The Island: London Mapped
400 Piece Jigsaw
This 400-piece jigsaw is based on Stephen Walter’s intricate map of the city. The large pieces have been carefully cut to preserve his annotations, which include the birthplaces of historical figures, sites of historic interest, facts, and humorous commentaries on cultural stereotypes and local peculiarities.
Reflecting the impact of technology on social and cultural traditions, this collection of over 50 images considers how the human body is represented simultaneously in the physical and digital worlds. Blending photography and 3-D imaging, the reproductions include works created for Vogue Hommes Japan, installations for the Venice Dance Biennale and collaborations with award-winning fashion director Nicola Formichetti.
In the Shadow of the Raj
Derry Moore in India
Photographer Derry Moore has been visiting India since the 1970s. This selection of his black-and-white photographs shows the faded majesty of the architecture of British India and includes some of his portraits of Indian cultural icons such as Indira Gandhi and Satyajit Ray.
National Teams of the World
No less eye-catching than the famous yellow jerseys of Brazil are the team colours of less successful international teams such as Liberia, Malaysia or Aruba. This reference work illustrates the home and away colours of 223 footballing nations affiliated to FIFA, correct for the World Cup of 2018. Each entry also includes key facts about the team, such as top goalscorer and record in international tournaments.
Conceptual artist Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) lived and worked in New York, producing her most influential pieces, generally in the photographic medium, during the 1970s and 1980s. This retrospective includes examples of work from throughout her career as well as contextual essays.
Cross-Currents of German and Russian Art, 1907–1917
Focusing on the decade before the Russian Revolution, this volume and the exhibition it accompanied (at the Neue Gallerie, New York) explore the parallel and often intertwined development of Russian and German art. The five essays discuss topics including the ‘Jack of Diamonds’ group, Russian participation in Der Blaue Reiter and the pioneers of abstract art, Kandinsky, Larionov and Malevich; while 85 reproductions include portraits, nudes, landscapes, urban scenes and abstracts by both Russian and German artists.
22 Posters of Inspirational Architecture
London’s post-war Brutalist and Modernist buildings represent a utopian vision for better living and the geometric purity of their design is emphasized in this collection of striking colour artworks. Among the buildings included are Lasdun’s Sulkin House and Seifert’s NLA Tower.
Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette
Picasso and the Model
When Picasso exhibited his portraits of Sylvette, ‘the girl with the pony tail’, in Paris in 1954, he created an international media sensation. Sixty years later, the Kunsthalle Bremen held an exhibition that explored the relationship of Picasso with Sylvette and his other female models. This accompanying catalogue, with informal photographs, reproductions of the paintings and drawings and 13 essays, reveals something of the artist’s creative processes at work in a series of portraits that range from realistic likenesses to abstraction. Slightly off-mint.
Born into a poor immigrant family in Philadelphia in 1912, Eve Arnold found her calling in photography in her late thirties, after studying briefly with Alexey Brodovitch. Drawing on her diaries, letters and extensive photographic archive, this celebration of her life and career demonstrates the range of her work, from recording the lives of the poor and dispossessed in China and India to intimate portraits of celebrities including Marilyn Monroe and Malcolm X.
An Act of Homage
In words and photographs, Boris Friedewald traces the life of Salvador Dalí and the various incarnations of his moustache, from the art student dandy of the 1920s to the artist’s death in 1989; and he describes the afterlife of the moustache in popular culture and even haute couture.
The Revolution Is Dead - Long Live the Revolution!
Based on two 2017 exhibitions in Bern, at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Paul Klee Centre, this catalogue explores the impact of the Russian revolution on contemporary art, from socialist realism to the subversive artwork inspired by the eventual disintegration of the Soviet Union. Artists featured include Kazimir Malevich, the founder of suprematism, and Russian constructivists such as Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Rodchenko. The book also traces the revolution’s impact on avant-garde movements worldwide.
Beginning with Otto Freundlich’s own Confessions of a Revolutionary Painter, written in 1935, this volume provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s work and his influence as a pioneer of modernism. Published to accompany a major retrospective at Museum Ludwig in Cologne and Kunstmuseum Basel in 2017, the book comprises several essays on topics including Freundlich’s aesthetics and The Large Head shown in the Nazis’ Degenerate Art exhibition, and reproductions of over 170 paintings and drawings.
