• Anatomica The Exquisite & Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy
    Anatomica The Exquisite & Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy
    ISBN: 9781786275714
    Title: Anatomica The Exquisite & Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy
    Author: EBENSTEIN JOANNA

    For centuries, humankind has sought to know itself through an understanding of the body, in sickness and in health, inside and out. This fascination left in its wake a rich body of artworks that demonstrate not only the facts of the human body, but also the ways in which our ideas about the body and its proper representation have changed over time. At times both beautiful and repulsive, illustrated anatomy continues to hold our interest today, and is frequently referenced in popular culture. Anatomica brings together some of the most striking, fascinating and bizarre artworks from the 16th through to the 20th century, exploring human anatomy in one beautiful volume.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Art
    Art
    ISBN: 9781784875671
    Title: Art
    Author: SCHAMA SIMON

    'Great art has dreadful manners...

    ...The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock and proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality.' In inimitable style, our greatest historian and master storyteller Simon Schama makes an irresistible case for the power of art and its necessary place in our lives, examining art through the prism of the troubling life and works of Italian master painter, and murderer, Caravaggio.


    Selected from The Power of Art


    VINTAGE MINIS- GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

    A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

    Also in the Vintage Minis 'Great Ideas' series-
    Religion by Karen Armstrong
    Science by Ian McEwan

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $10.00
    $10.00
  • Art of Looking Up
    Art of Looking Up
    ISBN: 9780711242173
    Title: Art of Looking Up
    Author: MCCORMACK CATHERINE

    The Art of Looking Up surveys 40 spectacular ceilings around the globe that have been graced by the brushes of artists including Michelangelo, Marc Chagall and Cy Twombly.

    From the floating women and lotus flowers of the Senso-ji Temple in Japan, first painted in the year 645, through to the religious iconography that adorns places of worship from Vienna to Istanbul, all the way to bold displays like that in the lobby of Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, this book takes you on a tour of the extraordinary artworks that demand an alternative viewpoint.

    History of art expert Catherine McCormack guides readers through the stories behind the artworks - their conception, execution, and the artists that visualised them. In many cases, these artworks also make bold but controlled political, religious or cultural statements, revealing much about the society and times in which they were created.

    First and foremost, this is a visual feast, but also a desirable art book that challenges readers to seek out fine art in more unusual places and question the statements they may be making.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Art: A Definitive Visual Guide 2nd Edition
    Art: A Definitive Visual Guide 2nd Edition
    ISBN: 9780241257104
    Title: Art: A Definitive Visual Guide 2nd Edition
    Author: GRAHAM-DIXON ANDREW

    Truly comprehensive in scope, Artshows you masterpieces from over 700 artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and Van Gogh. An invaluable reference book for any art lover, it showcases the works; everything from Italian baroque painting and African art to contemporary art history.

    Discover key facts about the most prominent artistic movements, including their origins and influences, and follow a timeline of the most famous works. Be inspired by the detail of each subject matter and methods each artist used to create their masterpieces, and explore centuries, cultures, and countries on the ultimate artistic journey across time.

    Created in collaboration with Bridgeman, the biggest art library in the world,Art- The Definitive Visual Guideis a must-have for your bookshelf.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • Art: The Whole Story
    Art: The Whole Story
    ISBN: 9780500294468
    Title: Art: The Whole Story
    Author: FATHING STEPHEN & CORK RICHARD ( FOREWARD)

    Written by an international team of artists, art historians and curators, this absorbing and beautiful book gives readers unparalleled insights into the world_s most iconic artworks. Art: The Whole Story traces the development of art period by period, with the illustrated text covering every genre, from painting and sculpture to conceptual art and performance art. Cultural timelines are there too, to help to the reader with historical context. Masterpieces that epitomize each period or movement are highlighted and analysed in detail. Everything from use of colour and visual metaphors to technical innovations is explained, enabling you to interpret the meanings of world-famous masterpieces _ Mughal miniatures; Japanese prints in the 19th century; the colour theories behind Seurat_s remarkable La Grande Jatte; and why Picasso_s Les Demoiselles d_Avignon was so shocking in its day.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Bauhaus 2nd Edition
    Bauhaus 2nd Edition
    ISBN: 9780500204627
    Title: Bauhaus 2nd Edition
    Author: WHITFORD FRANK & WHITE MICHAEL (INTRO)

    The aesthetic of our contemporary environment, including everything from housing developments to furniture and websites, is partly the result of a school of art and design founded in Germany in 1919, the Bauhaus. While in operation for only fourteen years before being shut down by the Nazis in 1933, the school left an indelible mark on design as well as the practice of art education throughout the world. Placing the Bauhaus into its socio-historic context, Frank Whitford traces the ideas behind the school's conception and describes its teaching methods. He examines the activities of the teachers, who included artists as eminent as Paul Klee, Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky, and the daily lives of the students. This remains the most accessible and highly illustrated introduction to perhaps the most significant design movement of the last hundred years.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Becoming Our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice
    Becoming Our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice
    ISBN: 9781921668425
    Title: Becoming Our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice
    Author: NAGAM JULIE (EDITOR); CARY LANE (EDITOR); MEGAN TA

