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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Print PlayCover Image, Jellyfish

Jessie Wright and Lara Davies
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN 9781743793404
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 24.99
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Screen printing designers and teachers, Jess Wright and Lara Davies from Home-Work Screen Printing in Melbourne, welcome you into their colourful, pattern-filled world with a series of how-to screen printing projects. The book covers all the basics of screen printing at home before delving into projects ranging from homewares to accessories and clothing.


Gustav Klimt
Cover Image, Long Way Home

Tobias G Natter
Taschen
ISBN 9783836566612
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 115.00
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A century after his death, Viennese artist Gustav Klimt (1862 1918) still startles with his unabashed eroticism, dazzling surfaces, and artistic experimentation. In this amazing monograph Taschen gathers all of Klimt’s major works alongside authoritative art historical commentary and privileged archival material from Klimt’s own archive to trace the evolution of his astonishing oeuvre.


Picasso: An Intimate Portrait

Cover Image, North Water

Olivier Widmaier
Tate Publishing
ISBN: 9781849765893
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 60.00
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This new biography paints a riveting portrait of Pablo Picasso, examining both his strengths and shortcomings as husband, lover and father. Olivier Widmaier's unique insight, into the life of one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists, details not only Picasso’s hopes, fears and regrets, but also his certainties, his unique audacity, and his conflicts.

An exceptional and remarkable document, Picasso: An Intimate Portrait is an intimate study of a lifetime dedicated entirely to art, in which the author skilfully captures the real man at the heart of the many fictions and legends that the artist both inspired and incited.

 


500 Self Portraitscover image romantic moderns

Phaidon Editors & Liz Rideal (introduction)
Phaidon
ISBN 9780714875958
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 39.95
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A new edition of 500 Self Portraits that  has been revised to include captivating contemporary works.   Originally published more than 80 years ago and last revised in 2000, this wholly new edition for 2018 presents a selection of powerfully evocative works by many of the world's greatest artists - from Dürer and Rembrandt to Marina Abramović, David Hockney, and Cindy Sherman - working in painting, photography, sculpture, and performance. Flowing in a chronological sequence, with interspersed artist quotes and essays by Liz Rideal and Julian Bell.


Albert Namatjiracover image a savage image

National Gallery of Australia
ISBN: 9780642334756
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 39.95
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Pioneering Aboriginal watercolourist Albert Namatjira’s landscape paintings are synonymous with our perception of the Australian outback. But these luminous landscapes also expressed Namatjira’s deep connection with the Western Arrarnta Country for which he was a traditional custodian.  This is the first publication of Namatjira’s work since the copyright was returned to his descendants, and celebrates the legacy of this important artist through a selection of his evocative watercolours from the NGA’s world-renowned collection.

 

Gustav Klimt at HomeCover Image, Jellyfish

Patrick Bade
Frances Lincoln
Genre: Art
ISBN 9780711239098
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 49.99
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Klimt was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement, and this book reveals how his travels to Venice and Ravenna -  as well as annual summer holidays with the Floge family on the shores of Attersee - were a source of inspiration and influence on his creative output.

Fully illustrated, the book features paintings, archive imagery and photographs of the surrounding city and landscape to provide an insight into how the people and places of his life relate to his work.
 

Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawingcover image romantic moderns

Phaidon editors
Phaidon
ISBN 9780500289723
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 59.95
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An indispensable survey of the most dynamic contemporary drawing, chosen by leading art world professionals - now in paperback. Vitamin D inaugurated a vibrant period for drawing, followed by Vitamin D2, which showcased 115 outstanding artists pushing the medium’s boundaries. With nominations from over 70 international critics and curators and an introduction by drawing expert Christian Rattemeyer, Vitamin D2 provides a broad overview of drawing while also looking towards its future.


