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Constable's Skies: Paintings and Sketches by John Constable

Constable’s Skies: Paintings and Sketches by John Constable

Mark Evans

A beautifully designed gift book devoted to John Constable's studies of skies.

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Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly: Art, Human Rights, and the Power of Writing a Letter

Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly: Art, Human Rights, and the Power of Writing a Letter

Ai Weiwei, Cheryl Haines

Art legend Ai Weiwei invites readers to engage with an artwork and a cause in this powerful book.

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Still Life Before Still Life

Still Life Before Still Life

David Ekserdjian

A beautiful book that argues artists were fascinated by still life painting considerably earlier than previously thought

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Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art & Artists

Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art & Artists

Marina Warner

A series of enlightening perspectives on the art and visual culture of today's world from one of our pre-eminent writers.

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The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice

The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice

Judith Mackrell

The story of Venice's Unfinished Palazzo -- told through the lives of three of its most unconventional, passionate, and fascinating residents: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim

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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Claire Wilcox, Circe Henestrosa

Frida Kahlo's Wardrobe presents a fresh view of Kahlo's compelling life story. The book expands upon the narrative of discovery, presenting highlights from Kahlo's collection alongside her self-portraits. This pairing is...

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All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

Elena Crippa

All Too Human tells the story of how painters in twentieth-century Britain have used paint to record their personal, sensuous, immediate and often intense experiences of life. Spanning a century, this history encompasses a diverse...

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Madam and Eve: Women Portraying Women

Madam and Eve: Women Portraying Women

Liz Rideal, Kathleen Soriano

How do women paint or photograph each other? How do they represent each other in performance or sculpture? As mothers or heroines? With tenderness, aggression or respect? Madam & Eve explores the female gaze as it focuses on...

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Pop Art

Pop Art

Flavia Frigeri

Small, smart, essential - an accessible introduction to the Pop Art movement, offering a new perspective on canonical works and highlighting its international reach.

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Key Moments in Art

Key Moments in Art

Lee Cheshire

Small, smart, essential - an easy-to-read, straightforward and entertaining introduction to art history via fifty pivotal moments from antiquity to the 21st century.

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Ways of Being: Advice for Artists by Artists

Ways of Being: Advice for Artists by Artists

James Cahill

How do you be an artist? How do you become one in the first place, and what sort of advice should you heed along the way? Is art a 'career', or a vocation? Do you need a studio or a dealer, and how do you find one? Are artists too...

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Looking At Pictures

Looking At Pictures

Susan Woodford

An accessible and attractive beginner's guide to getting the most out of looking at pictures

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Unravelled: Contemporary Knit Art

Unravelled: Contemporary Knit Art

Charlotte Vannier

A stunning survey of yarn work in contemporary art, illustrating the myriad ways knitting and crochet have been embraced as a form of creative expression.

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Joseph Banks' Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage

Joseph Banks' Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage

Mel Gooding, David Mabberley, Joe Studholme

The extraordinary botanical engravings of flora discovered on Captain Cook's first voyage, published for the first time in book form

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Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum

Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum

Martin Bailey

A fully illustrated account of Van Gogh's time at the asylum in Saint-Remy.

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New Wave Clay: Ceramic Design, Art and Architecture

New Wave Clay: Ceramic Design, Art and Architecture

Tom Morris

This book is a survey of eighty international ceramicists who bridge the worlds of product design, interiors, fine art, and luxury craftsmanship.

