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The incredible stories of 100 perfumes from a whole century of scents. Signature scents and now lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them - every perfume has a tale to tell. Join Lizzie Ostrom on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we've spritzed.
The Forgotten Notebook is based on sketches Betty Churcher drew in the great galleries of the world when she raced through them as director of the National Gallery of Australia in the 1990s on her way to arrange the loans of artworks for her series of blockbuster exhibitions. It was only when she was searching for a document that she found this 'forgotten' notebook in the middle of 2014. Betty researched and wrote the manuscript in six months. She died as the manuscript was sent to be copy edited. In the format of her best-selling Australian Notebooks, The Forgotten Notebook includes Betty's sketches inspired by some of the big names in art: da Vinci, Bellini, Titian, Michelangelo, Cezanne and Picasso. By revisiting these drawings Betty's text brings new understanding to these great artworks.
This is a bestselling and comprehensive introductory textbook that uses a four-part structure to cover all aspects of the visual arts, including: how art is designed the visual language of art; how art is made the media and processes, covering everything from painting and sculpture to graphic design, digital media, film and installations; the history of art, from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century and including art from all parts of the world; and major themes that recur across cultures and throughout history. A unique feature, the Gateways to Art, uses eight iconic images, examined repeatedly from different points of view (compositional, stylistic, etc.), to stimulate perceptions about how great works are created and take their effect. No other book currently available has such a wide coverage, provided in a modular form that enables students and teachers to learn or teach in a truly flexible way. Beautifully illustrated with more than 1,000 images of art, this dynamic and accessible book will appeal as much to the art enthusiast as to those looking for an outstanding educational resource.
Discover Australia's abundance of unique and diverse animals, birds, plants and insects in this exquisitely illustrated colouring book. Themed by habitat - from desert to rainforest to heathland - Wildscapes offers a superbly detailed collection of flora and fauna for you to bring to life with colour. Interspersed with pattern pages as well as interactive elements that allow you to incorporate your own designs, this book represents a chance to explore your crearivity - and to de-stress and soothe the mind and spirit in the process...
This is a beautiful new colouring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves, from the creator of the worldwide bestsellers, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites colour-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden within the depths of the sea. With intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, colour and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses and delicately penned seahorses, visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, and discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will delight in this creative journey into an inky new world. It also features a large double-sided pull-out poster to colour and keep.
From Lizzie Mary Cullen, the illustrator behind hit colouring book The Magical City, comes a brand new treat for the winter. Settle down by the fire and immerse yourself in this mesmerising new colouring book for adults and children alike. Join celebrations across the world and throughout the years, from skating at the Rockefeller Center to surfing in Sydney and frost fairs on the Thames to Victorian toy shops. Travel with the wise men following a star, spot Santa's sleigh skimming over the rooftops and discover dazzling gingerbread houses with Lizzie's intricate inky illustrations. Fans of mindfulness and art therapy will love this beautiful Christmas gift book. This is a whole world of festivity is waiting for you inside...
Dr Julie Cotter of Monash University has provided a richly detailed account of the career of Heidelberg School artist Tom Roberts that focuses on his enormous range of portrait studies. Identities portrayed include famous figures in the society and politics of the late 19th century as well as very early significant portraits of Indigenous people. Copiously illustrated with hundreds of images covering almost the artist's entire oeuvre of portrait paintings, with fine photography provided by many of Australia's leading galleries and collections, this splendidly researched publication will add new insights and information into the scholarship already developed around this important figure in Australian art history. His grand painting of the ceremony proclaiming Australia's Federation in 1901, in the Queen's Collection, forms a powerful conclusion to the book.
Charles Blackman (1928-) is a major mid-twentieth-century artist who has had an important link with Queensland since his first visit to Brisbane in 1948. Here, he was influenced by Sidney Nolan and became acquainted with the young artists of the Miya Studio, especially Laurence Hope. Several of his important series - 'Alice', 'Face and flowers' and 'Schoolgirls' - were inspired by this context. He also had a significant working relationship with the expressionist painter Jon Molvig, who was working in Brisbane from 1953. This exhibition and publication explores the connections between these artists in Brisbane at that time. Richly illustrated, the publication features three essays; Michael Hawker (Associate Curator, Australian Art, QAGOMA) explores Blackman's years in Queensland, focusing on the artist's creative friendships with painters and poets; Michele Helmrich (Associate Director, Curatorial, University of Queensland Art Museum) discusses Blackman's connection with the young artists of the Brisbane-based Miya Studio and the Barjai writers; and Anne Carter (Conservator, Paintings, QAGOMA) reveals the findings of recent research into Blackman's materials and techniques, specifically the artist's experimentation with house paints.
