A pioneering woman in the arts and one of the founding artists of American modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1987) made her debut at Alfred Stieglitz’ 291 gallery in New York in 1916. A century later, Tate Modern celebrated her work with a major exhibition and this lavishly illustrated study of her life and work. Accompanying over 300 reproductions, six essays cover the whole span of O’Keeffe’s art, from the early ‘artistic dialogue’ with Stieglitz to the abstract landscapes of her late work.
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.
Penelope Curtis, a Director of Tate Britain, describes the life and work of Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) and provides an up-to-date survey of the contexts in which her art can currently be understood. The book examines the impetus behind the formal clarity of Hepworth’s sculpture and her attempt at ‘holding the beautiful thought’ through the difficult times in which she lived.
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.
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky
1906–1996: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings
Forced to flee her native Vienna by the Nazis, the artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906–1996) spent the rest of her life in London, where she continued to paint prolifically. This magnificent catalogue charts her background, influences and career, and presents her substantial oeuvre in its entirety, reproducing some 350 paintings, including still lifes, landscapes and portraits of her family and friends, among them the writers Elias Canetti and Iris Murdoch.
The Complete Graphic Work
From the Girl and Dog series of 1987 and the Nursery Rhymes of 1989, to recent works inspired by Martin McDonagh’s play The Pillowman (2003), this handsomely produced volume presents all Paula Rego’s graphic work in lithography, etching, aquatint and screen-printing up to 2012 in a total of 637 illustrations. Rosenthal discusses each individual work and series, including the much-acclaimed Abortion sequence and Jane Eyre, quoting Rego’s comments on her own works wherever possible.
In earlier studies, Gwen John (1876–1939) has been depicted as a lifelong recluse, on record as desiring ‘a more interior life’. Alicia Foster argues against that view and its implications for the interpretation of the artist’s work. Instead, this study looks at John’s work in London, in Paris and in the context of contemporary artists; and examines, in particular, the relationship between women and the interior in her painting.
'War Requiem' and 'Aftermath'
This volume presents a major study of Maggi Hambling (b.1945), one of Britain's most significant and controversial artists. Written by James Cahill, with comment by the artist, it focuses on two recent bodies of work: War Requiem (2013), a site-specific installation comprising 50 paintings of war victims and battlefields; and Aftermath (2015), a series of sculptures made first in wood, then in bronze, which coax imaginary beings out of natural forms.
The Enchantment of Realism
Born in England, Colleen Browning (1918–2003) moved to New York in 1949, where she followed the Realist movement before moving toward Magic Realism in works such as Picture of a Painting of the Great Circus (1988). The very handsome, illustrated volume presents an overview of her life and work.
Imperial Silks (2 Volumes)
Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The imperial silks collected by William E Colby in the decades following the overthrow of the Ch’ing in 1912 became the foundation of the Minneapolis collection that now has over 600 examples of Ch’ing dynasty textiles. This magnificent two-volume catalogue describes and illustrates 26 categories of garments and furnishings in chapters on official court attire, ecclesiastical and theatrical costume, unofficial attire, costume accessories, furniture accessories, pictorial hangings, pile carpets and panels. Slipcased.
The Chinese Painter as Poet
Chinese poetry and painting have always been closely allied; the verses are intensely visual, and the calligraphy is itself a form of brushwork. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at New York’s China Institute Gallery, this absorbing book explores the connection between the two art forms. Illustrated with 25 exquisite artworks from the exhibition and many other illustrative figures ranging from the Shang dynasty to the People’s Republic. The book offers an illuminating insight into three millennia of Chinese culture.
The Art of Netsuke Carving
Masatoshi is the last in a great tradition of Japanese craftsmanship, a carver of the ivory toggles that evolved into a sophisticated art form in the Edo period. He is also the first to set down his ideas in a book, explaining his methods, his materials, and his choice of subjects, from ghosts and goblins to owls and lizards. This handsome volume includes colour plates of more than 350 carvings.
The Kingdom of Siam
The Art of Central Thailand, 1350–1800
The Kingdom of Ayutthaya – or Siam as foreigners knew it – prevailed over four centuries and played a pivotal role in the development of modern Thailand; yet its cultural heritage is largely forgotten. Published for a 2005 exhibition in San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, this richly illustrated guide includes essays on Ayutthaya’s economic, architectural and religious history, as well as a catalogue of the exhibition’s 89 objects, including Hindu and Buddhist sculpture, temple furnishings, jewellery and textiles.
