Art & Design Styles

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    Art Deco is one of the most iconic and impressive design styles of all time and this book provides a celebration of the glamour of the Jazz Age.

    Classic yet contemporary, Art Deco remains a popular theme today and this stylish book looks at how designers and craftsmen used natural and man-made materials in innovative ways to produce the elegant pieces that defined the 1920s and 1930s.

    Judith Miller, an antiques expert, explores the key makers and pieces from the Art Deco era and explains what you should be looking for as a collector. From furniture to sculptures and prints to rugs, it's illustrated with over 700 stunning photographs.
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    The writer and broadcaster Andrew Marr talks about how artists make good work and just what 'good' means in this thought-provoking book about painting.

    Andrew also explains how the serious stroke he suffered in 2013 left him partially paralysed and how this affect his own painting. This experience led to him asking questions about brushstrokes, colour balance, line and textures and here he uses his own work in progress as examples of failures alongside examples of techniques used by all kinds of artists to show how painters learn and improve on their mistakes.

    A provocative, political and instructive book that will appeal to all levels of painters or anyone who is fascinated by art and its creative process.
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    Learn all about the stories behind 80 of the world's favourite artists and their masterpieces with this incredibly lavish gift book. It talks about artists ranging from Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt to Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor and examines their works, influences, developments, friendships, loves and rivalries.

    From Holbein's matchmaking portraits for Henry VIII to Caravaggio's thuggish reactions to a badly cooked artichoke and the romantic affairs of Picasso, this book contains so many lavishly illustrated biographies of incredible artists and looks at the unique techniques, artworks and personalities that made them so legendary.

    An amazing book for art lovers of all ages, this book provides a fascinating overview of so many influential artists in a handy timeline.
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    Master the art of hand lettering and the design and composition of phrases on a page by following the creative advice in this incredible art book.

    It has illustrated step-by-step instructions for drawing the letters in 15 designs (from Victorian to 'melting' and circus style) and even gives ideas on embellishing your design. This book also has tips on chalk lettering and ideas for 15 projects and gift ideas including signs and gift tags.

    Serifs and scripts are also covered, along with numerous borders, corners, banners, bursts, frames and other accents.
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    The Antiques Roadshow has been a staple of BBC television for 40 years now and is fully deserving of its status as a national institution. This coffee table book celebrates the most incredible finds and stories from the flagship show.

    Paul Atterbury and Marc Allum look back at some of the quintessential moments from the history of the show, revealing hidden secrets and celebrating some of the timeless and priceless finds including 23 original Beatrix Potter drawings, a poignant letter written by a doomed passenger on the Titanic and Marc Bolan of '70s glam rockers T. Rex's Flying V Gibson guitar.

    Beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs throughout, this hardback is a wonderful keepsake of the enduring show's extraordinary objects (including paintings, merchandise and tools) and most memorable moments.
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    Showcasing 80 of the most famous paintings and sculptures of all time, What Makes Great Art is a handy pocket guide that provides would-be art aficionados with a guide to why these pieces of art have inspired so much acclaim and respect.

    Ideal for anyone who loves art, Andy Pankhurst and Lucinda Hawksley look at projects from many different eras and of various styles - from Expression and Beauty to Realism and Form. There are also chapters based on Symbolism, Distortion and Erotic artwork.

    Whether the paintings owe their greatness to the composition or colour, provide an insight into a human subject or convey a message in an effective manner, this book covers it. Among the famous pieces covered are Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Claude Monet's Impression: Sunrise and Jackson Pollock's Mural.

    Please note that What Makes Great Art contains a chapter dedicated to Erotic art.

    Although this book features Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring on its cover, there is no information inside about this painting. There are, however, intricate details about 80 of the most iconic pieces of artwork ever created.
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    From prehistoric cave paintings to performance art, DK's The Art Book provides an easy-to-follow and fascinating introduction to this compelling and important subject.

    This book explores history's most influential painters, sculptors and artists' most celebrated artworks and provides information surrounding the pieces and insightful quotes about them. It also has profiles of the most important artists from all over the world and explains their impact on impressionism, symbolism and cubism.

