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  • 100 YEARS OF COLOUR : BEAUTIFUL IMAGES AND INSPIRATIONAL PALETTES FROM A CENTURY OF INNOVATIVE ART ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN
    100 YEARS OF COLOUR : BEAUTIFUL IMAGES AND INSPIRATIONAL PALETTES FROM A CENTURY OF INNOVATIVE ART ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN
    GREENWOOD KATIE
    ISBN: 9781781572849
    Title: 100 YEARS OF COLOUR : BEAUTIFUL IMAGES AND INSPIRATIONAL PALETTES FROM A CENTURY OF INNOVATIVE ART ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN
    Author: GREENWOOD KATIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Beautiful vintage colour palettes, created from delectable examples from the graphic arts, represent the story of colour in the 20th century

    This beautiful book features 100 carefully chosen images from the graphic arts, each representing a colour palette for every year of the 20th century. The images are taken from a variety of sources including magazines, book covers, adverts, posters, illustrations and postcards.

    A perfect source of inspiration for any professionals in the creative arts, the palettes taken from the images are displayed in a number of ratios, demonstrating the different effects achieved when altering the dominant colour. Ten palettes per decade gives an authentic overview of the colours and trends of an era, making this an ideal historical reference for anyone working in set or interior design, graphic design, illustrations or fashion. Not just a collection of pretty palettes, but a fascinating compendium of 20th-century imagery and artistic styles, this book aims to please the eye on more than one level.

    Imprint: ILEX
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 100 YEARS OF TATTOOS
    100 YEARS OF TATTOOS
    MCCOMB DAVID
    ISBN: 9781780674766
    Title: 100 YEARS OF TATTOOS
    Author: MCCOMB DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over the past century tattoo culture has emerged from the underground and hit the mainstream. From body art’s early association with sailors, convicts and sideshow acts to the current adoption of tattoo culture amongst celebrities, via the tattoo renaissance of the 1970s, this book reveals the entire history. Combining a wealth of visual material from across the many cultures and subcultures associated with tattoos, including fashion, music and art, with examples of some of the most exquisite tattoos ever inked, the book shows over 400 photographs, many published for the first time.

    This visual history forms a unique examination of the tattoo as a form of personal expression and will appeal to anyone with an interest in body art and social history, and to anyone planning a tattoo.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $43.00

    Price: $43.00
  • 50 MODERN ARTITS YOU SHOULD KNOW
    50 MODERN ARTITS YOU SHOULD KNOW
    WEIDERMANN CHRISTIANE
    ISBN: 9783791383385
    Title: 50 MODERN ARTITS YOU SHOULD KNOW
    Author: WEIDERMANN CHRISTIANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Now available in a new edition, this chronologically arranged volume covers a century and a half of masterpieces which beautifully capture the development of art in the modern age.

    Starting with James Abbott McNeill Whistler and ending with Matthew Barney, nearly every prominent figure in Modern art is represented in vibrant double-page spreads that show how these artists redefined norms and challenged tradition. Fascinating biographical and anecdotal information about each artist is provided alongside large reproductions of their most celebrated works, stunning details, and images of the artists themselves. From the Impressionists to the Surrealists, Cubists to Pop artists-readers will find a wealth of information as well as hours of enjoyment learning about one of the most popular and prolific periods in art history.

    Imprint: PRESTEL VERLAG
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 50 WOMEN ARTISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
    50 WOMEN ARTISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
    WEIDEMANN CHRISTIANE
    ISBN: 9783791383613
    Title: 50 WOMEN ARTISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
    Author: WEIDEMANN CHRISTIANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Now available in a new edition, this book offers more than 500 years of achievements in art by women.

