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Strange Country: Why Australian Painting Matters

Strange Country: Why Australian Painting Matters

Patrick McCaughey

$49.99

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'Painting matters to Australia and Australians as it does in few other countries. It has formed our consciousness, our sense of where we come from, and who we are. It cries out for wider recognition and acknowledgement.' - Patrick McCaughey

Patrick McCaughey has lived and worked for half his professional life overseas and for all that time says the pull of Australian art on his imagination has never ceased. He wondered why has Australia, an island continent with a small population, produced such original and powerful art? And why is it so little known beyond our shores? This book is his answer.
The Making of MONA

The Making of MONA

Adrian Franklin

$59.99

The inside story of Australia's most exciting museum.

Hailed as the most important addition to the Australian cultural landscape since the opening of the Sydney Opera House, MONA has shaken up the art world by breathing life and delight back into the museum experience. Visitors are flocking to MONA, but what is it about MONA that makes it such a transformative experience? And how on earth did an amateur private collector manage to set up one of the world's great art destinations on the edge of a remote island city? This is the inside story of how MONA came to be.

With a degree of access rarely granted to others, sociologist and design expert Adrian Franklin takes readers deep behind the scenes to reveal how MONA became what it is today: from its origins on the banks of the Derwent River, to the architectural and building process, to the branding and curation. Part modern art history, part biography of a place, The Making of MONA is for readers who are as fascinated by the MONA building and experience as they are by the collection and the man behind it all.

This is an extraordinary tribute to an extraordinary place, one that will allow the MONA effect to resonate for years to come. 

'Much to my surprise, and thankfully, I'm rather enjoying MONA and me being put under the microscope.' - David Walsh

The Making of MONA by Adrian Franklin at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Wild Australasia: Celebrating Ten Years of the ANZANG Photo Competition

Wild Australasia: Celebrating Ten Years of the ANZANG Photo Competition

Australian Geographic

$59.95

This inspiring sumptuously illustrated coffee table book showcases the best photos from ten years of the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year Competition. Founded in 2004, this prestigious annual nature photo competition celebrates the wildlife and landscapes of the bio-geographical region that includes Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea (ANZANG) and attracts many of the world’s finest photographers whose extraordinary creativity and talent is beautifully showcased in this new book from Australian Geographic. From balletic humpback whale interactions to dramatic bird encounters, the whole gamut of the region’s wild creatures are represented here as well as the gorgeous flora and stunning landforms of this quadrant of the globe.
Women in Clothes: Why We Wear What We Wear

Women in Clothes: Why We Wear What We Wear

Sheila Heti ,  Heidi Julavits ,  Leanne Shapton

$39.99

Women in Clothes is a book unlike any other. It is essentially a conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities-famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old-on the subject of clothing, and how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives. It began with a survey. The editors composed a list of more than fifty questions designed to prompt women to think more deeply about their personal style. Writers, activists, and artists including Cindy Sherman, Kim Gordon, Kalpona Akter, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Tavi Gevinson, Miranda July, Roxane Gay, Lena Dunham, and Molly Ringwald answered these questions with photographs, interviews, personal testimonies, and illustrations. Even our most basic clothing choices can give us confidence, show the connection between our appearance and our habits of mind, express our values and our politics, bond us with our friends, and function as armor or disguise. They are the tools we use to reinvent ourselves and to transform how others see us. Women in Clothes embraces the complexity of women's style decisions, revealing the sometimes funny, sometimes strange, always thoughtful impulses that influence our daily ritual of getting dressed.
Curating Sydney: Imagining the City's Future

Curating Sydney: Imagining the City's Future

Jill Bennett ,  Saskia Beudel

$49.99

What happens when artists are asked the questions usually addressed to planners and administrators? In Curating Sydney artists, architects, writers, designers and curators come together to reimagine the city. In a series of cutting-edge art and design projects they envisage a future where public art plays a vital role in the life of the city - from quirky installations to architectural innovations and works that focus on environmental health and sustainability. Highly illustrated with visionary concept drawings and public artworks, Curating Sydney offers a new view on the future of the city - one that draws on the inspiration of our best creators in art and design.
Hertha Kluge-Pott - Printmaker

