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 Special priceJohn Olsen: A Recipe for Art

John Olsen: A Recipe for Art

Leanne Santoro, Deborah Edwards

John Olsen, one of Australia's greatest living artists, made a life-changing discovery as a young man: Mediterranean cuisine, ‘the cuisine of the sun'. Fresh, seasonal produce and its preparation has been central to his life...

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To Life!: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet

To Life!: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet

Linda Weintraub

Documents the burgeoning eco art movement from A to Z. This title presents a panorama of artistic responses to environmental concerns, from Ant Farm's anti-consumer antics in the 1970s to Marina Zurkow's 2007 animation that...

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Austral Avenue - an Experiment in Living with Art

Austral Avenue - an Experiment in Living with Art

Jane O'Neill

Documents the life span of an experimental project space operated by Jane O'Neill from the front room of a home in Brunswick, Melbourne. For each of the 21 exhibitions by contemporary artists from Australia and overseas, an essay...

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 Read reviewNgaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

Tim Acker, John Carty

Offers an illustrated look at the artistic history and practices of the Western Desert Mob in Australia's Ngaanyatjarra Lands. This book documents the six art centres (Warakurna, Papulankutja, Tjarlirli, Kayili, Maruku and Tjanpi)...

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A Yorkshire Sketchbook

A Yorkshire Sketchbook

David Hockney

The author has returned to England to paint the landscape of his childhood in East Yorkshire. Executed in watercolour and ink, this title features panoramic scenes that have the spatial complexity of finished paintings - the broad...

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Patricia Piccinini

Patricia Piccinini

Helen McDonald

This book shows how the artist's concern for the present state of human life on Earth combines with her futuristic imagination to produce art that challenges the way we relate to and understand the everyday world.

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Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting

Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting

Peio Aguirre, Negar Azimi, Marina Cashdan, Phaidon Editors

Up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary painting featuring 115 new artists from around the world.

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Renaissance: 15th and 16th Century Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo

Renaissance: 15th and 16th Century Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo

Ron Radford

Exhibition catalogue to accompany Renaissance 15th and 16th century Italian Paintings, held at the National Gallery of Australia Dec 2011 to April 2012.

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How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art: Writings on Aborginal Art 19080-2006

How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art: Writings on Aborginal Art 19080-2006

Ian W. McLean

This is the first anthology to chronicle the global critical reception of Aboriginal art since the early 1980s, when the art world began to understand it as contemporary art.

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Crazy Art

Crazy Art

Chantal Alles

Showcases 60 crazy contemporary artists and their works.

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Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage

Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage

Robert Klanten, Hendrik Hellige, J. Gallagher

Cutting Edges documents the new heyday of collage in current art and visual culture. Today's artists, illustrators, and designers are increasingly drawn to this artistic technique by the challenges of seamlessly melding...

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Human Anatomy: Depicting the Body from the Renaissance to Today

Human Anatomy: Depicting the Body from the Renaissance to Today

Benjamin A. Rifkin, Michael J. Ackerman, Judy Folkenberg

Chronicles the history of anatomical illustration from the Renaissance to the digital Visible Human project. This title surveys five and a half centuries of meticulous visual description by anatomists and artists. It is suitable...

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Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume

Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume

Robert Bell, Christine Dixon

The Ballets Russes has engaged people for over 100 years, ever since Russian born Sergei Diaghilev created this dynamic avant-garde company. This title features costumes that are drawn entirely from the National Gallery of...

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 Read reviewThe Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

Edmund De Waal

264 wood and ivory carvings of animals, plants and people, none of them larger than a matchbox; apprentice potter Edmund de Waal was entranced by the collection when he first encountered it in the Tokyo apartment of his great...

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100 Artists' Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists

100 Artists' Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists

Alex Danchev

A collection of 100 manifestos from the last 100 years is cacophony of voices from such diverse movements as Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Destructivism, and Stuckism, taking in along the way film, architecture, fashion, and...

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Gauguin: Maker of Myth

Gauguin: Maker of Myth

Belinda Thomson, Tamar Garb

French painter, sculptor and printmaker Paul Gauguin was born in Paris in 1848 and died in French Polynesia in 1903. The vivid colors and bold outlines of his paintings and the semi-abstract quality of his woodcuts had a profound...

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Designing Place

Designing Place

Edquist Harriet Byrne Lisa, Vaughan L.

This book is a beautifully produced and brings together some of Australia's foremost artists and intellectuals in a project that investigates the meaning of place focusing on the Western district of Victoria.

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Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud

Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud

Martin Gayford

Lucian Freud, perhaps the worlds leading portrait painter, spent seven months painting a portrait of the author, an art critic. This book describes the process chronologically, from the day the author arrived for the first sitting...

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On Vision and Colors

On Vision and Colors

Georg Stahl, Arthur Schopenhauer, Philipp Otto Runge

During the first two decades of the nineteenth century, two of the most significant theoretical works on color since Leonardo da Vinci's Trattato della Pittura were written and published in Germany: Arthur Schopenhauer's On Vision...

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 Special priceCaravaggio: The Complete Paintings

Caravaggio: The Complete Paintings

Sebastian Schutze

Caravaggio, or more Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Milan 1571 - Porto Ercole 1610), was a legend even in his own lifetime. Celebrated by some for his naturalism and his revolutionary pictorial inventions, he was considered by...

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Art Deco Complete: The Definitive Guide to the Decorative Arts of the 1920s and 1930s

Art Deco Complete: The Definitive Guide to the Decorative Arts of the 1920s and 1930s

Alastair Duncan

The book is a visual garden of Deco design, with hundreds of items photographed in colour and described with their useful purposes, materials, and current values. This book is important because it demonstrates how the new Art Deco...

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Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan

Yilmaz Dziewior, RoseLee Goldberg, Robert Storr

A look at the remarkable Chinese performance artist, sculptor and painter.

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

Karen Smith, Bernhard Fibicher, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Qing Ai, Weiwei Ai

The first monograph on the key figure in Chinese fast-growing art scene.

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Francis Bacon: A Terrible Beauty

Francis Bacon: A Terrible Beauty

Barbara Dawson, Martin Harrison

No artist's studio rivals Francis Bacon's in terms of sheer iconic pungency. The artist's furious hurricanes of creativity were writ large upon its walls and scattered across its floors.

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Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

Mary Richards

Traces the development of Ed Ruscha's work across decades, exploring its engagement with Dada and Surrealism, Pop, the rise of Conceptual art, photography, literature and cinema. With reproductions and interview material, this...

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Becoming Art: Exploring Cross-Cultural Categories

Becoming Art: Exploring Cross-Cultural Categories

Howard Morphy

Becoming Art provides a new analysis of the shifting cultural and social contexts that surround the production of Aboriginal art. Focuses on the perspective of the artists and the way they engage with the world of fine art, rather...

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Rick Amor

Rick Amor

Gavin Fry

Rick Amor's paintings are full of drama, deep melancholy and foreboding, yet their subject matter is more often than not the mundane and everyday places of suburbia and the drab underside of the city.

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