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Brushed aside  by Noah Charney

Brushed aside

Noah Charney

"How many female artists can you name? Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe? Here's a 360-degree look at the role women have played in art history, including the influence and empowerment of women through art beyond those who have taken up a...

The unseen Saul Leiter  by Saul Leiter

The unseen Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter

"Now widely acclaimed as one of the world's greatest photographers, Saul Leiter (1923-2013) remained relatively unsung until he was rediscovered by curators and critics in his early 80s, and his work has been drastically re-evaluated over the last two decades....

The secret life of hidden places  by Stefan Bachmann

The secret life of hidden places

Stefan Bachmann

"A spellbinding tour, filled with stories and photographs, of some of the world's most fascinating architectural mysteries. This wondrous guide for the curious and the intrepid takes readers on a lushly photographed and lyrically written tour of eighteen of...

Venice  by Martin Gayford


Martin Gayford

"Leading art critic Martin Gayford takes us on a visual journey through the past five centuries of the city known as "La Serenissima," the Most Serene. Venice was a major center of art in the Renaissance: the city where the medium of oil on canvas became the...

Mind-blowing kusudama origami  by Byriah Loper

Mind-blowing kusudama origami

Byriah Loper

"Kusudama are elaborate geodesic spheres assembled from many small folded pieces of paper. They were originally used to hold incense in Japanese Buddhist temples. Modern Kusudama consist of dozens of colorful papers folded and fitted together to form ornate...

Nola Barron  by Nola Barron

Nola Barron

Nola Barron

"This book is a record of the artistic career of Nola Barron. It covers three different aspects of her life and works. After an initial interest in painting, she found that pottery was the craft she wished to follow. She enrolled at the Studio of Design, which...

The mindful garden  by Stephanie Donaldson

The mindful garden

Stephanie Donaldson

"Imagine spending time in a garden that is relaxing just to look at, thanks to a simple design, soothing plant colors, scents, and textures, and the calming sounds of water, birdsong, and the rustle of leaves. In The Mindful Garden, gardener and garden writer...

Los Angeles on Instagram

Los Angeles on Instagram

"The absolute best of the L.A. Instagram experience in a collection of more than 300 photos from over fifty influential Instagram photographers"--Publisher's description.

Housing atlas

Housing atlas

"In Housing Atlas, beautifully drawn plans, sections and elevations illustrate nearly a hundred of the most important European housing schemes of the 20th century, a period when architects addressed the multiple challenges of modern urban living and responded...

Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy

Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy

"Published on occasion of the exhibition Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy: Ring of Iron, Ring of Wool (Helly Nahmad Gallery, New York), this volume explores the work of Kay Sage (American, 1898-1963) and Yves Tanguy (French-American, 1900-1955), two eminent Surrealist...

Invisible wonders  by Anand Varma

Invisible wonders

Anand Varma

"This dazzling book explores how size, time, light, and focus can show us our world in brand-new ways"--Publisher's description.

Comrade sisters  by Stephen Shames

Comrade sisters

Stephen Shames

"It's estimated that six out of ten Panther Party members were women. While these remarkable women of all ages and diverse backgrounds were regularly making headlines agitating, protesting, and organizing, off-stage these same women were building communities...

Picasso the foreigner  by Annie Cohen-Solal

Picasso the foreigner

Annie Cohen-Solal

"Picasso the Foreigner approaches the artist's career and art from an entirely new angle, making extensive use of fascinating and long-overlooked archival sources. In this groundbreaking narrative, Picasso emerges as an artist ahead of his time not only...

Painting people and places  by Adebanji Alade

Painting people and places

Adebanji Alade

"From the absolute basics of getting an image onto your painting surface and preparing oils, this book includes invaluable information on different working approaches. Starting from the basics of value, edge and colour, the reader is led through short...

Visionary  by Claire Takacs


Claire Takacs

"In Visionary, photographer Claire Takacs and landscape architect Giacomo Guzzon introduce stunning private and public gardens from around the world that have addressed both sustainability and climate change. Be inspired by the new ways garden and landscape...

