Wendy, Janey, Joanne and Madge
Inspirational Professors of Fashion at the Royal College of Art 1948–2014
With alumni including Zandra Rhodes and Ossie Clark, the School of Fashion at the Royal College of Art is renowned for producing innovative designers. This illustrated volume looks back at the careers and mindsets of the women who shaped the School from the mid 20th century, revealing their influence in establishing the importance of fashion, encouraging creativity among their students, and developing the School’s commercial links.
Collecting for a New World
Treasures of the Early Americas
The clashes that occurred when Europeans first encountered the New World’s indigenous population are discussed in the collection of early American treasures in Washington’s Library of Congress. In addition to describing 60 of the items, curator John W Hessler traces their previous ownership to reveal the extent to which private collectors have aided the preservation of human history.
This is a retrospective of the works of US-born painter William MacKendree (b.1948), surveying hundreds of postmodern-inspired pieces and exploring the development of a ‘vocabulary of signs’ within his work since the early 1980s. It includes an introductory essay and an extensive, in-depth interview on MacKendree’s themes and artistic philosophy. In French and English.
The Collection of the Museum für Lackkunst
The collection of Russian lacquer held by the Museum für Lackkunst in Münster is the most significant of its kind outside Russia. Following an essay on the development of Russian lacquerwork, this illustrated catalogue introduces the items in the Museum’s collection, from the snuffboxes produced in the early nineteenth century, through the innovations of the Lukutin manufactory, to the Palekh school that emerged in the 1920s.
Korean Lacquer Art
Aesthetic Perfection: 28 October 2012 to 27 January 2013
While Korean lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay has been highly esteemed for centuries, it was not until 2012 that an exhibition focusing on the artform was held in the West. Produced to accompany the exhibition, this catalogue illustrates objects ranging from a twelfth-century box for prayer beads to late nineteenth-century cabinets, tables and gameboards, with essays explaining the development of the technique.
Gerhard Richter - Brigid Polk
After meeting Brigid Polk – Andy Warhol’s muse – in Munich in 1970, Richter produced a series of six paintings of her. Based on Polaroid images, they exemplify his interest in photography and its role in art. This illustrated volume traces the creation of the portraits and their place in art history.
Eavesdropper on an Age
Ludwig Meidner in Exile
A master of German Expressionism, Ludwig Meidner (1884–1966) created artwork that reflected the social upheavals of his time. Focusing on the often overlooked images he produced while in exile in London, from 1939–53, this well-illustrated catalogue explores his continued preoccupation with portraiture and themes including war, apocalypse, city life and religion; his use of grotesque humour; and the wider impact of his art. Text in German and English.
Georg Baselitz at Work
Known for his photographic portraits of artists, Benjamin Katz documented the German painter and sculptor Georg Baselitz at work over several decades. This collection of about 100 black and white images, taken between 1978 and 2009, captures the physicality of the artist’s working life as well as more relaxed moments, and reflects the close relationship between the men. Introductory text in German and English.
Re-Visions Across a Century
Following the success of his Firebird and Petrushka for the Ballets Russes, Stravinsky (1882–1971) become one of the world’s most prolific dance composers. Stephanie Jordan has based this detailed examination of his music on information provided by the database ‘Stravinsky the Global Dancer’, revealing for the first time the full extent of his influence.
More Than Likely
The TV comedies Porridge and The Likely Lads are Clement and La Frenais' best known work but in their long career they have also created scripts for films, plays and musicals such as The Commitments. This dual biography intersperses personal reminiscences with memories of their many productions and anecdotes about stars including Richard Burton, Sean Connery and Tracey Ullman.
Vincent Van Gogh
Masterpieces of Art
Tracing the artist’s movements across the Netherlands and France, Stephanie Cotela Tanner’s introduction to Vincent van Gogh (1853–90) explores the emotional turmoil and difficult relationships that influence his bold style of painting. Her account is followed by 90 full-page reproductions, including Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear and The Starry Night.
