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  • CLARE BELFRAGE : Rhythms of Necessity
    CLARE BELFRAGE : Rhythms of Necessity
    LAWRENCE KAY
    ISBN: 9781743055656
    Title: CLARE BELFRAGE : Rhythms of Necessity
    Author: LAWRENCE KAY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Clare Belfrage has built an extraordinary career as a glass artist. 'Clare Belfrage: Rhythms of necessity' is the first major publication that explores the significance of her contribution to contemporary international glass art. Exhibited across the world, Belfrage's glass vessels explore the pulse and flow of forces that shape the natural world as well as the lived patterns of the everyday. A similar sense of rhythm underpins the structure of this book: an interleaving of short texts and stunning photographs of Belfrage's vessels that reveal her story to date. Belfrage's art practice is grounded in her experience of family life. She grew up in a large family in a house suffused with music and from early childhood enjoyed camping, which instilled in her a love of nature and the more-than-human world. As she says about looking closely at nature, 'the big feeling that "small" gives me is intimate and powerful'. Some of Belfrage's most celebrated series reveal her engagement with the rhythmic movements of glass-making, reflecting the dynamism and energy of the natural world. As well as showcasing her award-winning glass vessels, 'Clare Belfrage: Rhythms of necessity' explores the bodily processes of glass blowing, particularly the specific skills of fine cane drawing for which she is renowned. Belfrage demonstrates her finely honed techniques in workshops and public forums across the international glass art community. Her practice stands out for pushing the limits of glass in new and sensitive directions.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CLAY : Contemporary Cermaic Artists
    CLAY : Contemporary Cermaic Artists
    BELL AMBER CRESWELL
    ISBN: 9780500500729
    Title: CLAY : Contemporary Cermaic Artists
    Author: BELL AMBER CRESWELL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ceramics is back in a big way, experiencing a steady surge of interest and popularity not seen since the 1970s. The return to the handmade, driven by our increasingly digital lives, means there are now more makers, sellers, and collectors than ever. There is also a new desire for unique objects made by hand and the imperfections associated with the marks of the maker. Pottery captures this authenticity in ways no other medium can.

    From decorative pieces to the beautiful but functional, to sculptural works pushing the boundaries of the medium, Clay surveys the rich creative output of fifty of the top studio potters from around the world. It is a celebration of a new generation of artisans working in clay, a snapshot not necessarily of what is happening at the elite gallery level but rather a behind-the-scenes look at unique and eclectic offerings, both functional and sculptural, from small studios around the world.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    WILSON ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780992303686
    Title: COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    Author: WILSON ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andrew Wilson has an eye for the dramatic and this is a very fresh pictorial portrait of Tasmania. There are extreme wilderness spots reached only by sea and some others of inhabited and favorite recreational areas, but all of them show the beauty and the extremes brought about by being in the path of the roaring forties.

    Andrew Wilson is fast being recognised as the preeminent contemporary Tasmanian photographer and this book supports and enhances that claim.

    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $79.95
  • COCO CHANEL : THE LEGEND AND THE LIFE
    COCO CHANEL : THE LEGEND AND THE LIFE
    PICARDIE JUSTINE
    ISBN: 9780007319046
    Title: COCO CHANEL : THE LEGEND AND THE LIFE
    Author: PICARDIE JUSTINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Justine Picardie has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, attempting to peel away the accretions of romance and lies. In this critically acclaimed, bestselling biography she shares the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now.

    Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor - she conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time - but she also invented herself, fashioning the myth of her own life with the same dexterity as her couture. While Chanel was supreme innovator and vendor of all things elegant and beautiful, what lies beneath her own glossy myth is darker and far more disturbing. Living through two World Wars, and surviving Nazi occupation of Paris by embarking on an affair with a German officer, Coco Chanel's life and the evolution of her brand are undeniably interlocked to her actions during this treacherous time.

    In this book, Justine Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements, at the same time as casting a clear eye over her transgressions. She examines Chanel's enduring afterlife, as well as her remarkable life, uncovering the consequences of what she covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and legend, yet keeping intact the real fabric of her past.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DAVID ROCHE FOUNDATION
    DAVID ROCHE FOUNDATION
    REASON ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781743056172
    Title: DAVID ROCHE FOUNDATION
    Author: REASON ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    The David Roche Foundation guidebook presents a sweeping panorama of the magnificent interiors and European art collection that make up David Roche's residence 'Fermoy House' and museum in North Adelaide. Room by room, discover some of the 3500 objects David Roche acquired during more than six decades of collecting.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $29.95
    Price: $29.95
  • DEATH : A Graveside Companion
    DEATH : A Graveside Companion
    EBENSTEIN JOANNA
    ISBN: 9780500519714
    Title: DEATH : A Graveside Companion
    Author: EBENSTEIN JOANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Death is an inevitable fact of life. Throughout the centuries, humanity has sought to understand this sobering thought through art and ritual. The theme of memento mori informs medieval Danse Macabre, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Renaissance paintings of dissected corpses and "anatomical Eves," Gothic literature, funeral effigies, Halloween, and paintings of the Last Judgment. Deceased ancestors are celebrated in the Mexican Day of the Dead, while the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead to secure their afterlife. A volume of unprecedented breadth and sinister beauty, Death: A Graveside Companion examines a staggering range of cultural attitudes toward death. The book is organized into themed chapters: The Art of Dying, Examining the Dead, Memorializing the Dead, The Personification of Death, Symbolizing Death, Death as Amusement, and The Dead After Life. Each chapter begins with thought-provoking articles by curators, academics, and journalists followed by gallery spreads presenting a breathtaking variety of death-related imagery and artifacts. From skulls to the dance of death, statuettes to ex libris, memento mori to memorabilia, the majority of the images are of artifacts in the astonishing collection of Richard Harris and range from 2000 BCE to the present day, running the gamut of both high and popular culture.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • DEL KATHRYN BARTON
    DEL KATHRYN BARTON
    BARTON DEL KATHRYN
    ISBN: 9781760760052
    Title: DEL KATHRYN BARTON
    Author: BARTON DEL KATHRYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Del Kathryn Barton is an Australian artist, who won the 2008 and 2013 Archibald Prize. Barton is an acclaimed artist working across painting, drawing, film, textile and sculpture. She has exhibited regularly since 1995 including the highly suuceesful The Disco Is A Highway at the NGV in 2017.