Hertha Kluge-Pott - Printmaker

Hilary Maddocks

$110.00

This comprehensively illustrated and fully documented volume on the life and works of master printmaker, Hertha Kluge-Pott, has been scrupulously researched by author Hilary Maddocks. Kluge-Pott's personal oeuvre is enormous, some 418 editions all printed by herself and most represented in the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Her favoured technique is intaglio, with the rich textural qualities of drypoint explored to the full in her wonderful interpretations of the coastal scenery and vegetation of Cape Bridgewater in South-west Victoria. The subjects of sometimes truly monumental prints range from the minutiae of ants and seedpods to expansive panoramas of the entire Cape. Hilary Maddocks' interviews with the artist document her personal history during the war years and the American Occupation of Berlin and her dramatic 1958 journey to Australia on board the ill-fated Skaubryn, which sank in the Bay of Bengal leaving her with no possessions and only the clothes she was wearing. Maddocks also provides expansive information on the artist's RMIT years from 1978-1994 and her extensive exhibition history. The book is lavishly illustrated, with hundreds of reproductions - particularly those prints of her beloved coastal scenery and its flora and fauna which Hertha Kluge-Pott rendered with great affection and attention to detail from the early 1980s. Hertha Kluge-Pott's prints provide an unique vision of the Australian landscape as well as forming a personal and revelatory diary of an artist's life.
Robert Jacks: Order and Variation

Robert Jacks: Order and Variation

Kirsty Grant ,  Beckett Rozentals

$29.95

The sixty-year career of Robert Jacks, one of Australia's most significant abstract artists, reveals continued development and change as well as a remarkable consistency of language and form. Jacks charted a distinctive and influential path through late twentieth- and early twenty-first century Australian art, and through his commitment to abstraction established himself as a unique figure in the history and development of art in this country. Robert Jacks: Order and Variation is a handsomely illustrated publication that surveys the artist's work, from his student years in the 1950s and 1960s to his monumental late paintings and sculptures. Featuring insightful essays by National Gallery of Victoria curators Kirsty Grant and Beckett Rozentals and art historian Peter Anderson, it conveys a new understanding of Jacks's exploration of abstraction in painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking.
Art in America 1945 - 1970: Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism

Art in America 1945 - 1970: Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism

Jed Perl ,  Jed Perl

$45.00

In the quarter century after the end of World War II, a new generation of painters, sculptors, and photographers transformed the face of America art and shifted the centre of the art world from Paris to New York. This revolution generated an exuberant and contentious body of writing without parallel in our cultural history. Jed Perl has gathered the best of this writing together for the first time, interwoven with fascinating headnotes that establish the nature of the aesthetic battles that defined the era.
In the Name of the Son: The Life of Jesus in Art, from the Nativity to the Passion

In the Name of the Son: The Life of Jesus in Art, from the Nativity to the Passion

Vittorio Sgarbi ,  Alastair McEwen

$59.95

How artists from Giotto to Caravaggio have written a visual biography of Christ through the finest masterpieces in the history of art. In the Name of the Son approaches figurative art through the lens of the greatest mystery of mankind: the life of Jesus Christ. From the late medieval period through the Renaissance and the Baroque era, the task of conferring an image onto Christ-whose physical aspect was never described in Scripture-fell to artists, who depicted him at every stage of life and in a multitude of roles. In the 350 images in this lavishly illustrated volume, Vittorio Sgarbi considers the variety and power of these portrayals: depictions of joy, suffering, anger, surprise, unmistakable judgment, mercy, weakness, gentleness, friendship, and even whimsy. The result moves beyond art to explore how it was the image of the Son, and not the Father, that amplified the words of Scripture and inspired levels of devotion that have been unmatched in human history.
The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings (Ted Talk)

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings (Ted Talk)

