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Whispers in the wood  by Tim Mead

Whispers in the wood

Tim Mead

A fascinating chronicle of wooden artefacts created by Lionel Jefcoate.

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Gardenlust  by Christopher Woods

Gardenlust

Christopher Woods

"A steep hillside garden in Singapore. A garden defined by shape and light in Marrakech. A haunting tree museum in Switzerland. These are just a few of the outstanding gardens featured in Gardenlust, a sumptuous exploration of the world's best new ga...

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The Anomie review of contemporary British painting  by Matt Price

The Anomie review of contemporary British painting

Matt Price

"There has been a huge injection of energy within contemporary painting in Britain in the past few years - part of a wider international dynamic that has seen the medium of paint explored with a renewed sense of interest, excitement and enjoyment. It...

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Art matters  by Neil Gaiman

Art matters

Neil Gaiman

Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters. Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems...

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The private gardens of SMI Landscape Architecture

The private gardens of SMI Landscape Architecture

"The garden design firm of SMI Landscape Architecture is known for its estate masterplanning, its public gardens and streetscapes, and its thoughtful private gardens for clients across the United States, particularly in Florida, and in the Bahamas. The...

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Ko Rongowhakaata

Ko Rongowhakaata

"This book is published to mark the opening of the Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow exhibition at Te Papa, which represents the culmination and breadth of Rongowhakaata history and whakaaro (considerations) and has the significant meeting...

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Portrait of Britain.

Portrait of Britain.

"Portrait of Britain is an annual photography exhibition showcasing 100 of the best portraits taken by people throughout the country. The winning photographs, selected by the British Journal of Photography from an open-call competition, are displayed...

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How art made pop and pop became art  by Mike Roberts

How art made pop and pop became art

Mike Roberts

From dada to Gaga and beyond, How Art Made Pop examines the intertwined histories of pop music and the visual arts from the late 1950s to the present day. In particular, this remarkable and definitive study explores in exhaustive detail the exhilarat...

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Performance in contemporary art  by Catherine Wood

Performance in contemporary art

Catherine Wood

"In this important new survey, Catherine Wood proposes performance not as a genre of art separate from object-making but as an attitude that has infiltrated the entire terrain of contemporary art. From the musical-theatricals of Marvin-Gaye Chetwynd...

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Tintoretto

Tintoretto

"Jacopo Tintoretto (1518/1519-1594) was known for the extraordinary energy of his work. His contemporary Giorgio Vasari described him as the most extraordinary brain that painting has ever produced. Considered to be one of the three great painters of...

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Portraits 1993-2018  by Søren Solkær

Portraits 1993-2018

Søren Solkær

"This stunning survey starts with a body of work entitled Photographers Posed, first initiated by Solkaer in 1993 while he attended FAMU, the Photo and Film Academy in Prague. Soren created some amazing images in this series as he documented master.....

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Orientalist lives  by James Parry

Orientalist lives

James Parry

"In one of the most remarkable artistic pilgrimages in history, the nineteenth century saw scores of Western artists heading to the Middle East. Inspired by the allure of the exotic Orient, they went in search of subjects for their paintings. Orientalist...

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Nobrow. 10, Studio dreams

Nobrow. 10, Studio dreams

"To celebrate 10 years of Nobrow we are curating an extra special edition of the Nobrow magazine, featuring 70 artists responding to our theme of 'Studio Dreams'. In 2010 we commissioned Jan Van der Veken to illustrate our dream studio and his illust...

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Hilma af Klint  by Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint

"At the turn of the twentieth century, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) created a body of work that left visible reality behind, exploring the radical possibilities of abstraction years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, or Piet Mondrian....

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The Sistine Chapel  by Ulrich Pfisterer

The Sistine Chapel

Ulrich Pfisterer

"The Sistine Chapel: Paradise in Rome is a scholarly yet accessible history of the Sistine Chapel. Through a study of the main campaigns to adorn the chapel, Ulrich Pfisterer argues that art transformed the chapel into a pathway to the kingdom of God...