    It will help you understand the ideas that inspired Rembrandt and Picasso's masterpieces and covers everything from painting and drawing to printing, sculpture and conceptual art.
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    Hal Foster
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    From the late 1950s to the late 1960s the word Pop described art, film, photography and architectural design which engaged with the new realities of mass production and the mass media. Unlike books which present Pop art in isolation, this is a comprehensive survey of Pop in all its forms across America, Britain and Europe. In addition to the key artworks by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, Richard Hamilton, Sigmar Polke, Martial Raysse and many others the book includes works of photography and avant-garde film, as well as what the critic Reyner Banham defined as Pop architecture, ranging from Alison and Peter Smithson's House of the Future to Archigram's Walking City and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's Learning from Las Vegas. Editor Mark Francis was former Founding Director of the Andy Warhol Museum and editor of 'Les Annees Pop' (Centre Georges Pompidou, 2001). Survey author Hal Foster is Professor of Art at Princeton University, author of The Return of the Real and editor of the bestselling The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture and Recodings: Art, Spectacle, Cultural Politics.
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    A beautifully illustrated book, internationally recognized as the definitive survey of Minimalism.
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    Surrealism looks beyond the post-1945 period to survey all of the twentieth century's major art movements. Mary Ann Caws is an internationally respected scholar of Surrealism who has translated many of its major texts and published extensively on the Surrealists' art and writings. Aside from academic studies and museum catalogues, this is the most comprehensive, art book format survey on Surrealism to date, as it provides an essential overview of the links between the Surrealists' famous artworks. Mary Ann Caws is uniquely qualified to do this; reviewing one of her previous books, Rosalind Krauss, Columbia University's Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art, writes: 'The specialization of critical labour has meant that gifted readers of surrealist texts are rarely in contact with canny viewers of surrealist objects ...Mary Ann Caws brings her readerly skills on both sides of the divide, producing an analysis that, in its generosity, erudition and originality, greatly enriches our experience of the movement.'
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    Whether a marketing campaign or a museum exhibit, a video game or a complex control system, the design we see is the culmination of many concepts and practices brought together from a variety of disciplines. Because no one can be an expert on everything, designers have always had to scramble to find the information and know-how required to make a design work-until now. Universal Principles of Design is the first comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia of design. Richly illustrated and easy to navigate, it pairs clear explanations of every design concept with visual examples of the concepts applied in practice. From the "80/20" rule to chunking, from baby-face bias to Occam's razor, and from self-similarity to storytelling, every major design concept is defined and illustrated for readers to expand their knowledge. This landmark reference will become the standard for designers, engineers, architects, and students who seek to broaden and improve their design expertise.
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    Jean-Michel Basquiat was only twenty-seven when he died in 1988, his meteoric and often controversial career having lasted for just eight years. Despite his early death, Basquiat's powerful A uvre has ensured his continuing reputation as one of modern art's most distinctive voices. Borrowing from graffiti and street imagery, cartoons, mythology and religious symbolism, Basquiat's drawings and paintings explore issues of race and identity, providing social commentary that is shrewdly observed and biting. This bestselling book, now available in a compact edition, celebrates Basquiat's achievements in the contexts of the key influences on his art. It not only re-evaluates the artist's principal works and their meaning, but also explains what keeps his painting relevant today.
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    William De Morgan designed and manufactured ceramics from 1870 to 1907, and lifelong friendships with William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones placed him at the heart of the Arts and Crafts revolution. After designing stained glass for William Morris, De Morgan set up his own pottery works. His personal vision was for intense underglaze colours and shimmering lustres to show off his designs of fabulous animals, rich florals, and flowing Persian curves. De Morgan was unquestionably the Arts and Crafts Movement's most important potter. Today his work is part of some of the world's major art collections. This is the only book available that looks at the man and his works.
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    Joseph Mallord William Turner is arguably Britain's greatest and most mysterious painter, whose range of work encompasses seascape and landscape, immensely powerful oil paintings and intimate watercolours. His friend and colleague C.R. Leslie remembered him thus: 'Turner was short and stout, and had a sturdy, sailor-like walk. He might be taken for the captain of a river steamboat at first glance; but a second would find more in his face than belongs in any ordinary mind. There was that peculiar keenness of expression in his eye that is only seen in men of constant habits of observation'. The son of a Covent garden barber and a woman who died in Bethlehem Hospital, Turner achieved fame and fortune during his lifetime. Although he possessed a wide-ranging imagination, he was an often incoherent speaker and writer, and his muddled will produced much discord - it is a wonder that, despite avaricious relatives and incompetent lawyers, so many of his works are now in the hands of the nation, and publicly proclaim his genius. In this previously unavailable biography, Anthony Bailey has drawn upon archival material, scholarly literature and research, as well as studying many of Turner's sketchbooks, paintings and watercolours. Uncovering fresh material, as well as pulling together previously known facts, Bailey sheds new light on this complicated and secretive artistic figure.
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    This title deals with the Golden Age of bad girls. Gun-toting femmes fatales caught in the action! At the height of the Jazz Age, when Prohibition was turning ordinary citizens into criminals and ordinary criminals into celebrities, America's true crime detective magazines were born. True Detective came first in 1924, and by 1934, when the Great Depression had produced colorful outlaws like Machine Gun Kelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, and John Dillinger, the magazines were so popular cops and robbers alike vied to see themselves on the pages. Even FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover wrote regularly for what came to be called the "Dickbooks," referring to a popular slang term for a detective. As the decades rolled on, the magazines went through a curious metamorphosis, however. When liquor was once more legal, the Depression over and all the flashy criminals dead or imprisoned, the "detectives" turned to sin to make sales. Sexy bad girls in tight sweaters, slit skirts, and stiletto heels adorned every cover. Cover lines shouted "I Was a Girl Burglar-For Kicks," "Sex Habits of Women Killers," "Bride of Sin!," "She Played Me for a Sucker," and most succinctly, "Bad Woman." True Crime Detective Magazines follows the evolution and devolution of this distinctly American genre from 1924 to 1969. Hundreds of covers and interior images from dozens of magazine titles tell the story, not just of the "detectives," but also of America's attitudes towards sex, sin, crime and punishment over five decades. With texts by magazine collector Eric Godtland, George Hagenauer and True Detective editor Marc Gerald, True Crime Detective Magazines is an informative and entertaining look at one of the strangest publishing niches of all time.
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    When it emerged in the 1950s, the Pop Art movement presented a challenge to fine art with its incorporation of images from television, newspapers, and advertising. Artists used humor, provocation, and garish gestures to help dissolve the barriers between high and low culture. Over time, Pop Art developed into one of the most influential movements of the 20th century and many of its works have achieved iconic status. This introduction to Pop Art focuses on fifty of the movement's most important works, and covers every major artist of the style, including David Hockney, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Robert Indiana, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol. Each work is featured on a beautifully illustrated double-page spread. An informative text highlights the work's classic characteristics as well as unusual aspects, its significance in the Pop Art movement and its influence on the history of contemporary art, and art in general. Including brief biographies of each artist, this book is a beautifully illustrated survey of Pop Art.
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    The Surrealist movement that developed in Europe following the devastation of World War I emerged out of a feeling by writers and artists that the world itself was going mad - and that they, the artists, were the sane ones. This introduction to Surrealism shows how the movement swept energetically through all kinds of media as artists found expression in the interaction between an imaginative pictorial language and an often-oppressive intensity of expression. The result was unique works that have lost nothing of their irresistible attraction to this day. Each work is featured on a beautifully illustrated double-page spread. An informative text highlights each work's classic characteristics as well as unusual aspects, its significance in the Surrealist movement, and its influence on the history of art in general and on contemporary art. Including brief biographies of each artist, this book is a beautifully illustrated primer to Surrealism.
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    Amelia Groom
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    This anthology contextualizes art that proposes alternatives to the models of linear time that have underpinned both capitalism and progressive modernity. Contemporary art has explored such diverse registers of temporality as 'wasting and waiting; regression and repetition; deja vu and seriality; unrealized possibility and idleness; non-consummation and counter-productivity; the belated and the premature; the disjointed and the out-of-synch - all of which go against sequentialist time and index slips in chronological experience.' While theorists such as Giorgio Agamben and Mieke Bal have proposed 'polychronic', 'heterochronic' or 'anachronic' readings of history, artists have opened up the field of time to the extent that the very notion of the contemporary is brought into question.
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    The sway of transnational markets over all aspects of contemporary culture has transformed the environment of recent art, blurring the previously discrete realms of price and value, capital and creativity. Artists in turn have responded, not only critically but imaginatively, to the many issues this raises, such as the treatment of artworks as analogous to capital goods, the assertion that art's value is best measured by the market, or the notion that art and money share an internal logic. Critical artists have investigated the market's pressures on creative democracy, its ubiquity, vulgarity and fetishizing force, while others have embraced the creative possibilities it offers. And for a decade curators and theorists have speculated on the implications of this new symbiosis between art and money, cultural and economic value.Drawing on a wide range of interdisciplinary sources, in dialogue with artists' writings, this anthology traces the historic origins of these debates in different versions of modernism and surveys the relationship between art, value and price; the evolution and influence of patronage; the actors and institutions of the art market; and the diversity of artistic practices that either criticize or embrace the conditions of the contemporary market.
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    Peter Prendergast (1946-2007), painter of bold, expressionist landscapes, seascapes and self-portraits, was an outstanding artist - as celebrated in this important new publication.Much like his compatriot Kyffin Williams, Prendergast was fiercely proud of his Welsh heritage. Yet while his commitment to Wales and its spectacular scenery is clear, Prendergast's work, and his appeal, stretches beyond the Principality - his popularity reaching America and Australia as well as the British Isles.Complementing ThePainter's Quarry (2006), this new publication will enhance our understanding of a significant painter and as such is an essential purchase for all those interested in modern British art.
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    The first monograph on the works of Patricia Urquiola, whose eclectic approach to product design and architecture has established her as one of the key figures in contemporary design. A superstar in the world of design, Patricia Urquiola's portfolio of architectural projects and product designs is as diverse as it is intensely personal - from a house for Patrizia Moroso, to the interiors of boutique hotels, to industrial design, and with products that include chairs, watches, and cutlery.
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    A bold and seductive catalogue capturing for the first time Tracey Emin s ethereal and affecting works in neon.Language and the illumination of honesty are central to Tracey Emin s work in all mediums, from drawings to sculptures, tapestries, films, and paintings, but no part of her canon quite embodies her trademark style of bold, open, and provocative expression as profoundly as her works in neon.Collected here for the first such show in the United States, Emin s neon works are as ethereal as they are striking. The prevalent tones of clean whites and vibrant pinks soften the signature scrawl of her handwriting, inspiring a calm appreciation even before the pith and wit of her words hit home. Taken individually, the pieces are playful and questioning, confessional and challenging, invoking ruminations on the symbolism of language itself. Taken together, as this exhibition presents them, the neon works are a bright and haunting distillation of the themes that are at the heart of Emin s work.This beautifully illustrated catalogue presents 120 of Emin s neon works, introduced by essays from curator Bonnie Clearwater and the artist and writer Gary Indiana."
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    Although usually associated with the 1920s and '30s, the Art Deco style had already begun to emerge in France prior to the First World War. However, it was during the interwar years that the style, reaching full maturity, would be embraced across the world as the ultimate expression of modernity, elegance and refined taste. Art Deco design is redolent of the Jazz Age, conjuring images of society cocktail parties, the Charleston and Hollywood in this great but doomed era of excess. But this was also an age that saw momentous technological advances in engineering and transportation, and Art Deco is a feature, too, of the streamlined profiles of high-speed trains, ocean liners, and aircraft. Here, TV antiques expert Eric Knowles provides a lavishly illustrated personal narrative and guide to this most alluring and enduring of styles.
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    Judith Scott's story has become widely known through several documentary films: born with Down syndrome, and institutionalized for thirty years, before moving to the Bay Area to be near her twin sister, Scott had long-hidden artistic sensibilities that were first discovered at the visionary Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland. There, she developed an affinity for fibre and other found materials, creating extraordinary and idiosyncratic objects - fastidiously assembled structures that radically challenge our attempts to define them as sculpture. In addition to illustrations of more than forty essential works, this volume includes a number of essays that trace Scott's artistic development and her place within the field of contemporary art as a whole. A previously unpublished interview with Scott's twin sister, Joyce, tells the story of how Judith's move from relative isolation to a supportive and nurturing environment allowed an unexpected and extraordinary talent to emerge and flourish.