The Mackintosh Style
Decor & Design
Elizabeth Wilhide begins this study of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his achievements in architecture and design by looking at how influences such as the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements were forged into a new style and a ‘unique vocabulary of design and decoration’. The book goes on to give a detailed and richly illustrated account of buildings and interiors by Mackintosh, including The Glasgow School of Art, Windyhill, The Hill House and the Willow Tea Rooms.
The Fashion Chronicles
The Style Stories of History's Best Dressed
In this illustrated collection of biographies, the fashion historian and BBC television presenter Amber Butchart investigates the lives and sartorial style of 100 figures across five thousand years of history, from Otzi the Iceman who lived c.3500–3100 BCE to the Vogue model Halima Aden, who was born in 1997. She explores how, across cultures and throughout time, people have used clothing to signify power and status, to adorn and beautify, even to prop up or dismantle regimes.
A Century of Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has become a British institution, bringing the work of hundreds of artists to the public in the largest event of its kind in the world. The academy's archivist has compiled this collection of more than 70 posters designed to promote the exhibition, creating a unique record of a century of changing tastes in illustration, graphic design and typography. Each poster is accompanied by an informative caption.
Issue Twenty Three
NC Wyeth (1882–1945), one of the most influential illustrators of the early 20th century, is featured here, along with the master of fantasy artwork, Virgil Finlay; the character designer Bobby Chiu; and the 1960s illustrators of myth and legend, Anne and Janet Johnstone.
Three artists are featured in substantial illustrated articles in this issue: the British illustrator John Millar Watt, a frequent contributor to the Look and Learn and Picture Library series; the Serbian fantasy painter Petar Meseldžija; and the children’s book illustrator Davd Ashford.
Edward Bawden (1903–89) was one of the most innovative graphic designers of the 20th century, whose work included ceramics, murals, book jackets and illustrations for the Curwen Press and Faber and Faber and advertising artwork, notably for Shell, London Transport, and Fortnum & Mason. The Design series presents introductions to some of the great names in British book design, illustration and typography. Each book is exceptionally well illustrated, with fine reproductions accompanied by a concise and informative essay on a designer’s career or a significant moment in the history of 20th-century design.
Tiles and Tilework of Europe
This handsome, lavishly illustrated volume charts the production and use of ceramics in architecture and interior decoration from the Middle Ages to the present. Drawing on the rich collection of London’s V&A, the book discusses different traditions and techniques, from the encaustic tiles of the Gothic era through Dutch Delftware to the lively, inventive work of Duncan Grant, while the influence of the Islamic world is shown in the tiles of Moorish Spain and Victorian England.
The Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey
Roger Kean traces the career of the commercial artist Oliver Frey from the 1980s to 2006, then presents a gallery of his artworks – many of them from Crash magazine – arranged by topics including monsters and aliens, space travel, mechanical mayhem and heroes and villains.
Art Nouveau Posters
Masterpieces of Art
At the end of the 19th century, advertising and Art Nouveau joined forces in a new and vibrant art form – the poster. Created to promote everything from absinthe to bicycle chains, posters by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha have outlived the products they so vividly advertise. After an introduction to their origins and cultural context, this book presents 100 posters, many of them now, like Steinlen's Cabaret du Chat Noir, iconic images.
Representing the Domestic Interior Since the Renaissance
With contributions from 31 art and design historians, this richly illustrated volume surveys changing representations of domestic interiors and discusses the meanings ascribed to them in Europe and North America over time. The essays explore key issues through subjects ranging from the interior settings of the birth of the Virgin in 15th-century painting to television ‘make-over’ shows today; while short, illustrated features look at ways of interior image-making including Renaissance prints, inventories and photography.
Carved Splendour: Late Gothic Altarpieces
in Southern Germany, Austria and South Tirol
Carved in wood, painted and gilded, winged altar retables were by far the most elaborate works of art of the Gothic period, and most churches in the pre-Reformation period were richly decorated with them - the cathedral in Ulm had 50. Following his detailed introduction, Professor Kahsnitz presents 22 of the most outstanding examples of winged altarpieces, photographed in great detail by Achim Bunz, with analysis of their architecture, iconography and art historical context. Translation by Russell Stockman. Slip-cased.