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Civilization  by William A. Ewing

Civilization

William A. Ewing

"Every day and every hour, human civilization expands, evolves and mutates. While we frequently lapse into celebrating the individual at the expense of the group, we increasingly live the collective life. Civilization shows how contemporary photograp...

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The contemporary house  by Jonathan Bell

The contemporary house

Jonathan Bell

"Demand for space in cities the world over is higher than ever and new buildings must meet stringent energy saving requirements and negotiate a myriad planning regulations. But the best new urban architecture suggests invention and innovation are as ...

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Repurposed  by Cate Foster

Repurposed

Cate Foster

"The book features 20 homes located through out the country that feature a variety of clever solutions and design styles. There is everything from repurposed container homes to army barracks, farm utility buildings, churches and urban spaces finished...

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Pre-Raphaelite girl gang  by Kirsty Stonell Walker

Pre-Raphaelite girl gang

Kirsty Stonell Walker

"Tapping into the Rebel Girl and Bad Girl publishing trend, this is the first book to cover the female role within art. A fabulous introduction to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, through the muses and artists that helped shape the era. Kirsty Stonell Walker...

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The artful sketch  by Mary Phan

The artful sketch

Mary Phan

"In The Artful Sketch, Mary Phan shares the exclusive secrets from these elite workshops with 15 detailed, fully illustrated tutorials. In each sketch, Mary walks readers through the basics, from using a ruler and pencil to sketch out the basic shape,...

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Perspectives on Degas

Perspectives on Degas

"The first comprehensive assessment of Degas's legacy to be published in over two decades, Perspectives on Degas unites a team of international scholars to analyze Degas's work, artistic practice, and unique methods of pictorial problem-solving. Esta...

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The animal kingdom  by Randal (Photographer) Ford

The animal kingdom

Randal (Photographer) Ford

"Acclaimed photographer Randal Ford celebrates our fascination with and love of animals through his engaging portraits of the animal kingdom. The featured animals cover a wide range, from birds such as the African crane, cockatoos, flamingos, and roosters,...

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The rebirth of an English country house  by Nicholas Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury

The rebirth of an English country house

Nicholas Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury

"The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, 39-year-old Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, invites the reader into the house that his family has called home since the fifteenth century. In recent years, his award-winning restoration has brought the house back to life, trans...

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Rice's language of buildings  by Matthew Rice

Rice's language of buildings

Matthew Rice

"This beautifully illustrated book covers the grammar and vocabulary of British buildings, explaining the evolution of styles from Norman castles to Norman Foster. Its aim is to enable the reader to recognise, understand and date any British building....

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The joy of watercolor  by Emma Block

The joy of watercolor

Emma Block

"For a soothing boost of joy and whimsy, try your hand at watercolor. With a few simple steps, anyone can be an aspiring artist, and achieve moments of zen doing so. London illustrator and watercolor artist Emma Block is distilling her sold-out classes...

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

"The complete guide of the extraordinary collections of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. This ensemble of books will showcase Louvre Abu Dhabi, a museum that will play an important role in the artistic discoveries, education and exchanges between peoples. Louvre...

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Still just kidding  by Cassandra Calin

Still just kidding

Cassandra Calin

"Have you ever wondered how a comedy writer comes up with funny ideas and turns them into comics? In this insightful book Cassie will be telling us all about herself and showing where her ideas come from. Cassandra will even go a step further and show...

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The drawings of Roger Hilton  by Adrian Lewis

The drawings of Roger Hilton

Adrian Lewis

"Abstract painter Roger Hilton (1911-75) is generally considered the best British post-war abstract expressionist. This book focuses on his drawings and stakes a claim for Roger Hilton being the most inventive draughtsman whom Britain has produced since...

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Merrie Albion  by Simon Roberts

Merrie Albion

Simon Roberts

"For over a decade, Simon Roberts has documented events and places across Britain that have drawn people together in public, communal experiences. This has often been an implicit theme of his work, the apparent desire for common presence and participation...

