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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

$22.99

I have never read such a stimulating short guide to art. It should be issued as a set text in every school. (Lynn Barber, Sunday Times 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 BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures and full of 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.
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How to Read Towns and Cities: A Crash Course in Urban Architecture

How to Read Towns and Cities: A Crash Course in Urban Architecture

Jonathan Glancey

$19.99

How to Read Towns & Cities is a pocket-sized primer to understanding the forces that have shaped the world's cities. It takes a practical, highly visual approach - showing us how to read the stories embedded in the fabric of the neighbourhoods, towns, and cities in which we live today. The fortunes of towns and cities rise and fall along with the fate of the civilisations to which they belong. Some are lost entirely, now no more than ruins; others have thrived as urban centres for millennia; and all contain vital clues embedded in their streets and skylines which reveal why their inhabitants grouped together, and tell of their unique social, political and cultural histories. Packed with plans, maps, and drawings, this book takes the reader on an international journey of discovery to explore the history of cities from our earliest urban origins to the contemporary world city - from Babylon to Beijing, London to Paris, and from the skyscrapers of New York to the streets of their own home town. A must-read for anyone interested in history, cities, and travel, this fascinating book turns the reader into urban detective to see how our towns and cities grew the way they are.
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Art & Architecture: Andalusia

Art & Architecture: Andalusia

Brigitte Hintzen-Bohlen

$24.99

Seville, Cordoba, Cadiz or Malaga - Andalusia, at the crossroad of Europe and Africa, has figured prominently in the history of Europe and the Mediterranean. The region has a rich heritage and a strong identity. Many cultural phenomena that are seen internationally as distinctively Spanish are largely or entirely Andalusian in origin. These include flamenco, bullfighting, and certain Moorish-influenced architectural styles. This handy guide will show you all hidden artistic and architectural gems of this fascinating region.
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Red: The Art and Science of a Colour

Red: The Art and Science of a Colour

Spike Bucklow

$54.99

Red grabs your attention. Today we associate red with danger, sex, anger and more, yet the colour was once so significant that things which have a profound impact upon our lives were widely called red, even though they are often not red at all.Spike Bucklow takes us from a 34,000-year-old shaman burial dress to the iPhone screen, exploring the myriad of purposes we have put red to as well as the materials from which it comes. The pursuit of the colour drove medieval alchemy and modern chemistry alike, and red has been found in insects, tree resins, tar, earths and excitable gases. It is associated with earth, blood and fire, with the holy, with national flags and powerful ideologies.Red is a material and cultural history that makes one see this colour afresh, a crucial part of the human visual world.
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What are You Looking at?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

What are You Looking at?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

Will Gompertz

$29.99

What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz on a dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art forever. From Monet's water lilies to Van Gogh's sunflowers, from Warhol's soup cans to Hirst's pickled shark, hear the stories behind the masterpieces, meet the artists as they really were, and discover the real point of modern art. You will learn: not all conceptual art is bollocks; Picasso is king (but Cezanne is better); Pollock is no drip; Dali painted with his moustache; a urinal changed the course of art, why your five year-old really couldn't do it. Refreshing, irreverent and always straightforward, What Are You Looking At? asks all the basic questions that you were too afraid to ask. Your next gallery trip is going to be a little less intimidating and a lot more interesting.
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Monanisms

Monanisms

Elizabeth Pe David Walsh

$85.00

The closest thing to a definitive guide to David Walsh's ever-evolving private collection of art and antiquities. Second edition includes installation images, and new prefaces by David Walsh and Elizabeth Pearce.
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Stories of O

Stories of O

Elizabeth Pe David Walsh

$65.00

We've taken the best bits from the O - the iPod-type thing you use to read about the art at Mona - and put them in a book, with lots of pretty pictures. Written by David Walsh, Elizabeth Pearce and Jane Clark, this book tells stories about works of art shown at Mona as part of Walsh's private collection, blockbuster exhibitions Theatre of the World and The Red Queen, and solo shows devoted to European artists Wim Delvoye and Hubert Duprat. Art criticism at its best/worst.
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Street Artists: The Complete Guide 2

Street Artists: The Complete Guide 2

Xavier Tapies

$29.99

Amazing works and fascinating information in this brand new second edition, featuring over 50 of the world’s best street artists.

Includes latest works: BANKSY, BLEK LE RAT, BLU, BTOY, C215, D*FACE, DOLK, EINE, EL MAC. SHEPARD FAIREY, HOPARE, INSA, INVADER, JR, MISS VAN, OS GEMEOS, ROA, STIK, THE TOASTERS, VHILS, ERNEST ZACHAREVIC and many more!

