• 100 Works of Art that Will Define Our Age
    100 Works of Art that Will Define Our Age
    ISBN: 9780500292204
    Title: 100 Works of Art that Will Define Our Age

    Just as Picasso's Guernica or Gericault's Raft of the Medusa survive as powerful cultural documents of their time, there will be works from our own era that will endure for generations to come.

    Kelly Grovier curates a compelling list of one hundred paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, performances, and video pieces that have made the greatest impact from 1989 to the present. The global cast includes Marina Abramović , Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, Cristina Iglesias, On Kawara, Jeff Koons, Ernesto Neto, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Kara Walker, and Ai Weiwei. Many of the pieces reflect the cultural upheavals of recent times, from the collapse of the Berlin Wall to the blossoming of the Arab Spring.

    A daring yet convincing analysis of which artworks best capture the zeitgeist of our time, Grovier's list also provides a much-needed map through the landscape of contemporary art. Illustrations of key works are supplemented by comparative images, and short texts offer a biography of each artwork, tracing its inception and impact, and offering a view not only into the imagination of the artist but into the age in which we live.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $65.00
  • 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Revised & Updated
    1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Revised & Updated
    ISBN: 9780789322319
    Title: 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Revised & Updated

    From Ancient Egyptian frescoes to the Renaissance masters, from French Impressionists to American Abstract Expressionists, this highly browsable guide embraces all cultures and every style of painting from 4,000 BC to the present. A visually arresting reference for art lovers and students, it provides a truly comprehensive worldwide gazeteer of paintings organized chronologically by date of completion. Each entry includes the history of the painting, information about the artist or artistic movement, the current location of the painting (all are on view to the public), as well as other details. The works are also indexed by artist and by title, making for easy cross-referencing. Included are popular paintings, key works that are the most breathtaking for their extraordinary power and beauty, paintings that were turning points in the history of art, and rediscovered masterpieces, making1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Diean art museum in its own right.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $63.00
  • 1434: the Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to France & Ignited the Renaissance
    1434: the Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to France & Ignited the Renaissance
    ISBN: 9780007269556
    Title: 1434: the Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to France & Ignited the Renaissance

    In his bestselling book 1421:The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies revealed that it was the Chinese that discovered America, not Columbus. Now he presents further astonishing evidence that it was also Chinese advances in science, art, and technology that formed the basis of the European Renaissance and our modern world.In his bestselling book 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies presented controversial and compelling evidence that Chinese fleets beat Columbus, Cook and Magellan to the New World. But his research has led him to astonishing new discoveries that Chinese influence on Western culture didn't stop there.Until now, scholars have considered that the Italian Renaissance - the basis of our modern Western world - came about as a result of a re-examining the ideas of classical Greece and Rome. A stunning reappraisal of history is about to be published.Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that a sophisticated Chinese delegation visited Italy in 1434, sparked the Renaissance, and forever changed the course of Western civilization. After that date the authority of Aristotle and Ptolemy was overturned and artistic conventions challenged, as was Arabic astronomy and cartography.Florence and Venice of the 15th century attracted traders from across the world. Menzies presents astonishing evidence that a large Chinese fleet, official ambassadors of the Emperor, arrived in Tuscany in 1434 where they met with Pope Eugenius IV in Florence. A mass of information was given by the Chinese delegation to the Pope and his entourage - concerning world maps (which Menzies argues were later given to Columbus), astronomy, mathematics, art, printing, architecture, steel manufacture, civil engineering, military machines, surveying, cartography, genetics, and more. It was this gift of knowledge that sparked the inventiveness of the Renaissance - Da Vinci's inventions, the Copernican revolution, Galileo, etc. Following 1434, Europeans embraced Chinese intellectual ideas, discoveries, and inventions, which formed the basis of European civilization just as much as Greek thought and Roman law. In short, China provided the spark that set the Renaissance ablaze.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • 21st Century Art in First Decade
    21st Century Art in First Decade
    ISBN: 9781921503177
    Title: 21st Century Art in First Decade
    Author: ANON

    This major publication will accompany the exhibition of the same name, and will feature critical texts by a range of Australian and international writers and curators. 21st Century: Art in the First Decade focuses exclusively on works created and acquired between 2000 and 2010, and will draw on the Gallery¿s extensive contemporary collections, as well as feature outstanding new commissions and a select group of loans from Australian and international lenders. Broad in its geographic and generational scope, the exhibition will include more than 80 senior, mid-career and emerging artists from Australia, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • 25 Women: Essays on Their Art
    25 Women: Essays on Their Art
    ISBN: 9780226333151
    Title: 25 Women: Essays on Their Art
    Author: HICKEY DAVE