As you walk down the street in cities and towns across Australia from Perth to Benalla, Toowoomba to Melbourne, you might stumble across a seven-storey-high painting of a woman's face on a building; a giant echnida painted onto a wall; a tiny paste-up on the back of a telegraph pole. This glimpse of art on an otherwise dull street both transports and intrigues you: who was the artist? What is the story behind the painting?
Street art photographer Lou Chamberlin is following on from the success of her book Street Art: Melbourne with Street Art: Australia, a celebration of street art across the country, featuring the art, artists and collaborations who have shaped the street art scene in Australia over the past 10 years. You might find some recognisable artists and faces in the book, as Lou takes us, lens by lens, on an epic journey across the most exciting art in the country.
The book features essays from close associates, and follows Belinda's journey through her work as a printmaker, an independent artist, a collaborative ceramicist, and a sculptor. Fox has undergone numerous artist residencies, and is the recipient of dozens of prizes, awards, and grants. She is continually improving on her art forms, methods of expression, and her collection of inspirations and influences. Here, Fox presents the fragility of life and its simultaneous unfathomable solidity through the lens of the journey of the individual. This is Back to the Start.
This new addition to Prestel's successful 50s series focuses on Art Deco, an artistic movement that originated in France after World War I and spread throughout Europe and America. Presented chronologically in full-page illustrations accompanied by explanatory texts, these fifty iconic examples demonstrate the variety of ways Art Deco was expressed. Included here are a soup tureen designed by Jean Puiforcat; Edward Steichen's portrait of Fred Astaire; a brass-framed mirror by Austrian Franz Hagenauer; a still from the Busby Berkeley film, Footlight; and a self-portrait by the Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka. Other examples include jewellery, architecture, posters and items used in everyday life. Opening with an authoritative overview of the Art Deco movement and including biographies of each of the artists, this is a compact and affordable reference work
One of the art world's most recognisable and popular styles, Impressionism is also one of the most complex. In this sumptuous overview Norbert Wolf lends his attention to all aspects of Impressionism: its historical precursors, contemporary rivals and the movements it inspired. Over 200 large format reproductions of entire works and highlighted details introduce readers to the Impressionists' aesthetics and techniques. Wolf draws insightful parallels between these paintings and other contemporary works of music, photography, and literature. Tracing the movement's expansion from France to the rest of Europe and North America, this volume shines a spotlight on the main protagonists not only highlighting the French pioneers - Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and others - but also Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, and James McNeill Whistler, to name a few. As luxurious as it is authoritative, this wide-ranging investigation of a momentous period in art history reveals works and ideas that will surprise even the most seasoned aficionad
The heyday of the Art Nouveau style was relatively short, spanning the decades immediately before and after 1900. However it was a tremendously important period, not only for its radical shift away from the academic and romantic movements of the late 19th century, but also for its embrace of nature and natural forms. This authoritative, accessible and beautifully illustrated book explores fifty of the most important works of the Art Nouveau style. From Mackmurdo's jacket design of Christopher Wren's City Churches to Sykes' sculpture, The Spirit of Ecstasy, each work is presented in double-page spreads that chronologically trace Art Nouveau's development and breadth-from architecture, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, and from graphic arts, Toulouse-Lautrec's poster advertising the Divan Japonais, to home decor, lamps by Tiffany and Daum Freres and to painting, Munch's Madonnas and Walter Crane's Neptune's Horses. Each entry includes a full-page illustration and concise explanatory texts. An introductory essay on the history and legacy of Art Nouveau, along with brief biographies of the artists featured in the book, making this a comprehensive yet compact reference work.
Relax and rediscover two of the biggest artistic movements from the beginning of the 20th century Art Nouveau and Art Deco by colouring in 100 expertly drawn motifs and illustrations. Dating from the turn of the century, Art Nouveau is a celebration of the beauty and variety of nature and of the feminine form. In contrast, Art Deco, born in the Roaring Twenties, glorifies geometry as a tribute to the innovations of industry. Barcelona and Gaudi versus New York and the Chrysler building, Mucha versus Lempicka, sensuality and poetry versus sophistication and modernity. This stunning collection unites both movements across areas that they have influenced. From architecture, interior design, jewelry, to fashion, typography and art. Discover the different shapes and structures that have influenced and marked each era. Experiment with soft and pastel tones of grey, pink, purple and blue and play with the brash and primary tones of red, orange, copper and green. Let your creativity draw you forth on a pathway of relaxation.
