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  • DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART   **Special Price**
    DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART **Special Price**
    MILLER STEVEN
    ISBN: 9781743054086
    Title: DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART **Special Price**
    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: $14.99
  • DORRIT BLACK : Unseen Forces
    DORRIT BLACK : Unseen Forces
    LOCK-WEIR TRACEY
    ISBN: 9781921668180
    Title: DORRIT BLACK : Unseen Forces
    Author: LOCK-WEIR TRACEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: R/PRINT UND CONSIDERATION

    Dorrit Black is the last major Australian modernist to be the subject of a monograph. Her importance to Australian art has not been revised for thirty-five years, and the book aims to reposition her as a figure of great significance in the development of Australian modernism. The book places Dorrit Black at the forefront of bringing to Australia the revolutionary movement of cubism upon her return to Sydney from Europe in late 1929. Black significantly contributed to the acceptance of modernism in Australia through both her teaching and art practice in Sydney and Adelaide. Although best-known as a print-maker the book highlights her talent as a painter. The power and luminosity of her later Adelaide south coast and Adelaide Hills landscapes are unsurpassed and demonstrate a major shift in modern Australian landscape painting. The book illustrates in colour a selection of her paintings, linocut prints, drawings, watercolours and textiles and the subjects range from portraiture, still life to landscape. The essays are broadly chronological and cover several major themes: Black’s formative European period (1927–29), her second Sydney period (1930–33) and her Adelaide period (1935–51)..

    Imprint: ART GALLERY OF SA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    LEUNIG MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780143788577
    Title: DUCKS FOR DARK TIMES
    Author: LEUNIG MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collection of cartoons about many strange and lovely things- kind words for dark days; simple poems concerning wonderful mysteries; reflections on sadness, joy, dismay, sanity, soup and beauty. Also- doubts, confessions, laments and tributes. Spirited depictions of dogs, ducks, teapots and trees, with various peculiar attempts to shine some light on dark and troubled times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • ENCOUNTERS WITH PEGGY GUGGENHEIM
    ENCOUNTERS WITH PEGGY GUGGENHEIM
    MOSES STEFAN
    ISBN: 9781784881870
    Title: ENCOUNTERS WITH PEGGY GUGGENHEIM
    Author: MOSES STEFAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Born into a wealthy New York family in 1928, Marguerite 'Peggy' Guggenheim one of the greatest art collectors of the 20th century. Using her inheritance to open her first art gallery, Peggy's love of art lead to to eventually settle in Venice, where she relaunched her life after becoming the star of the 1948 Venice Art Biennale. For her, a life without the inspiration of her artist and writer friends would have been just as unthinkable as a life without art per se.

    In Encounters with Peggy Guggenheim, renowned photographer stefan moses reveals his collection of photographs of Peggy, taken between 1969 and 1974, many which have never been seen before. Striking, eccentric and dramatic, Moses' photographed Peggy in her favourite places around Venice, as well as in her private palazzo at Canal Grande. See her Peggy as she glides on her gondola with her Lhasa apso dogs, wearing her iconic butterfly glasses made by Edward Melcarth – the quickness and talent of moses captures the character of this true eccentric.

    An inspiration for art-, photography- and fashion-lovers alike, Encounters with Peggy Guggenheim is a behind-the-scenes look at of one of the world's most eccentric and inspirational women.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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
  • FORGOTTEN NOTEBOOK
    FORGOTTEN NOTEBOOK
    CHURCHER BETTY
    ISBN: 9780522868678
    Title: FORGOTTEN NOTEBOOK
    Author: CHURCHER BETTY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • FRED W MCDARRAH : New York Scenes
    FRED W MCDARRAH : New York Scenes
    ISBN: 9781419728976
    Title: FRED W MCDARRAH : New York Scenes
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    During his 50-year association with the Village Voice, Fred W. McDarrah (1926–2007) covered the city’s downtown scenes, producing an unmatched and encyclopedic visual record of people, movements, and events. McDarrah frequented the bars, cafés, and galleries where writers, artists, and musicians gathered, and he was welcome in the apartments and lofts of the city’s avant-garde cultural aristocracy. He captured every vital moment, from Jack Kerouac reading poetry, to Bob Dylan hanging out in Sheridan Square, to Andy Warhol filming in the Factory, to the Stonewall Riots. Through his lens, we see the legendary birth of ideas and attitudes that continue to shape the character and allure of New York today.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • FRIDA KAHLO
    FRIDA KAHLO
    ISBN: 9781786644824
    Title: FRIDA KAHLO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 : Making Her Self Up
    FRIDA KAHLO : Making Her Self Up
    WILCOX CLAIRE
    ISBN: 9781851779604
    Title: FRIDA KAHLO : Making Her Self Up
    Author: WILCOX CLAIRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A gorgeous book focussing on Frida Kahlo 's wardrobe - as distinctive and instantly recognisable as her much-celebrated art.

