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  • ART OF MOVEMENT
    ART OF MOVEMENT
    BROWAR KEN
    ISBN: 9780316318587
    Title: ART OF MOVEMENT
    Author: BROWAR KEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE ART OF MOVEMENT is an exquisitely designed, beautifully produced book that captures the movement, flow, energy, and grace of many of the most accomplished dancers in the world. These are the artists, from all walks of life, who are defining dance today. Here they are frozen in time in the most exquisite poses, and yet there's a feeling of movement in every photograph that makes the appear to be dancing across the pages. Accompanying the photographs are intimate and inspiring words from the dancers, as well as from choreographers and artistic directors, on what dance means to them.

    Dance is experiencing an unprecedented moment in popular culture. THE ART OF MOVEMENT is the perfect book for newly avid fans, as well as long-time lovers of dance.

    Imprint: BLACK DOG LEVENTHAL
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • ART OF THE BIBLE : ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE MEDIEVAL WORLD
    ART OF THE BIBLE : ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE MEDIEVAL WORLD
    MCKENDRICK SCOT
    ISBN: 9780500239476
    Title: ART OF THE BIBLE : ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE MEDIEVAL WORLD
    Author: MCKENDRICK SCOT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    For two millennia the Bible has inspired the creation of extraordinary art. Within this history illuminated biblical manuscripts are among the best tools for understanding early Christian painting and artistic interpretations of the Bible.

    This extensively illustrated new book, compiled and written by two internationally renowned experts, transports readers, by way of forty-five featured manuscripts, across the globe and through 1,000 years of history. Passing chronologically through many of the major centers of the Christian world, from Constantinople and imperial Aachen to Canterbury, Mozarabic Spain, Crusader Jerusalem, northern Iraq, Paris, London, Bologna, and Rome, Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle shed light on some of the finest but least-known paintings from the Middle Ages, and on the development of art, literature, and civilization as we know it.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $120.00

    Price: $120.00
  • ART OF THE CON
    ART OF THE CON
    AMORE ANTHONY M
    ISBN: 9781250108609
    Title: ART OF THE CON
    Author: AMORE ANTHONY M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate.

    The Art of the Con by Anthony Amore tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons, frauds, and forgeries. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a conceptual prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; the use of online and television auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. For some, it's an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARTLESS : ART AND ILLUSTRATION BY SIMPLE MEANS
    ARTLESS : ART AND ILLUSTRATION BY SIMPLE MEANS
    VALLI MARC
    ISBN: 9781780678535
    Title: ARTLESS : ART AND ILLUSTRATION BY SIMPLE MEANS
    Author: VALLI MARC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2016 NEW RELEASE

    Artless presents some of the most compelling images created by contemporary artists and illustrators using the simplest of tools, such as color pencils, crayons, watercolor, scissors, and glue.

    Work produced in this manner represents a growing and particularly resilient trend in the visual arts world. Through individual interviews with over 50 artists, Artless looks at how and why these particular artists find the intimate connection between the unassuming tools they use and the art thus created so enthralling. For creator and viewer alike there seems to be a particular kind of pleasure to be had in short-circuiting the sophisticated and often elusive strategies of contemporary art in favor of something disarmingly uncomplicated.

    This book divides the artists' work in terms of the techniques they use, from color pencils and pens to ceramics and mixed media, with some artists mixing these techniques digitally. The end results are images imbued with a great sense of fun and spontaneity.


    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • AUSTRALIANA TO ZEITGEIST : An A-Z of Contemporary Australian Art
    AUSTRALIANA TO ZEITGEIST : An A-Z of Contemporary Australian Art
    LOUGHNAN MELISSA
    ISBN: 9780500500897
    Title: AUSTRALIANA TO ZEITGEIST : An A-Z of Contemporary Australian Art
    Author: LOUGHNAN MELISSA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Many critics have traditionally dismissed Australian art as derivative. Australiana to Zeitgeist offers an immersive look at a new breed of early career Australian artists proving them wrong. Championing underrepresented and often, unrepresented up-and-comers, it delves into the various themes shaping the Australian psyche and showcases not only contemporary artists, but artists who are making work that is new and relevant. From a range of disciplines and working across multiple mediums, these rising stars are making waves here and offshore and setting the direction for generations to follow. From Australiana to Zeitgeist with Kitsch, Land Art and Xerox in between, this book brings together the work of 78 dynamic Australian artists you need to know, now.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AVEDONS FRANCE : Old World New Look
    AVEDONS FRANCE : Old World New Look
    RUBIN ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781419726002
    Title: AVEDONS FRANCE : Old World New Look
    Author: RUBIN ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An intimate portrait of Avedon's lifelong engagement with the culture, art, literature, cinema, and fashion of France

    Exploring Richard Avedon’s fascination with France, Avedon’s France brings together a collection of spectacular photographs; selected interviews, letters, publications, and writings (including new material from the Avedon Foundation archives); and substantive essays by the authors.