Takarabukuro (Treasure Bag)
In 1974, Raymond Bushell, a passionate netsuke collector, obtained a copy of the notebook in which Mitsuhiro Ohara (1810–75), a great practitioner of that art, set down detailed descriptions of each of his creations. The translation he commissioned is printed alongside the Japanese original in this exquisitely bound book, along with colour photographs of 20 of Mitsuhiro’s magical creations and an account of his life and work.
Visions from the Golden Land
Burma and the Art of Lacquer
Asian lacquer is created by painting the resin of the Chinese lacquer tree onto boxes, vessels, furniture and statues, where it forms a hard surface that can be polished, carved, decorated and inlaid. With over 200 colour illustrations, this book examines the tradition of Burmese lacquerwork, exploring the methods of production, regional styles and variations, and how the decorative objects reflect Burmese culture in Buddhist devotional items or containers for betel-chewing ingredients.
The Inrō Handbook
Studies of Netsuke, Inrō and Lacquer
Inr? are tiny nested boxes, held together by cords and suspended from the obi, or sash, with the aid of netsuke. Originally used simply for carrying small items, these objects are now much sought-after works of Japanese miniature art. Written for the collector of inr? and netsuke, this volume provides detailed information about their materials, makers’ techniques and styles in a richly illustrated study of 108 fine inr? and their accompanying netsuke, and 18 small lacquer boxes.
A Dialogue With the Past
Scottish artist Paul Binnie became interested in the techniques of Japanese print-making in the 1990s and moved to Japan to learn ukiyo-e woodblock carving and printing and kappazuri-e stencil printing from Japanese masters. This catalogue from his exhibition in Kyoto, Japan, presents his first 100 prints made in the style, the subject matter ranging from traditional Kabuki actors and cloud studies to tattooed nudes.
Korean Buddhist Sculpture
Art and Truth
In this authoritative collection of seven essays, the former chief curator of the National Museum of Korea considers iconographical, stylistic and philosophical aspects of Korea’s Buddhist sculptural masterpieces, as well as the correspondence between truth and beauty in the nation’s religious art. Beginning with an essay on the history of Korean Buddhist sculpture, Woobang examines the Seokguram cave temple, the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok, and two ‘Pensive Image’ sculptures housed in the National Museum.
Japanese Prints During the Allied Occupation 1945–1952
The printmaker Onchi Kōshirō and his circle were instrumental in finding new directions for Japanese art after the devastation of the war. Encouraged by American graphic artist, Ernst Hacker, who was posted to Japan in 1945, the achievements of the period are recognized in this selection of prints, the basis of which is Hacker's own collection, recently given to the British Museum, comprising the work of Onchi, Hacker himself and Munakata Shikō, among others.
Transmitting the Forms of Divinity
Early Buddhist Art from Korea and Japan
Buddhism was introduced to Japan by an emissary from Korea’s Paekche kingdom around the year 538. The region’s early Buddhist culture is the subject of the 15 essays in this volume, the illustrated catalogue of a major exhibition on the two states’ formative links. In particular, the authors draw on recently discovered evidence to present new theories about the transformation of Buddhist art and architecture in Korea and Japan between the sixth and ninth centuries.
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.
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.
Paul Klee on Modern Art
Originally the basis for a lecture at a museum opening in 1924, this short treatise was written while Paul Klee was teaching at the Bauhaus. Writing almost in note form, and in reference to his own work, he analyses the creative process (‘a glimpse of the painter’s workshop’), the relationship of art and nature, and line, tone value and colour. The essay is presented here with an introduction by Herbert Read and around 20 drawings by Klee.
Swimming with Dali
And Other Encounters with Artists
As art critic for various newspapers and magazines and presenter of radio programmes and television documentaries, Edwin Mullins met, and sometimes formed friendships with, many of the leading artists from the last half century. This book comprises his personal memories of artists including Henry Moore, Oskar Kokoschka, Barbara Hepworth and Graham Sutherland; shorter pieces on his ‘brief encounters’ with, among others, Picasso and Giacometti; and ‘strange encounters’ such as the odd episode involving Stephen Ward.
European Masterpieces 1600–1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum holds one of the world’s greatest collections of decorative art from the princely courts of 17th- and 18th-century Europe. Lavishly illustrated with superb new photography, this magnificent volume presents 80 exquisitely crafted artefacts in an eclectic range of media, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, metalwork, furniture, ceramics, glass and textiles. Each object is contextualized in one of five thematic sections highlighting various aspects of courtly life: patronage, war, religion, interior decoration and personal adornment.