Matisse in the StudioCover Image, Matisse in the Studio

Ellen McBreen
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
ISBN 9780878468430
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 80.00
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Published to accompany the Royal Academy exhibition 'Matisse in the Studio', this book is the first in English to explore the essential role that Henri Matisse's personal collection of objects played in his studio practice. Featured frequently in the modern master's bold paintings, drawings, and cut-outs, and influencing the development of his work in sculpture, Matisse's objects formed a secret history hiding in plain sight. Works that span the artist's entire career are presented here alongside the objects that inspired them, from Asian vases and African masks to intricate textiles from the Islamic world. With lush illustrations and archival images, Matisse in the Studio provides exceptional insights into the world of the artist at work.


Turner's SketchbooksCover Image, Turners Sketchbooks

Ian Warrell
Tate Publishing
ISBN 9781849765275
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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Turner's sketchbooks provide us with a rare and unique opportunity to witness the building blocks, steps and missteps of an artist unparalleled in impact. They give us a privileged look over Turner's shoulder, allowing us to witness the creation and development of ideas that can be traced through to his most famous paintings. In the absence of detailed written accounts of his extensive travels, the notebooks are also a record of his impressions of the many places he visited across Britain and Europe. This book is the first to survey the full range of Turner's sketchbooks, beginning with his teenage explorations and culminating in the masterful colour studies of his later years.


Art - A Children's Encyclopediacover image romantic moderns

Susie Hodge
Dorling Kindersley
ISBN 9780241297650
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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This beautiful art book for children charts the evolution of the greatest cultural achievements in painting, sculpture and photography.
From prehistoric cave drawings to the Mona Lisa, to contemporary street art and world-famous sculptures, children can find amazing facts, clear explanations, and stunning reproductions of amazing artworks. Art- A Children's Encyclopedia is the essential introduction to the art world for children.


David HockneyCover Image, David Hockney

Chris Stephens
Tate Publishing
ISBN  9781849764438
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 60.00
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A full career retrospective of one of the greatest and most popular living artists, lavishly illustrated with works from across the artist's six-decade career David Hockney has been delighting and challenging audiences for almost sixty years. Working in an extraordinarily wide range of media with equal measures of wit and intelligence, his art has examined, probed and questioned how the perceived world of movement, space and time can be captured in two dimensions. This lavishly illustrated publication reasserts Hockney as a serious thinker and a highly innovative artist constantly challenging the conventions of artistic expression, without losing the characteristic verve, humour and colour of the work.


Margaret OlleyCover Image, Margaret Olley

Barry Pearce
The Beagle Press
ISBN 9780947349288
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 75.00
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Margaret Hannah Olley AC (24 June 1923 -- 26 July 2011) was an Australian painter. She was the subject of more than 90 solo exhibitions. Margaret Olley was born in Lismore, New South Wales. She attended Somerville House in Brisbane during her high school years. She was so focused on art that she dropped one French class in order to take another art lesson. Her work concentrated on still life. In 1997 a major retrospective of her work was organized by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She received the inaugural Mosman Art Prize in 1947. Olley was twice the subject of an Archibald Prize winning painting; the first by William Dobell in 1948 and the other by Ben Quilty in 2011. She was also the subject of paintings by many of her artist friends, including Russell Drysdale.


Margaret PrestonCover Image, Margaret Preston

Deborah Edwards
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500500682
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 80.00
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Bearing 'the conspicuous mark of talent' from an early age, the fiercely independent and opinionated Margaret Preston is one of Australia's most innovative early modernists. Even in her earliest works, her restless experimentation, ambitions and independence of thought governed a desire to interpret rather than emulate what she saw, to exact essential principles. From the 1920s Preston moved rapidly to the forefront of Australian progressive art, producing a body of work that has remained crucially important to the traditions of Australian art.In this revised edition of the Preston monograph, featuring a new introduction, curator Deborah Edwards looks in detail at the life and art of this extraordinary artist from the mid-1890s in Adelaide to her life in Sydney in 1963. Also featuring a CD-ROM catalogue raisonne of paintings, monotypes and ceramics, this richly-illustrated monograph is unrivalled in its scope.


