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review 2017-08-25 20:06
"Chicago Monumental" celebrates Chicago's public art scene
Chicago Monumental - Larry Broutman


2017 has been declared the “Year of Public Art” in Chicago by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and for good reason. Practically every park, street corner, bridge, and storefront in the city boasts a statue, memorial, or fountain. In his book Chicago Monumental, photographer, author, and historian Larry Broutman has set out to document nearly every one of them.



In this full-color coffee table book of photography, over 250 famous and not-so-famous prime examples of Chicago’s public art are showcased. Along with his stunning photographs, Broutman includes text illuminating the cultural and historical significance of each piece of art and its artist. Some fascinating tidbits include what sets Victory Monument apart from other World War I memorials, the tragic tale behind the elephant monuments in Woodlawn Cemetery, and defining features of Chicago’s numerous Abraham Lincoln statues.


Chicago Monumental has recently picked up two book awards: a Midwest Book Award for best interior design and an IPPY (Independent Publisher) Award in the Great Lakes Nonfiction category.







Purchase your copy of Chicago Monumental at www.everythinggoesmedia.com, Amazon, and at bookstores and gift shops in the greater Chicagoland area.


All author proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled, and Access Living.






Celebrated photographer and author Larry Broutman has traveled the world over to capture the perfect photograph and has found Chicago to have a plethora of visual inspiration.  His projects include work with Lincoln Park Zoo, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Children’s Memorial Hospital Clinic, and The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Broutman is a finalist in Africa Geographic Magazine's 2017 Photographer of the Year contest. He attended MIT and was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame.



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review 2017-08-15 16:44
Playful images of animals partaking in big city life grace the walls of a children’s hospital and the pages of “Chicago Unleashed”
Chicago Unleashed - Larry Broutman

Going to the hospital is a scary experience, especially for children. Larry Broutman has used his photography skills to brighten the walls at the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and brighten the days of young patients. He created cheery and chuckle-inducing photographs for each floor of the hospital by digitally combining the photographs of animals that he had taken on safaris across the world with photographs he had taken of beloved places in his hometown of Chicago.



His unusual images of wild animals running amok in Chicago were so well-received that Larry Broutman decided to make enough photo mash-ups to fill a book. In Chicago Unleashed, wolves howl at the moon at the Adler Planetarium, hippopotami bathe in the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, a flock of colorful parrots dodge skyscrapers, and many more creatures, large and small, get into mischief at well-known Chicago destinations. Plus, each amusing photograph is supplemented with fun facts about the featured iconic location.






Purchase your copy of Chicago Unleashed at www.everythinggoesmedia.com, Amazon, and at bookstores and gift shops in the greater Chicagoland area.


All author proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled, and Access Living.





Larry Broutman is a passionate and accomplished wildlife and landscape photographer and has traveled all over the world to photograph his subjects. He has published his work in magazines such as Africa Geographic and BBC Wildlife. Broutman has completed photographic projects for the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital Clinic, and The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. His project for the Lurie Children’s Hospital developed into the publication of Chicago Unleashed.


Broutman attended MIT where he received his S.B., S.M., and doctorate degree in the field of Materials Engineering and Science in 1963. Specializing in Polymer Engineering and Science and Composite Materials, Broutman has vast experience writing college textbooks, reference books, and technical articles. In fact, he was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame.




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review 2014-08-28 20:49
The Art of Life by Sabin Howard and Traci L. Slatton
The Art of Life - Sabin Howard,Traci L. Slatton

Written by a husband (artist) and wife (writer) team, this book is like a love letter to figurative sculpture. It’s a deeply personal and subjective view of a specific art form that the authors obviously love and, in the husband’s case, dedicated his life to. It follows a line of stories and inspiration through a number of figurative sculptors in Western cultural history, but mostly it focuses on artist Sabin Howard, his life, influences and art. The examples of artists are drawn from a personal connection that either or both the authors had with the work. Traci Slatton also speaks of her husband, the artist, as the spiritual successor to the likes of Canova, Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin. It’s always tricky when you’re writing about someone so close to you, and it shows in the book in such sweeping phrases as this one: “His [Sabin Howard’s] decades of labor and dedication show in his glorious Apollo, which is the finest standing male nude since Michelangelo’s David”.

Maybe because the writing is so personal, I had a hard time truly connecting with it. What I didn’t like was when the author resorted to making assumptions about historical figures that were coloured by her own subjective point of view, such as appreciating but being uneasy with the nudity in Donatello’s David, finding it provocative and wondering what the artist’s relationship with his model was. This interpretation might be true - we have no way of knowing for sure - but she describes it, among other things, as “reeking of pederasty”, which is a rather bold statement. Or, shortly after, when describing Michelangelo’s David: “This seventeen-foot sculpture ushered in what art historians call the High Renaissance, or, when they’re being really pretentious, the Cinquecento”. Moreover, when it comes to Giambologna’s Mercury, she says “Everyone knows this sculpture because it’s associated with the FTD floral delivery service!” I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about (I’m guessing it’s an American cultural thing). Or about the fallout of figurative art’s popularity: “Three-dimensional modern art devolved into silly doodads, ugly tchotchkes, and trivial balloon toys”. These types of expressions hindered the writing, in my opinion.

On a more positive note, it was interesting to read about the artist’s process, the sculptures are, in general, beautiful, and the photographs illustrate the narrative very well. Sabin Howard is a gifted figurative sculptor. But this book just wasn’t for me. 


Note: I got this book for review purposes through NetGalley.

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review 2012-05-16 00:00
The Art of Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting - Rolf Toman,Achim Bednorz Good solid reasource for Gothic architecture.Superb introduction. Toman outlines the intellectuals, political, and social pressures in play during the development of Gothic art and architecture in particular. On one hand there is Abelard, Suger, and St. Bernard battling theology representing the intellectual, monarchy, and pope respectively and on the other there is the French monarchy colluding with the Church to restrain feudal powers.Toman's books have excellent color plates and an architectural bias. Divided geographically and then chronologically to explain the transitions visually and technologically.
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review 2011-08-18 11:12
Inferno - James Nachtwey,Luc Sante As this amazing trilogy came to a close, I almost felt like I was watching the series finale of a beloved show. The ending was touching, and this final volume had plenty of action. As with the last installment of many trilogies--"Spider-Man 3" certainly comes to mind--this was the weakest of the series, but it was still good. If you like "Star Trek" or the Reeves-Stevenses--or even both, like I do--you owe it to yourself to check this out.
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