Wild watercolour  by Inga Buividavice

Wild watercolour

Inga Buividavice

"Discover your inner artist and deep connection with nature with this striking project book on the basics of watercolour from Inga Buividavice. Wild Watercolour starts with an introduction to the basic techniques of watercolour, coaching you for painting...

The greater perfection  by Francis H. Cabot

The greater perfection

Francis H. Cabot

"A story behind the creation of one of the world's most breath-taking public gardens. As featured in the 2018 film The Gardener, Les Quatre Vents in Charlevoix County, Quebec, has been acclaimed as the most aesthetically satisfying and horticulturally exciting...

Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Portfolio 33

Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Portfolio 33

"This commemorative portfolio displays all the 100 pictures awarded in the 2023 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, together with the stories of what they reveal and how they were created. Representing the work of photographers worldwide, they...

Delicious in dungeon world guide  by Ryoko Kui

Delicious in dungeon world guide

Ryoko Kui

"Delve into the depths of Delicious in Dungeon with a smorgasbord of illustrations, secret tales that couldn’t be told before, and detailed information about all the characters! Whether it’s their age, BMI, or the first time they died, this guide has...

Picasso  by Pablo Picasso


Pablo Picasso

"In 1910, Pablo Picasso began a series of 11 decorative paintings intended for the Brooklyn residence of American artist, collector, and critic Hamilton Easter Field. This publication is the first in-depth examination of this commission which, despite never...

Talking bodies

Talking bodies

"Talking Bodies examines different mechanisms of representation of the body in media cultures - from stereotypical forms of gender representation to the persistence of the regime of the white gaze and to self-staging on social media - and situates them in a...

Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton

"Helmut Newton’s unforgettable images, at once sophisticated and provocative, constitute a rich and ever-relevant artistic legacy. This book presents a compact but wide-ranging and impactful portfolio of his work, supported by an insightful introduction and a...

Ceramic glazing for beginners  by Gill Roy

Ceramic glazing for beginners

Gill Roy

"I always struggled with glazing, but once I learned these secrets... Are you a ceramic artist that struggles with glazing? Do you have a love-hate relationship with glazing? Do you get frustrated when the glaze does not come out right, and ruins your ceramic...

Tectonism  by Patrik Schumacher


Patrik Schumacher

"Tectonism is the most advanced and most sophisticated contemporary architectural style. There are, to date, only relatively a few fully satisfactory built examples, and most of them are still of a relatively modest scale. It is the thesis of this book that...

Matisse Derain  by Dita Amory

Matisse Derain

Dita Amory

"Over an intense nine weeks in the summer of 1905 in the modest fishing village of Collioure on the French Mediterranean, Henri Matisse and Andre Derain embarked on a partnership that led to a wholly new, radical artistic language later known as Fauvism. Their...

Neo Rauch  by Michael Glover

Neo Rauch

Michael Glover

"This comprehensive monograph offers a detailed examination of the paintings of the acclaimed German painter Neo Rauch (b.1960). Rauch's paintings deftly blend the iconography of Socialist Realism from his upbringing and art-school training in GDR-era Leipzig...

Berthe Morisot  by Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot

"A founding member of the Impressionist group, Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) was known for her swiftly painted glimpses of contemporary life and intimate domestic scenes. She featured prominently in the Impressionist exhibitions and defied social norms to become...

After impressionism   by Mary Anne Stevens

After impressionism

Mary Anne Stevens

"Towards the end of the nineteenth century, artists across Europe began to question the importance of realistic representation and to rethink their whole approach to the making of art. Cezanne, Gaugin and Van Gogh were all trailblazers, breaking with...

Find your flow  by Jessica (Jessica E.) Young

Find your flow

Jessica (Jessica E.) Young

"Through the diverse techniques and ten expressive projects in this book, you'll learn how to use the dynamic traits of alcohol ink, high-flow acrylic paint, and more to make beautiful works of abstract art that are reflections of your soul. By tackling the...

