The Art of the Garden
Presenting works ranging from Leonard Knyff’s panoramic View of Hampton Court (c.1703) to Fabergé’s enamelled and jewelled flowers (c.1900), this volume draws on the Royal Collection to trace the changing design and function of gardens through the art they have inspired. After a short chapter on early Islamic gardens, the history traces royal and aristocratic garden style from medieval sacred gardens to the 19th-century ‘horticultural garden’, with a final chapter on ceramics and ornament. Foreword by Sir Roy Strong.
Published to coincide with Elizabeth Blackadder’s 80th birthday retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery in 2011, this catalogue showcases her work, from a self-portrait in 1951 to watercolours of Crabs and Shells in 2011, revealing the intuitive nature of her art and its diverse range. A chronology of her life is accompanied by essays from Philip Long and John Leighton, who argue that Blackadder is one of Scotland’s greatest living artists.
Pop to Popism
Originally accompanying an exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2014, this catalogue presents eight essays and over 180 reproductions, tracing the development of Pop Art in Britain, Europe, America and Australia, from its origins in the 1950s and the work of Eduardo Paolozzi and Robert Rauschenberg, through the era of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, to the re-emergence of ‘Popism’ in the 1980s, with artists including Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Balthus: Cats and Girls
Paintings and Provocations
Focusing on the early decades of Balthus’s career, this catalogue accompanied the 2014 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Balthus’s fascination with cats is clear from the 40 pen-and-ink drawings he produced aged eleven; they frequently feature in his often provocative paintings of young girls on the brink of adolescence. With a detailed introduction and comprehensive notes on each painting, Sabine Rewald provides a unique perspective on this eccentric self-taught artist.
Paintings and Drawings from The Venice Studio
This retrospective of expatriate British artist Geoffrey Humphries celebrates both the artist’s work and his home city of Venice. At once elegant, decadent and theatrical, Humphries’ paintings, including his many sensitive portraits of women and erotic depictions of the female form, exude the Venetian spirit, drawing inspiration from the city’s art history and Gothic architecture. Three introductory essays and an interview with the artist are included in this lavishly illustrated volume.
Charting the life and career of Abigail McLellan (1969–2009), Sturgis describes how her childhood obsession with ‘making’ culminated in a place at Glasgow School of Art. Choosing portraiture, she often exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, though her real passion lay in painting flowers and nature. This first monograph of the artist is richly illustrated with photographs and reproductions that reflect her boundless creative energy, even as she was losing her battle with MS.
The world of fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell is one of muscle-bound heroes, beautiful - and also muscle-bound - women, dragons and monsters in other-worldly and often violent landscapes. In this volume the two artists present 145 reproductions of recent, previously unpublished images, and chapters telling their own stories and discussing elements of their art. With the book, inside the back cover, there is a set of ten limited edition art prints.
War Artists in Afghanistan
Beyond The Wire
Jules George travelled to Helmand as a war artist in 2010, in the wake of its bloodiest year for British troops. This book reproduces his sketches, watercolours and oil paintings, along with the work of four other artists who documented that conflict. Against the vast beauty of the Afghan landscape, they capture the experience of soldiers on patrol or caught in a firefight. Each artist’s work is accompanied by his or her first-hand account of war in Afghanistan.
A Passion for Glass
The Dan Klein & Alan J Poole Private Collection of Modern Glass
Dan Klein and Alan Poole were the foremost promoters of contemporary British and Irish artists working in glass. On Klein’s death in 2009, their extraordinary collection was gifted to the National Museums of Scotland. Illustrated in colour throughout, this catalogue showcases hundreds of these works, from exquisite tableware to dynamic sculptures, and provides biographical information on every artist.
Painting the Toon
Geordie painter John Coatsworth stumbled across his signature style in 1997 when he made a sketch of St James's Park stadium, bending the shapes and perspective to create vibrancy, rhythm and flow. His subsequent vibrantly coloured 'curvation' paintings quickly gained local commissions and an army of fans through cards and prints. This retrospective collection includes early works in different styles as well as his popular paintings of Newcastle and the North East.
