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Rayner Hoff: The Life of a Sculptor

Rayner Hoff: The Life of a Sculptor

Deborah Beck

$49.99
In the 1920s and 1930s, Rayner Hoff was the most gifted - and controversial - public sculptor in Australia, best known for the sculptures and friezes that adorn Sydney's Anzac Memorial, including Sacrifice at its centre.After moving from London in the early 1920s, Hoff taught at and eventually ran the National Art School. As well as completing the Anzac Memorial sculptures - which generated uproar when the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney opposed two further works planned for the Memorial - he also designed the original Holden lion badge, won the Wynne Prize in 1927, and made firm friends with luminaries like Norman Lindsay, Hugh McCrae and Mary Gilmore.This biography tells the story of Hoff's life and work for the first time, and how he spearheaded an Australian sculpture renaissance and left a mark that is still keenly felt today.
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The Hill End Table

The Hill End Table

Lino Alvarez ,  Kim Deacon

$59.99
Lino Alvarez and Kim Deacon were at the forefront of an exodus of artists over the last twenty years, seeking a more organic lifestyle in the historic gold mining town of Hill End, in Central West, New South Wales. At La Paloma Pottery, next to their 1865 wattle and daub miner's cottage, Kim and Lino have created the sensuous clay cooking pots and tableware that add flavour and authenticity to their delicious mix of Mexican inspired and inter national dishes. Their indoor and outdoor kitchens are a meeting place for like-minded spirits - family and friends, local descendants of the original residents of Hill End, and distant artists. These fellow diners at the Hill End table make the pilgrimage to this historic site for many and varied reasons. This lavishly illustrated book, rich in both fine and culinary art, allows readers the chance to join that table, for an aromatic mix of Art, Food and Fire. It is a book redolent of the flavours, scents and images of this exceptional couple's lives. The Hill End Table is a celebration of Lino Alvarez's passion for food, ceramics and art and takes the reader on a journey from the deserts of Northern Mexico to the historic gold mining town of Hill End, NSW.
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No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art

No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art

Thomas Crowe

$30.00
The first in the new Power Polemics series, Thomas Crow's No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art tackles a pervading blindspot in today's art-historical inquiry: religion. Crow pursues a perhaps unpopular notion of Christianity's continued presence in modern abstract art and in the process makes a case for art's own terrain of theology: one that eschews idolatry by means of abstraction. Tracking from anti-idolatry controversies that stirred the Jansenists, through exploration of a humble still life by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, No Idols sets the scene for the development of an art of reflection rather than representation, and divinity without doctrine. Crow's plea for a reconsideration of the metaphysical in art is made through analysis of the work of New Zealand artist Colin McCahon and American artists Mark Rothko, Robert Smithson, James Turrell and Sister Mary Corita Kent. While a tightly selected group of artists, in their collective statute the author explores the proposal that a spiritual art, as opposed to 'a simulacrum of one', is conceivable for our own time.
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Mystical Landscapes: From Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr

Mystical Landscapes: From Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr

Katharine Lochnan ,  Roald Nasgaard ,  Michael Stoeber

$90.00
This richly illustrated volume explores mystical themes in European, Scandinavian, and North American landscape paintings from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. This book features works by Emily Carr, Marc Chagall, Arthur Dove, Paul Gauguin, Lawren Harris, Wassily Kandinsky, Gustav Klimt, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O Keeffe, Vincent van Gogh and James McNeill Whistler, among others. Common to their work is the expression of the spiritual crisis that arose in society and the arts in reaction to the disillusionments of the modern age, and against the malaise that resulted in the Great War. Many artists turned their backs on institutional religion, searching for truth in universal spiritual philosophies. This book includes essays investigating mystical landscape genres and their migration from Scandinavia to North America, with a focus upon the Group of Seven and their Canadian and American counterparts. Accompanying an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Musee d Orsay, this book offers a penetrating look at the Symbolist influence on the landscape genre.
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Botanical Sketchbooks

Botanical Sketchbooks

William F. Bynum ,  Helen Bynum

$60.00
While highly finished drawings and paintings frequently feature in histories of botanical art, the preparatory sketches, first impressions and creative thoughts on paper behind them are rarely seen and have often remained hidden and locked away. Botanical Sketchbooks brings these personal and vividly spontaneous records gloriously back into the light. In a series of biographical portraits organized thematically into four sections, the book illuminates a range of intriguing characters, from many different countries and cultures, including Germany, France, Italy, America, Australia, Japan and China. Sketchbooks proper are joined by notebooks, journals, albums, loose pieces of paper, works on vellum, manuscripts, letters, herbarium sheets and marginalia - even one drawing on the back of an envelope. Turning the pages of this book will be an invitation to relive extraordinary experiences, imagine lost worlds, and be immersed in the endeavours, observations and motivations of the makers of such beautiful and enchanting art.
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The Short Story of Art: A Pocket Guide to Key Movements, Works, Themes and Techniques