    Frida Kahlo (1907-1958) is an artist with a unique international appeal. Her instantly recognizable work draws extensively on her life and her extraordinarily personal reflections upon it.

    On Kahlo 's death, her husband Diego Rivera ordered that her most private possessions be locked away until fifteen years after his death. The bathroom in which her belongings were stored in fact remained unopened until 2004. Through this incredible archive, Frida Kahlo will give the reader a unique window into Kahlo 's life. It will focus on the personal, combining her prosthetics and clothes with self-portraits, diary entries and letters to build an intimate portrait of the artist through her possessions, setting this in the context of her political and social beliefs.

    Imprint: VICTORIA AND ALBERT
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • 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
  • GAINSBOROUGH : A PORTRAIT
    GAINSBOROUGH : A PORTRAIT
    HAMILTON JAMES
    ISBN: 9781474600521
    Title: GAINSBOROUGH : A PORTRAIT
    Author: HAMILTON JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Gainsborough (1727-88) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose libidinous way of speaking, writing and behaving that shocked many deeply. He would be dynamite in polite society today.In this exhilarating new biography - the first in decades - James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his art in the shadow of Hogarth; falling on his feet when he married a duke's daughter with a handsome private income; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio; the charming and amusing friend of George III and Queen Charlotte who nevertheless kept clear of the aristocratic embrace.

    There has been much art history written about this chameleon of art, but with fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • 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
  • GEORGIA OKEEFFE AT HOME
    GEORGIA OKEEFFE AT HOME
    GUZMAN ALICIA INEZ
    ISBN: 9780711239036
    Title: GEORGIA OKEEFFE AT HOME
    Author: GUZMAN ALICIA INEZ
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'When I got to New Mexico that was mine. As soon as I saw it, that was my country.'

    Despite Georgia's own assertions that a biographic interpretation of her work will yield little insight, it is plain to see that the various places Georgia called home had a massive impact on her artwork.
    Beginning with her teaching career in Texas, through her time in New York City and Lake George (in the company of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz) and ending at her two desert ranches in New Mexico, Georgia O'Keeffe at Home explores the influence of the various landscapes and cities Georgia inhabited - as well as the places she travelled to - on her life and artwork.
    Fully illustrated, the book features Georgia's drawings and paintings together with archival imagery of her houses, friends and family from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, including photographs by Alfred Stieglitz and other notable contemporaries.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • HANS HEYSEN
    HANS HEYSEN
    KLEPAC LOU
    ISBN: 9780947349103
    Title: HANS HEYSEN
    Author: KLEPAC LOU
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Hans Heysen is one of the giants of Australian art who transformed the way we see the Australian landscape during the first two decades of Federation. Back from four years of study in Europe at the end of 1903, he achieved an astronomical success within twelve months of his return. Two major works were acquired by State Galleries and he was awarded the Wynne Prize, the first of nine times. In December 1904 he married Sallie Bartels who became his perfect partner. They moved to Hahndorf in 1908 and in 1912 acquired The Cedars, a house and property which proved to be the ideal home for Heysen the painter and his large family.

    Heysen's art is the result of great technical skill and his passion and understanding of the Australian landscape. What to others was 'the bush', for Heysen it was the miraculous and mystical essence of nature. He was inspired by light and the landscape of Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills, which he transformed into an Arcadian vision that can still haunt us with its sense of timeless beauty. Not only did he produce a range of masterpieces such as Red Gold (1912); Droving into the Light (1921) and The Three Gums (1921), but he also ventured into the Flinders Ranges in 1926, where he discovered a primordial landscape. Some of his finest works are the result of his many visits to the interior of the continent, which captured his imagination to the end of his life.

    The author, Lou Klepac, has had a long association with Hans Heysen. When he became Curator of Paintings at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1966, Hans Heysen was still on the Art Gallery Board of Trustees. He invited Klepac to The Cedars and showed him through the studio. He has seen all the major exhibitions devoted to Heysen since 1966 and in 1988 he organised a comprehensive exhibition, 'Hans Heysen Drawings and Watercolours' for the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.

    The book has 149 plates, with numerous illustrations and photographs, and with special sections devoted to major paintings. It includes detailed biographical notes on the artist as well as informative quotes from the artist's letters.

    Imprint: PERIBO
    RRP: $120.00

    Price: $120.00
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