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 BC 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.
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
This strikingly original book offers dizzying images and hair-raising stories collected by a team of intrepid urban explorers who climbed without permission to the tops of gasholders, council blocks, communications antennae and corporate ‘starchitecture’. The result of the team’s expeditions is a series of astonishing views that most people will never see outside these pages, celebrating the stark poetry of London’s ever-changing skyline and reclaiming the city’s hidden spaces before the developers ‘rip the heart and soul out of them’.
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.
Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection
Celebrating the gift, to Milwaukee Art Museum, of the Anthony Petullo collection of works by outsider, or self-taught artists, this handsome volume includes a complete catalogue of the 300 or more paintings and drawings, with biographies of the artists and an introduction by Jane Kallir.
A Singular Vision
Fifty Years of British Painting at the Portal Gallery
The Portal Gallery in London has provided a venue for works by up- and-coming as well as established artists since 1959. Its unusual pictures, which lean toward the fantastic, magical and surreal, often with a dash of humour, include works by Beryl Cook, Peter Blake and Kit Williams, Jane Lewis and Heather Nevay. In this volume, more than 160 reproductions of paintings first shown at the Portal chronicle the gallery's first 50 years, its artists and its flair for the unconventional.
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.
The Museum of Mysteries
Art's Best-Kept Secrets
In the caves of Lascaux, 15,000 years separate us from the meaning of the Well Scene; the identity of Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring is steeped in mystery; secret symbols and signs in Poussin's Et in Arcadia Ego continue to baffle art historians; and Banksy's Self-Portrait gets us no nearer to knowing who the artist is. These are among the 36 famously enigmatic works of art investigated in this 'Museum' of coded messages, ambiguities and elusive meanings.
McLaren: 50 years of Racing
50 Years of Racing
The official history of McLaren, lavishly illustrated with historical and previously unpublished archive photographs, this book chronicles the highs and lows of 50 years of intense competition in Formula 1 motor racing. As well as the cars, it profiles the engineers and the drivers, from Bruce McLaren, the team's brilliant founder, through Emmerson Fittipaldi's early victories, the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen to Lewis Hamilton.
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.
From Dante Rossetti to Paul Klee
'The more materialistic science becomes, the more I shall paint angels: their wings are my protest in favour of the immortality of the soul' - Edward Burne-Jones. After an introductory essay discussing angels in 19th-century art and culture and, in particular, their roles in Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist art, Ruth Langenberg presents over 60 reproductions of paintings of angels, from Blake's monumental Angel of the Revelation to Chagall's Archangel Michael carrying Adam back down to Earth.
Jigsaw Art: Colours
An engaging and innovative way to introduce children to fine art, this book comprises seven 16-piece jigsaws of paintings, set within the board pages, with brief texts inviting readers to look at how such artists as Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, O'Keeffe and Gauguin have approached their subjects. Age 7+ and not suitable for children under 36 months.
Concubines and Courtesans
Women in Chinese Erotic Art
Spanning the period from around 1600 to the 1920s, Bertholet offers a richly documented view of Chinese erotic art, with the emphasis on the role of the woman. Drawing on his own collection of art and artefacts, including porcelain figures, lotus shoes, fans and photographs of brothels, he discusses Chinese philosophies, the culture of bound feet and the lives of courtesans, before examining Chinese erotic art and imagery, from paintings and ivory carvings to calendar posters of the 1920s. Sexually explicit.