    This is a new series of monographs on Australian female artists, selected with series editor Natalie King, Enterprise Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts and curator. These books are compact yet perfectly formed. They are 96 pages of the artist's favourite works - designed for optimum visual impact and to reach anyone who is inspired by art and beauty.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DESIGN BOOK
    DESIGN BOOK
    ISBN: 9780714865799
    Title: DESIGN BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A 'design classic' is an industrially manufactured object with timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and, despite the year in which it was designed, is still up to date. The objects in this book - all of which are still in production today - are presented chronologically: each on a single page with a large image and a concise caption, written by one of over fifty experts in the field of design. These texts provide a historical context, with key information about the development of the design, and an explanation as to why that particular design is important and groundbreaking.

    This mini edition of the best-selling Phaidon Design Classics series gives the reader an understanding not only of the history of design, but also the history of taste and culture. It is an extraordinary journey through the objects that have shaped our society, from the first attempts to combine function and beauty in the nineteenth century, through the machine aesthetics of the thirties, the advent of plastic and other new materials in the fifties and sixties, up to the 'classics'-to-be of the last ten years.

    The book includes not only classic objects created by great and internationally renowned designers, such as Breuer, Le Corbusier, Dreyfuss, Eames, Yanagi and Castiglioni, to name but a few, but also anonymously designed pieces, such as the clothes peg, the deck chair, the corkscrew and the chopstick, which, in spite of lacking a specific designer, have achieved such perfection in design and functionality that they have eliminated the possibility of improvement. From the paperclip, to the Alvar Aalto Savoy vase, to the Jaguar E Type, all of the objects featured in the book fill our desks, cupboards, kitchens, purses, dreams and pockets.



    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • DESIGN YOUR HOME
    DESIGN YOUR HOME
    BLAZE SHAYNNA
    ISBN: 9780670076789
    Title: DESIGN YOUR HOME
    Author: BLAZE SHAYNNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With a great understanding of what makes a home work well, and a keen eye for colour detail, Shaynna Blaze shares her many years of experience as an interior designer to help you find the perfect solutions for getting the most out of the place you live in.

    Beautifully illustrated throughout, Shaynna takes you on a room-by-room tour of the home. She highlights potential problem areas, suggesting easy and innovative solutions, and describing attractive design alternatives for every room - from the public living areas to the private spaces of bathroom and bedroom and the often problematic home office. Her down-to-earth approach and stylish ideas, as seen on high-rating TV shows Selling Houses Australia and The Block, mean that anyone - whatever their budget - can create their dream home. 'As an interior designer, I'm here not just to make your home pretty but to solve problems and find solutions.

    Your home is about you, your life and those you invite into your space. With this book, you'll have the confidence to design a home that functions around the way you live.'

