Individual Artists Books
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.
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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.
For the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, writing is a crucial tool at every stage of his artistic practice. From the first sketch of an idea to appeals to potential collaborators, from detailed documentation of projects to post-disassembly analysis, Hirschhorn's writings mark the trajectories of his work. This volume collects Hirschhorn's widely scattered texts, presenting many in English for the first time. In these writings, Hirschhorn discusses the full range of his art, from works on paper to the massive Presence and Production projects in public spaces. "Statements and Letters" address broad themes of aesthetic philosophy, politics, and art historical commitments. "Projects" consider specific artworks or exhibitions. "Interviews" capture the artist in dialogue with Benjamin Buchloh, Jacques Ranciere, and others. Throughout, certain continuities emerge: Hirschhorn's commitment to quotidian materials; the centrality of political and economic thinking in his work; and his commitment to art in the public sphere. Taken together, the texts serve to trace the artist's ideas and artistic strategies over the past two decades. Critical Laboratory also reproduces, in color, 33 Ausstellungen im offentlichen Raum 1998--1989, an out-of-print catalog of Hirschhorn's earliest works in public space.
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J.M.W. Turner is probably the greatest painter Britain has ever produced. Both profoundly original and astonishingly prolific, he helped transform landscape painting into an expressive art form of enormous range and power. This book reveals the extent to which Turner wanted his paintings to communicate intellectually as well as emotionally; and how intensely involved he was with the culture of his times, using landscape as a vehicle for the deepest ruminations on society, politics and the human condition. Sam Smiles discusses and illustrates the whole range of Turner's work, tracking his career from the 1790s to the 1840s, exploring the themes that motivated him, and explaining his importance to subsequent generations.
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Over 500 striking color images display the artwork of 100 contemporary painters from around the world. Their works, in oils, acrylics, and watercolors, range from very traditional pieces representing their mother countries to emerging styles that are new on the world scene. Naive style painters resurge with a new spark, while others ventured into a more futuristic direction, mixing styles and creating completely unique and innovative canvases. No matter in which direction the artists take their work, each painting is truly exceptional and comes straight from the heart. The painters, from child prodigies to experienced veterans, are arranged alphabetically, allowing readers to view all the work of each artist together. Through this book, readers will travel the world and discover amazing contemporary artists and their important works of art. This book is a must for serious art collectors, enthusiasts, gallery owners, and artists.
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Primarily known for his colorful and vivacious portrayals of women, Rene Gruau revolutionized the concept of masculinity in fashion imagery and advertising from the 1950s to the '80s, depicting the modern casual, confident man with humor and sex appeal--including images of partial male nudity that were considered shocking at the time.
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Eau de Cologne Imperiale, Jicky, l'Heure Bleue, Mitsouko, Shalimar: these immortal classics of the fifth sense are landmarks in the remarkable history of the House of Guerlain. Since its founding in 1828, Guerlain has created subtle compositions light years away from simple floral imitations. These fragrances invoke a mood in which romanticism and mystery are combinated, and have attracted a prestigious clientele that includes royalty and connoisseurs.At the turn of the century, Aime Guerlain, the creator of Jicky, composed the famous magic formula Guerlinade - a velvety, intoxicating alliance of rose, jasmine, vanilla and tonka bean - which has become the sensual hallmark of every creation, including the most recent ones. It is a note that stirs the emotions and embodies the spirit of a great perfumer and his legend.
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A humorous play of shadows that evokes a world of imagination. In Vincent Bal's world, a tea cup becomes an elephant, a wineglass, a prisoner, and a fork staff-lines. By using the shadows of everyday objects, Bal creates highly original and quirky images.
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Frida Kahlo transformed the emotional and physical pain of her life into art. Her paintings make visible the invisible, interior experiences of many women. They speak of loss, loneliness, her struggle to have children, her lovers, a bus accident that shattered her body and spirit. But they are also full of passion and warmth, each canvas a defiant celebration of what it is to be human. A Love Letter from a Stray Moon reimagines the exceptional life and uncompromising art of Frida Kahlo, and does so allegorically, using Kahlo as a cipher for the experiences of the women - including the author - who identify with her. Much more than the portrait of an artist, this is a vision that resonates with grief, rebellion and transcendence. It is the story of many different women chanelled through the journey of one.
