Memories of a Lost World: Travels Through the Magic Lantern
Fiell, PHOTOGRAPHY, FX, 9781906863074
$63.64 ex $70.00 inc
Memories: A World Tour takes you on a fascinating journey back through time to a pre-globalised world where regional customs and national cultures were as distinctive as they were diverse. From the bustling streets of Victorian London and the ruins of ancient Egypt to the temples of Japan and the tribesmen of New Guinea, this publication explores the world through a captivating collection of over 800 magic lantern slide images. From the 1870s to the 1930s, photographic magic lantern slide shows were a popular, entertaining and educative way for people to learn about the world beyond their own shores. From Cairo and Delhi to Adelaide and Cape Town, intrepid photographers travelled to all corners of the world to document its peoples and customs. For the first time these images have been brought together in a single publication and the result is a beautiful yet poignant echo of a lost world that at the same time conveys a powerful sense of shared humanity. Memories: A World Tour is an important primary source of historical information, which precisely and beautifully documents what the world was like before the advent of television and mass-travel. Text in English, German & French.
AUTHOR: Charlotte Fiell studied at the British Institute (Florence), Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts (London) and Sotheby's Educational Studies (London). With her husband, Peter, she has written and edited over 30 internationally bestselling books on design.
Rizzoli, ART, HC, 9780847839087
$100.00 ex $110.00 inc
This book comes in three different color patterns (all with the same cover design). The most comprehensive book devoted to the incomparable and iconic work of Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama, now in her eighties, has become a vital force in contemporary art and an influence on generations of artists. The publication is timed to coincide with the artist’s major touring retrospective, which makes its American debut at the Whitney Museum in New York in summer 2012, as well as with the much-anticipated collaboration with powerhouse fashion brand Louis Vuitton.
Caravaggio: The Artist & His Work
Getty Publications, ART, HC, 9781606060957
$90.86 ex $99.95 inc
This is a fascinating re-evaluation of the life and works of a hugely talented yet controversial artist. The young Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) created a major stir in late-sixteenth-century Rome with the groundbreaking naturalism and highly charged emotionalism of his paintings. Caravaggio is a sumptuously illustrated and engagingly written volume that takes a fresh look at Caravaggio's life and works, uncovering evidence that the efforts of Caravaggio's contemporaries to disparage his character and his artwork often sprang from their own cultural biases or a desire to promote the artistic achievements of his rivals, and that contrary to repeated claims, Caravaggio lacked neither education nor piety, but was an extremely accomplished technician who developed a successful marketing strategy.
Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection
Prestle, ART, HC, 9783791352008
$90.00 ex $99.00 inc
Encompassing nearly 300 works, the Anthony Petullo Collection is one of the most impressive compilations of outsider art in the United States. This exhibition catalogue commemorates the gift of the collection to the Milwaukee Art Museum. It includes luminous watercolour and pencil drawings by Henry Darger; former slave and share-cropper Bill Traylor's haunting paintings; the meticulously beautiful graphic works of Martin Ramirez, alongside numerous other pieces by lesser-known artists such as James Lloyd, an English labourer; Domenico Zindato, an Italian draftsman; and Rosemarie Koczy, a former prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, among many others. Each of these artists spent much of their lives out of the public eye, unaware of notions of artistic trends or celebrity. Their inherent talent and their intense devotion to their art are gloriously evident in this stunningly illustrated and wonderfully diverse volume.
Graphic Design: Now in Production
Walker Art Center, DESIGN, PB, 9780935640984
$61.82 ex $68.00 inc
Graphic design has broadened its reach dramatically over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely deployed skill. The rise of user-generated content, new methods of publishing and systems of distribution, and the wide dissemination of creative software have opened up new opportunities for design. More designers are becoming producers--authors, publishers, instigators and entrepreneurs--actively employing their creative skills as makers of content and shapers of experiences. Featuring work produced since 2000, Graphic Design: Now in Production explores the worlds of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books and posters; the entrepreneurial spirit of designer-produced goods; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of film and television titling sequences; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives. The catalogue features important original essays by leading designers that tackle themes such as the changing roles of reading and writing within the context of new technologies and self-publishing; the nature of design labor and production, from blue-collar handcraft and making to white-collar design thinking and strategy; and the impact and influence design programs and schools have had on shaping the direction of contemporary graphic design. Co-organized by Walker Art Center and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Graphic Design: Now in Production is conceived as a visual compendium in the spirit of the Whole Earth Catalogue. It features posters, info graphics, fonts, books, magazines, film titles, logos and more, interspersed with a variety of small texts delving into specific project details, excerpted artists' statements, interviews and published manifestos, technical details, and new and old technologies and tools.