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 Special priceLike Life - Sculpture, Color, and the Body

Like Life - Sculpture, Color, and the Body

Luke Syson, Sheena Wagstaff, Emerson Bowyer, Schwartz Hillel, Brinda Kumar

Explores how artists from the European Renaissance to the global present have used sculpture and color to evoke the presence of the living body

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Animal: Exploring the Zoological World

Animal: Exploring the Zoological World

Phaidon Editors

Explore the beauty and diversity of the animal world through more than 300 captivating images from across time and from every corner of the globe

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May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer

May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer

Anna Mason, Jan Marsh, Jenny Lister, Rowan Bain, Hanna Faurby

The first fully illustrated introduction to May Morris, a leading contributor to the Arts and Crafts Movement and daughter of famed designer William Morris

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The Art Museum (Revised Edition)

The Art Museum (Revised Edition)

Phaidon Editors

Visit the world's most comprehensive and compelling museum in a book - from pre-historic times to the present, - over 1,600 artworks created with the expertise of 28 art world curators and historians

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 Special priceAndy Goldsworthy: Projects

Andy Goldsworthy: Projects

Andy Goldsworthy

New projects from Andy Goldsworthy that transform the natural landscape

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Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art

Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art

Clare Lilley, Phaidon Editors

A global survey of 100 of today's most important clay and ceramic artists, chosen by leading art world professionals

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Painting by Numbers: The life and art of Ferdinand Bauer

Painting by Numbers: The life and art of Ferdinand Bauer

David Mabberley

Ferdinand Bauer is seen by many as the greatest natural history painter of all time. This fascinating new study of Bauer's work includes reproductions of never-before-published works from collections in Europe and Australia....

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The Book of Black

The Book of Black

Faye Dowling

The Book of Black provides an exploratory visual narrative through which to reveal and celebrate the artists, aesthetics and styles of today's gothic visual arts

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Georgia O'Keeffe at Home

Georgia O'Keeffe at Home

Alicia Inez Guzman

Georgia O'Keeffe at Home explores the influence of the various landscapes and cities Georgia inhabited, as well as the places she travelled to, on her life and artwork.

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The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania's Black War

The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania’s Black War

Tim Bonyhady, Greg Lehman

'Benjamin Duterrau and his National picture project are at the core of this publication because he was the colonial artist most interested in Tasmania's Aboriginal people, and the only artist who chose to depict, on a substantial...

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Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Phaidon Editors, David Malin, Paul Murdin

Explore the stars and planets and beyond through 300 fascinating images - an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man's record of the universe - from ancient cave paintings to animation

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The Art of the Erotic

The Art of the Erotic

Phaidon Editors, Rowan Pelling

Carefully curated and beautifully packaged erotic art through the ages - 170 works from the world's most important artists

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Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists Against Originality

Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists Against Originality

Robert Shore

Beg, Steal and Borrow offers a comprehensive and provocative survey of artistic borrowing.

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Rothko: The Color Field Paintings

Rothko: The Color Field Paintings

Dore Ashton

The essential book on Mark Rothko for the modern art lover's library.

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Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Margo Neale

This stunning companion to the National Museum of Australia's blockbuster Indigenous-led exhibition, Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, explores the history and meaning of songlines, the Dreaming or creation tracks...

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The Essential Duchamp

The Essential Duchamp

Matthew Affron

An engaging and accessible introduction to one of the 20th century's greatest and most enigmatic artists

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The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism

The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism

Whitney Chadwick

A fascinating examination of the ambitions and friendships of a talented group of midcentury women artists

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 Special priceHell in Japanese Art

Hell in Japanese Art

Kazuya Takaoka, Dr Naoki Nishida

A collection of imaginative (and even humorous) illustrations of hell and other underworld realms in Japanese art works. A great reference for artists and illustrators.

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Vasily Kandinsky

Vasily Kandinsky

Hajo Duchting

Vasily Kandinsky was one of the first painters of abstract art and a founding member of the Blue Rider movement. Although he trained as a lawyer, Kandinsky abandoned this career path to devote himself to art, both as a creator and...

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Why Are We 'Artists'?: 100 World Art Manifestos

Why Are We ‘Artists’?: 100 World Art Manifestos

Jessica Lack

Art is not a luxury. Art is a basic social need to which everyone has a right'.This extraordinary collection of 100 artists' manifestos from across the globe over the last 100 years brings together activists, post-colonialists,...

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Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures 1997-2017

Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures 1997-2017

Christa Steinle

The iconic One Minute Sculptures of Austrian artist Erwin Wurm (born 1954) invite visitors to realize temporary sculptures by following the artist's instructions and using objects at hand - levitating, holding your breath and...

