All the Buildings in Sydney is a love letter to author James Gulliver Hancock's home town of Sydney, told through his unique and charming drawings of the city's diverse architectural styles and cityscape. His buildings are colourful and full of fun and offbeat details, yet he successfully captures the technical elements and the essence of Sydney architecture that makes it such a unique and beautiful city. Organised by neighbourhoods, the book features iconic Sydney buildings, such as the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Also presented are the everyday buildings that make up Sydney life - the terrace houses in Paddington, the bungalows by the beaches and the beautiful sandstone buildings from Sydneys past. Long time Sydney residents and tourists alike will savour this one-of-a-kind volume that uniquely celebrates the energy and spirit of this beautiful harbour city.
For a couple of decades before World War II, a group of immigrant painters and sculptors, including Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine and Jules Pascin dominated the new art scene of Montparnasse in Paris.
Art critics gave them the name the School of Paris to set them apart from the French-born (and less talented) young artists of the period. Modigliani and Chagall eventually attained enormous worldwide popularity, but in those earlier days most School of Paris painters looked on Soutine as their most talented contemporary. Willem de Kooning proclaimed Soutine his favorite painter, and Jackson Pollack hailed him as a major influence.
Soutine arrived in Paris while many painters were experimenting with cubism, but he had no time for trends and fashions; like his art, Soutine was intense, demonic, and fierce. After the defeat of France by Hitler's Germany, the East European Jewish immigrants who had made their way to France for sanctuary were no longer safe. In constant fear of the French police and the German Gestapo, plagued by poor health and bouts of depression, Soutine was the epitome of the tortured artist.
Rich in period detail, Stanley Meisler's Shocking Paris explores the short, dramatic life of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.
'Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation. Braque thought the ideal state would be reached when we said nothing at all in front of a painting. But we are very far from reaching that state. We remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things, to form opinions, to argue...
It is a rare picture which stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is only a short time before we want to explain and understand the very silence into which we have been plunged.'
Julian Barnes began writing about art with a chapter on Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa in his 1989 novel A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters. Since then he has written a series of remarkable essays, chiefly about French artists, which trace the story of how art made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism.
Fully illustrated in colour throughout, Keeping an Eye Open contains Barnes' essays on Gericault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cezanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud.
The Sydney-based architecture practice Tony Owen & Partners believes that there is a place for architecture that is exciting and unique, but which is also based on sound commercial principles and realises its clients' needs; an architecture which is driven by contemporary ideas but which is combined with a pro-active and inclusive approach to consultation with authorities. This is a 'realisable architecture' that challenges the norm. The Tony Owen practice focus is on gaining successful approvals for prominent residential and commercial developments. This involves the fusion of commercial interest with stylistic and community issues through extensive consultation with state and local authorities. 'Time and again really good design has the power to capture people's imaginations and create a momentum. Strong design gives assurance that there will be a good result.'
This magnificent, lavishly illustrated book by India's most eminent and perceptive art historian, B.N. Goswamy, will open readers' eyes to the wonders of Indian painting, and show them new ways of seeing and appreciating art.
An illuminating introductory essay, 'A Layered World', explains the themes and emotions that inspired Indian painters, the values and influences that shaped their work, and the unique ways in which they depicted time and space. It describes, too, the characteristics of the different regional styles, the relationship between patrons and painters, the milieu in which they created their works, and the tools and techniques the painters used.
The second part of this book consists of 'Close Encounters with 101 Great Works'. Carefully selected by Prof. Goswamy and spanning nearly a thousand years, these works range from Jain manuscripts, and Rajasthani, Mughal, Pahari and Deccani miniatures, to Company School paintings. His description and analysis of these works unlock the treasures that lie within them and show us how to 'read' each painting, as he points out is finest features, explains is visual vocabulary and symbolism, and recounts the story, legend or event that inspired it.
Combining deep scholarship with great storytelling, this is a book of enduring value that will both educate and delight the reader. It is destined to become a classic.
The Art of Forgery: Case Studies in Deception explores the stories, dramas and human intrigues surrounding the world's most famous forgeries - investigating the motivations of the artists and criminals who have faked great works of art, and in doing so conned the public and the art establishment alike.
Long thought of as the neglected stepchild of painting, the art of drawing has recently begun to enjoy a place in the sun. With major museums around the world, from the Met to the Uffizi, mounting exhibitions focused on the art of draughtsmanship, drawing is receiving more critical and academic attention than ever before. This captivating text gives readers a sweeping analysis of the history of drawing, from Renaissance greats like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to Modernist masters like M.C. Escher, Pablo Picasso, and everyone in between.
