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  • 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
  • INKING THE BORDERS OF HEAVEN AND HELL : THE AMAZING ART OF RAMON MAIDEN
    INKING THE BORDERS OF HEAVEN AND HELL : THE AMAZING ART OF RAMON MAIDEN
    MAIDEN RAMON
    ISBN: 9781909051171
    Title: INKING THE BORDERS OF HEAVEN AND HELL : THE AMAZING ART OF RAMON MAIDEN
    Author: MAIDEN RAMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first book of Ramon Maiden's considerable body of work

    Dandy delinquent, artist and wanderlust king, Ramon Maiden has acquired a dedicated following on both sides of the Atlantic for creating that rare thing—a totally original, recognizable aesthetic derived from the traditions of tattoo. Working with old religious prints and magazines, Ramon usurps them with startling inkings which add a whole new dimension to images which might otherwise have been consigned to extinction. Madonnas with serpent tattoos, photos of male torsos in vintage medical books overlain with mystical imagery, and 1930s pinups smiling sweetly yet inked with dragons and daggers, all suggest another, very contemporary, dimension. Maiden is being increasingly fêted, with recent solo shows in NYC and London.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • INSIDE THE ART MARKET: Australia's Galleries 1956-1976
    INSIDE THE ART MARKET: Australia's Galleries 1956-1976
    HEATHCOTE CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780500500705
    Title: INSIDE THE ART MARKET: Australia's Galleries 1956-1976
    Author: HEATHCOTE CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Upfront, street savvy, and enthralling, this book is an indispensable tool in understanding the role of the art market. Dr Christopher Heathcote is the author of numerous publications on Australian art, and in this latest offering he traces the history and growth of Australia's private and independent galleries since 1956. Heathcote shares the inside story of how private art galleries have assisted our leading artists to gain public attention and how a cluster of trailblazing gallery owners including Kym Bonython, Rudy Komon, Anne and Tam Purves, Terry Clune, Barry Stern, Georges Mora and Frank Watters, transformed the business of selling pictures.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • IRIDESCENCE : THE PLAY OF COLOURS
    IRIDESCENCE : THE PLAY OF COLOURS
    SUTTON PETER / SNOW MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780500500590
    Title: IRIDESCENCE : THE PLAY OF COLOURS
    Author: SUTTON PETER / SNOW MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book introduces and explains the mysterious capacity of the human eye to perceive the beautiful effects of iridescence, or non-pigmented colour, on a wide range of phenomena that seldom fail to capture our attention, and have particular applications in art and the environment. In this book, the shimmer of iridescent colours—on ancient glass, abalone and pearl shells, soap bubbles and oil slicks, rainbows, feathers of the peacock and rifle bird, butterfly wings and even computer discs—is both explained scientifically and presented via a range of spectacular images drawn from the natural world and the realm of world art. Iridescence is an important component in the arts of the Asia- Pacific region and Indigenous art of Australia, where pearl shell is frequently a major component and iridescent feathers are a feature of ceremonial dress. Iridescence is irresistible and wondrous to human eyes.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA
    JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA
    TAYLOR SUE
    ISBN: 9780642277657
    Title: JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: TAYLOR SUE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1838, John Gould, the father of Australian ornithology visited Australia with the intention of gathering material for his great work on Australian birds. In the resulting publication, The Birds of Australia: In Seven Volumes (1848), and the accompanying Supplement (1869), Gould named, for the first time, no fewer than 32 Australian bird species. Goulds words about the Norfolk Island Kaka were propheticthe last bird of its kind died in a cage in London in 1851. Since then, a number of other species illustrated in The Birds of Australia have become extinct and others are now facing extinction. John Goulds Extinct and Endangered Birds of Australia features 59 plates of birds from Goulds eight-volume work, birds that today are threatened or that no longer exist. Featuring exquisite full-colour lithographs reproduced from the National Library of Australias copy of The Birds of Australia, this book gives an insight into the history of each birds European discovery, as well as its subsequent fortunes or misfortunes.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $14.99
  • JOHN OLSEN : A RECIPE FOR ART
    JOHN OLSEN : A RECIPE FOR ART
    SANTORO LEANNE
    ISBN: 9780500500859
    Title: JOHN OLSEN : A RECIPE FOR ART
    Author: SANTORO LEANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    As a young man John Olsen made a life-changing discovery – Mediterranean cuisine, ‘the cuisine of the sun’. Fresh, seasonal produce and its preparation has been central to his life and a key ingredient in his creativity and his art, from his famous paella paintings to lively sketches in his journals.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • KEN MARTIN - SCULPTURE
    KEN MARTIN - SCULPTURE
    MARTIN KEN
    ISBN: 9780994524300
    Title: KEN MARTIN - SCULPTURE
    Author: MARTIN KEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $115.00
    Price: $115.00
  • KIFFY RUBBO : CURATING THE 1970S
    KIFFY RUBBO : CURATING THE 1970S
    BURKE JANINE / HUGHES HELEN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781925321395
    Title: KIFFY RUBBO : CURATING THE 1970S
    Author: BURKE JANINE / HUGHES HELEN [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Kiffy Rubbo was a dynamic and unique force in Australian art in the 1970s. It was the time of 'the personal is political', of the Vietnam War and the draft, of Indigenous rights and feminism. It was under Kiffy Rubbo's leadership — and at a time when the artistic community was increasingly seen as an alternative to the mainstream political rhetoric — that the George Paton Gallery, at the University of Melbourne, would become known as a vital, nationally recognised centre for contemporary art.


    Through Kiffy's visionary and progressive approach, the gallery was transformed into a hub for ideas and discussion, and art-political activism. It became the home for feminist enterprises such as the Women’s Art Movement and the Women’s Art Register, as well as fostering publications such as the Art Almanac and Arts Melbourne. Many major contemporary artists, such as Elizabeth Gower, Stelarc, Peter Tyndall, and Lyndal Jones, were early exhibitors there.

    Featuring contributions by many significant curators, artists, and critics, Kiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s explores for the first time Rubbo’s enduring legacy — and the immense role that she played in nurturing Australian visual-art culture at such a crucial time in its history..

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LIBERTY STYLE
    LIBERTY STYLE
    WOOD MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780711234741
    Title: LIBERTY STYLE
    Author: WOOD MARTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2015 NEW RELEASE

    The story of Liberty's is the story of design. The brand has been an international by-word for style and innovation since May 1875, when Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened the doors of his Regent Steet shop. The son of a draper, Arthur Liberty (1843-1917) was inspired by the conviction that if he could only raise the capital to open his own shop, he could change the whole look of fashion in dress and interior decoration. He did exactly that. With an impressive ability to spot talent and to promote good, innovative and interesting design, Liberty's shop quickly became the epicentre of London's Aesthetic movement, the place where Oscar Wilde bought Japanese silk. Succesive movements found a home at Liberty's: Arts and Crafts; Art Nouveau; Art Deco; and the Georgian revival. The work of almost all the great designers of the past century in the fields of glass, metalwork, furniture, ceramics, fashion and, above all, textiles has appeared under the Liberty label.

    In this book Martin Wood tells the story of Liberty's, its design and its designers: from the pewter and silverware of Archibald Knox and the Silver Studio and William DeMorgan's tiles to the fabrics of Lucienne Day, Sonia Delaunay and Bernard Nevill and the furniture of Piero Fornasetti, Vico Magistretti and even Ringo Starr.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • LIBRARY BOOK
    LIBRARY BOOK
    SCHIFF THOMAS R
    ISBN: 9781597113748
    Title: LIBRARY BOOK
    Author: SCHIFF THOMAS R
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In pre–Revolutionary War America, libraries were member-driven collections for the elite; it was not until 1790 that Benjamin Franklin helped to establish the first public lending library. Throughout the subsequent centuries the library has evolved, but always remained central to the cultural life of the nation.