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Life along the Hudson  by Pieter Estersohn

Life along the Hudson

Pieter Estersohn

"The scenic stretch of estates along the Hudson River offers some of the finest examples of American architecture and landscape design. The book's thirty-five featured homes were designed in a range of styles by notable architects Stanford White, A. J....

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Traditional Indian jewellery  by Bernadette van Gelder

Traditional Indian jewellery

Bernadette van Gelder

"Traditional Indian Jewellery: The Golden Smile of India explores the rich heritage of Indian jewellery and its significance in past and present Indian society. Jewellery plays an important part in the everyday lives, important moments, festivals and...

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Para I Fictions

Para I Fictions

Para Fictions invited eight artists to create work around literature--from Samuel Beckett to Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie to Bessie Head. The resulting publication includes contributions by critics, artists and writers who respond to the work of e...

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... Isms  by Sam (Art editor) author. Phillips

... Isms

Sam (Art editor) author. Phillips

"This is a handy guide to the art 'isms' of the modern day. From Impressionism and the birth of modern art to street art and Internationalism of the 21st century, it gives a practical introduction to all the significant isms that have shaped modern a...

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Chromatopia  by David Coles

Chromatopia

David Coles

"Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour; or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? Throughout history, artist pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even cru...

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Works of heart

Works of heart

"Citizen artists revitalize place, celebrate culture, and inspire social change. This full-color celebration of communities engaged in creative cultural expression profiles nine exemplary grassroots arts projects depicting an intersection of creativity...

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You are always with me

You are always with me

"Frida Kahlo is regarded as one of Mexico's greatest painters: her extraordinary personal style, her tragic story, her relationship with Diego Rivera (the more famous painter in their day) alongside her passionate paintings have made her a cult figure...

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Foundations of classical oil painting  by Lea Colie Wight

Foundations of classical oil painting

Lea Colie Wight

"Professional painting instructor Lea Colie Wight demystifies the formulaic process of oil painting into a simple approach to help you paint confidently and accurately in full color. Develop a core foundational skill set to develop your paintings and...

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Oils  by Norman (Artist) Long

Oils

Norman (Artist) Long

"Learn how use oil paints with this clear and simple guide. Accomplished artist and teacher Norman Long explains all the basics and shows you how to master this versatile, vibrant medium so you can produce beautiful paintings full of life and colour....

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Parisianer

Parisianer

"1 book, 127 illustrations, 45 beautiful women, 15 cups of coffee, 31 pigeons, 62 Japanese tourists, 4 tobacco shops, 1 fan, 57 bouquets of flowers, 3 boats, 13 street lights, 6 taxis, 41 dogs, 1 bass, 103 protesters, 19 lovers, 5 pairs of knickers, ...

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Scrapers  by Zack Scott

Scrapers

Zack Scott

"With this exquisite infographic masterpiece, Zack Scott explores in stunning detail the majestic constructions that humans have created on the surface of our own planet. This is SCRAPERS, a visual history of man's endeavours to reach higher and high...

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Drawing & seeing  by Clara Drummond

Drawing & seeing

Clara Drummond

"'This is a book about keeping your own sketchbook, a drawn diary of your daily life and what strikes you. The pages are for you to fill, make a mess, take risks, try things out, to be fearless and to be curious, but most of all to look and to respond...

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Tudors to Windsors  by creator National Portrait Gallery (Great Britain)

Tudors to Windsors

creator National Portrait Gallery (Great...

"The Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, embraces over 500 years of British history, more than 60,000 sitters and explores ideas of social change, power and influence. Arguably as powerful and influential as any individual are the heads...

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Ninth Street women  by Mary Gabriel

Ninth Street women

Mary Gabriel

"Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abst...

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The arts of China  by Michael Sullivan

The arts of China

Michael Sullivan

"Internationally renowned and a crucial classroom text, The Arts of China has been revised and expanded by the late Michael Sullivan, with Shelagh Vainker. This new, sixth, edition has an emphasis on Chinese art history, not as an assemblage of related...

