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  • 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
  • FEATHERSTON
    FEATHERSTON
    ISSAC GEOFF
    ISBN: 9780500501108
    Title: FEATHERSTON
    Author: ISSAC GEOFF
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    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
  • FRANCE IS A FEAST : The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child
    FRANCE IS A FEAST : The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child
    PRUD'HOMME ALEX
    ISBN: 9780500519073
    Title: FRANCE IS A FEAST : The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child
    Author: PRUD'HOMME ALEX
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE



    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • 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
  • GAINSBOROUGH : A PORTRAIT
    GAINSBOROUGH : A PORTRAIT
    HAMILTON JAMES
    ISBN: 9781474600521
    Title: GAINSBOROUGH : A PORTRAIT
    Author: HAMILTON JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times 'Brings one of the very greatest [artists] vividly to life' Literary Review Thomas 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: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    '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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • HOUSE OF PLANTS : LIVING WITH SUCCULENTS AIR PLANTS AND CACTI
    HOUSE OF PLANTS : LIVING WITH SUCCULENTS AIR PLANTS AND CACTI
    RAY ROSE
    ISBN: 9780711238374
    Title: HOUSE OF PLANTS : LIVING WITH SUCCULENTS AIR PLANTS AND CACTI
    Author: RAY ROSE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    House of Plants is a practical and beautiful guide to how to love and care for your succulents, cacti and air plants. These indoor plants are handsome, hardy and perfect for urban living - and this book is a comprehensive companion, showing you how to nurture and enjoy these plants, as well as how to stylishly arrange them in your home.

    Caro Langton and Rose Ray detail how to look after individual plants, running through the soil, watering, light, food and more. They also show you how to take cuttings to share with friends, make gifts, terrariums and displays, and make these plants part of your life.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • HUMANS OF NEW YORK
    HUMANS OF NEW YORK
    STANTON BRANDON
    ISBN: 9781250038821
    Title: HUMANS OF NEW YORK
    Author: STANTON BRANDON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the summer of 2010, the author set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The result of these efforts was "Humans of New York," a vibrant blog in which he featured his photos alongside quotes and anecdotes. Inspired by the blog, this book features four hundred colour photos.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $24.95
  • IN MONTMARTE : PICASSO MATISSE AND MODERNISM IN PARIS 1900-1910
    IN MONTMARTE : PICASSO MATISSE AND MODERNISM IN PARIS 1900-1910
    ROE SUE
    ISBN: 9780241956038
    Title: IN MONTMARTE : PICASSO MATISSE AND MODERNISM IN PARIS 1900-1910
    Author: ROE SUE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The real revolution in the arts first took place not, as is commonly supposed, in the 1920s to the accompaniment of the Charleston, black jazz and mint juleps, but more quietly and intimately, in the shadow of the windmills - artificial and real - and in the cafés and cabarets of Montmartre during the first decade of the century. The cross-fertilization of painting, writing, music and dance produced a panorama of activity characterized by the early works of Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck and Modigliani, the appearance of the Ballet Russe and the salons of Gertrude Stein.

    In In Montmartre, Sue Roe vividly brings to life the bohemian world of art in Paris between 1900-1910.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99
    Price: $27.99
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