Margaret Snowdon

Margaret Snowdon is the art & design buyer at Readings Carlton.

Reviews

Landscapes of Our Hearts by Matthew Colloff

Mathew Colloff works at the Fenner School of Environment & Society at the ANU, and prior to that was a research scientist for twenty- three years at the CSIRO. So, although this book is a very person…

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Design Lives Here by Penny Craswell

The beauty of this book is that it does many things in a (seemingly) effortless, elegant fashion. For every house or apartment featured, the sum of its parts creates the whole: architecture, interior…

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Ash Road by Ivan Southall

I read Ash Road when I was in Primary School, probably when I was around 10 or 11. I distantly recall that after a reading diet of Louisa May Alcott, Susan Coolidge, Mary Grant Bruce, Arthur Lang, Tr…

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The Italian Garden edited by Cecilia Hewlett & Narelle McAuliffe

The Italian Garden is a collaborative work centred on the restoration of a traditional Italian garden at the Monash Centre at Palazzo Vaj in the heart of medieval Prato in Tuscany. Over the centuries…

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Australian Art: A History by Sasha Grishin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art & design book highlights from the year

by Margaret Snowdon

Prehistorians propose that the arrival of art in the timeline of humanity’s history indicates a jump in our cognitive abilities, so Readings is happy to present to you some wonderful art and design books from this year to delight, entertain, inform and help our cognitive skills expand and grow, as surely this year has asked of us.

Starting close by, The Garden State offers a look inside an inspi…

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The best art & design books of 2016

by Margaret Snowdon

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 art and design books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2016 here.) Art+Climate=Change edited by Guy Abrahams, Kelly Gellatly and Bronwyn Johnson

This is the first b…

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The best art & design books of 2015

by Margaret Snowdon

Here are our top ten art and design books of the year, voted for by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

The Social Studio by Grace McQuiltern

This book documents the vibrant social enterprise of The Social Studio in Collingwood. Through fashion, food, art and community the Studio unites distinct cultures in a celebration of knowledge, skill and diversity. The book includes a m…

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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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