    "Newsweek" calls him exhilarating and deeply engaging. "Time Out New York" calls him smart, provocative, and a great writer. Critic Peter Schjeldahl, meanwhile, simply calls him My hero. There s no one in the art world quite like Dave Hickey and a new book of his writing is an event.
    "25 Women" will not disappoint. The book collects Hickey s best and most important writing about female artists from the past twenty years. But this is far more than a compilation: Hickey has revised each essay, bringing them up to date and drawing out common themes. Written in Hickey s trademark style accessible, witty, and powerfully illuminating "25 Women" analyzes the work of Joan Mitchell, Bridget Riley, Fiona Rae, Lynda Benglis, Karen Carson, and many others. Hickey discusses their work "as "work, bringing politics and gender into the discussion only where it seems warranted by the art itself. The resulting book is not only a deep engagement with some of the most influential and innovative contemporary artists, but also a reflection on the life and role of the critic: the decisions, judgments, politics, and ethics that critics negotiate throughout their careers in the art world.
    Always engaging, often controversial, and "never "dull, Dave Hickey is a writer who gets people excited and talking about art. "25 Women" will thrill his many fans, and make him plenty of new ones."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $69.00
  • 50 Paintings You Should Know
    50 Paintings You Should Know
    ISBN: 9783791381701
    Title: 50 Paintings You Should Know

    Now available in an updated edition, this generously illustrated book is a tour of the most important Western paintings since the Renaissance. Spanning seven centuries, this selection of 50 iconic paintings offers readers a crash course in art history while presenting gorgeous color reproductions that are a pleasure to contemplate. Starting with Giotto's Arena Chapel frescoes and continuing through Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" as well as works by Monet, van Gogh, Cassatt, Cezanne, Dali, Kahlo, Hopper, Pollock, Rothko, and O'Keeffe, nearly every important painter is represented in this book."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • 60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future
    60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future
    ISBN: 9780500514924
    Title: 60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future

    Artists, photographers, architects, fashion designers, product designers, street artists, graphic designers: all are helping to redefine our aesthetics, values and ideas about the future. Here, a group of international experts from twelve contemporary fields of creative practice from fine art and photography to graphic design, architecture and ecology have each selected five people who are making significant contributions to the way we experience everyday life and visual culture. The resulting compendium contains hundreds of the most exciting projects and concepts being produced today.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $136.00
  • Abstracts
    ISBN: 9781844487158
    Title: Abstracts

    Abstract artists aim to make unseen ideas visible, and this inspiring guidebook collects 50 abstract exercises for painters looking to expand their abilities and build their expressive repertoires. From purely conceptual compositions to emblematic interpretations of real objects, instructor Rolina van Vliet offers concrete insights into how each project moves from an assemblage of brushstrokes into an expressive idea. Accompanying each exercise are numerous detailed photographs that demonstrate the application of various media and methods, showing paintings that range from atmospheric, textured, and nuanced to raw, powerful, and vibrant. The accompanying buying guide provides artists with additional advice on choosing supplies and other materials.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Acrylic Innovation
    Acrylic Innovation
    ISBN: 9781600618642
    Title: Acrylic Innovation
    Author: REYNER N

    A creative joy ride! Acrylic is often used as a substitute for oil paint or watercolor, but the real gold mine is in allowing the medium freedom to do what it does best. This book shows how today's artists are doing exactly that. It's loaded with original artwork and valuable insight from 64 artists, incredibly diverse in styles and subjects, each using acrylic in unique ways to create expressive and personal art. 64 artists offer their individual ideas, approaches and inspirations for working with acrylic paints 29 styles, ranging from photorealism to minimal color field and everything in between, are explored through artist profiles, artwork and boundary-breaking ""challenges"" that provide dynamic starting points for your own art 29 step-by-step demonstrations illustrate acrylic-driven techniques you can take straight to your work, including collage and assemblage, reverse painting, printmaking, accidental stenciling, working with metallic mixtures and more A follow-up to the best-selling Acrylic Revolution, Acrylic Innovationtakes you outside your comfort zone. Dip in whenever you feel the urge to experiment, have fun and see fresh and exciting results.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Acrylic Revolution
    Acrylic Revolution
    ISBN: 9781581808049
    Title: Acrylic Revolution
    Author: REYNER NANCY

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $70.00
  • Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art
    Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art
    ISBN: 9783899554830
    Title: Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art