The Visual World of French Theory
In the 1960s and 1970s, there were remarkable encounters between the most prominent French philosophers and contemporary artists, particularly members of the Narrative Figuration movement. Passages from critical texts arising from those encounters serve as the focus in each chapter of this illustrated study, which explores, among others, the meetings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Robert Lapoujade; Louis Althusser and Lucio Fanti; and Jacques Derrida and Valerio Adami.
The Visitors' Book
In Francis Bacon's Shadow: The Lives of Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller
When the artists Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller died, their friend Jon Lys Turner inherited a vast archive of letters and diaries. These writings reveal a remarkable tale of talent and transgression, of a group of largely gay young men who pushed boundaries in their art and their relationships against a backdrop of wild nights in Fitzrovia; of artistic fame and week-long parties at their cottage in Wivenhoe, Essex; and, towering over it all, the brilliant, disturbing figure of Francis Bacon.
Presenting the major works of Clare Woods up to 2016, in reproductions and in photographs of the large-scale works in gallery installations and architectural projects such as Brick Field (2012) at the Olympic Park, London, this volume gives a strong sense of the diversity of the artist’s work. Different aspects of her painting, including the vast landscapes, the ‘wonder and horror’ of the human head, and her techniques, are explored in five essays, with a foreword by Andrew Marr.
A Very British Modernist
Steven Heffer is a distinctively British artist, and though many of his boldly geometrical compositions hover on the brink of abstraction, they are suffused by the landscapes he loves: the Thames Estuary, and the cliffs and downs of Sussex. This first monograph on his work spans more than 20 years, and reproduces more than 100 paintings, including landscapes, architecture, abstracts, nudes and still lifes, while the art historian Edward Lucie-Smith assesses Heffer’s place in the continuing story of British painting.
Although Sarah Raphael was only 40 when she died in 2001, she had, in the words of William Packer, ‘reached long ago that mature confidence of herself as an artist to trust the work itself to take her wherever it wished to go’. This volume surveys her life and work, from early portraits to the abstract Strip series of the late 1990s and the Childhood Cube, commissioned for the Millennium Dome. With a foreword by the artist’s father, Frederic Raphael.
As a figurative artist, Graham Dean (b.1951) regards the body as ‘a holding pen for the emotions’ and aims to communicate his subjects’ inner life through his large-scale and very distinctive watercolours. James Attlee draws on conversations with the artist to provide a full, yet succinct introduction to Dean’s life and work, accompanying over 150 reproductions that follow his artistic career from realist, post-Pop acrylic paintings to the life-size watercolour depictions of the human body.
Artist, Writer, Friend
Beryl Bainbridge is celebrated as one of the finest novelists of recent years, but few know of her lifelong passion for drawing and painting. Psiche Hughes, a close friend from 1963 until the writer’s death in 1990, charts her Liverpool childhood, struggles to become a writer, family life and literary success. Generously illustrated with photographs, book jackets and Beryl’s own art, this biography explores her exuberant and sometimes macabre creativity both on canvas and on the page.
(And How to Break Them)
What constitutes modern art and what makes it good or bad is a mystery to many, but this box set proposes a practical new method of exploring the subject. Alongside a concise introduction to the concepts of art is a set of 42 cards, each displaying a contemporary artwork with accompanying text that explains how the example 'works' and suggests how you might make a similar work yourself and explore the concept from the inside.
A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples, 1971–2007
American conceptual artist John Baldessari began taking photographs in the 1960s as references for his paintings, but from the 1970s, photographs – often found images – increasingly became the building blocks of his exhibited work. He later developed a series of 'multiples', arranging and juxtaposing selections of prints, and experimented with three-dimensional prints. This catalogue raisonné features over 175 works, made between 1971 and 2007, with comprehensive information about each and a contextual essay analysing the development of Baldessari's printmaking.
With his ‘naked portraits’ and his aim to ‘make the paint work as flesh’, Lucian Freud (1922–2011) was able to reinvent portraiture. Although often controversial, his reputation grew to the point where Freud was hailed as the ‘greatest living realist painter’. In this survey, Virginia Button considers his life and work from a more distanced perspective than the many studies written during his lifetime.
