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  • ANSEL ADAMS : The National Parks Service Photographs
    ANSEL ADAMS : The National Parks Service Photographs
    ISBN: 9780789212993
    Title: ANSEL ADAMS : The National Parks Service Photographs
    Author: ADAMS ANSEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Ansel Adams was hired by the United States Department of the Interior to photograph America's national parks, producing this group of breathtaking images

    In 1941, Ansel Adams photographed America's national parks for a series of murals that would celebrate the country's natural heritage. Because of the escalation of World War II, the project was suspended after less than a year, but not before Adams had produced these images, which illustrate both his early innovations and the shape of his later, legendary career as America's foremost landscape photographer.

    The invitation to photograph the nation's parklands was the perfect assignment for Adams, as it allowed him to express his deepest convictions as artist, conservationist, and citizen. These stunning photographs of the natural geysers and terraces in Yellowstone, the rocks and ravines in the Grand Canyon, the winding rivers and majestic mountains in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks, the mysterious Carlsbad Caverns, the architecture of ancient Indian villages, and many other evocative views of the American West demonstrate the genius of Adams' technical and aesthetic inventiveness.

    In these glorious, seminal images we see the inspired reverence for the wilderness that has made Ansel Adams' work an enduring influence on environmentalism as well as art.

    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
    ISBN: 9780714873213
    Title: ART BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a new compact and portable format the accessible, award-winning A-Z guide to the world s great painters and sculptors

    The Art Book is a landmark in the world of publishing. Available in a range of different formats and in over 20 different languages, it has received rave reviews since its first publication and can be frequently found on bestseller lists around the world.

    Now available for the first time in a highly covetable and portable midi format, this second edition is an updated and substantially expanded version of the hugely successful original book.

    An A-Z guide to 600 great artists from medieval to modern times, it debunks art-historical classifications and pairs brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions, and techniques. By breaking with traditional classifications, The Art Book represents a fresh and original approach to art: an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich and multifaceted culture.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • ART BOOK : Big Ideas Simply Explained
    ART BOOK : Big Ideas Simply Explained
    ISBN: 9780241239018
    Title: ART BOOK : Big Ideas Simply Explained
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Embark on a tour of the world's greatest artistic movements and works, from prehistoric cave paintings to performance art with The Art Book, the latest in the stunning Big Ideas series. The Art Book explores the most celebrated artworks by history's most influential painters, sculptors, and artists with stunning visuals and insightful quotes. Discover profiles of the most important artists from across the globe, stretching from the prehistoric Altamira cave paintings and Chinese jade carvings to movements including impressionism, symbolism, and cubism. Understand the ideas which inspired masterpieces by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Klimt, Matisse, Picasso, and dozens more, with The Art Book's fascinating coverage of painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, conceptual art, and performance art, from ancient history to the modern day.

    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
    ISBN: 9780500238554
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Art Deco style of the early 1930s can be seen as domesticated Cubism. As with cubist paintings, the elements of design were reduced to their minimal essence and applied to everyday items for public consumption. Here Bakelite plastic jewellery and boxes are studied as reflections of this style. The book is a visual garden of Deco design, with hundreds of items photographed in colour and described with their useful purposes, materials, and current values. Bakelite is collected because it is different and fun. This book is important because it demonstrates how the new Art Deco style provided the Depression-ridden world with colour and style in a form most people could afford.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $100.00
  • ART IS...
    ART IS...
    ISBN: 9781419711251
    Title: ART IS...
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What is art? This engaging gift book from The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers nearly 200 illustrated answers to that question, all presented in simple, concise observations about selected works in the museum's stellar collection.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
    ISBN: 9780714875026
    Title: ART MUSUEM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Visit the world's most comprehensive and compelling museum in a book – from pre-historic times to the present, – over 1,600 artworks created with the expertise of 28 art world curators and historians.

    "Unprecedented, unique, and vast in scope... a visually spectacular survey of world art. Destined to delight, inspire, and educate, as well as to become an invaluable, classic art-reference resource, it is very highly recommended." —Library Journal

    Housing the finest art collection ever assembled, this revised, reformatted edition offers the museum experience without the boundaries of space and time, taking the reader on a tour around the world and through the ages. Its rooms and galleries display some 1,600 artworks, selected from the original collection, including paintings, sculpture, photographs, textiles, installations, performances, videos, prints, ceramics, manuscripts, metalwork, and jewel-work.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $79.95
  • ART OF BEATRIX POTTER : Sketches Paintings and Illustrations
    ART OF BEATRIX POTTER : Sketches Paintings and Illustrations
    ISBN: 9781452151274
    Title: ART OF BEATRIX POTTER : Sketches Paintings and Illustrations
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth, this magnificent collection celebrates the artist behind some of the world's most beloved children’s books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tailor of Gloucester, and The Tale of Two Bad Mice. Brimming with famous images and rarely seen gems—including early sketches of the now famous rabbit family—this monograph explores Beatrix Potter’s artistic process and reveals the places in the British Isles that inspired her timeless work. Organised geographically and featuring more than 200 images paired with illuminating text, The Art of Beatrix Potter is the definitive volume on one of the world’s most influential authors and artists.

