• Contemporary African Art
    Contemporary African Art
    Contemporary African art has grown out of the diverse histories and cultural heritage of the African continent and its diaspora. It is not characterized by any particular style, technique or theme, but by a bricolage-like attitude towards art-making, incorporating and building upon the structures from which older, precolonial and colonial genres were made.

    In this revised and updated edition of Contemporary African Art, Sidney Littlefield Kasfir examines the major themes, developments and accomplishments in African art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Organized thematically, the book includes new chapters on the history of African photography and the growth of the global art market, alongside significant discussions of patronage and mediation, artistic training and national and diaspora identities.

    ISBN: 9780500293591
    Publication date: 19/03/2020
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Kasfir, Sidney Littlefield
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Costume and Fashion
    Costume and Fashion
    From the momentus invention of the needle some 40,000 years ago to the development of blue denim, from Neolithic weavers to the biggest names in the fashion industry today - this classic guide covers the landmarks of costume history, the forms and materials used through the ages, the underlying motives of fashion and the ways in which clothes have been used to protect, to express identity, and to attract or to influence others. This sixth edition features a new foreword and concluding chapter by Amy de la Haye. The book is brought right up to date with a discussion about the major political shifts within the fashion industry, highlighting how it has responded to issues surrounding racism and sexism; LGBTQI rights; mental health awareness; body and age diversity and global sustainability.

    ISBN: 9780500204498
    Publication date: 19/03/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Laver, James
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Craftland Japan
    Craftland Japan
    In Japanese life and culture, there has never been a clear distinction between art, craft and design. Generations of artisans have for centuries forged and refined their crafts, which have become the envy of the modern world. Regions of Japan are renowned for specific traditions, many of which are born of local materials and the natural settings in which they are produced.

    Visitors and craft and design enthusiasts have long known about the high quality of craftsmanship and the unique quality of these makers and the objects they create, though few are taken outside the country. Spurred by an awareness of the unseen treasures produced by these craftspeople, designer-authors Uwe Roettgen and Katharina Zettl set out across the country to find the finest examples, to document the makers and their workshops and the rural landscapes that surround them. The result is a breathtaking odyssey into the heart of Japanese culture. The authors portray twentyfive artisans, who work with natural materials to produce objects that are intended for everyday life but are worthy of museum display. Photographs and texts, drawn from close collaboration with each maker or studio, depict ancient techniques that continue to flourish, however much the world around them has changed.

    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. It celebrates the union of craft, design, materiality and landscape in a manner that most cultures can only hope to emulate.

    ISBN: 9780500295342
    Publication date: 09/04/2020
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Roettgen, Uwe
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
  • Creativity Code
    Creativity Code
    Will a computer ever compose a symphony, write a prize-winning novel, or paint a masterpiece? And if so, would we be able to tell the difference?

    As humans, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be alive.

    Yet in many other areas, new developments in AI are shaking up the status quo, as we find out how many of the tasks humans engage in can be done equally well, if not better, by machines. But can machines be creative? Will they soon be able to learn from the art that moves us, and understand what distinguishes it from the mundane?

    In The Creativity Code, Marcus du Sautoy examines the nature of creativity, as well as providing an essential guide into how algorithms work, and the mathematical rules underpinning them. He asks how much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure, and exactly what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music.

    Marcus finds out how long it might be before machines come up with something creative, and whether they might jolt us into being more imaginative in turn. The result is a fascinating and very different exploration into both AI and the essence of what it means to be human.

    ISBN: 9780008288198
    Publication date: 19/03/2020
    Price: $26.99
    Author: Du Sautoy, Marcus
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.99
  • Curious Creatures Pocket Colouring
    Curious Creatures Pocket Colouring
    A wonderful portable edition of Millie Marotta's Curious Creatures from the the Sunday Times and international bestseller Millie Marotta.

    Lose yourself in the fascinating world of Millie's Curious Creatures. Millie has researched beasts of all shapes and sizes from all over the world, and illustrated those with amazing survival skills, intriguing behaviours and - of course - beautiful plumage and patterns.

    Millie's intricate style of illustration encourages you to make your own mark, whether it's adding colour to a mandarin fish or adding feathers to a kiwi. There's the mimic octopus and the giant squid, the sleepy sloth and the long-eared jerboa, even the otherworldly narwhal - all waiting to be brought alive with glorious colour. Now in a handy pocket size, this book is perfect for anyone looking for a creative outlet or a mindful and relaxing activity on the go.

    ISBN: 9781849946247
    Publication date: 19/03/2020
    Price: $12.99
    Author: Marotta, Millie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $12.99
  • Dance Me to the End of Love
    Dance Me to the End of Love
    In 1995, Welcome Books published the star of its "Art and Poetry" series, "Dance Me to the End of Love", a deliriously romantic song by Leonard Cohen visualized through the warm, spirited paintings and collages of Henri Matisse. Now, for its 10-year anniversary, Welcome presents a new edition of "Dance Me to the End of Love" featuring a revised design. Cohen's song is a lyrical tribute to the miracle of love, the grace it bestows on us, and its healing power. Originally recorded on his "Various Positions" album, and featured in Cohen's anthology, "Stranger Music", this poetic song is gloriously married to artwork by Henri Matisse, perhaps the greatest artist of the twentieth century. "I had this dance within me for a long time," Matisse once said in describing one of his murals. "Dance Me to the End of Love" is the perfect book for art lovers, song lovers, and all other lovers as well.

