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  • 100 YEARS OF FASHION
    100 YEARS OF FASHION
    BLACKMAN CALLY
    ISBN: 9781786276827
    Title: 100 YEARS OF FASHION
    Author: BLACKMAN CALLY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    100 Years of Fashion documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear and couture. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in fashion as well as students.

    The last hundred or so years bore witness to the transformation of women's fashion. The restrictive corsetry of the early twentieth century gave way to looser styles such as those made fashionable by French fashion designer Paul Poiret. As women's lives changed dramatically under the shadow of two World Wars, so the style of female dress was altered beyond recognition. From home dressmaking to couture, from rationing to 'The New Look', from the birth of the teenager to mass manufacture, from high society to celebrity culture.

    Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, tell the stylish story of a fashion revolution. This is the third in Cally Blackman's series of fashion titles, previously publishing 100 Years of Fashion Illustration and 100 Years of Menswear with Laurence King Publishing.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 1000 TATTOOS
    1000 TATTOOS
    ISBN: 9783836549929
    Title: 1000 TATTOOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $40.00
    Price: $40.00
  • 200 WORDS TO HELP YOU TALK ABOUT ART
    200 WORDS TO HELP YOU TALK ABOUT ART
    STREET BEN
    ISBN: 9781786276933
    Title: 200 WORDS TO HELP YOU TALK ABOUT ART
    Author: STREET BEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have you have ever felt at a disadvantage when joining in a conversation on a subject that you aren't confident about? If yes, this new book series is for you. Each book features definitions of two hundred words frequently used to describe and discuss a smart subject.

    200 Words to Help You Talk About Art is designed to demystify jargon-based art language and make you at ease holding a conversation on the topic. Art can be intimidating to the uninitiated, but with Ben Street's help you'll know your Dada from your diptych in no time. The book is written with digestible text enabling a quick and easy understanding of various topics while broadening your artistic vocabulary.

    200 Words to Help You Talk About Art is one of two new titles beginning a series of smart subjects, also including philosophy, psychology, and music.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ABSTRACT ART
    ABSTRACT ART
    ISBN: 9783836546782
    Title: ABSTRACT ART
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: Taschen
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON
    ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON
    KOVAL WALLY
    ISBN: 9781409197393
    Title: ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON
    Author: KOVAL WALLY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wes Anderson's beloved films announce themselves through a singular aesthetic - one that seems too vivid, unique, and meticulously constructed to possibly be real. Not so - in Accidentally Wes Anderson, Wally Koval collects the world's most Anderson-like sites in all their faded grandeur and pop-pastel colours, telling the story behind each stranger than-fiction-location.

    Based on the viral online phenomenon and community of the same name, Accidentally Wes Anderson celebrates the unique aesthetic that millions of Anderson fans love - capturing the symmetrical, the atypical, the unexpected, the vibrantly patterned, and distinctively coloured in arresting photographs from around the world.

    Authorised by Wes Anderson himself, and appealing to the millions who love his films, this book is also for fans of Cabin Porn and Van Life - and avid travellers and aspiring adventurers of all kinds.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • ANDY WARHOL
    ANDY WARHOL
    SHORE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781786276100
    Title: ANDY WARHOL
    Author: SHORE ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Somewhere within the iconic images, carefully-made personae, star-studded milieu, million-dollar price tags and famous quotes lies the real Andy Warhol. But who was he? Robert Shore unfolds the multi-dimensional Warhol, dissecting his existence as undisputed art-world hotshot, recreating the amazing circle that surrounded him, and tracing his path to stardom back through his early career and his awkward and unusual youth. After Warhol, nothing would be the same - he changed art forever. Find out how with his remarkable story.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANNABELLE COLLETT : Creator and catalyst
    ANNABELLE COLLETT : Creator and catalyst
    MUIR KATHIE
    ISBN: 9781743056936
    Title: ANNABELLE COLLETT : Creator and catalyst
    Author: MUIR KATHIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Annabelle Collett (1955-2019) was a South Australian designer and artist whose work embraced art, design and craft.

    Her fashion designs and particularly her dramatic knitwear produced under the Ya Ya Oblique Clothing label attained international recognition. Her work also encompassed furniture design, graphics, costume and interior design, public art and environments. From the early 1990s Annabelle concentrated on making sculptural art pieces about the human form and its coverings, looking at the function and cultural meaning of attire with reference to ideas about gender, the body and sexuality.

