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  • ART OF READING : Lawrence Schwartzwald
    ART OF READING : Lawrence Schwartzwald
    SCHWARTZWALD LAWRENCE
    ISBN: 9783958295087
    Title: ART OF READING : Lawrence Schwartzwald
    Author: SCHWARTZWALD LAWRENCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Art of Reading presents New York photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald's (born 1953) candid images of readers, made between 2001 and 2017. Partly inspired by André Kertész's On Reading (1971), Schwartzwald's subjects are mostly average New Yorkers—sunbathers, a bus driver, shoeshine men, subway passengers, denizens of bookshops and cafes—but also artists (most notably Amy Winehouse at Manhattan's now-closed all-night diner Florent).

    In 2001 Schwartzwald's affectionate photo of a New York bookseller reading at his makeshift sidewalk stand on Columbus Avenue (and inadvertently exposing his generous buttock cleavage) caused a minor sensation: first published in the New York Post, it inspired a reporter for the New York Observer to interview the "portly peddler" in a humorous column titled "Wisecracking on Columbus Avenue" of 2001. Since then Schwartzwald has sought out his readers of books on paper—mostly solitary and often incongruous, desperate or vulnerable—who fly in the face of the closure of traditional bookshops and the surge in e-books, dedicating themselves to what Schwartzwald sees as a vanishing art: the art of reading.

    Imprint: STEIDL
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • ART OF TATTOO : A Insiders Look at a Tattoo Artists Inspiration Designs and Hard-Won Advice
    ART OF TATTOO : A Insiders Look at a Tattoo Artists Inspiration Designs and Hard-Won Advice
    MASSACRE MEGAN
    ISBN: 9780399578786
    Title: ART OF TATTOO : A Insiders Look at a Tattoo Artists Inspiration Designs and Hard-Won Advice
    Author: MASSACRE MEGAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release

    Tattoo artist Megan Massacre presents a beautiful collection of her best work, with instructive how-to and inspiration for both professional tattoo artists as well as tattoo aficionados. With a personal behind-the-scenes peek into the making of a tattoo, from concept to execution, plus fan favorite tattoos and tattoo cover-ups, this approachable, full-color paperback will feature everything Massacre has learned over the years. Part idea sourcebook, part tattoo opus, this is an art book that tattoo fans will be eager to read and display.

    Imprint: TEN SPEED PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ART OF WHITTLING : A Woodcarver's Guide To Making Things By Hand
    ART OF WHITTLING : A Woodcarver's Guide To Making Things By Hand
    KARLSSON NIKLAS
    ISBN: 9781787390034
    Title: ART OF WHITTLING : A Woodcarver's Guide To Making Things By Hand
    Author: KARLSSON NIKLAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This beautiful and practical guide to the art of whittling offers the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life and a means of getting back to basics and creating unique items from scratch. Inside you will learn about the ancient art of whittling as one of the earliest forms of artistic expression; the different types of wood to use in your work; the simple tools you need to get started; and the various cutting techniques.

    The Art of Whittling also preaches the idea of Danish hygge – translating to coziness and being with friends and family in a warm atmosphere. Here, author Niklas Karlsson gives us an insight into why the Danes are considered the happiest people in the world – and how you can bring some hygge into your own lives.

    More than just a manual, this book offers a contemplative view on a skill that is more popular than ever.


    Imprint: CARLTON - HARIDE GRANT
    RRP: $32.00

    Price: $32.00
  • ART OF WINNIE THE POOH : How E. H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon
    ART OF WINNIE THE POOH : How E. H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon
    CAMPBELL JAMES
    ISBN: 9781910552773
    Title: ART OF WINNIE THE POOH : How E. H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon
    Author: CAMPBELL JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are some of the world’s most beloved characters in children’s literature.

    But before they appeared in many millions of books and in nearly fifty languages, they started life in the 1920s as the product of a unique collaboration between A. A. Milne and E. H Shepard; author and illustrator wove images and text together in a way that was utterly original for the time. For Shepard, it was a process that he relished, creating artwork for new editions right up until his death in 1976 at the age of ninety-six.

    In this beautifully presented, full-colour volume, readers will not only discover the story behind this remarkable partnership, but also follow the evolution of Shepard’s work, from those first tentative sketches through to the illustrations we know and love, and even on to the characters’ later incarnations at Disney.

    Imprint: MICHAEL O'MARA - HARDIE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ARTISTS : Their Lives and Works
    ARTISTS : Their Lives and Works
    ISBN: 9780241226186
    Title: ARTISTS : Their Lives and Works
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A stunning exploration of over 80 famous artists and their fascinating lives, from Giotto to the present day. 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, Kahlo, 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. 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.

