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  • CALIFORNIA COOL : Art in Los Angeles 1960s-70s
    CALIFORNIA COOL : Art in Los Angeles 1960s-70s
    ISBN: 9780642334787
    Title: CALIFORNIA COOL : Art in Los Angeles 1960s-70s
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: February 2019 New Release

    California Cool: Art in Los Angeles, 1960s-70s draws on the National Gallery of Australia’s rich collection of international prints, artist’s books and photographs to tell the story of the cultural boom experienced in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s. This publication provides an account of this exciting period in the booming post-war Californian social and cultural landscape. Artists including Wallace Berman, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Ed Kienholz and Vija Celmins were staking out a place for LA as an artistic centre that had as much to offer international culture as whatever was happening at the time in New York or London.

    Imprint: NAT GALLERY OF VICTORIA
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • CELESTIAL ATLAS : A Journey in the Sky Through Maps
    CELESTIAL ATLAS : A Journey in the Sky Through Maps
    PERCIVALDI ELENA
    ISBN: 9788854413108
    Title: CELESTIAL ATLAS : A Journey in the Sky Through Maps
    Author: PERCIVALDI ELENA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    Since the time of the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians, the observation, study and representation of the night sky has been a challenge for humans, who have always found themselves both astonished at the sight of the vault of the sky illuminated by the stars, and eager to gain scientific knowledge and understanding of what they are observing.

    Imprint: WHITESTAR
    RRP: $79.99
    Price: $79.99
  • 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: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CHROMATOPIA : An Illustrated History of Colour
    CHROMATOPIA : An Illustrated History of Colour
    DAVID COLES
    ISBN: 9781760760021
    Title: CHROMATOPIA : An Illustrated History of Colour
    Author: DAVID COLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour; or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? Throughout history, artist pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and serendipity, Chromatopia reveals the origin stories of over 50 of history's most extraordinary pigments.

    Spanning the ancient world to modern leaps in technology, this is a book for the artist, the history buff, the science lover and the design fanatic.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CLARE BELFRAGE : Rhythms of Necessity
    CLARE BELFRAGE : Rhythms of Necessity
    LAWRENCE KAY
    ISBN: 9781743055656
    Title: CLARE BELFRAGE : Rhythms of Necessity
    Author: LAWRENCE KAY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Clare Belfrage has built an extraordinary career as a glass artist. 'Clare Belfrage: Rhythms of necessity' is the first major publication that explores the significance of her contribution to contemporary international glass art. Exhibited across the world, Belfrage's glass vessels explore the pulse and flow of forces that shape the natural world as well as the lived patterns of the everyday. A similar sense of rhythm underpins the structure of this book: an interleaving of short texts and stunning photographs of Belfrage's vessels that reveal her story to date. Belfrage's art practice is grounded in her experience of family life. She grew up in a large family in a house suffused with music and from early childhood enjoyed camping, which instilled in her a love of nature and the more-than-human world. As she says about looking closely at nature, 'the big feeling that "small" gives me is intimate and powerful'. Some of Belfrage's most celebrated series reveal her engagement with the rhythmic movements of glass-making, reflecting the dynamism and energy of the natural world. As well as showcasing her award-winning glass vessels, 'Clare Belfrage: Rhythms of necessity' explores the bodily processes of glass blowing, particularly the specific skills of fine cane drawing for which she is renowned. Belfrage demonstrates her finely honed techniques in workshops and public forums across the international glass art community. Her practice stands out for pushing the limits of glass in new and sensitive directions.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • DESPERATELY SEEKING BANKSY
    DESPERATELY SEEKING BANKSY
    TAPIES XAVIER
    ISBN: 9781742235967
    Title: DESPERATELY SEEKING BANKSY
    Author: TAPIES XAVIER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Banksy's subversive genius and astute political commentary are on full display in Desperately Seeking B**ksy, from The Flower Thrower (2003) and Kissing Coppers (2004) to ‘Bemusement Park’ Dismaland (2015) and ‘The hotel with the worst view in the world’, his brilliant Bethlehem installation The Walled Off Hotel (2017). With illuminating commentary from street art expert Xavier Tapies, and detailed maps to track down Banksy’s works, this is the definitive guide to the work of the world’s most famous — and elusive — graffiti artist.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DESTINATION ART : 500 Artworks Worth the Trip
    DESTINATION ART : 500 Artworks Worth the Trip
    ISBN: 9780714876467
    Title: DESTINATION ART : 500 Artworks Worth the Trip
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Art tourism has been a popular pursuit for generations of adventurers, and DESTINATION ART is the essential guide to 500 must-see examples of permanently installed place-specific art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Highlighting the best of public art in city centers, sculpture parks, site-specific installations in museums, memorials designed by contemporary artists, works of land art, and much more, DESTINATION ART is an informative and enjoyable overview of the most significant and travel-worthy art around the globe.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • DISCOVERING DOBELL
    DISCOVERING DOBELL
    HEATHCOTE CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781743054802
    Title: DISCOVERING DOBELL
    Author: HEATHCOTE CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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