Street art is more vibrant than ever – reflected in this image and information-packed new edition. If you love street art, you’ve got to have this book!
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The Moomin Colouring Book

The Moomin Colouring Book

Macmillan Children's Books

$24.99

This stylish and unique Moomin Colouring Book features original artwork from the coveted archive of Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins; one of the most cherished children's book series ever written. Beautifully conceived and designed, this contemporary colouring book features striking patterns and scenes as well as all your favourite Moomin characters and their most memorable quotes. The perfect gift for Moomin fans of all ages. 
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Art Deco Patterns to Colour

Art Deco Patterns to Colour

Struan Reid ,  David Thelwell

$9.99

Gorgeous patterns from a stylish, glamorous and fashionable era, specially drawn for colouring in.
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Color Me to Sleep: Nearly 100 Coloring Templates to Promote Relaxation and Restful Sleep

Color Me to Sleep: Nearly 100 Coloring Templates to Promote Relaxation and Restful Sleep

Lacy Mucklow ,  Angela Porter ,  Alanna McGinn

$19.99

Portable art therapy for the over-worked and over-stimulated adult, Color Me to Sleep offers 100 coloring templates for grown-ups looking to reduce stress, defeat insomnia, and create healthy sleeping habits in a demanding digital age. Bring back bedtime! Insomnia affects roughly 60 million Americans each year; according to NPR, it disproportionately affects women and people over the age of 65. One of the biggest complaints of women in particular is going to sleep and waking up four hours later and being unable to go back to sleep for at least another hour. Developing healthy sleep habits can help all forms of insomnia, and coloring is a calming activity that can help your mind relax and unwind. So put down your cell phone. Shut off the TV. And color your way back to sleep. With nearly 100 coloring templates, all featuring images and shapes designed to put your mind into that peaceful and serene state essential for a healthy sleep. Instead of looking at a screen when insomnia hits, Color Me to Sleepoffers a creative, relaxing alternative. Don't forget to try Color Me Calm, Color Me Happy, Color Me Stress-Free, and Color Me Fearless!
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Color Origami: Botanica: 60 Birds, Bugs & Flowers to Color and Fold

Color Origami: Botanica: 60 Birds, Bugs & Flowers to Color and Fold

Marc Kirschenbaum ,  Abrams Noterie ,  Caitlin Keegan

$19.99

The Color Origami series offers a new twist on the beloved practice of meditative coloring. These books feature instructions and patterned sheets to color and fold into a gorgeous array of origami flowers, butterflies, birds, and animals. Pad-bound with removable pages, they contain more than 60 intricately handdrawn origami papers that are also lightly printed with folding guidelines. Coloring the designs is a creative and soothing experience in itself. Transforming the flat sheet into a sunflower, a grasshopper, or a dove adds the element of magic that makes origami one of the most popular craft practices among people of all ages.
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Color Origami: Fauna: 60 Animals and Birds to Color and Fold

Color Origami: Fauna: 60 Animals and Birds to Color and Fold

Marc Kirschenbaum ,  Abrams Noterie ,  Caitlin Keegan

$19.99

The Color Origami series offers a new twist on the beloved practice of meditative coloring. These books feature instructions and patterned sheets to color and fold into a gorgeous array of origami flowers, butterflies, birds, and animals. Pad-bound with removable pages, they contain more than 60 intricately handdrawn origami papers that are also lightly printed with folding guidelines. Coloring the designs is a creative and soothing experience in itself. Transforming the flat sheet into a sunflower, a grasshopper, or a dove adds the element of magic that makes origami one of the most popular craft practices among people of all ages.
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Medieval Patterns to Colour

Medieval Patterns to Colour

Struan Reid ,  David Thelwell

$9.99

This stunning colouring book has beautiful black and white line drawings of medieval patterns and designs to colour in. There are scenes from the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry and The Book of Kells, and stained glass, coats of arms and fantastical beasts to colour in. A unique introduction to medieval times for older children and adults.
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Vive Le Color! Africa (Coloring Book): Color In; de-Stress (72 Tear-Out Pages)

Vive Le Color! Africa (Coloring Book): Color In; de-Stress (72 Tear-Out Pages)

Abrams Noterie

$14.99

Whether you want to unplug completely or be creatively engaged while commuting or watching TV, this adult coloring book offers 72 pages of beautiful and meditative designs inspired by the art and wildlife of Africa.

