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  • 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
  • DREAM OF THE FOX WOMEN
    DREAM OF THE FOX WOMEN
    MCRAE J R
    ISBN: 9781922081285
    Title: DREAM OF THE FOX WOMEN
    Author: MCRAE J R
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The fox-women dance in the soft light of late afternoon.
    Free from the cares of day, they dance,
    The last glint of daylight catching in their auburn hair.

    The dreamer has fallen down, down, down, deep into sleep’s netherworld. Somewhere, far off, she hears the sounds of hunting but cannot wake to warn the hunted, cannot escape the fearful dream, must wake to its reality.

    Based loosely on the Japanese legend of the Fox Women, decrying the horrors of the hunt and victimisation of the hunted, this is a story of blurred lines – what is real, what only seems?

    Imprint: WINDY HOLLOW BOOKS
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • ENCORE : THE NEW ARTISANS
    ENCORE : THE NEW ARTISANS
    DUPON OLIVIER
    ISBN: 9780500517758
    Title: ENCORE : THE NEW ARTISANS
    Author: DUPON OLIVIER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Craft is no longer a trend; it is now an enshrined aspect of modern life. This sequel to Olivier Dupon's bestselling The New Artisans, showcases 60 new makers whose creations will inspire and delight. Divided into two sections, it profiles the artisans in alphabetical order, and includes a directory of products, divided into categories.

    Complete with an introduction, as well as the author’s personal recommendations for inspiring shops, websites and blogs to visit, this is the perfect curated resource for discovering unique and beautiful pieces designed and made by talented artisans from around the world.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING : JOURNEY INTO A PAINTING
    EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING : JOURNEY INTO A PAINTING
    JACOBS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781847088086
    Title: EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING : JOURNEY INTO A PAINTING
    Author: JACOBS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A gripping and beguiling blend of art history, memoir and travel writing which delves into the mysteries and meanings of Las Meninas, Velazquez's iconic masterpiece.

    Michael Jacobs was haunted by Velazquez's enigmatic masterpiece Las Meninas from first encountering it in the Prado as a teenager. In Everything is Happening Jacobs searches for the ultimate significance of the painting by following the trails of associations from each individual character in the picture, as well as his own memories of and relationship to this extraordinary work.

    From Jacobs' first trip to Spain to the complex politics of Golden Age Madrid, to his meeting with the man who saved Las Meninas during the Spanish Civil war, via Jacobs' experiences of the sunless world of the art history academy, Jacobs dissolves the barriers between the past and the present, the real and the illusory.

    Cut short by Jacobs' death in 2014, and completed with an introduction and coda of great sensitivity and insight by his friend and fellow lover of art, the journalist Ed Vulliamy, this visionary, meditative and often very funny book is a passionate, personal manifesto for the liberation of how we look at painting.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EYE OF THE SIXTIES
    EYE OF THE SIXTIES
    STEIN JUDITH E
    ISBN: 9780374151324
    Title: EYE OF THE SIXTIES
    Author: STEIN JUDITH E
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A man with a preternatural ability to find emerging artists, Richard Bellamy was one of the first advocates of pop art, minimalism, and conceptual art. The founder and director of the fabled Green Gallery on Fifty-Seventh Street, the witty, poetry-loving art lover became a legend of the avant-garde, showing the work of artists such as Mark di Suvero, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Donald Judd, and others.

    Born to an American father and a Chinese mother in a Cincinnati suburb, Bellamy moved to New York and made a life for himself between the Beat orbits of Provincetown and white-glove events such as the Guggenheim's opening gala. He partied with Norman Mailer, was friends with Diane Arbus and Yoko Ono, and frequently hosted or performed in Allan Kaprow's happenings. Always more concerned with art than with making a profit, Bellamy withdrew when the market mushroomed around him, letting his contemporaries and friends, such as Leo Castelli and Sidney Janis, capitalise on the stars he first discovered. Bellamy's life story is a fascinating window into the transformation of art in the late twentieth century.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • FACE OF BRITAIN : THE STORIES BEHIND TE NATIONS PORTRAITS
    FACE OF BRITAIN : THE STORIES BEHIND TE NATIONS PORTRAITS
    SCHAMA SIMON
    ISBN: 9780670922307
    Title: FACE OF BRITAIN : THE STORIES BEHIND TE NATIONS PORTRAITS
    Author: SCHAMA SIMON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Churchill and his painter locked in a struggle of stares and glares; Gainsborough watching his daughters run after a butterfly; the first black Othello in the nineteenth century, the poet-artist Rossetti trying to capture on canvas what he couldn't possess in life, a surgeon-artist marking studies of wounded faces brought in from the Battle of the Somme; a naked John Lennon five hours before his death.

