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Visual Arts And Design
St Gill & His Audiences

St Gill & His Audiences

Sasha Grishin

$39.99

Samuel Thomas Gill, or STG as he was universally known, was Australia's most significant and popular artist of the mid-nineteenth century. For his contemporaries he epitomised 'Marvellous Melbourne' basking in the glow of the gold rushes. He worked in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales and left some of the most memorable images of urban and rural life in colonial Australia. A passionate defender of Indigenous Australians and of the environment, Gill in his art celebrated the emerging quintessential Australian character. This is the first major comprehensive book to be devoted to Gill and presents a radical reassessment of one of the most important figures in Australian colonial art and reproduces, in some instances for the first time, some of the most startling images from nineteenth-century Australian art.
Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects

Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects

Hans-Ulrich Obrist

$45.00

From world-renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects offers a unique opportunity to learn about the lives and creativity of the world's leading artists.

Hans Ulrich Obrist has been conducting ongoing conversations with the world's greatest living artists since he began in Switzerland, aged 19, with Fischli and Weiss. Here he chooses nineteen of the greatest figures and presents their conversations, offering the reader intimacy with the artists and insight into their creative processes. Inspired by the great Vasari, Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects explores the meaning of art and artists today, their varying approaches to creating, and a sense of how their thinking evolves over time. 

Including David Hockney, Gilbert and George, Gerhard Richter, Louise Bourgeois, Rem Koolhaas, and Oscar Niemeyer, this is a wonderful and unique book for those interested in modern art.
Bricks and Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made

Bricks and Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made

Tom Wilkinson

$19.99

We don't just look at buildings: their facades, beautiful or ugly, conceal the spaces we inhabit. We are born, work, love and die in architecture. We buy and sell it, rent it and squat in it, create and destroy it. 

These aspects of buildings - economic, erotic, political and psychological - are crucial if we are to understand architecture properly. And because architecture moulds us just as much as we mould it, understanding architecture helps us to understand our lives and our world. 

Through ten great buildings across the world Tom Wilkinson reveals the powerful and intimate relationship between society and architecture and asks: can architecture change our lives for the better? 
The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown-Ups: Discover Your Inner Creative

The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown-Ups: Discover Your Inner Creative

$17.95

Doodling and colouring have long been known to enhance one's thought processes and provide a relaxing yet highly creative way to free the mind. Explore your artistic side with this colouring book for adults - because colouring-in is not just a hobby for kids! The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown-ups is full of intricate and gorgeous patterns to colour in and make your own, giving you the chance to unwind, relax and explore your inner creative. In this original and unique book you'll find a host of detailed patterns to colour, providing endless entertainment and building into a piece of work that you can truly call your own. This new small format is perfect for travelling, so you can channel your inner artist wherever you are!
Brushes with History: Masters of Watercolour

Brushes with History: Masters of Watercolour

Linda van Nunen ,  David van Nunen

$120.00

The world's oldest painting medium, watercolour has remained a significant source of inspiration and expression for many artists, as it was for J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Girtin, Alexander Cozens, John Constable, Eugene Delacroix, Paul Cezanne and Picasso, among other luminaries in the history of art. The freshness of a diluted pigment diffused over a responsive paper can create magnificent myriad effects of luminosity and translucence not possible in any other medium.

'Brushes with History: Masters of Watercolour Ninety Years of the Australian Watercolour Institute', by Linda van Nunen and David van Nunen, with a foreword by Dr. Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales, is a lavishly illustrated, deluxe edition produced by Australia's premier art publisher, in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Australian Watercolour Institute, the country's first and foremost national society of professional watercolourists. 

Throughout its history, the AWI has promoted the practice of watercolour through national and international exhibitions of the finest paintings produced in the medium, numbering among its members and exhibitors many of Australia's celebrated artists -- from Arthur Streeton, Hans Heysen, Rupert Bunny, Blamire Young, Margaret Preston and Thea Proctor to some of the most important contemporary painters working today in Australia, England, Scotland, China and America.