    * Top-bound coloring pad is perfect for the right- and left-handed
    * Detachable sheets make it easy to display your finished work or share pages at coloring parties
    * 72 illustrations are printed single-sided on high quality paper that is suitable pencils, markers, and watercolors
    * Compact size is great for travel, and a smaller page is less time-consuming to complete
    * Pad has a thick backer board so that you can color with the book on your lap
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Vive Le Color! Arabia (Coloring Book): Color In; de-Stress (72 Tear-Out Pages)

Vive Le Color! Arabia (Coloring Book): Color In; de-Stress (72 Tear-Out Pages)

Abrams Noterie

$14.99

Whether you want to unplug completely or be creatively engaged while commuting or watching TV, this adult coloring book offers 72 pages of beautiful and meditative designs inspired by Turkish tiles, Persian rugs, and Moroccan mosaics.

    * Top-bound coloring pad is perfect for the right- and left-handed
    * Detachable sheets make it easy to display your finished work or share pages at coloring parties
    * 72 illustrations are printed single-sided on high quality paper that is suitable pencils, markers, and watercolors
    * Compact size is great for travel, and a smaller page is less time-consuming to complete
    * Pad has a thick backer board so that you can color with the book on your lap
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Vive Le Color! Flowers (Coloring Book): Color In; de-Stress (72 Tear-Out Pages)

Vive Le Color! Flowers (Coloring Book): Color In; de-Stress (72 Tear-Out Pages)

Abrams Noterie

$14.99

Whether you want to unplug completely or be creatively engaged while commuting or watching TV, this adult coloring book offers 72 pages of beautiful and meditative floral designs.

    * Top-bound coloring pad is perfect for the right- and left-handed
    * Detachable sheets make it easy to display your finished work or share pages at coloring parties
    * 72 illustrations are printed single-sided on high quality paper that is suitable pencils, markers, and watercolors
    * Compact size is great for travel, and a smaller page is less time-consuming to complete
    * Pad has a thick backer board so that you can color with the book on your lap
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Amedeo Modigliani: Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings

Amedeo Modigliani: Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings

Werner Schmalenbach

$39.99

One of the most recognizable artists of his era, Amedeo Modigliani is also perhaps one of the least understood. In this thorough, yet refreshingly concise volume, Werner Schmalenbach examines Modigliani's oeuvre, offering a chronological tour of every aspect of Modigliani's career. The informative commentary is complemented by numerous splendid reproductions, many of them full-page color illustrations. The result is an intimate portrait of a life devoted to art and an essential reference for any art lover.
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Hieronymus Bosch: Complete Works

Hieronymus Bosch: Complete Works

Stefan Fischer

$34.95

Renaissance radical: The haunting visions of Hieronymus BoschOnly 20 paintings and eight drawings are confidently assigned to Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450 1516) but in their fantastical visions they have secured his place as one of the most cult artists in history. 500 years on from his death, his works continue to inspire scholars, artists, designers, and musicians, death metal band names and designer dresses.This Bibliotheca Universalis edition offers the complete and haunting Bosch world in one compact format. Through full spreads and carefully curated details, we explore the full reach and compelling inventions of the artist s genius as well as disturbing imagination. We encounter his hybrid creatures, his nightmarish scenarios, his religious and moral framework, and his pictorial versions of contemporary proverbs and idioms. Along the way, art historian and Bosch expert Stefan Fischer reveals the most important themes and influences in these cryptic, mesmerizing masterpieces.About the series: Bibliotheca Universalis Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price!Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm s delight never bore, always excite!
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Aubrey Beardsley: A Catalogue Raisonne

Aubrey Beardsley: A Catalogue Raisonne

Linda Gertner Zatlin

$264.00

This impressive, two-volume box set brings together for the first time all 1250 drawings by Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), the revolutionary fin-de-siecle graphic artist who died of tuberculosis at twenty-five, having fundamentally influenced Art Nouveau and Modernism. One of the more controversial artists of the 1890s, Beardsley drew striking, spare black-&-white illustrations emphasising the grotesque, the subversive, and the arrestingly erotic.Precisely reproduced, all of Beardsley's art - drawings, double-sided painting, and watercolours - are presented in this meticulously prepared catalogue raisonne. Crucial information appears in each entry: the work's size and medium, inscriptions, provenance, exhibition and reproduction history, as well as an analysis of its themes, motifs, symbolism, and - where applicable - the gossip and criticism it incited. The fruit of more than twenty years of research by author Linda Gertner Zatlin, the book simultaneously offers a cultural history of the reception of Beardsley's art on three continents and examines the ways Beardsley subverted traditional Victorian notions.
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Art Deco

Art Deco

Norbert Wolf

$80.00

The Art Deco style is so recognisable and widespread that its original influence on the culture in which it emerged has been all but lost in the clutter of imitation. This book draws our attention back to the birth of Art Deco - a period between two devastating world wars when industrialisation was flourishing, interest in archaeology was peaking, and movements such as Cubism, Constructivism, Futurism, and Modernism were turning the art world on its head.