Making Great Illustration
Celebrated illustrator Ronald Searle believed that many writers have little idea of how an illustrator might interpret their words, so it 'comes as a revelation to them that you can bring to life their prose or poem'. This exploration of the art of illustration profiles some of the world's leading practitioners in different genres, from advertising and fashion to children's publishing, and includes interviews with the artists, examples of their work and a series of essays by influential clients, agents and curators.
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.
Rembrandt is renowned as a painter, but also excelled as a printmaker. This volume demonstrates how he used the medium not only to reproduce his paintings for a wider audience, but to create original works of art that pushed engraving to its limits. Drawing on the superb collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, it groups some 130 works by Rembrandt, his predecessors and followers in chapters focusing on portraiture, daily life, landscape, mythology and religion.
Renaissance Woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and The Albertina, Vienna
In the 16th century, German artists discovered that by printing from one or more colour blocks in addition to the line block, they could create a dramatic interplay of light and shade – chiaroscuro. This magnificent volume brings together 130 woodcuts from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, some by major artists such as Cranach, Beccafumi and Goltzius. Published to accompany an exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, it explains the development of the technique, and demonstrates the stunning effects it made possible.
The Letters of Paul Cézanne
Misunderstood by his peers but hailed by later generations as the father of modern art, Cézanne has long fascinated artists and art lovers, writers, poets and philosophers. This new annotated translation of his letters provides fresh insight into his views on art, politics, literature and friendship. Illustrated with more than 70 images, this book enriches our knowledge of the artist and the man, who emerges as wittier, wiser, more irascible, more philosophical, and above all, more fully human.
The son of a famous soldier, Andrew Festing spent nine years in the army and another twelve at Sotheby's auction house before becoming a professional painter in 1981. He quickly established himself as a leading portraitist and has completed commissions of prominent figures in politics, the Church and the Royal Family, including the Queen. This exploration of his oeuvre gives an account of his life and influences, discusses his meticulous methods and includes reproductions of over 150 of his works.
Listening to Stone
The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi
‘I’m an expatriate wherever I am’. Born to an American mother and Japanese father, Isamu Noguchi (1904–88) spent his life travelling restlessly around the world, synthesizing aesthetic values as he created items of furniture, massive sculptures and gardens. Drawing on Noguchi’s correspondence and illustrated with photographs of his work, this biography forms a meditation on art in a globalized milieu as it explores his journeys between East and West and his relationships with lovers and fellow-artists.
Monograph and Catalogue Raisonne 1974 –2004
These magnificent volumes present a descriptive catalogue of 2,215 works by the Nicaraguan painter, draughtsman and lithographer Armando Morales (1927–2011). The catalogue starts in 1974, at which time Morales had moved away from abstraction to painting the human form, still life and tropical landscapes. The volumes include a number of essays in French, Spanish or English, but all technical notes in the catalogue are in English. Slipcased.
Mondrian and His Studios
Colour in Space
Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) developed his abstract geometrical idiom in dialogue with the spaces that surrounded him, from urban architecture to the interiors of his studios. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at Tate Liverpool, this book reproduces 44 of his paintings in colour, alongside vintage photographs. Essays by noted Mondrian scholars, original texts by the artist and contemporary descriptions of his working spaces reveal the aesthetic philosophy that gave rise to his distinctive, instantly recognizable style.
The Zinkeisen Sisters & Their Legacy
Between the wars, the sisters Doris and Anna Zinkeisen were acclaimed at the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon, and in great demand as society portraitists. This engrossing book charts their lives and careers, and those of their gifted children: Anna’s daughter, the painter Julia Heseltine, and Doris’s twins, the book illustrators Janet and Anne Johnstone. More than 150 plates illustrate the dazzling range of their work, including Doris’s film costume designs and her sombre paintings as a war artist.
Missing Artworks of the Twentieth Century
Over the past century, many important works of modern art have disappeared through war, theft, disaster or carelessness. Based on the award-winning online exhibition The Gallery of Lost Art , this thought-provoking book tells the stories behind 40 lost pieces, from Epstein’s 1908 BMA sculptures to the present. Featuring work by Kandinsky, Miró, Bacon, Beuys, Duchamp, Kahlo, Whiteread and others, it examines the way loss has silently shaped art history, and how transience has become an accepted feature of contemporary practice.