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DESTINATION ART : 500 Artworks Worth the Trip
    DESTINATION ART : 500 Artworks Worth the Trip
    ISBN: 9780714876467
    Title: DESTINATION ART : 500 Artworks Worth the Trip
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Art tourism has been a popular pursuit for generations of adventurers, and DESTINATION ART is the essential guide to 500 must-see examples of permanently installed place-specific art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Highlighting the best of public art in city centers, sculpture parks, site-specific installations in museums, memorials designed by contemporary artists, works of land art, and much more, DESTINATION ART is an informative and enjoyable overview of the most significant and travel-worthy art around the globe.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • DIOR : A New Look, a New Enterprise (1947-57)
    DIOR : A New Look, a New Enterprise (1947-57)
    PALMER ALEXANDRA
    ISBN: 9781851779857
    Title: DIOR : A New Look, a New Enterprise (1947-57)
    Author: PALMER ALEXANDRA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    In 1947 Christian Dior rocked the fashion world with his New Look, which firmly secured the name of his house in the minds of the public and at the forefront of the industry. He drew on historical models of femininity and the unique skills of Parisian haute couture as well as a myriad of suppliers to produce stunning designs that caught the mood of optimism after the Second World War. Newly expanded and updated, this absorbing and beautiful book examines the seminal years of Christian Dior, 1947 57, from a truly international perspective.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • DISCOVERING DOBELL
    DISCOVERING DOBELL
    HEATHCOTE CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781743054802
    Title: DISCOVERING DOBELL
    Author: HEATHCOTE CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discovering Dobell offers an intimate glimpse of William Dobell. Heathcote demonstrates how Dobell developed ideas from sketches to paintings. This overview includes many well-known works and is rounded out with Dobell's experimental drawings and paintings from New Guinea, as well as his little-known ventures into abstract form.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • DORRIT BLACK : Unseen Forces
    DORRIT BLACK : Unseen Forces
    LOCK-WEIR TRACEY
    ISBN: 9781921668180
    Title: DORRIT BLACK : Unseen Forces
    Author: LOCK-WEIR TRACEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dorrit Black is the last major Australian modernist to be the subject of a monograph. Her importance to Australian art has not been revised for thirty-five years, and the book aims to reposition her as a figure of great significance in the development of Australian modernism. The book places Dorrit Black at the forefront of bringing to Australia the revolutionary movement of cubism upon her return to Sydney from Europe in late 1929. Black significantly contributed to the acceptance of modernism in Australia through both her teaching and art practice in Sydney and Adelaide. Although best-known as a print-maker the book highlights her talent as a painter. The power and luminosity of her later Adelaide south coast and Adelaide Hills landscapes are unsurpassed and demonstrate a major shift in modern Australian landscape painting. The book illustrates in colour a selection of her paintings, linocut prints, drawings, watercolours and textiles and the subjects range from portraiture, still life to landscape. The essays are broadly chronological and cover several major themes: Black’s formative European period (1927–29), her second Sydney period (1930–33) and her Adelaide period (1935–51)..

    Imprint: ART GALLERY OF SA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    LEUNIG MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780143788577
    Title: DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    Author: LEUNIG MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collection of cartoons about many strange and lovely things- kind words for dark days; simple poems concerning wonderful mysteries; reflections on sadness, joy, dismay, sanity, soup and beauty. Also- doubts, confessions, laments and tributes. Spirited depictions of dogs, ducks, teapots and trees, with various peculiar attempts to shine some light on dark and troubled times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FASHION BOOK
    FASHION BOOK
    ISBN: 9780714871073
    Title: FASHION BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Fashion Book takes a fresh look at the fashion world and the people who created and inspired it.

    Spanning almost 200 years, the entire industry is represented; from clothing and footwear designers, to photographers, stylists, icons and retailers, including the new category of educational institutions that have been fundamental in the careers of many of the creative individuals.

    Marking the significant changes on the fashion landscape since the first edition, this revision includes updates on existing entries as well as important new names who have fundamentally shaped the way we see fashion, from designers such as Nicholas Ghesquière, Gareth Pugh and Phoebe Philo, influential image makers Mert and Marcus and Mario Sorrenti, and contemporary icons Lady Gaga and Tilda Swinton, representing just a few of the many exciting new figures. New faces rub shoulders with the fashion pioneers of the original edition; such as Coco Chanel, Issey Miyake, Yves Saint Laurent, Kate Moss and Helmut Newton. In keeping in the reference style of the first edition, this new edition reflects a comprehensive view of the fashion industry today.

    Easy to use and filled with inspirational images,The Fashion Book is organized as an A-Z guide of names, listing 576 entries across the categories of clothing and accessory designers, photographers, institutions, models and those iconic individuals who instigated or symbolize a whole fashion movement. Cutting through the usual classifications, and organized alphabetically, the book creates unexpected juxtapositions that make fascinating and unlikely partnerships: the powerful Anna Wintour sits opposite the pioneer of modern fashion, Charles Worth while Terry Richardson rubs shoulders with Herb Ritts, and digital print wunderkind Mary Katranzou meets Rei Kawakubo.

    Each entry is illustrated with a photograph or drawing from the most important creative talents in the industry - showing a quintessential aspect of their work. An accompanying text describes where they fit into the fashion story and includes essential biographical information about the subject. In addition, The Fashion Book uses a comprehensive cross-referencing system and glossary which explain the many collaborations and techniques used in fashion, that singular business which lives somewhere between art and commerce.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • FRED W MCDARRAH : New York Scenes
    FRED W MCDARRAH : New York Scenes
    ISBN: 9781419728976
    Title: FRED W MCDARRAH : New York Scenes
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    During his 50-year association with the Village Voice, Fred W. McDarrah (1926–2007) covered the city’s downtown scenes, producing an unmatched and encyclopedic visual record of people, movements, and events. McDarrah frequented the bars, cafés, and galleries where writers, artists, and musicians gathered, and he was welcome in the apartments and lofts of the city’s avant-garde cultural aristocracy. He captured every vital moment, from Jack Kerouac reading poetry, to Bob Dylan hanging out in Sheridan Square, to Andy Warhol filming in the Factory, to the Stonewall Riots. Through his lens, we see the legendary birth of ideas and attitudes that continue to shape the character and allure of New York today.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
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