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  • 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
  • BLOOMS AND BRUSHSTROKES : A floral history of Australian art
    BLOOMS AND BRUSHSTROKES : A floral history of Australian art
    CURTIN PENELOPE AND TANSY
    ISBN: 9781743056493
    Title: BLOOMS AND BRUSHSTROKES : A floral history of Australian art
    Author: CURTIN PENELOPE AND TANSY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release



    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BOY FROM BRUNSWICK : LEONARD FRENCH - A Biography
    BOY FROM BRUNSWICK : LEONARD FRENCH - A Biography
    MACDONALD REG
    ISBN: 9781925801392
    Title: BOY FROM BRUNSWICK : LEONARD FRENCH - A Biography
    Author: MACDONALD REG
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Leonard French (1928–2017), who created the great stained-glass ceiling at the National Gallery of Victoria, was widely regarded as the most public Australian artist of his day. By the early 1970s this outgoing working-class boy from rough and tough inner-Melbourne Brunswick had become top of the artistic heap, cock of the walk: his monumental glass commissions, murals and paintings were critically acclaimed and his commercial success was firmly established. A feisty contrarian with an eloquence that belied his humble origins, he delighted in publicly roasting the Australian art establishment, seeing its art historians, curators and caviling newspaper critics as his natural enemies. Yet suddenly in 1974 this public figure decided to shun the spotlight and seek solitude in Central Victoria. Why? All is revealed in this magnificent book by his long-time friend, Reg MacDonald.

    Imprint: AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY
    RRP: $69.95

    Price: $69.95
  • BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    WILSON ASHLEIGH
    ISBN: 9781925498745
    Title: BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    Author: WILSON ASHLEIGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left behind decades of ceaseless activity-some works bound to a particular place or time, others that are masterpieces of light and line.

    Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 determined to make an impression. Before long he was the youngest artist to have work acquired by the Tate. With his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Arkie, Whiteley then immersed himself in bohemian New York. But within two years he fled, having failed to break through.

    Back in Sydney, he soon became Australia's most celebrated artist. He won the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in the same year - his prices soared, as did his fame. Among his friends were Francis Bacon and Patrick White, Billy Connolly and Dire Straits. Yet addiction was taking its toll- Whiteley struggled in vain to separate his talent from his disease, and an inglorious end approached.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BRONWYN OLIVER : Strange Things
    BRONWYN OLIVER : Strange Things
    FINK HANNAH
    ISBN: 9780975190159
    Title: BRONWYN OLIVER : Strange Things
    Author: FINK HANNAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the first book about the major Australian sculptor Bronwyn Oliver. “I wanted to write an old fashioned art book, one that tells the story of the artist’s life from beginning to end,” says author Hannah Fink. “But I also wanted to write about the creative process – how Bronwyn made things, why she made them. What drives someone to make art?”

    Born on a farm near Gum Flat in Northern New South Wales, Oliver grew up in country-town Inverell. She won the Travelling Art Scholarship to study sculpture at Chelsea Art School in London, returning to win numerous awards including the Moët & Chandon Fellowship.

    While many of her contemporaries began making installation art, Oliver worked within the traditional discipline of sculpture. She was an intensely ambitious artist whose works seem to grapple almost effortlessly with the big questions of life. Her organic yet strangely human sculptures are coveted by collectors for their eloquent beauty.

    “But Bronwyn’s aim was not to create beautiful things for their own sake,” says Fink. “The beauty of her objects comes from the thinking behind them.”

    Oliver’s death ten years ago cast a shadow over the beauty of her work and her reputation. The woman that emerges from this book is intelligent, funny, modest, hard-working, and, in the words of Roslyn Oxley, “never boring”.