    Spontaneous, irreverent, personal. Collage fits more perfectly into our current age than almost any other artistic technique. The technique of collage fits perfectly into our current age. Raw visual material is collected by an artist and then combined in such a way as to abstract the individual elements enough that the artist's own vision becomes prominent. Because collage's references range from other artistic works and techniques to scientific images, pop culture, and erotica, these raw materials reflect humanity's collective visual memory and context. It's collage's broad scope--and irreverence--that make this technique so interesting for both artist and audience. So it comes as no surprise that a lively scene has developed around contemporary collage in the last few years. Our book cutting edges was the first to document work by this scene, which has continued to expand the possibilities of the genre. Beyond the lowbrow movement, which brings a fresh perspective to figurative surrealism, more and more established artists are now embracing this medium. Their work bridges the historical gap between the classic pioneers of the technique from the 1920s and today's vanguard of contemporary collage. Showcasing outstanding current artwork and artists, The Age of collage is a striking documentation of this new appetite for destructive construction. The book also takes an insightful behind-the-scenes look at those working with this interdisciplinary and cross-media approach. While illustration, painting, and photography continue to fundamentally influence collage, the featured work also plays with elements of abstraction, constructivism, surrealism, and dada. Collage gives artists more room to stake out diverse artistic positions than almost any other existing technique. Through confident cuts, brushstrokes, mouse clicks, or pasting, collage gives the impossible a tangible form--while turning our worldview on its head along the way. In their visual confrontation with reality in our digital age, which has already made geographic, temporal, and artistic boundaries obsolete, these artists celebrate and exaggerate simultaneousness.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $115.00
  • Ai Weiwei
    Ai Weiwei
    ISBN: 9780714848891
    Title: Ai Weiwei
    Author: SMITH KAREN

    This is a comprehensive monograph on Ai Weiwei, a key figure in China's burgeoning art scene. Often working with ancient materials - beams from destroyed temples, Han dynasty urns - Ai Weiwei creates ingenious sculptures that break new artistic ground while commenting on the rapid transformation of contemporary China.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $65.00
  • Ai Weiwei
    Ai Weiwei
    ISBN: 9783836526494
    Title: Ai Weiwei

    Life of Ai: The artist activist

    As his personal circumstances move in constant flux, Ai Weiwei remains a cultural magnet. Renowned for his political activism and social media activity almost as much as for his social interventions, contemporary approach to the readymade, and knowledge of Chinese traditional crafts, Ai's fame extends throughout and beyond the art world.

    Drawn from TASCHEN's limited Collector's Edition, this monograph explores each of Ai's career phases up until his release from Chinese custody. It features extensive visual material to trace Ai's development from his early New York days right through to his recent practice. Focus moments include his international breakthrough in the early 2000s, his porcelain Sunflower Seeds at the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, his response to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008, and his police detention in 2011. With behind-the-scenes studio pictures, production shots, and numerous statements derived from exclusive interviews with Ai, we gain privileged access to the artist's process, influences, and importance.

    The book includes texts from Uli Sigg, Ai's longtime friend and former Swiss ambassador to China; Roger M. Buergel, who curated the 2007 documenta and hosted the artist's Fairytale piece; and experts on Chinese culture and politics: Carlos Rojas, William A. Callahan, and James J. Lally.

    Text in English, French, and German

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $130.00
  • Ai Weiwei's Blog: Writings Interviews & Digital Rants 2006-2009
    Ai Weiwei's Blog: Writings Interviews & Digital Rants 2006-2009
    ISBN: 9780262015219
    Title: Ai Weiwei's Blog: Writings Interviews & Digital Rants 2006-2009
    Author: WEIWEI AI

    In 2006, even though he could barely type, China's most famous artist started blogging. For more than three years, Ai Weiwei turned out a steady stream of scathing social commentary, criticism of government policy, thoughts on art and architecture, and autobiographical writings. He wrote about the Sichuan earthquake (and posted a list of the schoolchildren who died because of the government's ""tofu-dregs engineering""), reminisced about Andy Warhol and the East Village art scene, described the irony of being investigated for ""fraud"" by the Ministry of Public Security, made a modest proposal for tax collection. Then, on June 1, 2009, Chinese authorities shut down the blog. This book offers a collection of Ai's notorious online writings translated into English--the most complete, public documentation of the original Chinese blog available in any language. The New York Times called Ai""a figure of Warholian celebrity."" He is a leading figure on the international art scene, a regular in museums and biennials, but in China he is a manifold and controversial presence: artist, architect, curator, social critic, justice-seeker. He was a consultant on the design of the famous ""Bird's Nest"" stadium but called for an Olympic boycott; he received a Chinese Contemporary Art ""lifetime achievement award"" in 2008 but was beaten by the police in connection with his ""citizen investigation"" of earthquake casualties in 2009. Ai Weiwei's Blogdocuments Ai's passion, his genius, his hubris, his righteous anger, and his vision for China.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $47.00
  • Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life
    Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life
    ISBN: 9780714867366
    Title: Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life

    Assembled from the wisdom of 36 legendary art teachers - all of them artists or critics at the top of their field - "Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life" is an ideal curriculum for the aspiring artist.

    Each of the book's "tutors" has provided a unique lesson that aims to provoke, inspire and stimulate the aspiring artist. These lessons cover some combination of the following: technical advice (e.g. don't make a sculpture bigger than your studio door), assignments (some of which will take five minutes to complete, others five years), tips for avoiding creative ruts (including suggestions for mind‐expanding materials to read, watch or listen to), principles of careful looking (demonstrated with images of artworks, photographs, films or even billboard advertisements), advice on the daily practice of art (how to balance time alone in the studio with building an artistic community), career pointers (how to prepare for a studio visit from a curator or gallerist) and personal anecdotes (e.g. stories from the instructor's own humble beginnings). Taken together, these lessons offer the reader a set of tools for thinking, seeing and living as an artist.