The triumph of nature

The triumph of nature

"The Triumph of Nature returns us vividly to an entrancing time in European decorative arts, from its beginnings in the Arts and Crafts movement and Japonisme, through to its evolution into Art Deco style. An exuberant, radical style, Art Nouveau blithely...

The spiritual adventure of Henri Matisse  by Charles Miller

The spiritual adventure of Henri Matisse

Charles Miller

"Henri Matisse described the Chapel of the Rosary, the chief labour of his final years, as the 'gathering together' of his lifetime's work. Although widely known as 'Matisse's Chapel', the building's remarkable 'modern' design and decoration emerged from a...

New fashion illustration  by Ana De Izaguirre

New fashion illustration

Ana De Izaguirre

"This book brings together the work of fifty contemporary artists of different backgrounds and generations.These include major figures in the industry such as Bil Donovan, Aurore de la Morinerie, Piet Paris and Cecilia Carlstedt, a new wave of acclaimed...

Living histories  by Aimee Ng

Living histories

Aimee Ng

"Living Histories celebrated an exciting year-long project at the Frick Collection, New York, featuring the work of four contemporary New York-based artists: Jenna Gribbon, Doron Langberg, Salman Toor, and Toyin Ojih Odutola. Each artist presents a single new...

Modern heritage  by Cameron Bruhn

Modern heritage

Cameron Bruhn

"An explosion of classical details and charm that is both style guide and practical resource for devotees of historical homes. Heritage homes hum with inherent charm and character, filling the void for those seeking more than a modern white box. Australian...

Michelangelo and beyond

Michelangelo and beyond

"This exhibition catalog charts the evolution of figure drawing in the western world, starting with Michelangelo, and explores his enormous influence over his contemporaries and later generations"--Publisher's description.

Scottish art in 100 works

Scottish art in 100 works

"The National Galleries of Scotland is home to the most important collection of Scottish art in the world. This beautifully illustrated book introduces the collection through 100 works, specially chosen by the curatorial team who care for them. The selection...

Urbanes Bauwerk von Tadao Ando  by Ulf Meyer

Urbanes Bauwerk von Tadao Ando

Ulf Meyer

"The office complex in Karlsruhe is considered as Tadao Ando's first urban design in Germany. The publication provides exclusive insights into the creation and planning of the building. Architecture photographs and building plans show Ando's design formula:...

Realistic painting with alcohol ink  by Laurie Williams

Realistic painting with alcohol ink

Laurie Williams

"Discover realism in alcohol ink and unlock a new dimension of creativity! Realistic Painting with Alcohol Ink is an amazing book where you'll discover new insights from both the inspirational gallery and the 17 alcohol ink projects. Authors Laurie Williams...

Force of nature  by Kate T. Parker

Force of nature

Kate T. Parker

"From the bestselling author-photographer of Strong Is the New Pretty, this collection of Kate Parker’s photographs celebrates girls and women finding, using, amplifying, and sustaining their voices to empower themselves and the people around them. Mothers...

Fashion faux Parr  by Martin Parr

Fashion faux Parr

Martin Parr

"Fashion Faux Parr showcases Martin Parr’s collection of fashion photography for the first time in one book. More than 250 color images, many previously unpublished, explore a wide variety of fashion work, from editorial collaborations with major magazines and...

The history of colour  by Neil Parkinson

The history of colour

Neil Parkinson

"This comprehensive, beautiful book delves deep into the complex but fascinating story of our relationship with colour throughout human history. Colour is fundamental to our experience and understanding of the world. It crosses continents and cultures,...

How to fail at almost everything and still win big  by Scott Adams

How to fail at almost everything and still win big

Scott Adams

"The World's Most Influential Book on Personal Success. The bestselling classic that made Systems Over Goals, Talent Stacking, and Passion Is Overrated universal success advice has been reborn. Once in a generation, a book revolutionizes its category and...

