• 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
  • Fra Angelico: Masters of Italian Art
    Fra Angelico: Masters of Italian Art
    ISBN: 9783848003983
    Title: Fra Angelico: Masters of Italian Art
    Author: BARTZ GABRIELE

    The volumes in this bibliophile series provide unique portraits of European art history. Readers gain fascinating insights into the artists' biographies and their styles of working: Albrecht Durer and his famous portraits and altarpieces, the vivid rural scenes of Pieter Bruegel, the great painters of the Italian Renaissance and the mysterious chiaroscuro paintings of Caravaggio. Authoritative texts illustrate the decisive stages in the artists' lives and in the development of their styles, explaining their impact against the background of their social context as well as their significance for following generations of artists. A wealth of largesized illustrations showcase each artist's oeuvre. Each volume contains a comprehensive appendix providing information on the artists' biographies in tabular form as well as an extensive bibliography. All the authors are renowned in their specialist field.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • French Art Deco
    French Art Deco
    ISBN: 9780500517536
    Title: French Art Deco
    Author: GOSS JARED

    Art Deco is epitomized by the French works exhibited at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925. The exquisite craftsmanship and artistry of the dazzling works displayed spoke to a sophisticated modernity, yet were firmly rooted in tradition. Interest in Art Deco has not only endured to the present day, but has grown steadily, and the style is now more well-known and collected than ever before. This book draws on the Metropolitan Museum of Arts significant French Art Deco holdings to present more than one hundred masterpieces made by forty-five designers. Sumptuous, atmospheric photos of the objects themselves accompany the text, making this not only one of the first explorations of French Art Deco in English, but a true objet dart in its own right.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
    $90.00
  • Genesis Dada: 100 Years of Dada Zurich
    Genesis Dada: 100 Years of Dada Zurich
    ISBN: 9783858817679
    Title: Genesis Dada: 100 Years of Dada Zurich
    Author: ROLANDSECK BAHNHOF

    Dada began on February 5, 1916, when Hugo Ball, Emmy Hennings, and others launched the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Cabaret Voltaire would eventually become the stuff of legend, joined by the short-lived but no less significant Gallery Dada. Even as Dada spread throughout Europe and the world, its heart was always in Zurich.

    This book honors the centennial of Dada by telling for the first time the full story of its genesis and the role played by Zurich and its vibrant community of artists in its creation and flourishing. It sets the early years of Dada firmly in the city's historical and cultural context and reveals the intellectual and social background that were crucial to the fermenting artistic ideas that culminated in Dada. It goes on to trace the explosion of Dada into a worldwide phenomenon that took in such artists and intellectuals as Joan Miro, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau, and Man Ray.

    Richly illustrated, this book will stand as the definitive account of the origins of Dada and its little-considered ties to one particular, spectacular city.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $72.00

    $72.00
  • 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
  • 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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Graphic Work of Mc Escher
    Graphic Work of Mc Escher
    ISBN: 9783836503181
    Title: Graphic Work of Mc Escher

    Presenting the structurally unthinkable as though it were a law of nature M.C. Escher was born in 1898 in Leeuwarden (Netherlands). He received his first drawing lessons during secondary school from F.W. van der Haagen, who also taught him the block printing, thus fostering Escher's innate graphic talents. From 1912 to 1922 he studied at the School of Architecture and Ornamental Design in Haarlem, where he was instructed in graphic techniques by S. Jessurun de Mesquita, who greatly influenced Escher's further artistic development. Between 1922 and 1934 the artist lived and worked in Italy. Afterwards Escher spent two years in Switzerland and five in Brussels before finally moving back to Barn in Holland, where he died in 1972. M.C. Escher is not a surrealist drawing us into his dream world, but an architect of perfectly impossible worlds who presents the structurally unthinkable as though it were a law of nature. The resulting dimensional and perspectival illusions bring us into confrontation with the limitations of our sensory perception.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • 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
  • Growing Up the Young British Artists at 50
    Growing Up the Young British Artists at 50
    ISBN: 9783791347028
    Title: Growing Up the Young British Artists at 50
    Author: COOPER JEREMY

