Margaret Snowdon

Margaret Snowdon is the Art & Design Buyer for Readings Carlton.

Reviews

Australian Art: A History by Sasha Grishin

Reviewed by Margaret Snowdon

This is an important and good-looking contribution to the understanding of Australian art. Covering ground from the earliest rock art to the twenty-first century, Sasha Grishin presents an engaging a…

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Australian Impressionists In France by Elena Taylor

Reviewed by Margaret Snowdon

Australian Impressionists in France explores an overlooked period in our art history. Many Australian artists spent time in France during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, yet this e…

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The Books That Shaped Art History edited by Richard Shone & John-Paul Stonard

Reviewed by Margaret Snowdon

Whereas many books introducing art history do so from the perspective of theories and methods, the points of embarkation for this volume are rather the landmark publications that have shaped the subj

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The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas

Reviewed by Margaret Snowdon

The Times says of author Fred Vargas: ‘One of today’s few truly original writers of crime fiction; disturbing, unruly, droll and poetic.’ I agree with that – in a genre full of formulaic gore, Vargas…

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Artists in Conversation by Janet Hawley

Reviewed by Margaret Snowdon

If any book was to confirm the accepted notions of the artistic life, it could be this one. In her many years interviewing the stars of twentieth-century Australian art, Janet Hawley has clearly gain…

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Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen by Anne Deniau

Reviewed by Margaret Snowdon

If you are, or claim to be a fashionista of taste and style, and appreciate talent and genius, then I highly recommend you add this book to your collection.

Anne Deniau’s photographs of 13 years beh…

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News

Meet the bookseller with Margaret Snowdon

by Margaret Snowdon

We chat with Margaret Snowdon, our Art & Design Buyer for Readings Carlton, about having extremely eclectic taste and the changing attitude to books as objects.

Why do you work in books?

I grew up reading voraciously, and when I left school I got a job in a bookstore. Somehow or other I’ve rarely not worked in one.

What’s something new you’ve observed in bookselling?

Bookselling has changed…

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The Best Art & Design Books of 2013

by Margaret Snowdon

Here are our top five art and design books from 2013, as selected by our art & design specialist Margaret Snowdon. (Displayed in no particular order).

Art Cities of the Future by Geeta Kapur, Reid Shier & Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Twelve specially commissioned curators investigate the art being made in Beirut, Delhi, Lagos, Seoul, Bogota, Istanbul, San Juan, Singapore, Cluj, Johannesburg, São Pa…

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Diana Vreeland Memos

by Margaret Snowdon

Diana Vreeland was editor in chief at Vogue for 9 years from 1962 to 1971. Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years is the legendary editor in her own words, providing a fascinating insight into her sense of style, fun, creativity and pizazz. The book is arranged under nine chapter headings, organising the memos in a thematic fashion – which is handy if you’re looking for style tips relating to beha…

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The Best Art & Design Books of 2012

by Margaret Snowdon

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here, Margaret Snowdon, shares her favourite art and design books of 2012.

***Art in Oceania: A History* by Peter Blunt et al**

This landmark book breaks new ground by exploring the art of Oceania in its full histor…

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Raw + Material = Art: Upcycling, Recycling and Rethinking

by Margaret Snowdon

Raw + Material = Art: Found, Scavenged and Upcycled is a great read for anyone who is a fan of bold and innovative artwork.

It’s amazing how simple materials can be utterly transformed by an inspired artist. Raw + Material = Art: Found, Scavenged and Upcycled is the latest book from Tristan Manco and I think it’s one of the most engaging collections of art and artists that I’ve seen for quit…

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The Best Fashion and Craft Books of 2011

by Margaret Snowdon

In the next part of our ‘best of’ series, resident design expert Margaret Snowdon rounds up her top fashion and craft for 2011. From the sartorial theatre that is Dior to the pop-culture cool of Tokyo’s urban scene, these books are a visual feast for the eyes and the heart.

Hats on the Streets of Tokyo
Shlomit Yaish
Hats, caps, beanies and berets as worn by Tokyo trendsetters. The perfect gui…

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