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  • THIS IS WARHOL
    THIS IS WARHOL
    INGRAM CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781780670140
    Title: THIS IS WARHOL
    Author: INGRAM CATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andy Warhol, the iconic Pop artist, presented himself as the vacuous, dumb kid, famously saying, 'If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintingsand there I am. This book penetrates the surface and explores Warhols art from his beginnings as a commercial artist to his apotheosis as a society portrait painter.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • 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
  • UNGRATEFUL MAMMALS
    UNGRATEFUL MAMMALS
    EGGERS DAVE
    ISBN: 9781419724633
    Title: UNGRATEFUL MAMMALS
    Author: EGGERS DAVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the beloved, award-winning writer, a provocative collection of his animal-themed artwork.

    Eggers is one of the most notable writers of his generation, recognized for such bestsell­ing and critically acclaimed books as A Hologram for the King, What Is the What, and The Circle. Before he embarked on his writing career, Eggers was classically trained as a draftsman and painter. He then spent many years as a professional illus­trator and graphic designer before turning to writ­ing full-time. More recently, in order to raise money for ScholarMatch, his college-access nonprofit, he returned to visual art, and the results have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the country. Usually involving the pairing of an animal with humorous or biblical text, the results are wry, oddly anthropomorphic tableaus that create a very entertaining and eccentric body of work from one of today’s leading culture makers.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • VITAMIN C
    VITAMIN C
    LILLEY CLAIRE
    ISBN: 9780714874609
    Title: VITAMIN C
    Author: LILLEY CLAIRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A global survey of 100 of today's most important clay and ceramic artists, chosen by leading art world professionals.

    Vitamin C celebrates the revival of clay as a material for contemporary visual artists, featuring a wide range of global talent as selected by the world's leading curators, critics, and art professionals. Clay and ceramics have in recent years been elevated from craft to high art material, with the resulting artworks being coveted by collectors and exhibited in museums around the world. Packed with illustrations, Vitamin C is a vibrant and incredibly timely survey - the first of its kind.

    Artists include: Caroline Achaintre, Ai Weiwei, Aaron Angell, Edmund de Waal, Theaster Gates, Marisa Merz, Ron Nagle, Gabriel Orozco, Grayson Perry, Sterling Ruby, Thomas Schütte, Richard Slee, Clare Twomey, Jesse Wine, and Betty Woodman.

    Nominators include: Pablo Leon de la Barra, Iwona Blazwick, Mary Ceruti, Dan Fox, Jens Hoffmann, Christine Macel, James Meyer, Jed Morse, Beatrix Ruf, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Nancy Spector, Sheena Wagstaff, and Jonathan Watkins.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $79.95
  • WAR AND ART : A Visual History of Modern Conflict
    WAR AND ART : A Visual History of Modern Conflict
    BOURKE JOANNA
    ISBN: 9781780238463
    Title: WAR AND ART : A Visual History of Modern Conflict
    Author: BOURKE JOANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    This sumptuously illustrated volume, edited by eminent war historian Joanna Bourke, offers a comprehensive visual, cultural and historical account of the ways in which armed conflict has been represented in art. Covering the last two centuries, the book shows how the artistic portrayal of war has changed, from a celebration of heroic exploits to a more modern, truthful depiction of warfare and its consequences. Featuring illustrations by artists including Paul Nash, Judy Chicago, Pablo Picasso, Melanie Friend, Francis Bacon, Kathe Kollwitz, Yves Klein, Robert Rauschenberg, Dora Meeson, Otto Dix and many others, as well as those who are often overlooked, such as children, women, non-European artists and prisoners of war, this extensive survey is a fitting and timely contribution to the understanding, memory and commemoration of war, and will appeal to a wide audience interested in warfare, art, history or politics.