A striking, design-led reference book, A-Z Great Modern Artists features Andy Tuohy's portraits of 52 key modern artists, rendered in each artist's own characteristic style - including Aleksandr Rodchenko in trademark green and red, Andy Warhol as a classic repeated print, and Marc Quinn as a frozen blood head in a box. With text by art historian Christopher Masters, each artist's entry will also have a summary of the essential things you need to know about the artist; their biographical details, why they're so significant, where you can find their works today, and a surprising fact or two about them as well as reproductions of key works. Whether you're already an art expert, or looking for a helpful cheat to navigating around a gallery, you'll love this guide to global artists of the modern age.
This stunning book offers an introduction to and an exceptional view of an imposing collection of arts from across the Islamic world, highlighting outstanding examples of design, workmanship and craft in paintings and manuscripts, calligraphy, metalwork, ceramics, jade, glass, wood and ivory. The book opens with an explanation of the characteristics common to artistic creativity stretching back to the seventh century, from Spain to Indonesia. Works of superlative quality are then organised into chapters relating to central themes such as religion and belief, the supernatural and natural worlds, feasting, the hunt, war, music and power. The author explores each magnificent artwork in turn, providing cultural context and pointing out special features. By showing the complete artwork as well as enlarged details sometimes virtually invisible to the naked eye intriguing comparisons can be drawn and juxtapositions made between seemingly unrelated media. The selection of illustrations evokes the hand and eye of the most accomplished artists of the Islamic world.
The decision to unbind the pages of the famous Codex Atlanticus, one of the greatest collections of da Vinci drawings and studies, held at Milan's Biblioteca Ambrosiana, has allowed the public and scholars easier access to the ideas and thoughts of the great Renaissance genius. This book, which reproduces some of the finest pages of the Codex, examines his interest in many different fields, from military fortifications to anatomy, from war machines to musical instruments, from flight to botany.
Universally celebrated for his rosy and concupiscent nudes, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was an artist whose first concern was sensuality in all its forms. This Baroque master devoted himself to a lifelong celebration of the joys and wonders of the physical realm. He felt that the human body was as lovely and natural as the many natural landscapes he painted as a young man. In a lushly illustrated text, Maria Varshavskaya and Xenia Yegorova explore the master at work, bringing a unique focus to Ruben's life and work.
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) has long been considered one of the greatest artists in European history. His paintings have launched a thousand imitations and homages, including best-selling novels, a recent TV series, and even a handful of popular films. Now, for the first time, this lovely text by Emile Michel is paired with carefully curated selections from Rembrandt's portfolio to illuminate the history and work of this celebrated master of light.
Painter of Parisian life at the end of the 19th century, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was an artist whose oeuvre stands apart from those of his contemporaries. Oscillating between Post-Impressionism and Expressionism, he loved to paint dancers and singers at work in the cabarets of the capital. His touch is vigorous, his colours pure. Despite his personal handicap, his numerous works and posters are full of turbulent, incessant movement and figures such as the famous Goulue or Valentin le Desosse. Without doubt too entangled in this Parisian bohemia, he died of syphilis and chronic alcoholism at the age of only thirty-seven, leaving behind a substantial body of work.
Renowned landscapist and precursor to the Impressionist movement, Joseph Mallord William Turner shook up the art world of his time. Hailed as the absolute master of light, he was one of the first to go beyond the limits of figurative art to offer a new perception of painting which became the ultimate model for his contemporaries.
The Art Nouveau movement became an international phenomenon at the beginning of the twentieth century that ushered in the era of modernity in almost every aspect of cultural life. For decades critics have argued that Art Nouveau was not an artistic period in its own right, but an amalgam of artists and styles that served as a bridge between neoclassicism and modernism. In this comprehensive, authoritative and copiously illustrated book, art historian Norbert Wolf explores Art Nouveau as a logical outgrowth of the historic forces in which it arose. This book focuses on the movement's wide variety of applications and reclaims its prominence in the pantheon of modern art history. Chapters on aesthetics, spirituality and the cult of beauty offer luminous examples of works by Mucha, Gaudi, Hoffmann, Klimt, Horta, Munch and Tiffany, among many others. Wolf's text is both informed and accessible, providing an exciting narrative that brings the Art Nouveau movement into clear focus. Beautifully produced to appeal to a wide range of readers, this new edition gives one of the world's most popular styles the serious consideration it deserves.
