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  • 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
    BLACK
    ISBN: 9780714874722
    Title: BLACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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: $21.95

    Price: $21.95
  • BOOK OF BLACK
    BOOK OF BLACK
    DOWLING FAYE
    ISBN: 9781786270429
    Title: BOOK OF BLACK
    Author: DOWLING FAYE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    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: 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: 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
  • 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 : 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: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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: 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
  • CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH AND THE ART OF THE FOUR
    CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH AND THE ART OF THE FOUR
    BILLCLIFFE ROGER
    ISBN: 9780711236844
    Title: CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH AND THE ART OF THE FOUR
    Author: BILLCLIFFE ROGER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The Glasgow Style is the name given to the work of a group of young designers and architects working in Glasgow from 1890-1914. At its centre were four young friends who had trained at Glasgow School of Art; two architects and two artists - Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Herbert MacNair, Margaret Macdonald and Frances Macdonald - who were simply known by their friends and contemporaries as 'The Four'. Their work was a personal vision in the new international style of the 1890s, Art Nouveau, and is perhaps best known for Mackintosh's architecture and furniture. But at the root of this new style was a graphic language which all four shared.The Art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Four showcases the often overlooked paintings of these four highly original artists - their early watercolours, the work of the Spook School, the development of their individual styles, the new directions taken by each artist, and their later works, including Mackintosh's accomplished French landscapes.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • CHRISTOPHER ORCHARD : The Uncertainty of the Poet
    CHRISTOPHER ORCHARD : The Uncertainty of the Poet
    OSBORNE MARGOT
    ISBN: 9781743054925
    Title: CHRISTOPHER ORCHARD : The Uncertainty of the Poet
    Author: OSBORNE MARGOT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Christopher Orchard is the creator of the Bald Man, a stoic little character the artist has been drawing and redrawing for decades. Orchard's apparently effortless art is built on a commitment to rigorous studio practice. In this volume, we gain an insight into the influence of a man who is one of Australia's finest artists working today.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • 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
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