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Mc Escher Pop-ups Hardcover – Sep 2 2014

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“. . .an outstanding collection for pop-up art collectors in general and fans of M.C. Escher’s geometric creations in particular.” — The Midwest Review of Books

“This book presents some of [Escher’s] most boggling work in a whole extra dimension.” — Columbia Tribune

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Martin Howard is the author of more than fifty books. He has published works on numerous historical figures, as well as producing biographies of Alexander the Great and Christopher Columbus for children.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A Fascinating New Perspective on Escher Dec 6 2011
By Communications Pro - Published on
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Inartful paper engineering actually detracts from the beauty of Escher's original designs. Dec 10 2012
By Thasha Brown - Published on
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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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Fun and beautiful Dec 7 2011
By Christine - Published on
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
An excellent work of and about art Dec 8 2011
By Seami - Published on
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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.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Flat and Boring March 21 2012
By shy to review - Published on
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After reading all of the raving reviews I thought this book would be more impressive. Instead it is quite rudimentary. I was expecting something closer to a Reinhart or a Sabuda pop-up book. Where the images have movement and complexity to them. Instead the pages just lay there limp and boring, barely three dimensional. When dealing with such a intricate artist like Escher, it would take an equaly talented paper engineer to bring these images to life. Unfortunately this is NOT that book.