    This book provides a personal, intimate account of the meteoric success of the young British artists and of the often painful realities of the contemporary art world. Arguably the most ambition artists of their generation, the yBas came to prominence in the early 1990s when, acting as their own curators, they staged dramatic exhibitions in various neglected spaces throughout Britain. The following decades saw periods of enormous success and at times bitter failure. Now five of the most prominent members of the group-Anya Gallaccio, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Michael Landy, and Sarah Lucas-are profiled in this collective portrait. Based on personal interviews by Jeremy cooper and on his years of close observation of the London art world, this book includes his insightful commentary as well previously unpublished photographs and letters. The result is a fascinating combination of biography and art history that both traces the yBas' collective legacy and contemplates their individual futures.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $63.00
    $63.00
  • Harmonica Macrocosmica, Cellarius
    Harmonica Macrocosmica, Cellarius
    ISBN: 9783836535977
    Title: Harmonica Macrocosmica, Cellarius
    Author: VAN GENT ROBERT

    History's most beautiful celestial atlas
    This collection of celestial maps by Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographerAndreas Cellarius(c. 1596 - 1665) brings back to life a masterpiece from the Golden Age of celestial cartography. First published in 1660 in the Harmonia Macrocosmica, the complete 29 double-folio maps and dozens of unusual details reproduced here depict the world systems ofClaudius Ptolemy,Nicolaus Copernicus, andTycho Brahe, the motions of the sun, the moon, and the planets, and the delineation of the constellations in various views. Cellarius's atlas, superbly embellished with richly decorated borders depicting cherubs, astronomers, and astronomical instruments, features some of the most spectacular illustration in the history of astronomy.

    This reprint includes a copiously illustrated introduction by Robert van Gent, one of the leading Cellarius experts, summarizing the history of celestial cartography from antiquity to late 17th/early 18th century and illuminating the life and work of Andreas Cellarius. Van Gent also discusses the historical and cultural context and significance of the atlas and provides detailed descriptions of the astronomical and iconographical content of the plates, allowing modern readers to fully appreciate the masterwork of Andreas Cellarius and his publisher, Johannes Janssonius.

    The book's detailed appendix includes a list of constellation figures with short descriptions of their origin and mythology, a list of star names found on the plates, a glossary of technical words, and a bibliography. Cellarius's exquisite renditions of the constellations will excite the astronomer in anyone.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00
    $100.00
  • History of the Nude
    History of the Nude
    ISBN: 9788857213521
    Title: History of the Nude
    Author: GUALDONI FLAMINIO

    A richly illustrated and extremely enjoyable reference book on the historical evolution of the nude. From the Palaeolithic Great Mothers to the Greek athletes, from the Venus of Urbino by Titian to Leonardos Virtuvian Man, from the Odalisque by Boucher to those by Ingres, to the amazons of Helmut Newton and the desolate lifeless bodies of Andres Serrano, the nude is the theme of artistic representation par excellence. The nude body as the incarnation of perfect beauty and the suspicions concerning its sensuality imposed by Christian culture; the renewed triumph of ancient beauty in the Renaissance and the study of anatomy; the visual licentiousness of the 18th century and the photographic nude; ideal beauty, eroticism, pornography; the nude also as representation of the ugly and its flaunted truthfulness in the art of the 20th century; the nude that itself becomes a work of art in the avant-garde of the post-WWII period, with performance, body art and experimental theatre. These are the threads of the narration all conducted around a rich apparatus of images. After Art of the Twentieth Century, published by Skira in four languages in 2009, Flaminio Gualdoni has now created a richly illustrated new reference book that is also extremely enjoyable to read.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Holy Fool Artworks
    Holy Fool Artworks
    ISBN: 9781743318218
    Title: Holy Fool Artworks
    Author: LEUNIG MICHAEL

