• Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity & Social Practice in Contemporary Art
    Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity & Social Practice in Contemporary Art
    ISBN: 9781783208548
    Title: Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity & Social Practice in Contemporary Art
    Author: PATRICK MARTIN

    Martin Patrick explores the ways in which contemporary artists across media continue to reinvent art that straddles both public and private spheres. Examining the impact of various art movements on notions of performance, authorship, and identity, Across the Art/Life Divide argues that the most defining feature of contemporary art is the ongoing interest of artists in the problematic relationship between art and life. Looking at underexamined forms, such as stand-up comedy and sketch shows, alongside more traditional artistic media, he situates the work of a wide range of contemporary artists to ask: To what extent are artists presenting themselves? And does the portrayal of the “self” in art necessarily constitute authenticity? By dissecting the meta-conditions and contexts surrounding the production of art, whether aesthetic or conceptual, social or political, Across the Art/Life Divide examines how ordinary, everyday life is transformed into art.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $74.00
    $74.00
  • Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
    Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
    ISBN: 9781781683088
    Title: Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
    Author: RANCIERE JACQUES

    Composed in a series of scenes, Aisthesis-Ranci re's definitive statement on the aesthetic-takes its reader from Dresden in 1764 to New York in 1941. Along the way, we view the Belvedere Torso with Winckelmann, accompany Hegel to the museum and Mallarm to the Folies-Berg re, attend a lecture by Emerson, visit exhibitions in Paris and New York, factories in Berlin, and film sets in Moscow and Hollywood. Ranci re uses these sites and events--some famous, others forgotten--to ask what becomes art and what comes of it. He shows how a regime of artistic perception and interpretation was constituted and transformed by erasing the specificities of the different arts, as well as the borders that separated them from ordinary experience. This incisive study provides a history of artistic modernity far removed from the conventional postures of modernism.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Anatomy Rocks: The Colouring Book
    Anatomy Rocks: The Colouring Book
    ISBN: 9782374950082
    Title: Anatomy Rocks: The Colouring Book
    Author: LACHAT RODOLPHE

    Do you dream of coloring entrails, intestines, veins, genitals, lungs, or a real heart? Then this book is for you. Including 64 easy-to-remove plates perfect for display based on the coolest and weirdest medical anatomical drawings of the 19th century, this coloring book is a fantastic celebration of anatomy, flesh, and bone.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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 Matters
    Art Matters
    ISBN: 9781472260086
    Title: Art Matters
    Author: GAIMAN NEIL & RIDDELL CHRIS (ILLUSTRATOR)


    A creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman, combining his extraordinary words with deft and striking illustrations by Chris Riddell. Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.


    Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters.


    Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters explores how reading, imagining and creating can change the world, and will be inspirational to young and old.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Art of the Devil: An Illustrated History
    Art of the Devil: An Illustrated History
    ISBN: 9782374951171
    Title: Art of the Devil: An Illustrated History
    Author: PAPARONI DEMETRIO

    The first complete illustrated book on the devil in art history.

    The Art of the Devil is a beautiful book showcasing the past and present portrayal of the Evil One in Western and Eastern art. This richly illustrated account looks at the history, symbols, and manifestations of the devil in the collective imagination.

    Here are artistic masterpieces, engravings, ancient documents, books, posters, postcards, tarots, album covers, comics, objects and plenty of oddities related to the world of demons, the occult, and evil. See the devil in works by Francisco Goya, Jackson Pollock, Giotto, Hokusai, Marc Chagall, Keith Haring, Albrecht Dürer, James Ensor, Pablo Picasso, Matthias Grünewald, Caravaggio, Gustave Doré, William Blake, Hieronymus Bosch, Paul C zanne, Salvador Dal , Max Ernst, Alexander McQueen, Pieter Paul Rubens, Niki de Saint Phalle, Cindy Sherman, Pierre et Gilles, Gary Baseman, and Matt Groening.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
    $80.00
  • 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: a Visual History
    Art: a Visual History
    ISBN: 9780241437414
    Title: Art: a Visual History
    Author: CUMMING ROBERT

    Discover the history of Western art - from prehistory to the 21st century - through profiles of over 650 artists and their key works.