    This beautifully produced, richly detailed, and comprehensive survey of fifty influential women artists from the Renaissance to the Post-Modern era details their vast contributions to the art world. From the Early Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the seventeenth-century illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian to Impressionist Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, and to modern icons such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois, the most important female artists are profiled in this book in chronologically arranged double-page spreads. There is a succinct biography for each artist, together with information outlining her accomplishments and influence, additional resources for further study, and, best of all, brilliant full-color reproductions of the artist's works. Packed with information, this stunning and absorbing book showcases the remarkable artistic contributions of women throughout history

    Imprint: PRESTEL VERLAG
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ADELAIDE : LIGHT AND STONE
    ADELAIDE : LIGHT AND STONE
    WESTON PAUL
    ISBN: 9780648151906
    Title: ADELAIDE : LIGHT AND STONE
    Author: WESTON PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    See wonderful Adelaide and its environs afresh, by both night and day. Enjoy the familiar scenes and discover the obscure in this expansive and insightful collection of images.

    Photographed by a local and printed locally, the journey through this book takes you to the heart of what people love about our city including its new iconic architecture, the many old stone buildings, its Botanic Gardens, white-sand beaches and beautiful surrounding countryside. All packed into a neat and high quality collector’s item for you, or a good friend


    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $40.91

    Price: $45.00
  • ADELAIDE NOIR
    ADELAIDE NOIR
    FRAYNE ALEX
    ISBN: 9781743053171
    Title: ADELAIDE NOIR
    Author: FRAYNE ALEX
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Three years ago photographer Alex Frayne set about reshaping the way South Australians see their state. Adelaide Noir was born. Alex's images of factories, playgrounds and shopping centres give voice to his darkly comic vision, seeking beauty in the mundane, and art wherever it may be found.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ADELAIDES JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1887-1888
    ADELAIDES JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1887-1888
    ISBN: 9781876906122
    Title: ADELAIDES JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1887-1888
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A history of the Adelaide's grand scale, international industrial exhibition, celebrating the 50th anniversary of settlement, and honoured Queen Victoria's jubilee. A riot of patriotism/imperialism riddled its course with the pomp and jingoism of the period. The purpose-built building, the six-month exhibition, and the uses and fate of the building complete this collective memory of a now-absent building. Containing contributions by thirty-seven historians it looks at the exhibition and its impact on South Australia.

    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • AFGHANISTAN
    AFGHANISTAN
    MCCURRY STEVE
    ISBN: 9783836569361
    Title: AFGHANISTAN
    Author: MCCURRY STEVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Afghanistan has long been a country overwhelmed by tribal rivalries, colonial wars, and geo-political conflict. The Afghans have called their mountains “the land of rebellion,” a land that has not been successfully occupied since the times of Alexander the Great. These invaders - Persians, Arabs, Moguls, Sikhs, British, Russians - may have been thwarted, but wandering through the bazaars of Kabul will attest to their legacy. In the people of Afghanistan, the genes of countless races meet and intermingle.

    Deep are the fissures in Afghan society; the schism between Sunni and Shia, the endemic violence across clans and tribes, and the blood feuds and rivalries within lineages. Yet born of such chaos and entrenched conflict are these most breathtaking of images.

    In this definitive retrospective of his work in Afghanistan,Steve McCurry has curated over 140 gripping images to present a torn, proud people, from the desert of Kandahar to the streets of Kabul and remote rivers of Nuristan. For almost four decades, McCurry traveled to the country regularly, documenting its people with a rare and disarming humanity. His most striking portrait Afghan Girl (1984) has graced the covers of magazines around the world, in equal parts haunting and evoking remarkable grace and dignity. In common with so much of McCurry’s work, it has a timeless, painterly quality?entirely at odds with the troubled region in which it was taken.

    McCurry has always been subjected to dangers that are an inevitable part of life “on the road” for photographers. He often ventured behind the lines, usually at great risk. His first trip to Afghanistan in 1979 involved him dressing in Afghan garb in order to be smuggled across the border from Pakistan. That journey into the treacherous, unpredictable landscape - territory controlled at various times by the Mujahideen, the Russians, and the Taliban - was one that McCurry would make numerous times. Many other photographers would follow in his footsteps, but none would return with such a flawless body of work.