Mechanical Hand: Artists' Projects at Pauper Press
Black Dog Publishing, ART, HC, 9781907317583
$54.55 ex $60.00 inc
The Mechanical Hand: Artists' Projects at Paupers Press focuses on the work of Paupers Press, a fine art print studio that concentrates on etching, lithography and relief printing. The studio has worked with many of the leading contemporary artists working in collaboration with the artists to produce limited edition and unique prints, books and portfolio collections. The Mechanical Hand examines the collaborative relationship of the studio and the contemporary artists they work with.
The Mechanical Hand features Damien Hirst's widely recognizable Butterflies, controversial skull prints and large scale hand-inked photogravure Sanctum series 2009. Rachel Whiteread's Twelve Objects, are discussed and featured; 12 etchings of everyday objects ranging from a walnut to a bottle to a light switch. From Keith Coventry there is his 2008 series Copper and Silk series, a collection of 20 prints made by etching and silkscreen. The Mechanical Hand includes Jake & Dinos Chapman's Etchasketchathon series stemming from the popular childrens toy 'Etch-A-Sketch' and playing nostalgia and childhood innocence off against contemporary adult themes. The book also includes an interview with Turner Prize nominated Catherine Yass and commentary from the other artists included showing a unique insight into their working methods.
Hammershoi & Europe
Prestel, ART, HC, 9783791351742
$81.82 ex $90.00 inc
This generously illustrated volume examines Hammershoi's work as a whole and in relation to the artists of his generation. Hammershoi's enigmatic paintings, with their rich and muted palettes, have always enjoyed enormous popularity in Scandinavia, and recently his work has received renewed attention across the globe. Thematically arranged, this volume includes beautiful reproductions and essays that focus on Hammershoi's isolated private life and travels; his time in London and Germany; and comparisons between him and such notable painters as Seurat, Gauguin, and Whistler. Fans of this remarkable painter, and anyone interested in modern art, will enjoy this celebration of Hammershoi as a part of the pantheon of great European painters.
Heinrich Kuhn & His American Circle: Alfred Stieglitz & Edward Steichen
Prestel, PHOTOGRAPHY, HC, 9783791351964
$81.82 ex $90.00 inc
Heinrich Kuhn's early Pictorialist works were highly influential and were exhibited at the Vienna Secession. Gradually Kuhn incorporated the influence of his peers and moved in the direction of Modernist photography. He was also among the first important photographers to create colour images. This book aims to situate Kuhn with regard to both the Viennese avant-garde and the international development of photography as an art form. It explores the close friendship between Kuhn and major photographers Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen and showcases photographic prints and autochromes by Kuhn and other important photographers.
Kesu: The Art & Life of Doug Cranmer
Douglas & McIntyre, ART, PB, 9781553658597
$54.55 ex $60.00 inc
Although Doug Cranmer's work has been featured in many books, this is the first volume solely devoted to his art. Doug Cranmer's abstract painting series from 1974-76 is still regarded as ground-breaking in contemporary Northwest Coast modern art today. The book is a celebration of Doug Cranmer, written not as a scholarly art treatise but as he is remembered by friends, family, and the students who knew him best. Northwest Coast Kwakwaka'wakw art is renowned for its flamboyant, energetic, and colourful carving and painting. Among the best-known practitioners was Doug Cranmer, whose style was understated, elegant, fresh, and unique, and whose work quickly found an international following in the 1960s. He was an early player in the global, commercial art market and one of the first Native artists in British Columbia to own his own gallery. A long-time teacher, he inspired generations of young Native artists in Alert Bay, British Columbia, and across the province. To date, however, his considerable contributions have gone largely unrecognized.
Book of Books: 500 Years of Graphic Innovation
Matt Thieu Lomman
Thames & Hudson, DESIGN, HC, 9780500515914
$76.36 ex $84.00 inc
Since the fifteenth century, the printed book has been an essential carrier of information. And, for more than five hundred years, there have been designers, printers, and publishers who have extended the boundaries of their professions aesthetically and technically, producing books that are masterpieces of graphic art.This sumptuous collection tells the history of the printed book through milestone publications and little-known treasures of the art of the book. The noted originators range from Jenson and Bellaert in the fifteenth century through Piranesi, Bodoni, and Bewick to Morris, Gill, Tschichold, and Birdsall in the modern age. The featured publications include The Nuremberg Chronicle from 1493 a masterpiece of integrated text and illustration; Maria Sibylla Merian s book of insects from 1719; Muybridge s 1887 Animal Locomotion; a photomontage book by John Heartfield published in 1929; and a 1937 edition of The Frogs by Aristophanes, produced by the Limited Editions Club of New York.
