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Strange Country: Why Australian Painting Matters

Strange Country: Why Australian Painting Matters

Patrick McCaughey

$49.99

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 how he could best show the world why and how the island continent with its small population has made such a distinctive and powerful contribution to the world of art. 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 'In Australia maybe the future has already arrived at a place that redefines the term art gallery ...' Edmund Capon
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.
Shake Puppies

Shake Puppies

Carli Davidson

$24.99

This highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling book Shake features more than 130 photographs of adorable puppies. This brilliant, brightly colored collection truly captures the squishy cuteness of a puppy - its tousled fur, floppy ears, and endearing expression - in the moment when our tiny, wide-eyed companion is mid-shake. In addition to its vibrant photographs, Shake Puppies includes a message of support for animal rescue and creating an environment in which all dogs, young or old, can succeed in their new homes. Training tips are included to help dog owners achieve this goal. There is also a roster listing the names and ages of all the dogs featured, as well as a peek into Carli Davidson's studio.
Brett Whiteley: Drawings

Brett Whiteley: Drawings

Lou Klepak

$120.00

The purpose of drawing is to make freshness permanent. Out of billions of seconds of futility, occasionally, sparks of the life force are immutably held forever. Brett Whiteley wrote these lines in his 1985 notebook about the activity at the very heart of his life as an artist, drawing. For three decades Whiteley bewitched his audience with his mercurial character and unconventional behaviour, producing original and challenging works such as The American Dream and Alchemy. He was an indefatigable draughtsman, putting great energy into his drawings, which stand alone as a vital part of his oeuvre. In his finest drawings he concentrated all his talents to produce incandescent moments of vision. Nowhere is he more pure than in his remarkable drawings. In these we find the essence of Brett Whiteley. Brett Whiteley Drawings includes 180 of Whiteley's most important drawings, from early views made as a student to the last series of works made in Paris in 1989, before his untimely and tragic death. Also illustrated are pages from Whiteley's notebooks, in which he drew and wrote his reflections on art, painting and drawing. The book has been created by Lou Klepac, who first discussed the idea of this book with the artist before his death, and subsequently organised the exhibition 'On the Road to Berry', of Brett Whiteley and Lloyd Rees drawings in 1993. There is an essay about the drawings, quotes from the artist and a fascinating interview with Michael Johnson, edited by Barry Pearce, about Whiteley's time at Lintas in Sydney, when they were colleagues and close friends. AUTHOR: Lou Klepac is an art historian; he is the author of a number of books including 'Lloyd Rees Drawings', 'Russell Drysdale', 'John Coburn', 'William Robinson', 'James Gleeson', 'Nora Heysen' and 'Horace Trenerry'. Among the many exhibitions he has curated are: Sicket Paintings; Contemporary Australian Drawing; Sickert Drawings, Russell Drysdale Drawings, Russell Drysdale Paintings, The Road to Berry -- Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley drawings, Giorgio Morandi Paintings and Etchings, La Serenissima -- the fascination of Venice; Nora Heysen retrospective; James Gleeson -- Beyond the Screen of Sight; Donald Friend -- a charmed life. In 1980 he was made a Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana; in 1996 he was awarded an OAM and in 2006 the University of Sydney conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa). 180 drawings
Art in Nature

Art in Nature

David Rennie

$65.00

Each year, photographers from around the world are invited to enter the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition. (ANZANG refers to the Australia-New Zealand-Antarctica-New Guinea bioregion.) Last year, 2013, David Rennie won it. His achievement was made all the more remarkable by the fact that David Rennie's love affair with photography only began in 2007 at the age of 47. In this magnificent book, David has included just a taste of the strikingly memorable images that now comprise his vast collection. Most are taken at the Mandurah Wetlands, south of Perth. Encompassing over 26,000 hectares, these wetlands are home to over 140 species of bird, with many migrating every year from as far away as Russia. The result is a book that will captivate not just bird lovers but all who appreciate the art we find in nature.
Collection Highlights

Collection Highlights

Ron Radford ,  National Gallery of Australia

$49.95

Collection Highlights is an essential book for any art-lover's library. Completely redesigned, updated and expanded, with magnificent illustrations of over 300 works, it is a concise and accessible introduction to the nation's largest visual arts collection, held by the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. With engaging texts written by Australia's leading curators, the publication includes masterworks from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Pacific art, Asian art and European and American art collections as well as from Australian art from the colonial period to the present. Gain insights into historically significant works of art such as The Aboriginal Memorial, Sidney Nolan's legendary Ned Kelly series, the great Blue poles by American Jackson Pollock, James Turrell's atmospheric skyspace Within Without and many more.
The Brilliant History of Color in Art

