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  • BOTANICAL SKETCHBOOKS
    BOTANICAL SKETCHBOOKS
    BYNUM WILLIAM F
    ISBN: 9780500518816
    Title: BOTANICAL SKETCHBOOKS
    Author: BYNUM WILLIAM F
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Illuminates a range of intriguing characters, from many different countries and cultures, including Germany, France, Italy, America, Australia, Japan and China.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • BRETT WHITELEY : DRAWINGS
    BRETT WHITELEY : DRAWINGS
    KLEPAK LOU
    ISBN: 9780646923574
    Title: BRETT WHITELEY : DRAWINGS
    Author: KLEPAK LOU
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "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
  • BURRUP ROCK ART : ANCIENT ABORIGINAL ROCK ART OF BURRUP PENINSULA AND DAMPIER ARCHIPELAGO
    BURRUP ROCK ART : ANCIENT ABORIGINAL ROCK ART OF BURRUP PENINSULA AND DAMPIER ARCHIPELAGO
    DONALDSON MIKE
    ISBN: 9780980589016
    Title: BURRUP ROCK ART : ANCIENT ABORIGINAL ROCK ART OF BURRUP PENINSULA AND DAMPIER ARCHIPELAGO
    Author: DONALDSON MIKE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: WILDROCKS PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $130.00
    Price: $99.99
  • CLASSIC GREEK MASTERPIECES OF SCULPTURE
    CLASSIC GREEK MASTERPIECES OF SCULPTURE
    ZAPHIROPOULOU PHOTINI N
    ISBN: 9781419722295
    Title: CLASSIC GREEK MASTERPIECES OF SCULPTURE
    Author: ZAPHIROPOULOU PHOTINI N
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Greek sculpture was among the first art to communicate human emotions and to offer a more realistic portrait of the individual. By working in new materials and posing the body naturally, Greek sculptors established the foundation of a whole new art form. Classic Greek Masterpieces of Sculpture features more than 60 of these magnificent and influential works that range in form, historical period, and subject.

    Organized chronologically, these works hail from the collections of top museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Pergamon Museum, and the Louvre. Alongside dynamic photographs of each sculpture is an essay that describes the work and offers commentary on its significance in Greek art. Thought-provoking, realistic, and influential, these sculptures altered the way people viewed art.


    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • CLAY : Contemporary Cermaic Artists
    CLAY : Contemporary Cermaic Artists
    BELL AMBER CRESWELL
    ISBN: 9780500500729
    Title: CLAY : Contemporary Cermaic Artists
    Author: BELL AMBER CRESWELL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ceramics is back in a big way, experiencing a steady surge of interest and popularity not seen since the 1970s. The return to the handmade, driven by our increasingly digital lives, means there are now more makers, sellers, and collectors than ever. There is also a new desire for unique objects made by hand and the imperfections associated with the marks of the maker. Pottery captures this authenticity in ways no other medium can.

    From decorative pieces to the beautiful but functional, to sculptural works pushing the boundaries of the medium, Clay surveys the rich creative output of fifty of the top studio potters from around the world. It is a celebration of a new generation of artisans working in clay, a snapshot not necessarily of what is happening at the elite gallery level but rather a behind-the-scenes look at unique and eclectic offerings, both functional and sculptural, from small studios around the world.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    WILSON ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780992303686
    Title: COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    Author: WILSON ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andrew Wilson has an eye for the dramatic and this is a very fresh pictorial portrait of Tasmania. There are extreme wilderness spots reached only by sea and some others of inhabited and favorite recreational areas, but all of them show the beauty and the extremes brought about by being in the path of the roaring forties.

    Andrew Wilson is fast being recognised as the preeminent contemporary Tasmanian photographer and this book supports and enhances that claim.

    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $79.95
  • COMPANY OF TREES : A YEAR IN A LIFETIMES QUEST
    COMPANY OF TREES : A YEAR IN A LIFETIMES QUEST
    PAKENHAM THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780297866244
    Title: COMPANY OF TREES : A YEAR IN A LIFETIMES QUEST
    Author: PAKENHAM THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Acclaimed historian and bestselling author Thomas Pakenham shares his profound love of trees and reverence for nature, rooted in the family estate of Tullynally in Ireland.

    When Thomas Pakenham was born they broke the mould. He has performed many roles on life's stage: acclaimed historian, effective politician, espouser and leader of causes, and, as a reluctant member of the aristocracy, an energetic guardian of a grand country house and estate. But it is a champion on behalf of trees that he is best known. From Mongolia and the wildest parts of China to the redwood forests of the US he has circled the globe searching out the oldest, the rarest, the biggest and those with stories to tell. He has led expeditions to conserve seeds, and planted forests; he has chaired tree societies, led protests against destruction and lectured tirelessly. He is the original Man of the Trees.