    Not only is "Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life" the first illustrated text book of its kind for artists, but it will also appeal to anyone interested in contemporary art, providing first hand revelations into the philosophies and techniques of some of the world's best artists and writers.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00

  • Akiane Her Life Her Art Her Poetry
    Akiane Her Life Her Art Her Poetry
    ISBN: 9780849900440
    Title: Akiane Her Life Her Art Her Poetry

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.00
  • All About Acrylics Painting
    All About Acrylics Painting
    ISBN: 9781844486052
    Title: All About Acrylics Painting

    A complete reference work on the painting medium of acrylics. Suitable for beginners who wish to familarise themselves with acrylic painting, and more advanced artists who are looking for new ways to express themselves. Whether you prefer traditional or more experimental painting, this book seeks to present a broad range of styles and techniques. After an overview of paints and how they work, there follows an exhaustive section on materials, which describes all the paints, mediums, grounds, brushes and other tools that are available. The next section covers colour theory and a wide variety of techniques, and in the final part the authors present examples of how these techniques are used in portraiture, still lifes and landscape painting. The author's aim is to give the reader a step-by-step guide to painting a picture and to offer them background theory and knowledge as and when their interest deepens.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Anatomical Venus
    Anatomical Venus
    ISBN: 9780500252185
    Title: Anatomical Venus

    Beneath the original Venetian glass and rosewood case at La Specola in Florence lies Clemente Susini's Anatomical Venus (c. 1790), a perfect object whose luxuriously bizarre existence challenges belief. It - or, better, she - was conceived of as a means to teach human anatomy without need for constant dissection, which was messy, ethically fraught and subject to quick decay. This life-sized wax woman is adorned with glass eyes and human hair and can be dismembered into dozens of parts revealing, at the final remove, a beatific foetus curled in her womb. Sister models soon appeared throughout Europe, where they not only instructed the specialist students, but also delighted the general public. Deftly crafted dissectable female wax models and slashed beauties of the world's anatomy museums and fairgrounds of the 18th and 19th centuries take centre stage in this disquieting volume. Since their creation in late 18th-century Florence, these wax women have seduced, intrigued and amazed. Today, they also confound, troubling the edges of our neat categorical divides: life and death, science and art, body and soul, effigy and pedagogy, spectacle and education, kitsch and art. Incisive commentary and captivating imagery reveal the evolution of these enigmatic sculptures from wax effigy to fetish figure and the embodiment of the uncanny.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Anatomy of Sorrow: the Artwork of Daniel Martin Diaz
    Anatomy of Sorrow: the Artwork of Daniel Martin Diaz
    ISBN: 9780867197686
    Title: Anatomy of Sorrow: the Artwork of Daniel Martin Diaz

    Anatomy of Sorrow is the latest monograph by prolific and influential artist Daniel Martin Diaz, exploring a new depth of symbolism, mysticism and surreal iconography depicted in paintings, drawings and prints. Drawing from old masters Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch - both in subject matter and in the ancient egg tempera and resin oil painting technique - the works of self-taught artist and classically-trained composer Daniel Martin Diaz possess a sincerity that foregrounds his deep devotion to revealing a higher meaning.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Andy Warhol Diaries
    Andy Warhol Diaries
    ISBN: 9780141193076
    Title: Andy Warhol Diaries

    Edited with an Introduction by Pat Hackett'Cruel, sexy and sometimes heartbreaking . . . Warhol is no neutral observer, but a character in his own right'NewsweekAndy Warhol kept these diaries faithfully from November 1976 right up to his final week, in February 1987. Written at the height of his fame and success, Warhol records the fun of an Academy Awards party, nights out at Studio 54, trips between London, Paris and New York, and surprisingly even the money he spent each day, down to the cent. With appearances from and references to everyone who was anyone, from Jim Morrison, Martina Navratilova and Calvin Klein to Shirley Bassey, Estee Lauder and Muhammad Ali, these diaries are the most glamorous, witty and revealing writings of the twentieth century.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $47.00
  • Art & Feminism
    Art & Feminism
    ISBN: 9780714863917
    Title: Art & Feminism