The Brilliant History of Color in Art

Victoria Finlay

$39.95

This is a irresistible and wonderfully illustrated exploration of the history of colour in art. The history of art is inseparable from the history of colour. And what a fascinating story they tell together: one that brims with an all-star cast of characters, eye-opening details, and unexpected detours through the annals of human civilization and scientific discovery. This book takes readers across the globe and over the centuries on an unforgettable tour through the brilliant history of color in art. Written for newcomers to the subject and aspiring young artists alike, Finlay's quest to uncover the origins and science of colour will beguile readers with its warm and conversational style. The rich narrative is illustrated in full colour throughout with 166 major works of art. Readers of this book will revel in a treasure trove of fun-filled facts and anecdotes. Were it not for Cleopatra, for instance, purple might not have become the royal color of the Western world. Without Napoleon, the black graphite pencil might never have found its way into the hands of Cezanne. Without mango-eating cows, the sunsets of Turner might have lost their shimmering glow. And were it not for the pigment cobalt blue, the halls of museums worldwide might still be filled with forged Vermeers.
Flora: an artistic voyage through the world of plants

Flora: an artistic voyage through the world of plants

Sandra Knapp

$49.99

Through botanical paintings and insightful essays, Flora examines the fascinating history of plants and flowers. Over 20 plant families are profiled, including cacti, daffodils, iris, magnolia, poppies, roses, tulips and waterlilies. Throughout history, plants have affected our lives, even shaping societies. Holland's infamous tulip craze is legendary. The 17th century spice trade was so profitable that stevedores who unloaded nutmeg from the boats had to wear coveralls without pockets since a single nutmeg was worth a fortune. The natural history of plants is itself an engrossing topic. The book covers how plants have adopted remarkable behaviours for survival in a variety of harsh habitats. One such plant is the dead horse arum, a putrid-smelling plant that adapted to compete with dead birds to attract pollinating carrier flies. Plants that gardeners now take for granted could once be found only in remote and hostile regions. Flora tells the remarkable stories of the adventurous botanist explorers who braved disease, slave traders, war, jungles and other dangers to collect plants now grown commonly in our own gardens. These pages are graced with hundreds of stunning colour illustrations selected from the vast collection of original botanical paintings archived at The Natural History Museum, London.
Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to be Understood

Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to be Understood

Grayson Perry

$35.00

'It's easy to feel insecure around art and its appreciation, as though we cannot enjoy certain artworks if we don't have a lot of academic and historical knowledge. But if there's one message that I want you to take away it's that anybody can enjoy art and anybody can have a life in the arts - even me! For even I, an Essex transvestite potter, have been let in by the artworld mafia.' Now Grayson Perry is a fully paid-up member of the art establishment, he wants to show that any of us can appreciate art (after all, there is a reason he's called this book 'Playing to the Gallery' and not 'Sucking up to an Academic Elite'.) Based on his hugely popular Reith Lectures and full of words and pictures, this funny, personal journey through the art world answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask. Questions such as: What is 'good' or 'bad' art - and does it even matter? Is there any way to test if something is art, other than a large group of people standing around looking at it? Is art still capable of shocking us or have we seen it all before? Can you be a 'lovable character' and a serious artist - what is a serious artist anyway? And what happens if you place a piece of art in a rubbish dump?
Manet Paints Monet: A Summer in Argenteuil

Manet Paints Monet: A Summer in Argenteuil

Willibald Sauerlander ,  David Dollenmayer

$33.95

This is a fascinating look at one of the defining images of the Impressionist movement. Manet Paints Monet focuses on an auspicious moment in the history of art. In the summer of 1874, Edouard Manet (1832-1883) and Claude Monet (1840-1926), two outstanding painters of the nascent Impressionist movement, spent their holidays together in Argenteuil on the Seine River. Their growing friendship is expressed in their artwork, culminating in Manet's marvelous portrait of Monet painting on a boat. The boat was the ideal site for Monet to execute his new plein-air paintings, enabling him to depict nature, water, and the play of light. Similarly, Argenteuil was the perfect place for Manet, the great painter of contemporary life, to observe Parisian society at leisure. His portrait brings all the elements together - Manet's own eye for the effect of social conventions and boredom on vacationers, and Monet's eye for nature - but these qualities remain markedly distinct. With this book, esteemed art historian Willibald Sauerlander describes how Manet, in one instant, created a defining image of an entire epoch, capturing the artistic tendencies of the time in a masterpiece that is both graceful and profound.
Pop to Popism