This 220-page publication both chronicles the history of Australia's pre-eminent watercolour society and surveys the diversity of techniques, styles and subject matter in the evolution of watercolour over the past nine decades.  Linda and David van Nunen have produced not just a volume of the work of current members but have documented in depth the activities of artists who have been major figures both in the history of the Australian Watercolour Institute and this country's visual arts culture.

It is through their efforts that the achievements of these past members will now not be forgotten. It is a must-have book for anyone with an interest in watercolour.
Botanical Sketchbook: Drawing, Painting and Illustration for Botanical Artists

Botanical Sketchbook: Drawing, Painting and Illustration for Botanical Artists

Mary Ann Scott ,  Margaret Stevens

$24.99

This is the story of one woman's journey from amateur painter to botanical artist, told through the sketchbooks and paintings she produced for the Distance Learning Diploma Course run by the Society of Botanical Artists. Packed with advice and tips, this book will serve as a guide and inspiration to anyone wanting to embark on life as a botanical artist. This book is both a showcase of Mary Ann Scott's work and a record of her achievements, including first-hand accounts of the joys and challenges she faced as she progressed. It contains work from every assignment she undertook, from her first attempts at drawing a tulip to the triumphant paintings she made for her diploma portfolio. Along the way are delicate floral compositions, juicy fruit and vegetables, botanical dissections, and her adventures out in the field. Margaret Stevens's comments on each assignments are also included, giving an insight into the assessment process and an all-round view of Mary Ann's successes and (very rare) failures. The book ends with a glorious selection of Mary Ann's ongoing work as a botanical artist.
Frida Kahlo's Garden

Frida Kahlo's Garden

Adriana Zavala ,  York Botanical Gardens New

$54.99

Frida Kahlo created a natural paradise in her home at Casa Azul in Mexico City. The plants cultivated there were vital components of some of her most original work and an important part of her fascination with indigenous Mexican history and culture. From early paintings dating from the 1920s to her last known work, Kahlo's use of botanical imagery reflects not only a love of the natural world, but also an evolving iconography.

By focusing attention on this aspect of her art and its relationship to her garden sanctuary, the book demonstrates how the natural world provided Kahlo with inspiration. In addition to dazzling full-page reproductions of Kahlo's paintings and works on paper, the book also includes essays presenting Kahlo as an avid collector of artifacts, animals, books and plants. Archival photos trace the evolution of the Casa Azul (the Blue House) over the course of the artist's lifetime. Additionally, it explores Mexican architecture, landscape design and gardens of the early 20th century. 

Fans of botanical art, garden enthusiasts, and Kahlo's many devotees will find new and exciting images and information in this elegant, unique presentation of one of modern art's most revered figures. Published in association with The New York Botanical Garden.
Munch

Munch

Elisabeth Ingles

$19.99

Edvard Munch (1863-1944), a Norwegian painter involved in Expressionism, was so attached to his work that he called his paintings his children, which is rather unsurprising given that his paintings were deeply personal. Indeed, Munch expressed much of his own inner turmoil through his art, particularly in the earlier part of his career. He painted not what he saw, but what he felt when he saw it, allowing his morbidity and illness to imbue his paintings with a sombre tone. These darkerpaintings, including his famous The Scream, endured and would greatly influence German Expressionism.
Samuel Palmer: Shadows on the Wall

Samuel Palmer: Shadows on the Wall

William Vaughan

$117.00

Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) was one of the leading British landscape painters of the 19th century. Inspired by his mentor, the artist and poet William Blake, Palmer brought a new spiritual intensity to his interpretation of nature, producing works of unprecedented boldness and fervency. Pre-eminent scholar William Vaughan-who organized the Palmer retrospective at the British Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005-draws on unpublished diaries and letters, offering a fresh interpretation of one of the most attractive and sympathetic, yet idiosyncratic, figures of the 19th century. Far from being a recluse, as he is often presented, Palmer was actively engaged in Victorian cultural life and sought to exert a moral power through his artwork. Beautifully illustrated with Palmer's visionary and enchanted landscapes, the book contains rich studies of his work, influences, and resources. Vaughan also shows how later, enthralled by the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Palmer manipulated his own artistic image to harmonize with it. Little appreciated in his lifetime, Palmer is now hailed as a precursor of modernism in the 20th century.
Art Deco 1910 - 1939