    Becoming Our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice reflects on international Indigenous methodologies in curatorial practice from the geographic spaces of Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia to assert specific cultural knowledges, protocols and relationships. These knowledges are grounded in continuous international exchanges and draws on the breadth of work within the field.This volume explores the way Indigenous visual art and culture operates within, and from, a structural framework that is unique to the cultural milieu. Through a selection of contributions by Indigenous curators, artists, and scholars, this book brings together perspectives that define curatorial practices, while simultaneously postulating Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination within the three countries. These compelling essays begin to unearth the connections and historical moments that draw Indigenous curatorial practices together and the differences that set them apart.With contributions from Nigel Borell, Freja Carmichael, Karl Chitham, Nici Cumpston, Léuli Eshraghi, Reuben Friend, Jarita Greyeyes, Ioana Gordon-Smith, Dr Heather Igloliorte, Jaimie Isaac, Carly Lane, Cathy Mattes, Kimberley Moulton, Lisa Myers, Dr Julie Nagam, Dr Jolene Rickard, Megan Tamati-Quennell, Josh Tengan and Daina Warren.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Book of Symbols: Reflections of Archetypal Images
    Book of Symbols: Reflections of Archetypal Images
    ISBN: 9783836514484
    Title: Book of Symbols: Reflections of Archetypal Images
    Author: ARAS

    Reflections on symbols and symbolic imagery The Book of Symbols combines original and incisive essays about particular symbols with representative images from all parts of the world and all eras of history. The Book of Symbols combines original and incisive essays about particular symbols with representative images from all parts of the world and all eras of history.The highly readable texts and almost 800 beautiful full-color images come together in a unique way to convey hidden dimensions of meaning. Each of the c. 350 essays examines a given symbol's psychic background, and how it evokes psychic processes and dynamics. Etymological roots, the play of opposites, paradox and shadow, the ways in which diverse cultures have engaged a symbolic image-all these factors are taken into consideration. Authored by writers from the fields of psychology, religion, art, literature and comparative myth, the essays flow into each other in ways that mirror the psyche's unexpected convergences. There are no pat definitions of the kind that tend to collapse a symbol; a still vital symbol remains partially unknown, compels our attention and unfolds in new meanings and manifestations over time. Rather than merely categorize, The Book of Symbols illuminates how to move from the visual experience of a symbolic image in art, religion, life, or dreams, to directly experiencing its personal and psychological resonance. The Book of Symbolssets new standards for thoughtful exploration of symbols and their meanings, and will appeal to a wide range of readers: artists, designers, dreamers and dream interpreters, psychotherapists, self-helpers, gamers, comic book readers, religious and spiritual searchers, writers, students, and anyone curious about the power of archetypal images.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $76.00
    $76.00
  • Central & Eastern European Art Since 1950
    Central & Eastern European Art Since 1950
    ISBN: 9780500204375
    Title: Central & Eastern European Art Since 1950
    Author: FOWKES MAYA & FOWKES REUBEN


    In this pathbreaking new history, Maja and Reuben Fowkes introduce outstanding artworks and major figures from across central and Eastern Europe to reveal the movements, theories, and styles that have shaped artistic practice since 1950. They emphasize the particularly rich and varied art scenes of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Yugoslavia, extending their gaze at intervals to East Germany, Romania, the Baltic states, and the rest of the Balkans.


    This generously illustrated overview explores the richness of this region's artists' singular contribution to recent art history. Tracing art-historical changes from 1950 to now, the authors examine the repercussions of political events on artistic life--notably the uprisings in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the Solidarity movement in Poland, and the collapse of the communist bloc. But their primary interest is in the experimental art of the neo-avant-garde that resisted official agendas and engaged with global currents such as performance art, video, multimedia, and net art. Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950 is a comprehensive, transnational survey of the major movements of art from this region.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour
    Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour
    ISBN: 9781760760618
    Title: Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour
    Author: COLES DAVID

    Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour; or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? Throughout history, artists' pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and serendipity, Chromatopia reveals the origin stories of over 50 of history's most extraordinary pigments.

    Spanning the ancient world to modern leaps in technology, this is a book for the artist, the history buff, the science lover and the design fanatic.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Circles & Squares Lives and Art in the Last Days of Modernism
    Circles & Squares Lives and Art in the Last Days of Modernism
    ISBN: 9781408889695
    Title: Circles & Squares Lives and Art in the Last Days of Modernism
    Author: MACLEAN CAROLINE

    A spellbinding portrait of the Hampstead Modernists, threading together the lives, loves, rivalries and ambitions of a group of artists at the heart of an international avant-garde.

    Hampstead in the 1930s. In this peaceful, verdant London suburb, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson have embarked on a love affair o a passion that will launch an era-defining art movement.

    In her chronicle of the exhilarating rise and fall of British Modernism, Caroline Maclean captures the dazzling circle drawn into Hepworth and Nicholson's wake- among them Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Herbert Read, and famed migr s Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, and Piet Mondrian, blown in on the winds of change sweeping across Europe. Living and working within a few streets of their Parkhill Road studios, the artists form Unit One, a cornerstone of the Modernist movement which would bring them international renown.