    Imprint: CHRONICLE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • ART OF CARTOGRAPHICS : Designing the Modern Map
    ART OF CARTOGRAPHICS : Designing the Modern Map
    ISBN: 9781741175615
    Title: ART OF CARTOGRAPHICS : Designing the Modern Map
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Art of Cartographics is a stunning collection of maps that all have one thing in common: each design has taken the traditional map in a new direction, with exquisite results. Featuring geographical maps, fictional maps, and fresh and innovative approaches to cultural, economic and political maps, it presents the very best in rational beauty and invites the reader on a journey across the globe.

    This carefully curated book selects the most creative and interesting map design projects from around the world, and offers inspiration for designers and map-lovers alike. Covering themes including power, gentrification, literature, animals, plants and food, and featuring hand-drawn, painted, digital, 3D scuplted and folded maps, The Art of Cartographics offers a slice of social history that is as beautiful as it is fascinating.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ART OF FRUGAL HEDONISM : A Guide to Spending Less while Enjoying Everything More
    ART OF FRUGAL HEDONISM : A Guide to Spending Less while Enjoying Everything More
    ISBN: 9780994392817
    Title: ART OF FRUGAL HEDONISM : A Guide to Spending Less while Enjoying Everything More
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It sounds too good to be true. You can save money and the world, inoculate yourself against many of the ills of modern life, and enjoy everything more on both the sensual and profound levels? Preposterous!

    Yet here is a toolkit to help you do just that. A tweak here, a twiddle there; every strategy in The Art Of Frugal Hedonism has been designed to help you target the most important habits of mind and action needed for living frugally but hedonistically. Apply a couple, and you'll definitely have a few extra dollars in your pocket and enjoy more sunsets. Apply the lot, and you'll wake up one day and realise that you're happier, wealthier, fitter, and more in-lust with life than you'd ever thought possible.

    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
    ISBN: 9780316318587
    Author: BROWAR KEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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.

    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
    ISBN: 9781250108609
    Title: ART OF THE CON
    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.

    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ART OF WINNIE THE POOH : How E. H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon
    ART OF WINNIE THE POOH : How E. H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon
    ISBN: 9781910552773
    Title: ART OF WINNIE THE POOH : How E. H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are some of the world’s most beloved characters in children’s literature.

    But before they appeared in many millions of books and in nearly fifty languages, they started life in the 1920s as the product of a unique collaboration between A. A. Milne and E. H Shepard; author and illustrator wove images and text together in a way that was utterly original for the time. For Shepard, it was a process that he relished, creating artwork for new editions right up until his death in 1976 at the age of ninety-six.

    In this beautifully presented, full-colour volume, readers will not only discover the story behind this remarkable partnership, but also follow the evolution of Shepard’s work, from those first tentative sketches through to the illustrations we know and love, and even on to the characters’ later incarnations at Disney.

    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ARTISTS : Their Lives and Works
    ARTISTS : Their Lives and Works
    ISBN: 9780241226186
    Title: ARTISTS : Their Lives and Works
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning exploration of over 80 famous artists and their fascinating lives, from Giotto to the present day. Artists- Their Lives and Works tells the inspiring stories behind the world's most famous masterpieces and their creators, including their influences, development, friendships, loves, and rivalries. Discover the often tumultuous lives of iconic artists including Raphael, Hogarth, van Gogh, O'Keeffe, Magritte, Kahlo, Warhol, and Kiefer.

    Uncover the unconventional tales of the artists' lives, including Holbein's matchmaking portraits for Henry VIII, Caravaggio's thuggish reactions to a badly-cooked artichoke, and the many romantic affairs of Picasso. Lavishly illustrated biographies for every artist reveal these visionaries at work in their studios, as well as the unique techniques, artworks, and personalities that made them into legends. Artists- Their Lives and Works is the ideal gift for art lovers old and young, and a uniquely fascinating look at the lives of these creators.

    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
    ISBN: 9781780678535
    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
    ISBN: 9780500500897
    Title: AUSTRALIANA TO ZEITGEIST : An A-Z of Contemporary Australian Art
    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
    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
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