Watercolor textures for artists  by Ana Victoria Calderón

Watercolor textures for artists

Ana Victoria Calderón

"From popular artist, author, and online art instructor Ana Victoria Calderón, Watercolor Textures for Artists teaches how to paint simple watercolor textures and use them to create beautiful artworks that help cultivate relaxation and...

Mastering light in watercolor  by Kolbie Blume

Mastering light in watercolor

Kolbie Blume

""Capture the beauty of light in gorgeous watercolor scenes. From a lonely mountain highway bathed in midday sun and glittering city lights reflecting off a calm ocean, to a haunted house peeking out of early morning mist and a winter sunset illuminating a...

Gauguin and Polynesia  by Nicholas Thomas

Gauguin and Polynesia

Nicholas Thomas

"The Post-Impressionist artist and writer Paul Gauguin led an extraordinary, troubled and restlessly itinerant life; he came late to painting and spent most of his last decade in the Pacific islands of Tahiti and the Marquesas, where he produced paintings...

Provisorium / stopgap

Provisorium / stopgap

"Architekturbild, the European Architectural Photography Prize, has been awarded on a two-yearly basis since 1995. Numerous synonyms are offered for the term “stopgap”, such as replacement, emergency solution, transitional or interim solution. We all know such...

Devotion  by Steve McCurry


Steve McCurry

"From one of the most renowned photographers working today, this collection of images explores human spirituality in all its remarkable diversity and beauty. American Magnum and National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry is known for his compelling and...



"RE/SISTERS: A Lens on Gender and Ecology surveys the relationship between gender and ecology to identify the systemic links between the oppression of women, feminised bodies and Black, trans and Indigenous communities, and the degradation of the planet....



"Among the most celebrated works of Modigliani's brief but brilliant career are his large-format nudes. Drenched in color and glowing with the artist's deep appreciation of women and the female form, these works ushered in a new era of nude portraiture, while...

The ABC of collage  by Adriana Bermúdez

The ABC of collage

Adriana Bermúdez

"In this book we have gathered the three great pillars to become a collage artist. Inside you will find three chapters: The A of collage: brief introduction with a review of the precursors of this technique and their different styles; The B of collage:...



"Kodomo is a Japanese word that means "kid." However, in Japan it is also used to refer to any tale or illustration made for children, between six and twelve years of age. Thus, kodomo manga literally means "comic or tale for kids." Some of the best known...

Café cool  by Robert Schneider

Café cool

Robert Schneider

"Café Cool: Feel-Good Inspiring Designs is the much-anticipated third book in the series by Robert Schneider, and features 39 cafés and coffee shops and roasteries in 26 cities around the world, richly illustrated with full-color images. The curated selection...

The bird art of William T. Cooper  by Wendy Cooper

The bird art of William T. Cooper

Wendy Cooper

"The sketches of master bird painter William T. Cooper show an artist with astute observational skills, intent on capturing bird behaviour, an individual's personality, the flora of a species' habitat. These sketches, in pencil, pen and occasional spots of...

Light it, shoot it, retouch it  by Scott Kelby

Light it, shoot it, retouch it

Scott Kelby

"Scott Kelby has reinvented how lighting books are written by finally revealing the entire process from start to finish. You see everything from the complete lighting setup (and all the gear used), to the shoot (including all the camera settings and a contact...

Tokyo jazz joints  by Philip Arneill

Tokyo jazz joints

Philip Arneill

"Japanese jazz bars and coffee shops are insular worlds where time ceases to exist, removed from the speed and chaos of the modern urban landscape. "Tokyo Jazz Joints" is a visual chronicle of this unique culture that captures the transient beauty of these...

Striking a pose  by Anita Kunz

Striking a pose

Anita Kunz

"What would Jimi Hendrix, Clint Eastwood, Ricky Gervais, Stephen King, and over a hundred other pop culture icons look like if they posed for your Live Drawing Class? Inspired by her own art students' struggles and triumphs with nude life drawing, Anita Kunz...

