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  • 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
  • A-Z  GREAT MODERN ARTISTS
    A-Z GREAT MODERN ARTISTS
    TUOHY ANDY
    ISBN: 9781844037803
    Title: A-Z GREAT MODERN ARTISTS
    Author: TUOHY ANDY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A fun introduction to the world of modern artists, from Albers to Zox, via Basquiat, Kahlo, Warhol and more.

    A striking, design-led reference book, A-Z GREAT MODERN ARTISTS features Andy Tuohy's portraits of 52 key modern artists, rendered in each artist's own characteristic style - including Aleksandr Rodchenko in trademark green and red, Andy Warhol as a classic repeated print, and Marc Quinn as a frozen blood head in a box.With text by art historian Christopher Masters, each artist's entry will also have a summary of the essential things you need to know about the artist; their biographical details, why they're so significant, where you can find their works today, and a surprising fact or two about them as well as reproductions of key works.Whether you're already an art expert, or looking for a helpful cheat to navigating around a gallery, you'll love this guide to global artists of the modern age.

    Imprint: CASSELL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • BIRD KING AND OTHER SKETCHES
    BIRD KING AND OTHER SKETCHES
    TAN SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781922081575
    Title: BIRD KING AND OTHER SKETCHES
    Author: TAN SHAUN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The bird king, the anthropologists, the thing in the bathroom, the paraffin-oil koala, the secret birthday party…what do they all have in common? Nothing! Except for the fact that they all come from the sketchbooks of Shaun Tan, acclaimed creator of The Lost Thing, the Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia. Also selected by the artist are preliminary drawings for book, film and theatre projects, portrait and landscape studies, along with pages from travelling notebooks. All off a special insight into the daydreams of a celebrated author an illustrator.

    Imprint: WINDY HOLLOW BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BIRDS : THE ART OF ORNITHOLOGY
    BIRDS : THE ART OF ORNITHOLOGY
    ELPHICK JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760110109
    Title: BIRDS : THE ART OF ORNITHOLOGY
    Author: ELPHICK JONATHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Birds tells the remarkable story of bird art through the ages - from the earliest images of birds, through the age of exploration, to the present day.

    This beautiful books tells the story of the development of bird art through the ages. It range from the early decorative - but often fanciful - images of birds, through more accurate portrayals resulting from exploration and an increasing knowledge of the world's avifauna, to modern attempts at capturing these, the freest of all creatures.Birds contains an outstanding selection of images from the unrivalled collection of the Natural History Museum in London, some of which have never been reproduced before, and includes exquisitely crafted works from some of the most famous natural-history artists.The lively text interweaves fascinating ornithological information with accounts of the lives of the artists, details of the development of the techniques they used and a critical appraisal of their achievements.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BIRDS : The Art of Ornithology
    BIRDS : The Art of Ornithology
    ELPHICK JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760631291
    Title: BIRDS : The Art of Ornithology
    Author: ELPHICK JONATHAN
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stunning box-set with fully illustrated book and 36 frameable prints.

    Jonathan Elphick tells the remarkable story of the development of bird art through the centuries. The book features early, skilfully executed but often fanciful images of birds, scientific illustrations produced during the ages of exploration, and modern approaches capturing the essence of these freest of all creatures.

    The outstanding selection of images from the unrivalled collection at the Natural History Museum includes exquisitely crafted works from some of the most famous natural history artists ever published including Audubon, Lear, MacGillivray, and Gould. A detailed, lively text, interweaves ornithological science, art history, biography and travel and provides fascinating insights into the lives of both the artists and the birds they painted.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • BLACK
    BLACK
    ISBN: 9780714874722
    Title: BLACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning exploration of the beauty and drama of 150 black structures built by the world's leading architects over 1,000 years.

    A visually rich book, Black: Architecture in Monochrome casts a new eye on the beauty - and the drama - of black in the built world. Spotlighting more than 150 structures from the last 1,000 years, Black pairs engaging text with fascinating photographs of houses, churches, libraries, skyscrapers, and other buildings from some of the world's leading architects, including Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, and Eero Saarinen, David Adjaye, Jean Nouvel, Peter Marino, and Steven Holl.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9781509512089
    Title: BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who has not had the frightening experience of stumbling around in the pitch black?

    As a child, Alain Badiou went through it when he, along with friends, made up a game called On the stroke of midnight. The furtive discovery of the dark continent of sex in banned magazines, the beauty of black ink on paper, but also the mysteries of the universe and the grief of mourning: these are some of the things we encounter as the philosopher takes us on a trip through the private theater of his mind, at the whim of his memories.

    Music, painting, politics, sex, and metaphysics: all contribute to making black more luminous than it has ever been.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • BOOK OF BLACK
    BOOK OF BLACK
    DOWLING FAYE
    ISBN: 9781786270429
    Title: BOOK OF BLACK
    Author: DOWLING FAYE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From fine art to street style, the aesthetics, and motifs of the gothic are entwined with the heart of today's alternative visual culture. Vampires and demons have become screen icons of the modern underworld. Skulls, crosses, and religious iconography represent symbols of rebellion for a new gothic generation, a shorthand for an allegiance with a modern day underworld where monsters and misfits rule the world.

    Structured over three defining chapters (Gods & Monsters, The Kingdom of Darkness, and Dark Arts/Higher Power), The Book of Black provides an exploratory visual narrative through which to reveal and celebrate the artists, aesthetics, and styles of today's gothic visual arts, presenting seminal gothic artworks alongside emerging artists of today.


    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOOK OF THE FLOWER : Flowers in Art
    BOOK OF THE FLOWER : Flowers in Art
    HYLAND ANGUS
    ISBN: 9781786272454
    Title: BOOK OF THE FLOWER : Flowers in Art
    Author: HYLAND ANGUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2019 New Release

    The Book of the Flower is a collection of beautiful depictions of flowers by artists, photographers and illustrators. Interspersed through the illustrations are short texts about the artists and their interest in particular flowers, from Georgia O'Keeffe's sumptuous close-ups of Jimson Weed and cactus flowers to Matisse's roses, Keika Hasegawa's chrysanthemums and Albert York's close study of zinnias. A wonderful collection for art-lovers, gardeners and flower-fanciers. This is a companion to The Book of the Dog, The Book of the Cat, The Book of the Bird and The Book of the Horse.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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