• Freedom Song
    Freedom Song
    ISBN: 9780473410131
    Title: Freedom Song
    Author: FARRY E

    Freedom Song challenges our belief systems, examines the juxtaposition between darkness and light and shows us a way through the madness building in our world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Fun With Flax: 50 Projects for Beginners
    Fun With Flax: 50 Projects for Beginners
    ISBN: 9780143009931
    Title: Fun With Flax: 50 Projects for Beginners
    Author: PENDERGRAST MICK

    These 50 interesting and entertaining projects are designed to teach beginners the basic skills of the Maori craft of plaiting. Fun with Flax shows how to make items ranging from a simple windmill, a dart and a whistle to more complex puzzles, balls, birds, fish and even a caterpillar. Each project is described one step at a time with easy-to-follow line drawings and instructions. All are fun and will delight children and adults with their ingenuity, their beauty and the amusement they provide. This book is ideal for kohanga reo, playcentres, kindergartens, Maori crafts groups and New Zealand homes. It aims not only to teach the skills of plaiting to young New Zealanders but also to nurture a new generation of flaxworkers. Mick Pendergrast first became interested in plaiting and other Maori crafts while teaching in small communities in the East Cape area. He has spent time as a VSA teacher in the Solomon Islands and on the remote Polynesian outlier of Tikopia, and has worked in a number of New Zealand's major museums. He is the author of Te Mahi Kete: Maori Basketry for Beginners, Feathers and Fibre, a catalogue of the first major exhibition of Maori flaxcrafts, of which he was the curator, and Raranga Whakairo, a collection of plaiting patterns.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Futuna: Life of a Building
    Futuna: Life of a Building
    ISBN: 9781776560523
    Title: Futuna: Life of a Building
    Author: O'BRIEN GREGORY & BEVIN NICK

    As a humane expression of architecture Futuna is perfectly adaptable to interdenominational use, and it embodies in three-dimensional form the values of the Treaty of Waitangi – perhaps the only building in our culture to do so. To experience it on a fine summer’s day, when light intensities move the building, is to sense the rhythm of our homecoming, the where and what of our turangawaewae as New Zealanders.
    —Russell Walden

    Since its grand opening in 1961, Wellington's Futuna Chapel – devised by architect John Scott and artist Jim Allen – has held a singular place in New Zealand's cultural history. Futuna: Life of a Building tells the remarkable story of the chapel's inception and construction, and its status beyond as well as within the architectural world. The book also tells the vexed story of the chapel's sale to a developer in 2001 and its subsequent dereliction and, at the eleventh hour, rescue. Since then, the chapel has been transformed from a place of Catholic worship to a non-denominational centre for spiritual, cultural and artistic expression. With essays by Chris Cochran, David Mitchell, Niall McLaughlin, Gregory O’Brien and Nick Bevin and photographs by Paul McCredie and Gavin Woodward, this book takes us into the heart of one of the most dynamic and affecting human-made structures in Oceania.

    NICK BEVIN is a director of Wellington-based Bevin + Slessor Architects, whose contemporary buildings in urban, coastal and rural spaces across New Zealand have won numerous awards. He is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects and Chair of the Friends of the Futuna Charitable Trust, and he currently sits on Heritage New Zealand’s Heritage List/Rarangi Korero Committee. Prior to pursuing architecture Nick worked as a chainman, farmhand, alteration tailor, childcare assistant and zookeeper.

    GREGORY O'BRIEN is the Stout Memorial Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington for 2015–16. Between 1997 and 2009 he was a curator at City Gallery Wellington, where his projects included exhibitions by Ralph Hotere, Rosalie Gascoigne, Laurence Aberhart and emigre architect Ernst Plischke. His most recent publications are the poetry collection Whale Years (AUP, 2015) and See What I Can See: New Zealand Photography for the Young and Curious (AUP, 2015). In 2012 he was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement (Nonfiction) and also received a Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. In 2013–14, he was awarded an MNZM for services to the arts.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Futuna: Life of a Building Deluxe Ed
    Futuna: Life of a Building Deluxe Ed
    ISBN: 9781776560912
    Title: Futuna: Life of a Building Deluxe Ed
    Author: O'BRIEN GREGORY & BEVIN NICK

    As a humane expression of architecture Futuna is perfectly adaptable to interdenominational use, and it embodies in three-dimensional form the values of the Treaty of Waitangi – perhaps the only building in our culture to do so. To experience it on a fine summer’s day, when light intensities move the building, is to sense the rhythm of our homecoming, the where and what of our turangawaewae as New Zealanders.
    —Russell Walden

    Since its grand opening in 1961, Wellington's Futuna Chapel – devised by architect John Scott and artist Jim Allen – has held a singular place in New Zealand's cultural history. Futuna: Life of a Building tells the remarkable story of the chapel's inception and construction, and its status beyond as well as within the architectural world. The book also tells the vexed story of the chapel's sale to a developer in 2001 and its subsequent dereliction and, at the eleventh hour, rescue. Since then, the chapel has been transformed from a place of Catholic worship to a non-denominational centre for spiritual, cultural and artistic expression. With essays by Chris Cochran, David Mitchell, Niall McLaughlin, Gregory O’Brien and Nick Bevin and photographs by Paul McCredie and Gavin Woodward, this book takes us into the heart of one of the most dynamic and affecting human-made structures in Oceania.

