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My Salute to Five Bells

My Salute to Five Bells

John Olsen

$29.99

My Salute to Five Bells by John Olsen charts the journey of one of Australia's greatest living artists at work on the biggest commission of his career.

Member of the Order of Australia and Archibald-prize-winner John Olsen was an established artist in 1971 when commissioned to produce a mural for the Sydney Opera House. The process was at times intellectually and creatively stimulating and at others emotionally draining as Olsen battled ignorance - the mural was scratched with nails by unimpressed workmen onsite - time constraints and even silent judgement by royalty as he guided the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh past the mural under the gaze of the world's media. The result is a stunning aerial view of Sydney's harbour, populated with crabs and fish and squid, whose colours change as the sun moves across the sky.

This book features a full reproduction of Olsen's illustrated journal, one of the most spectacular art manuscripts in the National Library of Australia's collection. This richly illustrated scrapbook of thoughts, quotes, diary entries, original drawings, and magazine and book clippings documents Olsen's Sydney Opera House experience from his initial speechlessness at being asked to do the mural to his attempts to instil 'wacky madness, more humour' into it and his very palpable relief towards the end.

Olsen's great intellect and creativity shine through in his lists of 'Things I like', haikus, and playful and poetic expression. His margin notes and reminders, such as 'You've got to interrupt the gestalt' and 'Remember Olsen vitality transcends pleasure', offer great insight into the artistic process of one of our living treasures.
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The Idea of Art: Building a Contemporary International Art Collection

The Idea of Art: Building a Contemporary International Art Collection

Anthony Bond

$49.99

Curator Anthony Bond began building a contemporary international art collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 1984. The collection now features many important artists, including Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley, Francis Bacon, Anish Kapoor and Doris Salcedo. In The Idea of Art, Bond discusses the guiding philosophies that steered his formation of the gallery's collection. Incorporating conversations with many high-profile contemporary artists, the book offers important insights into how recent innovations connect with the art of the past, and with human experience.
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MoMA Masterpieces: Painting and Sculpture

MoMA Masterpieces: Painting and Sculpture

Ann Temkin

$70.00

Since its founding in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art in New York has brought the history of modern and contemporary art to vivid life through its extraordinary holdings. MoMA Masterpieces provides a fresh look at the Museums exceptional collection as it stands today. Ann Temkins introduction addresses the historical construction of the Museums collection and explores the shifting issues that have guided its acquisitions, while the thoughtful selection of reproduced works highlights the range of artworks and ideas that constitute the evolving foundation of the Museums collection. With 126 years spanning the distance between the works on the first and last pages of this book, MoMA Masterpieces offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in the multitude of artistic approaches encompassed under the banner of modern art.
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Revealing the Rothschild Prayer Book

Revealing the Rothschild Prayer Book

Margaret M. Manion ,  Kay Sutton

$55.00

The Rothschild Prayer Book is an acknowledged masterpiece of Renaissance manuscript illumination. Acquired by the Kerry Stokes Collection in 2014, it includes miniatures of unsurpassed beauty and refined execution by the most renowned and sought-after illuminators of the era. This unique book is a must-have for art historians, scholars and lovers of fine art.
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The Rothschild Prayer Book in Context: Illuminations, Paintings and Sculptures 1218-1685

The Rothschild Prayer Book in Context: Illuminations, Paintings and Sculptures 1218-1685

Margaret Manion  ,  Kate Challis

$79.99

The Rothschild Prayer Book is an acknowledged masterpiece of Renaissance manuscript illumination. Acquired by the Kerry Stokes Collection in 2014, it includes miniatures of unsurpassed beauty and refined execution by the most renowned and sought-after illuminators of the era. Here the Rothschild Prayer Book is presented within the wider visual context of Medieval and Renaissance art. This is a fascinating look at the relationship of the Prayer Book to the icons, portraits, stained-glass sequences, devotional panel paintings and sculptures of the time.
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The Magical City: A Colouring Book

The Magical City: A Colouring Book

Lizzie Mary Cullen

$22.99

The Magical City is a brand new colouring book by award-winning illustrator Lizzie Mary Cullen, exploring the hidden magic of cities. Open your mind to the hidden wonder of urban landscapes across the world with this beautifully intricate colouring book. From London to Luxor, follow cobbled pavements through winding streets, look up at skyscrapers soaring to the skies, and gaze over rooftops and dreaming spires. And as you colour and doodle your way through these illustrations, you'll find hidden details emerge not only on the page but also in the world around you. For fans of Johanna Basford's The Secret Garden and Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom, this is a stunning new colouring book for adults and children alike.
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Figure Drawing Master Class: Lessons in Life Drawing

