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Phantom Architecture: The Fantastical Structures the World's Great Architects Really Wanted to Build

Phantom Architecture: The Fantastical Structures the World's Great Architects Really Wanted to Build

Philip Wilkinson

$49.99
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A skyscraper one mile high, a dome covering most of downtown Manhattan, a triumphal arch in the form of an elephant: some of the most exciting buildings in the history of architecture are the ones that never got built. These are the projects in which architects took materials to the limits, explored challenging new ideas, defied conventions and pointed the way towards the future.

Some of them are architectural masterpieces, some simply delightful flights of fancy. It was not usually poor design that stymied them - politics, inadequate funding or a client who chose a `safe' option, rather than a daring vision, were all things that could stop a project leaving the drawing board.

These unbuilt buildings include the grand projects that acted as architectural calling cards, experimental designs that stretch technology, visions for the future of the city, and articles of architectural faith. Structures like Buckminster Fuller's dome over New York, or Frank Lloyd Wright's mile-high tower, can seem impossibly daring. But they also point to buildings that came decades later, to the Eden Project and the Shard.

Some of those unbuilt wonders are buildings of great beauty and individual form, like Etienne-Louis Boullee's enormous spherical monument to Isaac Newton; some, such as the city plans of Le Corbusier, seem to want to teach us how to live; some, like El Lissitsky's `horizontal skyscrapers' and Gaudi's curvaceous New York hotel, turn architectural convention upside-down; some, such as Archigram's Walking City and Plug-in City, are by turns bizarre and inspiring. All are captured in this magnificently illustrated book.
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Painting by Numbers: The Life and Art of Ferdinand Bauer

Painting by Numbers: The Life and Art of Ferdinand Bauer

David Mabberley

$69.99
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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ferdinand Bauer was a supreme botanical artist, best known for accompanying Flinders on his circumnavigation of Australia. His work was technically accomplished, but also possessed a sensitivity that elevated his illustrations to art, rather than mere scientific recording. Bauer had an unparalleled memory for colour, and used codes for the various shades in conjunction with his preliminary drawings, which he could later complete in life-identical colour.
This absorbing and superbly produced book is plentifully illustrated, with fascinating insights into
the man and his achievements. Lindy Jones
 
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Ferdinand Bauer is seen by many as the greatest natural history painter of all time. Hand-picked by Joseph Banks, in 1801-1805 Bauer accompanied Matthew  Flinders during his circumnavigation of Australia, and lived in New South Wales and Norfolk Island.

Already celebrated in Europe for the precision and beauty of his paintings, it was during this commission that Bauer perfected the technique of sketching and colour-coding in the field, and then colouring later - painting by numbers.

This fascinating new study of Bauer's work includes reproductions of never-before-published works from collections in Europe and Australia. Written by one of the world's foremost botanical scholars, Painting by Numbers reveals Bauer's innovative colour-coding technique for the first time.
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One Enchanted Evening

One Enchanted Evening

Charlotte Smith

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Every woman has a dress that holds her precious memories of that one enchanted evening... Charlotte Smith owns literally thousands. Having lived life to the full in London, Paris and New York, when she finally settled in Australia she inherited a vintage clothing collection of more than 3000 priceless pieces from her beloved Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell.Along with masterpieces by Chanel to Dior, she also inherited something even more precious - her godmother's book of stories. Her inheritance was not just a collection of beautiful treasures but a glimpse into the lives of the women who wore them - stories of love, loss and everything in between. In Dreaming of Dior and Dreaming of Chanel, Charlotte shared some of these treasures and their stories. Now, in One Enchanted Evening she some of her most sublime evening dresses from a collection that has since grown to more than 8000 pieces, including a glorious array of Australian originals. Step inside her magical wardrobe to experience much more than one enchanted evening...
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The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture

The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture

Chantal Trubert-Tollu ,  Francoise Tetart-Vittu

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— How did 20 year old Englishman Charles Frederick Worth, who arrived in Paris with 40 francs in his pocket, rise to become the first fashion designer and found a family business that lasted for nearly a century? By clothing women of wealth in exquisite garments, which were beautifully constructed, finely detailed and in the most luxurious fabrics. He combined technical knowledge with marketing flair and this sumptuous book is an authoritative history and tribute to his brilliance, with hundreds of glorious illustrations. Truly stunning! Lindy Jones
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Antiques Roadshow: 40 Years of Great Finds

Antiques Roadshow: 40 Years of Great Finds

Paul Atterbury ,  Marc Allum

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A collection of the timeless, the priceless and the unforgettable, this beautiful compendium accompanies the beloved BBC One TV series.

Antiques Roadshow has graced our screens for forty years and has become one of the nation's most beloved television programmes and a national institution. It has featured thousands of unique stories over the years, and introduced many incredible characters and unforgettable moments. In this anniversary celebration, Paul Atterbury and Marc Allum look back at the quintessential moments from the show's illustrious history, providing a look at the history behind the very best and most intriguing objects that have appeared on the show.