One of the most radical British artists of the 20th century, Ben Nicholson (1894–1982) first came to international prominence with his remarkable ‘white reliefs’ of the 1930s and formed links with Picasso, Braque, Mondrian and others of the European avant-garde. This study explains his central role in the establishment of a modernist art community in St Ives, and why his importance to the development of modern art practice in Britain cannot be overstated.
Lucian Freud Portraits
Portraits were central to the work of Lucian Freud (1922–2011), and he described his approach to his sitters as ‘trying to relay something of who they are as a physical and emotional presence. I want the paint to work as flesh does’. In 2012, a major retrospective exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery surveyed Freud’s portraits, from 1941 to 2011. This catalogue presents reproductions of the 130 works exhibited, accompanied by essays, an interview with the artist and an illustrated chronology.
The American Dream
Pop to the Present
Covering key figures in American art, including Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Richard Serra, this volume presents an overview of printmaking in America since the 1960s. With over 200 reproductions and profiles of around 70 artists it traces the main trends in art from pop art, through the rise of minimalism, conceptual art and photorealism in the 1970s, to the engagement with contentious issues such as race, AIDS and feminism that continues to this day.
The jacket assures us that ‘No dogs were harmed in the making of this book’, but some of them do look a bit apprehensive, some are loving it and the bull terrier is just humouring the odd photographer lady with the Frisbees and the wind machine (therein lies the trick). We dare you not to smile.
Art and Life
Though Procktor's paintings define the Sixties as much as those of his friend Hockney, his work has not been well documented. This comprehensive study draws on original interviews to explore his life and art. Illustrated with more than 100 reproductions, it charts Procktor's friendships with figures such as Cecil Beaton, Joe Orton and Princess Margaret, frankly addresses his conflicted sexuality and his alcoholism, and restores this brilliant, self-destructive artist to his rightful place among his contemporaries.
Sympathy for the Devil
Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967
The dynamic relationship between rock music and visual art crosses continents, generations, and cultures. Beginning with Andy Warholãs involvement with The Velvet Underground in 1967, artists have maintained a strong connection to rock. Artists such as Slater Bradley, Mike Kelley, and Raymond Pettibon have created album covers and music videos for rock bands, while rock musicians such as Bryan Ferry, John Lennon, and Peter Townsend have emerged from art schools, and punk and new wave bands such as Talking Heads and Sonic Youth have shared the same social and artistic milieu as artists including Robert Longo and Richard Prince.
A Charming Meaning, a Solid Meaning, a Struggling Meaning
Published to accompany the exhibition, A fee to avoid our expenses at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, this volume features sculptures and installations including Think, Thingamajig and Other Things (2003) and A Routine Sequence of External Actions (2005).
Letting Off Steam
The Railway Paintings of David Weston
David Weston established his reputation in the 1970s through a major commission (which became an exhibition) of 24 large canvases celebrating the history of the British steam locomotive. This retrospective of his work includes Weston's thoughts and memories about his art and the subjects he paints, as well as fine reproductions of many of his pictures in oil and watercolour, covering everything from abandoned industrial locomotives to glamorous main line engines from the last years of steam.
Return to One Man's Island
Paintings and Sketches from the Isle of May
Over 30 years ago Keith Brockie's One Man's Island established him as a leading wildlife artist. In 2009 he returned to the Isle of May to produce this new portfolio of artwork. The island is a paradise for the nature artist, and with nearly 150 drawings and paintings, Brockie celebrates its enormous variety of flora and fauna, including breeding and migrating birds, sea creatures and grey seals.
Since its opening in 2000, Tate Modern has become one of the world's most visited museums of modern art and has helped transform the way art is presented and how audiences experience it. This book offers a full account and appreciation of the collections and displays, with six essays, including contributions from Nicholas Serota and Andrew Marr, and an A–Z of over 150 artists, with commentary and reproductions of their work and additional entries on art movements and concepts.