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  • TO PAINT A WAR : The Lives of the Australian Artists Who Painted the Great War 1914-18
    TO PAINT A WAR : The Lives of the Australian Artists Who Painted the Great War 1914-18
    TRAVERS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500500903
    Title: TO PAINT A WAR : The Lives of the Australian Artists Who Painted the Great War 1914-18
    Author: TRAVERS RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Lives of the Australian Artists who Painted the Great War, 1914-18

    Richard Travers, the author of Diggers in France: Australian Soldiers on the Western Front, now turns his attention to the Australians who painted the Great War. In To Paint a War he follows artists such as Tom Roberts, Grace Cossington Smith, Hilda Rix Nicholas, Arthur Streeton and George Coates – detailing how they left Australia in search of inspiration and fame in London and Paris and lived enviable lives suddenly interrupted by the outbreak of war.

    To Paint A War is the story of their response to the crisis. Their work, in all its richness and variety, is a sweeping painterly chronicle of the war, and a vital part of Australia’s heritage.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • TRACEY MOFFATT - MY HORIZON
    TRACEY MOFFATT - MY HORIZON
    KING NATALIE
    ISBN: 9780500500996
    Title: TRACEY MOFFATT - MY HORIZON
    Author: KING NATALIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The deeply personal and political work of internationally acclaimed Australian artist, Tracey Moffatt, published to accompany an exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale

    Tracey Moffatt is arguably Australia's most successful artist. She has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and is the recipient of the International Center of Photography's 2007 Infinity Award for Art. My Horizon is the first book on this esteemed artist in ten years. With all new work, including large-scale photography and film, this publication situates Moffatt's work in the international arena as an artist who consistently takes the tempo of our times.Moffatt has created highly stylized narratives and montage to explore a range of themes, including the complexities of interpersonal relationships, the curiousness of popular culture, and her own deeply felt childhood memories and fantasies.

    My Horizon will present a compendium of texts that reflect on the artist's highly political and personal fictions, allowing readers to ponder what might be over the horizon.
    Contributing authors include Germano Celant, Adrian Martin, Moira Roth, Susan Bright, Djon Mundine, Alexis Wright, and Romaine Moreton.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • VAN GOGH
    VAN GOGH
    ISBN: 9781786644817
    Title: VAN GOGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    Bringing the life and work of a truly unique artist to life, Van Gogh is a comprehensive guide to one of the most unconventional and highly original artists of the nineteenth century. Perhaps the most famous artist in the world, Vincent Van Gogh is perceived by many as the 'mad' artist, the man who painted in a frenzy or simply the tormented soul who cut off his ear. His artistic genius is often overshadowed by those who see his paintings as mere visual manifestations of his troubled mind. Whilst in part this may be true, in reality his innovative and unique artistic style was of enormous importance to a host of artists who followed in his wake. Even when openly influenced by his predecessors or contemporaries his art remained identifiably his own, developing a distinctive style that failed to be accepted by the art-buying public in his own lifetime. From his earliest watercolours depicting the plight of rural Dutch peasants, through his attempts to be accepted by the Parisian avant-garde, right up to his final paintings of the Auvers countryside, every aspect of his life is celebrated in this beautiful reference book.

    Imprint: FLAMETREE PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • VINCENTS STARRY NIGHT AND OTHER STORIES : A CHILDRENS HISTORY OF ART
    VINCENTS STARRY NIGHT AND OTHER STORIES : A CHILDRENS HISTORY OF ART
    BIRD MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781780676142
    Title: VINCENTS STARRY NIGHT AND OTHER STORIES : A CHILDRENS HISTORY OF ART
    Author: BIRD MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An enthralling journey through 40,000 years of art, from prehistoric cave paintings right up to the present day.

    Discover artists and their art around the world, in exciting and imaginative tales about artists and the way they created their work.

    Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and illustrated by Kate Evans, the book also features reproductions of the famous artworks discussed, a comprehensive timeline of events, and extra feature spreads on places connected with art.

    This is a beautiful and engaging introduction to art for any home or school library.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • WAYS OF CURATING
    WAYS OF CURATING
    OBRIST HANS ULRICH
    ISBN: 9780241950968
    Title: WAYS OF CURATING
    Author: OBRIST HANS ULRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What can curating help us do? Hans Ulrich Obrist is one of the most influential figures in the art world today. Drawing on his own experiences - from staging his first exhibition in his kitchen to encounters with artists, impresarios and thinkers, he shows us how curating allows us to create new futures.

    'Engaging, erudite, unapologetically personal . . . an entertaining explanation of why curating is a vital part of the arts today.' Ekow Eshun

    'Highly intelligent, thoughtful and thought-provoking. Obrist emerges as both scholarly and energetically engaged with the proliferation of ideas in modern culture.' Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times

    'Hans Ulrich Obrist is a passionate communicator.' Yoko Ono

    'A guru for young curators.' Independent



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • WES ANDERSON COLLECTION
    WES ANDERSON COLLECTION
    SEITZ MATT ZOLLER
    ISBN: 9780810997417
    Title: WES ANDERSON COLLECTION
    Author: SEITZ MATT ZOLLER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Wes Anderson is the most influential comedic voice from the past two decades of American cinema. A true auteur, his intimate involvement in each of his films; Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom, includes scriptwriting, set design, soundtrack selections and unit photography. Anderson's visual artistry, inimitable tone and idiosyncratic characterisations make each of his films instantly recognisable as "Andersonian."

