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Hilma af Klint: The secret paintings

Hilma af Klint: The secret paintings

Sue Cramer, Nicholas Chambers, Jennifer Higgie, Aaron Lister, Julia Voss

More than a century after she painted her most celebrated works the visionary artist and abstract art pioneer, Hilma af Klint, is taking centre stage as her art captivates audiences around the world

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140 Artists' Ideas for Planet Earth

140 Artists' Ideas for Planet Earth

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kostas Stasinopoulos

An urgent and entertaining guide to tackling the climate emergency at home, within your community and within yourself, from some of the best artistic minds of our generation.

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Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective

Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective

Yayoi Kusama, Stephanie Rosenthal

This book accompanies Yayoi Kusama's first major European retrospective exhibition, offering a comprehensive overview of the Japanese artist's influential oeuvre, which spans more than eighty years.

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The Flowering: The Autobiography of Judy Chicago

The Flowering: The Autobiography of Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago, Gloria Steinem

In this provocative and resonant autobiography, world-renowned artist and feminist icon Judy Chicago reflects on her extraordinary life and career.

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The Lives of the Surrealists

The Lives of the Surrealists

Desmond Morris

A biographical survey of the principal Surrealists by one of the last surviving members of the movement, bestselling author and artist Desmond Morris, who knew many of the key participants personally.

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Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces

Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces

Susie Hodge

An accessible guide to the finer details of 100 masterpieces of Western art.

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Hilda: The Life of Hilda Rix Nicholas

Hilda: The Life of Hilda Rix Nicholas

Richard Travers

Hilda Rix Nicholas is an icon of 20th-century Australian art. This is her story.

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Fairweather and China

Fairweather and China

Claire Roberts

Ian Fairweather is one of the most significant twentieth-century artists to have worked in Australia, and is exceptional among modern artists for his experience of Chinese life and culture. This book shows how central the China...

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 Special priceLouise Bourgeois, Freud's Daughter

Louise Bourgeois, Freud’s Daughter

Philip Larratt-Smith, Juliet Mitchell

An exploration of the art and writing of Louise Bourgeois through the lens of her relationship with Freudian psychoanalysis

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Futura-isms

Futura-isms

Futura, Larry Warsh

A collection of fascinating quotations from the legendary artist and graffiti pioneer --

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Still Life: Contemporary Australian Painters

Still Life: Contemporary Australian Painters

Amber Creswell Bell

A rich survey of the work of more than forty still-life artists, which presents the genre in a uniquely Australian light.

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Goya`s Graphic Imagination

Goya`s Graphic Imagination

Mark Mcdonald, Mercedes Ceron-pena, Francisco J. R. Chaparro, Jesusa Vega

This exploration of Francisco Goya's graphic output reveals his technical virtuosity and boundless imagination

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The Salon of 1846

The Salon of 1846

Charles Baudelaire, Michael Fried

In his introduction to Charles Baudelaire's Salon of 1846, the renowned art historian Michael Fried presents a new take on the French poet and critic's ideas on art, criticism, romanticism, and the paintings of Delacroix.

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Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonne volume II: Paintings for the Temple

Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonne volume II: Paintings for the Temple

Kurt Almqvist, Daniel Birnbaum

The second instalment in an epic and authoritative seven-volume Hilma af Klint catalogue raisonne: the pioneering abstractionist's beloved The Paintings for the Temple series

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DESTINY

DESTINY

Myles Russell-Cook

Australian artist Destiny Deacon, a Kuku and Erub/Mer (North-East Cape York and Torres Strait) woman, is known for having coined the term 'blak', in a reclaiming and recasting of a word with myriad connotations of colonialism and...

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The Mirror and the Palette

The Mirror and the Palette

Jennifer Higgie

A dazzlingly original and ambitious work of art history, intertwining biography and cultural history, and packed with tales of rebellion, adventure, revolution, travel and tragedy

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The White Birch

The White Birch

Tom Jeffreys

The White Birch is a wide-ranging history of the relationship between Russian art, landscape and identity, through the lens of the white birch, Russia's unofficial national tree.