    NICK BEVIN is a director of Wellington-based Bevin + Slessor Architects, whose contemporary buildings in urban, coastal and rural spaces across New Zealand have won numerous awards. He is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects and Chair of the Friends of the Futuna Charitable Trust, and he currently sits on Heritage New Zealand’s Heritage List/Rarangi Korero Committee. Prior to pursuing architecture Nick worked as a chainman, farmhand, alteration tailor, childcare assistant and zookeeper.

    GREGORY O'BRIEN is the Stout Memorial Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington for 2015–16. Between 1997 and 2009 he was a curator at City Gallery Wellington, where his projects included exhibitions by Ralph Hotere, Rosalie Gascoigne, Laurence Aberhart and emigre architect Ernst Plischke. His most recent publications are the poetry collection Whale Years (AUP, 2015) and See What I Can See: New Zealand Photography for the Young and Curious (AUP, 2015). In 2012 he was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement (Nonfiction) and also received a Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. In 2013–14, he was awarded an MNZM for services to the arts.

    Format: Boxed Set
    Price: $125.00
    $125.00
  • Garden of Memories: Extending Quilt Making Traditions from Around the World
    Garden of Memories: Extending Quilt Making Traditions from Around the World
    ISBN: 978099518409
    Title: Garden of Memories: Extending Quilt Making Traditions from Around the World
    Author: PETERSON GILES


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Garden of Memories: Extending Quilt Making Traditions from Around the World
    Garden of Memories: Extending Quilt Making Traditions from Around the World
    ISBN: 9780995118409
    Title: Garden of Memories: Extending Quilt Making Traditions from Around the World
    Author: CONROY BILL

    Garden of Memories, curated by Giles Peterson, brings together heirloom and contemporary Pacific quilts from Petersons collection and uses these precious objects as the starting point for exploring contemporary craft and object-making by extending this traditional form into creative interpretations and new works by artists from across Asia and the Pacific. Six quilts from Aotearoa and the Pacific are at the centre of the exhibition and this complementing publication. Petersons personal connection to each quilt is explored through narratives, along with the idea of quilts as domestic objects, transmitters of knowledge, status objects, items for comfort, survival and as works of art. Garden of Memories features work by Shona Pitt, Sheena Tavairanga, Lisa Reihana, Vea Mafileo, Reina Sutton, Lina Pavaha Marsh, and Ken Khun. The legacy of this project is extended through this exhibition catalogue, developed with Uxbridge Malcolm Smith Gallery in Howick, Auckland. The publication includes profiles on each of the artists involved, high-quality documentation of all components of the exhibition and extended narratives by Peterson related to each quilt

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Geoff Murphy: A Life on Film: I'm Taking this Bloody Car to Invercargill
    Geoff Murphy: A Life on Film: I'm Taking this Bloody Car to Invercargill
    ISBN: 9781775540793
    Title: Geoff Murphy: A Life on Film: I'm Taking this Bloody Car to Invercargill
    Author: MURPHY GEOFF

    The majorly entertaining memoir from a major entertainer - Geoff 'Goodbye Pork Pie' Murphy tells it like it really was in this director's cut of his life and times. "I'm taking this bloody car to Invercargill!" It was the line that had cinema audiences cheering. Goodbye Pork Pie became an instant classic, and announced the arrival of a major new talent in director Geoff Murphy. With his next two films, Utu and The Quiet Earth, he cemented his reputation as a pioneer of New Zealand cinema, eventually arriving in Hollywood as a gun-for-hire in the super-charged world of studio politics and superstar egos. He'd come a long way from his days as a struggling school teacher, and then a member of a madcap band of merry pranksters known as Blerta, founded by his great friend and collaborator Bruno Lawrence. But it was the same sense of adventure -with a healthy does of Kiwi ingenuity - that defined every stage of his career. In this candid and funny memoir, Geoff Murphy looks back on his wild times in (and on) film - from do-it-yourself no-budget shoots in the 1960s to bigger-than-Ben-Hur second unit epics on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy - and delviers the director's cut of a truly remarkable life.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Goldie: Art of Charles F Goldie
    Goldie: Art of Charles F Goldie
    ISBN: 9781869533403
    Title: Goldie: Art of Charles F Goldie
    Author: BLACKLEY ROGER