    Covering every era and over 650 artists, this comprehensive, illustrated guide offers an accessible yet expansive view of art history, featuring everything from iconic works and lesser-known gems to techniques and themes.

    Offering a comprehensive overview of Western artists, themes, paintings, techniques, and stories, Art- A Visual History is packed full of large, full-colour images of iconic works and lesser-known gems. Covering every era, from 30,000BCE to the present, it includes features on the major schools and movements, as well as close-up critical appraisals of 22 masterpieces - from Botticelli's Primavera to J. M. W. Turner's The Fighting Temeraire.

    With detailed referencing, crisp reproductions and a fresh design, Art- A Visual History is a must-have for anyone with an interest in art history - from first-time gallery goers to knowledgeable art enthusiasts. What makes great art? Discover the answer now! Art- A Visual History is a must-have for anyone interested in the subject.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • 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
  • Artists' Letters
    Artists' Letters
    ISBN: 9780711241282
    Title: Artists' Letters
    Author: BIRD MICHAEL


    Artists' Letters is a treasure trove of carefully selected letters written by great artists, providing the reader with a unique insight into their characters and a glimpse into their lives. Arranged thematically, it includes writings and musings on love, work, daily life, money, travel and the creative process.
    On the theme of friendship, for example, letters provide evidence of a creative community between peers, with support and mutual appreciation that helps to dispel the myth of the artist as solitary genius. Letters between Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin show an ongoing conversation and exchange of ideas. We see mutual admiration between Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot, and Picasso's quick notes to Jean Cocteau illustrate their closeness.
    Correspondence, some of which includes sketches and drawings, is reproduced with the transcript and some background and contextual information alongside. The book brings together a collection of treasures found in letters, which in our digital age are an increasingly lost art.



    Format: Hardback
    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
  • Bruegel in Detail: the Portable Edition
    Bruegel in Detail: the Portable Edition
    ISBN: 9789491819827
    Title: Bruegel in Detail: the Portable Edition
    Author: SELLINK MANFRIED

    A compact, affordable, portable edition of the perfect companion for the Bruegel year of 2019: an introduction to the famous painter through stunning close-up details. Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525_1569), known for his beautiful landscapes and peasant scenes, is among the most popular artists in the history of Netherlandish painting. Reproducing all of Bruegel_s best-known paintings, drawings and prints, this book reveals them as never before, in stunning large close-up details that showcase his mastery. Organized by his major themes _ landscapes, daily life, biblical subjects and festive celebrations _ it offers astonishing views of popular works of art such as Hunters in the Snow, Peasant Wedding, and The Tower of Babel. The printings and drawings section includes his series on Sins and Virtues. Bruegel expert Manfred Sellink reveals how the painter introduced new subject matter into fine art and examines his use of landscape, perhaps the artist_s greatest innovation.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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
  • Collector: The Story of Sergei Shchukin & His Lost Masterpieces
    Collector: The Story of Sergei Shchukin & His Lost Masterpieces
    ISBN: 9780300234770
    Title: Collector: The Story of Sergei Shchukin & His Lost Masterpieces
    Author: SEMENOVA NATALIA PETROVNA

    A fascinating life of Sergei Shchukin, the great collector who changed the face of Russia's art world

    Sergei Shchukin was a highly successful textiles merchant in the latter half of the nineteenth century, but he also had a great eye for beauty. He was one of the first to appreciate the qualities of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists and to acquire works by C zanne, Matisse, and Picasso. A trailblazer in the Russian art world, Shchukin and his collection shocked, provoked, and inspired awe, ridicule, and derision among his contemporaries.