    No question about it, Art and Feminism is the basic reference book for feminist art. Part of Phaidon's excellent Themes and Movements series, it surveys three decades of a tumultuous history with a brief but inclusive essay, reproductions of works by 155 artists, and lengthy excerpts from groundbreaking texts by artists and theorists. The challenge posed by a movement that spans several artistic generations and includes many contentious players is ably met by essayist Peggy Phelan, professor of performance studies at New York University. She illuminates the intertwined workings of feminist politics and literary criticism, psychoanalysis, race and queer theory with clarity and a refreshing absence of doctrinaire pronouncements. The illustrations are organized chronologically under sometimes quirky headings, beginning with "Too Much" (late-'60s performance pieces by such pioneering figures as Carolee Schneemann, Miriam Schapiro, Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, and Yayoi Kusama). The final section, "Femmes de Si+¿cle," contains work from the '90s by Coco Fusco, Kara Walker, Mona Hatoum, Jenny Saville, and others exploring "collective memories ... and traumas." Essays range from the raw invective of Valerie Solanas's "Scum Manifesto" (1967) to the reasoned arguments of Adrian Piper's "The Triple Negation of Colored Women Artists" (1990). While some may argue that the book could be more inclusive--it deals overwhelmingly with women artists who exhibit in major Western cultural centers--it offers an unparalleled breadth of reference. Irked by the perfect bodies of many feminist artists who use nudity in their work, I was struck by the poignancy and honesty of Hannah Wilke--a glamorous figure in '70s and '80s performance art--who chose to memorialize her bald, bloated self in photographs months before her untimely death from cancer in 1993. --Cathy Curtis

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Art & Photography
    Art & Photography
    ISBN: 9780714863924
    Title: Art & Photography

    This volume provides an authoritative overview of photography's place in recent art history, contextualised by artists' statements and interviews, and texts by leading critics, writers and theorists of the late 20th century. 250 photos. 304 pp.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Art & Queer Culture
    Art & Queer Culture
    ISBN: 9780714849355
    Title: Art & Queer Culture

    Spanning 125 years, Art and Queer Culture is the first major historical survey to consider the ways in which the codes and cultures of homosexuality have provided a creative resource for visual artists. Attempts to trouble the conventions of gender and sexuality, to highlight the performative aspects of identity and to oppose the tyranny of the normal are all woven into the historical fabric of homosexuality and its representation. From Oscar Wilde to Ryan Trecartin, from the molly houses of eighteenth-century London to the Harlem drag balls of the 1920s, the flamboyant refusal of social and sexual norms has fuelled the creation of queer art and life throughout the modern period.Although the book proceeds in a chronological fashion, it does not propose a progressive narrative in which homosexuals become increasingly adept at negotiating the circumstances of censorship and overcoming the terms of stigma and invisibility. The dialogue between art and queer culture does not move towards ever more affirmative images of equality and dignity. Rather than countering homophobia with 'positive' images of assimilation, many of the artists and photographers featured in this book draw upon, and even draw out, the deviant force of homosexuality.Art and Queer Culture includes not only pictures made and displayed under the rubric of fine art but also those intended for private, underground or otherwise restricted audiences. Scrapbooks, amateur artworks, cartoons, bar murals, anonymous photographs, activist posters - all appear in its pages, as do paintings, sculptures, art photographs and video installations. Writing queer culture into the history of art means redrawing the boundaries of what counts as art as well as what counts as history. It means searching for cracks in the partition that separates 'high' art from 'low' culture and in the divide between public achievement and private life.The inclusion of the word 'queer' in the title is a considered choice. No single word can accommodate the sheer expanse of cultural practices that oppose normative heterosexuality. In its shifting connotation from everyday parlance to phobic epithet to defiant self-identification, 'queer' offers more generous rewards than any simple inventory of sexual practices or erotic object choices.The editors of Art and Queer Culture, Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, have assembled a complete overview of the subject in three sections. Their definitive Survey essay recounts in detail the ways in which art has constructed, contested or otherwise responded to alternative forms of sexuality, from the emergence of homosexuality as an identity in the late nineteenth century to the pioneering 'genderqueers' of the early twenty-first. The Works section presents large full-colour images of over 250 key artworks, each accompanied by an informative caption. And the Documents section provides a generous archive of primary and secondary texts, including artist's statements, exhibition reviews, personal manifestos, sociological essays and critical writings. The extensive back matter includes biographies of all the artists and authors plus a full bibliography.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $110.00
  • Art Book Midi Ed
    Art Book Midi Ed
    ISBN: 9780714844879
    Title: Art Book Midi Ed

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces
    Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces
    ISBN: 9780500239544
    Title: Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces
    Author: HODGE SUSIE

    Great paintings cannot be fully understood in a single encounter; there is always more to be derived from them. Art lovers may revisit and reconsider the masterpieces throughout their lives, but a deeper understanding can only be gained by analysing the painting in detail, be it the placement of the subject, the lighting, the style of brushstrokes or the themes.
    Art in Detail examines 100 iconic paintings from the Western canon and spotlights the finer points a quick glance will almost certainly fail to reveal. These include subtle internal details, such as hidden symbols and artistic tricks employed by the painter to achieve particular effects. In addition, Susie Hodge writes intelligently about external influences on the artist - everything from the socioeconomic context in which he or she flourished, to smaller local difficulties, such as the level of air pollution at the time the painting was created. And she treats each of her subjects not only, to quote Matthew Arnold, 'as in itself it really is', but also as part of a tradition that links the oldest painting to the most recent, as artists pass a metaphorical baton down through the ages.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Art in Latin America
    Art in Latin America
    ISBN: 9781849760706
    Title: Art in Latin America
    Author: CANDELA IRIA