Masterpieces from the Städel Museum
Frankfurt’s Städel Museum has a world-class collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. This chronological selection reproduces 250 works, mostly paintings, by Old Masters including Fra Angelico, Botticelli and Holbein, leading Impressionists such as Manet, Monet and Renoir, and the pioneering Modernists Matisse, Picasso and Chagall. The result is not only a catalogue of a major collection, but an overview of 700 years of art history.
The Figurative Pollock
Discussing and reproducing 103 works, from Stone Head (1933) to Easter and the Totem (1953), this catalogue, with essays and commentary, focuses on Jackson Pollock’s artistic development as a figurative artist, leaving aside the familiar ‘drip’ paintings. Originally accompanied an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel. Bound in grey linen.
Photographers Go Travelling (1880–2015)
With 180 images by 17 photographers, this catalogue of an exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie explores how photography has shaped perceptions of the world since staged tourist images were created in the late nineteenth century. From the photojournalism of Erich Salomon and Thomas Hoepker to the more abstract work of modern artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, it explores how photographers have engaged with the debate about how social reality is depicted.
New Erotic Photography
Consideration of what constitutes erotic imagery and the boundaries between the nude, the erotic and the pornographic are explored in this portfolio of contemporary photography. In response to the encroachment of pornography into mainstream culture since the advent of the internet, the 32 artists present their personal visions of the erotic from off-beat and fetishistic to intimate and sensual. Explicit content.
From the World's Leading Designers
This well-illustrated study explores the ways in which the essence of a flower can be translated into jewellery, and how jewellers have approached that challenge since the late 19th century. Carol Woolton highlights the skills of observation and craftsmanship required to interpret floral beauty through the media of metal and precious stone, and provides examples of notable pieces by designers including Lalique, Fabergé and Joel Arthur Rosenthal.
65 Years of Fighting for Freedom
Founded in Paris after the Second World War, the photographers’ collective Magnum has boasted some of the world’s leading photojournalists among its number ever since. With accompanying historical commentary and an introduction by New Yorker journalist Jon Lee Anderson, this book presents the images of 42 of Magnum's celebrated members, including Josef Koudelka and René Burri, recording the drama of 30 popular revolutions, from Hungary and Cuba in the 1950s to the Arab Spring of 2011.
I Got Rhythm
Art and Jazz Since 1920
The spread of jazz beyond its American birthplace in the 1920s had a profound effect on art and culture, with leading artists such as Otto Dix, Piet Mondrian and Henri Matisse taking inspiration from performers, dances and songs. With essays and reproductions of more than 120 works, this dual-language exhibition catalogue from the Stuttgart art museum celebrates almost a century of art produced in response to jazz, from Max Beckmann to Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
A Century of Fashion Illustration
From Georges Lepape and Erté in the era of Art Deco to the contemporary artists Mats Gustafson, François Berthoud and Aurore de la Morinerie, this volume presents Joëlle Chariau’s remarkable collection of drawings and watercolours by some of the greatest fashion illustrators of the last 100 years. Originally published to coincide with the ‘Drawing Fashion’ exhibition at the Design Museum in London, the book comprises three essays on the art of the fashion illustrator and over 160 reproductions.
The Whole Story
With over 1,000 illustrations, this is a comprehensive and chronological history of worldwide fashion, from Greek draped styles and Inca tapestries of 500 BCE to up-cycling and Afrocentric designs of the 21st century, via silk dresses of the Tang dynasty, fantastical headdresses of the 1770s and the Zhongshan suit of 1920s China. Focal points of many garments are highlighted with notes, significant designers are profiled and each fashion period is contextualized with a historical timeline.
Flourishing between 1920 and 1939, Art Deco has become one of the most widely influential and enduring styles of the 20th century. In this sumptuous, large-format volume, Norbert Wolf examines the intellectual and art historical backgrounds from which it emerged and, as well as discussing the vast range of works in Art Deco style, including architecture, painting and sculpture, stage design and ceramics, he looks at ‘parallel artistic worlds’ including the Bauhaus designers and figurative artists such as Picasso and de Chirico.