    Drawing on previously unpublished archive material, Caroline Maclean's electrifying Circles and Squares brings the work, loves and rivalries of the Hampstead Modernists to life as never before, capturing a brief moment in time when a new way of living seemed possible. United in their belief in art's power to change the world, her cast of trailblazers radiate hope and ambition during one of the darkest chapters of the twentieth century.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Death: A Graveside Companion
    Death: A Graveside Companion
    ISBN: 9780500519714
    Title: Death: A Graveside Companion
    Author: EBENSTEIN JOANNA

    Death is an inevitable fact of life. Throughout the centuries, humanity has sought to understand this sobering thought through art and ritual. The theme of memento mori informs medieval Danse Macabre, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Renaissance paintings of dissected corpses and "anatomical Eves," Gothic literature, funeral effigies, Halloween, and paintings of the Last Judgment. Deceased ancestors are celebrated in the Mexican Day of the Dead, while the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead to secure their afterlife.A volume of unprecedented breadth and sinister beauty, Death: A Graveside Companion examines a staggering range of cultural attitudes toward death. The book is organized into themed chapters: The Art of Dying, Examining the Dead, Memorializing the Dead, The Personification of Death, Symbolizing Death, Death as Amusement, and The Dead After Life. Each chapter begins with thought-provoking articles by curators, academics, and journalists followed by gallery spreads presenting a breathtaking variety of death-related imagery and artifacts. From skulls to the dance of death, statuettes to ex libris, memento mori to memorabilia, the majority of the images are of artifacts in the astonishing collection of Richard Harris and range from 2000 BCE to the present day, running the gamut of both high and popular culture.Table of Contents1. The Art of Dying2. Examining the Dead3. Memorializing the Dead4. The Personification of Death5. Symbolizing Death6. Death as Amusement7. The Dead After LifeEssays: Death in Ancient and Present-Day Mexico, Eva Aridjis,The Power of Hair as Human Relic in Mourning Jewelry -& Karen Bachmann, Medusa and the Power of the Severed Head, Laetitia Barbier, Anatomical Expressionism, Eleanor Crook, Poe and the Pathological Sublime, Mark Dery, Eros and Thanatos, Lisa Downing, Death-Themed Amusements, Joanna Ebenstein, The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, Bruce Goldfarb, Theatre, Death and the Grand Guignol, Mel Gordon, Holy Spiritualism, Elizabeth Harper, Playing dead - A Gruesome Form of Amusement, Mervyn Heard, The Anatomy of Holy Transformation, Liselotte Hermes da Fonseca, Collecting Death, Evan Michelson, Art and Afterlife: Ethel le Rossignol and Georgiana Houghton, Mark Pilkington, The Dance of Death, Kevin Pyle, Art, Science and the Changing Conventions of Anatomical Representation, Michael Sappol, Spiritualism and Photography,& Shannon Taggart, Playing with Dead Faces, John Troyer, Anatomy Embellished in the Cabinet of Frederik Ruysch, Bert van de Roemer

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $66.00
    $66.00
  • Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War
    Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War
    ISBN: 9781786632449
    Title: Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War
    Author: STEYERL HITO

    What is the function of art in the era of digital globalization?

    How can one think of art institutions in an age defined by planetary civil war, growing inequality, and proprietary digital technology? The boundaries of such institutions have grown fuzzy. They extend from a region where the audience is pumped for tweets to a future of "neurocurating," in which paintings surveil their audience via facial recognition and eye tracking to assess their popularity and to scan for suspicious activity.

    In Duty Free Art, filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl wonders how we can appreciate, or even make art, in the present age.

    What can we do when arms manufacturers sponsor museums, and some of the world's most valuable artworks are used as currency in a global futures market detached from productive work? Can we distinguish between information, fake news, and the digital white noise that bombards our everyday lives? Exploring subjects as diverse as video games, WikiLeaks files, the proliferation of freeports, and political actions, she exposes the paradoxes within globalization, political economies, visual culture, and the status of art production.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Females in the Frame: Women, Art, & Crime
    Females in the Frame: Women, Art, & Crime
    ISBN: 9783030207656
    Title: Females in the Frame: Women, Art, & Crime
    Author: JACKSON PENELOPE


    This book explores the untold history of women, art, and crime. It has long been widely accepted that women have not played an active role in the art crime world, or if they have, it has been the part of the victim or peacemaker. Women, Art, and Crime overturns this understanding, as it investigates the female criminals who have destroyed, vandalised, stolen, and forged art, as well as those who have conned clients and committed white-collar crimes in their professional occupations in museums, libraries, and galleries. Whether prompted by a desire for revenge, for money, the instinct to protect a loved one, or simply as an act of quality control, this book delves into the various motivations and circumstances of women art criminals from a wide range of countries, including the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Romania, Germany, and France. Through a consideration of how we have come to perceive art crime and the gendered language associated with its documentation, this pioneering study questions why women have been left out of the discourse to date and how, by looking specifically at women, we can gain a more complete picture of art crime history.&



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $46.00
    $46.00
  • Forgotten Masters: Painting for the East India Company
    Forgotten Masters: Painting for the East India Company
    ISBN: 9781781301012
    Title: Forgotten Masters: Painting for the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM


    As the East India Company extended its sway across India in the late eighteenth century, many remarkable artworks were commissioned by Company officials from Indian painters who had previously worked for the Mughals. Published to coincide with the first UK exhibition of these masterworks at The Wallace Collection, this book celebrates the work of a series of extraordinary Indian artists, each with their own style and tastes and agency, all of whom worked for British patrons between the 1770s and the bloody end of the Mughal rule in 1857.