The Kew book of drawing flowers  by Bianca Giarola

The Kew book of drawing flowers

Bianca Giarola

"The Kew Book of Drawing Flowers is a step-by-step guide to drawing flowers by botanical illustrator Bianca Giarola. As a self-taught artist, this book collects everything Bianca wished she knew when she first started drawing flowers, encouraging readers to...

10 step drawing. Faces  by Justine Lecouffe

10 step drawing. Faces

Justine Lecouffe

"Draw faces in 10 simple steps- learn to draw and colour a wide range of faces with ease. 10 Step Drawing: Faces offers an easy jumping-off point for any doodler to get into simple portraiture. Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing 50 faces diverse in...

10 step drawing. Cute animals  by Justine Lecouffe

10 step drawing. Cute animals

Justine Lecouffe

"If you love animals but don’t know where to start drawing them, this is the book for you! 10 Step Drawing: Cute Animals will help you turn simple shapes into cute drawings in this popular style in just ten easy steps. Create over 50 different cute animals by...

A place apart  by Caroline Chapman

A place apart

Caroline Chapman

"Exotic lair, freezing garret or convivial rendezvous, artists' studios reflect their personalities, the way they work, their dreams and obsessions. Some are battlegrounds where hopes are dashed and original concepts fail dismally in their execution. A few...

Light field  by Fiona Gruber

Light field

Fiona Gruber

"Starting his career in commercial lighting design, Bruce Munro (b.1959) later returned to his artistic roots to create large immersive site-specific light installations born from his fertile imagination. Exploring Munros fascinating career to date, text and...

Project UrbEx  by Ikumi Nakamura

Project UrbEx

Ikumi Nakamura

"Fusing urban exploration with her trademark sense of wonder, famed videogame creator Ikumi Nakamura has spent over a decade infiltrating top-secret locations worldwide. Her daring escapades tap into a lost spirit of true adventure, proving that the world is...

Hokusai's Fuji  by Hokusai Katsushika

Hokusai's Fuji

Hokusai Katsushika

"Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and the three volumes of his subsequent One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji show his fascination with a single motif: Mount Fuji. Hokusai's near-obsession with Fuji was part of his hankering after artistic immortality - in...

A community of parts  by Kate Tucker

A community of parts

Kate Tucker

"A community of parts is Tucker's first book and points to the evolution of her practice over the last decade. Featuring texts from curators Amelia Wallin and Charlotte Cornish, alongside an expansive conversation between the artist and Helen Hughes, the book...

Digital manga composition & perspective  by Rui Tomono

Digital manga composition & perspective

Rui Tomono

"Learn to apply basic principles of composition and perspective to make your artwork more powerful! In this unique book, author and illustrator Rui Tomono provides detailed case studies showing you how to create more compelling illustrations using the...

The relationship is the project

The relationship is the project

"Community-engaged practice is not an art form. It's not an add-on. It's a way of working; a deep collaboration. The Relationship is the Project features provocations, tools and practical tips for working with communities. This includes the ethics and...

Judy Chicago-isms  by Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago-isms

Judy Chicago

"A fierce activist for women's rights and against climate change, Judy Chicago defines herself best: 'I'm Judy Chicago, and I'm an artist and a troublemaker'. A leader of the Women's Art Movement of the 1970s, Chicago also founded the first feminist art...

Artemisia Gentileschi and feminism in early modern Europe  by Mary D. Garrard

Artemisia Gentileschi and feminism in early modern Europe

Mary D. Garrard

"Artemisia Gentileschi is by far the most famous woman artist of the pre-modern era. Her art addresses issues that resonate today, such as sexual violence and women’s problematic access to political power. Her forceful paintings with their vigorous female...

Humanise  by Thomas Heatherwick


Thomas Heatherwick

"Our world is losing its humanity. Too many developers care more about their shareholders than society. Too many politicians care more about power than the people who vote for them. And too many cities feel soulless and depressing, with buildings designed for...

