Explores and catalogues our impulse to collect the incidental miscellanea of the past. Part observation, part confession, this book takes us on a journey of philosophical musings, cultural history, and personal memoir. It is a tribute to the realm of those "unloveable" objects, those that seem banal, common, in bad taste, or ... read more
|Author:||John E. Bowlt|
In May, 1909 Sergei Diaghilev astonished the world of dance with his first ballet presentations in Paris which demonstrated an unprecedented combination of vitality and grace, originality and technical sophistication. As a primary axis of Diaghilevs activities during the life of the company known as the Ballets Russes, Monte ... read more
Keith Haring is synonymous with the downtown New York art scene of the 1980's. His artwork - with its simple, bold lines and dynamic figures in motion - filtered in to the world's consciousness and is still instantly recognizable, twenty years after his death. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features ninety black-and-whi... read more
From Matteo Pericoli, the celebrated author of "Manhattan Unfurled," comes a unique collection of illustrated cityscapes. In these intimate drawings of window views, Pericoli captures the essence of the city by showing us what New Yorkers see when they look out their windows. "The City Out My Window" shows us a series of priv... read more
Born in Beijing in 1957, Ai Weiwei is one of the most influential artists at work today and has exhibited widely in Asia, Europe and North America. He is the first artist living and working in the Asia-Pacific region to be commissioned as part of the Unilever Series to create an artwork for the vast Turbine Hall at Tate Moder... read more
Andy Warhol carried a camera with him everywhere he went and, taken from ten years of extraordinary shots, his America aspires to the strange beauty and staggering contradictions of the country itself. An America without Warhol is almost as inconceivable as Warhol without America. This title offers a tribute to this great artist.
At the age of twelve, Margaret Woodward was given a glimpse of creative chaos in an artists studio. Her testing childhood passed into a conscious endeavour to become an artist. Recognised and established as a distinctly original artist, Margaret Woodward has behind her a lifelong struggle to reconcile conflicting demands: pov... read more
A tribute to the female colonial artists who drew and painted the indigenous wildflowers and plants of Australia. Each chapter presents a short biography of an artist, followed by a 'portfolio' section of images. Artists include: Marianne Collinson Campbell, Ellis Rowan, Dorothy English Paty, Ida McComish, and Louisa Ann Meredith.
This is a fully illustrated guide to the glorious riches of New Yorks museums and galleries, drawing on the cream of the city's collections to create an easily navigable, narrative history of art. The guides unique approach allows you to locate your favourite artist or style of art in any museum and follow this throughout the... read more
The history of ceramic art is ingrained in the history of mankind. Clay is one of the very first materials 'invented' by man. An essential part of our lives it has been moulded, thrown, glazed, decorated and fired for over 30,000 years in order to preserve and transport food and water. And it was on the surface of these early... read more
This title offers an unique, beautifully illustrated and comprehensive history of the world's greatest railway maps, and the railways behind them. The irresistible follow-up to the cult favorite, "Metro Maps of the World", Mark Ovenden's new book is an extraordinary compendium of historical and contemporary railway maps and p... read more
'Heatherwick is Leonardo da Vinci of our times' Sir Terence Conran. Still just two decades into his career, British designer Thomas Heatherwick has been heralded as one of the most original creative talents for many decades. He has produced everything from sculptural chairs forged from the world's largest aluminium extruder, ... read more
In 1966 an exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art grabbed the headlines. The artist was an unusual one to find in a modern art gallery: JMW Turner. While that exhibition's presentation of Turner as an influence on Abstract Expressionism is contentious, it succeeded both in presenting his work in a contemporary context ... read more
This is a book about flowers and about painters. The author has chosen forty of her favourite flower paintings and as she is both expert gardener and art historian, she has all manner of fascinating things to say about the flowers, the artists and the contexts of the paintings. Manet's mysterious Still Life with Rose and Brio... read more
Adapted from four lectures given by Ali Smith at Oxford University, Artful is a tidal wave of ideas in four thematically organised bursts of thought: 'On Time', 'On Form', 'On Edge' and 'On Offer and On Reflection'. Refusing to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted ... read more
Philippe Daverio is one of Italy's most important contemporary art historians, whose discerning comments about art are voraciously consumed by the public through his writing as editor of the famed magazine "Art e Dossier" and his platform on a leading Italian television program "Passepartout." Now, in his first full-length wo... read more
Louise Bourgeois, who has produced art since the 1930s, began in the 1990s to use her clothes and the clothes of her loved ones as components in her sculptures and drawings. This title collects this set of images in its entirety.
Thanks to pioneering masters such as Dr. Robert J. Lang, origami has transcended its humble roots as a traditional Japanese papercraft to take a place among the global fine arts. In "Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami," Dr. Lang and Asian art curator Meher McArthur chronicle origami's remarkable evolution an... read more
More popular than ever, the work of Eric Ravilious (1903-42) is rooted in the landscape of pre-war and early wartime England. This new book by Alan Powers, the established authority on Ravilious, provides the most comprehensive overview to date of the artist's work in all media - watercolour, illustration, printmaking, graph... read more
If you've ever found yourself transfixed by a Renaissance painting, fascinated by an Inca textile, or filled with wonder by an exquisite piece of Ming porcelain, this is the book for you. Venture inside its pages and discover exactly what the great artistic periods and movements of the world were all about. Written by an expe... read more