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Gretchen Albrecht: Between Gesture & Geometry
    Gretchen Albrecht: Between Gesture & Geometry
    ISBN: 9780995109513
    Title: Gretchen Albrecht: Between Gesture & Geometry
    Author: SMYTHE LUKE

    Gretchen Albrecht CNZM is one of New Zealands most influential painters. Over the course of her long career, her work has continued to surprise and delight, and her paintings feature in many important collections both in New Zealand and overseas. This comprehensive survey of her much-admired work reveals a painter steeped in art history, drawing freely from a range of sources to create vivid, intellectually persuasive and deeply affecting work, and determined to push her work in new directions. With a text by leading art writer Luke Smythe, plus a preface by art curator Mary Kisler, this magnificent book both interrogates Albrechts work and celebrates her accomplishments.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
    $80.00
  • Holy Ghost Among the Fantails
    Holy Ghost Among the Fantails
    ISBN: 9781877577895
    Title: Holy Ghost Among the Fantails
    Author: MCARTHUR PIERA

    The Holy Ghost Among the Fantails: Being the Rendering of certain painterly situations in the Missionary Life of Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier who laboured in New Zealand from 1838 to 1868 and witnessed many of the events of those turbulent years. Piera McArthur is one of New Zealand's foremost contemporary artists. Her work is known for its 'joie-de-vivre' and for its optimistic energy. "It was from my musings about the readjustments necessary for a deeply European person to live happily in New Zealand, even today, that came the idea of using the Bishop as the subject of a series of paintings -- to be taken on any level from comic strip to profound -- purple is his colour, regal his stance, touching his struggles (almost submerged as he was by difficulties administrative and financial) to cope with the wear and tear of life so far from home. Piera McArthur

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00
    $100.00
  • How to Look at a Painting
    How to Look at a Painting
    ISBN: 9781877551291
    Title: How to Look at a Painting
    Author: PATON JUSTIN

    This book needs no introduction. Out of stock for several months, it now returns by popular demand – with an eye-catching new cover by Awa Press Young Designer of the Year Keely O'Shannessy and expanded illustration section – and still at the same RRP!Justin Paton's brilliant TV series has had repeated screenings during 2011 and 2012 on TV One and TVNZ7, and won a whole new audience for this acclaimed art writer.How to Look at a Painting was declared one of the Best Books of the Year by many, including the Listener. Raves include:'A cultural exploration that deserves to become a classic' The Press'Paton is a brilliant stylist. The intimate, almost condential address to the reader is one of the book's strengths' The Dominion Post'Nothing gets between Paton and a painting … a lively and sensual stylist with a knack for making you feel his enthusiasms' Listener 'If you've ever gone to an exhibition and felt intimidated, underwhelmed or just plain confused - and haven't we all? - this is the book for you' Leaf Salon

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Irony/Sincerity
    Irony/Sincerity
    ISBN: 9780473448806
    Title: Irony/Sincerity
    Author: BIRD HERA LINDSEY & POOLE DEAN

    In the book, Bird mines the absurdity and humour of sincerity and irony. The texts start at opposing ends, before meeting and muddling in the middle, decked out in a spray of Heldane in rainbow glitter.

    “I've always been interested in the relationship between sincerity and irony in literature. Sometimes it's impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins,” Bird says. “People talk about them like they’re contradicting forces, but I love the grey area in-between, where the mutations occur. I still don't really know what irony is. Is that ironic? Probably not.”

    Of the collaboration, Bird says, “It was really exciting to work on something outside the scope of poetry. I have always loved the quick brown fox AND the lazy dog he jumped over, so it was great fun to create a text where the typeface was the central focus and things like punctuation, font size and italicisation took on greater import.”

    While Bird has sought poetic motivation in romantic literary heroes and ’90s pop culture (e.g. John Keats, immortalised in ‘Keats is dead so fuck me from behind’, and Monica Geller from Friends, “one of the worst characters in the history of television”), Sowersby’s starting point for Heldane were the Renaissance typefaces of Hendrik van den Keere, Claude Garamont, Robert Granjon and Simon de Colines.

    “Heldane is a hybrid, a bastard, a fabrication,” Sowersby says. “I vultured my way through history, picking the bones from old fonts to make something new. I hesitate to call it original, but it is new. I used to say Heldane is ‘my Garamond’ as a shorthand explanation, despite having very little to do with Garamont’s work. But it’s very much in the garalde genre. I’ve drawn fuzzy golden threads from his contemporaries to weave my own texture.”