Masterpieces of Art
While famed for his painting and sculpture, Michelangelo (1476–1564) was also a talented draughtsman, architect and poet who earned the nickname ‘The Divine One’. The 90 images that illustrate this introduction to his life concentrate on details from the Sistine Chapel ceiling – a commission that the artist, who considered himself to be a sculptor, not a painter, had been reluctant to accept.
Tips and Techniques for Learning to Paint in Oil
‘Every artist was first an amateur’ – so wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, and this practical guide supplies novices with the necessary tools to begin on the path to expertise. Instructive or exemplary oil paintings are found throughout, and clear instructions cover topics ranging from brushes and colour theory to practice projects employing the full range of skills that the book teaches.
30-Second Leonardo da Vinci
The 50 Key Aspects of His Works, Life and Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Part of the 30-second series, this book summarizes 50 key ideas in paragraphs of about 300 words (with a picture) contributed by an expert in the field. The concise essays cover topics including his painting, geometry and engineering and are accompanied by ‘3-second biographies’ of significant figures and an extra ‘3-minute’ section that provides further context and insight.
The World That Wasn't There
Pre-Columbian Art in the Ligabue Collection
Published to accompany a 2015–16 exhibition at the Archaeological Museum in Florence, this catalogue reproduces over 200 artefacts from Latin America that were brought to Europe from the early 16th century. The objects include Olmec anthropomorphic figures from c.1000 BCE, Mayan ceramic plates produced around 600–800 CE and a Huari pendant from c.900 CE.
Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (1733–1794)
A Very English Swiss
A versatile painter, whose works included topography, book illustration and social satire, Grimm moved to England at 35 and travelled extensively throughout the country, often showing scenes and sites that had been unrecorded. Over two centuries later, his art offers an insight into the pre-industrialized land, and the 92 images reproduced in this catalogue, which also contains a comprehensive account of his career, include Georgian Bath, a military camp in Hyde Park and depictions of rural life.
The Pont-Aven School
Cradle of the Modern Sensibility
Including paintings by Émile Bernard, this collection of 26 works of the Pont-Aven School is presented in full-page reproductions, with facing commentary and an essay on the new style of painting created by Gauguin and Bernard in the Breton village.
The Narrative Figuration
Similar to Pop art in its criticism of consumer society and rejection of abstraction, Narrative Figuration emerged in Europe and the United States in the 1960s. This catalogue of an exhibition held in Paris in 2008 contains introductory essays assessing the movement, and hundreds of images by artists such as Jacques Monory, Peter Klasen, Jan Voos and Eduardo Arroyo, accompanied by concise notes on their work.
Sculptures from the Farnese Collection
Luigi Spina spent ten years at the Archaeological Museum of Naples, viewing and photographing its classical marble sculptures in privacy and in different locations and light. The result is a collection of intimate and detailed black and white photographs that emphasize the sculptures’ curves or focus on particular features in order to humanize the mythical figures.
In Rodin's Studio
Using the images and words of contemporary photographers, writers and art critics, this volume takes the reader into the studios of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). Photographs and essays examine the sculptor’s creative practice, viewing masterpieces such as Balzac and The Sirens as works-in-progress; while the impressions of those who visited him, among them Rainer Maria Rilke, Stefan Zweig and Truman Howe Bartlett, give a sense of Rodin’s commanding presence.
Wild and Mysterious Spirits from the Pierluigi Peroni Collection
Pierluigi Peroni presents over 100 small African anthropomorphic bronzes made by the Kulango people of the Ivory Coast. Selected from her personal collection to represent the diversity of the artform, they include pendants, amulets and ceremonial objects, all under 10cm high. Detailed text by Alain-Michel Boyer offers analysis of the objects and their cultural significance. Text in English and French.
Introducing one group of these tiny African sculptures from the collection of John and Nicole Dintenfass, the art historian Bérénice Geoffroy-Schnieter writes of the ‘challenge of the minute, the intimate, the secret’. Beautifully photographed and accompanied by essays on African art forms and the psychology of collecting, the 130 works presented here include effigies, miniature masks, weaving tools, and statuettes whose purpose was to cure and restore the world’s balance.