    In the age of the hasty glance and the selfie, Simon Schama has written a tour de force about the long exchange of looks from which British portraits have been made over the centuries: images of the modest and the mighty; of friends and lovers; of heroes and working people. Each of them – through the image-makes, the subject, and the rest of us who get to look at them – is brought to life unforgettable. Together they build into the mirror of our identity at a moment when we are wondering just who we are.

    Combining his two great passions, British history and art history, for the first time, and working closely with the curators of the National Portrait gallery, Schama's extraordinary storytelling reveals the truth behind the nation's most famous portrayals of power, love, fame, the self and the people. Mesmerizing in its breadth and its panache, and beautifully illustrated, with over 100 image from the Gallery's collection, The Face of Britain will change the way we see our past – and ourselves.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • FAKING WHITELEY
    FAKING WHITELEY
    COSLOVICH GABRIELLA
    ISBN: 9780522869231
    Title: FAKING WHITELEY
    Author: COSLOVICH GABRIELLA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: DECEMBER 2016 NEW RELEASE

    Offers a tale of obsession, greed and ego, where the richly diverse worlds of art, horse-racing, high finance, the luxury car trade and a humble tradesman collide - and no one is entirely innocent. Except perhaps the tradesman.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FEATHERSTON
    FEATHERSTON
    ISSAC GEOFF
    ISBN: 9780500501108
    Title: FEATHERSTON
    Author: ISSAC GEOFF
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    This is the first book to celebrate the life and work of Grant Featherston (1922–1995), the Melbourne-based industrial designer most well known for his Contour chairs. This collection was designed and developed in the early 1950s and remains highly sought after by mid-century collectors in Australia and overseas – often fetching $10,000 or more at auction. Featherston, later joined by his second wife, Mary, designed hundreds of chairs over the next thirty years; however, this astonishing Australian industrial design partnership has gone largely uncelebrated until now. Featherston focuses on the chairs produced between 1947 and 1975 and presents a new biography of the designer, drawn from archival research and interviews with his peers. It is extensively illustrated with over 250 beautiful photographs and includes a selection from the previously unpublished personal achieve of Ian Howard, the former Managing Director of Melbourne-based manufacturer Aristoc.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • FORGOTTEN NOTEBOOK
    FORGOTTEN NOTEBOOK
    CHURCHER BETTY
    ISBN: 9780522868678
    Title: FORGOTTEN NOTEBOOK
    Author: CHURCHER BETTY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the 1990s Betty Churcher drew her way around the galleries of the world as she arranged artwork loans for blockbuster exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia. In 2014 she discovered a sketchbook she had forgotten and decided to create a final companion volume to her bestselling Notebooks series. She wrote the manuscript in six months, but died shortly after completing it.



    A prize-winning artist in her own right, Betty's sketches were inspired by works of some of the biggest names in art: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens and Vermeer through to Picasso, Cézanne, Monet and Duchamp. Betty's sketches and notes bring their artworks to life as she explores the stories of how they were created and reveals each artist's influences.



    As in the bestselling Notebooks and Australian Notebooks, The Forgotten Notebook showcases Betty Churcher's greatest talents: championing art and sharing the excitement of discovering meaning in the great artworks of the world.