This edition shows many ideas for dining rooms and kitchens, the different materials that can be used and the different ways to make these places ideal for coexistence in harmony.
This edition looks at the many ways of using la madera for both indoors and outdoors, and reveals that the secret to success lies in creativity.
This edition presents the different styles of townhouses with several tips for the decoration of each space, thus the ideal place.
From ancient Sumerian pottery to Tiffany stained glass, decorative art had been a fundamental part of the human experience for generations. While fine art is confined to galleries and museums, decorative art is the art of the every day, combining beauty with functionality in objects ranging from the prosaic to the fantastical. In this work, authors Albert Jacquemart and Emile Bayard celebrate the beauty and artistic potential behind even the most quotidian object. Readers will walk away from this text with a newfound appreciation for the subtle artistry of the manufactured world.
Australian Rainforest Woods describes 140 of the most significant Australian rainforest trees and their wood. The introductory sections draw the reader into an understanding of the botanical, evolutionary, environmental, historical and international significance of this beautiful but finite Australian resource. The main section examines the species and their wood with photographs, botanical descriptions and a summary of the characteristics of the wood. A section on wood identification includes fundamental information on tree growth and wood structure, as well as images of the basic characteristics. With more than 800 colour images, this is the most comprehensive guide ever written on Australian rainforest woods, both for the amateur and the professional wood enthusiast. It is the first time that macrophotographs of the wood have been shown in association with a physical description of wood characteristics, which will aid identification.
A talented and skilled carpenter, builder and foreman, Keith has created a practical guide to project managing your own home/building renovations. It will start you off at the very beginning with advice on how to get started, and it is filled with easy and acheivable projects within the home and help to solve any home building/renovation dilemmas.
Also included will be hints and tips on building, plumbing, painting, energy efficiency, cost saving and water conservation, as well as a list of top tips to consider when embarking upon a renovation, what to look out for, and who you need to appoint to help you achieve this.
Details, large or small, are a central feature of life. In homes, their role in decoration takes on crucial proportions. More than anything else, details embody the identity of the inhabitants. Furthermore, to a large extent they will also transform a house into a home. Not only do they determine the very style of the dwelling place, but they are additionally essential components in providing them with an atmosphere. Paintings, lamps, sculptures, upholstery and wallpapers, mirrors, plant pots and other decorative objects comprise a bottomless pool of tools for interior designers.
The success of a home's design depends on two basic aspects that need to be taken into account. First of all, there are the wishes, lifestyle, taste and preferences of the inhabitants. Secondly, current trends in decoration cannot be left outside. The true challenge is to harness both as well as to consider the practicality, functionality an aesthetic qualities required by the present age. These innovative interior solution must encompass decorative leanings such as the use of new products, new ways of interpreting design, and understanding the new lifestyles. The New Design: Functional Interiors showcases a wide range of solutions setting the example that function does not mean sacrificing style.
Most areas of the house need storage areas for certain valued objects. Interior design plays a crucial role in creating suitable spaces to work and to keep at hand highly appraised articles. A number of factors must be considered, such as the need of specific tasks to be carried out, as well as lighting, personality of the inhabitants, current trends in shapes, colors and textures, etc. The aim of The New Design: Shelves and Bookcases is to provide the reader with practical ideas for storing things they invariably possess, including day to day utensils, books, ornaments, artwork, family mementos and anything that needs to be put away, displayed in the most stylish and comfortable manner possible.
Most of us would love to design and build our own home. In fact, more people than ever are doing precisely this. But how exactly do you go about it? How much of the building work should you do yourself? This manual explains the entire process in plain English, backed up with hundreds of colour photos showing real self-build projects taking shape. Each chapter is devoted to a key stage of the build from the foundations right through to snagging and completion. Whether you tackle some of the works yourself, or employ architects and contractors, this step-by-step guide will show you how to stay firmly in control, get to grips with the latest planning and building regulations, and complete your project on time and within budget.
Houses Now: Living Style, the follow-up to the successful first edition, is a sophisticated, modern book that showcases an eclectic range of contemporary homes, designed by an impressive selection of architects. Honing in on interior spaces, and how these facilitate the owners lifestyles, Houses Now also explores the variety of materials used and the finer details of architectural design styles from across the globe from suburban masterpieces and sprawling country homes, to sleek city residences and breathtaking beach houses. These houses demonstrate that, when it comes to residential design, there are few limits.
Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, this collection of jewellery through the ages links cultures and eras to show how the design, wearing, and collecting of personal adornment has evolved over the ages. They range from classic items such as necklaces, rings and earrings to less common items with origins in non-European cultures. The book features jewellery ranging from the splendid crowns of ancient Greece, gold earrings from Babylon and jewelled collars worn by 13th-century Islamic royalty to more modern pieces such as those contained in the imperial collection of Queen Louise of Prussia, Art Nouveau jewellery designed by Rene Lalique, and work by contemporary designers. This chronologically arranged survey includes numerous brief essays and nearly 400 illustrations with detailed captions, making it an ideal reference for anyone interested in cultural history, the history of jewellery, or the art and craft of jewellery making.
Oscar Wilde once wrote, 'Fashion is a form of ugliness so absolutely unbearable that we have to alter it every six months.' And yet it serves to make us beautiful, or at least make us feel beautiful.
In Dress Code Mari Grinde Arntzen asks how and why this is - how we can be enthralled by the fashion world, and at the same time appalled by the politics and practices of the garment industry? This book questions why we h ave such a love-hate relation ship with fashion. Guiding us through the major figures and brands of today's fashion system, Dress Code shows how they shape us and in turn why we love to be shaped by them.
The book focuses on everyday, affordable 'fast fashion' brands as well as the luxury market, to show how both ends of the fashion industry exert a powerful force over our lives. It also discusses trend forecasters, the media and the pressures on consumers, arguing that the world of fashion is both a dictatorship and a democracy, directing our shopping habits as well as our appearance.
This study explores what happens when we get dressed: why fashion can make us feel powerful, beautiful and original, yet also paradoxically works oppressively, forcing consumers to conform. This book peels off the layers of the world's fifth largest industry, garment by garment, to reveal fashion as a phenomenon, a business and an art. Grinde Arntzen is disturbed by its influence yet sympathetic to our desire - however ambivalent - to be stylish, smart or trendy.
Dress Code is both a succinct and thought-provoking look at how the culture of dress dominates everyday life, and a lively and honest account of the pleasures and problems of fashion.
Featuring 75 of the world's most legendary designers, this book presents the story of fashion through the fascinating personal lives and innovative collections that have shaped the field over the past century. Arranged in a broadly chronological order, this compelling book outlines the impact that inventive individuals have had on the development of fashion. Using boxed features to display key dates in the designers' careers, the text - written by an expert fashion journalist and historian - delves into the visions behind their most creative and inspirational work. Combining stunning visuals of both exciting and rare designs with insightful text, this is an inspiring guide to the designers whose vision has forged new pathways in fashion design development and forever changed the way we dress today.
A new perspective on woman's role in the world of art jewelry at the turn of the twentieth century - from Art Nouveau in France and the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, to Jugendstil in Germany and Austria, Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York, and American Arts and Crafts in Chicago - and the most extensive survey to date of the sheer diversity and beauty of art jewelry during this period.
Accompanying a groundbreaking exhibition at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago, this lavishly illustrated catalog showcases nearly two hundred stunning pieces from the Driehaus Collection and prominent national collections, many of which have never been seen by the public. Women were not only the intended wearers of art jewelry during the early twentieth century, but also an essential part of its creation. Their work - boldly artistic, exquisitely detailed, hand wrought, and inspired by nature - is now widely sought after by collectors and museums alike. From the world's first independent female jewelry makers, to the woman as artistic motif, this jewelry reflected rapid changes in definitions of femininity and social norms.
Essays by noted scholars explore five different areas of jewelry design and fabrication, and discuss the important female figures and historic social milieu associated with these movements - from the suffragists and the Rational Dress Society in England; to the Wiener WerkstAtte and Gustav Klimt; and the Art Nouveau masters RenE Lalique and Alphonse Mucha, who depicted otherworldly women in jewelry for equally fascinating patrons like Sarah Bernhardt. The essays are illustrated by historic photographs and decorative arts of the period as well as the extraordinary pieces themselves: hair combs, bracelets, brooches, and tiaras executed in moonstones, translucent horn, enamel, opals, aquamarines, and much more.
As Driehaus writes in his introduction to Maker & Muse, Essential as these elements are, the metal and gemstones of a necklace--or a brooch or a bracelet - are like a canvas. It is the designer who evokes true greatness, beauty, and value from them. Neither monumental nor mass-produced, the object contains a memory of a particular artist's skilled hand.
As a follow up to the bestselling Underwater Dogs and the forthcoming Underwater Puppies, now Seth Casteel explores an amazing world of underwater babies. Continuing the style of his previous books, each photo will be of a real moment, not compromised by graphic arts, that captures the joy of swimming beneath the water. Teaming up with infant swimming schools across the United States, Seth will document hundreds of babies already in the process of building confidence and survival skills in the water.