Brutal aesthetics  by Hal Foster

Brutal aesthetics

Hal Foster

"In Brutal Aesthetics, leading art historian Hal Foster explores how postwar artists and writers searched for a new foundation of culture after the massive devastation of World War II, the Holocaust, and the atomic bomb. Inspired by the notion that modernist...

Living upriver  by Barbara de Vries

Living upriver

Barbara de Vries

""Living Upriver showcases the artisanal country way of life inspiring readers to bring nature home, be true to oneself, and foster a warm welcoming community. The book documents thirteen homes belonging to the new pioneers: creative individuals who embrace a...

Knole  by Robert Sackville-West


Robert Sackville-West

"The Sackvilles have inhabited Knole, one of Britain's greatest houses, for more than four hundred years. Robert Sackville-West, the thirteenth generation of the family, takes the reader on a personal tour of this "calendar house," with its legendary 365...

Foster  by Robert Dimery


Robert Dimery

"Norman Foster has transcended historic conventions of architecture bu pushing the limits of technology and engineering. His high-tech modernist structures, often based on diagrids of steel and glass, are characterized by open-plan, adaptable spaces,...

A story to tell  by Laurel Nannup

A story to tell

Laurel Nannup

"In A Story to Tell, artist Laurel Nannup brings to life her childhood in a large Aboriginal family. While her stories include a time spent at the Wandering Mission, their main focus is on memories of family life: picnics, roaming through the bush, sharing...

The art of the architect  by Michael G. Imber

The art of the architect

Michael G. Imber

"The Art of the Architect celebrates the role that drawing and watercolour painting play in architecture. Architectural drawing as we know it dates from the Renaissance, but with the arrival of computer design programmes this ancient art -- formed of pen,...

Drawing 100 years of Disney wonder  by Jim Fanning

Drawing 100 years of Disney wonder

Jim Fanning

"Spotlighting 100 characters from the 1920s to the 2020s, this book features vintage and modern illustrations from The Walt Disney Company and Andreas Deja's personal archives, as well as essays exploring the history of Disney animation. You can re-create and...

Hadid  by Robert Dimery


Robert Dimery

"An illustrated 'greatest hits' of Hadid's work, with a concise explanation of why she is so lauded and the hallmarks that identify her work. A design monograph series on the most remarkable architects, designers, brands and design movements of the twentieth...

Wright  by Naomi Stungo


Naomi Stungo

"An illustrated 'greatest hits' of Wright's works, with a concise explanation of why he is so lauded and the hallmarks that identify his work. A design monograph series on the most remarkable architects, designers, brands and design movements of the twentieth...

The best of Matt 2023  by artist Matt

The best of Matt 2023

artist Matt

"The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster - and every step of the way, Matt has been chronicling it in his own, inimitable style. From royalty to rail strickes to the revolting door of 10 Downing Street, whatever the news, Matt makes the world a brighter...

Women in revolt!  by Alice Correia

Women in revolt!

Alice Correia

"The first of its kind, this exhibition is a wide-ranging exploration of feminist art by over 100 women artists working in the UK. It shines a spotlight on how networks of women used radical ideas and rebellious methods to make an invaluable contribution to...

Cute creature art class  by Naomi Lord

Cute creature art class

Naomi Lord

"Refine your drawing skills with step-by-step tutorials to create 57 fantasy creatures with Cute Creature Art Class"--Publisher's description.

Micaiah Carter  by Micaiah Carter

Micaiah Carter

Micaiah Carter

"Over the past decade Micaiah Carter has established himself as one of the most exciting and admired young photographers working in the field of portraiture and fashion. With a vision all his own, Carter's images are preternaturally sophisticated. His lighting...

Gustav Klimt  by Tobias G. (Tobias Günter) Natter

Gustav Klimt

Tobias G. (Tobias Günter) Natter

"This unique and utterly fascinating appreciation of Gustav Klimt's oeuvre reveals some of his most famous works in their original settings and offers valuable historic insight into his artistic vision. Interior design was supremely important to Gustav Klimt,...