Cats as well as being popular animals and faithful companions also possess true therapeutic properties. Their slow and gentle purring relaxes the mind, soothing stress, anxiety and insomnia. Cats also relax the body, regulating blood pressure, slowing the heartbeat as well as boosting the immune system. Finally and most importantly, cats sooth our hearts. Their tenderness, affection, presence and loyalty brings genuine love, comfort and reassurance. Cats is the latest instalment in the Art Therapy series and the 100 cute and quirky drawings and illustrations featuring in the book will delight both animal and cat lovers alike.
Colour your stress away with 100 beautifully drawn mosaics and azulejos in the latest instalment of the Art Therapy series. The stunning variety of the world's decorative arts is gathered together in this unique collection of motifs: ancient Roman mosaics that highlight the depth and colour of marble; Byzantine mosaics from historical locations such as Ravenna and Istanbul; Florentine mosaics encrusted with sparkling precious stones; intensely blue Spanish and Portuguese azulejos and pale yellow, green and blue Moroccan tile works...Let your senses drift away as you contemplate and colour in these exquisite shapes, and use your imagination to visualise the riveting colours of each location in your mind's eye.
The perfect portable book for stressed-out adults who want to reconnect, simply and easily, with their inner creativity while on the go. With each development in technology, our lives become more complicated. We move through our days in a blur of emails, text messages, and social networking. This non-stop stimulation has left us stressed-out and distanced from the joys of the present moment. Art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter offer a simple and satisfying solution to this disconnect from reality. Featuring over 75 calming colouring templates, Portable Colour Me Calm is a guided colouring book designed for busy adults and formatted to fit easily in your bag or purse. Organised into therapeutically-themed chapters including Mandalas, Water Scenes, Wooded Scenes, Geometric Patterns, Flora & Fauna, Natural Patterns, and Spirituality, this book examines the benefits of putting pencil to paper and offers adults an opportunity to channel their anxiety into joyful creative accomplishment. Part of the international bestselling Colour Me series, Portable Colour Me Calm is the perfect way step back from the stress of everyday life, color, and relax even when you're on the go! Don't forget to try Portable Colour Me Happy and the full-sized coloring books, Color Me Stress-Free, Color Me Calm, Color Me Happy, and more!
The perfect portable book for stressed-out adults who want to reconnect, simply and easily, with their inner creativity while on the go. With each development in technology, our lives become more complicated. We move through our days in a blur of emails, text messages, and social networking. This non-stop stimulation has left us stressed-out and distanced from the joys of the present moment. Art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter offer a simple and satisfying solution to this disconnect from reality. Featuring over 75 calming colouring templates, Portable Colour Me Happy is a guided colouring book designed for busy adults and formatted to fit easily in your bag or purse. Organised into therapeutically-themed chapters including Mandalas, Water Scenes, Wooded Scenes, Geometric Patterns, Flora & Fauna, Natural Patterns, and Spirituality, this book examines the benefits of putting pencil to paper and offers adults an opportunity to channel their anxiety into joyful creative accomplishment. Part of the international bestselling Color Me series, Portable Colour Me Happy is the perfect way step back from the stress of everyday life, color, and relax even when you're on the go! Don't forget to try Portable Colour Me Calm and the full-sized coloring books, Color Me Stress-Free, Color Me Calm, Color Me Happy, and more!
Art nouveau took the world by storm in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, becoming a vital part of both the decorative arts and architectural design. This beautiful artistic style is truly something to be admired. Here, you can finally unleash your inner artist and create exquisite modern art. Let your imagination run wild.
This book features forty-six unique black-and-white art nouveau motifs for readers to color, with perforations allowing them to be removed and displayed, and a gallery of forty-six inspiring, fully colored images. Enhanced with intricate floral detail, animal themes, unique patterns, and step-by-step instructions on how to best color and create modern art designs, this book has a little bit of something for everyone. The designs have been created specifically for you. So continue to unleash the artist within you, and discover the relaxing benefits of coloring in the art nouveau tradition.
In summary, this compilation:
Begins with an introduction describing the history and beauty of the art nouveau practice
Features forty-six original black-and-white designs for readers to color on single-sided perforated pages, allowing them to remove and frame their artwork
Includes forty-six full-color images that exemplify the art nouveau tradition
The groundbreaking new colouring book that turns your pictures into animated films. Colour in the pictures, take photos using the free app and create your very own animated films based on your drawings... it's as easy as colour, snap, app! In this fun and exciting colouring book, colour in 16 pictures, create 16 animated episodes and make a total of 8 minutes of animated film simply by using the free app, available on your smartphone or tablet. As you colour and watch your pictures move, also discover how animals use their colours and markings in surprising ways. Colouring in will never be dull again!
