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  • SELF-PORTRAIT : A CULTURAL HISTORY
    SELF-PORTRAIT : A CULTURAL HISTORY
    HALL JAMES
    ISBN: 9780500292112
    Title: SELF-PORTRAIT : A CULTURAL HISTORY
    Author: HALL JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2015 NEW RELEASE

    In this broad cultural survey, James Hall brilliantly maps the history of self-portraiture, from the earliest myths of Narcissus and the Christian tradition of bearing witness to the prolific self-image-making of todays contemporary artists.

    Along the way he reveals the importance of the medieval mirror craze; the confessional self-portraits of Titian and Michelangelo; the role of biography for serial self-portraitists such as Courbet and van Gogh; themes of sex and genius in works by Munch and Bonnard; and the latest developments in our globalized age. Hall covers the full range of self-portraits, from comic and caricature self-portraits to invented or imaginary ones, and looks deeply into the worlds and mindsets of the artists who have created them.

    Offering a rich and lively history, this is an essential read for all those interested in this most enduringly popular and humane of art forms.

    Imprint: THAMES PUBLISHING
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • SHOCK OF THE NEW : ART AND THE CENTURY OF CHANGE
    SHOCK OF THE NEW : ART AND THE CENTURY OF CHANGE
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780500275825
    Title: SHOCK OF THE NEW : ART AND THE CENTURY OF CHANGE
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This legendary book has been universally hailed as the best, the most readable and the most provocative account of modern art ever written.

    Through each of the thematic chapters Hughes keeps his story grounded in the history of the 20th century, demonstrating how modernism sought to describe the experience of that era and showing how for many key art movements this was a task of vital importance.

    The way in which Hughes brings that vitality and immediacy back through the well-chosen example and well-turned phrase is the heart of this book's success.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • SHORT STORY OF ART : A Pocket Guide to Key Movements Works Themes and Techniques
    SHORT STORY OF ART : A Pocket Guide to Key Movements Works Themes and Techniques
    HODGE SUSIE
    ISBN: 9781780679686
    Title: SHORT STORY OF ART : A Pocket Guide to Key Movements Works Themes and Techniques
    Author: HODGE SUSIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Short Story of Art is a new and innovative introduction to the subject of art. Simply constructed, the book explores 50 key works, from the wall paintings of Lascaux to contemporary installations, and then links these to sections on art movements, themes and techniques. The design of the book allows the student or art enthusiast to easily navigate their way around key periods, artists and styles. Accessible and concise, it simplifies and explains the most important and influential concepts in art, and shows how they are connected. The book explains how, why and when art changed, who introduced certain things, what they were, where they were produced, and whether they matter. It demystifies artistic jargon, giving readers a thorough understanding and broad enjoyment of art.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • SICK ROSE : DISEASE AND THE ART OF MEDICAL ILLUSTRATION
    SICK ROSE : DISEASE AND THE ART OF MEDICAL ILLUSTRATION
    BARNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500517345
    Title: SICK ROSE : DISEASE AND THE ART OF MEDICAL ILLUSTRATION
    Author: BARNETT RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Presents a visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography. This volume combines detailed illustrations of afflicted patients from some of the worlds rarest medical books, that forms a profoundly human reminder of mankinds struggle with disease. It features historic maps, pioneering charts and contemporary case notes.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SKULL SOURCEBOOK
    SKULL SOURCEBOOK
    NOZEDAR ADELE
    ISBN: 9781631061585
    Title: SKULL SOURCEBOOK
    Author: NOZEDAR ADELE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Skull Sourcebook presents representative skull symbols from all around the world and provides intriguing context and art from throughout history.
    Delve deep into the ancient secrets of the skull and how the lasting icon affects the world today.

    You see them in your dreams. Representing death, mortality, or consciousness, Capuchin monks decorated with thousands, Shakespeare's Hamlet held one, Alexander McQueen made it a fashion statement, and you have your very own.

    Skulls are one of the oldest symbols of our world, rich with cultural resonance and significance. From the origins of the Aztec skull art and the Jolly Roger that was hoisted on pirate flags to the Sugar Skull on Mexico's Day of the Dead, skulls have a wealth of source history and of course, a long line of artistic tradition. Skull Sourcebook features hundreds of different skull images and artworks through history, and author Adele Nozedar deeply explores their iconic significance. Discover meanings, stories and lore behind the skull and ponder dozens of artistic examples of skulls in art, tattoos, music, literature, fashion and more. Accompanied by famous artists like Damien Hirst and George Ioannou, the Skull Sourcebook is a varied and eclectic collection of one of the world's most-recognized symbols.

