Art Forms Books

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    Phaidon Editors
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    An iconic and award-winning read, this absolutely huge tome provides a compelling and comprehensive introduction to art. It contains full-colour recreations of some of the most acclaimed artworks of all time and features critics' overviews for each one.

    It introduces 100 artists selected from all periods and from all over the globe and highlights leading performers from both the photography and performance art industries. Among the artworks you can both view and read all about are Michelangelo's Pieta, Pablo Picasso's Weeping Woman and Joan Miro's Women and Bird in the Moonlight. It even lists where you can see the paintings in real life.

    Drawing on the research of artists, curators, critics and academics, this updated edition of The Art Book provides an introduction to art that has influenced culture - all the way from the medieval era through to today's contemporary masterpieces.
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    Andrew Marr
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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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    Elizabeth Wilhide
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    With evening classes being oversubscribed all over the country, pottery is quickly becoming the nation's favourite hobby - thanks, in part, to BBC Two's hit series, The Great Pottery Throw Down.

    This companion book provides a complete introduction to ceramic art and its craft, manufacture, history and culture. It reveals how the history of pottery runs parallel to the evolution of mankind and how it's played such a key role in everything from terracotta warriors to home furniture.

    Its narrative will tell you jaw-dropping details about the materials, processes and skills involved in making pottery and is full of striking photographs and illustrations.
    Alyson Kuhn
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    This volume collects a jaw-dropping assortment of art made from books--by cutting, painting, sawing, laminating, balancing or stacking. The definitive guide to the emerging art form, Art Made from Books showcases groundbreaking work by today's best practitioners, from Su Blackwell's whimsical pop-up landscapes to the stacked-book sculptures of Jonathan Callan. A foreword by pioneering artist Brian Dettmer and an introduction by design critic Alyson Kuhn complete the collection, presented in an unusual, tactile package with exposed spine.
    Phaidon Press
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    This specially designed card box with sliding tray contains artwork from Phaidon's iconic best-seller, The Art Book.
    Steven Paul Whitsitt
    • £34.99
    This design book showcases the work of eight master stoneworkers from around the United States in a wide variety of interior and exterior projects. Large, full-color photography captures stone constructions including retaining walls, steps, fireplaces, patios, water features, and free-standing structures. Each artist's work is featured in a dedicated chapter and shows a selection of techniques, including dry stacking, mortaring, paving, and carving. Though these craftsmen adhere to different aesthetics, the fundamentals of their craft and their patience for building something with permanence is common throughout. From small garden walls to two-story fireplaces, here is the grand, simple, and sustainable work of contemporary stone artisans for designers, students, and homeowners.
    Sandy Baum
    • £26.50
    See beautiful hammered copper vessels made long ago and today at Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico, a small town in the southwest state of Michoacan. From nothing more than a chunk of copper or sheet metal, artists here have spent centuries creating both useful and decorative copper items, with specially made hand tools and machinery. The richness of the work has undergone a marked improvement in design, materials, and finish during the second half of the twentieth century. Hundreds of copper items from the Museo Nacional de Cobre illustrate the art's evolution. 393 colorful photographs, an historical perspective, list and introductions to 540 copper artists, and detailed descriptions combine in this impressive reference. Be inspired to visit Mexico's Michoacan state and Santa Clara del Cobre, to meet the artists in their workshops.
    Gustave Toudouze
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    Published in 1904, this book recounts the epic rise and fall of the most majestic king of all: Louis XIV, Le Roy Soleil, from his accession to the throne in 1643. More than forty sumptuous color engravings illustrate the course of France's most famous king, a dazzling symbol of absolute authority and infinite power. This genuine work of art, first published by Gustave Toudouze and now reissued by Assouline, gives a glimpse of the life in Versailles, its courtiers, and its splendors. Respecting the integrity of the first edition, Assouline has decided to publish only a French version, making this publication a noble showpiece. From its spectacular gold-stamped cover to its sublime layout, Le Roy Soleil is indeed a fitting jewel case in which the story of the Sun King will enter posterity.
    Andrew Graham-Dixon
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    This is the ultimate visual guide to paintings and sculpture from around the world. Bring a gallery of more than 2,500 of the world's most influential paintings and sculptures ever created into your home and learn everything you need to know about art history. Peruse over 8,000 stunning works from 700 artists and explore the major milestones of art history from cave paintings to modern masterpieces. Learn how to 'read' composition, subject matter, technique and style as key paintings are examined in intricate detail to help you understand the artist's intentions, style and method. Picture-packed pages explore common themes such as landscapes, nudes and animals. This book is created in collaboration with the biggest art library in the world, Bridgeman, this is a must-have for every family bookshelf.
    Woop Studios