    This is the first book to provide a thorough exploration of Latin American art since 1990, a period during which the Latin American art scene has grown in importance and influence. Iria Candela explains the importance of contemporary art in this complex and diverse region, and provides a detailed study of new and unconventional art practices. Her original, in-depth interpretation of more than 100 works in a wide variety of media focuses on disruptive and politically committed works that challenge traditional forms and recognize the need to strengthen freedom of expression and democratization in Latin America. Among the Latin American–born or –based artists featured are Gabriel Orozco, Doris Salcedo, Ernesto Neto, Francis Alÿs, Jorge Macchi, Santiago Sierra, Carlos Garaicoa, and Allora & Calzadilla.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Art in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
    Art in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
    ISBN: 9781784293277
    Title: Art in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
    Author: HODGE SUSIE

    The perfect compact reference guide for all would-be art buffs.

    Art historian Susie Hodge takes you on a whistle-stop international tour of all the major artistic cultures, movements, phases, developments, artists and themes, from Prehistoric art to Hyperrealism. Contents also include Greek classicism, Gothic art, the Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Pop art and Minimalism.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Art in the Making from the Studio to Crowdsourcing
    Art in the Making from the Studio to Crowdsourcing
    ISBN: 9780500239339
    Title: Art in the Making from the Studio to Crowdsourcing

    This wide-ranging exploration of different methods and media in art since the 1950s includes nine chapters that focus on individual processes of making: Painting, Woodworking, Building, Performing, Tooling Up, Cashing In, Fabricating, Digitizing, and Crowdsourcing. Detailed examples are interwovenwith the discussion, including visuals that reveal the intricacies of techniques and materials. Artists featured include Ai Weiwei, Alice Aycock, Isa Genzken, Los Carpinteros, Paul Pfeiffer, Doris Salcedo, Santiago Sierra, and Rachel Whiteread. "

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Art in Vienna 1898-1918 Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele & Their Contemporaries
    Art in Vienna 1898-1918 Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele & Their Contemporaries
    ISBN: 9780714868783
    Title: Art in Vienna 1898-1918 Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele & Their Contemporaries
    Author: VERGO PETER

    The rebel artists of Vienna overwhelmed the artistic establishment of Europe at the end of the 19th century, having seceded from the traditional Viennese institutions of fine art and named themselves the Vienna Secession. Their works shocked a conservative public, but their daring sensibilities and dedication to the applied arts and architecture soon brought them an enthusiastic following and wealthy patronage. The boldly modernist paintings of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka and others were matched by the buildings and applied designs of architects such as Joseph Maria Olbrich, who created the Secession Building as an architectural manifesto for the group. This classic book, now updated and with additional colour illustrations and a completely new introductory chapter, brilliantly traces the course of this influential artistic movement.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $85.00
  • Art Is...
    Art Is...
    ISBN: 9781419711251
    Title: Art Is...

    What is art? This engaging book from The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers nearly 200 illustrated answers to that question, all presented in simple, concise observations about selected works in the Museum's collection. For example, a Nigerian mask is symmetry, a Van Gogh still life is composition, a Babylonian lion is fierce, a Duccio portrait is tender. Some of the statements speak to technique, while others are descriptive or evocative. All are simple reflections that encourage readers to observe, to think, to debate, and to develop their own definitions of art. Reaching across all periods and media, from ancient statues to medieval tapestries to Baroque instruments to Impressionist paintings to contemporary costumes, the selected works gathered in this clever little book are sure to inspire both novice and seasoned art lovers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Art Museum
    Art Museum
    ISBN: 9780714856520
    Title: Art Museum
    Author: PHAIDON

    The Art Museum is the finest art collection ever assembled between two covers. This revolutionary and unprecedented virtual art museum in a book, features 1,000 oversized pages of over 2,500 works of art. It is the most comprehensive and visually spectacular history of world art ever published. Ten years in the making, this unique book was created with a global team of 100 specialists in art history, who have collected together important works as they might be displayed in the ideal museum for the art lover.

    Unrestricted by the constraints of physical space, this volume contains an unprecedented wealth of masterworks spanning three millennia and culled from 650 museums, galleries and private collections from 60 countries to tell the history of world art. It is organized by innovative color-coded "galleries," "rooms, "corridors" and "special exhibitions" which display the paintings, sculptures, frescos, photographs, tapestries, friezes, installations, performances, videos, woodblock prints, folding screens, ceramics and manuscripts that tell the history of world art. This is the only museum to house Leonardo's Mona Lisa , a collection of Rembrandt's finest self portraits, Vel zquez's Las Meninas and Picasso's Guernica, as well as ceramics from China, Hokusai's woodblock prints, gold artefacts from Peru, and works by Jackson Pollock in one place.