    Edited by writer and historian William Dalrymple, these hybrid paintings explore both the beauty of the Indian natural world and the social realities of the time in one hundred masterpieces, often of astonishing brilliance and originality. They shed light on a forgotten moment in Anglo-Indian history during which Indian artists responded to European influences while keeping intact their own artistic visions and styles. These artists represent the last phase of Indian artistic genius before the onset of the twin assaults - photography and the influence of western colonial art schools - ended an unbroken tradition of painting going back two thousand years. As these masterworks show, the greatest of these painters deserve to be remembered as among the most remarkable Indian artists of all time.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
    $75.00
  • Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art & Artists
    Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art & Artists
    ISBN: 9780500021460
    Title: Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art & Artists
    Author: WARNER MARINA

    Art writing at its most useful should share the dynamism, fluidity, and passions of the objects of its enquiry, argues author Marina Warner in this new anthology. Here, some of Warner's most compelling writing captures the visual experience of the work of a diverse group of artists--with a notable focus on the inner lives of women--through an exploration of the range of stories and symbols to which they allude in their work. Warner vividly describes this imagery, covering the connection with animals in the work of Louise Bourgeois, the Catholicism of Damien Hirst, performance as a medium of memory in the installations of Joan Jonas, and more.

    Rather than drawing on connoisseurship, Warner's approach grows principally out of anthropology and mythology. Accompanied by illustrations of the works being described, Marina Warner's writing unites the imagination of artist, writer, and reader, creating a reading experience that parallels the intrinsic pleasure of looking at art. This book will appeal to any student of art history, those interested in philosophy, feminism, and more generally in the humanities.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency
    Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency
    ISBN: 9781529027648
    Title: Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency
    Author: LAING OLIVIA


    'A brave writer whose books open up fundamental questions about life and art' Telegraph


    In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty first century.


    Funny Weather brings together a career's worth of Laing's writing about art and culture, examining its role in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O'Keefe, interviews Hilary Mantel and Ali Smith, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time.


    We're often told art can't change anything. Laing argues that it can. It changes how we see the world. It makes plain inequalities and it offers fertile new ways of living.


    'A warm, thinking, enticing sweep of a book, like spending the afternoon with your brainiest friend.'
    Kate Mosse, author of The Burning Chambers



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $53.00
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  • Global Art
    Global Art
    ISBN: 9780500295243
    Title: Global Art
    Author: LACK JESSICA


    Global Art introduces some of the most significant art movements of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries that have challenged the status quo. Featuring fifty artistic developments from every continent, this volume covers movements born of decolonization, marginalization, and conflict. Ranging from the Saqqakhaneh artists of Iran to the Stridentists of Mexico, Experimental Workshop of Japan to America's AfriCOBRA, it chronicles groups that have empowered and given voice to their members.


    Packed with bold and illuminating illustrations, the book demonstrates the distinct but connected roles of global movements in creating cross-cultural dialogues in today's art world. Journalist Jessica Lack provides historical context for each art movement, key cultural events, and interconnections, bringing to life the protagonists in each movement's evolution.



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    Price: $25.00
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  • Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History
    Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History
    ISBN: 9781473659056
    Title: Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History
    Author: ST CLAIR KASSIA


    ** A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK **


    'Fascinating . . . The history of the world through the eye of a needle . . . I recommend this book to anyone' THE SPECTATOR
    'A charming, absorbing history that takes us on a journey from the silk roads to sportswear, from ruffs to spacesuits . . . I devoured this quietly feminist book' SUNDAY TIMES
    'Joyful and beautiful' NATURE
    'Will make you rethink your relationship with fabric' ELLE DECORATION


    All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity.


    When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows you how -- and why.


    With a cast that includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart and Bing Crosby, Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts. Running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.



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    Price: $33.00
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  • History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen
    History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen
    ISBN: 9780500094235
    Title: History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen
    Author: HOCKNEY DAVID & GAYFORD MARTIN

    Informed and energized by a lifetime of painting, drawing and making images with cameras, David Hockney, in collaboration with the art critic Martin Gayford, explores how and why pictures have been made across the millennia. What makes marks on a flat surface interesting? How do you show movement in a still picture, and how, conversely, do films and television connect with old masters?Juxtaposing a rich variety of images - a still from a Disney cartoon with a Japanese woodblock print by Hiroshige, a scene from an Eisenstein film with a Velázquez painting - the authors cross the normal boundaries between high culture and popular entertainment, and make unexpected connections across time and media. Building on Hockney's groundbreaking book Secret Knowledge, they argue that film, photography, painting and drawing are deeply interconnected. Insightful and thought provoking, A History of Pictures is an important contribution to our appreciation of how we represent our reality. This new edition has a revised final chapter with some of Hockney's latest works, including the stained-glass window in Westminster Abbey.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
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  • How Do We Look & The Eye of Faith: Civilisations Series
    How Do We Look & The Eye of Faith: Civilisations Series
    ISBN: 9781781259993
    Title: How Do We Look & The Eye of Faith: Civilisations Series
    Author: BEARD MARY