    In more recent years Collett also investigated notions of camouflage, disguise, pattern and the affect of disruptions to pattern. She is also known for a series of works with recycled and found plastics that focussed on repurposing waste and challenged the widespread adoption of single-use plastics. Having been based in Adelaide most of her career, in 2009 she moved to Clayton Bay where she enjoyed a rich collaboration with communities in the Alexandrina region as well as pursuing her own practice.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • ANNETTE BEZOR : A passionate gaze
    ANNETTE BEZOR : A passionate gaze
    GRAYSON RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781862545281
    Title: ANNETTE BEZOR : A passionate gaze
    Author: GRAYSON RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Annette Bezor works in areas which are endlessly significant and engaging - gender, sexuality, beauty, human relations and their representation. This retrospective of her work to date showcases fifty paintings in full colour, framed with an essay by Richard Grayson. 'This book is well structured and easy to read. The essay is informative not just for the information it provides on Annette Bezor and her art work, but also for the extra information it provides.' - Jade Wildly, ArtsHub

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANTS : Workers of the World
    ANTS : Workers of the World
    RICE ELEANOR SPICER
    ISBN: 9781419748493
    Title: ANTS : Workers of the World
    Author: RICE ELEANOR SPICER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Ants, photographer Eduard Florin Niga brings us incredibly close to the most numerous animals on Earth, whose ability to organize colonies, communicate among themselves, and solve complex problems has made them an object of endless fascination. Among the more than 30 species photographed by Niga are leafcutters that grow fungus for food, trap-jaw ants with fearsome mandibles, bullet ants with potent stingers, warriors, drivers, gliders, harvesters, and the pavement ants that are always underfoot. Among his most memorable images are portraits-including queens, workers, soldiers, and rarely seen males-that bring the reader face-to-face with these creatures whose societies are eerily like our own. Science writer Eleanor Spicer Rice frames the book with a lively text that describes the life cycle of ants and explains how each species is adapted to its way of life. Ants is a great introduction to some of the Earth’s most successful creatures that showcases the power of photography to reveal the unseen world all around us.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • ART BOOK
    ART BOOK
    ISBN: 9781838661342
    Title: ART BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Updated for only the third time in its 16-year history, this new edition of the award-winning landmark publication has been refreshed with more than 40 important new artists, including many previously overlooked and marginal practitioners.

    The new edition spotlights more than 600 great artists from medieval to modern times. Breaking with traditional classifications, it throws together brilliant examples from all periods, schools, visions, and techniques, presenting an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich, multifaceted culture

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • ART IN DETAIL
    ART IN DETAIL
    HODGE SUSIE
    ISBN: 9780500296417
    Title: ART IN DETAIL
    Author: HODGE SUSIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2021 New Release

    Great paintings cannot be fully understood in a single encounter; there is always more to be derived from them. Art lovers may revisit and reconsider the masterpieces throughout their lives, but a deeper understanding can only be gained by analysing the painting in detail, be it the placement of the subject, the lighting, the style of brushstrokes or the themes.

    Art in Detail examines 100 iconic paintings from the Western canon and spotlights the finer points a quick glance will almost certainly fail to reveal. These include subtle internal details, such as hidden symbols and artistic tricks employed by the painter to achieve particular effects. In addition, Susie Hodge writes intelligently about external influences on the artist – everything from the socioeconomic context in which he or she flourished, to smaller local difficulties, such as the level of air pollution at the time the painting was created. And she treats each of her subjects not only, to quote Matthew Arnold, ‘as in itself it really is’, but also as part of a tradition that links the oldest painting to the most recent, as artists pass a metaphorical baton down through the ages.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ART OF LOOKING UP
    ART OF LOOKING UP
    MCCORMACK CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9780711242173
    Title: ART OF LOOKING UP
    Author: MCCORMACK CATHERINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A desirable art book surveying 40 spectacular ceilings from around the world, including those that have graced the brushes of artists including Michelangelo, Marc Chagall and Cy Twombly.

    From the floating women and lotus flowers of the Senso-ji Temple in Japan, first painted in the year 645, through to the religious iconography that adorns places of worship from Vienna to Istanbul, all the way to bold displays like that in the lobby of Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, this book takes you on a tour of the extraordinary artworks that demand an alternative viewpoint.


    Art History expert Catherine McCormack guides readers through the stories behind the artworks - their conception, execution, and the artists that visualised them. In many cases, these artworks also make bold but controlled political, religious or cultural statements, revealing much about the society and times in which they were created. First and foremost, this is a visual feast, but also a desirable art book that challenges readers to seek out fine art in more unusual places and question the statements they may be making.