The Short Story of Art: A Pocket Guide to Key Movements, Works, Themes and Techniques

Susie Hodge

$27.99
The Short Story of Art is a new and innovative introduction to the subject of art. Simply constructed, the book explores 50 key works, from the wall paintings of Lascaux to contemporary installations, and then links these to se ctions on art movements, themes and techniques. The design of the book allows the student or art enthusiast to easily navigate their way around key periods, artists and styles. Accessible and concise, it simplifies and explains the most important and influential concepts in art, and shows how they are linked. The book explains how, why and when art changed, who introduced certain things, what they were, where they were produced, and whether they matter. It demystifies artistic jargon, giving readers a thorough understanding and broad enjoyment of art.
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O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism

O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism

Lesley Harding ,  Denise Mimmocchi

$45.00
This book brings fresh perspectives on the works of celebrated modernists Georgia O'Keeffe, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith, illuminating some of the artistic and cultural parallels and common themes between American and Australian modernism while exploring each artist's unique contribution to international developments of modernism.

While O'Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith developed highly individual styles, they are connected by their choice of subject, their experimentation with light, colour and form, and their commitment to presenting alternative ways of seeing the world. Each modernised their sense of place, developing new art forms that expressed their respective nations.

In considering the similarities and distinctions in their art, this publication aims to bring a deeper understanding of modernism's dispersal and reinvention as it developed beyond the metropolitan wellspring of Europe. 

Through a selection of wondrous images and engaging and enlightening essays, this book explores the distinct contributions made by O'Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith to the movement of modernism throughout their prolific careers.
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An Introduction to Calligraphy

An Introduction to Calligraphy

Veronique Sabard ,  Vincent Geneslay ,  Laurent Rebena ,  Roger Druet

$42.99
Clear instructions and 129 photos welcome you to the world of calligraphy. Starting with the pens, inks, and writing surfaces you'll need, the book explains the basics, from filling the pen to holding the nib at the right angle. Practice exercises help you understand upstrokes, downstrokes, the optical center, and more. Then comes a chronological introduction to each of the 5 major styles of Western script, beginning with the Roman uncial script of around 600 BCE and covering the several forms that developed in the following centuries. For each style, the book explains its historical use and its characteristics, teaches the correct formation of each letter, and offers suggestions and tips. Then a practice exercise helps you master the style. Learn the all-capital uncial script, and create a beautiful wine list with it; try Gothic textura for a calendar, or chancery for a letterhead design. Finally, a gallery of 24 masterworks by experts offers even more inspiration.
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Patterns of India: A Colouring Book

Patterns of India: A Colouring Book

Henry Wilson

$24.99
The variety of patterns in the exquisitely wrought details of India's architecture and interiors is boundless, and one can only marvel at the ways in which materials such as wood, stone and plaster have been transformed into masterworks of decorative art. Photographer and illustrator Henry Wilson has spent decades recording the pictorial imagination of the many thousands of craftsmen who have rendered abstract and representative patterns with such extraordinary patience and skill. This beautiful new colouring book presents a range of patterns and decorative motifs from across India, allowing you to explore designs from one of the world's greatest and most creative cultures while rendering them in colourways that are entirely your own.
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A Day with Claude Monet in Giverny

A Day with Claude Monet in Giverny

Adrien Goetz ,  Hugues Gall ,  Fondation Claude Monet

$49.99
This beautiful, slipcased volume offers an intimate tour inside Monet's home and through the idyllic Giverny garden that inspired his most iconic paintings. Monet first spotted the village of Giverny from the window of a train and then relocated to the rural haven outside Paris in 1883. An artist with a passion for painting landscapes and outdoor scenes, the garden at Giverny soon became the impressionist master's greatest artistic accomplishment and a catalyst for his work. In 1890, Monet began renovating it, installing a picturesque water lily pond inspired by the Japanese prints he avidly collected. The setting of Monet's Water Lilies series-his most famous works-it is now the most visited garden of its size in the Western world. The beautifully vivid illustrations of Monet's paintings, his home, and the grounds give readers unprecedented access into the flowery paradise to which Monet dedicated the last 40 years of his life. Lovers of garden design and impressionist art are invited on an intimate tour via this handsome volume.
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Titian and the End of the Venetian Renaissance

