Block of Books

Art

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  • BEG STEAL AND BORROW : Artists Against Originality
    BEG STEAL AND BORROW : Artists Against Originality
    SHORE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781780679464
    Title: BEG STEAL AND BORROW : Artists Against Originality
    Author: SHORE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Art is theft,' Picasso once proclaimed. The wily old Spaniard was being provocative - he often equated theft to what could more benignly be called influence. But increasingly much of the best and, even, most original art involves an act or two of unequivocal, overt theft - an act of simple copy and paste. This book looks at modern-day art theft from all angles: art-historical (tracing the lineage from Duchamp to Richard Prince), legal (looking at recent key copyright cases), cultural (drawing links to literary mash-ups and musical sampling), educational (Kenneth Goldsmith's famous 'Uncreativity' classes) and, of course, in terms of current art practice. It will look at the practices of major artists working across a variety of media.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    DOISNEAU ROBERT
    ISBN: 9782080202178
    Title: BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    Author: DOISNEAU ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The author's playful approach to capturing Parisian street scenes on camera earned him recognition as one of the twentieth centurys most important photographers. In this volume, he leads us on an entrancing tour into Parisian gardens, along the Seine, and through crowds of Parisians.

    Imprint: FLAMMARION
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BIG PACIFIC : An Incredible Journey of Exploration and Revelation
    BIG PACIFIC : An Incredible Journey of Exploration and Revelation
    TANSLEY REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781486308125
    Title: BIG PACIFIC : An Incredible Journey of Exploration and Revelation
    Author: TANSLEY REBECCA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The Pacific Ocean has been the focus of our fascination for as long as we have lived beside and on it. It covers one-third of Earth’s surface — greater than all of the planet’s landmasses combined. It contains half of the world’s water, hides its deepest places, and is home to some of the most dazzling creatures known to science.

    Big Pacific presents the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants as you have never seen them before, blending a wealth of Ultra HD colour photographs with spellbinding storytelling to take you into a realm teeming with exotic life rarely witnessed up close — until now.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • 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
  • 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
  • BIRDS : The Art of Ornithology
    BIRDS : The Art of Ornithology
    ELPHICK JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760631291
    Title: BIRDS : The Art of Ornithology
    Author: ELPHICK JONATHAN
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stunning box-set with fully illustrated book and 36 frameable prints.

    Jonathan Elphick tells the remarkable story of the development of bird art through the centuries. The book features early, skilfully executed but often fanciful images of birds, scientific illustrations produced during the ages of exploration, and modern approaches capturing the essence of these freest of all creatures.

    The outstanding selection of images from the unrivalled collection at the Natural History Museum includes exquisitely crafted works from some of the most famous natural history artists ever published including Audubon, Lear, MacGillivray, and Gould. A detailed, lively text, interweaves ornithological science, art history, biography and travel and provides fascinating insights into the lives of both the artists and the birds they painted.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • BLACK
    BLACK
    ISBN: 9780714874722
    Title: BLACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A stunning exploration of the beauty and drama of 150 black structures built by the world's leading architects over 1,000 years.

    A visually rich book, Black: Architecture in Monochrome casts a new eye on the beauty - and the drama - of black in the built world. Spotlighting more than 150 structures from the last 1,000 years, Black pairs engaging text with fascinating photographs of houses, churches, libraries, skyscrapers, and other buildings from some of the world's leading architects, including Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, and Eero Saarinen, David Adjaye, Jean Nouvel, Peter Marino, and Steven Holl.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • 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: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • BOOK OF BLACK
    BOOK OF BLACK
    DOWLING FAYE
    ISBN: 9781786270429
    Title: BOOK OF BLACK
    Author: DOWLING FAYE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From fine art to street style, the aesthetics, and motifs of the gothic are entwined with the heart of today's alternative visual culture. Vampires and demons have become screen icons of the modern underworld. Skulls, crosses, and religious iconography represent symbols of rebellion for a new gothic generation, a shorthand for an allegiance with a modern day underworld where monsters and misfits rule the world.

    Structured over three defining chapters (Gods & Monsters, The Kingdom of Darkness, and Dark Arts/Higher Power), The Book of Black provides an exploratory visual narrative through which to reveal and celebrate the artists, aesthetics, and styles of today's gothic visual arts, presenting seminal gothic artworks alongside emerging artists of today.


    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOOK OF SKULLS
    BOOK OF SKULLS
    DOWLING FAYE
    ISBN: 9781856697002
    Title: BOOK OF SKULLS
    Author: DOWLING FAYE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    WILSON ASHLEIGH
    ISBN: 9781925498745
    Title: BRETT WHITELEY : Art Life and the Other Thing
    Author: WILSON ASHLEIGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left behind decades of ceaseless activity-some works bound to a particular place or time, others that are masterpieces of light and line.

    Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 determined to make an impression. Before long he was the youngest artist to have work acquired by the Tate. With his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Arkie, Whiteley then immersed himself in bohemian New York. But within two years he fled, having failed to break through.