Bauhaus: Art as Life
Walter Konig, DESIGN, HC, 9783863351632
$63.64 ex $70.00 inc
Bauhaus: Art as Life explores the diverse artistic production and turbulent 14-year history of the modern world's most famous art school. Accompanying the biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the United Kingdom in more than 40 years, this catalogue features a rich array of painting, sculpture, design, architecture, film, photography, textiles, ceramics, theatre and installation, ranging from the school's Expressionist beginnings to its pioneering utopian model of uniting art and technology in order to change society in the aftermath of the First World War. Exemplary works from such Bauhaus masters as Josef and Anni Albers, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Hannes Meyer, László Moholy-Nagy, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Gunta Stölzl are presented alongside works by lesser-known artist masters and Bauhaus students. Through a range of specially commissioned essays, Bauhaustraces the life of the school from its founding by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919 to its relocation to its newly built campus in Dessau in 1925 under the direction of Gropius and then Hannes Meyer, and finally its brief period in Berlin, under the leadership of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and through its dramatic closure in 1933 by the Nazis. The catalogue also includes a series of original writings by Bauhaus artists, drawn from previously published texts and personal correspondence.
Avedon: Murals & Portraits
Abrams, PHOTOGRAPHY, HC, 9781419705632
$109.09 ex $120.00 inc
No photographer had a more serious and deeply felt response to the political and cultural impact of the 1960s and early 1970s than Richard Avedon, whose iconic portraits of key figures of the era influenced the course of photography in the decades that followed. In four monumental photographic murals (reproduced in large gatefolds) and many related portraits, he portrayed Andy Warhol's gender-bending Factory, with Viva and Candy Darling; Abbie Hoffman and the radical agitators of the Chicago Seven; Allen Ginsberg's family, friends, and fellow artists; and the U.S. Mission Council in Saigon alongside searing portraits of victims of the Vietnam War.
The photographs are accompanied by images of archival material, including Avedon's diaries, correspondence, and contact prints. Major essays explore Avedon's penetrating incursions into the history and spirit of these tumultuous years.
Vermeer: The Complete Paintings
Ludion, ART, HC, 9789461300416
$81.82 ex $90.00 inc
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) has been one of the most widely admired European painters since his so-called rediscovery in the second half of the nineteenth century. Until quite recently, the Romantic roots of writing on the Sphinx of Delft have encouraged the image of him as an isolated genius; the artists private life and religion, his supposed use of a camera obscura, and the fact that his teacher has not been identified have all contributed to an air of mystery. As this new monograph demonstrates, Vermeer's life is actually well documented and his work may be more appropriately understood by placing the painter in the context of the Delft school as a whole and of Delft society. The fact that one local patron acquired about twenty pictures by the artist (only thirty-six are known today) must have been significant for Vermeer's subtleties of meaning and refinements of technique and style. In the end, however, the most historical approach to Vermeer still leaves us with a master whose rare sensibility and extraordinary powers of observation may be described but not explained.
Rizzoli, DESIGN, HC, 9780847839094
$136.36 ex $150.00 inc
This volume features new paintings and drawings by the American painter Elizabeth Peyton, published on the occasion of her first solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in Paris. More than a century later, Elizabeth Peyton’s jewel-like paintings reaffirm Manet’s belief in the quiet potency of an enduring intimiste genre. Although Peyton’s paintings infer a deep knowledge of historical artistic forbears from Goya to Warhol, this awareness is processed through an instinctual understanding of the time in which she lives. Portraits of artists both historical and contemporary are rendered from photographs or from life. Peyton imbues each likeness with a startling freshness and immediacy, although like a still life it is distanced from its subject.
The Book of Bock
Gestalten Verlag, ART, HC, 9783899554564
$61.36 ex $67.50 inc
The delight with which Frank H hne draws radiates from each of his illustrations and his strange humor is contagious. His style is idiosyncratic and sometimes childishly na*ve. H hne admits that I simply do what I want to do, but he does this so well that he has established himself as one of Germany's leading illustrators in only a short period of time. His clients include international brands such as BMW Mini, Nike, and Aveda, as well as a broad range of German newspapers and magazines. In The Book of Bock Frank H hne explains why it's so wonderful to be an illustrator. The hilarious visual journey is great fun for all readers--whether they work creatively or not. Frank H hne is inspired by the things that make him human. ( A colonoscopy gives me eight times more input than a visit to a museum for applied something or other. ) He lives happily with his wife and child in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin.
Perpetual 360 Sessions
Schunck Heerlen, ART, HC, 9789490624002
$33.64 ex $37.00 inc
Shaun Gladwell is an Australian video artist who has exhibited throughout Australia, the United States and Europe (including representing Australia at the 2009 Venice Biennale).