Antiques Roadshow: 40 Years of Great Finds reveals the astonishing stories behind findings such as the discovery of the Lalique vase which had been bought for a pound at a car boot sale and left in the loft, only to be valued and sold for £25,000; the twenty-three original Beatrix Potter drawings; a brooch designed by the great Victorian architect William Burges; a poignant letter written by a doomed passenger on the Titanic, and legendary 1970s glam rocker Marc Bolan's distinctive Gibson Flying V guitar.

Beautifully illustrated, and featuring a wealth of artifacts from the show, this is a truly revealing book, unearthing moments from history through each of the extraordinary objects discovered on the programme.
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More Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District's Golden Age

More Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District's Golden Age

Richard Allen ,  Kimbal Baker

$59.99
Return to the great mansions of the Western District with this book of remarkable histories and stunning photography

English novelist Anthony Trollope described the Western District squatters in the 1870s as ‘plentiful, proud, prejudiced, given to hospitality, impatient of contradiction... thoughtful on the future, and above all, conscious - perhaps a little too conscious - of their own importance... forty thousand sheep cannot be shorn without a piano; twenty thousand is the lowest number that renders napkins at dinner imperative’.

But these squatters were also speculators and investors, whose entrepreneurship built great wealth and elaborate mansions. Around their Georgian and Victorian homes they created an antipodean England, employing the best-known landscape architects of the day. The Western District today retains most of the renowned homesteads and gardens that date from these times.

This fascinating and beautiful book - sequel to the bestselling Great Properties of Country Victoria - takes us into the private world of thirteen more notable properties. Through their histories we follow their fortunes - extraordinary tales of risk and reward - and through the photographs see the splendour of great homes that have been lovingly maintained and carefully restored. It is a tribute to the past and present owners who have so painstakingly preserved their properties’ heritage.
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Small House Living Australia

Small House Living Australia

Catherine Foster

$39.99
Small House Living Australia features 21 small, inspiring Australian homes. Some are clever additions onto tight urban sites- others are tranquil weekenders in deep countryside - what all have in common is a shared belief that good architectural design principles make even the smallest of architectural and ecological footprints possible.With land ever more expensive, growing environmental pressures and an increasing number of small households, architects and designers are responding with great ingenuity to produce both practical and cost-effective buildings, and all the while never sacrificing the most essential of human needs - a beautiful home. The houses you will discover in Small House Living Australia are celebrations in built form of lives lived well, with less.
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Twenty-one Australian Architects, Breaking New Ground

Twenty-one Australian Architects, Breaking New Ground

Karen McCartney

$59.99
AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTS ARE DESIGNING some of the most innovative residential homes in the world. To celebrate this incredible Australian talent Belle has teamed up with acclaimed architectural and design editor Karen McCartney - author of the popular Iconic Australian Houses series and Superhouse to present Twenty-one Australian Architects, Breaking New Ground. The stylish cloth bound tome takes a comprehensive look at 21 Australian architectural practices that are leading the way today. The fabulously photographed volume is an exciting design journey which introduces readers to the cutting-edge architects currently working in Australia and discusses their design philosophy and inspiration alongside examples of their work. Projects from the likes of John Wardle, William Smart, Kennedy Nolan, Matt Gibson, Hannah Tribe, Rob Mills , Clare Cousins, and many more are sure to inspire.
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A Communion of Stranger Gestures

A Communion of Stranger Gestures

Angelica Mesiti

$59.99
Angelica Mesiti: A Communion of Stranger Gestures is the first significant publication dedicated to chronicling the practice of one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. The 224-page, full colour book has been designed by Formist to reflect the elegance and beauty of Mesiti’s approach, with a subtle aesthetic nod to the ideas around communication and transmission that she often explores.

Two major new texts have been commissioned to expand the field of writing around Mesiti’s body of work, from leading Australian academic and writer Justin Clemens, and Director of Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, François Quintin. A Communion of Stranger Gestures also includes an in-depth artist interview with Artspace Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor and Curator Talia Linz, along with nine original short texts on new and existing works over the last ten years.

The publication ties in with Mesiti’s first solo institutional presentation, Relay League, which was commissioned by Artspace earlier this year, curated by Glass-Kantor and Deputy Director Michelle Newton. The work takes as its departure point a Morse code message transmitted by the French Navy on 31 January 1997 to signal the imminent demise of this communication method. Mesiti interprets the dots and dashes of this final poetic phrase through music, choreography, non-verbal communication and sculpture. A Communion of Stranger Gestures features extensive imagery from the development and presentation of this exciting new work, which is touring to Art Sonje Center, Seoul, in addition to nine venues across Australia including Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, and Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne.