    Filled with his trademark, lunacy, poignancy and arrow to the heart wisdom here are the collected works - from paintings, to sculpture, from prints to drawings - of Australia's most admired cartoonist together in one book for the first time ever. At the heart of Michael Leunig's work lies the idea of the holy fool - a character who does not conform to social norms of behaviour because of mental disability or as a deliberate choice, but is regarded as having a compensating divine blessing or inspiration. The holy fool is the protagonist in most of Michael's paintings and cartoons. He is, in short, that strange person with the big nose, Mr Curly, and Vasco Pyjama. In HOLY FOOL over 240 of Michael Leunig's artworks are collected together for the first time in a book - ranging from paintings, to sculpture, from prints to drawings. As wonderful as his cartoons are, in Holy Fool we see so much more of the artistic expression of Michael Leunig. Filled with his trademark, lunacy, poignancy and arrow to the heart wisdom HOLY FOOL is the must have volume for the legion of Leunig fans.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • How to Visit an Art Museum: Empowering Tips for a Truly Rewarding Visit
    How to Visit an Art Museum: Empowering Tips for a Truly Rewarding Visit
    ISBN: 9789063693558
    Title: How to Visit an Art Museum: Empowering Tips for a Truly Rewarding Visit
    Author: IDEMA JOHAN


    Stop wandering, start acting! Find out how museum guards can be to your advantage. Learn the rule of thumb to distinguish good art from bad art.How to Visit an Art Museum is a short, fun, and rewarding read, full of tips and inspiring illustrations to get the most out of your museum visit.




    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • 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 Praise of Shadows
    In Praise of Shadows
    ISBN: 9781784875572
    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.'

    The slim book you are holding is in fact a portal. Opening 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 images, carefully chosen by Vintage Creative Director Suzanne Dean, to complement Tanizaki's reflections and further illustrate the pattern and beauty of shadows.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Learn How to Play the Acoustic Guitar : A Complete Practical Guide
    Learn How to Play the Acoustic Guitar : A Complete Practical Guide
    ISBN: 9781780193199
    Title: Learn How to Play the Acoustic Guitar : A Complete Practical Guide
    Author: FULLER TED

    Explains all the basic techniques of guitar playing, a guide to mastering the different styles, and including a chord finder of 300 essential chords.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • 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
  • Life Drawing in Charcoal
    Life Drawing in Charcoal
    ISBN: 9780486282688
    Title: Life Drawing in Charcoal
    Author: GRAVES DOUGLAS R

    Innovative method of drawing by tonal masses. Step-by-step demonstrations, with over 200 illustrations, cover foreshortening, drawing the face, and other aspects.




    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art
    Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art
    ISBN: 9780500517567
    Title: Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art
    Author: MCLEAN JANET

    In 1864 the National Gallery of Ireland opened to the public in Dublin. It then housed just 112 paintings. Today the gallery holds over 15,000 works of European art and is notable both for its extensive collection of Irish art and its Italian baroque and Dutch masters paintings. For this anthology, published to mark the 150th anniversary of the National Gallery of Ireland, fifty-six Irish writers have contributed short stories, essays, and poems inspired by pictures in the collection. These literary responses to art are by turns profound, playful, and insightful. Authors include acclaimed figures in contemporary Irish literature, such as Colm Toibin, John Banville, John Boyne, Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann, Paula Meehan, Paul Muldoon, John Montague, and Seamus Heaney. The pictures that the writers have selected are intriguingly diverse. They range from old master paintings by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, El Greco, and Velazquez to works by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet and Pierre Bonnard, as well as works by Irish artists such as Jack B. Yeats, John Lavery, Gerard Dillon, and Paul Henry. The book is organized alphabetically by writer and each text is illustrated with the chosen work in color. Edited with preface by Janet McLean, Curator of European Art 1850 1950 at the NGI."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Lizzie Siddal: the Tragedy of a Pre-raphaelite Supermodel
    Lizzie Siddal: the Tragedy of a Pre-raphaelite Supermodel
    ISBN: 9780233004020
    Title: Lizzie Siddal: the Tragedy of a Pre-raphaelite Supermodel
    Author: HAWKSLEY LUCINDA