    Imprint: PIPER PRESS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • CALIFORNIA COOL : Art in Los Angeles 1960s-70s
    CALIFORNIA COOL : Art in Los Angeles 1960s-70s
    ISBN: 9780642334787
    Title: CALIFORNIA COOL : Art in Los Angeles 1960s-70s
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    California Cool: Art in Los Angeles, 1960s-70s draws on the National Gallery of Australia’s rich collection of international prints, artist’s books and photographs to tell the story of the cultural boom experienced in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s. This publication provides an account of this exciting period in the booming post-war Californian social and cultural landscape. Artists including Wallace Berman, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Ed Kienholz and Vija Celmins were staking out a place for LA as an artistic centre that had as much to offer international culture as whatever was happening at the time in New York or London.

    Imprint: NAT GALLERY OF VICTORIA
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • CELESTIAL ATLAS : A Journey in the Sky Through Maps
    CELESTIAL ATLAS : A Journey in the Sky Through Maps
    PERCIVALDI ELENA
    ISBN: 9788854413108
    Title: CELESTIAL ATLAS : A Journey in the Sky Through Maps
    Author: PERCIVALDI ELENA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    Since the time of the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians, the observation, study and representation of the night sky has been a challenge for humans, who have always found themselves both astonished at the sight of the vault of the sky illuminated by the stars, and eager to gain scientific knowledge and understanding of what they are observing.

    Imprint: WHITESTAR
    RRP: $79.99
    Price: $79.99
  • CHANEL : THE ENIGMA
    CHANEL : THE ENIGMA
    FIEMEYER ISABELLE
    ISBN: 9782080202239
    Title: CHANEL : THE ENIGMA
    Author: FIEMEYER ISABELLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Coco Chanel continues to beguile more than two decades after her death. The author describes Chanel's carefully crafted persona and then gradually elucidates each layer of intrigue that surrounded the great fashion designer to reveal the woman behind the enigma. She also includes photographs and new documents from the wartime period.

    Imprint: FLAMMARION
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • CHRISTIAN DIOR
    CHRISTIAN DIOR
    CULLEN ORIOLE
    ISBN: 9781851779901
    Title: CHRISTIAN DIOR
    Author: CULLEN ORIOLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Capturing the highlights of the major Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition, Christian Dior- Designer of Dreams, this stunning souvenir celebrates the House of Dior from its foundation in 1947 to the present day. Haute-couture gowns by Christian Dior and the illustrious creative directors who followed him Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferr , John Galliano, Bill Gaytten, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri are showcased here, each described by Oriole Cullen and atmospherically photographed by Laziz Hamani.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CHRISTIAN DIOR : History and Modernity, 1947 - 1957
    CHRISTIAN DIOR : History and Modernity, 1947 - 1957
    PALMER ALEXANDRA [ED]
    ISBN: 9783777430089
    Title: CHRISTIAN DIOR : History and Modernity, 1947 - 1957
    Author: PALMER ALEXANDRA [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE


    Imprint: VERLAG JANNSEN
    RRP: $75.00
    Price: $75.00
  • CHRISTOPHER ORCHARD : The Uncertainty of the Poet
    CHRISTOPHER ORCHARD : The Uncertainty of the Poet
    OSBORNE MARGOT
    ISBN: 9781743054925
    Title: CHRISTOPHER ORCHARD : The Uncertainty of the Poet
    Author: OSBORNE MARGOT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Christopher Orchard is the creator of the Bald Man, a stoic little character the artist has been drawing and redrawing for decades. Orchard's apparently effortless art is built on a commitment to rigorous studio practice. In this volume, we gain an insight into the influence of a man who is one of Australia's finest artists working today.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CHROMATOPIA : An Illustrated History of Colour
    CHROMATOPIA : An Illustrated History of Colour
    DAVID COLES
    ISBN: 9781760760021
    Title: CHROMATOPIA : An Illustrated History of Colour
    Author: DAVID COLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour; or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? Throughout history, artist pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and serendipity, Chromatopia reveals the origin stories of over 50 of history's most extraordinary pigments.

    Spanning the ancient world to modern leaps in technology, this is a book for the artist, the history buff, the science lover and the design fanatic.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
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