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $47.00
    $47.00
  • Jock's Country
    Jock's Country
    ISBN: 9781869539788
    Title: Jock's Country
    Author: HENSHAW DAVID


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • John Drawbridge Calendar 2013
    John Drawbridge Calendar 2013
    ISBN: 9780118140911
    Title: John Drawbridge Calendar 2013
    Author: DRAWBRIDGE JOHN ESTATE


    Format: Calendar
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • John Scott Works
    John Scott Works
    ISBN: 9780995109520
    Title: John Scott Works
    Author: STRAIGHT DAVID

    This handsome book is a rich and loving tribute to the work and culturalsignificance of one of New Zealand's most influential but least well-documented architects, John Scott (1924-1992). Over 25 projects, from Scott's famous FutunaChapel to the Werry House and the Maori Battalion Hall to the Martin House arebeautifully photographed. With essays by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Hana Scott, Bill McKay and Greg O'Brien.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Joseph Banks' Florilegium Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage
    Joseph Banks' Florilegium Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage
    ISBN: 9780500022870
    Title: Joseph Banks' Florilegium Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage
    Author: GOODING MEL & MABERLEY DAVID & STUDHOLME JOE


    Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage around the world from 1768 to 1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and Java, bringing back over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, Banks commissioned over 700 engravings. Known collectively as Banks' Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created.


    The Florilegium was never published in Banks' lifetime, and it was not until 1990 that a complete set in color was issued under the direction of the British Museum. It is from these prints that the new compact edition of Joseph Banks' Florilegium is selected, as directed by David Mabberley, who has provided expert botanical commentaries. Art historian Mel Gooding sets the works in context while an afterword by Joe Studholme describes the history of modern printing.


    Joseph Banks' Florilegium is not only a great work of science, but also a major achievement in collaborative Enlightenment art and a volume of outstanding beauty.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • Laughter & Magic Shoes
    Laughter & Magic Shoes
    ISBN: 9780473432652
    Title: Laughter & Magic Shoes
    Author: BORKA EVA

    A recent gold medal winner in the international "Living Now" Awards, "Laughter and Magic Shoes" is Eva's second book of her paintings and poems.
    The human quest to find truth and meaning within the self and life is a key theme in Eva's work and reflects both her deep interest in the spiritual and in life's journey in all its aspects. She also draws inspiration from the richness of her Hungarian heritage and from the beauty of her adopted country.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Len Lye: a Biography
    Len Lye: a Biography
    ISBN: 9781869402471
    Title: Len Lye: a Biography
    Author: HORROCKS ROGER

    The life of an extraordinary New Zealander told for the first time. A charismatic personality Lye was a major New Zealand artist and a leading figure in international modernism who lived in London and New York but always retained a South Pacific energy and informality. There is a growing interest in his work and it is well illustrated in this book.
    "Len Lye: A Biography" tells for the first time the story of a unique, charismatic artist who was an innovator in many areas- film, kinetic sculpture, painting, photography and poetry. Born in New Zealand in 1901, Len Lye gained an international reputation in the arts and had friendships with many famous people- including Dylan Thomas, Robert Graves, Gertrude Stein, John Grierson, Norman McLaren, Oskar Fischinger, John Cage, Robert Creeley, Laura Riding, Stan Brakhage, and the artists of the New York School. A colorful bohemian, Lye lived in London from 1926 to 1944 (where he made highly original hand-painted films for John Grierson's GPO Film Unit), then moved to New York for the last 36 years of his life. Describing Len Lye as a "trailblazer" and a "one-man modern art movement" in "Sight & Sound," Ian Francis also celebrated this superb biography as "the definitive piece of Lye scholarship."

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Little Book of Houses
    Little Book of Houses
    ISBN: 9781877375606
    Title: Little Book of Houses
    Author: CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY STAFF

    A new series of award winning Little Books of Art is here! Designed by award-winning artist Aaron Beehre, these beautifully produced Little Books of Art make the perfect gift. Each book is curated to a different theme and features high-quality reproductions of favourite artworks from the Christchurch Art Gallery's collection. Featuring historical to contemporary art, with big names in New Zealand and international circles - these are mini art books at an incredible price!

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Little Book of Otautahi
    Little Book of Otautahi
    ISBN: 9781877375620
    Title: Little Book of Otautahi
    Author: CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY STAFF

    A new series of award winning Little Books of Art is here! Designed by award-winning artist Aaron Beehre, these beautifully produced Little Books of Art make the perfect gift. Each book is curated to a different theme and features high-quality reproductions of favourite artworks from the Christchurch Art Gallery's collection. Featuring historical to contemporary art, with big names in New Zealand and international circles - these are mini art books at an incredible price!