    Now in paperback, the highly acclaimed biography of the Pre-Raphaelite artists' museThe supermodel did not arrive when Twiggy first donned false eyelashes; the concept began more than 100 years previously, with a young artists' model whose face captivated a generation. Saved from the drudgery of a working-class existence by a young Pre-Raphaelite artist, Lizzie Siddal rose to become one of the most famous faces in Victorian Britain and a pivotal figure of London's artistic world, until tragically ending her young life in a laudanum-soaked suicide in 1862. In the 21st century, even those who do not know her name always recognize her face: she is Millais's doomed Ophelia and Rossetti's beatified Beatrice. With many parallels in the modern-day world of art and fashion, this biography takes Lizzie from the background of Dante Rossetti's life and, finally, brings her to the forefront of her own.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Look Again
    Look Again
    ISBN: 9780500239674
    Title: Look Again
    Author: WARD OSSIAN


    This book engages with some of history's greatest art, from the spectacular theatrics of Bosch to the luminous scenes of Giotto, and starts with the idea that the art of the past can and should be seen from the viewpoint of a contemporary observer of visual culture--rather than just an elitist, academic interpretation.


    Ossian Ward's simple, ten-step guide acts as an aid to looking at and breaking down the often obscure strategies of the Old Masters into intuitive categories--from Art as Honesty to Art as Vision. Just as contemporary art should be judged by how it moves us, cajoles our senses, and envelops us, so too can the great paintings of history be seen as immersive, captivating, and even participatory experiences.


    Look Again does not deny the specific complexities and barriers associated with looking at art from other eras, instead it offers methods that not only provide the viewer with the tools to interpret the art, but also assumes that we intuitively hold some of this knowledge within ourselves already.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Marcel Duchamp & the Art of Life
    Marcel Duchamp & the Art of Life
    ISBN: 9780262042741
    Title: Marcel Duchamp & the Art of Life
    Author: BAAS JACQUELYNN


    A groundbreaking reading of Duchamp's work as informed by Asian "esoterism, " energetic spiritual practices identifying creative energy with the erotic impulse.


    Considered by many to be the most important artist of the twentieth century, the object of intensive critical scrutiny and extensive theorizing, Marcel Duchamp remains an enigma. He may be the most intellectual artist of all time; and yet, toward the end of his life, he said, "If you wish, my art would be that of living: each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual or cerebral." In Marcel Duchamp and the Art of Life, Jacquelynn Baas offers a groundbreaking new reading of Duchamp, arguing in particular that his work may have been informed by Asian "esoterism, " energetic spiritual practices that identify creative energy with the erotic impulse.


    Duchamp drew on a wide range of sources for his art, from science and mathematics to alchemy. Largely overlooked, until now, have been Asian spiritual practices, including Indo-Tibetan tantra. Baas presents evidence that Duchamp's version of artistic realization was grounded in a western interpretation of Asian mind training and body energetics designed to transform erotic energy into mental and spiritual liberation. She offers close readings of many Duchamp works, beginning and ending with his final work, the mysterious, shockingly explicit tant donn s: 1 la chute d'eau 2 le gaz d' clairage, (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas).


    Generously illustrated, with many images in color, Marcel Duchamp and the Art of Life speculates that Duchamp viewed art making as part of an esoteric continuum grounded in Eros. It asks us to unlearn what we think we know, about both art and life, in order to be open to experience.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $95.00
    $95.00
  • Maya: Divine Kings of the Rain Forest
    Maya: Divine Kings of the Rain Forest
    ISBN: 9783848000340
    Title: Maya: Divine Kings of the Rain Forest
    Author: GRUBE NIKOLAI (ED)

    "Sunken cities in the jungle and towering temple pyramids reflect only a small portion of our knowledge about Mayan culture. This fascinating people achieved the landmarks of an advanced civilization -- such as a highly developed writing system and densely populated cities -- in the classical period (AD 300-600), earning them a place among the greatest civilizations in the world. However, this period represents just one phase in the history of the Mayan culture, which extends over thousands of years. Our knowledge of Mayan life has increased dramatically in recent decades. As a result, specialists from a wide range of disciplines have contributed to this book in order to represent all of the latest research on the Maya.

