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  • The Book of Shrigleyby David Shrigley

    Chronicle Books LLC 2012; US$ 19.99

    Pop artist David Shrigley's work is immediate, sometimes rude, and very funny, "like a psychotic version of Matt Groening's 'Life in Hell' cartoons" ( The Guardian ). His darkly brilliant, addictively hilarious scrawls from the subconscious have already made him a star in the UK, with a growing legion of fans around the globe. The Book of Shrigley... more...

  • Meanwhile in San Franciscoby Wendy MacNaughton

    Chronicle Books LLC 2014; US$ 13.99

    Take a stroll through the City by the Bay with renowned artist Wendy MacNaughton in this collection of illustrated documentaries. With her beloved city as a backdrop, a sketchbook in hand, and a natural sense of curiosity, MacNaughton spent months getting to know people in their own neighborhoods, drawing them and recording their words. Her street-smart... more...

  • From Here to Thereby Kris Harzinski

    Princeton Architectural Press 2013; US$ 13.99

    From Here to There celebrates these ephemeral documents--usually forgotten or tossed aside after having served their purpose--giving them their due as artifacts representing stories from people's lives around the world. There is the young woman suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis who created maps of the Humira injections on her stomach and... more...

  • On Tender Hooksby Isabel Samaras; Justin Giarla; Lucy Blue; Shag; The Pizz; Colin Berry

    Chronicle Books LLC 2012; US$ 24.99

    Isabel Samaras's quirky, sexy, pop-surrealist art has had a cult following for years and now at long last her first monograph, On Tender Hooks , is here. Drawing her influence from classic TV shows and paintings by the Old Masters?for example riffing on Gricault's Raft of the Medusa by replacing the figures with characters from Gilligan's Island... more...

  • The Art of Instructionby Katrien Van der Schueren

    Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 22.99

    Large-scale wall charts were fundamental tools of classroom instruction throughout Europe in the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Collected here for the first time in one deluxe volume are over 100 of these vintage educational posters now important relics in the history of science, art, and design. From the anatomy of a tulip or an apple tree... more...

  • Fractal Dimensionsby Eric Hammel

    IPS Books 2014; US$ 4.99

    The concept behind fractal geometry is extremely difficult to explain . . . but easy to see and enjoy. Eric Hammel, a professional author of military history books, is unable to explain fractals in a way that will be clear to anyone else, but most mathematicians can’t explain fractals in language most people can understand. The simplest explanation... more...

  • Design Fundamentalsby Rose Gonnella; Max Friedman

    Pearson Education 2014; US$ 23.99

    Miss Color Theory class, again? That?s OK. You can borrow our notes.   Lucky for you, we didn?t miss a single class the entire semester so you?ll find all of the important points explained in the notes, along with the class assignments.   Sorry if you can?t read the handwriting sometimes, but there was a lot to cover. We... more...

  • Civilising Calibanby Frances Borzello

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 14.57

    'I wrote my thesis because it seemed incredible that a nineteenth century cleric could believe that paintings had the power to civilise his community of London's poorest. Yet that is what he did believe and his ideas were exported round the world. I still don't know whether he was right...' Frances Borzello What is the purpose of art? Aside from... more...

  • Line Let Looseby David Maclagan

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 35.00

    As forms of drawing go, scribbling is the most basic: it is seen as playing a formative role in the drawings of both children and primates. Doodling, while still being a widespread phenomenon, is largely an adult preoccupation?a nomadic form of drawing typically produced during meetings and phone calls. But even though those who engage in it are not... more...

  • In Praise of the Backsideby Hans-Jürgen Döpp

    Parkstone International 2014; US$ 5.00

    Mega Square In Praise of the Backside celebrates the most sensual part of the female body. The insightful text by Hans-Jürgen Döpp discusses the backside as a feature that stands for both powerful eroticism and supple femininity, seducing famous artists from every genre. This title is sure to entice and delight a wide audience with its lively, provocative... more...