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  • Plausible Portraits of James Lordby James Lord

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003; US$ 25.99

    Incisive reflections on more than twenty portraits of the author by some of the greatest artists of the last century Over the course of his life as a friend and confidant of artists and collectors, and as a lover of art himself, James Lord has written some of the best accounts we have of modern aesthetic genius; his biography of Giacometti was... more...

  • Magician of the Modernby Eugene R. Gaddis

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 35.00

    The story of Chick Austin is the story, in Virgil Thomson's words, of "a whole cultural movement in one man." Becoming director of Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum at the age of twenty-six, Austin immediately set about to introduce modern art to America and to transform this conservative insurance capital into a cultural mecca that would become the talk... more...

  • Invisibleby Hugues De Montalembert

    Simon & Schuster Australia 2011; Not Available

    The impressionistic memoir of an artist who was blinded in a sudden act of violence, leading to a profound meditation on what it means to see and be seen 'You live in a city like New York. You read the papers. You look at the television. But you never think it will happen to you. It happened to me one evening'. One summer night in 1978, Hugues de... more...

  • Caravaggioby Helen Langdon

    Random House 2012; US$ 30.49

    Of all Italian painters, Caravaggio (c. 1565-1609) speaks most intensely to the modern world. His early works suggest a fascination with his own youth and sexuality and the trancience of love and beauty his later religious art speaks of violence, passion, solitude and death. Ugly, almost brutal-looking, Caravaggio was constantly embroiled in fights... more...

  • The Patagonian Hareby Claude Lanzmann; Frank Wynne

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 17.99

    ?Even if I lived a hundred lives, I still wouldn?t be exhausted.? These words capture the intensity of the experiences of Claude Lanzmann, a man whose acts have always been a negation of resignation: a member of the Resistance at sixteen, a friend to Jean-Paul Sartre and a lover to Simone de Beauvoir, and the director of one of the most important... more...

  • Meeting Fairiesby R. Ogilvie Crombie

    Allen & Unwin 2011; US$ 22.95

    Fascinating meetings with fire and water spirits and interactions with the elf king?one person's remarkable encounters with the fairy realm   More than 40 years ago Robert Ogilvie Crombie, or Roc as he was affectionately known, found himself in Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, where, to his great surprise, he found himself looking at a faun. The remarkable,... more...

  • John Constableby Anthony Bailey

    Random House 2012; US$ 21.67

    Born in 1776 in East Anglia near the river Stour, John Constable was destined for his father's business of milling and grain-shipping. But he was obdurately opposed to this and persuaded his family he should become an artist instead. In the same determined spirit, he wooed Maria Bicknell in the teeth of opposition from her formidable grandfather,... more...

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Biographyby Eric Fretz

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 35.00

    This work examines the fascinating life and art of the African American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). more...

  • Mr JW Lewin, Painter & Naturalistby Richard Neville

    University of NSW Press 2012; US$ 31.99

    Author, illustrator, printmaker and natural historian, John William Lewin created the first illustrated book ever published in Australia – Birds of New South Wales, in 1813. Featuring more than 150 exquisite artworks, Mr JW Lewin takes a fascinating look at Lewin’s life and work, his place in colonial Australian society and the natural history... more...

  • Giacomettiby James Lord

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1997; US$ 8.99

    The work of one of the towering creative spirits of the century, Alberto Giacometti's visionary sculptures and paintings from a testament to the artist's intriguing life story. From modest beginnings in a Swiss village, Giacometti went on to flourish in the picturesque milieu of prewar Paris and then to achieve international acclaim in the fifties... more...