Mark Kushner

$16.99

Part of the TED series: The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings A pavilion made from paper. An inflatable concert hall. A building that eats smog. A bridge that grows grapes. The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings captures the soaring confidence, the thoughtful intelligence, the futuristic wonder, and at times the sheer whimsy of the world's most inspired and future-looking buildings. As author Marc Kushner explains, 'The future of architecture is not one of any dominant style, but rather a world of constant innovation and experimentation.' Like an architectural cabinet of wonders, the book captures this glorious global diversity. From soaring steel towers to bamboo bungalows; from iconic monuments to ingenious children's playgrounds, each page offers an unexpected glimpse of architecture's potential. Through his book and TEDTalk, Kushner suggests that in the age of social media, buildings speak louder than ever. Everyone with a smartphone has become an architectural photographer, snapping selfies with the world's most photogenic buildings. And this constant stream of photos ensures that architecture is now in conversation with the world. Its future matters more - and to more of us - than ever. Aimed at this new, broad audience for architecture, this is an essential and delightful guide to the future being built around us.
Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature

Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti ,  Ivan Terestchenko

$59.99

For those who have ever lost themselves in the stylish worlds of novels like Sense and Sensibility, The Age of Innocence, Wuthering Heights, The Picture of Dorian Gray and countless others, this design book embraces the fantasy of time and place, showing you how to bring some of those elements into your own home. Lisa Giramonti inspires a new approach to decorating: by teaching us through the lens of worlds we may already know and love. With gorgeous photographs by World of Interiors photographer Ivan Terestchenko, aspirational quotes, and tailored reading lists, Novel Interiors reveals the essence and details of interiors mentioned in great literary works. This is a stunning, photo-driven book that shares enchanting and timeless ways to live more elegantly.
Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating, and Crafting With Books

Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating, and Crafting With Books

Lisa Occhipinti

$29.99

In Novel Living, Lisa Occhipinti presents her ideas for preserving, collecting and displaying intact books and also deconstructing them to make craft projects. In the first chapter, Occhipinti walks readers through the basics of how to start a collection and how to identify a book's value. In chapter 2, we learn what it means to live with books --how to display books beautifully in our homes by building a library, creating motifs and even constructing innovative shelving from scratch. The third chapter is all about how to preserve books, from repairing a spine and mending a torn page, to step-by-step instructions for creating protective slip cases. In the fourth and final chapter, Occhipinti provides readers with two types of craft projects--those that can be done without destroying the book and those where the book must be deconstructed. The projects that preserve books use simple scanning and photocopying techniques to make the projects (for instance, scanning favourite book covers or illustrations and having them printed onto fabric to make a table runner and napkins). Most of the projects require no more than a craft knife and a glue gun and can be completed by novice crafters. Gorgeous illustrations and photographs will be included throughout this classic-looking hard cover book.
A Home in Paris: Interiors, Inspiration

A Home in Paris: Interiors, Inspiration

Catherine Synave ,  Guillaume de Laubier

$45.00

The notion of Parisian charm is ubiquitous, and the magic of the city's interior design is the gold standard. The quintessential Parisian home typically characterized as a top floor apartment in a Haussmannian building is inimitably chic with the most tasteful of details. And yet Guillaume de Laubier takes us behind closed doors inside the homes of the most respected designers and artists in the city, to discover the rich diversity of Parisian style. These interiors are rife with inspiration: from the radically kitsch design philosophy of Pierre & Gilles, to the powder-hued romanticism chez Vanessa Bruno, from the retro haven of Jean-Bernard Hebey's design temple, to Pierre Yovanovitch's contemporary chic apartment, and from Jacques Garcia's subtly reworked Empire interior, to Jacques Granges harmonious blend of period pieces in Colette's former apartment overlooking the Palais-Royal gardens. This book draws back the curtain on the world of Parisian interiors, and Guillaume de Laubier's photographs capture sleek Scandinavian lines, traditionalist opulence, modernist curves, and exotic accents, documenting each unique interior aesthetic with flair.
Style is Eternal