Art Deco 1910 - 1939

Charlotte Benton ,  Tim Benton ,  Ghislaine Wood

$80.00

Art Deco - the style redolent of the flapper girl, the luxury ocean liner, Hollywood film and the skyscraper - came to epitomize the glamour, luxury and hedonism of the Jazz Age. It burst on to the world stage at the 1925 Exposition internationale des art decoratifs et industriels modernes in Paris, and quickly swept across the globe. Its influence was felt everywhere, from the skylines of New York and Shanghai to the design of fashionable eveningwear and plastic radios. Above all, it became the signature style of the pleasure palaces of the age - hotels, cocktail bars, nightclubs and cinemas. This authoritative publication brings together leading experts to explore the sources, varied forms of expression, distinct visual language and global reach of Art Deco. With its breathtaking illustrations, this lavish volume is the definitive book on what is, arguably, the most popular style of the twentieth century.
Alexander McQueen: Redefining Beauty Beyond the Borderline

Alexander McQueen: Redefining Beauty Beyond the Borderline

Michael O'Neill

$65.00

Magnificently illustrated with some of McQueen's most riveting designs, this book illuminates the struggles of a man who dared to defy accepted fashion norms and give the world a new sense of grandeur. From conflicted gay teenager and aggressive and remote young man, through to his lonely suicide, this book charts Alexander McQueen's ascent to couturier par excellence, highlighting his spectacular shows and showing how his confrontational, streetwise manner was simply a shield that protected and masked a very shy, sensitive, and insecure man who hailed from the wrong side of the high fashion tracks. McQueen's talent is now globally acknowledged to have been unmatched in contemporary haute couture, and this book distills from the lavish sweep of his colors, designs, fabrics, and forward-driving concepts the essence of a man on a quest for beauty and his own contentment. In casting the spotlight on the stark contrast between catwalk glamour and his upbringing and personal demons, the book shows how his talent both nourished and destroyed him. It takes us from the vicious glare of the walkway where he was fEted by the wealthy and famous as an innovative artist to behind the glamour. There, defiance delineated a life that was hurled into inescapable depression by the deaths, first of his great friend and supporter Isabella Blow and then by his mother.
Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion

Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion

Maureen Callahan

$19.99

A glittering history of fashion in the 1990s, told through the lives of Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. The 1950s had rock 'n' roll and the 60s had the Beats. In the 70s and 80s, it was punk rock and modern art. But for the 1990s, it was all about fashion and Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen were the trio of rebel geniuses who made it great. Each had an amazing talent and each had demons that would jeopardize that same talent. Collectively, they represented a  moment  in fashion and pop culture that upended everything that had come before it.

In the tradition of pop-cultural histories like Girls Like Us and Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Maureen Callahan explores a particular, pivotal time - the moment when the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, the alternative became the mainstream, and Gen X took over the reins of power in the fashion industry - through the lives of three people who would become both fashion icons and cautionary tales of the era. 

Callahan interviews insiders and reveals exclusive insights into the biggest dramas surrounding the most celebrated personalities of the decade: why Kate Moss and Johnny Depp broke up, how Marc Jacobs came through the crucible of the AIDS crisis, and what really drove Alexander McQueen to suicide.