Pop to Popism

Wayne Tunnicliffe ,  Anneke Jaspers

$55.00

From the emergence of pop art in the 1950s through to its reinvented forms in the 1980s, Pop to popism explores the dynamic engagement of art with popular culture. Drawn from major public and private collections around the world, Pop to Popism includes over 180 works by 77 artists including pivotal works by artists such as Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter and Hockney. Beginning with early pop art in the United Kingdom, Europe and America, it proceeds through the key years of high or classic pop in the 1960s and early 1970s including a substantial Australian component; and finishes with a new generation of artists who began exhibiting in the late 1970s with works dating up to 1986.
Talk About Street Art

Talk About Street Art

Jerome Catz ,  Elisabeth Couturier

$39.99

Graffiti and street art have long been part of our visual culture, from their origins in ancestral caves to New York City's subway walls. This book covers all aspects of an art form that is often under appreciated, ephemeral, and illegal. The diverse media and techniques employed are ever-evolving, and include graffiti, stencils, tags and lettering, interventions, urban sculptures, collage, distortions, and even new multimedia. The artists engagement and state of mind are important components of street art; the book covers topics such as anonymity, the art forms dangerous nature, codes of conduct, and ideological engagement, as well as the interface of street art with contemporary art, pop surrealism, toy art, and music and sport. Street art is found on every continent, and the book brings into focus each country and its own modes of expression and specificities. Portraits of 30 key artists, a glossary, and an address book of important venues for viewing street art around the world complete the book.
The Big Book of Granny Squares: 365 Crochet Motifs

The Big Book of Granny Squares: 365 Crochet Motifs

Tracey Lord

$47.20  $42.50

The biggest collection of crochet motifs. Period.Crocheters can never get enough of granny squares--the cheerful, colorful motifs that are the basis of countless afghans, pillows, and baby blankets. The Big Book of Granny Squares is just that--the most comprehensive collection to date. Readers will enjoy 365 unique squares with swatches and step-by-step written instructions for each granny square pattern.A lay-flat binding makes it easy for readers to check the crochet pattern while they work. Easy to use and inspirational, this is a go-to reference that crocheters will reach for again and again. Crocheters love granny squares and are sure to adore this--the biggest and best compendium of granny square patterns ever.
Drawing for Beginners: Simple Techniques for Learning How to Draw

Drawing for Beginners: Simple Techniques for Learning How to Draw

David Sanmiguel

$19.99

This is a basic guide created specifically for the novice artist. It features 23 practical, step-by-step exercises. It covers tools, preparation and the creation of simple shapes. Created specifically for the novice artist, this basic guide helps those who have never before dabbled in drawing to master the fundamental techniques. Readers will learn how to capture still lifes, human figures, animals, and landscapes, and create perfect lighting and shading. Beautifully illustrated in colour, Drawing for Beginners covers tools, preparation, the creation of simple shapes, and 23 practical, step-by-step exercises.
A Painter's Progress: A Portrait of Lucian Freud

A Painter's Progress: A Portrait of Lucian Freud

David Dawson

$89.99

For nearly twenty years David Dawson was Lucian Freud's assistant, companion and model. Freud was famously private. He carefully avoided distraction. With few exceptions, he only wanted those he knew well, like the late Bruce Bernard, to photograph him. David Dawson was in a unique position and Freud became comfortable in the presence of his camera. Photographing became part of the daily round of the studio. The results revealed many stages of paintings in progress. Few artists, if any, have had their lives and their work recorded over such a length of time. Amont those who regularly visited Freud were figures from the art world, including John Richardson, David Hockney and Frank Auerbach, along with a flow of models and friends. He was as happy in the company of Kate Moss as he was with the Duke of Beaufort. Despite his sense of privacy, Freud's circle was wide. The book begins in Freud's old studio in Holland Park and then records the artist in his eighteenth-century house, the first floor of which was his final studio. It ends with views of the rooms in which Freud's own extraordinary collection of paintings was hung. It is the only record of the house before the dispersal of the art on his death. Ultimately David Dawson's photographs create an intimate portrait of the man. The final images are of the hanging of Preud's work in his posthumous London exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris & His Legacy, 1860 - 1960

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris & His Legacy, 1860 - 1960