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Little Book of Portraits
    Little Book of Portraits
    ISBN: 9781877375590
    Title: Little Book of Portraits
    Author: CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY STAFF

    A new series of award winning Little Books of Art is here! Designed by award-winning artist Aaron Beehre, these beautifully produced Little Books of Art make the perfect gift. Each book is curated to a different theme and features high-quality reproductions of favourite artworks from the Christchurch Art Gallery's collection. Featuring historical to contemporary art, with big names in New Zealand and international circles - these are mini art books at an incredible price!

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Little Book of Sunlight
    Little Book of Sunlight
    ISBN: 9781877375613
    Title: Little Book of Sunlight
    Author: CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY TE PUNA O WAIWHETU

    A new series of award winning Little Books of Art is here! Designed by award-winning artist Aaron Beehre, these beautifully produced Little Books of Art make the perfect gift. Each book is curated to a different theme and features high-quality reproductions of favourite artworks from the Christchurch Art Gallery's collection. Featuring historical to contemporary art, with big names in NZ and international circles - these are mini art books at an incredible price!

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Living Big in a Tiny House
    Living Big in a Tiny House
    ISBN: 9780947503901
    Title: Living Big in a Tiny House
    Author: LANGSTON BRYCE

    Many of us dream of having a life free from rent, mortgages and utility bills and for some this dream is being achieved by living in a tiny house. Small, compact buildings offer an appealing way to live more sustainably, providing smart, energy-efficient housing at low cost; a route to escaping the financial shackles of long-term debt. Living Big in a Tiny House celebrates the diversity of tiny houses, and explores many of the innovative living solutions that tiny house-builders have developed in response to the challenges of smaller spaces. The author, Bryce Langston, has a significant international following through his YouTube channel, and devotes himself full-time to meeting tiny-house owners and discovering their stories. This book provides a fascinating look into the rapidly growing tiny-house movement, details the author¿s own tiny-house journey and showcases 40 innovative small-space dwellings from across the US, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. It is a must-have for anyone interested in living well with less, as well as an invaluable source of ideas for builders, designers, and aspiring tiny-house owners.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Louise Henderson: From Life
    Louise Henderson: From Life
    ISBN: 9780864633255
    Title: Louise Henderson: From Life
    Author: MILBURN FELICITY

    In the story of New Zealand art, there's no one quite like Louise Henderson. A painter trained in embroidery and design. A French woman who found freedom to be herself in New Zealand. A modernist who looked to European tradition for inspiration. And a pioneer of abstraction who remained engaged with the world around her. The first substantial book on Henderson - and the only publication to illustrate artwork and archival material from across her seven-decade career - Louise Henderson: From Life connects this extraordinary artist with an international discussion about women modernists and confirms her importance in New Zealand's visual culture.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • Man Walks Out of a Bar: Lucien Rizos NZ Photographs 1979-1982
    Man Walks Out of a Bar: Lucien Rizos NZ Photographs 1979-1982
    ISBN: 9780473178758
    Title: Man Walks Out of a Bar: Lucien Rizos NZ Photographs 1979-1982
    Author: RIZOS L & SKINNER D & WEDDE I

    In 1979 Lucien Rizos set out to photographically document New Zealand. Working in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Rizos toured the country, carrying his camera and making images of the people and culture that he encountered along the way. Over five years Rizos took thousands of photographs in cities and small towns around the country. At the end of 1983 he decided to give up photography in favour of other kinds of art making, and the book languished. When the Alexander Turnbull Library accepted the negatives into their collection in 1988, Rizos produced a number of photocopied books which attempted to shape the photographs into a coherent story. His interest in the project rekindled by a 2005 exhibition at the Hirschfeld Gallery in City Gallery, Wellington, Rizos began to look at his photographs again, and decided to finish what he had started three decades earlier. This book is the end result of that process...

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Max Gimblett Workspace
    Max Gimblett Workspace
    ISBN: 9788881587766
    Title: Max Gimblett Workspace
    Author: SAVAGE JON


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • McCahon Country: Colin McCahon
    McCahon Country: Colin McCahon
    ISBN: 9780143773931
    Title: McCahon Country: Colin McCahon
    Author: PATON JUSTIN

    'My painting tells you where I am at any given time, where I am living and the direction I am pointing in.'
    Colin McCahon

    McCahon (1919-1987) is widely recognised as an outstanding figure in twentieth century art whose ground-breaking work over four decades changed the way we see this country, while engaging intensely with questions of faith, mortality, belonging and the power of art.

    In this landmark new book, published in association with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki on the 100th anniversary of McCahon's birth, celebrated writer and curator Justin Paton takes readers on a journey through the landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand, as the artist loved and painted it.