    This is the first English-language biography of Sergei Shchukin, written by art historian Natalya Semenova and adapted by Shchukin's grandson Andr Delocque. Featuring personal diary entries, correspondence, interviews, and archival research, it brings to light the life of a man who has hitherto remained in the shadows, and shows how despite his controversial reputation, he opened his collection to the public, inspiring a future generation of artists and changing the face of the Russian art world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • Confabulations
    Confabulations
    ISBN: 9780141984957
    Title: Confabulations
    Author: BERGER JOHN

    John Berger's work has revolutionized the way we understand visual language. In this new book he writes about language itself, and how it relates to thought, art, song, storytelling and political discourse today. Also containing Berger's own drawings, notes, memories and reflections on everything from Albert Camus to global capitalism, 'Confabulations' takes us to what is 'true, essential and urgent'.
    Published: September 2016

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00
    $21.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ghost: A Cultural History
    Ghost: A Cultural History
    ISBN: 9781849766463
    Title: Ghost: A Cultural History
    Author: OWENS SUSAN

    Now in paperback, this is a new cultural history of the ghost--one of the most popular and pervasive subjects worldwide. Spanning from the medieval period to today, the book includes a wide range of artists and writers, including Hogarth, Blake, Rossetti, Shakespeare, Pepys, Shelley, and Dickens. Contemporary figures such as Muriel Spark, Hilary Mantel, and Jeremy Deller are also featured. The enduring popularity of ghosts in literature, art, folklore, and film attests to their continuing power to fascinate, terrify, and inspire. Our conceptions of ghosts--the fears they provoke, the forms they take--are connected to the conventions and beliefs of each particular era, from the marauding undead of the Middle Ages to the psychologically charged presences of our own age.
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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Great Paintings
    Great Paintings
    ISBN: 9780241332818
    Title: Great Paintings
    Author: DORLING KINDERSLEY PUBLISHING STAFF

    From works by Botticelli and Raphael to Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo, discover the paintings that have shaken the art world through the centuries and across continents.

    Great Paintings takes you on your own personal gallery tour of over 60 of the world's best-loved paintings. Unlock the hidden meanings and symbols behind each painting, with over 700 photographs to bring the pictures to life and help you understand the key features, composition and techniques that have made these paintings stand out. Plus, biographies of the artists provide the background to each art work, inspiring you to paint your own picture of the historical and social context behind each masterpiece.

    Updated for 2018, Great Paintings is a beautiful guide to the paintings, both familiar and new, that have changed the world- it really is like having a gallery of all the great paintings at your fingertips.

    Previous ISBN- 9781405363303

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Greek & Roman Art
    Greek & Roman Art
    ISBN: 9780500295250
    Title: Greek & Roman Art
    Author: WOODFORD SUSAN


    For more than two thousand years the art of Greece and Rome has been hugely influential throughout the Western world. This book recaptures the passion and inspiration that first drove ancient artists to create the art that continues to captivate us to this day. It traces the daring innovations of those who, defying traditional wisdom, explored new ideas; it describes the noble struggles of sculptors and painters to portray both the complexities of the human form and the richness of human emotions.


    In Greek and Roman Art, classical art expert Susan Woodford illuminates the achievements of classical art and architecture in a concise, coherent breakdown of styles from Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire. Intelligent, clear, and compelling, this indispensable guide gives readers all the information they need to approach ancient art with confidence.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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
  • In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World
    In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World
    ISBN: 9781786890795
    Title: In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World
    Author: GARFIELD SIMON

