The Australian Prime Minister called them "absolutely revolting". Their removal from a Sydney art gallery was hailed by the Daily Telegraph as a 'victory for decency'. Cate Blanchett and members of the arts community claimed charges laid over them would affect Australia's cultural reputation. Only now do we have the oppo... read more
From London to Beijing to New York, art sales are booming, and the art world receives the sort of breathless media attention once reserved for celebrities and royals. In Seven Days in the Art World, Sarah Thornton, a brilliant young sociologist, looks at all aspects of buying, selling and creating serious art. Thornton has ex... read more
Represents the first generally available photographic coverage of this National Heritage-listed rock-art province near Dampier on Western Australia's Pilbara coast. Includes sections on the local geology and a summary of archaeological work in the region. Appendices include historical time-lines and industrial developments. ... read more
In the Wilds is a collection of artist Nigel Peake's hand-drawn observations of rural life. From the trees, fields, lakes, and rolling hills that define the country landscape, to the farm houses, tractors, fences, and telegraph poles that build it, Peake's obsessively detailed pencil and ink drawings and beautifully muted wat... read more
Published to coincide with the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria, June to October 2011. Vienna: Art & Design is a stylish and timeless book which highlights the extraordinary and provocative period when a unique generation of artistic and intellectual geniuses transformed ... read more
This book features masterpieces of Italian Renaissance drawings from the British Museum, the Louvre and other French public collections in Lille, Rennes and Montpellier. Beginning with an examination of drawing as part of the creative process, showing how it reveals the artists mind at work, it explains the materials and tech... read more
Tracey Emin has stirred controversy as well as acclaim since she rose to fame as the most highly publicized of the infamous Young British Artists. Though denounced by conservative critics at the outset, Emin's work has attracted serious critical attention since the early 1990s for being consistently engaging, original, and st... 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
In the mid-1980s the sprouting of new movements that had driven modern art since the nineteenth century finally went dormant, sputtering out with a last few half-hearted labels ('pattern painting', 'neo-geo', 'commodity art'). But this was not the end of art history - far from it. In the years since, art's creative develop... 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
This book spans the time before digital photograph, with more than a third of the years featured taken on film. Happily the quality of the negatives and slides has not deteriorated too much, except for perhaps in a couple of the Tasmania images.
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
Imagine you have an old painting, a Madonna and Child, which has been in your family for years. It is beautiful, serene and spellbinding. It hangs on your wall and for years you take it for granted. But curiosity to know more about it gradually grows in you until it becomes irresistible. The day comes when you look at it and ... 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
The work of Gustav Klimt is world famous, but the man and artist behind these masterpieces has largely remained an enigma. In honour of Klimts 150th birthday, this book and an anniversary exhibition at the Leopold Museum shed new light on key works such as the allegory "Death and Life", outstanding landscape paintings and dra... read more
An up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary drawing featuring 115 artists from around the world, Vitamin D2 allows the reader to look at the medium in detail and study drawing's unique properties in relation to itself, to contemporary art and to the world at large. Phaidon's influential Vitamin series began in 2002, offering ... read more
Nurtured by the aesthetic-social critique undertaken by the British Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau contrasted the heaviness of mechanical production with the ingenious elegance of forms inspired by pure and alluring lines, based on plant forms. Enlivened by nostalgic fin de siecle decadence, the movement's unique style... read more
"Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History", hailed as one of the most engrossing and stimulating art history texts to come along for years by "The Times Higher Education Supplement", embraces many aspects of the so-called new art history attention to issues of class and gender, reception and spectatorship, racism and Euroce... read more
Discussions of the 'Glasgow Four' and the 'Glasgow Style' inevitably lead to the well-documented careers of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald. However, this obscures the complete picture and ignores the significant contribution made to British art history by the other two members of the 'Glasgow Four'. Here, fo... read more