    In this book each chapter deals with his adventures, of the trees he has encountered and their stories and the often hazardous journeys to find them. He investigates the future and the likely threats to the landscapes we take for granted, whether directly from the hand of man or from the effects of a changing climate, or from disease. Whether writing of the peculiar group of 'Talebans' who have stealthily taken root from Cape Town to Glasgow and who would oust all non-native trees from their national soil, or witnessing the drama of terrible storms breaking the backs of majestic trees which have stood sentinel for hundreds of years he is never less than enthralling. A passionate writer, educator - and entertainer - he brings both wit, and grit, to a subject of universal appeal.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • CRAFT COMPANION
    CRAFT COMPANION
    BARRY RAMONA / JOVSON REBECCA
    ISBN: 9780500500521
    Title: CRAFT COMPANION
    Author: BARRY RAMONA / JOVSON REBECCA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Once the domain of the domestic, craft has now infiltrated every creative sphere – including food, fashion, fine art and architecture. If this craft renaissance is indicative of a new wave of keen creatives then The Craft Companion is the ultimate guide to navigating the new craft frontiers.

    From appliqué and baskets to weaving and zakka, The Craft Companion features over 30 new and old crafting techniques. Each chapter looks at the evolution of a craft, inspiring artists working within the medium, as well as the various tools and techniques required to get you started – plus a project you can do at home. There are also 165 bonus project ideas to test your newfound skills.

    With over 20 years in the craft and design industries, Ramona Barry and Rebecca Jobson are bonafide craft gurus. Readers will love Ramona and Rebecca’s witty voice and will be inspired to experiment and dip their toes into new crafts.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    BARNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500518106
    Title: CRUCIAL INTERVENTIONS : AN ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF NINETEENTH CENTURY SURGERY
    Author: BARNETT RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The nineteenth century saw a complete transformation of the practice and reputation of surgery.

    Crucial Interventions follows its increasingly optimistic evolution, drawing from the very best examples of rare surgical textbooks with a focus on the extraordinary visual materials of the mid-nineteenth century. Unnerving and graphic, yet beautifully rendered, these fascinating illustrations include step-by-step surgical techniques paired with medical instruments and painted depictions of operations in progress.

    Arranged for the layman from head to toe, and accompanied by an authoritative, eloquent and inspiring narrative from medical historian Richard Barnett, author of 2014 bestseller The Sick Rose, Crucial Interventions is a unique and captivating book on one of the world’s most mysterious and macabre professions, and promises to be another success.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • DAVID HOCKNEY
    DAVID HOCKNEY
    STEPHENS CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781849764438
    Title: DAVID HOCKNEY
    Author: STEPHENS CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    David Hockney has been delighting and challenging audiences for almost sixty years. Working in an extraordinarily wide range of media with equal measures of wit and intelligence, his art has examined, probed and questioned how the perceived world of movement, space and time can be captured in two dimensions.