Fiona MacCarthy

$60.00

William Morris (1834-96) regarded beauty as a basic human birthright. In this fascinating book, which accompanies a major exhibition, Morris' biographer Fiona MacCarthy looks at how his highly original and generous vision of a new form of society in which art could flourish has reverberated through the decades. In 1860 Morris moved into the now famous Red House at Bexleyheath in Kent. Here his ideas found practical expression in its decoration, undertaken with the help of his artist craftsman friends Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who envisaged the project as the first stage in a campaign against the debased artistic standards of the mid-Victorian age. From these beginnings, MacCarthy charts the development of a revolution: the setting-up of Morriss shop (later Morris & Co.), his embracing of radical ideas of sexual freedom and libertarianism, and the publication of his visionary novel News from Nowhere (1890), in which he advanced his hopes for a dismantling of the stultifying structures of society and their replacement by a more equable and fluid way of life. Later chapters explore how Morris' ideas came to influence the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, Europe and the USA, the Garden City movement, and numerous artists and craftspeople who sought to negotiate a viable place within the modern world in the troubled years that followed the First World War. Finally, MacCarthy explains the continuing relevance of Morris' ideals, as expressed in the planning and execution of the Festival of Britain in 1951, a regenerative project of the post-war Labour government that inspired a number of young designers such as Terence Conran with a direct sense of mission to bring the highest design standards within the reach of everyone.
Beyond the Battlefield

Beyond the Battlefield

Catherine Speck

$64.99

Beyond the Battlefield provides a fascinating account of female creativity in America, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand during the turbulent era of twentieth-century conflict. This book looks at women artists' unique artistic portrayal of war at the front lines, as well as their documentation of everyday life on the home front. Exploring high-profile artists such as the American photographer Lee Miller and her work with British Vogue, this book also recounts the experiences of the First World War nurses, voluntary aides and ambulance drivers who found time to create astonishing art while working in the middle of war zones. While some women could bravely work the front lines, other female artists felt disempowered by their distance from actual warfare. Spurred by the constant fear of attack, the sorrow of innocent lives destroyed, the mass murders of people in concentration camps and the unimaginable aftermath of the A-bomb attacks on Japan, female artists created highly charged, emotional responses to the threats, sufferings and horrors of war. The two world wars of the twentieth century changed the world utterly, on a scale never seen before or since.In this book, Catherine Speck provides an insightful and meditative examination of visual responses to this historical period from the perspective of women in the Allied countries. Generously illustrated, Beyond the Battlefield delivers a distinctly female perspective on the art produced during the period that will appeal to readers interested in the history of art, war history and cultural studies.
The EY Exhibition: Late Turner: Painting Set Free

The EY Exhibition: Late Turner: Painting Set Free

Amy Concannon ,  Brian Livesley ,  Sam Smiles ,  David Brown

$49.99

When Turner died in 1851, the general view of an artist's late work was one of decline. Indeed, Turner's own painting from 1845 onwards was described as indulgent, eccentric and 'repulsive', and even his devoted champion John Ruskin commented on its 'wholly inferior value'. However, from the early 1900s there was a major reassessment of Turner's later paintings and sketches. Commentators hailed his study of light as a visionary precursor to the ideas of the Impressionists. This continued into the twentieth century, with curatorial choices in some museums presenting Turner's late and unfinished work as distinctly modern. Through a number of key themes and studies into his subject matter, technique and personal activities, this new analysis challenges the historical conceptions of Turner's late style. The idea that as an elderly artist Turner was seen as introverted and detached by the Victorian art world is set against the fact that his paintings from 1835 were some of the most popular, accessible and intellectual that he created. Meanwhile, questioning the notion that Turner's late work articulated a conclusive, radical vision that was heedless of public reaction, the texts explore how Turner had a very firm idea of the workings of the art market at that time. Fully illustrated in colour, and with contributions by some of the foremost Turner scholars, this book breaks new ground in the continuing study of the life and legacy of one of art's greatest masters.
Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin

$80.00

Liu Bolin is a chameleon. He covers himself with acrylic paints, blending in seamlessly with the landscape surrounding him and photographs the finished product. In his body of work called Hiding in the City, he has disappeared in many different kinds of places around the world--from politically fraught areas in China to grocery stores, toy stores and more. <p> Hiding becomes a strategy of visibility, a fight against censorship waged by a man who came of age in the China of the nineties, under the shadows of the Cultural Revolution. His work protests specific political acts and offers commentary on our consumer culture. Through his unforgettable art, Liu Bolin highlights what is present, without creating any original forms or artifacts, but all the same powerfully revealing reality to the onlooker. </p>
Rembrandt's Eyes

Rembrandt's Eyes

Simon Schama

$39.99

This dazzling, unconventional biography shows us why, more than three centuries after his death, Rembrandt continues to exert such a hold on our imagination. Deeply familiar to us through his enigmatic self-portraits, few facts are known about the Leiden miller's son who tasted brief fame before facing financial ruin (he was even forced to sell his beloved wife Saskia's grave). The true biography of Rembrandt, as Simon Schama demonstrates, is to be discovered in his pictures. Interweaving of seventeenth-century Holland, Schama allows us to see Rembrandt in a completely fresh and original way.
Rembrandt's Universe: His Art * His Life * His World