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Nature's Palette

Nature’s Palette

Patrick Baty, Peter Davidson, Elaine Charwat, Giulia Simonini, Andre Karliczek

The first-ever visual expansion of Werner's Nomenclature of Colours, featuring over 800 illustration references from the natural world.

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Musee Picasso Paris

Musee Picasso Paris

Anne Baldassari

This comprehensive tome covers all aspects of Picasso's artistic career, from self-portraits to sculpture to photography, and features an extensive chronology of his life.

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Guerrilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls

It's about time! The Guerrilla Girls, the masked feminist avengers who have been critiquing and reshaping the art world for decades, have compiled the very first career-spanning volume of their radical art activism, published to...

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Talk Art

Talk Art

Russell Tovey, Robert Diament

A joyful and straightforward introduction to contemporary art from the creators of hit podcast Talk Art - actor and collector Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament.

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Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism

Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism

Professor Mark Hussey (Professor of English, Pace University, USA, Pace University, USA)

Reclaiming Bell's stature among the makers of modernism, Hussey has given us a biography to muse and marvel over - a snapshot of a time and of a man who revelled in and encouraged the shock of the new.

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Historical Grammar of the Visual Arts

Historical Grammar of the Visual Arts

Alois Riegl, Jacqueline E. Jung, Benjamin Binstock

A survey of the different visual arts within a sweeping conception of the history of culture by a highly influential figure in art history.

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Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Simon Doonan

Part of the 'Lives of the Artists' series: highly readable short biographies of the most popular artists

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 Special priceBeyond the Uncanny Valley

Beyond the Uncanny Valley

Claudia Schmuckli, Yuk Hui, Janna Keegan, Matteo Pasquinelli, Tobias Rees

An investigation of the cultural and academic discourse around new technology through a lens of artistic practice In 1970 Japanese engineer Masahiro Mori introduced the concept of the uncanny valley as a terrain of existential...

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Australia at the Venice Biennale: A Century of Contemporary Art

Australia at the Venice Biennale: A Century of Contemporary Art

Kerry Gardner

With works from Sidney Nolan, Howard Arkley and more, this richly illustrated work illuminates the untold stories and origins of the most important event of the art world

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The Botanical Art of William T. Cooper

The Botanical Art of William T. Cooper

Wendy Cooper

William T. Cooper was one of the world's most esteemed bird painters. In his paintings, birds nibble at plump red berries, they rest on twisted vines and branches covered with lichen, and they clutch forest fruits and leaves in...

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Latin American Art Since 1900

Latin American Art Since 1900

Edward Lucie-Smith

The only one-volume introduction to modern and post-modern art from Latin America, perhaps the most exciting and rewarding art scene in the world today.

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Global Art

Global Art

Jessica Lack

An essential guide to the multifarious and increasingly connected world of global art from 1900 to today.

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Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia's Silver Age

Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia’s Silver Age

John E. Bowlt

'Excellent ... an A-Z of Tsarism's last, magnificent flowering of the arts' Independent on Sunday

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Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?

Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?

Kyung An, Jessica Cerasi

An accessible and irreverent introduction to the art and art world of today, written by two curators at the heart of the contemporary art scene.

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Greek and Roman Art

Greek and Roman Art

Susan Woodford

An introductory guide to the art of ancient Greece and Rome, capturing the passion and inspiration that fired the artists of these civilizations

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Kaffe Fassett in the Studio

Kaffe Fassett in the Studio

Kaffe Fassett

World-renowned artist and textile designer Kaffe Fassett provides a window into his creative process, offering readers new patterns, new ideas, and new inspiration With successes like Bold Blooms and Dreaming in Color, the latest...

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Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry

Catrin Jones, Chris Stephens

The first book to concentrate on the early ceramic work of 'Transvestite Potter', bestselling author, broadcaster and social commentator Grayson Perry.

