The work and methods of illustrators from around the world reveal the scope of this creative discipline. In recent years, illustration has evolved from a purely service-oriented trade to an expressive, poetic, and esteemed voice in contemporary visual culture. Today it continues to burgeon as a creative discipline--especially... read more
The dazzling ceramics of Clarice Cliff and of the Wilkinson family in the north of England have become one of the great collectables from the 20th century. Ever since the exuberant colours and bold shapes of Clarice Cliff's classic Art Deco pieces first caught the imagination of collectors, auction prices have moved inexorabl... read more
This comprehensive survey is published to coincide with an exhibition of the art of the Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi (18641916). Hammershois subject-matter centred on haunting interiors. Dispensing with anecdotal detail, he transformed his apartment into a series of disturbingly empty spaces. The same strange stillness c... read more
Storrier, among Australia's most highly regarded and best-selling painters, remains enigmatic. His paintings, which combine the traditional genres of landscape and still-life and executed at a masterly level, are at once beautiful and frightening.
This lavish book is the first ever art historical study to survey this specific and crucial period in the history of La Serenissima the Baroque. The 17th century saw Venice's last big drive to respond on a cultural and artistic level to the Republics inexorable decline on the great stage of European politics. The city's fabri... read more
On Beauty is neither a history of art, nor a history of aesthetics, but Umberto Eco draws on both these disciplines to define the ideas of beauty that have informed us from the classical world to modern times. In terms of form and style, On Beauty has been conceived for a vast and diverse readership. Packed with examples from... read more
Today the beautiful portrayals of the Australian landscape by artist Eugene von Guerard have become critically relevant to understanding our fragile environment. This illustrated art reference book draws on new research and previously unpublished works to follow the artist's early life through the great centres of Rome, Naple... read more
A monograph on the work of internationally renowned contemporary artist Anish Kapoor, winner of the 1991 Turner Prize and creator of "Monumenta 2011". One of the most highly acclaimed sculptors, Anish Kapoor enjoys immense popularity and has represented Britain at the Paris and Venice Biennales.
'If artists betray the social conscience and the basic principles of being human, where does art stand then?'
Ai Weiwei - artist, architect, curator, publisher, poet and urbanist - extended the notion of art and is one of the world's most significant creative and cultural figures. In this series of interviews, conducte... read more
Vitruvian Man is the world's most famous drawing, by one of the world's most famous artists. The image - named after a Roman architect and engineer, Vitruvius - has become visual shorthand for artistic genius and scientific inquiry, and yet nobody knows anything about it. In Da Vinci's Ghost, critically acclaimed historian To... read more
David Hockney (born 1937) has always been closely associated with Pop Art and California, where he has lived for much of his life. This study of his work redefines him as an important painter of the English countryside, addressing the artists place in the landscape tradition, his video works and their relationship to English ... read more
In an era of amped-up political speech and proliferating news outlets magazine covers still have the power to influence public opinion and even change minds. New Yorker covers under the art direction of Francois Mouly since 1993 have broken through the clutter of journalistic cliches using traditional means; hand-drawn illust... read more
This is a remarkable new biography of a cultural icon. Today we view Cezanne as a monumental figure, but during his lifetime (1839-1906), many did not understand him or his work. With brilliant insight, drawing or a vast range of primary sources, Alex Danchev tells the story of an artist who was never accepted into the offici... read more
Paul Klee (1879-1940) began to experience the first symptoms of scleroderma, a systemic autoimmune disease, in 1933, although it was only diagnosed posthumously. His interest in angels arose while he was ill, and they became a dominant theme, particularly from 1938 on. Klee's depictions of angels are among his most popular pa... read more
The Paris Salons of the mid-nineteenth century are famous today above all for the paintings that were rejected more than for those that were actually shown. The rejected works form today's canon of art history and are regarded as heralds of a modern age. This book looks to reassess the other side of the art history of the ni... read more
Yoko Ono is an established avant-garde artist whose work spans installation, object, film, photography, and music. Named after her renowned exhibition "Half a Wind" at London's Lisson gallery in 1967, this volume features Ono's most important works. It also includes photographs of Ono surrounded by her art, either as creator ... read more
Very little is known about the Green Florilegium. Neither signed nor dated, it is generally attributed to the German painter Hans Simon Holtzbecker and originates from the library at Gottorp Castle in Schleswig. The album now resides at Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. Recently the book was painstakingly restored, allowi... read more
In the 15 years since TASCHEN published "The Great American Pin-up," international interest in this distinctly American art form has increased exponentially. Paintings by leading artists such as Alberto Vargas, George Petty, and Gil Elvgren that sold for $ 2000 in 1996 are going for $ 200,000 and more today. Pin-up, defined a... read more
First published to great acclaim in 1996, "New Yorker" writer and art critic Calvin Tomkins' biography of the influential artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) has been out of print for many years. Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is publishing a new and revised edition of the landmark biography to commemorate the 100th a... read more