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  • Keeping a Rendezvousby John Berger

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    When he stands before Giorgione's La Tempesta, John Berger sees not only the painting but our whole notion of time, sweeping us away from a lost Eden. A photograph of a gravely joyful crowd gathered on a Prague street in November 1989 provokes reflection on the meaning of democracy and the reunion of a people with long-banished hopes and dreams. With... more...

  • Practice as Researchby Estelle Barrett; Barbara Bolt

    I.B.Tauris 2014; US$ 14.95

    Practice-led research is a burgeoning area across the creative arts, with studio-based doctorates frequently favoured over traditional research. Yet until now there has been little published guidance for students embarking on such research. Designed specifically as a research training tool, the book is structured on the model used by most research... more...

  • Picturing the Selfby Gen Doy

    I.B.Tauris 2004; US$ 14.95

    Ideas of selfhood, from Descartes? theory of ?I think therefore I am? to postmodern notions of the fragmented self, have been crucial to the visual arts. Gen Doy explores this relationship in relation to contemporary art but also going back to the early modern period and Holbein?s Ambassadors. She argues that the importance of subjectivity for art... more...

  • Drawing Nowby TRACEY

    I.B.Tauris 2011; US$ 14.95

    An exhibition in book form, this showcase of the best of drawing now features one hundred works by almost fifty artists including Susan Hauptman, Paul Noble, Jeff Gabel, Tracey Emin, Jane Harris, Julia Fish, Cornelia Parker and Jerwood Drawing Prize winner Sarah Woodfine. Carefully 'curated' with many new drawings specifically commissioned for the... more...

  • De Kooning's Bicycleby Robert Long

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 8.99

    Some of the twentieth century's most important artists and writers--from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Frank O'Hara to Jean Stafford--lived and worked on the East End of Long Island years before it assumed an alternate identity as the Hamptons. The home they made there, and its effect on their work, is the subject of these searching, lyrical... more...

  • The Ransom of Russian Artby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 12.99

    In the 1960's and 1970's, American professor Norton Dodge forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground "unofficial" artists, and brought it out himself or arranged to have it shipped illegally to the United States. John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine activities in the service of dissident Soviet art, his motives... more...

  • High Victorian Designby Nikolaus Pevsner

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 20.41

    'Thirst for information, faith in commerce and industry, inventiveness and technical daring, energy and tenacity, and a tendency to mix up religion with visible success - all these qualities have to be remembered as one embarks on a conducted tour of some of the exhibits of 1851.' The Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace was opened... more...

  • Death in Florenceby Paul Strathern

    Random House 2011; US$ 36.65

    By the end of the fifteenth century, Florence was well established as the home of the Renaissance. As generous patrons to the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo, the ruling Medici embodied the progressive humanist spirit of the age, and in Lorenzo the Magnificent they possessed a diplomat capable of guarding the militarily weak city in a climate... more...

  • The Best Art You've Never Seenby Julian Spalding

    Rough Guides Ltd 2010; Not Available

    Across the globe there are scores of beautiful and unusual works of art that are largely unseen or fail to receive the critical acclaim they deserve. The Best Art You've Never Seen is your essential companion to this hidden world of artistic treasures. Travelling from Peru to Papua New Guinea, The Best Art You've Never Seen restores to view 101... more...

  • The Everything Da Vinci Bookby Shana Priwer; Cynthia Phillips

    F+W Media 2006; US$ 14.95 US$ 12.26

    Whatever you've heard about Leonardo Da Vinci, the truth is even more fascinating! From his provocative relationship with the church and secret societies such as the Freemasons to the secrets behind his art and inventions, Da Vinci was a man ahead of his time who willingly paid the price to live life his way. This multitalented man, arguably the greatest... more...