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Jessie Traill

Jessie Traill

Jo Oliver

Jessie Traill, one of Australia's most outstanding etchers, worked in an uncommon field for women. This biography explores her remarkable life - as artist, humanitarian and independent spirit.

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Frida A to Z

Frida A to Z

Nadia Bailey, Susanna Harrison

This intricately illustrated and fastidiously-researched book unpacks the life of Frida Kahlo, who herself was larger-than-life. From growing up in Coyocoan, Mexico City, in her family home, where she embraced sports - including...

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Acrylic: Do More Art

Acrylic: Do More Art

Rita Isaac

An original approach to the practical arts genre, with a spread-based accessible formula allowing the reader to understand key concepts quickly and easily

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Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader

Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader

Maura Reilly

The definitive anthology of writings on women in art by the late Linda Nochlin, one of the most influential and revolutionary voices in feminist art history.

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Thrust: A Spasmodic Pictorial History of the Codpiece

Thrust: A Spasmodic Pictorial History of the Codpiece

Michael Glover

A laugh-out-loud visual history of the strangest piece of men's clothing ever created: the codpiece.  

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Monet

Monet

James H. Rubin

The most authoritative and up-to-date introduction to Monet on the market, written by a world authority on Impressionism and 19th-century French art.

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Costume and Fashion

Costume and Fashion

James Laver, Amy de La Haye, Andrew Tucker

A concise account of the history of fashion and costume from prehistoric times through to today.

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Bauhaus

Bauhaus

Frank Whitford, Michael White

An accessible history of the Bauhaus, tracing the ideas behind its conception and its highly influential teaching methods.

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Abstract Art

Abstract Art

Anna Moszynska

A succinct but thorough introduction to abstract art since 1900, revised and updated.

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Movements in Art Since 1945

Movements in Art Since 1945

Edward Lucie-Smith

A new edition of the classic introduction to art since the end of the Second World War.

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Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego and History's Vandals

Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego and History’s Vandals

Julie Cotter

Join respected art historian Dr Julie Cotter as she journeys through eras, continents and regimes to examine the extraordinary stories of Portraits Destroyed.

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Great Women Artists

Great Women Artists

Phaidon Editors

Five centuries of fascinating female creativity presented in more than 400 compelling artworks and one comprehensive volume

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The Pursuit of Art: Travels, Encounters and Revelations

The Pursuit of Art: Travels, Encounters and Revelations

Martin Gayford

Bestselling author of Modernists & Mavericks Martin Gayford recounts some of the extraordinary journeys he has made in the name of art.

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Before Time Began

Before Time Began

Jessica De Largy Healy, Georges Petitjean, Luke Scholes

It is no accident that Before Time Began is one of the expressions used by Aboriginal artists in central Australia to refer to the creation of the world, in an oneiric sense.   

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Colony

Colony

Cathy Leahy, Judith Ryan, Dr Isobel Crombie, Megan Patty

This is an essential exploration of Australia's complex colonial mindset: from the tragedies of a contested beginning to the conversations that allow us now to contemplate a better future.

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Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love

Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love

Yayoi Kusama, Akira Shibutami

A career retrospective of Yayoi Kusama, Japan's most prominent artist and Queen of Polka Dots, covering all aspects of her provocative work.

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Francis Bacon: Painting, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis

Francis Bacon: Painting, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis

Ben Ware, The Estate of Francis Bacon

The latest book in a series that seeks to illuminate Francis Bacon's art and motivations and open up fresh and stimulating ways of understanding his paintings.

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Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters

Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters

Claire Roberts, John Thompson

A self-portrait by one of Australia's greatest artists, a man mistakenly portrayed as a hermit

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Womerah Lane: Lives and Landscapes

Womerah Lane: Lives and Landscapes

Tom Carment

Tom Carment is one of Australia's best-known plein air artists. Womerah Lane is composed of written pieces set in every state of mainland Australia, accompanied by paintings and drawings made in those places.

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