Brilliantly designed to reflect the style it celebrates, Art Deco is filled with hundreds of examples of painting, architecture, interiors, jewellery, crafts, furniture, and fashion. Author Norbert Wolf traces the chronology of the Art Deco style by looking at the politics and culture of Europe in the 1920s and early 1930s, and the artistic movements that paralleled its popularity. He follows Art Deco's influence in Europe and its immigration to the Americas and Asia.

Most importantly, this wide-ranging volume looks beyond the era of Art Deco's origination to the present day. Pointing to the numerous revivals and contemporary echoes in painting and even literature, this beautiful volume demonstrates that Art Deco is alive and well today - often in forms where we least expect it.
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Bauhaus

Bauhaus

Boris Friedewald

$26.99

This lively introduction to the Bauhaus tells the story of a radical concept of artistic expression that would transcend the boundaries among the arts. Written in an engaging style, the book sheds light on the unconventional lives of the people involved with the Bauhaus, examines the experimental teachings of the movement, and profiles its major figures. It gives an overview of the developments and ideas of the Bauhaus and offers new perspectives on the art and personalities of this important era. Including approximately 100 illustrations, this book presents the historical context that fostered the movement and introduces readers to the major Bauhaus artworks and artists.
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The City of Tomorrow: Sensors, Networks, Hackers, and the Future of Urban Life

The City of Tomorrow: Sensors, Networks, Hackers, and the Future of Urban Life

Carlo Ratti ,  Matthew Claudel

$31.95

Since cities emerged ten thousand years ago, they have become one of the most impressive artifacts of humanity. But their evolution has been anything but linear-cities have gone through moments of radical change, turning points that redefine their very essence. In this book, a renowned architect and urban planner who studies the intersection of cities and technology argues that we are in such a moment. The authors explain some of the forces behind urban change and offer new visions of the many possibilities for tomorrow's city. Pervasive digital systems that layer our cities are transforming urban life. The authors provide a front-row seat to this change. Their work at the MIT Senseable City Laboratory allows experimentation and implementation of a variety of urban initiatives and concepts, from assistive condition-monitoring bicycles to trash with embedded tracking sensors, from mobility to energy, from participation to production. They call for a new approach to envisioning cities: futurecraft, a symbiotic development of urban ideas by designers and the public. With such participation, we can collectively imagine, examine, choose, and shape the most desirable future of our cities.
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How to Read Modern Buildings: A Crash Course in the Architecture of the Modern Era

How to Read Modern Buildings: A Crash Course in the Architecture of the Modern Era

Will Jones

$19.99

How to Read Modern Buildings is an indispensable pocket-sized guide to understanding the architecture of the modern era. It takes the reader on a guided tour of modern architecture through its most iconic and significant buildings, showing how to read the hallmarks of each architectural style and how to recognize them in the buildings all around. From Art Deco and Arts and Crafts, through the International Style and Modernism to today's environmental architecture and the rise and fall of the icon, all the major architectural movements from the 1900s to the present day are traced through their classic buildings. Examining the key architectural elements and hidden details of each style, we learn what to look out for and where to look for it. Packed with detailed drawings, plans, and photographs, this is both a fascinating architectural history and an effective I-spy guide - a must-read for anyone with an interest in modern design and architecture.
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The Story of Baroque Architecture

The Story of Baroque Architecture

Claudia Zanlungo

$19.99

Part of a new, accessibly written, and generously illustrated series on architecture through the ages, this book features Baroque's most important architects, buildings and cities, interior and exterior photographs, detailed images, drawings, and plans. The book offers a general introduction to Baroque, discusses the characteristics of the style, and the commonly used techniques and materials. Originating in the late sixteenth century and continuing to the early 1900s, Baroque swept the globe, from Europe to South America. The period is distinguished by complex architectural shapes designed to heighten emotion and dramatize experience. Buildings from this period are celebrated for their grandeur, intricate embellishments, and gilded statuary. Renowned Baroque architects include Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Francesco Borromini, and Guariono Guarini.
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Use This If You Want to Take Great Photographs: A Photo Journal

Use This If You Want to Take Great Photographs: A Photo Journal

Henry Carroll

$22.99

Discover a whole new way of seeing the world while honing your photography skills across composition, exposure, lighting, lenses and observation. Use This Journal if You Want to Take Great Photographs is packed with fun photography prompts and inspiring images by master photographers so you can get creative with your camera. Create your own highly personal photobook by sticking in your pictures with the adhesive corners provided or simply dip in and out when you're stuck for ideas. Whatever your specific interests - street, studio, still life, landscape or portrait photography - you're free to interpret the prompts in any way you want. So pick a page, grab your camera and let your ideas and imagination rule!
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