    From Otago to Canterbury, Takaka to Taranaki, Muriwai to Northland and many more places in between, Paton brings his curator's eye to a selection of nearly 200 of McCahon's paintings and drawings, including iconic and beloved works and others never before published, presented in fifteen themed sections offering fresh perspectives on McCahon's abiding concerns.

    In elegant, responsive and deeply compelling prose, the author traces McCahon's travels through New Zealand, charts his remarkable development as a painter and thinker, explores his deepening engagement with Maori culture and environmental issues, and reveals his vision of the land as a source of light, peace and spiritual sustenance.

    A book to introduce new viewers to McCahon's vision and to enlarge the view for those who know the work well, McCahon Country illuminates the beauty, spiritual urgency and enduring power of McCahon's artworks.

    Above all, it shows the reader how McCahon's paintings get us looking at the world we live in with new eyes.


    'McCahon is not only New Zealand's most significant or important artist. He is our most soulful artist, our most searching. He asks the most of art and the world it renders. One hundred years since his birth, he still wants to know what we should believe in and where we belong.'
    Justin Paton

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
    $75.00
  • Melvin Day: Artist
    Melvin Day: Artist
    ISBN: 9781776562923
    Title: Melvin Day: Artist
    Author: O'BRIEN GREGORY & HUTCHINS-POND MARK

    There were many Melvin Days, but the term ‘Artist’ encompasses all of them. During a career spanning seven decades, he produced some of the most intellectually astute, yet often visceral, paintings in New Zealand art history. Born in Hamilton in 1923, Day was a radical—but also a great believer in tradition. In recent years, his early Cubist-inclined paintings have reinstated him—alongside John Weeks, Charles Tole and Louise Henderson—as a key figure in mid-20th century New Zealand art. In London during the 1960s, he was a vital and talented figure in an ex-patriate scene which also included Ralph Hotere, Ted Bullmore, Don Peebles and John Drawbridge. By later that decade he had become the most highly-qualified art historian in New Zealand and had returned home to spend a turbulent, but creatively rich, decade as director of the National Art Gallery.


    It was a past he never put behind him. From the late 1970s until his death in 2016, his investigations into still life, landscape and art history continued with undiminished fervour. Melvin Day—Artist is one of the great hitherto-untold stories of New Zealand art and its history. With essays by five writers who knew and understood Day—Vincent O’Sullivan, Tony Mackle, Gregory O’Brien, Mark Hutchins-Pond and Julia Waite—this book brings to light a wide-ranging yet intensely focused life’s work.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen: Building the World of the Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit
    Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen: Building the World of the Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit
    ISBN: 9780007544103
    Title: Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen: Building the World of the Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit
    Author: FALCONER DANIEL & WETA & JACKSON PETER INTRO

    For the first time ever, the epic, in-depth story of the creation of one of the most famous fantasy worlds ever imagined, a richly illustrated compendium that reveals the breathtaking craftsmanship, artistry, and technology behind the magical Middle-earth of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogies, directed by Peter Jackson.


    Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen tells the complete story of how J. R. R. Tolkien s magic world was brought to vivid life on the big screen in the record-breaking film trilogies The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy. Drawing on resources, stories, and content from the archives of the companies and individuals behind the films, much of which have never appeared in print before, as well as interviews with director Peter Jackson and key members of the Art Department, Shooting Crews, Park Road Post, and Weta Digital teams who share their personal insights on the creative process, this astonishing resource reveals: How the worlds were built, brick by brick and pixel by pixel;How environments were extended digitally or imagined entirely as computer generated spaces;How the multiple shooting units functioned;How cast members and characters interacted with their environments.


    Daniel Falconer takes fans from storyboard concepts to deep into the post-production process where the films were edited, graded, and scored, explaining in depth how each enhanced the films. He also discusses how the processes involved in establishing Middle-earth for the screen have evolved over the fifteen years between the start and finish of the trilogies. Going region by region and culture by culture in this fantasy realm, Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen describes how each area created for the films was defined, what made it unique, and what role it played in the stories.


    Illustrated with final film imagery, behind-the-scenes pictures and conceptual artwork, including places not seen in the final films, this monumental compilation offers unique and far-reaching insights into the creation of the world we know and love as Middle-earth.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $135.00
    $135.00
  • Mindful Home: the Secrets to Make Your Home a Place of Harmony, Beauty, Wisdom & True Happiness
    Mindful Home: the Secrets to Make Your Home a Place of Harmony, Beauty, Wisdom & True Happiness
    ISBN: 9781921966811
    Title: Mindful Home: the Secrets to Make Your Home a Place of Harmony, Beauty, Wisdom & True Happiness
    Author: HASSED CRAIG & HASSED DEIRDRE

    A "house "is merely physical but a "home "is far more subtle and elusive. This book takes the view that being 'at home' is a metaphor for finding ourselves -- finding our core. What do we find at our core?