    Imprint: TATE GALLERY
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • DECADES : A CENTURY OF FASHION   *
    DECADES : A CENTURY OF FASHION *
    SILVER CAMERON
    ISBN: 9781408806364
    Title: DECADES : A CENTURY OF FASHION *
    Author: SILVER CAMERON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cameron Silver runs the most glamorous boutique in LA, where Hollywood royalty go to find vintage couture that is totally unique and utterly timeless. He is an expert at taking the finest clothing from the past and giving it a second life - and this is what Decades is all about. You won't find any frumpiness in this story of twentieth century style and innovation, which turns expectations upside-down. Because the Edwardians weren't all buttoned up, the ubiquitous Audrey Hepburn wasn't the only fashion icon of the fifties, and yes, it was actually possible to dress with elegance in the eighties.The book is a showcase of the past hundred years of fashion, decade by decade. Cameron's witty commentary of twentieth century dressing is both perceptive and funny. Each chapter opens with a pair of women who epitomise rival hot trends, like the luminous Cheryl Tiegs with her sunshine sexiness versus Bianca Jagger, the dark disco goddess of Studio 54. The chapters close with a designer of the decade- think Chanel, YSL and Dior at their most fabulous.Every one of the 200 stunning archival images in the book is completely contemporary and modern-looking, even as far back as the 1900s. To do justice to the jawdropping women and gorgeous clothes, the book is built on supermodel proportions - tall, slender and glamorous.Decades tells an international story with designers from Milan, Tokyo, London, Paris and New York all strutting their stuff. It's a bubbling, sassy, fabulous book that will make you think about vintage fashion in a totally new way.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • DESIGN : THE WHOLE STORY
    DESIGN : THE WHOLE STORY
    WILHIDE ELIZABETH / GLANCEY JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780500292280
    Title: DESIGN : THE WHOLE STORY
    Author: WILHIDE ELIZABETH / GLANCEY JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Design: The Whole Story takes a close look at the key developments, movements and practitioners of design around the world, from the beginnings of industrial manufacturing to the present day. Organized chronologically, it locates design within its technological, cultural, economic, aesthetic and theoretical contexts. From the high-minded moralists of the 19th century to the radical thinkers of modernism - and from the emergence of showmen such as Raymond Loewy in the 1930s to today's superstars such as Philippe Starck - the book provides in-depth coverage of a subject that touches all our lives. Iconic works that mark significant steps forward or that characterize a particular era or approach - such as Marcel Breuer's Wassily chair of 1925, Eliot Noyes' corporate identity work for IBM in the 1950s and Matthew Carter's Verdana typeface, designed to be read on screen - are analysed in detail, while the text sets out the framework of ideas, intent and technology within which differing approaches to design have evolved. From the cars we drive and the products we buy to the graphics that surround us, we are all consumers of design. Design: The Whole Story provides all the information you need to decode the material world.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • DESIGN MUSEUM : A-Z OF DESIGN AND DESIGNERS
    DESIGN MUSEUM : A-Z OF DESIGN AND DESIGNERS
    FIELL CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781783130054
    Title: DESIGN MUSEUM : A-Z OF DESIGN AND DESIGNERS
    Author: FIELL CHARLOTTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Offers a guide to the world's leading design innovators - from Alvar Aalto and Joe Colombo to Charles and Ray Eames and Zaha Hadid. This book covers all aspects of design, from architecture, automotive design and heavy industrial design to product design, as well as key styles, themes, movements, technologies and materials.

    Imprint: CARLTON - HARIDE GRANT
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • DESIGN YOUR HOME
    DESIGN YOUR HOME
    BLAZE SHAYNNA
    ISBN: 9780670076789
    Title: DESIGN YOUR HOME
    Author: BLAZE SHAYNNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With a great understanding of what makes a home work well, and a keen eye for colour detail, Shaynna Blaze shares her many years of experience as an interior designer to help you find the perfect solutions for getting the most out of the place you live in.

    Beautifully illustrated throughout, Shaynna takes you on a room-by-room tour of the home. She highlights potential problem areas, suggesting easy and innovative solutions, and describing attractive design alternatives for every room - from the public living areas to the private spaces of bathroom and bedroom and the often problematic home office. Her down-to-earth approach and stylish ideas, as seen on high-rating TV shows Selling Houses Australia and The Block, mean that anyone - whatever their budget - can create their dream home. 'As an interior designer, I'm here not just to make your home pretty but to solve problems and find solutions.

    Your home is about you, your life and those you invite into your space. With this book, you'll have the confidence to design a home that functions around the way you live.'

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DISCOVERING DOBELL
    DISCOVERING DOBELL
    HEATHCOTE
    ISBN: 9781743054802
    Title: DISCOVERING DOBELL
    Author: HEATHCOTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Discovering Dobell offers an intimate glimpse of William Dobell. Heathcote demonstrates how Dobell developed ideas from sketches to paintings. This overview includes many well-known works and is rounded out with Dobell's experimental drawings and paintings from New Guinea, as well as his little-known ventures into abstract form.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART  -  EXPANDED EDITION
    DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART - EXPANDED EDITION
    MILLER STEVEN
    ISBN: 9781743054086
    Title: DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART - EXPANDED EDITION
    Author: MILLER STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dogs in Australian Art looks at Australian art through the lens of dog painting, showcasing over 150 masterworks that illustrate the deep bond between Australians and their best friends. Steven Miller's whimsical text argues that all the major shifts which occurred in Australia art, and which have traditionally been attributed to the environment or historical factors, really occurred because of dogs. His book is also a study of how the various dog breeds have been depicted from colonial times until the present. It features over 80 dog breeds.

    This fully revised and expanded edition of Steven Miller's beautiful bestselling doggie book features many new paintings. A rich journey through Australia's art history via the lens of man's best friend.



    Steven Miller is head of the Research Library and Archive of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has published widely on art, with his book on Australian culture between the two world wars (Degenerates and Perverts) winning the NSW Premier's Australian History Award in 2006. He lives in Sydney and is the proud owner of Finbar, a Welsh Terrier.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
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