it; he was both humorous and provocative at the same time. Watson McCarthy's book gives Escher's illustrations a life in space, inviting us to both see and interact with them as never before. Her three-dimensional renderings renew and refresh our appreciation of art framed in a new, exciting way. Both the imaginative and technical work in this book is of the highest caliber, making it a thrill to turn every page.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful take on Escher's work Dec 7 2011
By Cindy Clayton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My first response to hearing about this book was surprise: "How can anyone translate M.C. Escher into pop-ups?" But these images have been beautifully transcribed into playful 3-D creations, which breathe new life into the artist's classic scenes. A few of these were new to me (e.g., the dandelion and its reverse-video companion), but they are all lovingly rendered and captivating as pop-ups. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys the pop-up medium, Escher's art, or both.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inartful paper engineering actually detracts from the beauty of Escher's original designs. Dec 10 2012
By Thasha Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I collect pop-up books, study paper engineering, and am a big fan of MC Escher's. In short, I'm a key demographic for this book. Unfortunately, it fails miserably on most accounts. The book's inartful paper engineering actually detracts from the beauty of Escher's original designs. Most of the designs are rendered as two-dimensional "floating planes," which actually work against the three-dimensional (four dimensional?) designs originally drawn by Escher. I agree wholeheartedly with the reviewer who labeled this "Flat and Boring," and wonder what the work would've been like were it attempted by paper engineering master such as Sally Hewitt or Ron Van Der Meer.
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