Rembrandt's Universe: His Art * His Life * His World

Gary Schwartz

$70.00

Published to coincide with the major exhibition at the National Gallery this autumn, here is the ultimate book on Rembrandt's art and life his work as an artist, his family, friends and patrons, his place in European culture by one of the worlds best-known writers on Dutch art. Designed to be the Rembrandt book of first resort, this complete and accessible volume, available again in a new, reduced format edition, will be an invaluable work of reference and vital reading for art lovers, art students and museum-goers.
Turner's Sketchbooks

Turner's Sketchbooks

Ian Warrell

$49.99

Turner's sketchbooks offer perhaps the most appealing introduction to the artist. They give us a privileged look over Turner's shoulder, allowing us to witness the creation and development of ideas that can be traced through to his major paintings. In the absence of detailed written accounts of his extensive travels, the notebooks are also a record of his impressions of the many places he visited across Britain and Europe. This book concentrates on the sketchbooks as objects, exploring their place in Turner's creative process and his unique methods of using them.
Arch: The Twentieth Century Movements

Arch: The Twentieth Century Movements

Luca Molinari ,  Elena Manzo

$39.99

This is a 360-degree review of the architectural developments of the twentieth century. Arch: The Twentieth-Century Movements retraces the history of the best-known groups and movements, as well as underlining the powerful influence of trends such as Totalitarian Architecture, Tropical Architecture, Social-Realist Architecture, Blob Architecture and Neo-Vernacular, all of which played a significant role in the rise and evolution of modern trends in the discipline. In tackling a highly complex century characterized by the rise of globalization, this exhaustive overview does not confine itself to analysing architectural trends in Western countries but expands its field of vision to include world architecture as well. A comprehensive study and research tool, the book is divided into chapters devoted to each individual movement, with a selection of critical essays and numerous photographs of the most important works and projects. Lastly, a brief thematic bibliography and other research tools make Arch an indispensable instrument for students of architecture, design and engineering, as well as anyone with a passion for the subject.
Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast

Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast

Mark Anthony Wilson ,  Joel Puliatti

$69.99

Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings on the West Coast have not been thoroughly covered in print until now. Between 1909 and 1959, Wright designed a total of 38 structures up and down the West Coast, from Seattle to Southern California. These include well-known structures such as the Marin County Civic Center and Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, and many lesser-known gems such as the 1909 Stewart House near Santa Barbara. MARK ANTHONY WILSON is an architectural historian who has been writing and teaching about architecture for more than thirty-five years. He holds a B.A. in history from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in history and media from California State University, East Bay. He has written four previous books about architecture, including Julia Morgan: Architect of Beauty (Gibbs Smith, 2007) and Bernard Maybeck: Architect of Elegance (Gibbs Smith, 2011). His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and elsewhere. Mark lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Ann, and his daughter, Elena. With more than 200 photographs by veteran architectural photographer Joel Puliatti and 50 archival images (many of which have never been seen in print before), this comprehensive survey of Wright's West Coast legacy features background information on the clients' relationships with Wright, including insights gleaned from correspondence with the original owners and interviews with many of the current owners.
Le Corbusier Le Grand

Le Corbusier Le Grand

Jean-Louis Cohen ,  Tim Benton ,  John Tittensor

$75.00

Le Corbusier (1887-1965) is one of the giants of twentieth-century architecture and design. Born Charles Edouard Jeanneret in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the self-named Le Corbusier was not only the creator of some of the most important and impressive buildings of the last century--Villa Savoye at Poissy, the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp, the Parliament Building in Chandigarh, India--he was also an accomplished painter, sculptor, furniture designer, urbanist, and author. His work and social theories continue to be a dominant force in the world of architecture and design, while his elegant bearing, typified by his round black eyeglasses, which are still today a signature look for architects around the world, helped cast him as an heroic figure out of Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead. 

Drawing on an array of archival material, including sketches, photographs, and correspondences, Le Corbusier Le Grand depicts in roughly chronological order not only the vast and varied output of Le Corbusier, but also the major events, people, and forces that shaped the life of an artist who continues to fascinate those in and outside the architectural world.
Sustainable Residential Architecture