    Imprint: REAKTION BOOKS
    RRP: $99.99

    Price: $99.99
  • 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
  • WHITELEY ON TRIAL
    WHITELEY ON TRIAL
    COSLOVICH GABRIELLA
    ISBN: 9780522869231
    Title: WHITELEY ON TRIAL
    Author: COSLOVICH GABRIELLA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It was a cause célèbre: the biggest case of alleged art fraud to come before the Australian criminal justice system, a $4.5 million sting drawing in one of the country’s most gifted and ultimately tragic artists, Brett Whiteley, a heroin addict who died alone in 1992.

    It started with suspicions raised about artworks being produced in the style of Whiteley in a Melbourne art restorer’s studio. Secret photographs were taken as the paintings took form.

    A jury finds two men guilty of faking Whiteleys, but a year later the appeal bench sensationally acquits them. The paintings are returned to their owners, leaving the legitimacy of the artworks in limbo.

    Whiteley on Trial investigates this remarkable case and exposes the avarice of the art world, the disdain for connoisseurship and the fragility of authenticity.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WISE TREES
    WISE TREES
    COOK DIANE
    ISBN: 9781419727009
    Title: WISE TREES
    Author: COOK DIANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Leading landscape photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel present Wise Trees—a stunning photography book containing more than 50 historical trees with remarkable stories from around the world.

    Supported by grants from the Expedition Council of the National Geographic Society, Cook and Jenshel spent two years traveling to fifty-nine sites across five continents to photograph some of the world’s most historic and inspirational trees. Trees, they tell us, can live without us, but we cannot live without them. Not only do trees provide us with the oxygen we breathe, food gathered from their branches, and wood for both fuel and shelter, but they have been essential to the spiritual and cultural life of civilizations around the world.

    From Luna, the Coastal Redwood in California that became an international symbol when activist Julia Butterfly Hill sat for 738 days on a platform nestled in its branches to save it from logging, to the Bodhi Tree, the sacred fig in India that is a direct descendent of the tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment, Cook and Jenshel reveal trees that have impacted and shaped our lives, our traditions, and our feelings about nature. There are also survivor trees, including a camphor tree in Nagasaki that endured the atomic bomb, an American elm in Oklahoma City, and the 9/11 Survivor Tree, a Callery pear at the 9/11 Memorial. All of the trees were carefully selected for their role in human dramas.

    This project both reflects and inspires awareness of the enduring role of trees in nurturing and sheltering humanity. Photographers, environmentalists, history buffs, and nature-lovers alike will appreciate the extraordinary stories found within the pages of Wise Trees!

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • 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
  • WORLD ATLAS OF STREET ART AND GRAFFITI
    WORLD ATLAS OF STREET ART AND GRAFFITI
    SCHACTER RAFAEL
    ISBN: 9781781317211
    Title: WORLD ATLAS OF STREET ART AND GRAFFITI
    Author: SCHACTER RAFAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Painted murals first appeared in Latin America in the early 20th century; in the 1950s, spray-can graffiti associated with Latino gangs followed, notably the 'cholo' graffiti of Los Angeles. Today, street art has travelled to nearly every corner of the globe, evolving into a highly complex and ornate art form. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti is the definitive survey of international street art, focusing on the world's most influential urban artists and artworks. Since the lives and works of urban artists are inextricably linked to specific streets and places, this beautifully illustrated volume features specially commissioned 'city artworks' that provide an intimate understanding of these metropolitan landscapes.
    Organized geographically by country and city, more than 100 of today's most important street artists - including Espo in New York, Shepard Fairey in Los Angeles, Os Gemeos in Brazil, and Anthony Lister in Australia - are profiled alongside key examples of their work. The evolution of street art and graffiti within each region is also chronicled, providing essential historical context. With contributions by the foremost authorities on street art and graffiti, this landmark publication provides a nuanced understanding of a widespread contemporary art practice. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti emphasises urban art's powerful commitment to a spontaneous creativity that is inherently connected to the architecture of the metropolis.


    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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