    Bestselling, award-winning writer Simon Garfield returns with an enthralling investigation of humans' peculiar fascination with small things--and what small things tell us about our larger world." Simon Garfield is] an exuberant truffle-hound of the recondite and delightful factoid." --Sunday Times (London)Simon Garfield writes books that shine a light on aspects of the everyday world in order to reveal the charms and eccentricities hiding in plain sight around us. After beguiling fans with books about everything from typography to time, from historic maps to the color mauve, he's found his most delightful topic yet: miniatures. Tiny Eiffel Towers. Platoons of brave toy soldiers. A doll's house created for a Queen. Diminutive crime scenes crafted to catch a killer. Model villages and miniscule railways. These are just a few of the objects you will discover in the pages of In Miniature. Bringing together history, psychology, art, and obsession, Garfield explores what fuels the strong appeal of miniature objects among collectors, modelers, and fans. The toys we enjoy as children invest us with a rare power at a young age, conferring on us a taste of adult-sized authority. For some, the desire to play with small things becomes a desire to make small things. We live in a vast and uncertain world, and controlling just a tiny, scaled-down part of it restores our sense of order and worth. As it explores flea circuses, microscopic food, ancient tombs, and the Vegas Strip, In Miniature changes the way we perceive our surroundings, encouraging all of us to find greatness in the smallest of things.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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
    $30.00
  • In the Mind but Not From There: Real Abstraction & Contemporary Art
    In the Mind but Not From There: Real Abstraction & Contemporary Art
    ISBN: 9781788730693
    Title: In the Mind but Not From There: Real Abstraction & Contemporary Art
    Author: MORENO GEAN

    Artists and critics explore the concept of Real Abstraction to help understand contemporary cultural production

    In the Mind, But Not From There: Real Abstraction and Contemporary Art considers how the Marxian concept of Real Abstraction--originally developed by Alfred Sohn Rethel, and recently updated by Alberto Toscano--might help to define the economic, social, political, and cultural complexities of our contemporary moment. In doing so, this volume brings together noted contemporary artists, literary critics, curators, historians, and social theorists who connect the concept of Real Abstraction with contemporary cultural production. Theoretical and artistic contributions from Benjamin Noys, Paul Chan, Joao Enxuto and Erica Love, Marina Vishmidt, Sven L tticken, and many others help to map out the relationship between political economy and artistic production in the realm of contemporary, globalized cultural exchange.

    This anthology places economic and social analyses alongside creative projects and visual essays to consider the many angles of contemporary art, and how inquiry into the the production of abstraction through material and social processes can be used to better understand, and hopefully change, the conditions under which art is made, seen, and circulated today.

    Published in collaboration with NAME] publications.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00

    $43.00
  • Interaction of Color: 50th Anniversary Edition
    Interaction of Color: 50th Anniversary Edition
    ISBN: 9780300179354
    Title: Interaction of Color: 50th Anniversary Edition
    Author: ALBERS JOSEF & FOX-WEBER NICHOLAS

    Josef Albers'sInteraction of Coloris a masterwork in art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this influential book presents Albers’s singular explanation of complex color theory principles.
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    Originally published by Yale University Press in 1963 as a limited silkscreen edition with 150 color plates,Interaction of Colorfirst appeared in paperback in 1971, featuring ten color studies chosen by Albers, and has remained in print ever since. With over a quarter of a million copies sold in its various editions since 1963,Interaction of Colorremains an essential resource on color, as pioneering today as when Albers first created it.
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    Fifty years afterInteraction's initial publication, this new edition presents a significantly expanded selection of close to sixty color studies alongside Albers's original text, demonstrating such principles as color relativity, intensity, and temperature; vibrating and vanishing boundaries; and the illusion of transparency and reversed grounds. A celebration of the longevity and unique authority of Albers's contribution, this landmark edition will find new audiences in studios and classrooms around the world.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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
  • Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester
    Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester
    ISBN: 9780198832874
    Title: Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester
    Author: KEMP MARTIN & LAURENZA DOMENICO (EDS)

    Leonardo's greatest work of science beautifully reproduced for the 500th anniversary of his death.

    This edition offers a high-quality facsimile reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester, a collection of his scientific writings. Named after Thomas Coke (later Earl of Leicester) who purchased it in 1719, Codex Leicester holds the record as the most expensive book ever when it was bought by Bill Gates in 1994. Consisting of 72 pages, it was handwritten in Italian by Leonardo using his characteristic mirror writing, and is supported by drawings and diagrams. The Codex Leicester is an extraordinary mixture of Leonardo's observations and theories. Topics include his explanation of why fossils can be found on mountains; the flow of water in rivers; and the luminosity of the moon which Leonardo attributed to its surface being covered by water which reflects light from the sun.

