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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
  • 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
  • EARTH GAZERS
    EARTH GAZERS
    POTTER CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781784974329
    Title: EARTH GAZERS
    Author: POTTER CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For thousands of years, we have struggled to rise above the surface of the Earth. 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the moment three human beings escaped the pull of the Earth's gravitational field for the first time, and saw what no one had ever seen before, the Earth as a sphere falling through the empty darkness of space. Even today only 24 people have had that experience: the Apollo astronauts who went on the nine manned missions to the moon that took place between 1968 and 1972. The astronauts returned with photographic evidence that the Earth was beautiful, seemingly fragile and different from any other heavenly body. The photographs known as Earthrise, taken during the first manned mission, and The Blue Marble, taken during the last mission, have become two of the most reproduced and most influential images of all time. They were taken almost as an afterthought and inspired a whole generation to think about our responsibility for this tiny oasis in space. In his remarkably wide-ranging book, Christopher Potter writes of the early heroic days of aviation and of the often-blemished visionaries who inspired the journey into space: Charles Lindbergh, Robert Goddard and Wernher von Braum. Now more than ever the need to see ourselves from an outside-perspective is urgent. Can we learn to see ourselves for what we truly are: inhabitants of a world without borders? The Earth Gazers is a timely and entrancingly written exploration of the ways in which this new perspective on ourselves did indeed change us, and of how the opportunity for truly radical change was thwarted.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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
  • ENDANGERED
    ENDANGERED
    FLACH TIM
    ISBN: 9780500501139
    Title: ENDANGERED
    Author: FLACH TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We can’t save the world if we don’t care about the world. Visual imagery plays a huge role in helping us to care about what is happening around us. Endangered is an experiment by award-winning photographer Tim Flach in how and why we connect emotionally to other forms of life through visual imagery.

    Through Tim’s extraordinary up-close photographs, we see:

    • The last of the white rhinos – there are only three left in the world: two females incapable of carrying a child and one male with low sperm count
    • The majestic swarms of the Monarch Butterly, whose milkweed crops are being destroyed by herbicides
    • The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect – an extinction success story! Thought to be extinct in 1920 after rats from a wrecked Glaswegian cargo ship made it to shore and caused chaos on Lord Howe Island. A tiny colony of 24 specimens was discovered on the tiny rocky outcrop of Balls Pyramid in 2001 and has now been saved in the Melbourne Zoo.

    We also learn that:

    • Bees are worth 300 billion USD to the global economy
    • 100 million sharks are killed for their fins every year
    • Some fast-growing coral can recover from damage within 10-15 years, if given a chance...

    This immense book is a staggeringly beautiful siren call to connect people with nature.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • ESSENTIAL MARILYN MONROE : Milton H Greene 50 Sessions
    ESSENTIAL MARILYN MONROE : Milton H Greene 50 Sessions
    GREENE JOSHUA
    ISBN: 9781851498673
    Title: ESSENTIAL MARILYN MONROE : Milton H Greene 50 Sessions
    Author: GREENE JOSHUA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Milton H. Greene (1922-1985), famous for his fashion photography and celebrity portraits from the golden age of Hollywood, met Marilyn Monroe on a photo shoot for Look magazine in 1953. The pair developed an instant rapport, quickly becoming close friends and ultimately business partners. In 1954, after helping her get out of her studio contract with 20th Century Fox, they created Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. Milton and Marilyn were much more then business partners, Marilyn became a part of the Greene family. By the time their relationship had ended in 1957, the pair had produced two feature films, in addition to more than 5,000 photographs of the iconic beauty. There was magic in Milton and Marilyn's working relationship. The trust and confidence they had in each other's capabilities was on full display in each photo.

    Greene passed in 1985, thinking his life's work was succumbing to the ravages of time. His eldest son, Joshua, began a journey to meticulously restore his father's legacy. A photographer himself, Joshua spent years researching ways to restore his father's photographs as well as cataloging and promoting Milton's vast body of work all over the world. As a result, Joshua established "The Archives," a company committed to the restoration and preservation of photography. After spending nearly two decades restoring his father's archive, Joshua Greene and his company are widely regarded as one of the leaders in photographic restoration and have been at the forefront of the digital imaging and large-format printing revolution.

    Now Joshua Greene, in conjunction with Iconic Images, presents The Essential Marilyn Monroe: Milton H. Greene, 50 Sessions. With 280 photographs, including many never-before published and unseen images, newly scanned and restored classics, as well as images that have appeared only once in publication, Greene's Marilyn Monroe archive can finally be viewed as it was originally intended when these pictures were first produced more than 60 years ago. These classic sessions - 50 in all - cover Monroe at the height of her astonishing beauty and meteoric fame. From film-sets to the bedroom, at home and at play, Joshua has curated a lasting tribute to the work of a great photographer and his greatest muse.

    Poignant and powerful, joyful and stunning - these breath-taking images of an icon stand above all the rest and The Essential Marilyn Monroe: Milton H. Greene, 50 Sessions will sure to be a book that will become the platinum standard in photography monographs.

    Milton H. Greene, was one of the earliest and best photographers working in the early days of colour photography. Outside his outstanding Monroe images, he has worked with a plethora of other celebrities, from Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Audrey Hepburn, to Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Dizzy Gillespie and Judy Garland.

    153 colour, 138 b/w images

    Imprint: ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB
    RRP: $99.00

    Price: $99.00
  • 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
  • FACE OF BRITAIN : THE STORIES BEHIND THE NATIONS PORTRAITS
    FACE OF BRITAIN : THE STORIES BEHIND THE NATIONS PORTRAITS
    SCHAMA SIMON
    ISBN: 9780670922307
    Title: FACE OF BRITAIN : THE STORIES BEHIND THE 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: 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
  • 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: 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 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
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