Recently shortlisted for the 9th edition of the prestigious Prix Meurice for contemporary art and with a residency at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, Mesiti is increasingly establishing her reputation as one of Australia’s most outstanding artists. Working with the mediums of video and installation, and incorporating music and performance, her practice expands ideas of collective behaviour, social dynamics and human subjectivity through non-verbal forms of language and communication, exchange and adapted methods of expression.

Mesiti has exhibited extensively at institutions and biennales worldwide, including the 19th Biennale of Sydney, 2014; 13th Istanbul Biennial, 2nd Aichi Triennale, 5th Auckland Triennial and 11th Sharjah Biennale, 2013; and 1st Kochi-Mizuris Biennale, 2012; as well as at the Palais de Tokyo and Centre Pompidou, Paris; Barbican Centre, London; Jewish Museum, New York; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Tate Modern, London; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and Para Site, Hong Kong.
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An Unfinished Experiment in Living: Australian Houses 1950-65

An Unfinished Experiment in Living: Australian Houses 1950-65

Geoffrey London ,  Philip Goad ,  Conrad Hamann

$198.95  $179.05
Architect-designed houses of the period 1950-65 proposed an innovative response to the social, economic, and climatic conditions of post-war Australia. At the same time they embraced the aesthetic, technological, and egalitarian aspirations of modern architecture.

An Unfinished Experiment in Living traces the emergence of this architectural phenomenon in Australia, documenting the full range of its expression: from the postwar optimism of the early 1950s through to the affluence of the 1960s. This book is a catalogue of the most significant houses of the period, and includes comprehensive plans and period photographs of 150 houses from around Australia, dating from a time when the great Australian dream was the single family house.

This fascinating book puts forward new research founded on the premise that the most significant houses of the 1950s and 60s represent an unfinished and undervalued experiment in modern living. Issues such as the open plan, the changing nature of the family, the embrace of advances in technology, the use of the courtyard, and the orientation of the house to capture sun and privacy, were valuable and critical lessons. This book is a compelling reminder of their continuing relevance.
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Artists: Their Lives and Works

Artists: Their Lives and Works

DK ,  Andrew Graham-Dixon

$49.99
A stunning exploration of over 80 famous artists and their fascinating lives, from Leonardo da Vinci to Frida Kahlo. Artists: Their Lives and Works tells the inspiring stories behind the world's most famous masterpieces and their creators, including their influences, development, friendships, loves, and rivalries. Discover the often tumultuous lives of iconic artists including Raphael, Hogarth, van Gogh, O'Keeffe, Magritte, Warhol, and Kiefer. Uncover the unconventional tales of the artists' lives, including Holbein's matchmaking portraits for Henry VIII, Caravaggio's thuggish reactions to a badly-cooked artichoke, and the many romantic affairs of Picasso. Lavishly illustrated biographies for every artist reveal these visionaries at work in their studios, as well as the unique techniques, artworks, and personalities that made them into legends. Featuring a foreword by Andrew Graham-Dixon, Artists: Their Lives and Works is the ideal gift for art lovers old and young, and a uniquely fascinating look at the lives of these creators.
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50 Women Artists You Should Know

50 Women Artists You Should Know

Christiane Weidemann

$37.95  $34.15
This beautifully produced, richly detailed, and comprehensive survey of fifty influential women artists from the Renaissance to the Post-Modern era details their vast contributions to the art world. From the Early Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the seventeenth-century illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian to Impressionist Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, and to modern icons such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois, the most important female artists are profiled in this book in chronologically arranged double-page spreads. There is a succinct biography for each artist, together with information outlining her accomplishments and influence, additional resources for further study, and, best of all, brilliant full-color reproductions of the artist's works. Packed with information, this stunning and absorbing book showcases the remarkable artistic contributions of women throughout history
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Women Walking: Freedom, Adventure, Independence

Women Walking: Freedom, Adventure, Independence

Karin Sagner

$44.99
Women of the 1920s presents gorgeous illustrations and text on women whose work and lifestyle created a new female image, and who introduced new styles in their area of expertise. Among them are fashion gurus and designers like Lee Miller, Sonia Delaunay or Elsa Schiaparelli; writers and artists like Dorothy Parker, Tamara de Lempicka or Zelda Fitzgerald; women with an appetite for adventure or sports like Claeronore Stinnes, Amelia Earhart, or Suzanne Lenglen; women to whom the stage was a second home like Josephine Baker, Kiki de Montparnasse or Anita Berber; those who took the camera into their own hands; as well as society ladies or glamour girls like Luisa Casati and Clara Bow who added sensual pleasure to life.
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What is Painting?

What is Painting?