    Thomas R. Schiff’s photographs trace the history of the library through aesthetic and style while featuring legendary architects such as Charles F. McKim; Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge; and I. M. Pei.

    The Library Book beautifully captures the shifting architectural styles and missions of the library in sweeping 360-degree panoramas from the very earliest American libraries to the modernist masterpieces of Louis I. Kahn and others.

    In his introductory essay, acclaimed author and library lover Alberto Manguel considers the story of the library in America, its evolving architecture and cultural role, and how the American model reflects the archetypal idea of the universal library.

    Including brief descriptions of each unique library, this book brings bibliophiles into one hundred libraries across the nation.

    Imprint: APERTURE
    RRP: $120.00

    Price: $120.00
  • LIVING DESIGN
    LIVING DESIGN
    DURIE JAMIE
    ISBN: 9781921383090
    Title: LIVING DESIGN
    Author: DURIE JAMIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In his first book on interior design, internationally-acclaimed designer Jamie Durie shows us how to create a home totally at one with nature.

    International award-winning designer and TV host Jamie Durie has long been passionate about creating outdoor rooms – luxurious living spaces where we can cook, eat, bathe and sleep outdoors – but he is equally driven to create interiors that bring the outdoors inside. Over the last decade his work has evolved from landscape design into a very successful furniture and interior design practice. At the heart of his design philosophy is his belief that the closer we live to nature, the happier we feel.

    Living Design explores ‘Transterior’ homes where the interior and exterior of a home merge. In this book Jamie, along with Durie Design’s creative director Nadine Bush, showcases exceptional houses from around the world, including Jamie’s own, and demonstrates innovative ways to integrate nature into the home with plants, colours, textures, materials and architecture. Learn how to create a home that is a living sanctuary and make the natural world part of your everyday life.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • LURE OF THE SUN : CHARLES BLACKMAN IN QUEENSLAND
    LURE OF THE SUN : CHARLES BLACKMAN IN QUEENSLAND
    ISBN: 9781921503764
    Title: LURE OF THE SUN : CHARLES BLACKMAN IN QUEENSLAND
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Charles Blackman (1928–) is a major mid-twentieth-century artist who has had an important link with Queensland since his first visit to Brisbane in 1948. Here, he was influenced by Sidney Nolan and became acquainted with the young artists of the Miya Studio, especially Laurence Hope. Several of his important series — ‘Alice’, ‘Face and flowers’ and ‘Schoolgirls’ — were inspired by this context. He also had a significant working relationship with the expressionist painter Jon Molvig who was working in Brisbane from 1953.

    This exhibition and publication explores the connections between these artists in Brisbane at that time. Richly illustrated, the publication features three essays; Michael Hawker (Associate Curator, Australian Art, QAGOMA) explores Blackman’s years in Queensland, focusing on the artist’s creative friendships with painters and poets; Michele Helmrich (Associate Director, Curatorial, University of Queensland Art Museum) discusses Blackman’s connection with the young artists of the Brisbane-based Miya Studio and the Barjai writers; and Anne Carter (Conservator, Paintings, QAGOMA) reveals the findings of recent research into Blackman’s materials and techniques, specifically the artist’s experimentation with house paints.

    Imprint: QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • MAMMOTH BOOK OF SKULLS : EXPLORING THE ICON FROM FASHION TO STREET ART
    MAMMOTH BOOK OF SKULLS : EXPLORING THE ICON FROM FASHION TO STREET ART
    ISBN: 9781472111500
    Title: MAMMOTH BOOK OF SKULLS : EXPLORING THE ICON FROM FASHION TO STREET ART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Skulls have always captured the human imagination. Now, The Mammoth Book of Skulls collects the most engaging and exciting images of the skull from pop culture around the world. This collection brings together a visual feast of the popular doom-laden image from graphic novels, manga, graphic design, movies, art, costume, make-up, vintage advertising, and popular culture, along with the just plain weird. With stunning photography throughout, this book provides a wide range of unique and engaging interpretations of the iconic image.

    Imprint: ROBINSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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