    Imprint: ROCKPORT PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • SONGLINES : Tracking the Seven Sisters
    SONGLINES : Tracking the Seven Sisters
    NEALE MARGO
    ISBN: 9781921953293
    Title: SONGLINES : Tracking the Seven Sisters
    Author: NEALE MARGO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This book is a companion to the National Museum of Australia’s blockbuster Indigenous-led exhibition, Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters. It explores the history and meaning of songlines, the Dreaming or creation tracks that crisscross the Australian continent, of which the Seven Sisters songline is one of the most extensive. Through stunning artworks (many created especially for the exhibition), story, and in-depth analysis, the book will provide the definitive resource for those interested in finding out more about these complex pathways of spiritual, ecological, economic, cultural, and ontological knowledge — the stories ‘written in the land’.

    Imprint: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUST
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • STEPHEN BOWERS : BEYOND BRAVURA
    STEPHEN BOWERS : BEYOND BRAVURA
    MOON DAMON
    ISBN: 9781743052327
    Title: STEPHEN BOWERS : BEYOND BRAVURA
    Author: MOON DAMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the first major publication devoted to Stephen Bowers' craft. Mapping the artist's inspirations, influences and ideas, detailing the formation and development of his practice, this book discusses his creative techniques and methods, and explains the importance of his collaborative approach to making work. His career extends over 35 years.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • STEVE MCCURRY : Looking East
    STEVE MCCURRY : Looking East
    MCCURRY STEVE
    ISBN: 9780714876382
    Title: STEVE MCCURRY : Looking East
    Author: MCCURRY STEVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A selection of striking portraits by award-winning photographer Steve McCurry.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • STORY OF ART
    STORY OF ART
    GOMBRICH
    ISBN: 9780714833552
    Title: STORY OF ART
    Author: GOMBRICH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most famous and popular books on art ever written.

    The Story of Art, one of the most famous and popular books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for over four decades. Attracted by the simplicity and clarity of his writing, readers of all ages and backgrounds have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, and one who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating his deep love of the subject.

    The Story of Art has always been admired for two key qualities: it is a pleasure to read and a pleasure to handle. In these respects the new edition is true to its much-loved predecessors: the text runs as smoothly as ever and the improved illustrations are always on the page where the reader needs them. In its new edition, this classic work continues its triumphant progress tirelessly for yet another generation, to remain the title of first choice for any newcomer to art or the connoisseur.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $85.00

    Price: $85.00
  • STORY OF ART
    STORY OF ART
    GOMBRICH E H
    ISBN: 9780714832470
    Title: STORY OF ART
    Author: GOMBRICH E H
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Story of Art, one of the most famous and popular books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for over four decades. Attracted by the simplicity and clarity of his writing, readers of all ages and backgrounds have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, and one who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating his deep love of the subject.

    For the first time in many years the book has been completely redesigned. The illustrations, now in colour throughout, have all been improved and reoriginated, and include six fold-outs. The text has been revised and updated where appropriate, and a number of significant new artists have been incorporated. The bibliographies have been expanded and updated, and the maps and charts redrawn.

    The Story of Art has always been admired for two key qualities: it is a pleasure to read and a pleasure to handle. In these respects the new edition is true to its much-loved predecessors: the text runs as smoothly as ever and the improved illustrations are always on the page where the reader needs them.

    In its new edition, this classic work continues its triumphant progress tirelessly for yet another generation, to remain the title of first choice for any newcomer to art or the connoisseur.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • STORY OF ART  -  POCKET EDITION
    STORY OF ART - POCKET EDITION
    GOMBRICH E H
    ISBN: 9780714847030
    Title: STORY OF ART - POCKET EDITION
    Author: GOMBRICH E H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Story of Art, one of the most famous and popular books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for over half a century. Attracted by the simplicity and clarity of his writing, readers of all ages and backgrounds have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating his deep love of the subject.

    For this new, compact edition The Story of Art has been completely redesigned, giving a fresh perspective to Gombrich's well-loved text. The illustrations, collected together in a separate section towards the back of the book for easy reference, vividly illustrate the lively and engaging narrative and are in colour throughout.

    The Story of Art has always been admired for two key qualities: it is a pleasure to read and a pleasure to handle. In these respects the pocket edition is no exception, combining smoothly flowing text with a clear, simple design in a convenient and accessible format. The new edition allows this classic work to continue its triumphant progress for another generation, and to remain the title of first choice for all newcomers to art.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • STORY OF THE FACE : The Magazine that Changed Culture
    STORY OF THE FACE : The Magazine that Changed Culture
    GORMAN PAUL
    ISBN: 9780500293478
    Title: STORY OF THE FACE : The Magazine that Changed Culture
    Author: GORMAN PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A landmark publication offering a definitive overview of one of the most influential transatlantic magazines produced in the 1980s and 1990s

    Launched by NME editor and Smash Hits creator Nick Logan in 1980, The Face became an icon of “style culture,” the benchmark for the latest trends in art, design, fashion, photography, film, and music being defined by a thriving youth culture.