Champagne Supernovas is the story of that singular time, as exemplified the lives of the three luminaries who forever changed the way we think about fashion and culture.
Gertie's New Fashion Sketchbook: Indispensable Figure Templates for Body-Positive Design

Gertie's New Fashion Sketchbook: Indispensable Figure Templates for Body-Positive Design

Gretchen Hirsch ,  Sun Young Park

$29.99

For Gertie’s New Fashion Sketchbook, Gretchen Hirsch teamed up with illustrator Sun Young Park to reinvent traditional figure templates - known as croquis - for the 21st century. Instead of the unnaturally skinny, tall, and frequently off-balance croquis the fashion industry has been sketching on for decades, this game-changing alternative presents hundreds of realistically sized and proportioned female forms in balanced, lifelike poses. In addition, Park has rendered the croquis with multiple tracing lines, allowing the sketcher to follow the lines that most accurately reflect the body shape desired. Also included are an overview of the design and sketching process and a visual history of garment component styles, all to make it easier to create fashion sketches for women of all shapes and sizes.
Rayne: Shoes for Stars

Rayne: Shoes for Stars

Michael Pick

$115.00

Rayne is the name synonymous with the best in British 20th-century shoe design. Re-launched as a British-owned company in 2013, the remarkable design achievements of the company in the 20th-century are illustrated in this sumptuous book. 

The business began in the late 19th-century as a theatrical costumier and soon added shoes to its products, with a factory in Bermondsey near the current Fashion & Textile Museum. Early clients included the Ballet Russes and Nijinsky. By the 1920s, members of the British Royal family and aristocracy were clients and a shop was opened on Bond Street with a new factory based at King's Cross. By 1950, the company had three royal warrants, had supplied shoes for the wedding of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) in 1947, and had a strong American presence with Delman Shoes at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC, amongst other locations. 

Sir Edward Rayne became a celebrity in his own right and collaborated with many famous designers such as Roger Vivier, Bruce Oldfield, Jean Muir, and the  Fashion Knight  Sir Norman Hartnell, and Hardy Amies.In the 1970s, Bill Gibb designed collections for Rayne, and Rayne supplied the shoes for several leading French couturiers houses such as Lanvin and Nina Ricci. 

In the 1980s Bruce Oldfield designed collections for them. Oliver Messel re-designed the famous Bond Street Store, which attracted stars of stage and screen, such as Elizabeth Taylor, as well as society ladies. Beautifully illustrated, this book offers a complete history of this remarkable brand.
Liberty Style

Liberty Style

Martin Wood

$59.99

The story of Liberty's is the story of design. The brand has been an international byword for style and innovation since May 1875, when Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened the doors of his Regent Steet shop. The son of a draper, Arthur Liberty (1843-1917) was inspired by the conviction that if he could only raise the capital to open his own shop, he could change the whole look of fashion in dress and interior decoration. He did exactly that. With an impressive ability to spot talent and to promote good, innovative and interesting design, Liberty's shop quickly became the epicentre of London's Aesthetic movement, the place where Oscar Wilde bought Japanese silk. Succesive movements found a home at Liberty's: Arts and Crafts; Art Nouveau; Art Deco; and the Georgian revival. The work of almost all the great designers of the past century in the fields of glass, metalwork, furniture, ceramics, fashion and, above all, textiles has appeared under the Liberty label. In this book Martin Wood tells the story of Liberty's, its design and its designers: from the pewter and silverware of Archibald Knox and the Silver Studio and William DeMorgan's tiles to the fabrics of Lucienne Day, Sonia Delaunay and Bernard Nevill and the furniture of Piero Fornasetti, Vico Magistretti and even Ringo Starr.
With Open Eyes

With Open Eyes

Mario Calabresi

$39.99

In the last five years, Mario Calabresi has collected a series of interviews to renowned international photographers. The result of his meetings is this book: an exciting dive into history through the images and the words of great witnesses that have captured and lived some of the most tragic and intense moments of our past. With an engaging prose, able to transmit the strength and the emotions of the protagonists, Calabresi guides the reader in a fascinating journey through time, offering him an incredibly privileged perspective: the eyes of photojournalists who have created the common historical memory. So, here it is Paul Fusco that narrates Bob Kennedys funeral, or Josef Koudelka that describes the first moments of the arrival of the tanks in Prague, or John Morris that is still moved remembering his friend Robert Capa, and then Salgado, Erwitt, McCullin, Webb, Abbas, Pellegrin, Scianna and Basilico. At the end, a chapter about three young photojournalists: Alessio Romenzi, Fabio Bucciarelli and Pietro Masturzo.
           
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