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    This illustrated reference compiles more than 2000 collective nouns and brings them to life in stunningly colourful, graphic artwork from the design dynamos at Woop Studios. Chock-full of treasures of the English language, the diversity of terms collected here covers topics from plants and animals (a parade of elephants, a stand of trees) to people and things (a pomposity of professors, an exultation of fireworks) and range from the familiar (a pride of lions) to the downright obscure (an ooze of amoebas). Pronunciations, definitions, etymologies and historical anecdotes throughout make the book as entertaining to read as it is beautiful to look at.
    Derek Stenning
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    This collision of Soviet inspired retro sci-fi and Jewish mystical and qabalistic symbolism has evolved into a filter, or framework, that emotions, ideas and images are pushed through to be given shape and form. This project has been well received, being featured in numerous exhibits, international publications, as well as book and album covers. It continues to unfold and expand...
    Martin Robinson
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    Castlevania is a multi-generational video game series developed and published by Konami. The franchise was first released in 1986, but has evolved from a side-scrolling platformer into a full-scale adventure series - and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The series is a fan-favourite, and has influenced generation after generation of games since first being released.
    Paul Davies
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    With the exceptional heritage, critical acclaim and tremendous sales of the Thief franchise, fans of the series will be delighted to add this book to their collection in anticipation of the new Thief game.The Art of Thief demonstrates the stunning concept and development art from the eagerly anticipated next-gen console game, Thief.The Art of Thief will be released day and date to coincide with the launch of the long awaited Thief game. The Art of Thief is the perfect companion for fans of the Thief franchise. The Thief videogame series has achieved tremendous sales and been praised by numerous respected media sources, such as The Washington Post, The LA Times, and The New York Times. The Thief games have often been praised for innovating the stealth genre and have accumulated a dedicated and loyal fanbase consisting of millions of people worldwide.The new Thief game will be heavily promoted as it will feature on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles, which have both received international media and online attention.
    Karl Buchberg
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    Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954) is one of the leading figures of modern art. His unparalleled cut-outs are among the most significant of any artist's late works. When ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors as his primary technique to make maquettes for a number of commissions, from books and stained glass window designs to tapestries and ceramics. Taking the form of a 'studio diary', the catalogue re-examines the cut-outs in terms of the methods and materials that Matisse used, and looks at the tensions in the works between finish and process; fine art and decoration; contemplation and utility; and drawing and colour.
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    This box of 100 postcards is a selection of notable works from the Faber archive, featuring the landmark typographic designs of Berthold Wolpe, groundbreaking illustration by artists such as Peter Blake and classic designs by eminent figures such as Shirley Tucker. The box features postcards of well known Faber classics like Lord of the Flies and Ariel, alongside some of the quirkier books from past 85 years. This is a perfect gift for lovers of great literature and classic design.
    Andy McVittie
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    The Art of Titanfall 2 is the ultimate guide to the development of Respawn Entertainment's fast-paced, visually stunning first-person shooter. Featuring an exclusive array of highly stylised concept art, sketches, 3D renders, maquette modelling, and commentary from key Respawn Entertainment team members, this is a must-have for any fan of the dynamic and destructive world of Titanfall 2.
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    The Art of Mafia III showcases the innovative designs and stunning art behind the latest installment in the Mafia series. In Mafia III, game developer 2K has players join Lincoln Clay as he builds his own criminal organization in 1968 New Bordeaux. Featuring the striking art behind Mafia III, explorations of the characters and locations and commentary from art director Dave Smith, this is an incredible behind-the-scenes look at this landmark title.
    Jeremy Allan
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    The four-decade career of Nyoman Nuarta has spanned many of the most interesting-and tumultuous-periods in the history of modern Indonesia. As witness to these events, either from the outside as a student activist and iconoclastic artist, or the inside as a favoured creator of monumental art objects to adorn the structures of the government and economic elite, Nyoman Nuarta has employed this unique perspective on Indonesian life and society to create a body of compelling and accomplished body of work of great importance and lasting value. In Reflections and Interpretations, Nyoman Nuarta reminisces on his exceptional career through examination of his own selection of works. From Proklamator, Nuarta's first commission, won in 1979 even before graduating from the Faculty of Fine Art at the Bandung Institute of Technology, to the massive Garuda piece recently installed at the entrance of Soekarno-Hatta International airport, the pieces included in this book cover the major creative periods in Nuarta's career.In this book, Nyoman Nuarta tells of the external events and internal passions driving the creation of each work, whether political protest, public monument, or private reflection. Nuarta's own words are complemented by brief explanatory introductions placing each piece into historical and social context.
    Yuriko Takagi
