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  • CONTEMPORARY MENSWEAR : A GLOBAL GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT MENS FASHION
    CONTEMPORARY MENSWEAR : A GLOBAL GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT MENS FASHION
    VOGEL STEVEN
    ISBN: 9780500517598
    Title: CONTEMPORARY MENSWEAR : A GLOBAL GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT MENS FASHION
    Author: VOGEL STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Presents profiles of more than 50 of the designers, labels, brands, stores, websites and blogs that have shaped and continue to shape menswear in the 21st century. This book features interviews with key personnel from the menswear industry, including Minya Quirk, Nicholas Maggio, Glenn Kitson, Arthur Chmielewski, Jeff Carvalho and Mark Smith.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    BARNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500518106
    Title: CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    Author: BARNETT RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The nineteenth century saw a complete transformation of the practice and reputation of surgery.

    Crucial Interventions follows its increasingly optimistic evolution, drawing from the very best examples of rare surgical textbooks with a focus on the extraordinary visual materials of the mid-nineteenth century. Unnerving and graphic, yet beautifully rendered, these fascinating illustrations include step-by-step surgical techniques paired with medical instruments and painted depictions of operations in progress.

    Arranged for the layman from head to toe, and accompanied by an authoritative, eloquent and inspiring narrative from medical historian Richard Barnett, author of 2014 bestseller The Sick Rose, Crucial Interventions is a unique and captivating book on one of the world’s most mysterious and macabre professions, and promises to be another success.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • DAVID HOCKNEY
    DAVID HOCKNEY
    STEPHENS CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781849764438
    Title: DAVID HOCKNEY
    Author: STEPHENS CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Hockney has been delighting and challenging audiences for almost sixty years. Working in an extraordinarily wide range of media with equal measures of wit and intelligence, his art has examined, probed and questioned how the perceived world of movement, space and time can be captured in two dimensions.

    Imprint: TATE GALLERY
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • 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: May 2019 New Release

    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 : THE WHOLE STORY
    DESIGN : THE WHOLE STORY
    WILHIDE ELIZABETH / GLANCEY JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780500292280
    Title: DESIGN : THE WHOLE STORY
    Author: WILHIDE ELIZABETH / GLANCEY JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Design: The Whole Story takes a close look at the key developments, movements and practitioners of design around the world, from the beginnings of industrial manufacturing to the present day. Organized chronologically, it locates design within its technological, cultural, economic, aesthetic and theoretical contexts. From the high-minded moralists of the 19th century to the radical thinkers of modernism - and from the emergence of showmen such as Raymond Loewy in the 1930s to today's superstars such as Philippe Starck - the book provides in-depth coverage of a subject that touches all our lives. Iconic works that mark significant steps forward or that characterize a particular era or approach - such as Marcel Breuer's Wassily chair of 1925, Eliot Noyes' corporate identity work for IBM in the 1950s and Matthew Carter's Verdana typeface, designed to be read on screen - are analysed in detail, while the text sets out the framework of ideas, intent and technology within which differing approaches to design have evolved. From the cars we drive and the products we buy to the graphics that surround us, we are all consumers of design. Design: The Whole Story provides all the information you need to decode the material world.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • 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
  • DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART
    DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART
    MILLER STEVEN
    ISBN: 9781743054086
    Title: DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART
    Author: MILLER STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dogs in Australian Art looks at Australian art through the lens of dog painting, showcasing over 150 masterworks that illustrate the deep bond between Australians and their best friends. Steven Miller's whimsical text argues that all the major shifts which occurred in Australia art, and which have traditionally been attributed to the environment or historical factors, really occurred because of dogs. His book is also a study of how the various dog breeds have been depicted from colonial times until the present. It features over 80 dog breeds.

    This fully revised and expanded edition of Steven Miller's beautiful bestselling doggie book features many new paintings. A rich journey through Australia's art history via the lens of man's best friend.



    Steven Miller is head of the Research Library and Archive of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has published widely on art, with his book on Australian culture between the two world wars (Degenerates and Perverts) winning the NSW Premier's Australian History Award in 2006. He lives in Sydney and is the proud owner of Finbar, a Welsh Terrier.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $14.99
  • 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: R/PRINT UND CONSIDERATION

    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
  • ENCORE : THE NEW ARTISANS
    ENCORE : THE NEW ARTISANS
    DUPON OLIVIER
    ISBN: 9780500517758
    Title: ENCORE : THE NEW ARTISANS
    Author: DUPON OLIVIER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Craft is no longer a trend; it is now an enshrined aspect of modern life. This sequel to Olivier Dupon's bestselling The New Artisans, showcases 60 new makers whose creations will inspire and delight. Divided into two sections, it profiles the artisans in alphabetical order, and includes a directory of products, divided into categories.

    Complete with an introduction, as well as the author’s personal recommendations for inspiring shops, websites and blogs to visit, this is the perfect curated resource for discovering unique and beautiful pieces designed and made by talented artisans from around the world.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING : JOURNEY INTO A PAINTING
    EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING : JOURNEY INTO A PAINTING
    JACOBS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781847088086
    Title: EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING : JOURNEY INTO A PAINTING
    Author: JACOBS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A gripping and beguiling blend of art history, memoir and travel writing which delves into the mysteries and meanings of Las Meninas, Velazquez's iconic masterpiece.

    Michael Jacobs was haunted by Velazquez's enigmatic masterpiece Las Meninas from first encountering it in the Prado as a teenager. In Everything is Happening Jacobs searches for the ultimate significance of the painting by following the trails of associations from each individual character in the picture, as well as his own memories of and relationship to this extraordinary work.

    From Jacobs' first trip to Spain to the complex politics of Golden Age Madrid, to his meeting with the man who saved Las Meninas during the Spanish Civil war, via Jacobs' experiences of the sunless world of the art history academy, Jacobs dissolves the barriers between the past and the present, the real and the illusory.

    Cut short by Jacobs' death in 2014, and completed with an introduction and coda of great sensitivity and insight by his friend and fellow lover of art, the journalist Ed Vulliamy, this visionary, meditative and often very funny book is a passionate, personal manifesto for the liberation of how we look at painting.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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