Sustainable Residential Architecture

Ana Maria Alvarez

$49.99

A showcase of sustainable living in prefab, solar, mobile and modular houses. In this book, architect Ana Maria Alvarez presents an array of the world's best sustainable residential architecture. Studying houses in many countries, she provides photographs, floor plans and elevations, mechanical schematics showing water and air circulation, and more to reveal how even the smallest home can be sustainable, functional and beautiful. Each of the homes is examined in numerous spreads over 400 inspirational pages. The homes range in style, setting, cost, and in some cases, purpose. For example, the entirely self-sufficient Solar Active House was assembled on site of prefab pine panels and 25 sq metres of photovoltaic modules that produce all the energy it consumes. Triple pane insulation and heat recovery systems reduce temperature, and windows open automatically when there is a lack of oxygen or excess interior moisture. Shutters provide protection from heat and create a second layer of insulation, cooling in summer and warming in winter. The Sunset Cabin (323 sq ft/30m2) is set in a mixed wood on an Ontario lakeside and has one bedroom and one bathroom.Its plywood and cedar frame and pine walls were built in a month in a city lot in Toronto. It then took just 10 days to dismantle the structure, sort the pieces and reassemble the house overlooking Lake Simcoe. Two reinforced steel beams over four concrete pylons lift the house off the ground for a good view of stunning lake sunsets. The Study Box/Read-Nest is a petite (105 sq ft. /9.8 m2) mobile 1-bedroom hideaway perched on adjustable pylons. For easy and inexpensive mobility the factory timber frame and wood slat walls are easy to disassemble and re-assemble. Designed as a hideaway for reading, sleeping or simply relaxing, the Study Box has tons of shelving and, if needed, a foldable bed perfectly situated under a skylight. Surveying original homes from around the world, Sustainable Residential Architecture is an exceptional resource, reference and book of inspiration for architects, designers, homeowners, and contractors. For all who seek to live with less cost to the environment, this gorgeous book will both inform and delight.
Design Your Life: Applying Design Principles to Your Life

Design Your Life: Applying Design Principles to Your Life

Vince Frost

$49.99

Design plays an essential role in our daily lives. You don't have to be a designer to design your life. But it doesn't hurt to have some professional help. It took designer Vince Frost more than 25 years as a professional to appreciate the power of the design process as a means for improving his life. 'If my design process brings value to me, perhaps it can bring value to others. Or, more radically, bring others to recognise their own value.' This book will not solve your problems. You have to do that yourself. But this book will inspire you to work better at living better.
Superhouse: Architecture and Interiors Beyond the Everyday

Superhouse: Architecture and Interiors Beyond the Everyday

Karen McCartney ,  Richard Powers

$79.99

To Karen, the super house has nothing to do with size; instead, it is one that has a strong connection with nature, that goes well beyond the everyday, and that, through the sensitivity of both architect and client, is imbued with mindfulness. From Australia to Ireland, Italy to Morocco, she's found such spiritually uplifting places. Following interviews with many of the architects and owners, she discusses each house in detail; her informed and engaging text is matched by Richard Powers' striking photography. A must for anyone interested in architecture and design.
Absolutely Beautiful Things

Absolutely Beautiful Things

Anna Spiro

$49.99

'I believe in the concept of the more you layer the better. I'm a maximalist, not aminimalist.' In Absolutely Beautiful Things, designer Anna Spiro shares secrets from her life in decorating, gives practical details on how to work with pattern and colour, and provides a room-by-room guide to furniture choice. With Anna's help, you'll find beauty in unexpected places, see your old belongings in a new light, and have the confidence to put together a layered and very individual home using elements you love.
Dolls' Houses from the V&A Museum of Childhood

Dolls' Houses from the V&A Museum of Childhood

Halina Pasierbska

$32.99

This beautifully illustrated book celebrates some of the best-loved dolls' houses from the V&A Museum of Childhood. Published to accompany a new exhibition, Dolls' Houses presents specially commissioned photography detaling the astonishing skill and craftsmanship required to create these homes in miniature scale. The book invites you to take a close-up look at the most interesting and historically significant examples of this absorbing craft, from the exquisite Nuremburg House of 1673, to the brightly coloured twenty- first century Kaleidoscope House. From lavish country mansions to cosy suburban villas, it explores the houses' fascinating roles as both domestic teaching aids and records of contemporary lifestyle, and gives unique insights into the world of their owners.
Wardrobe 101 for Mums: Fashion Formulas for Modern Mothers

Wardrobe 101 for Mums: Fashion Formulas for Modern Mothers

Dijanna Mulhearn

$34.99

Following on from Wardrobe 101: How to Create Your Perfect Core Wardrobe, fashion guru Dijanna Mulhearn is offering style advice to time-poor mothers. Wardrobe 101 for Mums is a go-to guide for women who long to look good with little effort. Between juggling young children and navigating a post-pregnancy figure, dressing stylishly can be overwhelming; and the last thing on the minds of many new mothers. Don't be tempted by the tracksuit or resort to simple jeans and t-shirt when this book is chock full of tips that show you how to look fabulous in a flash. Dijanna Mulhearn has devised helpful tricks for looking chic regardless of body shape and there are tips to work a new wardrobe for any kid-friendly or strictly adult occasion. Learn from the world's most stylish women, take what works for you and turn that hot mess into a hot mama!
Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design

Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design

Deborah Nadoolman Landis

$76.60  $68.95

From the lavish productions of the 1930s to the extravagance of the 1980s and the blockbusters of the '90s, Hollywood's most memorable movie moments all have one thing in common--visually stunning costume design. Whether spectacular or subtle, elaborate or barely there, costumes must be more than merely a perfect fit; they speak a language all their own, communicating mood, personality, and setting, and propelling the action of the movie as much as a scripted line or synthetic clap of thunder. More than a few careers have been launched from costumes alone, and many an era defined by the intuition of a costume designer--think Charlie Chaplin in The Little Tramp, Judy Garland in A Star Is Born, Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones. In Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, Oscar-nominated costume designer Deborah Landis showcases 100 years of Hollywood's most tantalizing wardrobes. Oversize and lavishly printed, the book features 300 high-quality photographs from every decade in Hollywood history, along with scores of original sketches--many in color, and seen here for the first time. Part glossy look-book, part insightful guide to the costumer's art, Dressed is the one book no film and fashion lover should be without.
Fashion That Changed the World

Fashion That Changed the World

Jennifer Croll

$44.99

What did Vogue's first cover look like? When did film stars become part of the fashion industry? What led to the development of ready-to-wear clothing? How did the paintings of Mondrian, Dali and Warhol end up on the runway? These and other questions are answered in this eye-opening look at different aspects of the history of fashion - from Elizabeth I's Mask of Youth, to Lady Gaga's meat dress. Arranged by topic, the lavishly illustrated chapters explore themes such as war and the military; ready-to wear; fashion in film, art, and sports; celebrity; gay and lesbian fashion; globalization and the internet. Fashion That Changed the World digs into a multitude of social, economic and cultural factors that changed the course of fashion over the last few hundred years. Filled with colourful images - many of them full-page - and extensive essays that are both informative and engaging, this indispensable reference offers a historical snapshot of what we used to wear and why we choose the clothes that we do today.
Fashion: 150 Years Couturiers, Designers, Labels

Fashion: 150 Years Couturiers, Designers, Labels

Charlotte Seeling

$75.00

Fashion - that means glamour, creativity and always the expression of a certain attitude toward life. This book is devoted to the legendary world of fashion from its origins in the nineteenth century until our own time. Which social, historical and cultural developments coalesced to allow fashion to become what it is today? Which designers had especially significant impact on their fashion eras, and what did their creations look like? Informative chapters that introduce each era coupled with extensive portraits of the groundbreaking fashion icons and countless expressive photographs work together to form a comprehensive portrayal of the rapid development that took fashion from the liberation of women from the corset all the way to the creations of modern designers.
Shoes: An Illustrated History

Shoes: An Illustrated History

Rebecca Shawcross

$50.00

From chopines to stilettos, Louis XIV to Louboutin, Shoes: An Illustrated History is the definitive guide to footwear. Shoes have always been more than just a practical necessity. They reveal the culture of the times in which they were worn - the sexual morals, the social power play, as well as the endless shifting of fashion. Rebecca Shawcross takes the reader on a fascinating journey - packed with social and historical detail - of making and wearing, of the spectacular and the everyday, of conforming and rebelling. Lavishly illustrated with a dazzling array of shoes from all over the world, Shoes: An Illustrated History tells the extraordinary story of this ultimate object of desire, from antiquity to the present.
Vintage Fashion Complete

Vintage Fashion Complete

Nicky Albrechtsen

$100.00

Here is the most ambitious guide to vintage womens fashion ever attempted. It is not just another history of fashion, but a survey of how fashion past continues to inspire fashion present. It presents over 1,000 stand-out examples, together with over 300 contextual illustrations, dating from the 1920s to the 1980s, including many icons of vintage fashion, from Marylin Monroe's bra to the Ossie Clark dress made so famous by David Hockney's painting. Each garment is explored from the viewpoint of the contemporary fashionista looking to build a vintage wardrobe. The book is organized into three main sections. Decades explores the shapes and fabrics that define the look of each period. Elements explores the individual components of a vintage look, everything from hat to shoes. Hallmarks explores fashions perennial themes, from florals to the ever-popular Little Black Dress. The reference section includes invaluable practical advice for fans and collectors of vintage.
Top Dogs: A Celebration of Great Australian Working Dogs