Indian Contemporary Art
Contemporary, One Word, Several Words
While the establishment of the Bharat Bhavan museum in Madhya Pradesh in 1982 gave equal status to contemporary Indian artists from minority and dominant cultures, figures such as Jangarh Singh Shyam and Jivya Soma Mashe are still relatively unknown internationally. Offering brief profiles of them and 22 other tribal and folk artists, and illustrated with hundreds of their drawings and paintings, this volume celebrates the richness of India’s art.
In the Atelier
An Artistic Collaboration 1978–2018
In recognition of their 40-year collaboration (beginning in 1978), the engraver Érik Desmazières and his printmaker René Tazé present a series of the former’s etchings of Tazé’s workshop. Around 30 images are reproduced, including preparatory sketches as well as finished prints, with an introductory text by Desmazières and a critical response by art historian Alain Madeleine-Perdrillat placing the images in their artistic context. Text in English and French.
The Ordrupgaard Collection
Accompanying an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, this catalogue presents 77 French and Danish paintings, including works by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Gauguin, from the celebrated Ordrupgaard museum in Copenhagen. Text in English and French.
Accompanying an exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Ottawa and the National Gallery in London (January 2020), this is a major study of Gauguin’s portraits, with ten essays on aspects of his portrait painting and its place within his oeuvre, and reproductions of over 120 works. Text in French.
Friedrich Nietzsche and the Artists of the New Weimar
In the early 1900s Nietzsche was a figurehead for many avantgarde artists, whose work helped create the enduring image of him as the prophet of modernity. With reproductions of 29 drawings and sculptures, including portraits by Edvard Munch and the bronze bust designed by Max Klinger for the Nietzsche Archive, this catalogue was published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in 2019.
Since 1996 Fernando Costa (b. 1971) has been repurposing scrap metal from old road signs to create his sculptural pieces. This well-illustrated text, in English and French, offers a brief account of his childhood and working methods, and tells the stories behind some of his images, including his version of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road and Guernica, and a work memorializing the terrorist attack in rue Copernic in 1980.
The Extended Moment
Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada’s collection of photographs was established 50 years ago and represents the medium’s aesthetic, historical and technical range. Almost 200 images of artistic expression, portraiture and photojournalism are reproduced in this catalogue, which was published to accompany a 2019 exhibition.
Now living in the United States, award-winning painter Carlos Luna (b. 1969) continues to produce work that reflects his Cuban heritage and time spent in Mexico. This first monograph on the artist, with hundreds of reproductions of his images, explores his influences and use of word play and symbols, particularly the rooster, to convey his political beliefs and cultural background. Text in English and French.
The wooden sculptures created by the Baga community of Guinea first became known in the west in the 19th century. Originally comprising intricately carved masks, statues, percussion instruments and other ceremonial items, later works were influenced by colonization and new religions and include busts representing the sea goddess, figures of animals from legends and representations of the villages’ founders.
The Advent of Abstraction
While political events were tearing the country apart, Russian artists were pioneering new abstract styles that proved among the most influential of the century. This book, published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, explores the period through seven illustrated essays reviewing the work of artists including Vladimir Tatlin, Kazimir Malevich and El Lissitsky.
The Story of Pop Art
Culture, Celebrity and Controversy in 100 Creative Milestones
Dadaism and photomontage were heavy influences on the emergence of pop art in the 1950s as artists elevated the imagery of mass communication to the gallery. Through 100 key moments, including artists, works, movements and contemporary events, this history traces the movement from these pre-war antecedents to Warhol and Hockney at its peak and contemporary artists such as Banksy.
Portraits of Shakespeare
Three famous portraits, a variety of engravings, paintings and sculptures based on them, and one playwright are the subjects of this study: drawing on the Bodleian Library collections, Katherine Duncan-Jones examines the Stratford bust of William Shakespeare in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Droeshout engraving from the frontispiece of the First Folio, and the Chandos portrait, but she also discusses the author portrait in general and later commemorative portrayals of Shakespeare.