    Back in Sydney, he soon became Australia's most celebrated artist. He won the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in the same year - his prices soared, as did his fame. Among his friends were Francis Bacon and Patrick White, Billy Connolly and Dire Straits. Yet addiction was taking its toll- Whiteley struggled in vain to separate his talent from his disease, and an inglorious end approached.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BRETT WHITELEY : DRAWINGS
    BRETT WHITELEY : DRAWINGS
    KLEPAK LOU
    ISBN: 9780646923574
    Title: BRETT WHITELEY : DRAWINGS
    Author: KLEPAK LOU
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    "The purpose of drawing is to make freshness permanent. Out of billions of seconds of futility, occasionally, sparks of the life force are immutably held forever."

    Brett Whiteley wrote these lines in his 1985 notebook about the activity at the very heart of his life as an artist, drawing. For three decades Whiteley bewitched his audience with his mercurial character and unconventional behaviour, producing original and challenging works such as The American Dream and Alchemy. He was an indefatigable draughtsman, putting great energy into his drawings, which stand alone as a vital part of his oeuvre. In his finest drawings he concentrated all his talents to produce incandescent moments of vision. Nowhere is he more pure than in his remarkable drawings. In these we find the essence of Brett Whiteley.

    Brett Whiteley Drawings includes 180 of Whiteley's most important drawings, from early views made as a student to the last series of works made in Paris in 1989, before his untimely and tragic death. Also illustrated are pages from Whiteley's notebooks, in which he drew and wrote his reflections on art, painting and drawing. The book has been created by Lou Klepac, who first discussed the idea of this book with the artist before his death, and subsequently organised the exhibition 'On the Road to Berry', of Brett Whiteley and Lloyd Rees drawings in 1993. There is an essay about the drawings, quotes from the artist and a fascinating interview with Michael Johnson, edited by Barry Pearce, about Whiteley's time at Lintas in Sydney, when they were colleagues and close friends.



    AUTHOR: Lou Klepac is an art historian; he is the author of a number of books including 'Lloyd Rees Drawings', 'Russell Drysdale', 'John Coburn', 'William Robinson', 'James Gleeson', 'Nora Heysen' and 'Horace Trenerry'. Among the many exhibitions he has curated are: Sicket Paintings; Contemporary Australian Drawing; Sickert Drawings, Russell Drysdale Drawings, Russell Drysdale Paintings, The Road to Berry Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley drawings, Giorgio Morandi Paintings and Etchings, La Serenissima the fascination of Venice; Nora Heysen retrospective; James Gleeson Beyond the Screen of Sight; Donald Friend a charmed life. In 1980 he was made a Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana; in 1996 he was awarded an OAM and in 2006 the University of Sydney conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa). 180 drawings

    Imprint: BEAGLE PRESS
    RRP: $120.00

    Price: $120.00
  • BRONWYN OLIVER : Strange Things
    BRONWYN OLIVER : Strange Things
    FINK HANNAH
    ISBN: 9780975190159
    Title: BRONWYN OLIVER : Strange Things
    Author: FINK HANNAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the first book about the major Australian sculptor Bronwyn Oliver. “I wanted to write an old fashioned art book, one that tells the story of the artist’s life from beginning to end,” says author Hannah Fink. “But I also wanted to write about the creative process – how Bronwyn made things, why she made them. What drives someone to make art?”

    Born on a farm near Gum Flat in Northern New South Wales, Oliver grew up in country-town Inverell. She won the Travelling Art Scholarship to study sculpture at Chelsea Art School in London, returning to win numerous awards including the Moët & Chandon Fellowship.

    While many of her contemporaries began making installation art, Oliver worked within the traditional discipline of sculpture. She was an intensely ambitious artist whose works seem to grapple almost effortlessly with the big questions of life. Her organic yet strangely human sculptures are coveted by collectors for their eloquent beauty.

    “But Bronwyn’s aim was not to create beautiful things for their own sake,” says Fink. “The beauty of her objects comes from the thinking behind them.”

    Oliver’s death ten years ago cast a shadow over the beauty of her work and her reputation. The woman that emerges from this book is intelligent, funny, modest, hard-working, and, in the words of Roslyn Oxley, “never boring”.

    Imprint: PIPER PRESS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • BURN CITY : Melbourne's Painted Streets
    BURN CITY : Melbourne's Painted Streets
    CHAMBERLIN LOU
    ISBN: 9781741175394
    Title: BURN CITY : Melbourne's Painted Streets
    Author: CHAMBERLIN LOU
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Melbourne – aka 'Burn City' – is internationally renowned for its street art. For more than twelve years Lou Chamberlin has been photographing its painted streets, capturing the most memorable pieces of this ephemeral art form and creating an ongoing record of the city’s robust street subculture. These pages showcase the best of the city, including the ‘burners’ – the pieces so hot they’re ‘burning’ off the wall.

    Burn City features artwork by both international and local artists. The pieces have been divided into themes, including chapters called 'The Face', 'Fauna', 'Storytelling', 'Abstraction', 'Social Issues', 'Streetscape' and 'Same Wall New Paint', which documents the evolving artworks on the same wall over several years.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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