Art

As well as some practical guides, we have books on art history, photography, individual artists and art movements, and there are always some quirky art books that make the perfect gift for someone who's got everything!

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Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonné: 1955–1992

Cover Image, Shoestring

Kathie Sutherland
ISBN 9781760641719
Slipcase 2020
Price $AU 1500.00
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This monumental seven-volume collection chronicles a lifetime of work in exhaustive detail. Compiled by art historian Kathie Sutherland over seven years, the set of cloth-bound books is presented in a deluxe, elegantly finished slipcase and presents more than 4600 artworks, including hundreds of never-before-published works.

Weighing 25 kilograms and totalling 3000 pages, Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonné: 1955–1992 is an unprecedented publishing event that confirms Whiteley’s enduring significance as a visionary force of Australian art.

Volumes 1, 3 and 4 hold paintings and drawings from the 1950s to the 1990s; Volume 2 contains exquisite concertina fold-outs of the mammoth Alchemy and The American Dream; Volume 5 contains Whiteley’s prints; and Volume 6 compiles his ceramics and sculpture. A final book, Volume 7, holds essays, a cataloguing text, an exhibition history, an artist’s biography, a bibliography and an index of persistent themes that lend insightful form to the expanse of Whiteley’s rich and varied oeuvre.


Craftland JapanCover Image, Warhol

Uwe Rottgen and Katharina Zetti
Thames and Hudson
ISBN 9780500295342
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 49.99
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Craftland Japan is not merely a book about Japanese crafts: it is a glimpse into centuries of tradition and wisdom through the prism of contemporary makers.  The photographs and texts express the history and skill of twenty-five artisan studios, and depict ancient techniques that continue to flourish and be appreciated by admirers from all over the world.


Intrepide

Cover Image, Rain Heron

Clem and Therese Gorman
Monash University Publishing
ISBN 9781925523928
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 34.95
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This book examines some of the women who left Australia for France, becoming pioneers, role models, fine artists. Upon return they brought home greatly enhanced skills, and also helped introduce Australia to Modernism when our country had barely heard of it.  


Warhol - A Life as Art

Blake Gopnick
Cover Image, WarholAllen Lane
ISBN 9780241003381
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 69.99
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Blake Gopnik has spent six years researching Warhol's life and art and reveals a life of contrasts and deliberate artifice hiding great depths. Filled with new insights into the development and impact of Warhol's art and his personality, Warhol asks- was he a joke or a genius, a radical or a social climber? As Warhol would have answered- Yes.


Patricia Giles, PainterCover Image, The Yield

Alison Alexander
Pillinger Press
ISBN 9780648361527
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 75.00
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Painting en plein air in the challenging weather of Tasmania, Patricia Giles has captured the light and ever-changing landscape of her island home.  Award-winning biographer, Alison Alexander, tells the story of Gile's drive to make her way as an artist in an era when women were expected to forego their own ambitions and take on the roles of wives and mothers.  Nearly 300 works are included in this high quality volume.


Fugitive History: The Art of Julie GoughCover Image, Australia

Julie Gough
UWA Publishing
ISBN 9781742585581 
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 60.00
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Fugitive History: The Art of Julie Gough celebrates Gough’s artistic practice through a remarkable diversity of form and approach, from sculpture to installations and film. Her artistic output is impressive, and her work internationally recognised. This monograph enables a wider view of an intense project of art making over more than two decades.  Julie has lived in Tasmania since 1993 and can trace her matriarchal Aboriginal family line to Tebrikunna, far north eastern Tasmania, where ancestor Woretemoeteyenner, also known as Margaret and Bung, one of the four daughters of east coast leader, Mannalargenna, was born around 1797.


John OlsenCover Image, John Olsen

Darleen Bungey
ABC Books
ISBN 9780733331138
Hardback 2014
Price $AU 59.99
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Joint winner of the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Non-Fiction This landmark biography by Darleen Bungey, the author of the celebrated biography of Arthur Boyd, graphically depicts the forces that drove John Olsen to become one of the country's greatest artists. An exhilarating book, both trenchant and tender, it strips away the veneer of showmanship and fame to show the substance of a painter driven by a need to depict his country's landscape as Australians had never seen it before. Given access to his uncensored diaries and drawing on years of extensive interviews with both Olsen and those who have known him best, she explores his passionate life and follows his navigation though the friendships, rivalries and politics of the Australian art world.


The Worlds of J.R.R. TolkienCover Image, Carpathia

John Garth
Frances Lincoln
ISBN 9780711241275
Hardback 2020
Price $45.00
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The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien is an illustrated journey into the life and imagination of one of the world's best-loved authors, an exploration of the relationship between worlds real and fantastical, and an inspiration for anyone who wants to follow in Tolkien's footsteps.


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