The Master's Choice
The freshness and spontaneity of Edward Wesson’s watercolours and oils – described by Alwyn Crawshaw in his introduction as ‘paintings done with a relaxed and happy brush’ – are as popular now as they were in his lifetime. Along with four brief memoirs of the artist by friends and colleagues, this book brings together over 125 reproductions of lesser-known works in private collections and Wesson’s own teaching slides, which he used in much-acclaimed lectures and demonstrations.
Make a Joyful Noise
Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral
Luca della Robbia’s fine Cantoria – an organ loft and singers’ gallery – was installed in Florence Cathedral in 1438, opposite a similar structure by Donatello. The essays in this beautifully illustrated volume present analysis of details from the Cantoria’s carved reliefs depicting musicians, as well as research into the organs and choirbooks that were once used in the gallery. A postscript describes how this Renaissance masterpiece has been displayed in its new context at the Museo dell’Opera.
Modern Masters Series
Francis Bacon’s commitment to the human form set him apart from his contemporaries; but recent revival of interest in figurative art has made his work more relevant than ever. With over 100 reproductions, detailed and insightful commentary, and a selection of the artist’s statements, this book provides a concise and informative introduction to the work of one of the most important painters of the 20th century. Abbeville Modern Masters series.
The Ralph Steadman Book of Dogs
Starting with a series of Blot dogs, draughtsman and dog-lover Ralph Steadman goes on to survey dog/man, dog/dog relationships in ever wilder pen and ink. Among the dogs there are championship pedigrees (Bedsock Booboo Ghengis Khan de Crotchlick), cross breeds, a dog giving that look ('the swine will melt you mercilessly with jungle cunning') and a mysterious Volcanic Winedog. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Although associated more with the city and popular culture than the countryside and the natural world, Andy Warhol did engage with nature in his art. This catalogue of an exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2015, with essays and reproductions of Warhol cats, dogs, flowers, the Sea Turtle and the Endangered Species and Camouflage series, offers a surprising new perspective on Warhol’s art.
Chinese Ivory Carvings
The Sir Victor Sassoon Collection
Heir to a banking fortune, Victor Sassoon (1881–1961) assembled one of the world’s most important collections of Chinese ivory carving from his base in Shanghai. This magnificent volume presents 350 artefacts from his collection, now held in trust for the citizens of the UK. Introductory essays explore the acquisition of these exquisite ornaments, figurines, screens and sewing boxes, which range from the 2nd millennium BCE to the 20th century, and place them in their historical and cultural context.
In the Moment
Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection
The sculptures in American billionaire Larry Ellison's collection of Japanese art consist mostly of religious subjects spanning 1,000 years, from the 9th to 19th centuries. In contrast, the paintings, on screens and hanging scrolls, are mainly secular depictions of birds, flowers and animals, and scenes from classical literature. This exhibition catalogue from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco also contains reproductions of lacquer, armour and metalwork and essays explaining the collection and the history of Japanese art.
In Grand Style
Celebrations in Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty
The Joseon Dynasty, which ruled Korea from 1392 to 1897, was characterized by pageantry, ceremonial and celebration. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, this beautifully designed book illustrates and explains hundreds of artefacts – paintings, furniture, jade carvings, woodwork, ceramics and metalwork – that depict Joseon notions of kingship, royal processions and banquets, the lifestyle of the elite, and the power of women at the court.
Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
The serene beauty of Monet’s water lily paintings belies the turmoil out of which they were created. King’s sympathetic and insightful account focuses on the period when Monet stopped painting, grief-stricken by the death of his wife and facing the onset of blindness. As the guns roared on the Western Front, his friend Georges Clemenceau, the French premier, encouraged him to take up his brushes again. This book tells the compelling story behind Monet’s most iconic works of art.
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.
New World View
Inaugurated by the German architect Walter Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus became one of the most important art and design movements of the early 20th century, extending its influence far beyond architecture. In this lavishly illustrated book, Robinson explores the Bauhaus aesthetic in architecture, furniture and product design, and in the realm of fine art, notably the paintings of Kandinsky and Klee; finally, he looks at how Bauhaus ideals informed work in glass, ceramics and weaving, printing, photography and stage design.
Masterworks: Cézanne, Gauguin, Manet, Seurat, Van Gogh and Their Contemporaries
The term ‘Post-Impressionism’ was coined by Roger Fry in 1910 to describe the work of Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh and others being shown at an exhibition in London. In this lavishly illustrated introduction, Samuel Raybone examines in turn the themes – including experimentation with colour, the Japanese influence, the ‘primitive’, and symbolism – that preoccupied the seemingly diverse artists; and he examines both their dissatisfaction with Impressionism and their continuity with the earlier movement.