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Artists and Their Cats

Artists and Their Cats

Alison Nastasi

$24.95

Pablo Picasso andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo... so many great artists have shared one very special love: the companionship of cats.

Gathered here for the first time are behind-thescenes stories of more than 50 famous artists and their feline friends. From Salvador Dali's pet ocelot Babou to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's menagerie of cats, including Salt (who was black) and Pepper (who was white), Artists and Their Cats captures these endearing friendships in charming photographs and engaging text and reveals what creative souls and the animals best known for their independent spirits have in common.

In this clever compilation, art aficionados will discover a softer side of their favourite artists and cat lovers will enjoy a whole new way to celebrate their favourite furry friends.
Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice: A Treatise, Critique, and Call to Action

Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice: A Treatise, Critique, and Call to Action

J. F. Martel

$19.99

Received opinion holds that art is culturally-determined and relative. We are told that whether a picture, a movement, a text, or sound qualifies as a 'work of art' largely depends on social attitudes and convention. Drawing on examples ranging from Paleolithic cave paintings to modern pop music and building on the ideas of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Gilles Deleuze, Carl Jung, and others, J.F. Martel argues that art is an inborn human phenomenon that precedes the formation of culture and even society.
Breakfast with Lucian: A Portrait of the Artist

Breakfast with Lucian: A Portrait of the Artist

Geordie Greig

$45.00

For ten years Geordie Greig was among a very small group of friends who regularly met Lucian Freud for breakfast at Clarke's restaurant on Kensington Church Street. Over tea and the morning papers, Freud would recount stories of his past and discuss art. It was, in effect, Freud's private salon.

In this kaleidoscopic memoir, Greig remembers Freud's stories: of death threats; escaping from Nazi Germany; falling out with his brother Clement; loathing his mother; painting David Hockney; sleeping with horses; escaping the Krays; painting the Queen; his controversial role as a father; and why Velazquez was the greatest painter. It is revelatory about his art, his lovers, his children, his enemies and his love of gambling. Freud dared never to do dull, speaking candidly of dancing with Garbo as well as painting Kate Moss naked. Those closest to him, after decades of silence and secrecy, have spoken frankly about what life was like living, loving or sitting for the greatest figurative portraitist of the twentieth century.  Partly based on hours of taped conversations with the artist and his circle, and drawing on interviews with those who knew Freud intimately - including many girlfriends, models, dealers and bookmakers - Breakfast with Lucian is an intimate portrait of the artist as a young and old man.

Illustrated with many unseen photographs of Freud, it is a uniquely fascinating, personal and authoritative account of one of the greatest British painters of this century and the last, and a profile of a man who makes everyone else's life seem less lived.
Photography Visionaries

Photography Visionaries

Mary Warner Marien

$55.00

Photography Visionaries is an inspiring guide to 75 of the most influential photographers from c.1900 to the present. Entertainingly written by an expert on photography, it provides fascinating insight into the lives and careers of men and women working in a medium which perhaps more than any other in the visual arts has been deeply affected by technological change. The entries are arranged chronologically, instilling in the reader an understanding of what marks each photographer as a visionary. Each entry is less about providing a full biography of the person and more about creating a sense of excitement regarding their work and the lasting impact that it has had on photography. With the aid of an arresting selection of photographs, some well-known and others less so, this book offers a unique and engaging perspective on the development of photography through some of its most inventive practitioners.
Vozzo: The Life and Work of Vince Vozzo

Vozzo: The Life and Work of Vince Vozzo

Vince Vozzo

$59.95

Showcasing the work of Australian sculptor, Vince Vozzo, this beautiful book charts the journey of a second-generation Italian kid from the Western suburbs of Sydney - from dyslexic, cartoon-obsessed school boy to sand sculptor on Bondi beach, to art student, and, finally, prolific and acclaimed artist. In a career spanning three decades, Vozzo has exhibited in 32 solo exhibitions and produced thousands of artworks in different mediums. He has featured in numerous group exhibitions, most notably Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea, where his magnificent sculpture has loomed large over the coastal horizon more 13 times to date. His work has been included in 36 prize exhibitions and with eight selections in the prestigious Wynne Prize, Vozzo holds the record for a sculptor in that competition. Vozzo’s giant slabs of imported Italian marble form the basis for his most spectacular work, including The Last Desire, which is the largest piece of single-handedly carved marble in Australia. Vozzo is a unique Australian artist, whose work is majestic in its sheer size and physicality and poetic in its execution
Life Drawing in 15 Minutes: Amaze Your Friends with Your Figure Drawing Skills

Life Drawing in 15 Minutes: Amaze Your Friends with Your Figure Drawing Skills

Jake Spicer

$22.00

Life Drawing in 15 Minutes is the latest addition to the best-selling Draw...in 15 Minutes series. Following the success of Draw Faces, artist and drawing expert Jake Spicer introduces you to the most important skill in the artists repertoire: life drawing. From understanding relationships and proportions and considering basic anatomy, to learning about mark-making and tonal values, Jake takes you through the process of drawing the most rewarding of subjects. With step-by-steps and techniques derived from his proven life class methods, Jake gives you the skills to create beautiful life drawings quickly and successfully: and ultimately in just 15 minutes.
Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process

Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process

Bill Fick ,  Beth Grabowski

$45.00

Printmaking is a practical and comprehensive guide to printmaking techniques. This fully updated edition includes expanded chapters on digital and mixed media processes, and a brand new 'Print & Make' chapter, which explores the opportunities for creative expression within the many processes available to print makers. The more traditional techniques of relief, intaglio, collograph, lithography, screen printing and monoprint have also been refreshed with the addition of new images showing a broader range of subject matter, including more contemporary prints and international artists. Each technique is explored from the development of the printing or digital matrix, through the different stages of creation to image output. Guidance on how to set up a print studio, sections on troubleshooting techniques and the inclusion of up-to-date lists of suppliers, workshops and galleries make this an essential volume for beginner and experienced printmakers alike.
Aka Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist

Aka Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist

Anne Collins Goodyear ,  James W McManus

$109.35  $98.40

aka Marcel Duchamp is an anthology of recent essays by leading scholars on Marcel Duchamp, arguably the most influential artist of the twentieth century. With scholarship addressing the full range of Duchamp's career, these papers examine how Duchamp's influence grew and impressed itself upon his contemporaries and subsequent generations of artists. Duchamp provides an illuminating model of the dynamics of play in construction of artistic identity and legacy, which includes both personal volition and contributions made by fellow artists, critics, and historians. This volume is not only important for its contributions to Duchamp studies and the light it sheds on the larger impact of Duchamp's art and career on modern and contemporary art, but also for what it reveals about how the history of art itself is shaped over time by shifting agendas, evolving methodologies, and new discoveries.
This is Cezanne

This is Cezanne

Jorella Andrews ,  Patrick Vale

$19.99

Vincent van Gogh used art to express his intensely emotional response to the world around him. Enraptured by the beauty of nature and tormented by the sorrows of human existence, he produced in his tragically short life some of the most powerfully expressive paintings ever seen. Many have made the mistake of thinking him mad, and he did suffer throughout his life periods of mental anguish. But Van Gogh's paintings are not the works of a madman. Van Gogh famously sold only one painting during his life, but within a few years of his death he was recognized as one of the greatest modern painters.
This is Matisse

This is Matisse

Catherine Ingram ,  Agnes Decourchelle

$19.99

In the history of twentieth century modernism, Henri Matisse is a calm and unstoppable revolution of creative genius. Trained originally in the French classical manner, he was inspired by the Impressionists and Cezanne to create in a style that brought out the beauty of colour, form and line by reducing them to their essentials. While considered a leader of the Fauves and an inspiration to most of the great figures in modern art, he wasn't particularly interested in being associated with any particular school or trend. A family man who worked 'office hours' in his studio he defies the image of the artist as enfant terrible or tortured soul. In a career spanning six decades, he produced masterpiece after masterpiece that constantly challenge how we perceive colour and form.
This is Van Gogh

This is Van Gogh

George Roddam ,  Slawa Harasymowicz ,  Catherine Ingram

$19.99

Vincent van Gogh used art to express his intensely emotional response to the world around him. Enraptured by the beauty of nature and tormented by the sorrows of human existence, he produced in his tragically short life some of the most powerfully expressive paintings ever seen. Many have made the mistake of thinking him mad, and he did suffer throughout his life periods of mental anguish. But Van Gogh's paintings are not the works of a madman. Van Gogh famously sold only one painting during his life, but within a few years of his death he was recognized as one of the greatest modern painters.
Carpets of the Art Deco Era

Carpets of the Art Deco Era

Susan Day ,  Yves Mikaeloff

$60.00

The design revolutions of the early 20th century were woven into the very fabric of the carpets and rugs of that era. Carpets of the Art Deco Era, previously published as Art Deco and Modernist Carpets and now reissued in PLC, is the first in-depth history on the subject. It charts the evolution of carpet design out of the floral effusions of the Victorian salons and into the angular elegance of Art Deco and bold abstraction of Modernism popularized by the machine age. Such artists and designers as Picasso, Poiret, Gray, Delaunay, Matisse, Klee, and many more advanced the designs going on underfoot, making these rugs extremely collectible artworks in their own right. Generously sized and beautifully illustrated with over 250 colour photographs, here are Art Deco carpets at their most glorious.
The Cottage Under the Big Pines: Memories and Details from Foxglove Spires

The Cottage Under the Big Pines: Memories and Details from Foxglove Spires

Susan Southam

$69.99

Susan Southam allows readers to look through the window of 'Foxgloves Spires'-her former home of 30 years, located in rural Australia - and into the lushly romantic and soul-filled interior within. The Cottage Under the Big Pines tells the nostalgic love story between Southam and her restored century-old timber cottage in a collection of essay-like chapters, themed around seasons and colours and supported by an abundance of photographs. Southam's writing is heartfelt, emotional and honest; her photographs capture the spirit of her home with its astonishingly beautiful garden, as well as the details of her colour schemes, decoration and furnishings. The Cottage Under the Big Pines provides inspiration and information for readers to apply, but above all it opens our eyes to the humble details of our immediate environment that enrich our everyday lives.
The Complete Digital Photo Handbook

The Complete Digital Photo Handbook

Philip Andrews

$34.95

The Complete Digital Photo Handbook is a fully comprehensive manual for everyone from the aspiring professional to the general enthusiast. The book starts by looking at the equipment available today and how to make the most of it. It then moves on to Core Camera Skills, how to frame your photograph and how to take an amazing photograph even with limited equipment. After this chapter comes PhotoShop/Elements Tutorials, which provides detailed and useful information on how to improve your images. Inspirational Projects are covered to help the reader decide what to take photographs of, as sometimes this can be the hardest part. RAW Imaging Advice then covers everything you need to know about saving your images in the best possible way. The book finishes with both a Resources and Glossary section. The Complete Digital Photo Handbook is a must-have for all aspiring photographers.
           
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