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $99.99

    Price: $99.99
  • ALCOHOL : Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters
    ALCOHOL : Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters
    MURRAY DAMON
    ISBN: 9780993191152
    Title: ALCOHOL : Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters
    Author: MURRAY DAMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the acclaimed authors of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedias and Soviet Space Dogs comes Alcohol, a glorious and exhaustive collection of previously unpublished Soviet anti-alcohol posters. The book includes examples from the 1960s through to the 1980s, but focuses on posters produced during Mikhail Gorbachev’s campaign initiated in 1985. These posters attempted to sober up Soviet citizens by forcing them to confront the issues associated with excessive alcohol consumption. This government-led urgency allowed the poster designers to present the anti-alcohol message in the most graphic terms: they depicted drunks literally trapped inside the bottle or being strangled by “the green snake.” Their protagonists are paralytic freeloaders and shirkers who always neglect their families, drive under the influence, produce substandard work, are smashed when pregnant and present a constant danger to fellow citizens. A two-part essay by renowned cultural historian Alexei Plutser-Sarno attempts to explain, from a Russian perspective, the reasons behind this phenomenon.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ALL ANIMAL BEINGS
    ALL ANIMAL BEINGS
    DRAKE KEN
    ISBN: 9781742579290
    Title: ALL ANIMAL BEINGS
    Author: DRAKE KEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    All Animal Beings is a `coffee table book' containing beautiful photographs of the animals in our lives that we think we know best. Some of these animals we call family, some we call foe, some we call food. Animal lovers & photographic art connoisseurs alike will fall in love with this book.

    Imprint: NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ANATOMY OF COLOUR : The Story of Heritage Paints and Pigments
    ANATOMY OF COLOUR : The Story of Heritage Paints and Pigments
    BATY PATRICK
    ISBN: 9780500519332
    Title: ANATOMY OF COLOUR : The Story of Heritage Paints and Pigments
    Author: BATY PATRICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The history of paint and color in interior design, spanning a period of three centuries

    Why were primary colors popular in postwar kitchens? Why did the Art Deco era prefer clean lines and pastel shades? This comprehensive illustrated history of the use of color and paint in interior decoration answers these questions and many more.

    Drawing on his huge specialist archive, historian and paint expert Patrick Baty traces the evolution of pigments and paint colors together with color systems and standards, and he examines their impact on the color palettes used in interiors from the 1650s to the 1960s. He charts the creation in paint of the common and expensive colors made from traditional earth pigments between 1650 and 1799. He then explores the emergence of color systems and standards and their influence on paint colors together with the effect of industrialized production on the texture and durability of paints. Finally, Baty turns his attention to twentieth-century color standards. Woven throughout the authoritative and revealing text are specially commissioned photographs of pages from rare color reference books.

    Reproductions of interiors from home decor books, dating from every era, are included throughout, highlighting the distinctive color trends and styles of painting particular to each period.


    1100 illustrations, 1000 in color

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • ANDY GOLDSWORTHY : EPHEMERAL WORKS 2004-2014
    ANDY GOLDSWORTHY : EPHEMERAL WORKS 2004-2014
    GOLDSWORTHY ANDY
    ISBN: 9781419717796
    Title: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY : EPHEMERAL WORKS 2004-2014
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY ANDY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On an almost daily basis, Andy Goldsworthy makes art using the materials and conditions he encounters wherever he is, be it the land around his Scottish home, the mountain regions of France or Spain, or the pavements of New York City, Glasgow, or Rio de Janeiro. Out of earth, rocks, leaves, ice, snow, rain, sunlight, and shadow he creates works that exist briefly before they are altered and erased by natural processes. They are documented in his photographs, and their larger meanings are bound up with the forces that they embody: materiality, temporality, growth, vitality, permanence, decay, chance, labour, and memory.