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    Celebrate the exceptional style of Thai jeweler Lotus Arts de Vivre, beloved the world over for its daring, nature-inspired pieces, with Unexpected Creations. Seamlessly melding precious metals and jewels with organic materials such as ebony, seeds, nuts, seashells, bamboo, scarab wings, and ostrich eggs, Lotus s pieces are one of a kind; mythical beasts and ancient tales from Asian folklore truly come alive within them. Lotus also goes beyond jewelry, creating all aspects of an elegant lifestyle, including home decor, travel accessories, furniture, and paintings. The stunning original photography in this volume will whisk readers away to another time."
    Margit Rowell
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    The sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and the painter Joan Miro (1893-1983) met in Paris in 1928 and became lifelong friends. This deluxe book places the mobile sculptures of Calder alongside the poetical paintings of Miro and provides fresh insights into the visual dialogue between these two artists. The slipcased box includes three books: one book on Miro s Constellations, one on Calder s Constellations, and one on their relationship with a shared chronology, correspondence, and photographs. Acquavella Galleries reunites all twenty-three works of Miro s Constellations, a series that has special significance in the artist s oeuvre. The exhibition at Acquavella will run simultaneously and in collaboration with a presentation of Calder s series of Constellations sculptures at the Pace Gallery, which similarly explores themes of the cosmos and the forces of the universe.
    Thierry W. Despont
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    Conceived and curated by Thierry W. Despont, Le Cabinet de Curiosites was a unique installation in which contemporary art converged with antiques to create a setting both old-world and otherworldly. An immersive environment of antiquities interspersed with Manolo Valdes's trompe l'oeil sculptures and Claudio Bravo's hyperrealist paintings, plus Despont's Nebula paintings of imaginary celestial orbs and his fantastical sculptural creatures assembled from found objects and tools, all combined to create a multisensory experience evoking a sense of wonder and fantasy.
    Martin Caiger-Smith
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    For more than thirty-five years, Antony Gormley has sought to explore the relationship of the human body to space and to reinvigorate and test the potential of sculpture with dramatic outdoor sitings. This definitive monograph, compiled in close collaboration with the artist, examines Gormley s career, from his earliest sketches to his best-known public installations. With unprecedented access to archives of unpublished work, the studio, and the artist himself, Martin Caiger-Smith examines the relationship between Gormley s life and art and identifies the vision that ties together a vast canon of work in an extraordinary range of media and materials. Best known for his major public works that most visibly represent his rigorous and innovative approach to sculpture, Gormley is a prolific and intellectual artist whose own privacy and interiority create a tension between ideas of the individual and the universal. With images that range from childhood snapshots to photographs of his most recent gallery installations, this book traces the evolution of Gormley s work, from the drawings he makes in the studio, through the evolving process of casting his own body in various forms, to masterpieces such as the colossal Angel of the North or the scattered figures of Another Place. With lavish images that show the scale and impact of Gormley s work many never published before and with anecdotes and notes on process from the artist seamlessly integrated into Caiger-Smith s careful critical narrative, this book is a comprehensive survey of a truly monumental career.
    Alastair Duncan
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    This book showcases and puts into historical context a host of sculpted works created in the 1920s and 1930s in the decorative vernacular defined loosely today as 'Art Deco'. Whether designed as free-standing statuary for the domestic market or commissioned for some form of architectural placement, as a frieze on a building's facade or as a public monument or pool fountain, the works shown demonstrate a sometimes bewilderingly broad range of styles and stylistic influences: from the chevrons, sunbursts, maidens, fountains, floral abstractions and ubiquitous biche (doe) of the Parisian geometric style to the crisp, angular patterns of the zig-zag, jazz-age, streamlined aesthetic of the 1930s. Alastair Duncan organizes his subject into three main categories: the first features work by avant-garde sculptors (Csaky, Janniot, Pompon, etc), often as pieces uniques or small editions; the second shows commercial sculpture, comprising mainly large-edition statuary, commissioned as decorative works for the burgeoning 1920s domestic market; while a final, third category covers architectural and monumental sculpture from West and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Brazil and beyond. With artists' biographies and details of manufacturers, a full glossary and a thematic index, this volume is the essential and authoritative guide for all those interested in the Art Deco style, from the amateur collector of animalier sculpture to professional historians of the period.
    House of Graff
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    The House of Graff is synonymous with the pinnacle of luxurious, sophisticated style, the exclusive glamour and exquisite craftsmanship of its creations a singular complement to the world-famous gemstones that have passed through its master craftsmen's hands. Laurence Graff's gift of releasing the hidden beauty within gems of unprecedented size and brilliance has led to Graff being renowned as home to the most fabulous jewels in the world. Spotlighted are famed stones such as the 603-carat Lesotho Promise, which Graff daringly cut into a necklace of 26 perfect stones; the largest square Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond in the world, the 118.08-carat Delaire Sunrise; and the largest D Flawless round diamond in the world, the Graff Constellation, at 102.79 carats. This volume showcases the best of the House of Graff-the most dramatic, the most mesmerizing, and the most exceptional jewels in the world. Included is the story of the creation of Graff, portrayed through archival photos and the words of founder Laurence Graff.