Titian and the End of the Venetian Renaissance

Tom Nichols

$62.99
Titian's works are often seen as embodying the famous tradition of Venetian Renaissance painting. But how 'Venetian' was Titian, and can his unique works be taken as truly representative of his adoptive city? This comprehensive new study, covering Titian's long career and varied output, highlights the tensions between the individualism of his work and the conservative mores of Venice. Titian and the End of the Venetian Renaissance argues that Titian's works were self-consciously original, freely and intentionally undermining the traditional, more modest approach to painting in Venice - a position that frequently caused disputes with local artists and patrons. This book charts Titian's early stylistic independence from his master Giovanni Bellini, his radical innovations to the classical altarpiece and his meteoric break from the normal confines of Venice's artistic culture. Titian competitively cultivated a professional identity and his dynamic career was epitomized by the development of his 'late style', which set him apart from all predecessors and was intended to defy emulation by any followers. It was through this final individualistic departure that Titian effectively brought the Renaissance tradition of painting to an end. This ground-breaking interpretation will be of interest to all scholars and students of Renaissance and Venetian art history.
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Tree Houses Reimagined: Luxurious Retreats for Tranquility and Play

Tree Houses Reimagined: Luxurious Retreats for Tranquility and Play

Blue Forest ,  E. Ashley Rooney

$80.00
Enter the world of fairy-tale towers, whimsical stairways, crow's nests, zip lines, and suspended rope bridges. Take pleasure in the details of hand-split oak shingles, thatched roofs, and cedar tongue-and-groove interiors. Made of sustainably sourced materials, Blue Forest's magical sanctuaries fit snugly between trees and branchesoften incorporating them into the building itselfand sit lightly on the land.

From a child's tree house inside a secret garden to party venues for teenagers and adults, this book details 28 imaginative tree houses, some of them accompanied by site plans and drawings. Whether the dwellings on each page are simple or designed to house a spa or home theatre, this beautiful book will inspire readers to reconsider their own garden's possibilities for relaxation and play.
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Australian Style: The Who's Who of Fashion

Australian Style: The Who's Who of Fashion

Lisa Teh ,  Thom Whilton

$34.99
This is the definitive biography of one of the most iconic, complex and enduring legends of From models and designers to magazine editors and social media starlets, Australian Style offers insight into the worlds of the ‘influencers’ of Australian fashion – those whose lifestyle, personal style and general aura have shaped the industry. Showcasing an exceptional (and often overlooked) pool of talent, this book profiles those who make the clothes, those who market the clothes and those who wear the clothes. From established designers and emerging design talent to magazines editors and bloggers, Australian Style is a refreshing take on the world of fashion.
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18th Century Fashion in Detail

18th Century Fashion in Detail

Avril Hart ,  Susan North

$55.00
This beautifully illustrated book reveals the decorative seams, refined stitching, voluptuous drapery, strict corseting, slashing, and stamping that make up some of the garments in the Victoria and Albert Museum's superlative fashion collection. With an authoritative text, exquisite color photography of garment details, and line drawings showing the complete construction of each piece, the reader has the unique opportunity to examine up close historical clothing that is often too fragile to be on display. It is an inspirational resource for students, collectors, designers, and anyone who is fascinated by fashion and clothing.</p>This new edition features an updated design, improved navigation, a comprehensive index, and an introduction that sets the examples in full historical context.</p>
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Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Contact Sheets

Kristen Lubben

$60.00
This exceptional book, published here in an accessibly priced paperback format, comes out just as the shift to digital photography threatens to render the contact sheet obsolete. It celebrates the contact sheet as a fascinating way of accompanying great photographers as they work towards, and capture, the most enduring images of our time. 139 contact sheets, representing 69 photographers, are featured, as well as zoom-in details, selected photographs, press cards, notebooks and spreads from contemporary publications, including Life magazine and Picture Post. Further insight is provided by texts written by the photographers themselves or by experts chosen by members' estates. It includes many greats of photography, among them Henri Cartier- Bresson, Elliott Erwitt and Inge Morath, as well as Magnum's latest generation, such as Jonas Bendiksen, Alessandra Sanguinetti and Alec Soth. These photographers cover over 70 years of history, from the D-Day landings by Robert Capa and the Paris riots of 1968 by Bruno Barbey to images of Che Guevara by Rene Burri, Malcolm X by Eve Arnold and classic New Yorkers by Bruce Gilden.
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