    The contributions included in this magnificent volume range from the origins of Mayan culture all the way to modernity, giving insight into everyday life and religion as well as the artistic accomplishments and intellectual abilities of this important culture."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00
    $100.00
  • 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
  • Mini Colouring Books Birds
    Mini Colouring Books Birds
    ISBN: 9781911130109
    Title: Mini Colouring Books Birds
    Author: WOOLRIDGE GEORGIE

    Published in October 2015, Birds (in its original large format), has sold over 100,000 copies. Reimagined in this pocket-sized edition, Birds: A Mini Mindful Colouring Book is ideal for creativity anywhere and anytime.

    As our lives become increasingly burdened by the stresses of the modern world, relaxation is vital. Easing you into another world, the beautiful images in Birds: A Mini Mindful Colouring Book provide an easy, enjoyable and portable way to successfully conquer stress and anxiety through medita tive and methodical colouring.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
    $16.00
  • Minutes to Midnight
    Minutes to Midnight
    ISBN: 9783869302058
    Title: Minutes to Midnight
    Author: PARK TRENT

    In 2003 Trent Parke began a road-trip around his native Australia, a monumental journey that was to last two years and cover a distance of over 90,000 km. Minutes to Midnight is the ambitious photographic record of that adventure, in which Parke presents a proud but uneasy nation struggling to craft its identity from different cultures and traditions. Minutes to Midnight merges traditional documentary techniques and imagination to create a dark visual narrative portraying Australia with a mix of nostalgia, romanticism and brooding realism. This is not a record of the physical landscape but of an emotional one. It is a story of human anxiety and intensity, which although told from Australia, represents a universal human condition in the world today.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $130.00
    $130.00
  • Modern Art, 1870-2000 Impressionism to Today
    Modern Art, 1870-2000 Impressionism to Today
    ISBN: 9783836555395
    Title: Modern Art, 1870-2000 Impressionism to Today
    Author: HOLZWARTH HANS WERNER

    Modern matters: A blow-by-blow account of groundbreaking modernismMost art historians agree that the modern art adventure first developed in the 1860s in Paris. A circle of painters, whom we now know as Impressionists, began painting pictures with rapid, loose brushwork. They turned to everyday street life for subjects, instead of overblown heroic scenes, and they escaped the power of the Salon by organizing their own independent exhibitions.After this first assault on the artistic establishment, there was no holding back. In a constant desire to challenge, innovate, and inspire, one modernist style supplanted the next: Symbolism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dada, Abstract Art, renewed Realism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimal and conceptual practice.This indispensable overview traces the restless energy of modern art with a year-by-year succession of the groundbreaking artworks that shook standards, and broke down barriers. Introductory essays outline the most significant and influential movements alongside explanatory texts for each major work and its artist.About the series: Bibliotheca Universalis Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm s delight never bore, always excite "

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • 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
  • Mona Lisa Revealed: The True Identity of Leonardo's Model
    Mona Lisa Revealed: The True Identity of Leonardo's Model
    ISBN: 9788876246593
    Title: Mona Lisa Revealed: The True Identity of Leonardo's Model
    Author: PALLANTI GIUSEPPE


    Giuseppe Pallanti, following Giorgio Vasari's lead, bases his work on a meticulous and in-depth review of archival materials in attributing a name to one of the most iconic faces in art history: Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. The author looks beyond the myth enshrouding one of the absolute masterpieces of Leonardo's genius, and gives us Mona Lisa as an authentic and living woman. With his engaging and casual style, he has reconstructed her personal and historical dimension. The revelation of the mysterious identity of the model, hidden up until now and object of the most disparate and far-fetched hypotheses, certainly takes nothing away from the enigmatic quality of that "smile." It becomes even more fascinating to us after we have been immersed in the world of her affections and read her husband's will, palpably imbued with a genuine love for his "cherished wife." The beauty of her spirit now seems even more radiant than the external beauty eternalized by Leonardo.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • 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
  • New York's Underground Art Museum Expanding Along the Way
    New York's Underground Art Museum Expanding Along the Way
    ISBN: 9781580934039
    Title: New York's Underground Art Museum Expanding Along the Way
    Author: BLOODWORTH SANDRA & AYRES WILLIAM