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Laurent Amiot  by René Villeneuve

Laurent Amiot

René Villeneuve

"Laurent Amiot was born in Quebec City in 1764, and after a first apprenticeship stayed in Paris for five years to perfect his artistic training. He returned to his hometown in the spring of 1787, acquainted with the latest European stylistic trends,...

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Working girls  by Robert Flynn Johnson

Working girls

Robert Flynn Johnson

"What started out as a simple trip to a postcard fair turned into a lifelong investigation for author Robert Flynn Johnson. Captivated by the beauty and originality of a group of nineteenth-century photographs of women, he had to know more. Now, nearly...

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Oxford college gardens  by Tim Richardson

Oxford college gardens

Tim Richardson

"This revised and updated more affordable and smaller format hardback of Oxford College Gardens will be welcomed by alumni, the book trade and parents of the 25,000 students studying at Oxford at any one time. From the bijou corners of Corpus Christi...

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Glasshouse  by India Hobson

Glasshouse

India Hobson

"Glasshouse Greenhouse takes you on a worldwide journey through our favourite botanical spaces. The Haarkon Greenhouse Tour began as a self-initiated adventure in Oxford's botanic garden four years ago. Since then, we have visited countless locations...

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Traditional Indian jewellery  by Bernadette van Gelder

Traditional Indian jewellery

Bernadette van Gelder

"Traditional Indian Jewellery: Beautiful People is a vast and detailed publication covering the importance of ritual adornment, and the popular design motifs featured in traditional Indian jewellery. Jewellery plays an important part in the everyday ...

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The Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew  by Michelle Payne

The Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Michelle Payne

"Victorian glasshouses are an architectural and botanical delight. As the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse, the Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is no exception. This book pays tribute to the building, which reopened in May 2018...

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Spomenik monument database  by Donald Niebyl

Spomenik monument database

Donald Niebyl

"Spomenik - the Serbo-Croat/Slovenian word for monument - refers to the memorials built in Tito's Republic of Yugoslavia from the 1960s to the 1980s, marking the horror of the occupation and the defeat of Axis forces during World War II. Hundreds were...

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New perspectives in typography

New perspectives in typography

"This A to Z survey of typographic design by leading typographers A2/SW/HK showcases over 100 carefully selected contemporary designers, including the best examples of their current work, and also features an introduction by Rick Poynor. Featured des...

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Gardens on the edge  by Christine M. Reid

Gardens on the edge

Christine M. Reid

"In breathtaking images and insightful essays, Gardens on the Edge explores 18 Australian gardens that are defined by extraordinary horizons. Each of the featured landscapes - from every state and territory, from outback to city - is situated on the edge...

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Garden love  by Simon Griffiths

Garden love

Simon Griffiths

"It all began when Simon Griffiths decided that he and his whippet couldn't live in his tiny but gorgeous one-up one-down shopfront in Albert Park any more. He had a yearning for open spaces, country air and, most importantly, a garden of his own. On...

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The country house  by David Cannadine

The country house

David Cannadine

"From The Crown to Downton Abbey, the country house speaks to our fantasies of rustic splendour, style, and escape. Featuring three hundred photos from the National Trust, this lavish book draws back the curtain on the finest and most important historic...

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The story of Scottish design

The story of Scottish design

"Published to coincide with the opening of the V&A Museum of Design, Dundee, this is the first major survey of Scottish design history from 1500 to present day. This inspiring and hugely varied volume explores, chronologically, over 60 themes, from e...

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Don't worry, he won't get far on foot  by John Callahan

Don't worry, he won't get far on foot

John Callahan

"In 1972, at the age of 21, John Callahan was involved in a car crash that severed his spine and made him a quadriplegic. A heavy drinker since the age of 12 (alcohol had played a role in his crash), the accident could have been the beginning of a do...

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Paul Klee  by Paul Klee

Paul Klee

Paul Klee

"The works of Paul Klee (1879-1940) charm the viewer with their inventiveness, delight in experimentation, subtle humour and brilliant colour schemes. He contrasts the technical and rational tendencies of the 1920s with the significance of playfulnes...