Top Dogs: A Celebration of Great Australian Working Dogs

Angela Goode

$39.99

A unique celebration of our remarkable Aussie working dogs, illustrated with photographs taken by the people who love them. Ask anyone who lives and works on the land and they will tell you that a good working dog is the heart and soul of rural life. Working dogs can't be downsized, upgraded, outsourced or made into an app. They are just top dogs - agile and energetic, heroic and hardworking, loyal and loveable. In this joyous tribute to Australia's working dogs, people all over the country share their favourite stories and photos of the incredible dogs that make such a huge difference to their lives each day. These cheerful workaholics are celebrated in tales of heroism, extraordinary intuition, unflagging dedication and intelligence. Featuring 100 unforgettable photographs drawn from a nationwide competition on ABC Local Radio, and favourite true-life stories from Angela Goode's beloved bestseller Great Australian Working Dog Stories, Top Dogs is a celebration of these irrepressible four-legged companions who greet each day with enthusiasm and a wagging tail.
Chickens

Chickens

Ernest Goh

$39.99

Strutting and posing with assurance, the chickens in this whimsical collection surprise with their unexpected stances and ultimately enchant with their at times all too human expressions. From the proud Serama to the delightfully humorous Silkie, these portraits convey not only the beauty and diversity of these familiar creatures, but also offer us an insight into the personality of each bird - something that Singaporean photographer Ernest Goh has come to value: The experience made me realise how our perception of animals could be changed simply by getting to know them as individuals.
Dogs Hanging out of Windows

Dogs Hanging out of Windows

$29.99

Ears flapping, eyes wide and nose twitching: a dog hanging out of a window is a spectacular sight. Capturing these moments of delight and canine curiosity, this book is an anthology of beautiful photographs of man's best friend in motion. Dogs of all shapes and sizes from all over the world, majestically alert and gazing triumphantly towards the horizon. Whether cute, powerful, uplifting or heart-warming, these striking images stir up the emotions of joy we feel towards our loveable companions. In over ninety-five stunning portraits, this collection showcases some of the best and most vibrant pet photography from around the globe.
Paris Magnum

Paris Magnum

Eric Hazan ,  Magnum Archives

$80.00

By documenting the everyday workings of the city, Magnums photographers capture the essence of Parisian life. Their photographs show the city as it lives and breathes - from fashion shows to underground jazz clubs, from the bustling metro to outdoor cafes, and from the Art Deco Fouquets hotel to the working class Goutte dOr neighborhood. Even celebrities appear as ordinary citizens encountered in their own milieu - from former President Francois Mitterrand to novelist Marguerite Duras, singer Edith Piaf to actress Catherine Deneuve, fashion designer Christian Dior to artist Giacometti. The city's rich history and traditions are inherent in images depicting the bravery of an unknown female resistance fighter, the exuberant joy upon the Liberation of Paris, the eroticism of burlesque dancers, or the excitement of the final lap of the Tour de France. Crusty baguettes, buttery escargot, glasses of wine, and abundant butcher cases attest to the gastronomic pleasures of the city, and all of the monuments the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame appear like cast members at curtain call. This book celebrates the myriad aspects of Paris in a volume as captivating for the lifelong Parisian as it is for the armchair traveler.
Moodscapes: The Theory and Practice of Fine Art Landscape Photography

Moodscapes: The Theory and Practice of Fine Art Landscape Photography

Rebekka Godleifsdottir

$39.99

Landscape photography is one of the arts most accessible areas, whether you're just starting out or refining your vision. This book reveals the palette of techniques that will make your photography stand out from the crowd and win a place on a gallery wall. While other writers and bloggers concentrate on the technical aspects of landscape, this book will help you put those practical skills which are all in these pages too into use in a wider variety of ways, including styles popular with contemporary art customers. Readers will also gain an insight into how the Icelandic author was able to break out onto the global stage using online communities; invaluable advice for photographers at any stage in their career, but especially those at the start of it.
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Nymph Photography

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Nymph Photography

Germano Celant

$70.00

Robert Mapplethorpe's wide, provocative and powerful body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. The American photographer is mostly known for images that simultaneously challenge and adhere to classical aesthetic standards: stylised compositions of male and female nudes, delicate flower still lifes and studio portraits of artists and celebrities, to list a few of his preferred genres. Since 1977 Germano Celant has come in contact with Robert Mapplethorpe, realising interviews and writing essays on the occasion of several publications and exhibitions. For the first time, this volume gathers the complete anthology of Celant's writings on the artist: from the 1983 exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, projected with the collaboration of the artist himself, to the posthumous writings published in the catalogues prepared on the occasion of the exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg since 1990. This book, through over 140 images and texts that appear both personal and scientific, aims to pay tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe's contribution to the history of photography.
           
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