Julian Bell

$50.00
Yes, but is it art? This lucid book by Julian Bell, himself a painter, confronts the uncertainty many people feel about art today and challenges generally accepted ideas.Now in a completely revised second edition, What is Painting? is a fresh, focused look at painting. Bell addresses questions such as does anything unite those objects we call paintings? and what factors have changed the nature of painting over the last two centuries? by looking at historical evidence and reasoning from common experience. The current shape of painting pushes the book's arguments in new directions and a substantial new chapter, The Arts and Art, speaks to the interplay between 2D work, 3D work, and the immateriality of digital imagery. The text has been revised paragraph by paragraph considering both force of presentation andr />historical perspective. The intention is to provide a general reader's introduction to theories of painting that is not only reliably informative but stimulating and amusing to read. The book is an introductory guide to art theory for everyone interested in understanding modern art or in making art themselves.
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Material Imagination: Art in Europe, 1946-72

Material Imagination: Art in Europe, 1946-72

Natalie Adamson ,  Steven Harris

$51.95
Material Imagination examines the interrelated concepts of matter, materialism, and materiality in postwar European art, from 1946-1972. Provides a unique perspective on European art by prioritizing material dimensions over concept or context, while also paying attention to theoretical and historical concerns Explores artists' methods and materials in order to better understand the social and cultural environments in which their works of art were made Demonstrates how materials can be harnessed to affect the critical interpretation of artwork Brings together exceptional illustrations and new research in eight essays by art historians and scholars
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Stained Glass to Colour

Stained Glass to Colour

Struan Reid ,  Sveta Dorosheva

$9.99
This gorgeous book tells the story of stained glass, from the Medieval period, its demise during the Reformation, its revival in the Victorian period, through Art Nouveau, Art Deco, right up to today. It also gives a brief introduction to the techniques used to make it - much the same today as they always have been.
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Papercut This Book: Techniques, templates and paper

Papercut This Book: Techniques, templates and paper

Boo Paterson

$27.99
This book provides all the paper, templates and instructions you need to start making your own beautiful papercraft - all you need is a scalpel and a cutting board.

Papercutting artist Boo Paterson shows you step-by-step how to craft your own intricate rainforests, jungles and the critters that live in them in this easy-to-follow, illustrative book. Learn how to cut and bring to life a variety of animals, from tigers to sloths, kangaroos to orangutans. This book includes everything you will need to get started - clear instructions, templates for cutting, as well as easy-to-pull-out, high quality art paper in a variety of colours.

This book is perfect for beginners as well as those wanting to develop their skills at papercutting. It starts with a chapter on tools, information on materials and step-by-step images on how to master the basic techniques of papercutting. The rest of the book is packed with projects of varying difficulties, complete with full colour images of the finished work and clear, instructional templates showing you where to cut or bend the paper. There is also advice on how best to frame and present your complete masterpieces.
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The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration

The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration

Mindy Lighthipe

$27.99
The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration is a guide for contemporary artists aspiring to master shape, color, and texture and render beautiful, realistic, and vibrant botanical artwork! An expert botanical artist educates you about the tools and materials traditionally used in botanical illustration, including pencils, colored pencils, watercolor, gouache, and pastels.

This thorough yet easily digestible guide includes overviews of key illustration techniques and basic color theory and mixing and is loaded with exercises designed to help you learn to see shape, value, and form. By learning to understand plant life and anatomy, you can craft elegant flowers, leaves, trees, and much more in no time!

To bring it all together, The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration includes step-by-step demonstrations to follow along with as you practice taking sketches and transforming them into fully rendered, colorful pieces of fine art.
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The Wild Dyer: A guide to natural dyes & the art of patchwork & stitch

The Wild Dyer: A guide to natural dyes & the art of patchwork & stitch

Abigail Booth

$35.00
In The Wild Dyer, Abigail Booth demystifies the 'magic' of natural dyeing and shows how to use the results to stunning effect in 15 exquisite patchwork and stitch projects, including a drawstring forager's bag, an apron, samplers, cushions and a reversible patchwork blanket. Focusing on how to grow or gather your own dyeing materials - from onion and avocado skins to chamomile and comfrey, nettles and acorns - as well as scouring, mordanting (using fixative) and setting up a dye vat, Abigail explains how to create effective dyes. And once you have them, how you can produce beautiful, contemporary textiles that can then be used to create projects that build on your skills.
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The Art of Wallpaper: Colour Draw Create

The Art of Wallpaper: Colour Draw Create

Victoria and Albert Museum

$24.99
The choice of wallpaper - an intricate floral motif, a complex repeat pattern, or a bold abstract design - can transform a room. The Art of Wallpaper showcases inspirational wallpapers from the V&A’s outstanding collection, from intricate hand-drawn designs to bold, woodblocked prints, and invites readers to create designs of their own.

The book begins with a brief history of wallpaper manufacture and design. The activities are divided into four sections, becoming progressively more difficult: Experiment with Color, Complete the Repeat, Fill in the Gaps, and Create Your Own. Thumbnails at the end of the book identify all the featured designs.