    Imprint: Welbeck Publishing
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • ART OF STAR WARS : GALAXYS EDGE
    ART OF STAR WARS : GALAXYS EDGE
    RATCLIFFE AMY
    ISBN: 9781419750120
    Title: ART OF STAR WARS : GALAXYS EDGE
    Author: RATCLIFFE AMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is the only book to provide an inside look at the magic behind the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge themed lands at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, documenting the art and innovations that led to the creation of Galaxy's Edge. Featuring hundreds of full-color concept artworks, sketches, blueprints, photographs, and more, the book will reveal Walt Disney Imagineering's creative process.

    Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge invites guests to explore Black Spire Outpost, located on the remote Outer Rim planet Batuu-a spaceport bustling with First Order and Resistance activity where guests can interact with droids, creatures, and fan-favorite characters. Alongside Black Spire Outpost's vibrant cantina and marketplace, a new and original score composed by John Williams accompanies guests as they seek out the land's two major attractions: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, which allows guests to commandeer the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, in which guests find themselves in the crossfire of a ferocious battle between the Resistance and the First Order.

    Exclusive interviews with the key creative minds who shaped the lands' design provide commentary on what it's like to dream and then build a life-size Star Wars adventure.

    Plus, the book offers an inside look at the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience, a first-of-its-kind immersive two-night adventure.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • AUSTRALIA AT THE VENICE BIENNALE
    AUSTRALIA AT THE VENICE BIENNALE
    GARDNER KERRY
    ISBN: 9780522877366
    Title: AUSTRALIA AT THE VENICE BIENNALE
    Author: GARDNER KERRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Before the winds of World War I blew Europe apart, a rowdy and radical group of Australian artists would gather in the salons of Paris and London to embrace new ways of painting and seeing the world. By 1914 twelve of them had shown their works at the Venice International Exhibition, now known as the Venice Biennale. Bundled in with the British, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Thea Proctor were represented alongside legendary artists Corot, Rodin, Klimt and Renoir.

    Four decades later Australia sent its first official delegation of artists- Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale and William Dobell; the works of Rover Thomas, Howard Arkley, Patricia Piccinini and Shaun Gladwell continued the story of bold Australian art in Venice.

    With the support of the Australian art community, the Venice Biennale today remains an aspiration and career highlight for contemporary artists and Australia's love affair with the exhibition thrives. Discover the untold stories of the world's most important art event through one hundred years of Australian modern art.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • BANKSIAS   -   Second Edition
    BANKSIAS - Second Edition
    COLLINS KEVIN / COLLINS KATHY / GEORGE ALEX
    ISBN: 9780992290047
    Title: BANKSIAS - Second Edition
    Author: COLLINS KEVIN / COLLINS KATHY / GEORGE ALEX
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Banksias are Australia’s most iconic plants after Eucalypts – known for thousands of years to Australians and – through writing and art – to many more who have never visited this land.

    This extensively revised edition includes the most recently discovered Banksia, vincentia, with descriptions and illustrations of all 79 known species with many new photographs and updated species descriptions. It provides the history of their discovery, evolution, how to find and grow them and how they have inspired artists and artisans. With some 400 beautiful colour illustrations it is the comprehensive, up-to-date guide to these unique and fascinating plants.

    Tables list which Banksias to grow for particular purposes and the three authors have between them, studied and grown all 79 species of Banksia, their combined experience totalling over a hundred years.

    Imprint: BLOOMINGS BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • BECOMING A BIRD : Untold Stories Aout Art
    BECOMING A BIRD : Untold Stories Aout Art
    RADOCK STEPHANIE
    ISBN: 9781743058022
    Title: BECOMING A BIRD : Untold Stories Aout Art
    Author: RADOCK STEPHANIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Writer and artist Stephanie Radok reflects on art and its purposes. Becoming a Bird: untold stories about art includes her travels to multiple museums in the northern hemisphere, wandering and wondering.

    She takes the reader from Venice to her terrazzo bathroom, finds her Adelaide garden underground in Rome, remembers how to wiggle her ears in Berlin, and sees St Francis in New York.

    In twelve meditative stories which reflect on memory, childhood, weeds, death, freedom and the soft fur of a dog, Stephanie Radok discovers that, mostly, we are all at home everywhere in this world.


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
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