Figure Drawing Master Class: Lessons in Life Drawing

Dan Gheno

$39.99

With Figure Drawing Master Class, you will discover the secrets to creating masterful figure drawings through examples of Old Master drawings, as well as Dan Gheno's own beautiful drawings, demonstrations and diagrams. This take-home course covers everything you need to put yourself on the fast-track to successful figure drawing. Inside you'll find:

* The basics of training your hand to draw
* Gesture drawing lessons
* How to draw heads and hands
* How to accurately compose your figures
* Keys to replicating the subtle details in the posture of the head to suggest emotion
* The basics of human proportions

With tips, tricks and historical references, the drawing instruction inside will help you with all the critical skills you need to travel your own journey through successful figure drawing and improve your drawings for years to come. Learn to draw all aspects of the human figure with diagrams, demonstrations and Old Master drawings. More than 120 drawings by Old Master artists including Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Rembrandt. Includes 5 step-by-step demonstrations to reinforce the key concepts of figure drawing
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Figure Drawing Studio: Drawing and Painting the Nude Figure from Pose Photos

Figure Drawing Studio: Drawing and Painting the Nude Figure from Pose Photos

Butch Krieger ,  Live Model Books ,  Live Model Books

$34.99

Welcome to your very own Figure Drawing Studio, where artist Butch Krieger guides you through the fundamentals of learning to draw and paint the human form using photographs taken of live art models posing as they would for an art class. Innovative step-by-step exercises based on these images, from the popular Art Models series, will boost your skills and prepare you to draw from life. A companion disk features more than 1,500 high-resolution full-colour photos to work with.
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Practical Calligraphy: Materials, Technique & Projects

Practical Calligraphy: Materials, Technique & Projects

George Thomson

$16.99

Calligraphy can seem rather daunting, but there's no need to study for years if you just want to produce beautiful decorative lettering good enough to enhance your gifts and personal stationery. A friendly and approachable how-to guide, everything you need is in Practical Calligraphy.
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Practical Landscape Painting: Materials, Technique & Projects

Practical Landscape Painting: Materials, Technique & Projects

David Hollis

$16.99

Watercolour is such a rewarding medium for the artist that its well worth mastering it offers both portability and gorgeous, rich, mutable colours. This is the perfect introduction for anyone who's thought about painting in watercolour but isn't sure where to start. Unintimidating and accessible, it will help you to get the pictures in your head onto the page without losing anything in the translation.
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Picasso

Picasso

Victoria Charles

$19.99

Pablo Picasso is the quintessential modern artist, a man who embodied the avant-garde s search for radical rupture like no other, producing an everchanging oeuvre that for many has become the key to understanding the art of the 20th century. Works have been selected from Picasso s vast production for this lavish new collection that showcases paradigmatic examples such as Guernica, Les Demoiselles d Avignon, and Garcon a la pipe.
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The Piranesi Effect

The Piranesi Effect

Kerrianne Stone ,  Gerard Vaughan

$59.99

The work of Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) has captivated artists, architects and designers for centuries. Although contemporary Australia is a long way from eighteenth-century Rome, it is home to substantial collections of his works, the largest being at the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. The Piranesi Effect is a collection of exquisitely illustrated essays on the impact of Piranesi's work throughout the years. The book brings together Australian and international experts who investigate Piranesi's world and its connections to the study of art and the practice of artists today. From curators and art historians, to contemporary artists like Bill Henson and Ron McBurnie, the contributors each bring their own passion and insight into the work of Piranesi, illuminating what it is about his work that still inspires such wonder.
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Stik

Stik

StiK

$54.99

From the publishers behind Banksy's mega-selling Wall and Piece, comes the fully-illustrated, beautifully presented book by feted London street artist, Stik. Stik first came to notoriety as an underground street artist who painted life-size stick figures during the night around London's East End. As a firm believer in the right to protest, the freedom of speech, and basic human rights, Stik has now painted murals in cities, towns and villages all over the world, focusing his work in communities which have not been afraid to express themselves in the face of repression and disenfranchisement. Having gained an international following, Stik credits his audience with the intelligence to fill in the details with just six lines and two dots to imply emotion. Each piece is a meditation. This is the first collected volume of his work to date. It reveals the political and artistic inspiration behind the work of one of this country's most brilliant and inspiring artists.
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Van Gogh

Van Gogh

Ingo F Walther ,  Rainer Metzger

$80.00

Bold strokes of genius. This is the amazing work of a tormented soul. Vincent van Gogh's story is one of the most ironic in art history. He lived an unhappy and difficult life during which his work received almost no appreciation - finally killing himself by a bullet to the chest, so great was his despair - and is now widely considered one of the most important painters of all time, his works fetching record prices of tens of millions of dollars at auction. This comprehensive study of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) represents a rarity in art history: a detailed monograph on his life and art combined with a complete catalogue of his 871 paintings. These volumes also reproduce most of van Gogh's paintings in color.
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Architecture Visionaries