    With intelligent in-depth text throughout, explanatory labels for each artwork, a comprehensive glossary and detailed location maps, The Art Museum, is accessible for everyone from casual art fans to experts in the field.

    Format: Boxed Set
    Price: $175.00
  • Art Museum (revised Edition)
    Art Museum (revised Edition)
    ISBN: 9780714875026
    Title: Art Museum (revised Edition)

    Visit the world's most comprehensive and compelling museum in a book - from pre-historic times to the present, - over 1,600 artworks created with the expertise of 28 art world curators and historians.

    "Unprecedented, unique, and vast in scope... a visually spectacular survey of world art. Destined to delight, inspire, and educate, as well as to become an invaluable, classic art-reference resource, it is very highly recommended." --Library Journal

    Housing the finest art collection ever assembled, this revised, reformatted edition offers the museum experience without the boundaries of space and time, taking the reader on a tour around the world and through the ages. Its rooms and galleries display some 1,600 artworks, selected from the original collection, including paintings, sculpture, photographs, textiles, installations, performances, videos, prints, ceramics, manuscripts, metalwork, and jewel-work.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
  • Art Now 3
    Art Now 3
    ISBN: 9783836536189
    Title: Art Now 3

    A cutting-edge selection of the artists that matter the most

    Tracking the trends of art in the world today, bringing you illustrations and information about all the most important artists

    "The definitive guide to modern art." - ARENA, London

    Want a head start on the things you'll be seeing in art institutions a decade down the road? Look no further than this special edition featuring highlights fromArt Now 3.A to Z magazine-style entries include captivating images of important recent work, short biographies, exhibition history and bibliographical information. Think of this tome as a global go-round of the world's most influential galleries: a truly invaluable, invigorating, and intense experience.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Art Now! 4
    Art Now! 4
    ISBN: 9783836528160
    Title: Art Now! 4

    The ongoing catalog of contemporary art, now in its fourth volume
    "The definitive guide to modern art." -ARENA, London

    Want a head start on the things you'll be seeing in art institutions a decade down the road? It's all in here, thevery latest of the very best-and so fresh you can feel its pulse.A to Z magazine-style entries include captivating images of important recent work, short biographies, exhibition history and bibliographical information. Theillustrated appendixfeatures names and contact information for the galleries representing the artists featured, as well as primary market prices and examples of auction results. Think of this tome as a global go-round of the world's most influential galleries: a truly invaluable, invigorating, and intense experience.

    Featured artists:

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00
  • Art of Animal Anatomy
    Art of Animal Anatomy
    ISBN: 9781912217359
    Title: Art of Animal Anatomy

    Have you ever wondered what beats beneath an animal's skin? Well, you wouldn't be the first one. The study of comparative anatomy has led to some of the most striking images ever created. For two and a half thousand years, the animal body has been picked apart to drive arguments in natural philosophy, to reinforce dogma, to remind us of death, to horrify, educate, and enthral. This book recounts the intertwined intellectual and artistic journeys of comparative anatomy from antiquity to the present day. Rather than offering an exhaustive listing, it focuses on the distinctive artistic flavors of five great phases of anatomical endeavour. Horses opened like books, the leer of a shark's eye, the humming loom of the brain--all life is here, dissected, and depicted.Lyrically written and accompanied by captivating illustrations from history's animal anatomists, this is the ideal read for designers, art lovers and scientists alike.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $53.00
  • Art of the 20th Century
    Art of the 20th Century
    ISBN: 9783836541145
    Title: Art of the 20th Century
    Author: WALTHER INGO F

    The quintessential roundup of art from 1900-2000 Who could possibly have forecast on New Year's Eve 1899 that, one hundred years later, painting and sculpture would be only options, not prerequisites? The term "art" has been defined and redefined so many times over the last 100 years that it has gained entirely new social, political, and technological meanings.Ranging across the full spectrum of disciplines available, including photography and new media, and thematically chaptered to highlight relationships between works and movements, this readable and encyclopaedic masterwork does just what it says on the cover. Whether you want Surrealism or Land Art, Fluxus or Bauhaus, this is your be-all, end-all guide to art of the 20th century. An undertaking as immensely ambitious as this one deserves to be owned by everyone.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Art of the Northern Renaissance
    Art of the Northern Renaissance
    ISBN: 9781780670270
    Title: Art of the Northern Renaissance