Wallpaper’s ubiquity and versatility have allowed designers to innovate and experiment with color, technique, and style. The Art of Wallpaper encourages readers to explore the endless variety of this medium and provides inspiration for new designs.
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Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Ross King

$22.99
Claude Monet 's water lily paintings are among the most iconic and beloved works of art of the past century. Yet these entrancing images were created at a time of terrible private turmoil and sadness for the artist. The dramatic history behind these paintings is little known; Ross King 's Mad Enchantment tells the full story for the first time and, in the process, presents a compelling and original portrait of one of our most popular and cherished artists.

By the outbreak of war in 1914, Monet, then in his mid-seventies, was one of the world 's most famous and successful painters, with a large house in the country, a fleet of automobiles and a colossal reputation. However, he had virtually given up painting following the death of his wife Alice in 1911 and the onset of blindness a year later. Nonetheless, it was during this period of sorrow, ill health and creative uncertainty that as the guns roared on the Western Front he began the most demanding and innovative paintings he had ever attempted.

Encouraged by close friends such as Georges Clemenceau, France 's dauntless prime minister, Monet would work on these magnificent paintings throughout the war years and then for the rest of his life. So obsessed with his monumental task that the village barber was summoned to clip his hair as he worked beside his pond, he covered hundreds of yards of canvas with shimmering layers of pigment. As his ambitions expanded with his paintings, he began planning what he intended to be his legacy to the world- the Musee Claude Monet ' in the Orangerie in Paris.

Drawing on letters and memoirs and focusing on this remarkable period in the artist 's life, Mad Enchantment gives an intimate portrayal of Claude Monet in all his tumultuous complexity, and firmly places his water lily paintings among the greatest achievements in the history of art.
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Turner's Sketchbooks

Turner's Sketchbooks

Ian Warrell

$39.99
Turner's sketchbooks provide us with a rare and unique opportunity to witness the building blocks, steps and missteps of an artist unparalleled in impact. 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 most famous 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 is the first to survey the full range of Turner's sketchbooks, beginning with his teenage explorations and culminating in the masterful colour studies of his later years.
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Hidden Frida Kahlo: Lost, Destroyed or Little Known Works

Hidden Frida Kahlo: Lost, Destroyed or Little Known Works

Helga Prignitz-Poda

$89.95  $80.95
In this fascinating look at over 180 hidden images Helga Prignitz-Poda, one of the world's leading authorities on the Mexican artist, pulls back the curtain on masterpieces that rarely, if ever, see the inside of an exhibition or gallery. Illustrated with stunning reproductions of works that Prignitz- Poda has discovered over the course of her career, this book helps expand our knowledge and understanding of this hugely popular artist. Arranged chronologically, the works include those Kahlo completed in her youth, works from her travels to America, paintings she made as an instructor in Mexico City, and a number of still-lifes from the last phase of her career. From largely unknown images, such as embroidery stitched at the age of five and doodles on love letters to her boyfriend Alejandro, to well-known works such as My Birth (1932), now owned by Madonna, and Remembrance of the Open Wound, which was destroyed in a fire, these hidden artworks create an invaluable resource for Frida Kahlo scholars and will be treasured by the painter's many fans.
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Frida Kahlo: The Story of Her Life

Frida Kahlo: The Story of Her Life

Vanna Vinci

$44.99
The perfect subject for a graphic novel, Frida Kahlo's brief life was dramatic and romantic, tragic and painful. In this illustrated biography , Vanna Vinci captures the spirit of Kahlo's world in boldly colored, minutely detailed illustrations. Blending facts and history with dreamlike and surreal sequences, Vinci creates an intimate portrayal of an artist who incorporated her life experiences into her art. Burning love and crushing loss, incredible joy and deep despair-these were all part of Kahlo's life and part of the paintings that are some of the most celebrated art of all time. Filled with images that populated Kahlo's work-monkeys and parrots, traditional clothing and lush gardens-Vinci imbues her text and drawings with an artist's perception and sensitivity. The result is an evocative, fittingly passionate tribute to a legendary figure.
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Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

Markus Muller

$24.95  $21.95
Henri Matisse created an oeuvre that is unparalleled in its brilliance and originality. His colorfully luminescent paintings are a sweeping affirmation of joie - de - vivre, levity and sensitivity. Featuring well - researched texts and numerous illustrations, this volume offers fascinating insights into the life and artistic development of Henri Matisse Henri Matisse, one of the preeminent pioneers of modern art. When people think of Matisse's art, they tend to remember above all the famous cut - o uts from the last years of his life. He created these at a time when he was already confined to his bed and traded his brush for scissors. In the new volume of the The Great Masters of Art series, Markus Muller knowledgeably and vividly describes how Matis se's artistic oeuvre developed towards these color - intensive and near - abstract works. An illustrated biography, as well as archive finds the author was able to include thanks to his close connection to the artist's estate, present Matisse as an artist whos e works are a feast of colors and forms.
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Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele

Diethard Leopold

$19.99
Egon Schiele (1890 - 1918) is nowadays regarded as one of the leading pioneers of Modernism in Austria. Although he already enjoyed some success during his lifetime and came to be considered Austria's greatest artist following his death, his outstanding impo rtance for art was recognized only in the early 1950s. Rudolf Leopold, the early collector of Schiele who first became interested in Schiele in the 1950s, has been instrumental in raising the international profile of Egon Schiele. Today, his art treasures are housed in the Leopold Museum in Vienna, which holds the world's largest and most outstanding collection of works by Schiele. Diethard Leopold, the collector's son and author of this volume, naturally grew up with Schiele's works, developing a special affinity and familiarity with the artist and his works. In this monograph he examines the life of the painter, who died prematurely at the age of 28, and based on major works from every one of his creative periods he presents an artist who captivates the viewer with emotional subjects and technical ingenuity al ike. In the archive section of this volume, special finds from the rich trove of documents he left behind show the copious talent of Egon Schiele who not only excelled as a painter and graphic artist, but also awaits discovery for his expressionist poetry.
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Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry

Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry

Paul Goldberger

$34.99
From Pulitzer Prize–winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger: an engaging, nuanced exploration of the life and work of Frank Gehry, undoubtedly the most famous architect of our time. This first full-fledged critical biography presents and evaluates the work of a man who has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture in his innovative use of materials, design, and form, and who is among the very few architects in history to be both respected by critics as a creative, cutting-edge force and embraced by the general public as a popular figure.

Building Art shows the full range of Gehry’s work, from early houses constructed of plywood and chain-link fencing to lamps made in the shape of fish to the triumphant success of such late projects as the spectacular art museum of glass in Paris. It tells the story behind Gehry’s own house, which upset his neighbors and excited the world with its mix of the traditional and the extraordinary, and recounts how Gehry came to design the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, his remarkable structure of swirling titanium that changed a declining city into a destination spot. Building Art also explains Gehry’s sixteen-year quest to complete Walt Disney Concert Hall, the beautiful, acoustically brilliant home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Although Gehry’s architecture has been written about widely, the story of his life has never been told in full detail. Here we come to know his Jewish immigrant family, his working-class Toronto childhood, his hours spent playing with blocks on his grandmother’s kitchen floor, his move to Los Angeles when he was still a teenager, and how he came, unexpectedly, to end up in architecture school. Most important, Building Art presents and evaluates Gehry’s lifetime of work in conjunction with his entire life story, including his time in the army and at Harvard, his long relationship with his psychiatrist and the impact it had on his work, and his two marriages and four children. It analyzes his carefully crafted persona, in which a casual, amiable “aw, shucks” surface masks a driving and intense ambition.

And it explores his relationship to Los Angeles and how its position as home to outsider artists gave him the freedom in his formative years to make the innovations that characterize his genius. Finally, it discusses his interest in using technology not just to change the way a building looks but to change the way the whole profession of architecture is practiced.

At once a sweeping view of a great architect and an intimate look at creative genius, Building Art is in many ways the saga of the architectural milieu of the twenty-first century. But most of all it is the compelling story of the man who first comes to mind when we think of the lasting possibilities of buildings as art.
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Destination Architecture: The Essential Guide to 1000 Contemporary Buildings

Destination Architecture: The Essential Guide to 1000 Contemporary Buildings

Phaidon Editors

$55.95  $50.35
The definitive architecture travel guide that lets you visit 1,000 of today's most must-see contemporary buildings - whether at home or on the road Featuring 1,000 of today's most compelling buildings by the world's finest architects, Destination: Architecture is an unparalleled and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to get more out of their travels. No journey, from a long weekend to a long-haul trip, would be complete without this expertly curated 'who's who' of the most exciting architecture in the world. Each building is illustrated with a single image and accompanied by a brief description, with addresses, websites, and opening details. It's the best way to find and enjoy contemporary built culture on every continent.
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Mosques: Splendors of Islam

Mosques: Splendors of Islam

Leyla Uluhanli

$140.00
The most comprehensive and authoritative book on mosque architecture and design published in the last decade. While there are a number of important earlier works on mosques such as The Mosque (1994), there is now a need for a beautifully produced volume given people's interest in this important subject. With more than 300 photographs, this is a visually stunning volume profiling historically important examples as well as impressive new mosque designs that are not as widely known.
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Made to Last: A Compendium of Artisans, Trades & Projects

