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  • 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: DECEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 ART MEMES
    CLASSIC ART MEMES
    WARD ROB
    ISBN: 9781787411883
    Title: CLASSIC ART MEMES
    Author: WARD ROB
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This hilarious book is full of laugh-out-loud classic art memes to brighten your day.

    Hath thou seen thy Classic Art Memes?

    From renaissance to baroque, rococo to romantics, historical art is made hysterical with amusing modern wit in this laugh-out-loud book.

    Imprint: TEMPLAR PUBLISHING
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 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
  • COCKATOO
    COCKATOO
    ISBN: 9780500501122
    Title: COCKATOO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Did you know that the word cockatoo comes from the Malay word kakatua? Or that most cockatoos are left-footed? Did you know their closest relatives are parrots; and that they’re amongst the world’s longest-living birds? Richly illustrated with over 80 interpretations of the species, Cockatoo is perfect for animal lovers, illustration buffs, and souvenir hunters.



    From Galahs and Sulphur-crested cockies to the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, there is a lot to learn about Australia’s cheekiest, much-beloved species of bird.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • DEATH : A Graveside Companion
    DEATH : A Graveside Companion
    EBENSTEIN JOANNA
    ISBN: 9780500519714
    Title: DEATH : A Graveside Companion
    Author: EBENSTEIN JOANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Death is an inevitable fact of life. Throughout the centuries, humanity has sought to understand this sobering thought through art and ritual. The theme of memento mori informs medieval Danse Macabre, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Renaissance paintings of dissected corpses and "anatomical Eves," Gothic literature, funeral effigies, Halloween, and paintings of the Last Judgment. Deceased ancestors are celebrated in the Mexican Day of the Dead, while the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead to secure their afterlife. A volume of unprecedented breadth and sinister beauty, Death: A Graveside Companion examines a staggering range of cultural attitudes toward death. The book is organized into themed chapters: The Art of Dying, Examining the Dead, Memorializing the Dead, The Personification of Death, Symbolizing Death, Death as Amusement, and The Dead After Life. Each chapter begins with thought-provoking articles by curators, academics, and journalists followed by gallery spreads presenting a breathtaking variety of death-related imagery and artifacts. From skulls to the dance of death, statuettes to ex libris, memento mori to memorabilia, the majority of the images are of artifacts in the astonishing collection of Richard Harris and range from 2000 BCE to the present day, running the gamut of both high and popular culture.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    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 BOOK
    DESIGN BOOK
    ISBN: 9780714865799
    Title: DESIGN BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A 'design classic' is an industrially manufactured object with timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and, despite the year in which it was designed, is still up to date. The objects in this book - all of which are still in production today - are presented chronologically: each on a single page with a large image and a concise caption, written by one of over fifty experts in the field of design. These texts provide a historical context, with key information about the development of the design, and an explanation as to why that particular design is important and groundbreaking.

    This mini edition of the best-selling Phaidon Design Classics series gives the reader an understanding not only of the history of design, but also the history of taste and culture. It is an extraordinary journey through the objects that have shaped our society, from the first attempts to combine function and beauty in the nineteenth century, through the machine aesthetics of the thirties, the advent of plastic and other new materials in the fifties and sixties, up to the 'classics'-to-be of the last ten years.

    The book includes not only classic objects created by great and internationally renowned designers, such as Breuer, Le Corbusier, Dreyfuss, Eames, Yanagi and Castiglioni, to name but a few, but also anonymously designed pieces, such as the clothes peg, the deck chair, the corkscrew and the chopstick, which, in spite of lacking a specific designer, have achieved such perfection in design and functionality that they have eliminated the possibility of improvement. From the paperclip, to the Alvar Aalto Savoy vase, to the Jaguar E Type, all of the objects featured in the book fill our desks, cupboards, kitchens, purses, dreams and pockets.



    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • 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
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