    Imprint: MIEGUNYAH PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • FRANCIS BACON : FIVE DECADES
    FRANCIS BACON : FIVE DECADES
    BOND ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780500093757
    Title: FRANCIS BACON : FIVE DECADES
    Author: BOND ANTHONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Twenty years after the artists death, this new publication presents a timely and rich overview of the life and work of Francis Bacon. The book includes some 60 paintings as well as photographs, ephemera and archival material largely drawn from the artists studio. An introduction and four essays by international experts look at specific aspects of Bacons work, from detailed analysis of archival material to a study of the influences of Marcel Duchamp. The paintings divide into a thematic chronology of five decades: the 1940s, which looks at the figure studies closely related to Bacons famous Three studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion; the 1950s, where his work is informed by Velazquez and van Gogh, but is also dominated by ambiguous, shadowy figures in sombre tones; the 1960s and 70s, which focus on the portraits and subsequent memorials to Bacons lover George Dyer, who died in 1971; the 1980s, while calmer and more naturalistic, reveal more haunted works which make reference to classical mythology and epic poetry. Each decade is defined by influences in his life and motifs which form part of an evolving pictorial language.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • FRIDA KAHLO
    FRIDA KAHLO
    ISBN: 9781786644824
    Title: FRIDA KAHLO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    The painful, exquisite art of Mexico's favourite artist was a product of immense physical pain, and an emotional tumultuous life. The new book features the range of her heavily autobiographical work, from the early explorations of personal suffering to the more dulled, painkiller-drenched paintings of her later life.

    Imprint: FLAMETREE PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FRIDA KAHLO & DIEGO RIVERA
    FRIDA KAHLO & DIEGO RIVERA
    CHAMBERS NICHOLAS [ED]
    ISBN: 9781741741230
    Title: FRIDA KAHLO & DIEGO RIVERA
    Author: CHAMBERS NICHOLAS [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    Leading twentieth-century Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were internationally acclaimed in their lifetime, and their art and lives have continued to provoke and captivate audiences.

    The works of Kahlo and Rivera demonstrate their fierce independence and the uniqueness of their artistic visions. Rivera's art projected outward, often on a vast scale, and was concerned with the construction of a national identity in post-revolutionary Mexico; Kahlo's art turned inward and represented Mexicanidad through an exploration of the artist's own identity. Kahlo's poor health, compounded by a tragic trolley-bus accident in her teens, informs much of her work. Beyond their art, the lives of Kahlo and Rivera were socially and politically active and their union often volatile.

    This book presents the pair in a "dialogue." It includes an introduction to their art and lives as well as an essay by Diego on Frida's art written in 1943 and an essay by Frida on Diego's art written in 1949. Each essay is followed by their artworks including outstanding self-portrait paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo, and major examples of Diego Rivera's canvas paintings.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • FRIDA KAHLO AT HOME
    FRIDA KAHLO AT HOME
    BARBEZAT SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9780711237322
    Title: FRIDA KAHLO AT HOME
    Author: BARBEZAT SUZANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Frida Kahlo at Home explores the influence of Mexican culture and tradition, La Casa Azul and other places Frida Kahlo called home, on her life and work.


    La Casa Azul, now one of the most visited museums in Mexico City, was the artist's birthplace and the home where she grew up, lived with her husband Diego Rivera for a number of years, and also where she died, in a room on the upper floor. She spent long periods of time in the house convalescing, first in 1918 when she contracted polio and again, at the age of 18, after the trolley accident which left her badly injured. Confined to her bed in casts and orthopedic devices and in constant pain and discomfort, she began to paint as a way to occupy her time.

    After marrying Rivera, Frida moved out of the Blue House, living in Mexico and abroad, moving for a brief time to the United States, until eventually returning to her childhood home.

    Fully illustrated, the book features Frida's paintings together with archive images and family photographs, objects and artefacts she collected and photographs of the surrounding landscape to provide an insight into how these places shaped this much-loved artist and how the homes and landscapes of her life relate to her work.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • GEORGE TETLOW AND MARK AND JILL PEARSE
    GEORGE TETLOW AND MARK AND JILL PEARSE
    MCLOUGHLIN LORRAINE
    ISBN: 9780646944456
    Title: GEORGE TETLOW AND MARK AND JILL PEARSE
    Author: MCLOUGHLIN LORRAINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Biographies and art works of George Tetlow and Mark and Jill Pearse.