    This book evokes the art of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Northern Europe in all its richness and splendour. The works of Van Eyck, Bosch, Bruegel, Durer and other masters are considered within the larger context of a changing society in which church and state, Protestant and Catholic, man and woman, artist and patron, independent mercantile city and noble chivalric court all played a part. Craig Harbison considers these and many other facets of the Renaissance world, drawing them together into a unified narrative that illuminates the complexity and brilliance of the art and its times.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
  • Art of Video Games: from Pac-man to Mass Effect
    Art of Video Games: from Pac-man to Mass Effect
    ISBN: 9781599621104
    Title: Art of Video Games: from Pac-man to Mass Effect

    In the forty years since the first Magnavox Odyssey pixel winked on in 1972, the home video game industry has undergone a mind-blowing evolution. Fueled by unprecedented advances in technology, boundless imaginations, and an insatiable addiction to fantastic new worlds of play, the video game has gone supernova, rocketing two generations of fans into an ever-expanding universe where art, culture, reality, and emotion collide.
    As a testament to the cultural impact of the game industry's mega morph, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with curator and author Chris Melissinos, conceived the forthcoming exhibition, The Art of Video Games, which will run from March 16 to September 30, 2012.* Welcome Books will release the companion book this March.
    Melissinos presents video games as not just mere play, but richly textured emotional and social experiences that have crossed the boundary into culture and art.
    Along with a team of game developers, designers, and journalists, Melissinos chose a pool of 240 games across five different eras to represent the diversity of the game world. Criteria included visual effects, creative use of technologies, and how world events and popular culture manifested in the games. The museum then invited the public to go online to help choose the games. More than 3.7 million votes (from 175 countries) later, the eighty winners featured in The Art of Video Games exhibition and book were selected.
    From the Space Invaders of the seventies to sophisticated contemporary epics BioShock and Uncharted 2, Melissinos examines each of the winning games, providing a behind-the-scenes look at their development and innovation, and commentary on the relevance of each in the history of video games.
    Over 100 composite images, created by Patrick O'Rourke, and drawn directly from the games themselves, illustrate the evolution of video games as an artistic medium, both technologically and creatively.
    Additionally, The Art of Video Games includes fascinating interviews with influential artists and designers-from pioneers such as Nolan Bushnell to contemporary innovators including Warren Spector, Tim Schafer and Robin Hunicke.
    The foreword was written by Elizabeth Broun, director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Mike Mika, noted game preservationist and prolific developer, contributed the introduction the introduction.
    *After Washington D.C., the exhibition travels to several cities across the United States, including Boca Raton (Museum of Art), Seattle (EMP Museum), Yonkers, NY (Hudson River Museum) and Flint, MI (Flint Institute of Arts). For the latest confirmed dates and venues, please visit the The Art of Video Games exhibition page at http: //americanart.si.edu/taovg

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • Art School: Propositions for the 21st Century
    Art School: Propositions for the 21st Century
    ISBN: 9780262134934
    Title: Art School: Propositions for the 21st Century

    The last explosive change in art education came nearly a century ago, when the German Bauhaus was formed. Today, dramatic changes in the art world -- its increasing professionalization, the pervasive power of the art market, and fundamental shifts in art-making itself in our post-Duchampian era -- combined with a revolution in information technology, raise fundamental questions about the education of today's artists. "Art School" "(Propositions for the 21st Century)" brings together more than thirty leading international artists and art educators to reconsider the practices of art education in academic, practical, ethical, and philosophical terms. The essays in the book range over continents, histories, traditions, experiments, and fantasies of education. Accompanying the essays are conversations with such prominent artist/educators as John Baldessari, Michael Craig-Martin, Hans Haacke, and Marina Abramovic, as well as questionnaire responses from a dozen important artists -- among them Mike Kelley, Ann Hamilton, Guillermo Kuitca, and Shirin Neshat -- about their own experiences as students. A fascinating analysis of the architecture of major historical art schools throughout the world looks at the relationship of the principles of their designs to the principles of the pedagogy practiced within their halls. And throughout the volume, attention is paid to new initiatives and proposals about what an art school can and should be in the twenty-first century -- and what it shouldn't be. No other book on the subject covers more of the questions concerning art education today or offers more insight into the pressures, challenges, risks, and opportunities for artists and art educators in the years ahead.

    ContributorsMarina Abramovic, Dennis Adams, John Baldessari, Ute Meta Bauer, Daniel Birnbaum, Saskia Bos, Tania Bruguera, Luis Camnitzer, Michael Craig-Martin, Thierry de Duve, Clementine Deliss, Charles Esche, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Hans Haacke, Ann Lauterbach, Ken Lum, Steven Henry Madoff, Brendan D. Moran, Ernesto Pujol, Raqs Media Collective, Charles Renfro, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Michael Shanks, Robert Storr, Anton Vidokle"

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $99.00

  • Art Spirit
    Art Spirit
    ISBN: 9780465002634
    Title: Art Spirit
    Author: HENRI ROBERT

    Embodying the entire system of Robert Henri s teaching, The Art Spirit contains much valuable advice, critical comment, and inspiration to every student of the arts."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
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