Gladwell describes his video art as "performance landscapes". Using a variety of rural and urban locations, he often uses filmic devices such as slow-motion and long pans to capture both tightly choreographed and improvised performances. The resulting works are surprisingly hypnotic, beautiful and poetic, due to their distortion of speed, reversed gravity or overall displacement of space and time.
Perpetual 360° Sessions is the catalogue from his first exhibition in the Netherlands.
Hands On: Interactive Design in Print
Victionary, DESIGN, FX, 9789881943835
$56.82 ex $62.50 inc
We live in a changed world. Old patterns of want and desire are gradually being replaced and new values espoused. No longer content with passively accumulating the fruits of mass production, consumers are demanding a leading role in the very act of creation itself. Within this realm, simple substances are being explored anew for the permutations they can offer be it wood, fabric or paper, that most mutable of materials. With the simple addition of print, designs are uplifted, speaking to individual preference while conveying the required information. The charm is further heightened by an interactive component, inviting the user to participate in the artistic process, by completing an anticipated design, or injecting ones own vision into the end result. Hands On collects a captivating array of the best of todays interactive design in print - with projects incorporating magnets, stamps, stickers, stitching, pop-outs, scratch-away, paper folding, model building and more!
George Barbier: Master of Art Deco Illustration, Graphics & Costume Design
Pie Books, ART, PB, 9784756241443
$51.36 ex $56.50 inc
George Barbier (1882–1932) is one of the great French illustrators of the early twentieth century. He is famous for his elegant art deco works that were heavily influenced by orientalism and Parisian couture. Born in Nantes, France in 1882, he skyrocketed to fame and notoriety after his first exhibition in 1911. Known as one of “the knights of the bracelet” for his luxurious and glamorous lifestyle and work, George Barbier also received renown for costumes and set designs he did for theater, film, and ballet. Even today, his modern and stylish illustrations are popular all over the world.
With critical essays on such topics as coloration and composition, this volume is a complete compendium of Barbier’s work. This valuable reference book is categorized by Barbier’s major projects in fashion, book illustration, theater art, and editorial design and is perfect for illustrators and graphic designers as well as a beautiful gift for someone very special.
Banksy: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat
Gingko, ART, HC, 9781908211088
$45.41 ex $49.95 inc
The single best collection of photographs of Banksy's street work. Period. You Are An Acceptable Level of Threat concentrates on this singular artist's iconic imagery, spanning the late '90s up until the end of 2011. The locations are from around the world (predominantly the UK, US and Europe), and many images have never been seen before. When Banksy started out painting, the political landscape was bleak. Fortunately now, it's ten times worse. As Banksy's cheerfully aggressive political work becomes ever more relevant, this comprehensive tome sets about presenting his art in the context of the era he was responding to.
How to Make a Japanese House
NAI Publishers, ARCHITECTURE, PB, 9789056628505
$63.64 ex $70.00 inc
Nowhere in the world have architects built homes as small as in Japan, and nowhere have they done so with such ingenuity and success. How to Make a Japanese Housepresents 21 lessons in how to design a single-family home from three decades of architectural practice. From the Western perspective, in which more space is better space, small interiors may once have seemed undesirable, but Japanese architects have long excelled at overcoming the limitations of building in densely populated areas and creating brilliant effects of spaciousness with minimal square footage. As urban areas across the world grow only more dense in population, a knack for the economic handling and design of domestic space has clearly established itself as a key virtue of contemporary architectural practice. Through a rich array of research, interviews, drawings and photographs, How to Make a Japanese Housedemonstrates that Japanese homes present a radically different way of thinking about architecture, and provide inspiration for dwelling on a smaller scale.
Marimekko: Fabrics, Fashion, Architecture
Yale Uni Press, CRAFT, PB, 9780300189339
$45.41 ex $49.95 inc
Founded in 1951 by visionary textile designer Armi Ratia and her husband, Viljo, the Marimekko Corporation in Finland not only sparked a revolution in pattern making but also pioneered a new definition of fashion that embraced the entire home environment. This book - the first comprehensive study of Marimekko designs - presents more than one hundred examples of the exuberant Marimekko fashions and home furnishings that gave the company a definitive presence on the world design stage. The book considers the history of the company from its founding through today and examines Marimekko's impact on design in Finland and around the world. The company's most important designers, including Maija Isola and Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi, their contributions, and their stylistic development are also discussed. In addition, the book examines Marimekko home and office interiors and how they reflected the lifestyle envisioned in Armi Ratia's broad, radical definition of fashion.