    Companion to the major new BBC documentary series CIVILISATIONS, presented by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon SchamaThe idea of 'civilisation' has always been debated, even fought over. At the heart of those debates lies the big question of how people - from prehistory to the present day - have depicted themselves and others, both human and divine. Distinguished historian Mary Beard explores how art has shaped, and been shaped by, the people who created it. How have we looked at these images? Why have they sometimes been so contentious? In Part One, she examines how the human figure was portrayed in some of the earliest art in the world - from the gigantic stone heads carved by the Olmec of Central America to the statues and pottery of the ancient Greeks to the terracotta army of the first emperor of China. And she explains how one particular version of representing the human body, which goes back to the ancient world, still influences (and sometimes distorts) how people in the West see their own culture and that of others. Throughout this story, she is concerned not only with the artists who made images, but with those who have used them, viewed them and interpreted them. In other words: How Do We Look? In Part Two, Mary Beard turns to the relationship between art and religion. For centuries, religion has inspired art: from the Hindu temple at Angkor Wat to the Christian mosaics of Ravenna to the exquisite calligraphy of Islamic mosques. But making the divine visible in the human world has never been simple. All religions have wrestled with idolatry and iconoclasm, destroying art as well as creating it - and asking how to look with The Eye of Faith.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Imaginary Museum
    Imaginary Museum
    ISBN: 9780008375423
    Title: Imaginary Museum
    Author: EASTHAM BEN


    Join the art critic Ben Eastham on a private tour of an extraordinary, imaginary museum. Stand in front of some of the& most incomprehensible art works in the world with an expert guide by your side, full of personal stories, expertise and human understanding.


    In a stunningly original memoir and art guide we find ourselves among outrageous artworks, and we return again and again to the same question:

    &

    "But what does it mean?"


    With the help of a cast of critics, guards, curators, artists, protestors and ghosts, Eastham explores the idea that the value of art is not to be found in what it means, but in& what it does to you.

    &

    This is an argument to forget about what is and is not art and to instead think courageously and creatively about how things really make you feel. You don't have to like the art works in this or any gallery, you don't have to fully understand them either, but we can& benefit from existing alongside them. And in doing so we learn about ourselves, and each other.



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    Price: $23.00
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  • In Montparnasse: The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali
    In Montparnasse: The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali
    ISBN: 9780241976609
    Title: In Montparnasse: The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali
    Author: ROE SUE

    In this entertaining and informative biography, Sue Roe illustrates how surrealism emerged in Paris amidst an artistic ambience of lively experimentation. Beginning with Duchamp, Roe tells the story of the wonderfully eccentric and avant-garde Dada movement, the birth of Surrealist photography with Man Ray and his muse Kiki de Montparnasse, the love triangle between writer Paul luard, his wife Gala and the artist Max Ernst, until the arrival of Salvador Dali in 1929. In Montparnasse recounts the extraordinary, revolutionary work these artists undertook as much as the salons, cafe life, friendships, rows and love affairs that were their background.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • In Praise of Shadows
    In Praise of Shadows
    ISBN: 9784805306659
    Title: In Praise of Shadows
    Author: TANIZAKI JUNICHIRO


    A fully illustrated, beautifully produced edition of Junichiro Tanizaki's wise and evocative essay on Japanese culture.


    'We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates... Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.'


    This book is in fact a portal. Reading it, you will be led by Junichiro Tanizaki's light touch into a mysterious and tranquil world of darkness and shadows, where gold flashes in the gloom and a deep stillness reigns. If you are accustomed to equate light with clarity, the faded with the worthless and the dim with the dreary, prepare for a courteous but powerful realignment of your ideas.


    In Praise of Shadows is a poetic paean to traditional Japanese aesthetics - in a free-ranging style that moves from architecture to No theatre, and from cookery to lighting, Tanizaki teaches us to see the beauty in tarnished metal, the sombre dignity in unglazed pottery, the primacy of organic materials that bear witness to the regular touch of human hands. It is also astonishingly prescient, offering a gentle warning against the quest for airbrushed perfection, and reminding us that too much light can pollute and obscure our natural world.


    In this special edition, the text is accompanied by specially selected images to complement Tanizaki's reflections and further illustrate the pattern and beauty of shadows.



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    Price: $17.00
    $17.00
  • Kaws
    Kaws
    ISBN: 9780847834341
    Title: Kaws
    Author: CELANT GERMANO


    A vibrant look at the celebrated artist and designer KAWS.