Style is Eternal

Nicole Jenkins

$44.99

How can I have so many clothes, yet still have nothing to wear?  Style is Eternal provides you with the tools to transform your wardrobe from faddish to stylish. Nicole Jenkins shares her experience as a fashion buyer and stylist to navigate the essential additions to your wardrobe without breaking the bank, use accessories to create new outfits, convert your fashion faux pas into chic statements and travel with only hand luggage and still look classy. Nicole reveals her tricks of the trade:  • How to make the most of your body shape  • How to create an authentic look  • When to combine classic staples with more contemporary fashionable pieces • How to avoid those regrettable and expensive impulse buys  • How to have a wardrobe that will cover all your work and lifestyle options  • Practical tips on looking after your clothes. Style is Eternal gives a beautiful step-by-step guide to understand and integrate fashion basics, classics and trends into a personalised signature look. It will encourage dressing with confidence and creativity.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Catwalk to Australia

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Catwalk to Australia

Thierry-Maxime Loriot

$19.95

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Catwalk to Australia provides an exclusive look at the uncompromising designer's career to date, with a special focus on Gaultier's unique relationships with his 'Australian muses' - luminaries of the Australian film, television, music and fashion industries. This distinctive, magazine-style publication brings together personal photographs, archival fashion images, and interviews with Australian icons: Kylie Minogue, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Andreja Pejic, Gemma Ward, Catherine McNeil and Alexandra Agoston. A biography of the renowned designer is also included, as well as an essay by NGV curators Paola Di Trocchio and Roger Leong about collecting Gaultier's exquisite work for the NGV.
Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography

Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography

Charlotte Cotton ,  Martin Harrison

$120.00

A landmark fashion photography monograph chronicling the most famous and sought-after brand in the world. Since the 1920s, the images of Louis Vuitton-both advertising and editorial-have drawn the world into its ethereal, luxurious identity and have changed the way we see fashion, travel, art, and culture. These captivating touchstones of fashion photography have served as a glamorous, romantic porthole to one of the world's most prestigious luxury brands. Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography is an unprecedented visual history of the company, seen through its presence in photographs. This exceptional album features over two hundred images by the most important modern and contemporary photographers, including David Bailey, Henry Clarke, Patrick Demarchelier, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, David Sims, Bert Stern, Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, and Bruce Weber. This book features images from iconic Vuitton advertising campaigns from the '20s through to the present, with magazine editorials from publications including Vogue, L'Officiel, Numero, V, Harper's Bazaar, Interview, W, Egoiste, Love, and Pop. This elegantly designed mix creates a unique and exciting expression of the brand and its interpretation by top stylists and fashion editors. Chronicling the style, history, and exquisite fashion through lavish, evocative photography, this volume is an absolute essential for lovers of fashion, art, and photography.
Makeup by Liz Kelsh

Makeup by Liz Kelsh

Liz Kelsh

$39.99

The one beauty book every girl and woman will have to have. Makeup by Liz Kelsh gives every woman and girl the tools they need to look fabulous. Celebrated makeup artist and Max Factor Brand Ambassador Liz Kelsh shares the secrets that have made her one of the most sought-after makeup artists in Australia today. In this straightforward, refreshingly honest guide to makeup, Liz aims to empower today's women to be their own makeup artist. Each chapter has thorough step-by-step basic directions for makeup application and easy-to-follow photographs and line drawings. Covering everything from choosing the right foundation, tips on blusher, bronzer, eyelashes and lipstick, right through to the most common beauty mistakes, you'll find everything you ned to get that celebrity and runway look as well as great everyday looks. Lavishly illustrated, Makeup by Liz Kelsh is a celebration of makeup and will be the only makeup book woman will need to feel knock-out gorgeous everyday.
A Girl's Best Friend

A Girl's Best Friend

David Darcy

$29.99

From Tassie to the Top End, through the outback towns of Coober Pedy and Tennant Creek, to the coastal retreats of Fremantle, Cairns and Byron Bay and taking in the capital cities along the way, author- photographer David Darcy has traversed the length and breadth of the continent in search of women who have doggy tales to share. A Girl's Best Friend showcases a cross-section of women and their dogs, from all over the country and from all walks of life. Whether it's Nancy sitting in her humpy in the desert with her beloved Blacky, or Beccy taking time out to stroll the beach with Stevie or Margrit with Diamond amid the hustle of Melbourne's Chapel Street, all these women have one thing in common: a loving, compassionate bond with their dogs - who are not simply dogs, but members of the family, of course! The result is a series of wonderfully spontaneous and candid portraits of women and their canine companions - rescue dogs, family pets, working dogs or faithful guardians. Their stories are funny, powerful and heart-rending by turns and show us how strong are the ties that bind a girl to her best friend.
Seventies Glamour