    ISBN: 9781932183931
    Publication date: 27/06/2006
    Price: $47.99
    Author: Cohen, Leonard
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $47.99
  • Del Kathryn Barton
    Del Kathryn Barton
    A new series of monographs on Australian female artists, selected with series editor Natalie King, curator and Enterprise Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts. These books are compact yet perfectly formed. They comprise 96 pages of the artist's favourite works - designed for optimum visual impact and to reach anyone who is inspired by art and beauty. The extra frisson for these titles comes in the introduction. For each monograph, one luminary from another field will write a personal, powerful essay of 1200 words. It could be an ode to one particular painting; it could be a parallel narrative inspired by themes in the artist's work.

    ISBN: 9781760760052
    Publication date: 01/05/2019
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Barton, Del Kathryn
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $35.00
  • Design
    Design
    Discover the history of design with this gorgeous visual celebration of key pieces, movements, and designers, from the Arts and Craft movement to the digital age.

    Arranged chronologically, Design traces the evolution of design from its roots to the present, from early chairs, pottery, and homewares to cars, graphic design and product design. It introduces all the key designers, manufacturers, and objects, illustrating how and why different styles emerged and became popular. It also provides a fascinating insight into design movements, showing how each one began and explaining its philosophy and visual style, from the Arts and Crafts movement to mid-century modern and contemporary.

    Featuring expert analysis, stunning photography, and a huge range of objects both familiar and extraordinary, Design explains what makes a truly great design and reveals the hidden stories behind the everyday things all around us. With profiles of famous designers and manufacturers, such as William Morris,the Bauhaus, Alvar Aalto, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Vitra, and stunning images of iconic buildings and interiors, it provides a glorious and comprehensive view of classic design across the last two centuries.

    ISBN: 9780241412954
    Publication date: 02/03/2021
    Price: $55.00
    Author: DK
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $55.00
  • Dick Bruna
    Dick Bruna
    'For millions of children, Dick Bruna's books are the first they will encounter. They don't know how lucky they are' Michael Bond

    This latest instalment in The Illustrators on Dutch artist Dick Bruna (1927-2017) takes readers behind the scenes of the creation of some of the world's most endearing children's characters. Offering a deeper appreciation of the artistry and skills behind the international icon Miffy, fellow illustrator Bruce Ingman also reveals Bruna's lesser-known work, including his striking book and poster designs. A glimpse into his studio in Utrecht reveals a man of many media, including drawing, painting, collage and photography. All the elements of Bruna's extensive body of work, spanning book covers, posters, stamps and merchandise, are given due significance in this illuminating study of his reputation and success. By the time of Bruna's retirement, Miffy had become an industry in her own right and Bruna an international star far beyond the sphere of children's books. Ingman shows us how the simple complexity of Bruna's work appeals to children, artists and designers alike, capturing the imagination across ages and artistic disciplines.

    ISBN: 9780500094136
    Publication date: 23/04/2020
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Ingman, Bruce
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Dogs on Doorsteps
    Dogs on Doorsteps
    Dogs on Doorsteps began as a personal project launched during the 2020 lockdown period in March. Suzanne photographed neighbourhood dogs in order to retain a connection to the community and to give back by providing owners with images of their beloved dog. It started with her friends' dogs, but quickly expanded and took on a life of its own through word of mouth.

    Almost 70 dogs have now been photographed: Covid puppies, show champions, and old faithful pals. All sorts of beautiful breeds and rescue dogs. They are our entertainers, our companions and our loyal best friends who provide 100% unconditional love. In these odd times, our dogs are our therapy, delivering joy & companionship during long months of isolation.

    ISBN: 9780646824017
    Publication date: 01/12/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Stevenson, Suzanne
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Drawing Trees With William F. Powell: Learn to Draw Step by Step
    Drawing Trees With William F. Powell: Learn to Draw Step by Step
    Discover how to draw majestic trees in realistic detail, step by easy step. With tips on drawing root patterns, branches, fallen trees, and bark and simple techniques for rendering cast shadows and ground foliage, Drawing: Trees teaches beginning artists how to draw a wide variety of trees in graphite pencil, from basic shapes to final details. Learn about basic tree shapes and leaf types, as well as the fundamentals of shading, composition, and perspective. Designed for beginners, the How to Draw & Paint series offers an easy-to-follow guide that introduces artists to basic tools and materials and includes simple step-by-step lessons for a variety of projects suitable for the aspiring artist. Drawing: Trees allows artists to develop their drawing skills, demonstrating how to start with basic shapes and use pencil and shading techniques to create varied textures, values, and details for a realistic, completed drawing.

    ISBN: 9781633227798
    Publication date: 06/05/2019
    Price: $18.99
    Author: Powell, William F.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.99
  • Drawings of Rembrandt
    Drawings of Rembrandt
    This sweeping overview of Rembrandt's extraordinary achievement as a draughtsman fills a gap in the otherwise enormous literature on the artist. Beautifully illustrated, mostly in colour, the more than 150 drawings - culled from a corpus of some 800 - are discussed in detail. The drawings span Rembrandt's entire productive life as an artist, from early self-portraits in the 1620s to late drawings from the 1660s of the victim of an execution, a state coach, and historical and mythological images. The scope of the book allows readers to delve into the very broad range of Rembrandt's oeuvre of drawings.

    ISBN: 9780500295359
    Publication date: 01/09/2019
    Price: $65.00
    Author: Silve, Seymour
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $65.00
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