    The facsimile reproduction is complemented by three further volumes that include a new transcription and translation, accompanied by a paraphrase in modern language, a page-by-page commentary, and a series of interpretative essays. These four volumes together introduce important new research into the interpretation of the texts and images, on the setting of Leonardo's ideas in the context of ancient and medieval theories, and above all into the notable fortunes of the Codex within the sciences of astronomy, water, and the history of the earth, opening a new field of research into the impact of Leonardo as a scientist after his death.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00

    $60.00
  • Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World
    Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World
    ISBN: 9780141977492
    Title: Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World
    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
  • Munich Art Hoard: Hitler's Dealer & His Secret Legacy
    Munich Art Hoard: Hitler's Dealer & His Secret Legacy
    ISBN: 9780500292570
    Title: Munich Art Hoard: Hitler's Dealer & His Secret Legacy
    Author: HICKLEY CATHERINE

    In February 2012, in a Munich flat belonging to an elderly recluse, German customs authorities seized an astonishing hoard of more than 1,400 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. When Cornelius Gurlitt's trove became public in November 2013, it caused a worldwide media sensation. Catherine Hickley has delved into archives and conducted dozens of interviews to uncover the story behind the headlines. Her book illuminates a dark period of German history, untangling a web of deceit and silence that has prevented the heirs of Jewish collectors from recovering art stolen from their families more than seven decades ago by the Nazis. Hickley recounts the shady history of the Gurlitt hoard and brings its story right up to date, as 21st-century politicians and lawyers puzzle over the inadequacies of a legal framework that to this day falls short in securing justice for the heirs of those robbed by the Nazis.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • 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
  • Oceanic Art
    Oceanic Art
    ISBN: 9780500204405
    Title: Oceanic Art
    Author: THOMAS NICHOLAS


    The dazzling colors and patterns of the art of the Pacific Islands have long entranced Western audiences, including artists such as Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso. In Oceanic Art, Nicholas Thomas looks beyond the familiar, stunning surfaces of spears and shields, carved canoe prows and feather capes to discover the significance of art, past and present, for the people of the Pacific.


    In this second edition, which includes a new chapter on globalization and contemporary art, Thomas shows how each region is characterized by certain art forms and practices--among them Maori ancestral carvings, rituals of exchange and warfare in the Solomon Islands, the production of barkcloth by women in Polynesia--even as it is shaped by influences from within the Pacific and beyond. The dynamism and diversity of the art are reflected in the illustrations accompanying this revelatory text, from works that evoke the most deep-rooted customs to those that address contemporary political issues.




    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search Of Lost Time
    Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search Of Lost Time
    ISBN: 9780500293423
    Title: Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search Of Lost Time
    Author: KARPELES ERIC

    Eric Karpeles's lavishly illustrated and comprehensive guide offers a feast for the eyes as it celebrates the close relationship between the visual and literary arts in Proust's masterpiece. Karpeles has identified and located all of the paintings to which Proust makes exact reference. Where only a painter's name is mentioned to indicate a certain mood or appearance, he has chosen a representative work to illustrate the impression that Proust sought to evoke. Botticelli's angels, Manet's courtesans, Mantegna's warriors and Carpaccio's saints stand among Monet's water lilies and Piranesi's engravings of Rome, while Karpeles's insightful essay and lucid contextual commentary explain their significance to Proust. The book closes with extensive notes and a comprehensive index of all painters and paintings mentioned in the novel. With over 200 beautifully reproduced paintings, drawings and engravings, and accompanying texts drawn from the Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright translation of In Search of Lost Time, this book is an essential addition to the libraries of Proustians worldwide and a handsome volume in its own right.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
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