    Well, if the world's great wisdom traditions have anything to say about it then home is about qualities that we could equate with 'good' itself -- true happiness, peace, beauty, wisdom and inspiration. It is also about the good things in life such as harmony, relationships, health and wealth. So, how are we to find our core and create a home that reminds us of the qualities associated with it? That is where the practice of mindfulness comes in By exploring the ways in which we feed our mind and our heart through our senses, how we use space, the practicalities of managing a home, and how we can live a healthful and sustainable life at home, "The Mindful Home "will enable us to shape the living space we really want, creating an environment that both nurtures and invigorates us, while meeting our needs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00

    $35.00
  • Mitchell & Mitchell: A Father & Son Arts Legacy
    Mitchell & Mitchell: A Father & Son Arts Legacy
    ISBN: 9780947503871
    Title: Mitchell & Mitchell: A Father & Son Arts Legacy
    Author: ALSOP PETER & REED ANNA & WOLFE RICHARD

    Leonard C. Mitchell and Leonard V. Mitchell ¿ father and son ¿ are two forgotten artistic heroes. Now, critically studied for the first time, their highlight reel runs long. No other family can likely claim such a diverse contribution to New Zealand art. This beautifully designed and illustrated title brings together these amazing New Zealanders and breathes life into their phenomenal artistic legacy. Leonard Cornwall Mitchell (1901¿71) has been called the father of New Zealand graphic design; a stand-out illustrator and designer. Some of Mitchell¿s posters, including his welcoming wahine for the Centennial Exhibition, are graphic masterpieces; the epitome of great design. For Mitchell¿s first son, Leonard Victor Mitchell (1925-80), art was a natural family fix. At age 31, he won the first Kelliher Art Award and painted one of New Zealand¿s most ambitious murals (Human Endeavour, installed in Lower Hutt¿s War Memorial Library). But within four years, despite another Kelliher win and multiple big-name portrait commissions, Mitchell moved to Europe, pushed out by Modernism never to return again. Only now, through privileged access to his own repatriated collection, can Mitchell¿s art be fully understood. This incredible body of work has been carefully crafted by the author Peter Alsop and designer Anna Reed (Leonard V. Mitchell¿s grand-daughter), and is a fantastic edition to the kernels of New Zealand¿s art history.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
    $80.00
  • New Photography: NZ's First Generation Contemporary Photographers
    New Photography: NZ's First Generation Contemporary Photographers
    ISBN: 9780995103191
    Title: New Photography: NZ's First Generation Contemporary Photographers
    Author: MCCREDIE ATHOL

    In this handsome book, leading photography curator Athol McCredie tells the story of the beginnings of contemporary photography - also known as art photography - in New Zealand.

    Through interviews with the photographers Gary Baigent, Richard Collins, John Daley, John Fields, Max Oettli, John B Turner, Len Wesney and Ans Westra, and accompanied by an outstanding introductory essay, McCredie shows how the break-through approach of personal documentary photography created a new field of photography in New Zealand that was not simply illustrative but rather spoke for itself and with its own language.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Old New World
    Old New World
    ISBN: 9780987659712
    Title: Old New World
    Author: MACPHERSON MARY

    Change in New Zealand society, seen in small towns throughout the North and South Islands, is the subject of Mary Macpherson's Old New World photographic book and touring exhibition.The in-depth study by Wellington-based photographer Mary Macpherson took seven years of travel around New Zealand to create. The striking colour photographs feature buildings, houses, statues and murals to tell the story of a shift from the remains of the traditional New Zealand of the 1950s and 60s to places of boom and prosperity that look very different to our remembered past.
    Introduction and interview by Gregory O’Brien.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Olivia Spencer Bower: Making Her Own Discoveries
    Olivia Spencer Bower: Making Her Own Discoveries
    ISBN: 9781927145074
    Title: Olivia Spencer Bower: Making Her Own Discoveries
    Author: KING JULIE