70+ drawings for you to colour yourself happy. Enter a dazzling world of colourful delights and feelgood phrases. This is colouring in as you've never experienced before: a joyous explosion of words and whirls, empowering affirmations and gorgeous colour kaleidoscopes. From Sydney artist and designer Sami Sparrow, these organic and artisanal drawings will inspire, energise and engage you. Your imagination is the most powerful thing you own, and with it, anything is possible. Awaken and inspire the greatness within you with over 70 beautifully hand-drawn affirmations and illustrations. This is drawing for the heart and the soul, so set your imagination free, get inspired and colour yourself happy. Warning: This book may cause creativity and individuality!
Trailing tendrils, pretty petals and lacy leaves... you'll find all of these and more blooming across the pages of the Floral Wonderland colouring book. Can you colour between the lines to bring this world of botanical beauty to life? Filled with symmetric patterns, free-flowing doodles and intricate designs, this lavish colouring book provides a perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of everyday life. Whatever your age or artistic ability, all you really need to unlock your inner-creative is a set of pencils or inks if you prefer and a little imagination. Peaceful as a country garden in bloom, it offers a uniquely artistic new way to unwind, whilst creating beauteous coloured prints youll want to keep forever.
Henna tattoos, popular at traditional Indian weddings and festivals, are becoming increasingly popular in the Western world as well. But very few people have the know-how to re-create these popular designs. Now you, too, can create beautiful henna designs in your own home!
Mehndi: Coloring for Artists features forty-six unique black-and-white henna motifs for readers to color, perforations for them to hang, and a gallery of forty-six inspiring fully colored images. The designs have been created specifically for you. Enhanced with intricate floral detail and step-by-step instructions on how to best color and create henna tattoos, this book has a little bit of something for everyone. So further explore your creative side and discover the relaxing benefits of coloring Mehndi art.
In summary, this compilation:
Begins with an introduction describing the history and beauty of the Mehndi practice
Features forty-six original black-and-white designs for readers to color on single-sided perforated pages, allowing them to remove and frame their artwork
Includes forty-six full-color images that exemplify the Mehndi tradition
Whimsical art encompasses various genres that span the generations. It is the art that reminds us to enjoy life and brings our inner child to the surface, inspiring awe and wonder. And now, you can create beautiful, whimsical art whenever the mood strikes you.
Whimsical Patterns and Designs: Coloring for Artists offers forty-six fully colored whimsical designs that will inspire you as you color the forty-six black-and-white templates. The designs have been created specifically for you and are perforated so that each one can be removed to be colored and displayed. So explore your creative side, and discover the relaxing benefits of coloring whimsical art.
In summary, this vibrant compilation includes:
An introduction describing the history and beauty of whimsical art
Forty-six original designs for readers to color
Black-and-white designs printed on one side of a perforated page, allowing readers to remove and frame their artwork
Forty-six full-color images that exemplify whimsical art
Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in China during the Tang dynasty. Zen emphasizes a rigorous meditation practice, insight into Buddha's nature, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others. Out of this tradition, beautiful and intricate art has been created over centuries to showcase the spiritual world the Zen tradition inhabits.
Zen Patterns and Designs: Coloring for Artists offers forty-six fully colored Zen designs that will inspire you as you color the forty-six black-and-white templates that are perforated so that each one can be removed to be displayed. The designs have been created specifically for you. Enhanced with intricate, unique patterns and step-by-step instructions on how to best color and create beautiful work, this book has a little bit of something for everyone. So explore your creative side, and discover the relaxing benefits of coloring Zen art.
In summary, this vibrant compilation: Begins with an introduction describing the history and beauty of the Zen practice Features forty-six original black-and-white designs for readers to color on single-sided perforated pages, allowing them to remove and frame their artwork Includes forty-six full-color images that exemplify the Zen tradition.
Mandala colouring is an enjoyable pastime, but its benefits go far beyond having fun. Colouring intricate designs demands mental focus and concentration, similar to the concentration you can develop during meditation. This collection of 100 designs by respected expert Madonna Gauding will help you to you to silence your mental chatter, achieving a kind of mindfulness that will leave you refreshed, calm and focused.
Once the domain of the domestic, craft has now infiltrated every creative sphere - including food, fashion, fine art and architecture. If this craft renaissance is indicative of a new wave of keen creatives then The Craft Companion is the ultimate guide to navigating the new craft frontiers. From applique and baskets to weaving and zakka, The Craft Companion features over 30 new and old crafting techniques. Each chapter looks at the evolution of a craft, inspiring artists working within the medium, as well as the various tools and techniques required to get you started - plus a project you can do at home. There are also 165 bonus project ideas to test your newfound skills. With over 20 years in the craft and design industries, Ramona Barry and Rebecca Jobson are bonafide craft gurus. Readers will love Ramona and Rebecca's witty voice and will be inspired to experiment and dip their toes into new crafts.