Architecture Visionaries

Richard Weston

$55.00

Featuring 75 of the world's most influential architects, this book presents the story of 20th-century architecture through the fascinating personal stories and significant works that have shaped the field.Arranged in a broadly chronological order, the book gives the reader a sense of the impact that inventive individuals have had on the development of architecture and our built environment. Key dates in the architects' careers are listed in timeline features, thereby allowing the author freedom to move beyond well-known biographies to analyze the buildings and map out the exciting visions behind them.With insightful text describing carefully selected examples, this is a dynamic and unique guide to the architects whose visions have created the buildings around us.
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Why You Can Build it Like That: Modern Architecture Explained

Why You Can Build it Like That: Modern Architecture Explained

John Zukowsky

$22.00

In Why You Can Build It Like That, John Zukowsky examines buildings from the past half century or so that pushed the boundaries of what was architecturally acceptable when they were built. 100 striking international examples of modern architecture are categorized into thematic chapters that reflect form as well as society. Zukowsky explores the history of these buildings and their makers, presenting relevant biographical factors and socio-cultural influences that impacted on the distinctive designs. The book includes the works of heroic early modernist architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, alongside long-established architectural firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. It also features mavericks of the past and present Bruce Goff, Shin Takamatsu and Shigeru Ban and singular architectural wonders that reflect their own times. Readers will find out why all the featured buildings look the way they do, and why they were created when and where they were. Zukowskys original text unravels the rich and complex stories that exist behind the design of some of the worlds more unconventional monuments, revealing exactly why each building is one of a kind.
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The Collector's Cabinet: Tales, Facts and Fictions from the World of Antiques

The Collector's Cabinet: Tales, Facts and Fictions from the World of Antiques

Marc Allum

$21.99

Explore the wonderful world of antiques and collectables with Antiques Roadshow regular, Marc Allum. Go in search of stolen masterpieces, learn the secrets of the forgers, track down Napoleon's toothbrush and meet the garden gnome insured for GBP1 million. Eclectic, eccentric and brimming with remarkable tales from history, The Collector's Cabinet is for all those who are fascinated by the relics of the past.
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New Vintage French Interiors

New Vintage French Interiors

Sebastien Siraudeau

$45.00

This charming volume features a dozen interiors which bring together vintage and modern styles, for the ultimate in French interiors. The homes represent a diverse range of possibilities for interior style, from the clean white lines and open floor plan of a barn converted into a modern loft to a traditional family home filled with antique pieces and Provencal prints. Each photograph features details that will inspire the home enthusiast. Make a bold design statement through curated collections of objects: pastel-hued bar spritzers, naive paintings, or jewel-toned vases look best when grouped together. Display seashells in a bell-shaped glass cloche. Create a unique wall display of antique gardening tools. Use vintage striped kitchen towels to add nautical flair, especially when offset by weathered oars propped against the wall. Taking their cue from the surrounding nature, these country homes feature earthy or vibrant tones and give pride of place to natural materials, from smooth stone or terra-cotta tile floors to striking wooden beams or wind-beaten shutters. Sebastien Siraudeau takes the reader on a voyage around France replete with bucolic charm, providing an indispensable source of inspiration for modern living and country style a la francaise.
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The History of Modern Fashion

The History of Modern Fashion

Daniel James Cole ,  Nancy Deihl

$100.00

This lavishly illustrated book looks at the history of fashion from 1850 to 2010. Taking a decade-by-decade approach, Daniel James Cole and Nancy Deihl explore the history of fashion as a lively and dynamic manifestation of twentieth-century culture. Covering chronological changes in womenswear, menswear and childrenswear, the book looks at the dissemination of style and the mechanisms of change, at the relationship between fashion and the visual, applied and performing arts, the intertwined relationship between fashion and popular culture, the impact of new materials and technology and the growing globalization of style. Illustrated with photographs of costume from museums and images from the fashion press including editorial photography, illustrations and advertising, the book will include insights into icons of fashion and the clothes worn by 'real people', providing a valuable visual reference for the reader.
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Vivienne Westwood: Fashion Unfolds

Vivienne Westwood: Fashion Unfolds

Moleskine

$60.00

Talented and audacious, with working-class origins, Westwood embodies, in the popular imagination, one of the iconic figures in the mythology of the western: the outlaw who has managed to give the sheriff the slip and earn honour and respect from the community.