    The Wes Anderson Collection is the first in-depth overview of Anderson's work, guiding readers through the life and career of one of the most talked-about contemporary filmmakers. Previously unpublished photos, artwork and ephemera complement a book-length interview between Anderson and award-winning film critic Matt Zoller Seitz, who offers insights into Anderson's creative process, influences, and the production of his films. These elements come together in a meticulously designed object in the spirit of Anderson's movies: melancholy and playful, wise and childish--and thoroughly original.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? 150 YEARS OF MODERN ART IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
    WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? 150 YEARS OF MODERN ART IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
    GOMPERTZ WILL
    ISBN: 9780241965993
    Title: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? 150 YEARS OF MODERN ART IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
    Author: GOMPERTZ WILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz on a dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art forever. You will learn: not all conceptual art is bollocks; Picasso is king (but Cézanne is better); Pollock is no drip; Dali painted with his moustache; a urinal changed the course of art; why your five year-old really couldn't do it. Refreshing, irreverent and always straightforward, What Are You Looking At? asks the basic questions that you were too afraid to ask.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • WOMEN OF INK : 16 INTERNATIONAL TATTOO ARTISTS
    WOMEN OF INK : 16 INTERNATIONAL TATTOO ARTISTS
    BANFALVI AKOS
    ISBN: 9780764349515
    Title: WOMEN OF INK : 16 INTERNATIONAL TATTOO ARTISTS
    Author: BANFALVI AKOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Become acquainted with 16 of the world's most talented and highly influential female tattoo artists through interviews and more than 600 photographs of their best work. Discover insights into their inspiration, artistic motifs, tattooing methods, and opinions on the state of tattoo culture today and the importance of social media and attending conventions worldwide. In a rare break from their hard work, these women reflect on their journeys toward achieving their dreams of becoming artists, and draw you into their universe of beauty and acceptance. Hailing from Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Minnesota, New York, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, and beyond, these dedicated professionals aren't bothered by the fact that men still outnumber women in today's international tattoo industry. In fact, they embrace the imbalance and focus their energies instead on perfecting their techniques and connecting with their loyal customers.

    Imprint: SCHIFFER PUBLISHING
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    BOLLMAN STEFAN
    ISBN: 9780789212566
    Title: WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    Author: BOLLMAN STEFAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An elegant survey of more than 70 works of art featuring women reading throughout time.

    What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries? Stefan Bollmann's 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous' explores this popular subject in more than 70 artworks—drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints—by iconic artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more. As the book's provocative title indicates, a woman reading was once viewed as radical. In chapters, such as "Intimate Moments" and "The Search for Oneself," Bollmann profiles how a woman with a book was once seen as idle or suspect and how women have gained autonomy through reading over the years. Bollmann offers intelligent and engaging commentary on each work of art in 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous', telling us who the subject is, her relationship to the artist, and even what she is reading. With works ranging from a 1333 Annunciation painting of the angel Gabriel speaking to the Virgin Mary, book in hand, to twentieth-century works, such as a stunning photograph of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, this appealing survey provides a veritable slideshow of the many iterations of a woman and her book—a compelling subject to this day.

    Imprint: ABBEVILLE PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WONDERLANDS : THE ILLUSTRATION ART OF ROBERT INGPEN
    WONDERLANDS : THE ILLUSTRATION ART OF ROBERT INGPEN
    INGPEN ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780642278975
    Title: WONDERLANDS : THE ILLUSTRATION ART OF ROBERT INGPEN
    Author: INGPEN ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Step into Robert Ingpen's magical world with this book of wonderful images that have made Robert a worldwide household name for childrens illustration. Here you will find his own autobiographical tales, illustrators notes, original sketches and illustrations from his award-winning publications.

    Robert leads us on his journeys into the wondrous landscapes of the classics he has so famously illustrated (Neverland, the Riverbank, Oz and Alices Wonderland) as well as into the magical landscapes of his own imagination and the more real but no less magical scenery of his own beloved Australia, and reveals the places, stories and people that inspired him along the way. Roberts astonishing creative vision has breathed life into more than one hundred books and delighted countless children around the world throughout his remarkable career as an illustrator. Wonderlands is a fitting celebration of Robert Ingpens work as a master illustrator and storyteller.

    Ingpens drawings are utterly compelling Michael Morpurgo Every brush-stroke of his beautifully conceived illustrations is a tribute to what is going on in the story.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WORLD ATLAS OF TATTOO
    WORLD ATLAS OF TATTOO
    FRIEDMAN ANNA FELICITY
    ISBN: 9780500517864
    Title: WORLD ATLAS OF TATTOO
    Author: FRIEDMAN ANNA FELICITY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2015 NEW RELEAS

    Lively and informative, The World Atlas of Tattoo is a superbly illustrated and compelling reference book that, through examining the meeting point between tattoo artists and their personal understanding of their environment, presents a well-informed and nuanced account of what has become a widespread art practice. Organized geographically, each section is introduced by a short historical overview of the types of tattooing traditionally practised in that area of the world, enabling the reader to trace historical threads in the careers of some of the profiled tattooers, as well as marvel at how other artists have managed to create novel forms of tattooing that transcend any previous context. The book also tracks the movement of styles from their indigenous settings to diasporic communities, where they have often been transformed into creative, multicultural, hybrid designs. Written by an international team of scholars, historians and journalists, this comprehensive atlas will enlighten and excite anyone who is passionate about tattoo art in its many forms worldwide.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • WORLD GOES POP
    WORLD GOES POP
    MORGAN JESSICA
    ISBN: 9781849762700
    Title: WORLD GOES POP
    Author: MORGAN JESSICA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The World Goes Pop explores the contemporaneous engagements with a spirit of pop throughout the globe, concentrating not only on the relatively well-covered activity in the US, UK and France but also on developments throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

    Imprint: TATE GALLERY
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
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