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Looking at men  by Anthea Callen

Looking at men

Anthea Callen

"Looking at men considers how art, medicine, and sport in the 19th century overlapped to reinforce notions of masculinity. Through a shared violence of human dissection, pugilism, and war, men in artistic and medical professions secured their masculine...

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Corot  by Mary G. Morton

Corot

Mary G. Morton

"The women painted by Camille Corot (1796-1875) read, dream, and gaze at the viewer, conveying an independent spirit and a sense of their inner lives. Corot's handling of color and his deft, delicate touch applied to the female form resulted in pictures...

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Sparks  by Stephen Leslie

Sparks

Stephen Leslie

"A family is brought close to ruin by a pet python; an Icelandic advertising agency has a problem with a campaign involving a dead seagull; a chiropodist desperately wants to stop examining people's feet and dreams of becoming a pirate. Stephen Leslie...

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Dark & fetish art.

Dark & fetish art.

"A collection of dark and fetish art of more than 40 contemporary artists from all over the world such as Zdzisław Beksiński, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Ray Caesar, James Jean, John Santerineross, Popovy Sisters, and Elizabeth Mcgrath. Gothic taste, decadenc...

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The face  by Debra N. Mancoff

The face

Debra N. Mancoff

"The face is not only central to identity, but is also the primary vehicle for human expression, emotion, and character. It signifies intellect and power, is often regarded as a window into the soul, and is the focus of attention when individuals meet....

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Churchill  by David Cannadine

Churchill

David Cannadine

When Winston Churchill suffered most severely from his 'black dog' he took to painting in order to express the inexpressible. Throughout his life he would withdraw to paint. His paintings throw fascinating light upon his character and its vicissitudes...

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The art of reading  by Jamie Camplin

The art of reading

Jamie Camplin

"Why do artists love books? This volume takes this tantalizingly simple question as a starting point to reveal centuries of symbiosis between the visual and literary arts. First looking at the development of printed books and the simultaneous emergence...

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Books do furnish a painting  by Jamie Camplin

Books do furnish a painting

Jamie Camplin

"What should you do at Christmas? In Edvard Munch's Christmas in the Brothel, the artist depicts himself sleeping off the effects of drink, but the Madame reads a book. What links Stalin and the artist Rosso Fiorentino? What was Gauguin hinting at when...

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Colors of Asia  by Francesco Lietti

Colors of Asia

Francesco Lietti

"In The Colors of Asia, Francesco Lietti documents a collection of his works while providing behind-the-scenes insights into the making of his paintings: the inspiration, the technique, the experiences, and the passion. Pairing short memoirs with his...

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Rembrandt

Rembrandt

"This book tells the fascinating story of Rembrandt's fame and influence in Britain. Through essays by leading scholars in the field, it explores the collecting of his artworks in the country and his impact on British artists from the 17th century to...

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Lessons in masterful portrait drawing  by Mau-Kun Yim

Lessons in masterful portrait drawing

Mau-Kun Yim

"Mau-Kun Yim learned to draw as the Old Masters did and believes that to render the essence of life in portrait drawing, one must continue to pursue the old ways. This philosophy and methodology relies on a holistic approach to observation, analysis ...

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The world of Speedy Graphito  by Florent Hugoniot

The world of Speedy Graphito

Florent Hugoniot

"Olivier Rizzo aka Speedy Graphito exposes for over thirty years his amused and ironic look at the world. Walls painted at exhibitions, his works reflect the memory of our time. The history of art, consumerism, new technologies ... as many subjects as...

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Eye on the West  by George A. Miles

Eye on the West

George A. Miles

"The histories of the North American West and photography have been intertwined since photography reached America. From the middle of the 19th century, images of the West have continuously played a significant role in defining the ways the region is ...

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Yan Pei-Ming

Yan Pei-Ming

"The first monograph on important Franco-Chinese contemporary artist Yan Pei-Ming, whose work blends Eastern and Western cultural influences. Yan Pei-Ming is one of the most important figures in contemporary art. His large-scale, monochrome paintings...