    Multidisciplinary artist KAWS was first known for his work as a graffiti artist and his subersive approach to poular imagery on bus shelter and phone booth advertisements. This is the first comprehensive survey of the artist's body of work.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $150.00
    $150.00
  • Keeping an Eye Open Essays on Art
    Keeping an Eye Open Essays on Art
    ISBN: 9781787332898
    Title: Keeping an Eye Open Essays on Art
    Author: BARNES JULIAN

    The updated edition of Julian Barnes' best-loved writing on art, with seven new exquisite illustrated essays'Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation. Braque thought the ideal state would be reached when we said nothing at all in front of a painting. But we are very far from reaching that state. We remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things, to form opinions, to argue... It is a rare picture which stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is only a short time before we want to explain and understand the very silence into which we have been plunged.'Julian Barnes began writing about art with a chapter on Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa in his 1989 novel A History of the World in 10 Chapters. Since then he has written a series of remarkable essays, chiefly about French artists, which trace the story of how art made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism.Fully illustrated in colour throughout, Keeping an Eye Open contains Barnes' essays on Gericault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Morisot, Fantin-Latour, Cezanne, Degas, Cassatt, Redon, Van Gogh, the legendary critic Huysmans, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud. It also offers new perspectives on the fruitful relationship between writers and artists, and on the rivalry among Russian collectors of French art in the late 19th century.'A typically elegant and absorbing book by one of the greatest contemporary English writers.' Guardian *Books of the Year*'Gave me a new confidence in how to understand and, more importantly, enjoy wandering around an exhibition.' Mariella Frostrup'My book of the year.' Natalie Haynes, Independent

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Latin American Art Since 1900: 3rd Edition
    Latin American Art Since 1900: 3rd Edition
    ISBN: 9780500204580
    Title: Latin American Art Since 1900: 3rd Edition
    Author: LUCIE-SMITH EDWARD


    In this classic survey, now updated with full-color images throughout, Edward Lucie-Smith introduces the art of Latin America from 1900 to the present day.


    Lucie-Smith examines major artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, as well as dozens of less familiar Latin American artists and exiled artists from Europe and the United States who spent their lives in South America, such as Leonora Carrington. The author explains the political context for artistic development and sets the works in national, cultural, and international frameworks. Featured in this book are the artists who have searched for indigenous roots and local tradition; explored abstraction, expressionism, and new media; entered into dialogue with European and North American movements, while insisting on reaching a wide, popular audience for their work; and created an energetic, innovative, and varied art scene across the South American continent.


    With a new chapter that extends the discussion into the twenty-first century, a constant theme of Latin American Art Since 1960 is the embrace of the experimental and the new by artists across Latin America.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Lives of Objects
    Lives of Objects
    ISBN: 9781851779727
    Title: Lives of Objects
    Author: HUNT TRISTRAM ED

    In this intriguing insight into the work and history of a museum, V&A director and historian Dr Tristram Hunt brings together ten renowned V&A curators to tell the stories behind ten of their most treasured objects. 'Tipu's Tiger' (an almost life-size wooden semi-automaton mauling a European soldier), the 'Great Bed of Ware' (an Elizabethan bed for 8 people) and a Shakespeare First Folio are among the featured highlights whose route to the V&A collections are entertainingly revealed.

    Through these stories, this insightful history of museum curation - a world of careful study and sometimes remarkable fortuity - shows how the priorities of a museum are shaped and change over time.

    Published to explore in more depth some of the stories featured in the BBC six part series Secrets of the Museum


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
    Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
    ISBN: 9780141977492
    Title: Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
    Author: DE HAMEL CHRISTOPHER

    WINNER OF THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE AND THE DUFF COOPER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 'Endlessly fascinating and enjoyable' Neil MacGregor 'A marvellous book' David Attenborough 'Full of delights' Tom Stoppard An extraordinary exploration of the medieval world - the most beguiling history book of the year This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature. The idea for the book, which is entirely new, is to invite the reader into intimate conversations with twelve of the most famous manuscripts in existence and to explore with the author what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history - and sometimes about the modern world too. Christopher de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, collectors and the international community of manuscript scholars, showing us how he and his fellows piece together evidence to reach unexpected conclusions. He traces the elaborate journeys which these exceptionally precious artefacts have made through time and space, shows us how they have been copied, who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell), how they have been embroiled in politics and scholarly disputes, how they have been regarded as objects of supreme beauty and luxury and as symbols of national identity. The book touches on religion, art, literature, music, science and the history of taste. Part travel book, part detective story, part conversation with the reader, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts conveys the fascination and excitement of encountering some of the greatest works of art in our culture which, in the originals, are to most people completely inaccessible. At the end, we have a slightly different perspective on history and how we come by knowledge. It is a most unusual book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • MoMA Now: 375 Works from The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    MoMA Now: 375 Works from The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    ISBN: 9781633451001
    Title: MoMA Now: 375 Works from The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    Author: BAJAC QUENTIN


    Published as a large-format hardcover to celebrate the museum's 90th anniversary and the October 2019 opening of the new MoMA after its historic expansion


    In October 2019, the Museum of Modern Art celebrates its 90th anniversary with the reopening of its extensively renovated and expanded midtown campus. Published to accompany the reopening, MoMA Now is an enlarged and expanded edition of MoMA Highlights, and presents a rich chronological overview of the art of the past 150 years, culled from the Museum's permanent collection of almost 200,000 objects across 6 curatorial departments. Beginning with a photograph made around 1867 and concluding in 2017, with an Oscar-nominated documentary film, the book introduces readers to some of the most beloved artworks in the museum's collection--iconic works by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol, among many others--as well as lesser-known but equally fascinating and significant objects of art, architecture and design from around the world.