    GEORGE TETLOW left the grey chill of Manchester in 1959 and migrated to Australia aged twenty-four. The amateur artist endured a warm Aussie welcome in a Mount Isa copper smelter, after which he worked for three years at Woomera. But people noted his artistic talent, and encouraged him to take it seriously. He went to the South Australian School of Art as a mature-age student, worked as an illustrator for Rigby publishers, then returned to the art school as a lecturer for twenty years, becoming loved as a teacher and well-known for his figurative drawing. In his fifties he trekked in the Himalaya for forty-five days -- thereafter travel significantly influenced and extended his subject matter, media and palette. Back in Australia, he soon retired to create art full-time, travel more and, with his wife, Erika Inhofer, set up Studio 13 in Normanville to showcase fine arts.

    The Australian-born JILL AND MARK PEARSE had childhoods in Victoria, Mark in the country and Jill in suburban Melbourne. They were young when they studied at the art school of the National Gallery of Victoria, and were still very impressionable when, soon after, they left for Europe on Mark's travelling scholarship. They settled in Adelaide when they returned to Australia, and Mark became an art master at St Peter's College where he also taught himself to pot. He became addicted to pottery making and, with Jill, established Pearse's Uraidla Pottery, and then Pearse's Pottery at Bungala House in Yankalilla. Thus by separate paths, those couples came to live south of Adelaide in the Yankalilla district, an area known for its many artists.

    In Lorraine McLoughlin's biography, George Tetlow and Mark and Jill Pearse -- Lives in Art, she has explored three particular lives and journeys, and reproduced images of their creative results. The back cover contains a DVD of interviews with them in their studios or homes.

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • GEORGIA O'KEEFFE
    GEORGIA O'KEEFFE
    BARSON TANYA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781849764032
    Title: GEORGIA O'KEEFFE
    Author: BARSON TANYA [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) was one of the foundational figures of American modernism. A seminal woman artist, she rose to prominence in the early twentieth century at the heart of the New York avant-garde circle that centred around Alfred Stieglitz, who would become O'Keeffe's husband. Many contemporary texts, as well as those written since, focus on their personal and professional relationship, and have re-hashed familiar cliches about O'Keeffe's work, particularly her best-known paintings of flowers.

    As this new book reveals, however, she was a complex and multi-faceted artist whose singular vision included landscapes, nature studies, still lifes and anthropological paintings, and who constantly experimented at the boundary between figuration and abstraction. Accompanying a major touring exhibition, this book brilliantly reassesses O'Keeffe's place in the canon of twentieth-century art.

    It features essays from a new generation of scholars, focusing on themes including O'Keeffe's place within the early modern avant-garde; the construction of identity and artistic persona; the influence of the cultures and landscapes of the places in which she worked; and the relationship between painting and photography, both within O'Keeffe's work and as part of her wider nexus of friends and fellow-artists, from Stieglitz to Paul Strand and Ansel Adams. The book will also feature reviews from the time of O'Keeffe's early exhibitions to give a contemporary insight into their reception. Lavishly illustrated with many rarely reproduced works and a full illustrated chronology, this is the definitive book on one of the most significant and popular artists of modern times.

    Imprint: TATE GALLERY
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS
    GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS
    JAMES JAMIE
    ISBN: 9780374163358
    Title: GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS
    Author: JAMES JAMIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the early days of steamship travel, artists stifled by the culture of their homelands fled to islands, jungles, and deserts in search of new creative and emotional frontiers. Their flight inspired a unique body of work that doesn't fit squarely within the Western canon, yet may be some of the most original statements we have about the range and depth of the artistic imagination. Focusing on six principal subjects, Jamie James locates "a lost national school" of artists who left their homes for the unknown. There is Walter Spies, the devastatingly handsome German painter who remade his life in Bali; Raden Saleh, the Javanese painter who found fame in Europe; Isabelle Eberhardt, a Russian-Swiss writer who roamed the Sahara dressed as an Arab man; the American experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, who went to Haiti and became a committed follower of voodoo. From France, Paul Gauguin left for Tahiti; and Victor Segalen, a naval doctor, poet, and novelist, immersed himself in classical Chinese civilisation in imperial Peking. In The Glamour of Strangeness, James evokes these extraordinary lives in portraits that bring the transcultural artist into sharp relief. Drawing on his own career as a travel writer and years of archival research uncovering previously unpublished letters and journals, James creates a penetrating study of the powerful connection between art and the exotic.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
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