    Ephemeral Works features approximately 200 of these works, selected by Goldsworthy from thousands he has made between 2001 and the present and arranged in chronological sequence, capturing his creative process as it interacts with material, place, and the passage of time and seasons.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $90.00

    Price: $90.00
  • ANDY GOLDSWORTHY : PROJECTS
    ANDY GOLDSWORTHY : PROJECTS
    GOLDSWORTHY ANDY
    ISBN: 9781419722226
    Title: ANDY GOLDSWORTHY : PROJECTS
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY ANDY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andy Goldsworthy: Projects presents more than 40 of the artist’s recent large-scale sculptural work from around the world. Using local materials—including stone, clay, and wood—Goldsworthy’s projects are inspired by and interact with the natural landscape. Each project subjects Goldsworthy’s ideas about the work to the brute facts and forces of nature: sunlight, sedimentation, tides, erosion, extremes of heat and cold, and plant growth and decay. Situated mostly throughout Europe and the United States, Goldsworthy’s projects are as beautiful as they are thought-provoking. Each one is accompanied with notes by the artist, and many have not been published previously.

    Andy Goldsworthy: Projects is a companion volume to Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works (2015).

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $89.99
  • ANDY WARHOL : Polaroids
    ANDY WARHOL : Polaroids
    WOODARD RICHARD B
    ISBN: 9783836569385
    Title: ANDY WARHOL : Polaroids
    Author: WOODARD RICHARD B
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Andy Warhol was a relentless chronicler of life and its encounters. Carrying a Polaroid camera from the late 1950s until his death in 1987, he amassed a huge collection of instant pictures of friends, lovers, patrons, the famous, the obscure, the scenic, the fashionable, and himself. Created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, this book features hundreds of these instant photos. Portraits of celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Nicholson, Yves Saint Laurent, Pela , Debbie Harry are included alongside images of WarholÂ's entourage and high life, landscapes, and still lifes from Cabbage Patch dolls to the iconic soup cans. Often raw and impromptu, the Polaroids document WarholÂ's era like Instagram captures our own, offering a unique record of the life, world, and vision behind the Pop Art maestro and modernist giant. Â The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $85.00

    Price: $85.00
  • ANIMAL : A Beastly Compendium
    ANIMAL : A Beastly Compendium
    REMI MATHIS AND VALERIE SUEUR-HERMEL
    ISBN: 9781474274944
    Title: ANIMAL : A Beastly Compendium
    Author: REMI MATHIS AND VALERIE SUEUR-HERMEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This sumptuous book presents a selection of over one hundred stunning artworks, depicting animals real and mythical, from the prints and photography collections of the Biblioth que nationale de France.

    The work opens with a preface from celebrated cultural historian Michel Pastoureau, who considers the symbolic importance of animals to our dreams and imagination. Each image is accompanied by a commentary from one of the BnF 's expert editorial team of curators and archivists, which provides information on the natural and symbolic history of the creature depicted. Featured artworks include such masterpieces as Manet's cats, a carp by Hiroshige and Matisse's swan.

    This is a truly beautiful and authoritative collection of some of the most recognisable and accomplished works of animal-themed art, from the medieval period to the present day.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • ANNIE LEIBOVITZ PORTRAITS : 2005-2016
    ANNIE LEIBOVITZ PORTRAITS : 2005-2016
    LEIBOVITZ ANNIE
    ISBN: 9780714875132
    Title: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ PORTRAITS : 2005-2016
    Author: LEIBOVITZ ANNIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this new collection from Annie Leibovitz, one of the most influential photographers of our time, iconic portraits sit side by side never-before-published photographs. Afterword by Annie Leibovitz.

    Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 is the photographer's follow-up to her two landmark books, Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, 1970-1990 and A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005. In this new collection, Leibovitz has captured the most influential and compelling figures of the last decade in the style that has made her one of the most beloved talents of our time. Each of the photographs documents contemporary culture with an artist's eye, wit, and an uncanny ability to personalize even the most recognizable and distinguished figures.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $120.00

    Price: $120.00
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