    Imprint: DORLING KINDERSLEY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ASYLUM OF THE BIRDS
    ASYLUM OF THE BIRDS
    BALLEN ROGER
    ISBN: 9780500294864
    Title: ASYLUM OF THE BIRDS
    Author: BALLEN ROGER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An extraordinary monograph by one of the most revered and original image-makers at work today, now expanded and updated to include previously unpublished work.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AUSTRALIAS IMPRESSIONISTS
    AUSTRALIAS IMPRESSIONISTS
    RIOPELLE CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781857096125
    Title: AUSTRALIAS IMPRESSIONISTS
    Author: RIOPELLE CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Australia’s unique take on Impressionism is here represented by four major artists: Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, Arthur Streeton, and John Peter Russell. The first three were leading players of what became known as the Heidelberg School, which hit its stride around 1888, a time of a growing movement towards a federalisation of the colonies, and a sense of what it meant to be ‘Australian’, as the Australian-born population started to outnumber migrants.


    With this more acutely felt sense of identity came a desire to capture more faithfully the Australian landscape, in particular the unique light. The landmark 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition of 1889 served to introduce Melbourne society to ‘Impressionism’ through around 180 ‘impressions’ or oil sketches, many of them painted on panels from cigar boxes of around 9 x 5 inches. Australian Impressionism is introduced as something quite different from French Impressionism, and one more under the influence of London’s avant-garde, and in particular Whistler, whose exhibition ‘Notes’ – ‘Harmonies’ – ‘Nocturnes’ Roberts had seen in 1884, and was a prototype for the 9 by 5.


    Russell was born and died in Sydney, but spent some 40 years in Europe, fully embedded in the avant-garde; he was friends with Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin, and his talents as a colourist made a deep impression on the young Matisse, but his reputation was only rediscovered in the second half of the 20th century.

    Imprint: NATIONAL GALLERY COMPANY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • B IS FOR BAUHAUS : AN A-Z OF THE MODERN WORLD
    B IS FOR BAUHAUS : AN A-Z OF THE MODERN WORLD
    SUDJIC DEYAN
    ISBN: 9780718199517
    Title: B IS FOR BAUHAUS : AN A-Z OF THE MODERN WORLD
    Author: SUDJIC DEYAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Design is a unique way of understanding the world around us.

    This book is an essential tool kit for decoding contemporary culture. It's about what makes a Warhol a genuine fake, the beauty of the jumbo jet, the notion of authenticity, Hitchcock's film sets, the success of Ikea, the creation of national identity, the mania to collect and the value of imperfection. It's about how we see the modern world.

    'A master class in musing on modern design . . . a subject nobody writes better about than Sudjic.' David Sexton, Evening Standard

    'Written with a natural fluidity, with authority.' Design Week

    'Combining Sudjic's obsessive attention to obscure detail with a pop culture-honed eye for influence and connection, B is a handbook of why things are the way they are.' Jonathan Bell, Wallpaper*

    'Brilliant, wide-ranging and engrossing.' Philippa Stockley, Evening Standard



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BAUHAUS DIASPORA AND BEYOND : Transforming Education in Art Architecture and Design
    BAUHAUS DIASPORA AND BEYOND : Transforming Education in Art Architecture and Design
    EDQUIST HARRIET
    ISBN: 9780522875621
    Title: BAUHAUS DIASPORA AND BEYOND : Transforming Education in Art Architecture and Design
    Author: EDQUIST HARRIET
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2018 New Release

    Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond- Transforming Education in Art, Architecture and Design presents an extraordinary new Australasian cultural history. It is a migrant and refugee story- from 1930, the arrival of so many emigre, internee and refugee educators helped to transform art, architecture and design in Australia and New Zealand. Fifteen thematic essays and twenty individual case studies bring to light a tremendous amount of new archival material in order to show how these innovative educators, exiled from Nazism, introduced Bauhaus ideas and models to a new world. As their Bauhaus model spanned art, architecture and design, the book provides a unique cross-disciplinary, emigre history of art education in Australia and New Zealand. It offers a remarkable and little-known chapter in the wider Bauhaus venture, which has multiple legacies and continues to inform our conceptions of progressive education, creativity and the role of art and design in the wider community.

    Imprint: MIEGUNYAH PRESS
    RRP: $64.99
    Price: $64.99
  • BAUHAUS IMAGINISTA : A School in the World
    BAUHAUS IMAGINISTA : A School in the World
    VAN OSTEN MARION / WATSON GRANT
    ISBN: 9780500021934
    Title: BAUHAUS IMAGINISTA : A School in the World
    Author: VAN OSTEN MARION / WATSON GRANT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Featuring the latest research commissioned on the occasion of the Bauhaus centenary, this book explores the global influence of the renowned Bauhaus school of arts and its famed artists.

