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was shown at the Arts Centre Washington, Tyne & Wear
2 March - 11 April 2001


There were 13 panels giving an overview of the exhibition. Since they contain a lot of graphics, they have been split into separate PDF files. Click on any thumbnail to view the PDF (the file size in Kbytes is given in brackets).














Reading Table

The following books and articles were provided to allow investigation into the art, history and techniques of anamorphosis.

- Books

The Magic Cylinder Book, Ivan Moscovich. Tarquin Publications. (An excellent cheap-and-cheerful book for children.)
The Magic Mirror: an antique optical toy, McLoughlin Brothers. Dover Books. (Reprint of a popular late-19th century book of mirror-cylindrical images.)
Secrets des Anamorphoses. Gallimard Jeunesse, Paris, 1995 (ISBN 2-07-058795-9). (In French - an extremely neat package of illustrated booklet, plastic mirrors and "do-it-yourself" transformation grids.)
See Saw, Hans Knuchel & Jürg Nänni. Lars Müller Publishers, Basel, 1994.

Hidden Images: Games of perception, anamorphic art, illusion, F. Leeman, J. Elfers and M. Schuyt. Harry Abrams, New York, 1976.
Eyewitness Guides: Perspective. Dorling-Kindersley/National Gallery Publications, 1992.
An Introduction to Perspective (DK Art School), Ray Smith. Dorling-Kindersley, 1995.
What the Painter Sees. Kingfisher, London, 1996.
Perspective, Vredeman de Vries. Dover Books.

Mirrors in Mind, Richard Gregory. W.H. Freeman, New York, 1996.
On Reflection, Jonathan Miller. National Gallery Publications, London, 1998.
Art and Illusion, Ernst Gombrich. Phaidon Press, Oxford, 1977.

Civilisation, Kenneth Clark. BBC Books/John Murray.
The Ascent of Man, Jacob Bronowski. BBC Books.

- Articles and photocopies

"Anamorphic art", Martin Gardner, Scientific American, vol 232, no 1, pages 110-116, January 1975. (Reprinted in Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments, New York: W.H. Freeman, 1988.)
"Anamorphic pictures: Distorted views from which distortion can be removed", Jearl Walker, Scientific American, vol 245, no 1, pages 140-147, July 1981.
"Anamorphic images", J.L. Hunt, B.G. Nickel and C. Gigault, American Journal of Physics, volume 68, part 3, pages 232-237 (March 2000).

Perspective and Other Drawing Systems. Fred Dubery and John Willats. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1983.
CHAPTER 1 FROM Perspective in Perspective, Lawrence Wright. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1983.
CHAPTERS 10 AND 11 FROM Mathematics in Western Culture, Morris Kline. Penguin Books, 1987.
CHAPTER 2: "ALBRECHT DURER" FROM Geometry and the Liberal Arts, Dan Pedoe. Penguin Books, 1976.


Anamorphosis - an animated film by the Brothers Quay. 15 minutes. Not available commercially in the UK, but can be bought in VHS/DVD formats in the USA, as part of the compilation The Brothers Quay Collection: Ten Astonishing Short Films 1984-1993

On Reflection by Jonathan Miller. A TV series which accompanied a 1998 exhibition at the National Gallery in London. See also the book on the Reading Table. 35 minutes.

The Ambassadors: Making and Meaning. National Gallery, London. 30 minutes.

Restoring the Ambassadors. National Gallery, London. 50 minutes.


The three computers had the following installed on them:

One of the computers had a web cam - which could be used to take a picture of yourself, and then put this into Anamorph Me! to make an instant anamorphosis.

The exhibition was made possible with support and technical assistance from the

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

and with the financial support of:

City of Sunderland - Education and Community Services     European Regional Development Fund     Arts Council of England

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