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Tara Donovan  by Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan

"Curator Nora Burnett Abrams, along with a several other leading scholars of contemporary art, consider critical issues around this important artist work: issues related to labour and process, and the interplay between ethereality and monumentality, ...

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Logo decode

Logo decode

"This book tells the stories behind over ninety creative logos, offering readers valuable insights into how to create a successful logo. It introduces the processes behind making a logo - from the study of the brand and the designer's inspirations and...

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Starry night  by Martin Bailey

Starry night

Martin Bailey

"Starry Night is a fully illustrated account of Van Gogh's time at the asylum in Saint-Remy. Despite the challenges of ill health and asylum life, Van Gogh continued to produce a series of masterpieces - cypresses, wheatfields, olive groves and sunsets....

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Tiny homes

Tiny homes

"Downsizing has become a big trend - and many people are choosing to live small and smart in compact houses that don't require huge mortgages or upkeep. Country Living showcases a coast-to-coast collection of sustainable dwellings, all ranging from 100...

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An American odyssey  by Mary Schmidt Campbell

An American odyssey

Mary Schmidt Campbell

"One of the most important and underappreciated visual artists of the twentieth century, Romare Bearden started as a cartoonist during his college years and emerged as a painter during the 1930s, at the tail end of the Harlem Renaissance and in time to...

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Skyscraper  by Dan Cruickshank

Skyscraper

Dan Cruickshank

"Chicago's beautiful Reliance Building, fourteen storeys tall, was designed in 1890 by John Root. In its construction - metal frame, large areas of plate glass, fire-proof brick and terracotta cladding - it pioneers all the key elements of twentieth-...

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Paper poetry  by Helene Bendix

Paper poetry

Helene Bendix

"In a world of screens and eBooks, there is something beautifully tangible and tactile about taking a piece of paper and cutting into it with a pair of scissors. With just a few folds and snips, an old shopping list can be transformed into a flutteri...

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The flower garden  by Michael Scott

The flower garden

Michael Scott

"This lavish book displays and describes the characteristics of more than 50 varieties of flower. Exquisite botanical illustrations accompany a lyrical text by nature writer and botanist Michael Scott. Press-out sections enable you to reveal the outlines...

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Photoons  by Victor S. Keppel

Photoons

Victor S. Keppel

"Vic Keppel, of Kiwi-USA origins, is cartoonist & writer with a Biology/Physics background. 'Photoons,' his latest creation, combines camera & computer graphics with an eclectic view reflecting life's situational absurdities. Everything comes alive, and...

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Making LA modern

Making LA modern

"Craig Ellwood, the 'Cary Grant of architecture', was one of the most visible faces of California mid-century modernism. He was known as much for his exquisitely designed, minimalist structures as he was for his exuberant lifestyle. This book celebrates...

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The swimming pool in photography  by Francis Hodgson

The swimming pool in photography

Francis Hodgson

"As long as already five thousand years ago, the allure of the sea inspired humans to recreate its essence in miniature, artistic forms, as public baths where ancient rituals would take place. Since then, it has become quite normal to immerse ourselves...

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Paris  by Desmond Freeman

Paris

Desmond Freeman

"Contains a collection of more than 50 captioned pen and ink drawings, with two spectacular gatefolds - Features black-and-white and full-colored sketches of the architecture of Paris accompanied by quotations from well-known authors, poets and artists...

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William Morris & his palace of art  by Tessa Wild

William Morris & his palace of art

Tessa Wild

"William Morris and his Palace of Art is a comprehensive new study of Red House, Bexleyheath; the only house commissioned by William Morris and the first independent architectural work of his close friend, Philip Webb. Morris moved in to Red House as...

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The story of the English garden  by Ambra Edwards

The story of the English garden

Ambra Edwards

"The Story of the English Garden is the National Trust's accessible history of the nation's gardens, sumptuously illustrated and artfully curated. From tiny medieval gardens to vast Georgian parks, from Victorian glasshouses crammed with exotic specimens...

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