A Tiger in My Garden
A Do-It-Yourself Pop-Up Book
This DIY pop-up book presents five different gardens from around the world, which readers can recreate themselves. Each open spread provides a base with numbers indicating where press-out pieces should be glued into position. Detailed instructions are included, and this project is ideal for an adult and child working together. Age 7+
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.
Banaras, or Varanasi, stands on the banks of the Ganges in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it is also the holiest in the Hindu religion. In these 249 photographs, the award-winning photographer Christopher Roche has captured the colours and energies of Banaras’ streets and temples, its sadhus or holy men, and the religious rites on the burning ghats of this great spiritual centre.
Illicit Photos from the City's Heights
Featuring hundreds of unique views of London’s skyline, the photographs collected here were taken by a team of intrepid urban explorers who climbed without permission to the tops of gasholders, council blocks, communications antennae and corporate ‘starchitecture’. Motivated by a desire to picture the city’s hidden spaces before the developers ‘rip the heart and soul out of them’, the team’s hair-raising stories and images show the city’s ever-evolving topography and how we have come to inhabit its heights.
The Modern Art Colouring Book
This book of colouring patterns is inspired by shapes found in masterpieces of modern and contemporary art, such as the dots, spirals and paint splashes used by Close, Escher and Pollock respectively. Each illustration is different from the next, but all have a mesmeric quality, so colouring the design, whatever medium is employed, can be a soothing, relaxing activity.
Wildlife photography typically aims to capture animals in their natural environments, inviting us to study their behaviour as unseen observers. This portfolio takes a different tack, bringing tame or trained animals into the studio for controlled portraits. The resulting pictures frame each subject against a pure black background, focusing attention on their form and texture and drawing us to engage with the eyes and face of a kangaroo, a giraffe or a tiger as we would with a human subject.
Catalogue Raisonné of His Sketchbooks
Having made his name with his 'Apocalyptic Landscapes' before the First World War, German expressionist artist Ludwig Meidner's career stalled due to anti-Semitic persecution in the 1930s and then self-imposed exile in Britain from 1939 until the 1950s, but he continued to sketch prolifically. A record of his work in sketchbooks made between 1898 and 1957, this catalogue raisonné presents over 1,700 graphic works. With an introduction and explanatory text in German and English.
A Distant War
Robert Nickelsberg accompanied a group of mujahideen crossing the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan in 1988 and has been photographing in the troubled country for publications including Time magazine and Newsweek ever since. Illuminating the destruction, poverty and oppression of the continual conflict, this volume presents 100 of his images, from the withdrawal of Soviet troops to the departure of the Americans in 2014. The photographs are accompanied by essays by leading journalists and experts on Afghanistan.
My Big Book of Art and Illusion
Every picture that is intended to represent something is a form of illusion, but some art techniques are more directly intended to trick the senses. This accessible art book explores the different ways in which artists throughout history have created visual deceptions, from trompe l'oeil frescoes in Roman villas and MC Escher's impossible perspectives to the surrealism of Rene Magritte and the Op art of Bridget Riley.
Architecture: The Groundbreaking Moments
Using over 100 examples ranging from the pyramids of Giza to Deconstructivist works such as Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin, Isabel Kuhl's richly illustrated volume traces the groundbreaking developments in architecture which led to the construction of the world's most famous and most influential architectural landmarks. In 20 chronologically ordered chapters, the book examines technical achievements, materials and individual projects, including lesser-known buildings as well as the classical masterpieces which have taken architecture in new directions.
A History of Aristocratic Fashion Icons
Among the royals of Europe there have always been fashionistas: long before Christian Louboutin, Louis XIV created a trend with red-soled shoes, Queen Victoria started the fashion for white wedding dresses, and the elegant style of Grace Kelly has been copied the world over. With over 200 photographs of aristocratic fashion leaders, Royal Style celebrates regal fashion, from the Middle Ages to the newest icons such as the couture-loving Kate Middleton and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece.