• Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego & History's Vandals
    Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego & History's Vandals
    ISBN: 9781760760069
    Title: Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego & History's Vandals
    Author: COTTER JULIE

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

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Sea Journal: Seafarers' Sketchbooks
    Sea Journal: Seafarers' Sketchbooks
    ISBN: 9780500021279
    Title: Sea Journal: Seafarers' Sketchbooks

    The sea has been an endless source of fascination, at once both alluring and mysterious, a place of wonder and terror. The Sea Journal contains first-hand records by a great range of travellers of their encounters with strange creatures and new lands, full of dangers and delights, pleasures and perils. In this remarkable gathering of private journals, log books, letters and diaries, we follow the voyages of intrepid sailors, from the frozen polar wastes to South Seas paradise islands, as they set down their immediate impressions of all they saw. They capture their experiences while at sea, giving us a precious view of the oceans and the creatures that live in them as they were when they were scarcely known and right up to the present day. In a series of biographical portraits, we meet officers and ordinary sailors, cooks and whalers, surgeons and artists, explorers and adventurers. A handful of contemporary mariners provide their thoughts on how art remains integral to their voyaging lives. Often still bearing the traces of their nautical past, the intriguing and enchanting sketches and drawings in this book brilliantly capture the spirit of the oceans and the magic of the sea.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Shock of the New: Art & the Century of Change
    Shock of the New: Art & the Century of Change
    ISBN: 9780500275825
    Title: Shock of the New: Art & the Century of Change

    An illustrated 100-year history of modern art, from cubism to pop and avant-guard. .

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $65.00
  • Short Story of Women Artists A Pocket Guide to Key Breakthroughs, Movements, Works & Themes
    Short Story of Women Artists A Pocket Guide to Key Breakthroughs, Movements, Works & Themes
    ISBN: 9781786276551
    Title: Short Story of Women Artists A Pocket Guide to Key Breakthroughs, Movements, Works & Themes
    Author: HODGE SUSIE

    The Short Story of Women Artists tells the full history - from the breakthroughs that women have made in pushing for parity with male artists, to the important contributions made to otherwise male-dominated artistic movements, and the forgotten and obscured artists who are now being rediscovered and reassessed.

    Accessible, concise and richly illustrated, the book reveals the connections between different periods, artists and styles, giving readers a thorough understanding and broad enjoyment of the full achievements that female artists have made.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00

  • Six Facets of Light
    Six Facets of Light
    ISBN: 9781784708375
    Title: Six Facets of Light
    Author: WROE ANN

    'She's a genius, I believe, because she lights up every subject she touches.' Hilary Mantel

    A Spectator Book of the Year

    Goethe claimed to know what light was. Galileo and Einstein both confessed they didn't. On the essential nature of light, and how it operates, the scientific jury is still out. There is still time, therefore, to listen to painters and poets on the subject. They, after all, spend their lives pursuing light and trying to tie it down.

    Six Facets of Light is a series of meditations on this most elusive and alluring feature of human life. Set mostly on the Downs and coastline of East Sussex, the most luminous part of England, it interweaves a walker's experiences of light in Nature with the observations, jottings and thoughts of a dozen writers and painters - and some scientists - who have wrestled to define and understand light. From Hopkins to Turner, Coleridge to Whitman, Fra Angelico to Newton, Ravilious to Dante, the mystery of light is teased out and pondered on. Some of the results are surprising.

    By using mostly notebooks and sketchbooks, this book becomes a portrait of the transitoriness, randomness, swiftness, frustrations and quicksilver beauty that are the essence of light. It is a work to be enjoyed, pondered over, engaged with, provoked by; to be packed in the rucksack of every walker heading for the sea or the hills, or to be opened to bring that outside radiance within four dark town walls.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Starry Night Van Gogh at the Asylum
    Starry Night Van Gogh at the Asylum
    ISBN: 9780711239203
    Title: Starry Night Van Gogh at the Asylum

    Starry Night is a fully illustrated account of Van Gogh's time at the asylum in Saint-Remy. Despite the challenges of ill health and asylum life, Van Gogh continued to produce a series of masterpieces - cypresses, wheatfields, olive groves and sunsets. He wrote very little about the asylum in letters to his brother Theo, so this book sets out to give an impression of daily life behind the walls of the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole and looks at Van Gogh through fresh eyes, with newly discovered material.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Story of Contemporary Art
    Story of Contemporary Art
    ISBN: 9780500239872
    Title: Story of Contemporary Art
    Author: GODFREY TONY

    What does it mean?
    Is it really art?
    Why does it cost so much?
    While these questions are perpetually asked about contemporary art, they are not the questions that E. H. Gombrich set out to answer in his seminal book The Story of Art. Contemporary art is very different from what came before. From the 1960s, where Gombrich's account concludes, artists began to abandon traditional forms of art and started to make work that questioned art's very definition. This is where Godfrey picks up the story.