    Bauhaus Imaginista marks the centennial anniversary of this fascinating and popular school of art, which championed the idea of artists working together as a community. The Bauhaus reconnected art with everyday life and was active in the fields of architecture, performance, design, and visual art. Founded by Walter Gropius, its faculty included such luminaries as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, La´szlo´ Moholy-Nagy, and Josef Albers.

    Placing emphasis on the international dissemination and reception of the Bauhaus, this book expresses the Bauhaus’ influence, philosophy, and history beyond Germany. Rethinking the school from an international perspective, it sets its entanglements against a century of geopolitical change, as many of its artists fled World War II Germany.

    Bauhaus Imaginista takes readers on a global visual tour of Bauhaus influence from art and design museums to campus galleries and art institutes in India, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Berlin, and the United States.


    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • BEAUTIFUL CATS
    BEAUTIFUL CATS
    PERRIS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781782407607
    Title: BEAUTIFUL CATS
    Author: PERRIS ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Sashaying in front of our photographer's lens are 40 of the world's most remarkable and best-loved breeds, from the Bengal to the Birman, the Rex to the Ragamuffin. Posed to perfection, with not a whisker out of place, the stunning portraits of these show-quality felines will have you purring with pleasure. Each superb photograph is accompanied by a description of the breed, and a succinct introduction also charts the history of the cat, from animal of worship to prize-winning glamor puss. This is the perfect book for any cat lover to curl up with.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $16.99
    Price: $16.99
  • BEAUTIFUL CHICKENS
    BEAUTIFUL CHICKENS
    PERRIS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781782407614
    Title: BEAUTIFUL CHICKENS
    Author: PERRIS ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stylishly lit and shot against a studio background, these portraits showcase 40 of the world's most distinctive breeds, primped and preened for their moment in the spotlight. Featuring prize-winning cocks and hens, this is the ultimate in poultry portraiture. The book includes descriptions of each breed, covering their origins, physical attributes, and uses. There's also a history of hens and roosters through the ages, an introduction to the breed basics, and reportage photography from behind the scenes at the shows.

    Beautiful Chickens is the perfect gift for anyone, whether their fancy is for all things fowl or simply for beautiful photography. It's the coffee-table book guaranteed to get your guests talking, whether clucking over the remarkable imagery or ruffling feathers with poultry observations.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BEAUTIFUL COWS
    BEAUTIFUL COWS
    HOPLEY JEREMY
    ISBN: 9781782407621
    Title: BEAUTIFUL COWS
    Author: HOPLEY JEREMY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Each beautiful beast is shown posed against a drapery backdrop, photographed primped and preened ready for competition. Top international breeds are showcased here for their doting public, and graphic charts with all the essential breed information are also included. There's also a potted history of cattle, an introduction to the breed basics, plus reportage photography of the behind-the-scenes preparation and backstage nerves at the agricultural shows.

    Beautiful Cows is the perfect book for anyone from farmers and committed cow connoisseurs looking to beef up their book collection to lovers of fine photography and natural beauty. An inspired gift, this is also the ideal conversation piece for any gathering-just leave it on the coffee table and prepare to milk the applause.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BEAUTIFUL DOGS
    BEAUTIFUL DOGS
    PERRIS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781782407638
    Title: BEAUTIFUL DOGS
    Author: PERRIS ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sit? Rollover? Beg? There aren't any crowd-pleasing tricks performed by the canine beauties on these pages, as their stunning portraits are enough to arrest your attention. Featuring 43 of the world's most- loved and unique pedigrees, from the French Bulldog to the English Springer Spaniel, the German Shepherd to the Alaskan Malamute, Beautiful Dogs showcases man's best friend as you've never seen him before. Each photograph is accompanied by a description of the breed, and an illuminating introduction explores the history of the dog from a working animal to show-stopping pedigree. In addition, delightful reportage photography offers a glimpse of the stars as they prepare for their moment in front of the photographer's lens.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BEN QUILTY  2010 - 2018
    BEN QUILTY 2010 - 2018
    QUILTY BEN
    ISBN: 9780143795940
    Title: BEN QUILTY 2010 - 2018
    Author: QUILTY BEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ben Quilty has worked across a range of media including drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and film. His works often respond to social and political events, from the current global refugee crisis to the complex social history of Australia; he is constantly critiquing notions of identity, patriotism and male rites of passage.

    Quilty is a past winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture, the National Self-portrait prize, and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. This rich and comprehensive collection of his work from the past two decades is accompanied by essays from Lisa Slade and Justin Paton.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $90.00

    Price: $90.00
  • BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    DOISNEAU ROBERT
    ISBN: 9782080202178
    Title: BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    Author: DOISNEAU ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The author's playful approach to capturing Parisian street scenes on camera earned him recognition as one of the twentieth centurys most important photographers. In this volume, he leads us on an entrancing tour into Parisian gardens, along the Seine, and through crowds of Parisians.

    Imprint: FLAMMARION
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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