A rebel by chance rather than by choice, a conservative revolutionary in the tradition dating back to the suffragette movement, Dame Vivienne represents quintessential Britishness strongly rooted in culture. Although she is the queen of punk with a particular interest in philosophy and the painting of bygone days, a social activist and aesthete who loves to delve into the past, she constantly and inexplicably finds herself in the vanguard.

In an account that starts from the creation of fifteen garments and accessories, this book pinpoints references to past times and art history, together with aesthetic and philosophical elements. After the ready-mades of the 1960s, in which she made use of mass-produced clothes, took them apart, cut them up and then mixed them together reflecting the growing fusion between art and fashion Westwood was able to indulge her intellectual curiosity with the help of books and pictures. 

She did not sketch her models on paper, but created them directly using the moulage technique on a small dressmakers dummy or even herself, working around the figure, so that the final result was the modification of the body's shape, with radical structural alterations and asymmetric cuts.
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World Press Photo 15

World Press Photo 15

Kari Lundelin ,  Michele McNally

$39.99

Publishing the results of the most recent annual World Press Photo Contest, this exceptional book contains the very best press photographs from the year 2014 pictures submitted by photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Selected from thousands of images, these prizewinning photos capture the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year.
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Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People

Henry Carroll

$27.99

Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs Of People is an inspiring book of conceptual starting points and invaluable technical tips for anyone, novice or professional, who wants to take top-notch pictures of people. The book distils portrait photography into seven subject areas, including 'Composition', 'The Gaze and 'The Street', and features beautiful, startling and inspirational photographs in each category. Readers are given practical insights into the ideas and techniques of a wide range of historical and contemporary masters so they can put it all into practice themselves. Scattered throughout the book are 'technical tangents' packed with invaluable practical guidance for basic lighting set-ups, kit, camera modes and more. Also included is definitive advice from a lawyer on your legal rights when taking pictures of people.
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Genesis

Genesis

Sebastiao Salgado ,  Lella Salgado

$125.00

Human (and) nature. Epic journeys to the ends of the earth: Salgado's opus on our planet in its natural state. On a very fortuitous day in 1970, 26-year-old Sebastiao Salgado held a camera for the first time. When he looked through the viewfinder, he had an epiphany: suddenly life made sense.

From that day onward - though it took years of hard work before he had the experience to earn his living as a photographer - the camera became his tool for interacting with the world. Salgado, who  always preferred the chiaroscuro palette of black-and-white images,  shot very little color in his early career before giving it up completely. Having been raised on a rural farm in Brazil, far from civilization and without television, Salgado possessed a deep love and respect for nature; he was also particularly sensitive to the ways in which human beings are affected by their often devastating socio-economic conditions. 

Of the myriad works Salgado has produced in his esteemed career, three long-term projects stand out:  Workers  (1993), documenting the vanishing way of life of manual laborers across the world,  Migrations  (2000), a tribute to mass migration driven by hunger, natural disasters, environmental degradation and demographic pressure, and this new opus,  Genesis , the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society - the land and life of a still-pristine planet.  Some 46 per cent of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis,  Salgado reminds us.  We must preserve what exists. 

The Genesis project, along with Salgado's Instituto Terra, are dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future.  Over 32 trips - traveled by foot, light aircraft, seagoing vessels, canoes, and even balloons, through extreme heat and cold and in sometimes dangerous conditions - Salgado created a collection of images showing us nature, animals, and indigenous peoples in such shocking and intense beauty as to take one's breath away. Mastering the monochrome with an extreme deftness to rival the virtuoso Ansel Adams, Salgado brings black and white photography to a new dimension; the tonal variations in his works, the contrasts of light and dark, recall the works of Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Georges de la Tour.

On the earth is instilled a glistening, textured fabric so intricate in its weave that even the most finite details seem to extend to infinity. What does one discover in  Genesis?  The ancient animal species and volcanoes of the Galapagos; penguins, sea lions, cormorants, and whales of the Antarctic and South Atlantic; Brazilian alligators and jaguars; African lions, leopards, and elephants; the isolated Zo'e tribe deep in the Amazon jungle; the Stone Age Kurowai people of West Papua; nimadic Dinka cattle farmers in Sudan; Nenet nomads and their reindeer herds in the Arctic Circle; Mentawai jungle communities on islands west of Sumatra; the icebergs of the Antarctic; the volcanoes of Central Africa and the Kamchatka Peninsula; Saharan deserts; the Negro and Jurua rivers in the Amazon; the ravines of the Grand Canyon; the glaciers of Alaska... and beyond.

Having gone, quite literally in some cases, where no man has gone before, and having spent so much time, energy, and passion dedicated to the making of this work, Salgado likens  Genesis  to  my love letter to the planet.
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