    "I paint for myself. That's the only way. For when you paint to please it's not the honest thing and inhibits the chances of discovery, because there's no point in writing or painting unless you make your own discoveries." Olivia Spencer Bower wrote those words near the end of an almost six-decade career as one of New Zealand's finest and best-loved artists. Born in England, she initially came to New Zealand reluctantly but learned to call this country home and to cherish its landscape, particularly in the South Island. She was a superb watercolourist, but worked in a wide variety of media and was always keen to experiment and remained open to new ideas. Outwardly sociable, hospitable and colourful, the friend of artists from Rita Angus to Colin McCahon, she remained a private, thoughtful person. Her conviction that artists should have the freedom and opportunity to make their own discoveries led to the establishment of her art award, an ongoing legacy to subsequent generations in New Zealand. In this, the first book to consider Olivia Spencer Bower's life and work, art historian Julie King offers, through a lively and impeccably researched text and a selection of watercolours, paintings, drawings, prints and illustrations, a superb evocation of one of the most engaging and vital artists this country has produced.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • One Year Drawn
    One Year Drawn
    ISBN: 9780473482596
    Title: One Year Drawn
    Author: BOSSLEY PETE

    A year spent travelling as a young architect tuaght Pete Bossley how to 'read' a building and instilled in him a life-long love of drawing. In 'One Year Drawn' he shares this voyage of discovery - and the places and people he encounters along the way.


    Now one of New Zealand's most respected architects, Pete writes of a European odyssey that saw him visit and sketch many of the world's great buildings. The reader joins him as he travels from London to Italy, onwards to Greece and Turkey, and north to visit the works of the great Scandanavian architects. Too poor to afford film for his camera, he resorts to buying a hotchpotch of sketchbooks in which to record his observations and thoughts.

    Part travelogue, part memoir, this unique book will appeal to lovers of architecture and art, and anyone who enjoys an intelligent and at times humorous read.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Otto Kunzli The Book
    Otto Kunzli The Book
    ISBN: 9783897903838
    Title: Otto Kunzli The Book
    Author: HUFNAGL FLORIAN (EDITOR); SAMMLUNG DIE NEUE (EDITO

    The Swiss artist Otto Künzli has revolutionised modern art jewellery. In the 45-odd years in which he has been addressing the topic of jewellery, Künzli has carved out for himself a unique position of far-reaching international influence, not only as an

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $165.00
    $165.00
  • Our Spaces: Contemporary NZ Interiors
    Our Spaces: Contemporary NZ Interiors
    ISBN: 9780143772507
    Title: Our Spaces: Contemporary NZ Interiors
    Author: BROADHEAD ALANA

    A sourcebook of ideas for contemporary interiors.

    Our Spaces takes you room by room through some of New Zealand's most stylish and inspiring homes - spaces that are relaxed yet refined, modest yet modern.

    Both aspirational and instructional, Our Spaces features over 400 beautiful photographs, alongside hundreds of ideas and insights pulled from each space, for yours.

    Discover not only what makes a space beautiful, but also what makes it meaningful.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Out There: Scape Public Art 1998 - 2018
    Out There: Scape Public Art 1998 - 2018
    ISBN: 9780473457082
    Title: Out There: Scape Public Art 1998 - 2018
    Author: FEENEY WARREN

    It has been 20 extraordinary and exciting years since SCAPE Public Art began to revolutionise the open spaces of Otautahi Christchurch – and public arts practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. This bold initiative stepped outside the gallery and into the streets, to make contemporary art, both national and international, truly public in a fresh and invigorating way. And it did so, uniquely for this country, by involving industry and business, and the city’s various communities, in commissioning and realising arts projects and permanent works. Out There: SCAPE Public Art 1998–2018 tells the story of this fruitful association and celebrates two decades of achievement since SCAPE’s first biennial, then known as Art & Industry, was held in 2000. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with the originators and supporters of SCAPE, and with many of the more than 230 artists who have been involved, well-known arts commentator Dr Warren Feeney has written a lively and appealing account. He considers both the stunning works made possible by SCAPE and the unexpected and beneficial partnerships that have developed in Christchurch, particularly after the 2010–11 earthquakes. Fascinating, richly illustrated and superbly designed, Out There: SCAPE Public Art 1998–2018 is a beautiful and significant book. No one interested in the visual arts will want to be without it.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
    $80.00
  • Painted Histories: Early Maori Figurative Painting
    Painted Histories: Early Maori Figurative Painting
    ISBN: 9781869402785
    Title: Painted Histories: Early Maori Figurative Painting
    Author: NEICH ROGER

    Neich’s highly successful Painted Histories is now reprinted in paperback. It explores the flowering of figurative painting in Maori meetinghouse decoration in the nineteenth century. Not practiced traditionally, figurative painting was a response to missionary criticism of Maori church decoration. Decoration of the meetinghouse was transformed in striking, beautiful ways to display new tribal histories based on Ringatu teaching and the experience of land alienation. It was later superseded by a government-sponsored return to orthodox art forms. Neich analyses the theory and practice of this art and describes more than 80 meeting houses, including many now disappeared. Richly illustrated.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Painted Journey
    Painted Journey
    ISBN: 9781869664893
    Title: Painted Journey
    Author: YOUNG GRAHAM


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
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