Look at people and their pets today. Pets tell something about their owners, whether they are bought to make a fashion statement, as child substitutes or as an expression of unconditional love between two sentient beings.
So remarked Robin Gibson, the author of this book, on its first publication in 1998. It is about the various animals that appear in portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, but it is also about the owners of the animals w ho commissioned the portraits. The association of the subject or indeed the artist of a portrait with an identifiable pet immediately adds a further dimension to our understanding of the characterisation. For example, in a self-portrait by Hogarth there is a pug probably painted over by the artist and visible only under X-ray relieving itself on a pile of old master paintings. A succinct comment, Gibson writes, on those collectors who preferred second-rate foreign imports to contemporary works by British artists.
From the Elizabethan soldier and diplomat Sir Henry Unton to the children of King Charles I; from the little terrier that records Lady Caroline Lambs first extra-marital affair to Queen Victoria's dogs, photographed with her Ghillie John Brown; from the extraordinary images of ballet dancer Anna Pavlova and her pet swan to the poet and critic Edith Sitwell and her favourite cat, this book charts the British love-affair with the domestic pet.
For this new edition, the naturalist, photographer and television presenter Chris Packham has contributed an introductory text that features additional portraits from the Gallery's collections. Amusing and often surprising, this delightful book provides some unusual insights into the special bond between sitters and their faithful companions.
Photography has a unique relationship to chance. Anyone who has wielded a camera has taken a picture ruined by an ill-timed blink or enhanced by an unexpected gesture or expression.
Although this proneness to chance may amuse the casual photographer, Robin Kelsey points out that historically it has been a mixed blessing for those seeking to make photographic art. On the one hand, it has weakened the bond between maker and picture, calling into question what a photograph can be said to say. On the other hand, it has given photography an extraordinary capacity to represent the unpredictable dynamism of modern life.
By delving into these matters, Photography and the Art of Chance transforms our understanding of photography and the work of some of its most brilliant practitioners. The effort to make photographic art has involved a call and response across generations. From the introduction of photography in 1839 to the end of the analog era, practitioners such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, Frederick Sommer, and John Baldessari built upon and critiqued one another's work in their struggle to reconcile aesthetic aspiration and mechanical process. The root problem was the technology's indifference, its insistence on giving a bucket the same attention as a bishop and capturing whatever wandered before the lens. Could such an automatic mechanism accommodate imagination? Could it make art?
Photography and the Art of Chance reveals how daring innovators expanded the aesthetic limits of photography to create art for a modern world.
This delightful gift book records the special place dogs have in our hearts and homes. Illustrated with rare postcard images from the archives of the Mary Evans Picture Library in London, and featuring appropriate and well known quotations about man's best friend, Faithful & True is the perfect gift for all pet lovers, as well as for those interested in antique postcards and ephemera.
Florence Henris work occupied a central place in the world of avant-garde photography in the late 1920s, and this survey pays homage to her essential, but under-recognized contribution. This comprehensive publication offers an unprecedented overview of Henris work, produced between 1927 and 1940, and includes her iconic self-portraits and still lifes as well as lesserknown portraits of her contemporaries, photomontages, collages, and documentary work. Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, a supporter and her contemporary, is quoted as saying: With Florence Henris photos, photographic practice enters a new phasethe scope of which would have been unimaginable before today. Above and beyond the precise and exact documentary composition of these highly defined photos, research into the effects of light is tackled not only through abstract photograms, but also in photos of real-life subjects...Henri remains an inspiration for photographers, artists, and design enthusiasts who see her work as masterfully executed illustrations and experimentation in perspective and composition; a connective thread that is as relevant to todays experimentation with the medium as it was in its day.
Women have had a special relationship with the camera since the advent of photographic technology in the mid-nineteenth century. Photographers celebrated women as their subjects, from intimate family portraits and fashion spreads to artistic photography and nude studies, including Man Ray's Violon d'Ingres. Lesser known - and lesser studied - is the history of women photographers, who continue to make invaluable contributions to this flourishing art form. Featuring more than 300 illustrations, A History of Women Photographers is the only comprehensive survey of women photographers from the age of the daguerreotype to the present day. In this edition, author Naomi Rosenblum expands the book's coverage to include additional photographers and fourteen new images. The text and the appendix of photographer biographies have been revised throughout, and Rosenblum also provides a new afterword, in which she evaluates the influence of rapidly changing digital technology on the field of photography and the standing of women photographers in the twenty-first century.