Seventies Glamour

David Wills ,  Stephen Schmidt

$59.99

Glamour and grotesquerie; disco and punk; high fashion and low-life passion: the most conflicted and controversial decade in pop culture history blazes back to life in a gloriously decadent collection of images from the runway and the silver screen, the concert stage and the nightclub dance floor. The 1970s was an era when the glitter of old Hollywood was eclipsed by a gritty new sensibility-a time when legends like Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli mixed with rising stars from the worlds of punk rock, underground film, fashion, and art. Cutting the deck of glamour with a heady dose of hedonism, sex and violence, the stars of the Seventies-including David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Candy Darling and Sid Vicious-rejected stage-managed images in favor of experiment and self-determination. In Seventies Glamour, the acclaimed Hollywood photo historian David Wills (Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis; Audrey: The 60s) showcases the freewheeling, explosive parade that was the 1970s, highlighting its aesthetic of liberation, sexual freedom and defiant indulgence. Gorgeously reproduced, wittily curated, the photos in Seventies Glamour are as diverse as the decade they celebrate. From Halston posing with his Halstonettes and Divine making the scene at Xenon, to Elton John in his plumed excess, and Diane von Furstenberg wrapped around the Empire State Building, all the exuberance is captured by the superstar photographers of the decade, including Francesco Scavullo, Helmut Newton, Chris von Wangenheim, Michael Childers, Antonio Lopez, Norman Parkinson, Rebecca Blake, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Terence Donovan, Jack Mitchell, Ara Gallant, Anton Perich, Lynn Goldsmith, Brian Aris, Harry Langdon and many more. A full-length gallery as exotic and dazzling as the decade itself, Seventies Glamour illuminates a time when defying expectations became the quintessence of style.
Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking

Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking

Charles M. Schulz

$12.95

During his fifty-year career, ninety-nine percent of Charles Schulz's creative energies went into the daily Peanuts comic strip. But once in a while he would create a special something else on the side, and this adorable little package collects two of his best extras from the 1960s: two Christmas-themed stories written and drawn for national magazines.

Created in 1963 (two years before the Charlie Brown Christmas TV special) as a supplement for Good Housekeeping magazine, Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking comprises 15 original captioned vignettes featuring the entire Peanuts cast of the time Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Frieda, Violet, Shermy, and Sally each with a joke or reflection about the season.

The Christmas Story is an original tale created for Woman's Day in 1968, this one focusing just on Snoopy and the Van Pelt siblings, with Lucy and Linus each explaining the meaning of the holiday to Snoopy. I'm going to have to be careful, Snoopy reflects at the end of the story, resting on his doghouse next to his bone-decorated tree; all this theology could ruin my Christmas. The book also includes notes on the provenance of the stories and a pocket-sized biography of Schulz. A perfect gift item for the season!
The Best of Doisneau: Paris

The Best of Doisneau: Paris

Robert Doisneau

$14.99

Robert Doisneaus playful approach to capturing Parisian street scenes on camera earned him recognition as one of the twentieth centurys most important photographers. Doisneaus ability to infuse images of daily life with poetic nuance has given enduring popular appeal to his work. In this new volume, he leads us on an entrancing tour into Parisian gardens, along the Seine, and through crowds of Parisians. Workers, paupers, lovers, jugglers, children, dancers Doisneaus lens captures all, in myriad lights and moods. Sometimes humorous, often ironic, and unfailingly tender, his iconic oeuvre reflects the Paris of our dreams. This pocket edition features 175 photographs, including thirty previously unpublished images, that capture the essence of Paris. Composed, structured images appear alongside impromptu snapshots of Parisian life, demonstrating the range of Doisneaus talent as both artist and photojournalist.
           
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