This captivating album presents more than 100 photographs, alongside fascinating commentaries and an introduction, that span the early years of the automobile to the present day. For both photography and car-loving audiences, Autofocus illustrates the inexorable rise of the car as a cultural icon.
British Prints from the Machine Age is a profusely illustrated examination of the impact of avant-garde Continental influences on British printmaking in the years stretching from the First World War to the outbreak of the Second.
An essential volume for landscape- and garden-design professionals, Drawing for Landscape Architecture argues for the importance of learning to “see by hand,” to visualize large-scale design plans and articulate them through drawing before turning to the digital tools that are so crucial to efficient and cost-effective building solutions. This enriched approach makes for better design, happier clients, and more successful projects.
Graffiti Woman celebrates the rise of female graffiti and street artists, showcasing the work of over 125 women, from those at the top of the game, such as New York’s Lady Pink and Amsterdam’s Mickey, to a galaxy of rising stars.
They can be charming or steeped in mute despair, vulgar or lovingly maternal, bourgeois or intellectual – but they are always Impressionist cats, caught as if by the camera, spontaneous and unprepared.
In an engaging personal narrative interwoven with historical research, Martin Kemp discusses a life spent immersed in the world of Leonardo, and his encounters with great and lesser academics, collectors and curators, devious dealers and unctuous auctioneers, major scholars and authors, pseudo-historians and fantasists. He shares how he has grappled with swelling legions of ‘Leonardo loonies’, walked on the eggshells of vested interests in academia and museums, and fended off fusillades of non-Leonardos, sometimes more than one a week. Examining the greatest masterpieces, from the Last Supper to Salvator Mundi, through the expert’s eye, we learn first-hand of the thorny questions that surround attribution, the scientific analyses that support the experts’ interpretations, and the continuing importance of connoisseurship.
Each of the thirty-two activity pages has a theme or suggestion such as “I’m the captain!” or “I’m Monster-ous!” with simple drawings such as fish or googly eyes that serve as a guide and suggestions on how children can make each illustration their own. Illustrated in color throughout
Against a background of Hong Kong’s bustling dried goods trade, dusty shelves groaning with traditional products, the beloved cats either stand out as shop mascots or magically melt away behind boxes and jars. Meanwhile, their innermost thoughts, delivered deadpan, are revealed through Ian Row’s intuitive haiku and stories.
Linda Parry examines the whole range of Arts and Crafts textiles – not only printed but woven fabrics, tapestries and carpets, embroideries and lace – and provides invaluable information on designers, manufacturers and shops. Also included are rare photographs of some of the designers and of original interiors, where the fabrics appear in use.
‘One night a swallow arrived in the city. He was on his way to Egypt to meet his friends, but he decided to rest on the feet of the statue. The swallow was very happy with his golden perch. But as he drifted off to sleep, a large drop of water fell on him. This was odd, because the night sky was clear and warm. Then another drop fell on him. When the third drop fell, the swallow wondered if he should find a new place to sleep. Then he looked up…’
Featuring a selection of her finest work, including portraits of her friends Picasso, Ernst and Miro, Penrose’s tribute to his mother brings to life a uniquely talented woman and the turbulent times in which she lived.
The Renaissance Complete brings the image to center stage. More than 1,000 illustrations focus on over 100 key topics, including the revival of classical learning, the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, philosophy, and the role of women.
The World Press Photo Competition 2008 brings together some 200 images. The best pictorial journalism from an eventful year, this selection brings us face to face with contemporary world events—an impressive visual record of social, political, cultural, scientific, and, above all, human milestones. 200 illustrations, 150 in color.
Can an artist claim that an object is a work of art if it has been made for him or her by someone else? If so, who is the ‘author’ of such a work? And just what is the difference between a work of art and a work of craft?
The Art of Not Making tackles these questions head on, exploring the concepts of authorship, artistic originality, skill, craftsmanship and the creative act, and highlighting the vital role that skills from craft and industrial production play in the creation of some of today’s most innovative and sought-after works of art. This is a fresh, controversial and enlightening approach to many of the most influential artworks of our time.
1000 Symbols traces and reveals the historical and cross-cultural significance of 1000 commonly recognized symbols in a comprehensive single-volume dictionary for students and the general reader, placing each symbol in its historical and cultural context.