Made to Last: A Compendium of Artisans, Trades & Projects

Vanessa Murray

$59.99
In a world full of mass-produced, disposable goods, there is a movement focused on sourcing unique and durable products that reflect true craftsmanship. Made to Last is a celebration of these products and the tradespeople behind their creation. Some products have been made by hand, others with cutting-edge technology, yet each has been designed and crafted with care. Made to Last features 50 artisans from around the world and details the products the create, the tools they use, and the secrets of their craft. With DIY projects included, readers can become creators themselves, and develop the skills to bring unique products to life. Learn how luthiers make electric guitars or horologists make wristwatches, and try your hand at making a bamboo bicycle or bathtub gin. The products and projects included are extensive and varied, from everyday useful to wildly imaginative. Be inspired to make, care for or repair some treasures of your own.
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Renovating for Profit: Transform Your Property on a Budget

Renovating for Profit: Transform Your Property on a Budget

Cherie Barber

$39.99

At last a highly illustrated, practical book that renovators will love. Cherie Barber is Australia's leading renovation expert with over 21 years of profitable renovations under her belt.

Renovating for Profit reveals Cherie's secrets to success and equips you with all the tips and knowledge you need to renovate and make a profit when selling. Including information on budgeting, time-saving ideas, organisation and how to successfully use colour and space, Cherie shows you how to avoid common mistakes and make the most out of every renovation project.

 

Cherie's method is a proven, step-by-step approach, personally developed on over 90 renovation projects. With real-life examples and before-and-after pictures, Renovating for Profit equips you with all the knowledge you need for renovating success!

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50 Designers You Should Know

50 Designers You Should Know

Claudia Hellmann ,  Nina Kozel ,  Hajo Duchting

$37.95  $34.15
Designers have shaped our modern age, whether it's the chair we're sitting in, the computer we're reading on, or the house we're living in. Design is everywhere, and this volume profiles fifty of the most influential figures over the past one hundred years. From the first bentwood chairs by Thonet to the holistically designed worlds of Bauhaus and Le Corbusier, and from the signature styles of designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eileen Gray, and Philippe Starck to internationally- known brands like Swatch, Muji, and Apple, the designers presented here are profiled in double-page spreads packed with fascinating background information, photographs, and illustrations. As inspiring as it is informative, this far-reaching book celebrates the impact that design has on our daily life.
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May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer

May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer

Rowan Bain ,  Hanna Faurby ,  Jenny Lister

$50.00
May Morris, youngest daughter of influential designer William Morris, was one of the leading female contributors to the Arts and Crafts Movement. She ran the embroidery department of her father's famous firm Morris & Co., and had a successful freelance career as a designer, maker, and exhibitor, founding the Women's Guild of Arts in 1907 and undertaking a lecture tour in the United States between 1909 and 1910. May's approach to embroidery was innovative and widely influential in the UK and abroad, yet her important contribution to embroidery is often overshadowed by the accomplishments of her more famous father.May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer is an attractive introduction to May's work, with exquisite images including close-up photographs of her embroideries. The book is divided into five chapters--Sketches and Watercolors, Wallpapers and Embroidery, Book Covers and Designs, May Morris and the Art of Dress, and Jewelry and Metalwork--each of which opens with an introductory text, followed by catalog entries with extended captions. Interspersed within the chronological arrangement of objects are feature spreads highlighting particular aspects of May Morris's work.
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Switched on: Women Who Revolutionized Style in the 60s

Switched on: Women Who Revolutionized Style in the 60s

David Wills

$49.99
An overview of the era and showcases the It girls and designers who defined the decade, with lavishly illustrated profiles of Jane Birkin, Jean Shrimpton, Catherine Deneuve, Mary Quant, Sharon Tate, and many more.

Sixties counter-culture led to a revolution in fashion so profound that its contemporary influence remains unparalleled. For the first time in history women dominated the zeitgeist; never before has this monumental time in fashion been so richly documented. Switched On provides an overview of the era and showcases the 'It girls' and designers who defined the decade.250 iconic photos are accompanied by lavishly illustrated profiles of Jane Birkin, Jean Shrimpton, Catherine Deneuve, Mary Quant, Sharon Tate, Twiggy, and many more.

Contributing photographers include Bert Stern, Milton Greene, Horst P. Horst, Terry O'Neill, Franco Rubartelli, David Hurn, Pierluigi Praturlon, Gianni Penati, Bud Fraker, David Montgomery, Patrick Lichfield, Henry Clarke, Arnaud de Rosnay, Slim Aarons, Arthur Evans, Jean-Marie Perier, Mark Shaw.
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Akubra Handcrafted History

Akubra Handcrafted History

Akubra

$69.95
There are 162 steps in the hat making process. Each hat passes through 50 pairs of hands. And there is 1 book that tells the story... Akubra: part story, part myth, but 100 per cent icon. Everyone knows Akubra. Well, at least they think they do... Finally, the family behind the icon has decided to reveal how they and their extended family have created the world's greatest fur felt hat-making business and Australian manufacturing legend. It is a tale of how handmade craftsmanship will always outshine fast fashion, and about how people still matter. Richly illustrated with powerful historical and striking current images, this large-format coffee-table book features interviews with family, staff, retailers and friends as well as archival research of company files and personal family documents.
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Upside-Down Dogs

Upside-Down Dogs

Serena Hodson

$19.99
If you thought Underwater Dogs was cute, wait until you see Upside-down Dogs. Pooches of all shapes, sizes and colours show us their most lovable side: upside down!