    In addition to five portfolios of French sitters spanning a lifetime of portraiture, it looks at Avedon’s apprenticeship to his mentor, Alexei Brodovitch; his encounters with French fashion; his idealized version of Paris in the movie Funny Face; his fresh take on the belle epoque in his book on Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Diary of a Century; and his fruitful association with the magazine Egoïste later in his life.

    Avedon’s France offers a full account of Avedon’s restless pursuit of new ways of looking at the world, and it reveals a master image maker, a true artist for his time.


    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • A-Z  GREAT MODERN ARTISTS
    A-Z GREAT MODERN ARTISTS
    TUOHY ANDY
    ISBN: 9781844037803
    Title: A-Z GREAT MODERN ARTISTS
    Author: TUOHY ANDY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A fun introduction to the world of modern artists, from Albers to Zox, via Basquiat, Kahlo, Warhol and more.

    A striking, design-led reference book, A-Z GREAT MODERN ARTISTS features Andy Tuohy's portraits of 52 key modern artists, rendered in each artist's own characteristic style - including Aleksandr Rodchenko in trademark green and red, Andy Warhol as a classic repeated print, and Marc Quinn as a frozen blood head in a box.With text by art historian Christopher Masters, each artist's entry will also have a summary of the essential things you need to know about the artist; their biographical details, why they're so significant, where you can find their works today, and a surprising fact or two about them as well as reproductions of key works.Whether you're already an art expert, or looking for a helpful cheat to navigating around a gallery, you'll love this guide to global artists of the modern age.

    Imprint: CASSELL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • B IS FOR BAUHAUS : AN A-Z OF THE MODERN WORLD
    B IS FOR BAUHAUS : AN A-Z OF THE MODERN WORLD
    SUDJIC DEYAN
    ISBN: 9780718199517
    Title: B IS FOR BAUHAUS : AN A-Z OF THE MODERN WORLD
    Author: SUDJIC DEYAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Design is a unique way of understanding the world around us.

    This book is an essential tool kit for decoding contemporary culture. It's about what makes a Warhol a genuine fake, the beauty of the jumbo jet, the notion of authenticity, Hitchcock's film sets, the success of Ikea, the creation of national identity, the mania to collect and the value of imperfection. It's about how we see the modern world.

    'A master class in musing on modern design . . . a subject nobody writes better about than Sudjic.' David Sexton, Evening Standard

    'Written with a natural fluidity, with authority.' Design Week

    'Combining Sudjic's obsessive attention to obscure detail with a pop culture-honed eye for influence and connection, B is a handbook of why things are the way they are.' Jonathan Bell, Wallpaper*

    'Brilliant, wide-ranging and engrossing.' Philippa Stockley, Evening Standard



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BIRD KING AND OTHER SKETCHES
    BIRD KING AND OTHER SKETCHES
    TAN SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781922081575
    Title: BIRD KING AND OTHER SKETCHES
    Author: TAN SHAUN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The bird king, the anthropologists, the thing in the bathroom, the paraffin-oil koala, the secret birthday party…what do they all have in common? Nothing! Except for the fact that they all come from the sketchbooks of Shaun Tan, acclaimed creator of The Lost Thing, the Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia. Also selected by the artist are preliminary drawings for book, film and theatre projects, portrait and landscape studies, along with pages from travelling notebooks. All off a special insight into the daydreams of a celebrated author an illustrator.

    Imprint: WINDY HOLLOW BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BIRDLAND
    BIRDLAND
    JEFFREYS LEILA
    ISBN: 9780733631061
    Title: BIRDLAND
    Author: JEFFREYS LEILA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In Birdland, Australian fine-art photographer Leila Jeffreys presents us with a bird-watching experience like no other, drawing birds out from their leafy shadows and airy territories and presenting them to us with the skill and intricate detail of a portrait painter. The result is a stunning encounter with some of the world's most beautiful birds.

    On display are fine feathers of all types-eagles in burnished battle armor, cotton candy-pink cockatoos, owls in spangled evening wear, and the finches and parrots who couldn't settle for just one or two colours, so chose the whole palette instead.

    Captured in a moment of stillness, Jeffreys's feathered sitters reveal qualities and features that invite human projection. Meet the sociable gang-gang cockatoos Commander and Mrs. Skyring, always up for a soir e; the dignified and kingly black kite Fenrick; and the adorably gamine Pepper, a southern boobook owl with impossibly huge eyes and irresistibly cute skinny legs.

    Sydney-based Jeffreys works with animal rescue and conservation groups to create her portraits. Her love and compassion for her subjects is evident throughout, and every bird has a story, which Jeffreys shares in a profile of nearly every species in the back of the book.