This beautifully intricate book is the perfect way to de-clutter your mind. Adult colouring has never been so popular, and CELTIC DESIGNS incorporates amazing artwork to keep you concentrating; from religious symbols to mythological creatures, decorative artefacts and symbolic motifs from Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall. Indulge your inner child and be as creative as you can in this stunning book from Bounty.
Zen of Drawing inspires you to pick up a pen, pencil or an iPad and start drawing what you see with a 'zen' approach. Author Peter Parr has spent his career in animation successfully teaching people to draw and encouraging students to nurture their skills through observational drawing. He advocates a fresh way of looking closely at your subject and enlisting an emotional response, in order to fully appreciate the nature of what you are about to draw. You will learn that whatever you are drawing, it is essential not only to copy its outline but also to ask yourself: is it soft, smooth or rough to the touch? How heavy is it? Is it fragile or solid? Then, having grasped the fundamental characteristics, or zen, of the object, make corresponding marks on the paper - crisp textures, a dense wash, a scratchy or floating line. The chapters cover: keeping a sketchbook; tools (pen, pencil, charcoal, watercolour and iPad); perspective; line and volume; tone and texture; structure and weight; movement and rhythm; energy, balance and composition.
Craving pleasure as well as knowledge, Raphael Sanzio was quick to realize that his talent would only be truly appreciated in the liberal, carefree and extravagantly sensual atmosphere of Rome during its golden age under Julius II and Leo X.
Arriving in the city in 1508 at the age of twenty-five, he was entranced and seduced by life at the papal court and within a few months had emerged as the most brilliant star in its intellectual firmament. His art achieved a natural grace that was totally uninhibited and free from subjection. His death, at just thirty-seven, plunged the city into the kind of despair that follows the passing of an esteemed and much loved prince. In this major new biography Antonio Forcellino retraces the meteoric arc of Raphael's career by re-examining contemporary documents and accounts and interpreting the artist's works with the eye of an expert art restorer. Raphael's paintings are vividly described and placed in their historical context. Forcellino analyses Raphael's techniques for producing the large frescos for which he is so famous, examines his working practices and his organization of what was a new kind of artistic workshop, and shows how his female portraits expressed and conveyed a new attitude to women.
This rich and nuanced account casts aside the misconceptions passed on by those critics who persistently tried to undermine Raphael's mythical status, enabling one of the greatest artists of all time to re-emerge fully as both man and artist.
The Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972) created some of the most celebrated and extraordinary images in twentieth-century art, yet he remains an elusive figure. In the 1960s, when his reputation sky-rocketed, he was championed on the one hand by leading mathematicians who admired his grasp of geometry, and on the other by hippies who claimed him as the godfather of psychedelic art. Rock stars and teenagers were equally amazed by Escher's ingenuity and imagination, yet the art world looked upon him - and still looks upon him - with reserved judgement; in short, his work is ripe for rediscovery and reappraisal. This catalogue accompanies a major exhibition - the largest ever held in the UK - of nearly 100 of Escher's greatest drawings and prints. Based on the world-renowned M.C. Escher collection at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Netherlands, it has been organised by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, and tours to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.
For forty years, Andy Goldsworthy has worked with an extraordinary range of natural materials, often at their source. On an almost daily basis, he makes works of art using the materials and conditions that he encounters wherever he is, be it the land around his Scottish home, the mountain regions of France or Spain, or the pavements of New York City, Glasgow, or Rio de Janeiro. Out of earth, rocks, leaves, ice, snow, rain, sunlight and shadow he makes artworks that exist briefly before they are altered and erased by natural processes. They are documented in his photographs, and their larger meanings are bound up with the conditions, forces and processes that they embody: materiality, temporality, growth, vitality, permanence, decay, chance, labour and memory. Ephemeral Works features approximately two hundred of these works, selected by Goldsworthy from thousands he has made between 2001 and the present, and arranged in chronological sequence, capturing his creative process as it interacts with material, place, and the passage of time and seasons.
Late in his life, confined to a chair or bed, Matisse transformed a simple technique into a medium for the creation of a major art. I have attained a form filtered to its essentials. Cutting dynamic shapes from painted paper, Matisse created his images. While producing pieces for Jazz, the artist used a large brush to write notes to himself on construction paper. The simple visual appearance of the words pleased Matisse, and he suggested using his reflective handwritten thoughts in juxtaposition with the images. The original edition of Jazz was an artist s book, printed in a limited quantity. This selection from the original is an exquisite suite of color plates and text that, like the music it was named for, was invented in a spirit of improvisation and spontaneity. These magnificent cut-outs of pure color celebrate the radiance and emotional intensity of the artist s oeuvre.