    Initiated in 1985, the MTA Arts & Design collection of public art now encompasses more than 250 projects, creating a dynamic underground museum of contemporary art that spans the entire city and its immediate environs. Since the program was founded, a diverse group of artists--including Elizabeth Murray, Faith Ringgold, Eric Fischl, Romare Bearden, Acconci Studio, and many others--has created works in mosaic, terra-cotta, bronze, and glass for the stations of the New York City Subways and Buses, Metro-North Railroad,& Long Island Rail Road, and Bridges and Tunnels.
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    An update of the classic Along the Way, this expanded edition features nearly 100 new works installed in stations since 2006, including Sol LeWitt's Whirls and twirls (MTA) at Columbus Circle, Doug and Mike Starn's See it split, see it change at South Ferry, and James Carpenter's Sky Reflector-Net at Fulton Center. The book illustrates how the program has taken to heart its original mandate: that the subways be "designed, constructed, and maintained with a view to the beauty of their appearance, as well as to their efficiency." MTA Arts & Design is committed to preserving and restoring the original ornament of the system and to commissioning new works that exemplify the principles of vibrant public art, relating directly to the places where they are located and to the community around them.
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    The definitive guide to works commissioned by MTA Arts & Design, a reference for riders who have wondered about an artist or the meaning behind the art they've seen, as well as a memento for visitors, New York's Underground Art Museum provides 300 color illustrations and insightful descriptions sure to infuse any future trip or viewing with a fresh appreciation and understanding of this historic enterprise.
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    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
    $90.00
  • 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
  • Orientalism: the Orient in Western Art
    Orientalism: the Orient in Western Art
    ISBN: 9783848003174
    Title: Orientalism: the Orient in Western Art
    Author: LEMAIRE GERARD-GEORGES

    "Ever since its discovery by traders and seamen in the Early Modern age, the world of Islam has been an important source of cultural inspiration for Western civilization. Geographically so near, culturally so dif-ferent, the countries of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa have influenced both the Oriental vogue of the baroque period and also the popular Oriental genre in the fine arts. At the same time, the mysterious aura of the Orient has repeatedly served as a romantically idealized counterpoint and escape route for European fantasies and longings. From the early turquets to the glory of the 19th century to the Tunisian images of August Macke and Paul Klee, this elaborately appointed volume presents the history of Oriental images in painting and follows the traces of a phenomenon that remains fascinating even today. "

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
    $90.00
  • 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
  • Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past, 1830-1980
    Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past, 1830-1980
    ISBN: 9783836555111
    Title: Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past, 1830-1980
    Author: LESCAZE ZOE

    Dinosaurs Are Forever
    A pictorial history of paleoart

    It was 1830 when an English scientist named Henry De la Beche painted the first piece of paleoart, a dazzling, deliciously macabre vision of prehistoric reptiles battling underwater. Since then, artists the world over have conjured up visions of dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, cavemen, and other creatures, shaping our understanding of the primeval past through their exhilarating images.

    In this unprecedented new book, writer Zoe Lescaze and artist Walton Ford present the astonishing history of paleoart from 1830 to 1990. These are not cave paintings produced thousands of years ago, but modern visions of the prehistory: stunning paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, mosaics, and murals that mingle scientific fact with unbridled fantasy. The collection provides an in-depth look at this neglected niche of art history, and shows the artists charged with imagining these extinct creatures projected their own aesthetic whims onto prehistory, rendering the primordial past with dashes of Romanticism, Impressionism, Japonisme, Fauvism, and Art Nouveau, among other influences.

    With incisive essays from Lescaze, a preface by Ford, five fold-outs, and dozens of details, the book showcases a stunning collection of artworks plucked from major natural history museums, obscure archives, and private collections, and includes new photography of key works, including Charles R. Knight's seminal dinosaur paintings in Chicago and little-known masterpieces such as A. M. Belashova's monumental mosaic in Moscow. From the fearsome to the fantastical, Paleoart: Visions of a Prehistoric Past 1830-1990 is a celebration of prehistoric animals in art, and a novel chance to understand our favorite extinct beasts through a new art historical lens.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $170.00
    $170.00
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