    Developments in contemporary art have followed no straightforward line of progress or sequence of movements. Recognizing this, Tony Godfrey creates a narrative from a series of often dramatic creative conflicts and arguments around what art is or should be. From object versus sculpture and painting versus conceptual to local versus global, gallery versus wider world, The Story of Contemporary Art traces a history in terms of drastic changes in social and political life over the last sixty years.

    How do we experience being human in a world that seems to change so quickly? In exploring art's relationship to this question, Godfrey asserts that multiple voices must be heard: critics, theorists, curators and collectors, but also audiences and artists themselves. Key to the book is the story of how a perception that art was made almost exclusively by white men from North America and Western Europe has been radically overturned. Compelling and intelligent, but never academic, this book tells us how.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Symbols in Art
    Symbols in Art
    ISBN: 9780500295748
    Title: Symbols in Art

    Iconography, or the study of symbols--be they animals, artifacts, plants, geometric shapes, or gestures--is an essential aspect of interpreting art. One of the most consistent features of human society throughout time has been the use of visual symbols, which often act as substitutions for the written word, crossing dialects and borders and uniting understandings of the world through a shared language. Incorporating and analyzing a wealth of cultures, Symbols in Art serves as a reference guide to fifty of the most frequently occurring symbols in global art history from 2300 BCE to the present day, exploring their subtle implications and covert meanings.

    Entries devoted to specific symbols expose nuances of meaning and historical use, from easily identifiable symbols across the globe to those used to speak to specific cultural groups. This book exposes such intriguing correspondences as the symbolism of grapevines in a fifteenth-century painting by Giovanni Bellini compared to the images in Yinka Shonibare's Last Supper. Complete with a user-friendly glossary of symbols and a well-selected array of illustrations, this book illuminates common and thought-provoking symbols in art across history and the globe, functioning as an indispensable tool for interpretation.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Think Like an Artist, Don't Act Like One: Common Sense from an Unexpected Source
    Think Like an Artist, Don't Act Like One: Common Sense from an Unexpected Source
    ISBN: 9789063694685
    Title: Think Like an Artist, Don't Act Like One: Common Sense from an Unexpected Source
    Author: DE WILT KOOS

    This book presents seventy-five ways to look at art and seventy-five life lessons you can learn from it. From the works of ancient Egypt and Greece to today's abstract and conceptual pieces, by way of da Vinci, Durer, Rembrandt, Picasso, Warhol, and Ai Wei Wei, art inspires us to take a fresh look at the fundamental questions we face--questions about success, love, work, friendship, life, and death. It's a lively introduction to art history as it resonates in your own daily life and an exhortation to look at art in your own personal way.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
  • Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
    Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
    ISBN: 9781473687936
    Title: Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
    Author: HUNTER CLARE


    'An astonishing feat'
    Christina Patterson, Sunday Times

    'An inspiring and moving sideways look at history'
    Eithne Farry, Sunday Express

    An eloquent blend of history and memoir, Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we all have to tell our story.

    From political propaganda in medieval France to secret treason in Tudor England, from the mothers of the desaparecidos in Argentina to First World War soldiers with PTSD, from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland, Threads of Life is a global chronicle of identity, protest, memory and politics.

    Banner-maker, community textile artist and textile curator Clare Hunter chronicles the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents, who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.

    'A beautifully considered book... Clare Hunter has managed to mix the personal with the political with moving results.' TRACY CHEVALIER

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Thrust: A History of the Codpiece in Art
    Thrust: A History of the Codpiece in Art
    ISBN: 9781644230244
    Title: Thrust: A History of the Codpiece in Art

    A laugh-out-loud visual history of the strangest piece of men's clothing ever created: the codpiece.

    The codpiece was fashioned in the Middle Ages to close a revealing gap between two separate pieces of men's tights. By the sixteenth century, it had become an upscale must-have accessory. This lighthearted, illustrated examination of its history pulls in writers from Rabelais to Shakespeare and figures from Henry VIII to Alice Cooper. Glover's witty and entertaining prose reveals how male vanity turned a piece of cloth into a bulging and absurd representation of masculinity itself. The codpiece, painted again and again by masters such as Titian, Holbein, Giorgione, and Bruegel, became a symbol of royalty, debauchery, virility, and religious seriousness--all in one.