    MoMA Now celebrates the richness of the Museum's collection and the diversity of issues and ideas embraced today. The book is not meant to be a comprehensive overview, nor to provide a definitive statement on the Museum's collection. On the contrary, it is designed to explore the complexity and variety of possibilities that exist within the collection, and to suggest new and imaginative ways of understanding the works of art that constitute it. Featuring 170 works not included in earlier editions, including a greater representation of works by women, artists of color, and artists from around the world, this new iteration is both a record of the Museum's past and a statement in anticipation of an exciting future.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $130.00
    $130.00
  • Monsters & Myths Surrealism and War in the 1930s & 1940s
    Monsters & Myths Surrealism and War in the 1930s & 1940s
    ISBN: 9780847863136
    Title: Monsters & Myths Surrealism and War in the 1930s & 1940s
    Author: SHELL OLIVER ET AL

    Despite the political and personal turmoil, it was a period of surprising brilliance and fertility: avant-garde artists on both sides of the Atlantic pushed themselves to engage artistically with the psychological forces propelling contemporary history, and some of the most potent and striking images of Surrealism came into being. Trailblazing essays by four experts in the field showcase the experimental and international extent of Surrealist art during these years - and, perhaps most unexpectedly of all, its irrepressible beauty. Well-known Surrealists and other artists associated with or influenced by the Surrealist movement - from Picasso to Pollock--are represented by masterworks and rarities in a wide range of media. Accompanying a major traveling exhibition, Monsters and Myths breaks new ground in art history and, more broadly, offers object lessons for the artists, art lovers, and engaged citizens of our own time.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $115.00
    $115.00
  • More Than a Muse: Creative Partnerships That Sold Talented Women Short
    More Than a Muse: Creative Partnerships That Sold Talented Women Short
    ISBN: 9781787134119
    Title: More Than a Muse: Creative Partnerships That Sold Talented Women Short
    Author: MCCABE KATIE

    How many times have you seen a female artist solely referred to as the wife, girlfriend, or worse, 'mistress' of a man in the public eye? Throughout history, the talent of creative women - from artists to writers - has been consumed by the cult of the 'male genius'.

    More then a Muse unpacks the male-orientated history and unravels the complex romantic relationships that have often ensured women remain overshadowed, anonymous and ripped off.

    Author Katie McCabe shines a light on the women who deserved credit in their time, revealing the true stories of talents like Dora Maar (the skilled photographer, painter and writer who was reduced to the role of 'Picasso's lover') and Alma Reville (the backseat director of Hitchcock's films). And by exploring a broad scope of art movements and artists (from surrealism to silent film), she reclaims a well-worn narrative in order to give wronged female creatives the credit they deserve.

    Those newly given the spotlight include Camille Claudel (Rodin's lover), Jo Hopper (wife of Edward) and Shirley du Bois of the Harlem Renaissance. More then a Muse is a re-evaluation of our cultural history and a take two on what could (and should) have been.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00

    $33.00
  • Moscow & St. Petersburg in Russia's Silver Age
    Moscow & St. Petersburg in Russia's Silver Age
    ISBN: 9780500295649
    Title: Moscow & St. Petersburg in Russia's Silver Age
    Author: BOWLT JOHN E.

    This book focuses on the visual and material culture of St Petersburg and Moscow at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The twilight of Imperial Russia witnessed a sudden renaissance that left a profound imprint on the visual, literary and performing arts: here was a Silver Age as luminous perhaps as the Golden Age of Russian literature many decades before. Advancing in roughly chronological sequence, Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia's Silver Age highlights the essential social and political developments of this turbulent era, which painting, poetry, music and dance both reflected and affected. A dazzling array of artists, writers, composers, actors, singers, dancers and designers are presented in context, including Tolstoy, Pasternak, Gorky, Akhmatova, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Nijinsky, Scriabin, Karsavina, Meyerhold, Chaliapin, Stanislavsky, Diaghilev, Roerich, Repin, Serov, Somov, Vrubel, Bakst, Kandinsky, Malevich, Mayakovsky and many more. The book carries a rich repertoire of artistic images and vintage documentary photographs, many of which have not been published before. With a clear narrative and comprehensive bibliography, this volume will appeal both to the specialist and to the general student of Russian history and culture.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Museum of Lost Art
    Museum of Lost Art
    ISBN: 9780714875842
    Title: Museum of Lost Art
    Author: CHARNEY NOAH


    True tales of lost art, built around case studies of famous works, their creators, and stories of disappearance and recovery


    From the bestselling author of The Art of Forgery comes this dynamic narrative that tells the fascinating stories of artworks stolen, looted, or destroyed in war, accidentally demolished or discarded, lost at sea or in natural disasters, or attacked by iconoclasts or vandals; works that were intentionally temporal, knowingly destroyed by the artists themselves or their patrons, covered over with paint or plaster, or recycled for their materials. An exciting read that spans the centuries and the continents.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • On Connection
    On Connection
    ISBN: 9780571354023
    Title: On Connection
    Author: TEMPEST KAE

    Beneath the surface we are all connected . . .

    This is a meditation on the power of creative connection. Drawing on twenty years' experience as a writer and performer, Kae Tempest explores how and why creativity - however we choose to practise it - can cultivate greater self-awareness and help us establish a deeper relationship to ourselves and the world.