John Constable is best known for his idyllic paintings of the English countryside. Yet he was also a brilliant innovator who brought a new vivacity to the observation of nature. He practiced oil painting in the open air, capturing in particular the 'effervescent' effects of atmospherics - as can be seen, for example, in his wonderful studies of clouds. His art became a benchmark for naturalist painters throughout Europe and America in the nineteenth century, and he continues to be one of the most popular and influential artists to this day. This book draws extensively on the artist's own correspondence to provide a fresh understanding of his artistic aims and achievements, and reassesses his role in the development of modern art.
Featuring over 200 photographs, this stunning book by renowned television historian Dan Cruickshank tells the history of architecture through the stories of 100 iconic buildings Journeying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, renowned architectural historian Dan Cruickshank explores the most impressive and characterful creations in world architecture. His selection includes many of the world's best-known buildings that represent key or pioneering moments in architectural history, such as the Pantheon in Rome, Hagia Sophia in Turkey, the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China. But the book also covers less obvious and more surprising structures, the generally unsung heroes of an endlessly fascinating story. Buildings like Oriel Chambers in Liverpool and the Narkomfin Apartment Building in Moscow. Dan Cruickshank has visited nearly all the buildings in the book, many in locations that are now inaccessible and under serious threat. A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings is an eloquent and often moving testimony to the power of great architecture to shape, and be shaped by, world history.
This first full-fledged critical biography presents and evaluates the work of a man who has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture in his innovative use of materials, design, and form, and who is among the very few architects in history to be both respected by critics as a creative, cutting-edge force and embraced by the general public as a popular figure.
Building Art shows the full range of Gehry's work, from early houses constructed of plywood and chain-link fencing to lamps made in the shape of fish to the triumphant success of such late projects as the spectacular art museum of glass in Paris. It tells the story behind Gehry's own house, which upset his neighbors and excited the world with its mix of the traditional and the extraordinary, and recounts how Gehry came to design the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, his remarkable structure of swirling titanium that changed a declining city into a destination spot. Building Art also explains Gehry's sixteen-year quest to complete Walt Disney Concert Hall, the beautiful, acoustically brilliant home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Although Gehry's architecture has been written about widely, the story of his life has never been told in full detail. Here we come to know his Jewish immigrant family, his working-class Toronto childhood, his hours spent playing with blocks on his grandmother's kitchen floor, his move to Los Angeles when he was still a teenager, and how he came, unexpectedly, to end up in architecture school. Most important, Building Art presents and evaluates Gehry's lifetime of work in conjunction with his entire life story, including his time in the army and at Harvard, his long relationship with his psychiatrist and the impact it had on his work, and his two marriages and four children. It analyzes his carefully crafted persona, in which a casual, amiable aw, shucks surface masks a driving and intense ambition. And it explores his relationship to Los Angeles and how its position as home to outsider artists gave him the freedom in his formative years to make the innovations that characterize his genius. Finally, it discusses his interest in using technology not just to change the way a building looks but to change the way the whole profession of architecture is practiced.
At once a sweeping view of a great architect and an intimate look at creative genius, Building Art is in many ways the saga of the architectural milieu of the twenty-first century. But most of all it is the compelling story of the man who first comes to mind when we think of the lasting possibilities of buildings as art.
Frank O Gehry, one of the most influential architects of his generation, is famous for many iconic buildings. Works to date include the Dancing Building, Prague, Czech Republic (1996); the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (1997) and, in the United States, the Weatherhead School of Management, Ohio (2002), the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (2003), and the Peter B. Lewis Library at Princeton University (2008). The distinctive nature of Gehry's design for his first building in Australia, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney, is showcased in this richly illustrated monograph.
The design is unlike anything Gehry has previously constructed. In creating the building skin Gehry designed an undulating and corbelled brick veneer for the eastern façade facing the city, which was laid entirely by hand, while for the western façade he created a chevron pattern in large sheets of glass. The book provides a fresh analysis of Gehry s working process and offers insightful perspectives on the context, negotiation, commission, design and construction of the building. It is illuminated by many of the Gehry Partners models for the building and rich photographic essays, as well as the architect's unique sketches.