The Surreal Body
Fetish and Fashion
Manipulated, fetishized and strangely transmogrified, the representation of the female body was a common thread in the work of the early Surrealists such as Salvador Dali and Man Ray, and swiftly spilled over into the world of fashion. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the V&A, this stylish and lavishly illustrated book shows how Surrealist ideas gained general currency, whether in the collections of Elsa Schiaparelli and Meret Oppenheim, or in advertising, film, photography and ballet.
The Emperor's Private Paradise
Treasures from the Forbidden City
Within China's Forbidden City, and not yet open to the public, is the elegant, intimate Qianlong Garden, built as a retirement retreat for the Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century. A visionary patron of the arts, Qianlong designed the garden to reflect a perfect union of art, architecture and nature. This lavishly illustrated volume gives an in-depth analysis of that design and also interprets 90 of the superlative artworks commissioned by the Emperor for his garden.
The Story of De Stijl
Mondrian to Van Doesburg
In the early 1920s, a group of Dutch artists and architects, among them Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Gerrit Rietveld and César Domela, formed the profoundly influential De Stijl (‘The Style’) movement. Illustrated with reproductions and photographs of their works in a variety of media, this innovative volume profiles the artists and collaborators of De Stijl and describes how they ‘built bridges between art, design, architecture and society’.
Inside the Machine
Art and Invention in the Electronic Age
In the early twentieth century the electronics industry employed fine artists to create advertising material explaining rapid technological advancements to the general public. The resulting artwork tracks the development of new components, including valves, transistors and circuit boards, from ‘laboratory to tabletop’. Slightly off-mint.
The Private Painter
Best known as a furniture designer and architect, Irish-born Eileen Gray was a pioneer of Art Deco in the Paris of the 1920s and a follower and associate of Le Corbusier, among other luminaries of the period. This collection of her private and essentially unknown artworks was assembled for an exhibition at London’s Osborne Samuel Gallery in 2015 and comprises drawings, paintings, collages and photographs made between the 1920s and the 1950s.
Ron Embleton's Wulf the Briton
The Complete Adventures
In competition with Dan Dare in the Eagle, Wulf the Briton was the star of rival comic Express Weekly and enjoyed his heyday in the hands of artist Ron Pembleton between 1957 and 1960. The complete Pembleton-era adventures of the ancient-world hero are reproduced at full size in this large-format volume, which also includes stories from the Express Weekly Annuals and features about the strip and its celebrated artist.
Pens Ink and Places
Starting with his drawings for Beatrix Potter’s previously unpublished Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, Quentin Blake narrates his life as an illustrator through the projects he has worked on since 2012. The book reveals the remarkable variety of Blake’s work, with examples that range in scale from book illustrations for The Fables of La Fontaine to wall-sized drawings for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, and across subjects from Claridge's Hotel (for a champagne advertisement) to the post-apocalyptic landscapes of Riddley Walker.
The English Versailles
Boughton House in Northamptonshire, built for the Montagu family and home to the Dukes of Buccleuch since the 18th century, is one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. With contributions from experts including John Cornforth, Nicholas Barker and Gervase Jackson-Stops, this volume presents a richly illustrated study of the house and its contents, with chapters devoted to paintings, furniture, porcelain, silver, the amoury and the French influence that earned Boughton the epithet ‘the English Versailles’.
Design Culture Fashion 1956–1976
For more than two decades, the Pop movement spanned the worlds of music, art, fashion and design. This book chronicles its development from the Beat Generation of the Fifties through the optimism of the Sixties to its demise amid the angry nihilism of punk. Almost 300 illustrations feature posters, paintings, record sleeves and clothing, including work by Andy Warhol, Mary Quant, David Bailey, Robert Crumb and Zandra Rhodes.