    Honest, tender and written with piercing clarity,On Connection is a call to arms that speaks to a universal yet intimate truth.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $17.00
    $17.00
  • Peacock & Vine: Fortuny & Morris in Life & at Work
    Peacock & Vine: Fortuny & Morris in Life & at Work
    ISBN: 9781784740801
    Title: Peacock & Vine: Fortuny & Morris in Life & at Work
    Author: BYATT A S


    This ravishing book opens a window onto the lives, designs, and passions of two charismatic artists. Born a generation apart, they were seeming opposites: Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the sun-baked cultures of Crete and Knossos; William Morris, a British craftsman, in thrall to the myths of the North. Yet through their revolutionary inventions and textiles, both men inspired a new variety of art, as vibrant today as when it was first conceived. Acclaimed writer A.S. Byatt traces their genius right to the source.


    The Palazzo Pesaro Orfei in Venice is a warren of dark spaces leading to a workshop where Fortuny created his designs for pleated silks and shining velvets. Here he worked alongside the French model who became his wife and collaborator, including on the âe~Delphosâe(tm) dress âe" a flowing gown evoking classical Greece.


    Morrisâe(tm)s Red House, outside London, with its Gothic turrets and secret gardens, helped inspire his stunning floral and geometric patterns; it also represented a coming together of life and art. But it was Kelmscott Manor in the English countryside that he loved best âe" even when it became the setting for his wifeâe(tm)s love affair with Dante Gabriel Rossetti.


    Generously illustrated with the artistsâe(tm) beautiful designs âe" pomegranates and acanthus, peacock and vine âe" A.S. Byatt brings the visions and ideas of Fortuny and Morris dazzlingly to life.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Persian Carpet Tradition Design Evolution from 1410 to Modern Times
    Persian Carpet Tradition Design Evolution from 1410 to Modern Times
    ISBN: 9781898113621
    Title: Persian Carpet Tradition Design Evolution from 1410 to Modern Times
    Author: FORD P R J

    - Miniature paintings unlock the door to a thorough re-examination of the ubiquitous 'classical' medallion design in Persian carpets, revealing an artistic revolution comparable to that which occurred at the same time in Renaissance Italy Between 1400 and 1500 a design revolution in Persia swept away a 2000-year-old tradition of carpet design, replacing abstract geometric patterns with complex floral scrolls dominated by a central medallion derived from the Chinese cloud-collar shape. This revolution represents a major event in world art history, comparable to that which occurred at the same time in Renaissance Italy. It was followed over the next four centuries by a second revolution, during which the principal design elements of the first permeated carpet production at every level throughout Persia and continue to dominate it to this day.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $145.00
    $145.00
  • Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime During War
    Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime During War
    ISBN: 9781848222199
    Title: Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime During War
    Author: TOMPKINS ARTHUR

    The roll-call of mankind's wars down the centuries is paralleled by an equally extensive catalogue of the theft, destruction, plundering, displacement and concealing of some of the greatest works of art. From the many wars of Classical Antiquity, through the military turning points and detours of the Fourth Crusade, the Thirty Years' War, Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, World Wars I and II, and then onwards to the ongoing contemporary conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, the history of art crime in times of war contains myriad fascinating and often little-known stories of the fate of humankind's greatest works of art. Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime During War charts the crucial milestones of art crimes spanning two thousand years. The works of art involved have fascinating stories to tell, as civilization moves from a simple and brutal 'winner takes it all' attitude to the spoils of war, to contemporary understanding, and commitment to, the idea that a society's artistic heritage truly belongs to all humankind.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Poppies: Blood Swept Lands & Seas of Red
    Poppies: Blood Swept Lands & Seas of Red
    ISBN: 9781904897514
    Title: Poppies: Blood Swept Lands & Seas of Red
    Author: IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUMS & CUMMINS PAUL (FOREWORD BY)

    Of the countless commemorations of the centennial of World War I, the most striking and unforgettable was surely an art installation at the Tower of London. Created by Paul Cummins, with installation design by Tom Piper, the installation was titled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, and it consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies that slowly were added to the Tower's moat between July 18 and November 11, 2014. Each poppy represented a British or Colonial military fatality during the war; taken together, they offered a remarkable visual representation of the staggering human cost of the conflict.

    The installation garnered worldwide attention and drew more than five million visitors. This book presents specially commissioned color photographs of the installation at the Tower and through its later travels to nineteen other locations throughout the United Kingdom. Featuring forewords by Cummins and Piper reflecting on the conception and creation of the project, the book captures the artwork in all its power.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego & History's Vandals
    Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego & History's Vandals
    ISBN: 9781760760069
    Title: Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego & History's Vandals
    Author: COTTER JULIE

    Churchill entered Westminster Hall at noon, to the sound of drums beating out a victory roll - his signature gesture. At 80, he was still prime minister, and angered by discussion of retirement. But that irritation would pale in comparison to the anger he was about to feel on this day, 10 November 1954, when his birthday portrait was unveiled. Portraits have power. For centuries the tool of queens, emperors, statesmen and dictators, they offer the ultimate in image control. And, identified as portraits are with their subjects, their destruction remains a shocking act - whether committed for reasons of vanity, legacy, ethics, race, or even as part of the creative process. Join respected art historian Dr Julie Cotter as she journeys through eras, continents and regimes to examine the extraordinary stories of Portraits Destroyed.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
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