Modern LoveCover Image, Modern Love

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan
Melbourne University Press
ISBN  9780522862812
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 45.00
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Much has been written about the lives and art of Heide, but finally the remaining members of the inner circle have entrusted the full story to be told through this intimate biography of John and Sunday Reed. Part romance, part tragedy, Modern Love explores the complex lives of these champions of successive generations of Australian artists and writers, detailing their artistic endeavours and passionate personal entanglements. It is a story of rebellion against their privileged backgrounds and of a bohemian existence marked by extraordinary achievements, intense heartbreak and enduring love. John and Sunday s was a remarkable partnership that affected all those who crossed the threshold into Heide and which altered the course of art in Australia.

 


Agnes Martin: Her Life and Artcover image agnes martin

Nancy Princenthal
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500093900
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 55.00
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Over the course of a career that spanned fifty years, Agnes Martin's austere, serene work anticipated and helped to define Minimalism even as she battled psychological crises and carved out a solitary existence in the American Southwest. "I paint with my back to the world", she claimed, when she died at ninety-two in Taos, New Mexico. It is said she had not read a newspaper in half a century. Nancy Princenthal tells her whole story chronologically from Martin's birth in Saskatchewan and her early years as an artist living in derelict Manhattan shipping lofts; to the seven years she stopped painting, just as her career was taking off. She reveals the months she spent roaming the country in a pick-up truck through to her last thirty years, in Taos, in an adobe house she built with her own hands. Nancy Princenthal has written the essential Agnes Martin biography; a must-read for anyone interested in abstract painting or the history of female artists in America.


Romantic Modernscover image romantic moderns

Alexandra Harris
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500289723
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 35.00
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While the battles for modern art and society were being fought in France and Spain, it has seemed a betrayal that John Betjeman and John Piper were in love with a provincial world of old churches and tea-shops. In this multi-award winning book now available in paperback Alexandra Harris tells a different story. In the 1930s and 1940s, artists and writers explored what it meant to be alive in England. Eclectically, passionately, wittily, they showed that the modern need not be at war with the past. Constructivists and conservatives could work together, and even the Bauhaus emigre, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, was beguiled into taking photographs for Betjemans nostalgic Oxford University Chest. This modern English renaissance was shared by writers, painters, gardeners, architects, critics, tourists and composers. John Piper, Virginia Woolf, Florence White, Christopher Tunnard, Evelyn Waugh, E. M. Forster and the Sitwells are part of the story, along with Bill Brandt, Graham Sutherland, Eric Ravilious and Cecil Beaton.


Weatherland: Writers and Artists under English SkiesCover Image, Weatherland

Alexandra Harris
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500518113
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 55.00
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The story of English culture over a thousand years can be told as the story of changing ideas about the weather. Writers and artists across the centuries, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt very different things. In a sweeping panorama, Weatherland allows us to witness cultural climates on the move. The Anglo-Saxons before the Norman Conquest lived in a wintry world, writing about the coldness of exile or the shelters they must defend against enemies outdoors. The Middle Ages brought the warmth of spring; the new lyrics were sung in praise of blossom and cuckoos. It is hard to find a description of a rainy night before 1700, but by the end of the eighteenth century the Romantics will take a squall as fit subject for their most probing thoughts. There have been times when the numbers on a rain gauge count for more than a pantheon of aerial gods. There have been times for meteoric marvels and times for gentle breeze. The weather is vast and yet we experience it intimately, which is why Alexandra Harris builds her remarkable story from small evocative details.


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.


AustraliaCover Image, Australia

Wally Caruana, Franchesca Cubillo, Anna Gray
Royal Academy of Arts
ISBN 9781907533457 
Hardback 2013
Price $AU 110.00
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This landmark book charts the development of Australian art, from early Aboriginal work to that of the first colonial settlers, immigrant artists of the twentieth century and the culturally diverse inhabitants of the country today. Exploring this eclectic 300-year history, the book also celebrates key moments in the Australian canon, such as Sidney Nolans iconic paintings about the outlaw Ned Kelly, begun in the 1940s. In recent years the tenacious influence of European art on Australian practice has waned, making way for a highly original native art scene of international standing. Such contemporary artists as Tracey Moffatt, Fiona Hall and Vernon Ah Kee are also represented here.


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