The Most Beautiful Universities in the World invites us to discover more than 30 hallowed halls of higher learning, moving from the University of Bologna - the western world's first university, founded in 1088 - to the Sorbonne in Paris, to Cambridge University in England, to Harvard University in the United States, while also featuring many other stunning and respected universities in between. After his acclaimed books that explored the world's most beautiful libraries and opera houses, photographer Guillaume de Laubier now turns his lens toward a new aspect of world heritage. Sumptuous photographs showcase amphitheaters, libraries, reception halls and hidden gardens, while the text describes the history of each campus, its architecture, research disciplines and reference collections.
The sheer size of the spectacular contemporary homes included in this book is striking. Through the different projects, extensively illustrated with plans, sketches and texts accompanying the photographs of both indoor and outdoor features, the reader will discover in these houses unquestionable architectural gems which boast fascinating structural elements and transmit tantalising visual sensations.
'Tree Houses' illustrates a varied selection of structures built on or in trees. Inspiring photographs and drawings show examples of tree houses used as luxury retreats, play forts and functional lookouts. Sometimes remote and isolated, they enjoy the nostalgic associations with childhood memories. They range from functional to capricious, affordable to expensive and sustainable to bizarre. In any case, location is one of the main drives in the design of tree houses and, consequently, these constructions occupy some of the most enviable real estate in the world.
Driving down a dirt track one day photographer, stylist and adventurer Kara Rosenlund came across a beautiful but dilapidated farmhouse. Its lonely, worn loveliness kindled a passion in Kara to photograph and celebrate Australia's authentic, intriguing rural homes and the people who live in them. As she travelled the country, documenting raw and real interiors and landscapes, she found shelter - under the roofs of beach shacks, grand homesteads, sheep stations and shipping containers, and in the welcome of strangers.
Interest in home design has been on the rise for some time, but Kinfolk's focus on slowing down and creating a more intentional, beautiful home is where the attention is shifting. Through luscious photographs and insightful interviews, the author takes us into 40 homes around the world, from the Americas to Europe, Asia to Africa, ending in Australia. The homes range from an old cabin in the woods to clean-lined modern apartments, from singles living in small spaces to sprawling, multi-generational houses in the country. Each will feel unmistakably Kinfolk.
Bookshelves showcase our favourite books and most treasured objects, are useful and practical but, far from reducing them to their simplest function, we love that they reflect our style and individuality, becoming design features in their own right and, yet, harmoniously fitting into our living spaces. They are also relatively easy to make and accessible to everyone. No need to be an experienced handyman to realize these original designs: this book presents 14 creations with step-by step photos, plans and technical tips. And for inspiration, Aurelie Drouet, peruses some of the more ambitious library and bookcase projects by leading designers and architects.
Beloved comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres opens up for the first time about her love of home design and style. Ellen DeGeneres has bought and renovated nearly a dozen homes over the last twenty-five years; has a design show, Ellen's Design Challenge, on HGTV; and has launched a lifestyle collection of fashion and interior goods, ED by Ellen e-shop. In HOME, she will, for the first time, share her passion for home design and style and invite the reader inside her homes. DeGeneres believes, 'You don't have to have money to have good taste,' and in this book she offers design ideas and advice she has learned from decorating each of her homes. DeGeneres, who describes her real-estate and renovating adventures as 'an education,' has long cared deeply about design. 'I think I wanted to be an interior designer when I was thirteen,' DeGeneres said. Full of beautiful photographs of seven of her own homes, as well as places she visits for inspiration, this book is a treasure trove of beautiful rooms and hundreds of ideas and tips on putting together the home you've always wanted.
Garance Dore - 'the best thing to happen to style since Grace Coddington' (the Guardian) - is an ambassador of French taste and fashion, whose knack for making fashion accessible and fun has captivated millions of fans worldwide. A fashion A-lister, beloved by top fashion editors and aspiring fashionistas alike, she takes a candid and self-deprecating approach that's thoroughly unique. Part-style guide, part-visual diary, part-intimate look into the world of one of fashion's most powerful influencers, Garance surprises us with her candour and intimacy, blending deeply personal storytelling with her unmistakable photos and illustrations in a unique narrative journey. Infused with her honest and authentic writing, eclecticism and the wild, passionate spirit of her native Corsica, the book is a backstage pass behind fashion's frontlines, peppered with Garance's French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing Zara with Chanel, to capturing the true essence of chic to pursuing a life and career that you love. This is a charmingly addictive read that will inspire you to discover and cultivate a chic that is all your own.
Scott Schuman is back to complete his trilogy of street-style bibles. With a vibrant collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention around the world, Schuman remains a thrilling source of urban and high-end style. From its origins on the streets of New York, his much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com is a vivid and growing hub of inspiration for fashion lovers everywhere. This collection displays the very best from the last three years of the blog. The Sartorialist: X is full of beauty, mystery and humanity.