    Centuries of male self-importance and delusion are on display in this highly enjoyably new title. Glover's book moves from paintings to contemporary culture and back again as it charts the growing popularity of the codpiece and its eventual decline. The first history of its kind, this book is a must-read for art historians, anthropologists, fashion aficionados, and readers looking for a good, long laugh.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00

  • We Go to the Gallery
    We Go to the Gallery
    ISBN: 9780992834913
    Title: We Go to the Gallery
    Author: ELIA MIRIAM

    Have you taken children to a gallery recently? Did you struggle to explain the work to them in plain, simple English? With this new Dung Beetle book by artist Miriam Elia--a tribute to and a parody of the much-loved British Ladybird early learning children's books of the 1960s--anyone can learn about contemporary art and understand many of its key themes. Join John and Susan on their exciting journey through the art exhibition, where, with Mummy's help, they will discover the real meaning of all the contemporary artworks, from empty rooms to vagina paintings or giant inflatable dogs. The 2014 limited edition of We Go to the Gallery was threatened with a lawsuit by Penguin UK (owners of the Ladybird imprint), which was withdrawn following a recent change in UK copyright law allowing for parody and satire.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $26.00
  • Whole Picture: The Colonial Story of the Art in Our Museums... & Why We Need to Talk about It
    Whole Picture: The Colonial Story of the Art in Our Museums... & Why We Need to Talk about It
    ISBN: 9781788401555
    Title: Whole Picture: The Colonial Story of the Art in Our Museums... & Why We Need to Talk about It

    If you think art history has to be pale, male and stale - think again.
    Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonise' our galleries? Must Rhodes fall?

    From the stolen Wakandan art in Black Panther, to Emmanuel Macron's recent commitment to art restitution, and Beyonc and Jay Z's provocative music video filmed in the Louvre, the question of decolonising our relationship with the art around us is quickly gaining traction. People are waking up to the seedy history of the world's art collections, and are starting to ask difficult questions about what the future of museums should look like.

    In The Whole Picture, art historian and Uncomfortable Art Tour guide Alice Procter provides a manual for deconstructing everything you thought you knew about art, and fills in the blanks with the stories that have been left out of the art history canon for centuries.

    The book is divided into four chronological sections, named after four different kinds of art space:
    The Palace The Classroom The Memorial The Playground
    Each section tackles the fascinating and often shocking stories of five different art pieces, including the propaganda painting that the East India Company used to justify its control in India; the Maori mokomokai skulls that were traded and collected by Europeans as 'art objects'; and Kara Walker's controversial contemporary sculpture A Subtlety, which raised questions about 'appropriate' interactions with art. Through these stories, Alice brings out the underlying colonial narrative lurking beneath the art industry today, and suggests different ways of seeing and thinking about art in the modern world.
    The Whole Picture
    is a much-needed provocation to look more critically at the accepted narratives about art, and rethink and disrupt the way we interact with the museums and galleries that display it.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00

  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    ISBN: 9781854379399
    Title: Yayoi Kusama

    A definitive monograph on Japan's most famous living artist

    Yayoi Kusama is arguably Japan's most famous living artist. Her originality, innovation, and powerful desire to communicate have propelled her through a career that has spanned six decades. During this time, Kusama has explored painting, printmaking, photography, collage, film and video, performance and installation, and product design.
    From the late 1950s to the early 1970s Kusama lived in New York and was at the forefront of many artistic innovations in the city. Returning to Japan in her 40s, she rebuilt her career, waiting years for the international recognition she has recently achieved. In her ninth decade her imagination remains richly creative and she continues to extend the range of her practice.
    Having accompanied the first major retrospective exhibition of the artist's work to be staged in the UK, this lavishly illustrated book features an introductory essay by Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern, as well as four other substantial essays by leading international critics. Topics covered include Kusama's time in New York, her career after her return to Japan, her installation works, and an exploration of her art from a psychoanalytical point of view.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00

  • Year in the Art World
    Year in the Art World
    ISBN: 9780500239926
    Title: Year in the Art World

    The world of contemporary art has become more globalized and transparent in the last few decades, yet it is still perceived as closed-off and obscure. In A Year in the Art World, Matthew Israel takes the reader on a cross-continental journey through a year in the field of art, lifting the veil on a culture that emerges as diverse, adventurous, nuanced, and meaningful. From Los Angeles and New York to Paris and Hong Kong, Israel encounters artists, curators, critics, gallerists, and institutions, uncovering the working lives of these art-world figures from the renowned to the unseen.

    Drawing on exclusive interviews and expertly researched content, Israel ventures into the inner workings of the art industry to ask: What is it that people in the art world actually do? What drives interest in working with art? How do artworks acquire value? And how has technology transformed today's art world? Anchoring the narrative in the history, economics, and cultural dynamics of the field, this fascinating story reveals how "the art world" describes a realm that is both surprisingly vast and deeply interconnected.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
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