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Travels With My Art

Travels With My Art

Michael Rubbo

I've spent my life as a filmmaker. But through my 40 years making both documentaries and features, I've had to get out of the dark, out of the cutting room and be in nature.My family has a history of doing this via...

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Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting

Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting

Phaidon Editors, Barry Schwabsky

At last - the next instalment in the popular Vitamin series - the world's hottest painters, selected by international experts

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Animals by Kuniyoshi: Ukiyo-E Paper Book

Animals by Kuniyoshi: Ukiyo-E Paper Book

Nobuhisa Kaneko

Experience the humorous and satirical Ukiyo-e world of Kuniyoshi Utagawa.

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The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look At Art

The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look At Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

120 of the world's most influential contemporary artists discuss the art that inspires them in this lavishly packaged and designed book

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Death: A Graveside Companion

Death: A Graveside Companion

Joanna Ebenstein, Will Self

The ultimate death compendium, featuring the world's most extraordinary artistic objects concerned with mortality, together with text by expert contributors

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Joel Meyerowitz: Morandi's Objects

Joel Meyerowitz: Morandi’s Objects

Joel Meyerowitz, Maggie Barrett

In Spring 2015, the photographer Joel Meyerowitz sat at the work table in Giorgio Morandi's Bologna home, in the exact spot where the painter had sat for over 40 years making his quiet, sublime still lifes. Here Meyerowitz looked...

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Vincent van Gogh: The Lost Arles Sketchbook

Vincent van Gogh: The Lost Arles Sketchbook

Abrams Books, Ronald Pickvance

The result of a remarkable discovery, Vincent van Gogh: The Lost Arles Sketchbook offers fresh insight into the life and work of one of the world's most beloved artists.

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Landscapes: John Berger on Art

Landscapes: John Berger on Art

John Berger

A major new work from the world's leading writer on art

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Street Art World

Street Art World

Alison Young

Based on twenty years of research in the graffiti and street art scenes, Street Art World is the first book to provide a history and context for the words and images that appear in cities all around the world. Inviting the reader...

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Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans

Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans

Amber Creswell Bell, Keith Brymer Jones

Once upon a time pottery schools saw an increase in enrolments whenever the film Ghost aired on television. Today it is all year round. From decorative pieces to the primarily functional to sculptural works pushing the boundaries...

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The Botanical Wall Chart: Art from the golden age of scientific discovery

The Botanical Wall Chart: Art from the golden age of scientific discovery

Anna Laurent

A stunning collection of botanical wall charts from all around the world, ideal for naturalists, botanists, scientists and anyone with a love of plant life.

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What Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail

What Paintings Say. 100 Masterpieces in Detail

Rainer & Rose-Marie Hagen, Rainer Hagen

If you thought these paintings were familiar, look again, and look closer. Part art history, part detective work, this fascinating collection explores 100 world-famous works of art through enlarged details, revealing the fashions...

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Louise Nevelson: Art is Life

Louise Nevelson: Art is Life

Laurie Wilson

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was, with Calder, Noguchi and David Smith, one of the great American sculptors of the 20th century. She created extraordinary work, from room-size installations composed of boxes to gnarled and majestic...

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Jonathan Jones: Barragal Dyara (Skin and Bones)

Jonathan Jones: Barragal Dyara (Skin and Bones)

Jonathan Jones

This book documents Kaldor Public Art Project 32 by Sydney-based artist Jonathan Jones who is a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-eastern Australia. The project is an exporation of the destruction...

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My Life as a Work of Art

My Life as a Work of Art

Ben Eastham, Katya Tylevich

How to cut through the labyrinthine contemporary art world - from the complex and animated process starting in the mind of an artist to the end in a museum, collector's property, storage space or dump, via workshops, galleries and...

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The Story of Art

The Story of Art

Leonie Gombrich, Ernst H. Gombrich

One of the most famous and popular books on art ever written.

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