    There are working birds, like Soren, the wedge-tailed eagle, who patrols areas to prevent cockatoos from damaging buildings and lorikeets from overindulging on sugar on hotel balconies; Blue, the orange-bellied parrot who is part of a breeding program to increase the population of this critically endangered species; and Sirocco, New Zealand's kakapo conversation superstar.

    Birdland invites us to rediscover birds, to gaze unhindered, and to marvel at their many-splendored glory.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BIRDS : THE ART OF ORNITHOLOGY
    BIRDS : THE ART OF ORNITHOLOGY
    ELPHICK JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760110109
    Title: BIRDS : THE ART OF ORNITHOLOGY
    Author: ELPHICK JONATHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Birds tells the remarkable story of bird art through the ages - from the earliest images of birds, through the age of exploration, to the present day.

    This beautiful books tells the story of the development of bird art through the ages. It range from the early decorative - but often fanciful - images of birds, through more accurate portrayals resulting from exploration and an increasing knowledge of the world's avifauna, to modern attempts at capturing these, the freest of all creatures.Birds contains an outstanding selection of images from the unrivalled collection of the Natural History Museum in London, some of which have never been reproduced before, and includes exquisitely crafted works from some of the most famous natural-history artists.The lively text interweaves fascinating ornithological information with accounts of the lives of the artists, details of the development of the techniques they used and a critical appraisal of their achievements.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9781509512089
    Title: BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who has not had the frightening experience of stumbling around in the pitch black?

    As a child, Alain Badiou went through it when he, along with friends, made up a game called On the stroke of midnight. The furtive discovery of the dark continent of sex in banned magazines, the beauty of black ink on paper, but also the mysteries of the universe and the grief of mourning: these are some of the things we encounter as the philosopher takes us on a trip through the private theater of his mind, at the whim of his memories.

    Music, painting, politics, sex, and metaphysics: all contribute to making black more luminous than it has ever been.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $21.95

    Price: $21.95
  • BOAT
    BOAT
    GRIFFITHS SIMON
    ISBN: 9781921383403
    Title: BOAT
    Author: GRIFFITHS SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Boat - a vessel for escape, adventure, trade and travel. This mode of transport is one of infinite variety and inspires serious passion, whether made of workmanlike bolted steel, sleek modern fibreglass or lovingly hand-burnished timber.

    Photographer Simon Griffiths has paced docksides and jetties all over Australia to bring us this stunning salute to the character and craftsmanship of all sorts of boats and boatbuilders - from old whaling boats to elegant yachts, from fishing dinghies to paddle steamers, rowboats and ferries.



    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • BOOK OF SKULLS
    BOOK OF SKULLS
    DOWLING FAYE
    ISBN: 9781856697002
    Title: BOOK OF SKULLS
    Author: DOWLING FAYE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The skull is one of the most recognizable symbols of today’s contemporary visual culture. Since its 1970’s renaissance in the iconic album designs of bands such as the Grateful Dead, the skull has found its way into the visual vocabulary of urban life, adorning T-Shirts, badges and rock memorabilia as the ultimate symbol of anarchy and rebellion. Repurposed and recast by artists, illustrators and designers, it has become one of the most iconic cultural symbols of our time. In response to this cultural phenomenon, The Book of Skulls presents a cool visual guide to the skull, charting its rebirth through music and street fashion to become today’s ultimate anti-establishment icon. From Black Sabbath to Cypress Hill, skater punk graffiti to Gothic tattoos, from high-couture to Hello Kitty and Dali to Damien Hirst, this book is the ultimate collection of cool and iconic skull motifs. Drawing together artwork from music, fashion, street art and graphic design The Book of Skulls is a celebration of one of today’s most iconic cultural symbols.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $17.95

    Price: $17.95
  • BOOK OF THE CAT : Cats in Art
    BOOK OF THE CAT : Cats in Art
    HYLAND ANGUS
    ISBN: 9781786270719
    Title: BOOK OF THE CAT : Cats in Art
    Author: HYLAND ANGUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Cats have been revered by artists since ancient times for their beauty, grace, independence and air of mystery. Domesticated, but with a touch of the wild about them, they share our homes and endlessly fascinate us. The Book of the Cat is a cool and quirky collection of feline art and illustration by artists from around the world. Interspersed through the illustrations are short texts about the artists and their subjects. Beautifully designed and packaged, the book will appeal to cat lovers of all ages.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOOK OF THE DOG : DOGS IN ART
    BOOK OF THE DOG : DOGS IN ART
    HYLAND ANGUS
    ISBN: 9781780676562
    Title: BOOK OF THE DOG : DOGS IN ART
    Author: HYLAND ANGUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Featuring all kinds of dogs – big, small, graceful, cute, funny – The Book of the Dog is a cool and quirky collection of dog art and illustration by artists around the world. Interspersed through the illustrations are short texts about the artists and different breeds, paying homage to man’s best friend. Beautifully designed and packaged, the book will appeal to dog lovers of all ages.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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