Fruits of labour  by Maximilian Prüfer

Fruits of labour

Maximilian Prüfer

"Building on his interest in evolution, philosophy, and society, in his project A Gift From Him Maximilian Prüfer (b. 1986) explores the destruction of natural habitats to make way for agriculture in China. To this end, Prüfer took two trips to the Szechuan...

Stunning watercolor skies  by Rachael Mae Moyles

Stunning watercolor skies

Rachael Mae Moyles

"Discover the joys of creating dazzling watercolor landscapes and scenic skies with this beginner's guide, from painter and nature-lover Rachael Mae Moyles. Through Rachael's gentle guidance and expert tips and techniques, you'll paint your way through 20...

Fantasy characters & creatures  by Satoshi Matsuura

Fantasy characters & creatures

Satoshi Matsuura

"Learn to draw mind-bending fantasy characters from an expert video game character designer! This captivating book presents a treasure trove of ideas for hundreds of different fantasy characters and creatures"--Publisher's description.

Nightmare on one sheet

Nightmare on one sheet

"Following on from Hung, Drawn and Executed, this second volume showcasing the work of Graham Humphreys contains almost 100 new paintings, many of them created during the pandemic. With home entertainment playing such a crucial role during the Covid years,...

Philanthropy in the arts  by Leslie Ramos

Philanthropy in the arts

Leslie Ramos

"Arts philanthropy is at a crucial moment: many arts organisations are facing a financial crisis, the 2020-21 Covid-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of existing funding structures, and various social initiatives and causes have thrown renewed focus on how the...



"Fabergé: The Twilight Years introduces an incredible album of rare drawings from Carl Fabergé's leading workshop in St Petersburg that have come to light in the National Archive of Finland by pure chance. The album, stored unnoticed in the archive for almost...

Wilfred Avery and the unpredictable image  by Francesca Ramsay

Wilfred Avery and the unpredictable image

Francesca Ramsay

"The painter and collagist Wilfred Avery (1926 2016) tackled just two subjects in his career: landscape and the male body. A sixty-year investigation into both subjects developed out of his fascination with the unconscious mind as well as an exploration (and...

Visions of war  by Clarie Brenard

Visions of war

Clarie Brenard

"IWM holds one of the most significant collections of British art anywhere in the world - a collection whose artists and artworks have uniquely shaped our understanding of war. Visions of War charts the manifold engagement between artists, art movements and a...

Art of alchemy by David Brafman

Art of alchemy

David Brafman

"Alchemists are notorious for attempting to synthesize gold. Their goals, however, were far more ambitious: to transform and bend nature to the will of an industrious human imagination. For scientists, philosophers, and artists alike, alchemy seemed to hold...

The big book of retail design  by Katelijn Quartier

The big book of retail design

Katelijn Quartier

"This Big Book helps you make design decisions for shops. With the advent of e-commerce, the role that physical stores played changed dramatically. Their right to exist is not in question, but the need for a different design for these stores is high. This book...

Lithography  by Catherine Ade


Catherine Ade

"Learn the versatile art of lithography and explore its expressive potential. This practical book explains how to create and print your own lithographs. With clear step-by-step sequences, it explains the full process that depends fundamentally on water not...

A designer's eye

A designer's eye

"Photographic essay of items from the personal archive of graphic designer Paul Rand"--Publisher's description.

Louis XIV's architect  by Richard (Historian) Ballard

Louis XIV's architect

Richard (Historian) Ballard

"A must-read for those seeking to understand the intersection of politics and art in a pivotal moment of European history. This is a study of royal absolutism in a most extreme form in modern European history, and of the nature of Louis XIV's concept of...

Portrait photography  by Brian Lloyd Duckett

Portrait photography

Brian Lloyd Duckett

"52 Assignments: Portrait Photography is a year's worth of inspiring weekly assignments to kick-start your creativity. This book is a mission brief, a portfolio of photographic workshops, a personalised journal and an inspirational guide to putting the...

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