Photographer Serena Hodson takes beautiful colour photographs of man's best friend ... but her furry subjects are all upside down. The results are stunning, charming, and laugh-out-loud adorable. No matter the breed, no matter the background, Hodson is able to capture the sweet personality of each dog she works with.

This wonderful book will delight dog lovers of all ages, and is a perfect Christmas gift.
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50 Photographers You Should Know

50 Photographers You Should Know

Peter Stepan

$37.95  $34.15
This dynamic introduction to the most important photographers from the inception of photography to today bears witness to the magic of the camera. From Fe lix Nadar's awe-inspiring aerial photos and Eugene Atget's images of fin de sie cle France to Walker Evans' stirring photos and Nan Goldin's poetic scenarios, each of the photographers featured here represents a vital aspect of photography's evolution. The artists are presented in double-page spreads that include reproductions of their most important works, concise biographies, and informative sidebars. The result is a fascinating overview of the way photographers continue to push the limits of their genre, offering their audiences new ways of seeing and understanding our world.
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The Photographer's Handbook: Equipment, Technique, Vision

The Photographer's Handbook: Equipment, Technique, Vision

Michael Freeman

$27.99
Know the equipment, refine your technique and express your style.

To take photos you need to get your settings right.
To take good photos you need to understand how your camera works.
To take great photos, you need to think about what you're shooting.
This book will show you how to master all three.

Divided into three definitive sections; Technology & Hardware, Shooting Skills and Subjects & Style, professional photographer Michael Freeman explores these topics to show you how to be your best photographer. Illustrated with a combination of Freeman's photography and that of some of the most well-known photographers in the history of the art, and presented as a luscious flex-bind with foil cover, this is the ultimate photographer's handbook.
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Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895-1925

Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895-1925

Anne McCauley

$105.00
Restoring a gifted art photographer to his place in the American canon and, in the process, reshaping and expanding our understanding of early 20th-century American photography.

Clarence H. White (1871–1925) was one of the most influential art photographers and teachers of the early 20th century and a founding member of the Photo-Secession. This beautiful publication offers a new appraisal of White’s contributions, including his groundbreaking aesthetic experiments, his commitment to the ideals of American socialism, and his embrace of the expanding fields of photographic book and fashion illustration, celebrity portraiture, and advertising. Based on extensive archival research, the book challenges the idea of an abrupt rupture between prewar, soft-focus idealizing photography and postwar “modernism” to paint a more nuanced picture of American culture in the Progressive era.
 
Clarence H. White and His World begins with the artist’s early work in Ohio, which shares with the nascent Arts and Crafts movement the advocacy of hand production, closeness to nature, and the simple life. White’s involvement with the Photo-Secession and his move to New York in 1906 mark a shift in his production, as it grew to encompass commercial portraiture and an increasing commitment to teaching, which ultimately led him to establish the first institutions in America to combine instruction in both technical and aesthetic aspects of photography.The book also incorporates new formal and scientific analysis of White’s work and techniques, a complete exhibition record, and many unpublished illustrations of the moody outdoor scenes and quiet images of domestic life for which he was revered.
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Ansel Adams: The National Parks Service Photographs

Ansel Adams: The National Parks Service Photographs

Ansel Adams ,  Alice Gray

$49.99
In 1941 Ansel Adams was hired by the United States Department of the Interior to photograph America's national parks for a series of murals that would celebrate the country's natural heritage. Because of the escalation of World War II, the project was suspended after less than a year, but not before Adams had produced this group of breathtaking images, which illustrate both his early innovations and the shape of his later, legendary career as America's foremost landscape photographer. The invitation to photograph the nation's parklands was the perfect assignment for Adams, as it allowed him to express his deepest convictions as artist, conservationist, and citizen. These stunning photographs of the natural geysers and terraces in Yellowstone, the rocks and ravines in the Grand Canyon, the winding rivers and majestic mountains in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks, the mysterious Carlsbad Caverns, the architecture of ancient Indian villages, and many other evocative views of the American West demonstrate the genius of Adams' technical and aesthetic inventiveness. In these glorious, seminal images we see the inspired reverence for the wilderness that has made Ansel Adams' work a most enduring influence on the intertwining spirits of art and environmentalism, both so necessary for the preservation of our natural world.
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