    The Story of The Face tracks the exciting highs and calamitous lows of the life of the magazine in two parts. Part one focuses on the rise of the magazine in the 1980s, highlighting its striking visual identity?embodied by Neville Brody’s era-defining graphic designs, Nick Knight’s dramatic fashion photography, and the “Buffalo” styling of Ray Petr? and its unflinching approach to journalism. Contributors included a host of writers who subsequently made their impact in the wider world, from Julie Burchill, Robert Elms, Tony Parsons, and James Truman to Jon Savage, Richard Benson, and Sheryl Garratt.

    Part two shows how in the 1990s, after surviving a disastrous Jason Donovan libel suit, the magazine heralded the post-acid house era of Britpop and Brit Art. However, after the magazine had become the engine of the booming British magazine industry, the end of this decade also saw the eventual demise of The Face. Including an introduction by Dylan Jones, The Story of The Face is an engaging behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of one of the 80s and 90s’ most influential music and style publications.
    440+ illustrations in color and black and white

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • STREET ART AUSTRALIA
    STREET ART AUSTRALIA
    CHAMBERLIN LOU
    ISBN: 9781741174847
    Title: STREET ART AUSTRALIA
    Author: CHAMBERLIN LOU
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    As you walk down the street in cities and towns across Australia from Perth to Benalla, Toowoomba to Melbourne, you might stumble across a seven-storey-high painting of a woman's face on a building; a giant echnida painted onto a wall; a tiny paste-up on the back of a telegraph pole. This glimpse of art on an otherwise dull street both transports and intrigues you: who was the artist? What is the story behind the painting?

    Street art photographer Lou Chamberlin is following on from the success of her book Street Art: Melbourne with Street Art: Australia, a celebration of street art across the country, featuring the art, artists and collaborations who have shaped the street art scene in Australia over the past 10 years. You might find some recognisable artists and faces in the book, as Lou takes us, lens by lens, on an epic journey across the most exciting art in the country.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $44.95

    Price: $44.95
  • STREET ART INTERNATIONAL
    STREET ART INTERNATIONAL
    CHAMBERLIN LOU
    ISBN: 9781741174854
    Title: STREET ART INTERNATIONAL
    Author: CHAMBERLIN LOU
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is street art – on an international scale. Lou Chamberlin travelled from Warsaw to London, Tokyo to New York, Melbourne to Santiago in search of the world's most interesting and intriguing street art and the artists behind these walls. Her photographs capture these works at a moment in time, documenting and celebrating the ever-changing street art scene. This book features work by some of the biggest artists working in street art today, from Stik, Shep Fairey, Phlegm and local artists like Rone and Adnate. Lou offers insight into the collaborations and styles behind each work.


    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • STREETS OF PAPUNYA : THE REINVENTION OF PAPUNYA PAINTING
    STREETS OF PAPUNYA : THE REINVENTION OF PAPUNYA PAINTING
    JOHNSON VIVIEN
    ISBN: 9781742232430
    Title: STREETS OF PAPUNYA : THE REINVENTION OF PAPUNYA PAINTING
    Author: JOHNSON VIVIEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary art comes from the daughters of the ground-breaking Papunya Tula artists of the 1970s, the founding fathers of the desert art movement. Streets of Papunya is the story of the women painters of Papunya today, rising stars of a new art centre called Papunya Tjupi Arts. Among them are some of the first women in the desert to join the original Papunya art movement, who continue Papunya’s rich history as the birthplace of contemporary Indigenous art. Western Desert art expert Vivien Johnson reveals the whole history of Papunya as a site of art production, from Albert Namatjira’s final paintings, executed in Papunya days before his death in 1959, through Papunya’s glory days of the 1970s and ‘80s, the dark time when it was known as ‘carpetbagging capital of the desert’ to its inspirational renaissance, as its leading painters reinvent Papunya painting for the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • STUFFED ANIMALS : A Modern Guide to Taxidermy
    STUFFED ANIMALS : A Modern Guide to Taxidermy
    ANANTHARAMAN DIVYA
    ISBN: 9781581573329
    Title: STUFFED ANIMALS : A Modern Guide to Taxidermy
    Author: ANANTHARAMAN DIVYA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A quirky, timely and disturbingly beautiful how-to taxidermy guide, emphasising ethical sourcing and personal expression.

    A mix of art, science and a touch of alchemy, taxidermy lets you engage with the natural world in ways most other people don’t. In Stuffed Animals, “rogue” taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato demystify the practice, shatter the gross stereotypes and make taxidermy accessible to anyone, anywhere. Committed to ethical and sustainable sourcing, Anantharaman and Innamorato are part of the vanguard of taxidermists who bring a sense of fun and experimentation to this old-school hobby. In their sold-out classes in Brooklyn, they teach hundreds of taxidermy novices how to create mantle-worthy pieces out of small birds and mammals. Both a how-to manual and a strangely captivating gift book, Stuffed Animals is the definitive guide to a growing DIY movement.

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $38.95

    Price: $38.95
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