The distinctive style of the Regency period is a source of endless fascination for fashion academics and historians, living historians, re-enactors and costume designers for stage and screen. Author and fashion historian Cassidy Percoco has delved into little-known museum hoards to create a stunning collection of 26 garments, many with clear provenance tied to a specific location, which have never before been published and never - or very rarely - displayed. Most of the garments have an aspect in their construction that has not been previously documented, from a style of skirt trim to the method of gown closure. This practical guide begins with a general history of the early 19th-century women's dress. This is followed by 26 patterns of gowns, spencers, chemises, and corsets, each with an illustration of the finished piece and description of its construction. This must-have guide is an essential reference for anyone interested in the fashions or the history of the period, or for anyone wishing to recreate their own beautiful Regency clothing.
Wet Dog is a hilarious series of dogs photographed during their least favorite activity: bath time. Exposed at a vulnerable and humiliating moment, the soggy doggies wiggle, shake, haul themselves out of the groomer's soapy grasp. Their priceless expressions are caught by photographer Sophie Gamand.
The Boat - a vessel for escape, adventure, trade and travel. This mode of transport is one of infinite variety and inspires serious passion, whether made of workmanlike bolted steel, sleek modern fibreglass or lovingly hand-burnished timber. Photographer Simon Griffiths has paced docksides and jetties all over Australia to bring us this stunning salute to the character and craftsmanship of all sorts of boats and boatbuilders - from old whaling boats to elegant yachts, from fishing dinghies to paddle steamers, rowboats and ferries.
This feel-good book will tug on the heartstrings of dog-lovers everywhere, with 150 photos of joyous rescue dogs and tales of their happy-ever-afters, from Australian Working Dog Rescue. Featured in these pages are Australia's classic working breeds - kelpies, cattle dogs, border collies, koolies - that have been simply thrown on the scrapheap; dumped or surrendered to pounds across Australia. The lucky ones end up in the care of Carey and Di Edwards at Australian Working Dog Rescue and their Australia-wide team of volunteers and carers. Some have found new careers as blissful family pets and canine companions, while others have fulfilled their working-dog destinies on rural properties. In these pages you'll also see wine dogs, army recruits, therapy dogs... and dogs just hanging out, enjoying their new lives. From dumped dog to man's (and woman's) best friend, this book celebrates fresh starts, and the proceeds will help even more dogs find their 'furever' homes.
Founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Magnum Photos is the iconic international photographic cooperative whose members have captured the major historical events of their times, as well as private and intimate moments. A year's worth of these images is offered in this visually stunning book that features full page reproductions organised to reflect what Cartier-Bresson himself declared a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually. Nearly 70 photographers are represented with five to six images each, and the current Magnum members have selected the photographs that they consider to best represent their own output. Running more than 700 pages, this book includes images that make history both individual and universal.
The last decade has seen a huge growth in interest in photography and its role in contemporary art. This relatively recent art form is now recognised as central to modern art exhibition and practice. In this book David Bate introduces the key themes through selected visual examples and references to contemporary debates and issues, while also providing a historical overview. Featuring works from a wide and international selection of artists, the book includes conceptual and post-conceptual work, documentary photography, archives and social networks, and performance. It focuses on the increasingly global nature of the field, not just the Anglo-American/European context, but also the important emerging regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This is an essential introductory guide to thinking about photography in its relation to contemporary art from a leading writer in the field.
While certain photographs have become world-famous images indelibly printed on the cultural consciousness, the stories on the other side of the lens have been all too often distorted, obfuscated or overlooked, the social and political environments misunderstood or forgotten. By evoking the lives and backgrounds of nearly forty great photographers, Juliet Hacking also brings new light to their work, forging a greater understanding of each photographic pioneer. In addition, many rarely seen portraits and self-portraits are brought to light. Seen together, these entries form a holistic examination that, while drawing attention to the contributions of each individual, adroitly guides the reader through the major innovations, movements and developments in the history of photography with authority, dexterity and zeal. Bound in a single compact and portable volume, Lives of the Great Photographers is one of those rare examples where engaging reading meets beau livre.
The essence of India - magical, intense, contradictory - through the lens of Steve McCurry, one of the most admired photographers working today. This book is a sought-after addition to Steve McCurry's popular body of work comprising emotive and beautiful photographs from India. Features a vast range of colour pictures illustrating this most colourful of countries, reproduced in a large format with captions, accompanied by an introductory essay from William Dalrymple, author of The Last Mughal, Return of a King and other bestselling works on India.