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Alberto Giacometti, most famous for his sculptures of emaciated figures isolated in space, throughout his career also kept to drawing and watercolour. "Drawing is the basis of everything", was his strong belief. This new book presents a collection of around 100 previously unpublished drawings and watercolours bequeathed to Kunsthaus Zurich by Alberto's youngest brother Bruno Giacometti (1907-2012). This well-guarded family treasure represents Alberto's entire life, from his youth in Stampa, Switzerland to his late years in Paris. The collection includes very early copies of works by old masters as well as studies of ancient Egyptian and Roman sculptures from the 1920s. It also shows how Alberto closely looked at the art of Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne and Auguste Rodin, leading to highly individual interpretations. It also comprises important portraits of some of the artist's relatives, and self-portraits, alpine landscapes from his native Val Bregaglia and masterful figure studies from the 1950s and 60s. This slim, beautiful new book presents the entire collection alongside an essay on their history and significance.
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Gibon Sengai's ink-wash paintings have kept a modern, humorous character since their creation by the Zen master 200 years ago. His highly reduced, sometimes almost graphic novel-like style still appeals also to a younger audience today. Sengai's paintings often represent Zen-buddhist wisdom, the motifs in many cases completed by calligraphic inscriptions. This new book, published to coincide with an exhibition at Zurich's Museum Rietberg, features 40 of Gibon Sengai's best paintings on full-page plates. As Sengai's aphorisms are key to understanding the motifs and the wisdom they show, the inscriptions on are all translated into English. Eminent scholars look at selected works, tell the story of Sengai's career from Buddhist monk to painter, and also contextualise his work from historical and religious perspectives. Sengai's paintings are extremely sensitive to exposure to light and therefore shown very rarely and for very limited periods only. This book offers a glimpse at these precious masterworks from the important Sengai collection at Tokyo's Idemitsu Museum of Art.
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Full of humor and delight, with a playful text and whimsical full color illustrations, Sister and I in Alaska documents Emily and Alice's trip to Skidegate, Juneau, and places beyond, an adventure that proved seminal in the development of Carr as one of the foremost painters of the last century.
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Born in Germany in 1945, Anselm Kiefer is one of the most important artists of his generation. His works - encompassing and transcending painting, sculpture, photography and installation - are epic in both scale and subject-matter; in them Kiefer wrestles with the darkness of German history, unearthing the taboos that underlie the collective past and interweaving them with Teutonic myths, cosmology and meditations on the nature of belief. This volume explores the themes that run through Kiefer's ouvre, from the complex relationship between art and spirituality to the influence of German woodcuts and literature.
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The Parrish Art Museum, on Long Island's East End, holds one of the largest public collections of William Merritt Chase in the United States: over forty paintings and works on paper, and a wealth of archival photographs and documents. This new volume features 30 of the artist's most important paintings and works on paper, including his early "Still Life with Fruit" (1871), works from the famous New York park scenes series, notably "Park in Brooklyn" (c. 1887); major studio paintings from the 1880s, such as "The Blue Kimono" (c. 1888); and of course, the paintings made during his summers in Long island's Shinnecock Hills, including "The Bayberry Bush" (c. 1895). It also includes many family photographs taken during summer spent in Shinnecock Hills, Long Island, where Chase founded, and taught at, the Summer School of Art. There are essays covering the key influences on Chase's art and his early career in Munich and his work in Paris and Madrid.
Sonia Delaunay (1885 - 1979) is one of the most important female artists of the early twentieth century, whose contribution to the European avant-garde was fundamental. Russian-born, she moved to Paris in 1906 where she studied at the Academie de la Palette. Her early work was infl uenced by the bold Fauvist paintings of Matisse, Gauguin and Van Gogh among others. Shifting her interest to abstraction, she celebrated the modern world and urban life, exploring ideas of colour theory together with her husband Robert Delaunay. She also collaborated with artists and poets such as Guillaume Apollinaire and Blaise Cendrars with whom she created the acclaimed book Prose on the Transsiberian Railway and of Little Jehanne of France. After spending time in Spain and Portugal during the First World War, Delaunay returned to Paris in the 1920s where she translated her experiments in painting into the realm of fashion. She collaborated with the Metz & Co textile department in Amsterdam and Liberty in London and also produced individual items of clothing under commission. Her interest in fashion expanded into theatre and cinema, for which she created costumes and designs for film sets. During the Second World War and soon after, she participated in the creation of the Salon des Realites Nouvelles (1939) and developed her interest in different media, creating mosaics, tapestries and lithographs. In the same period, her paintings and gouaches evoked a renewed interest in abstraction and colour, marking her seminal role in the development of postwar abstract and applied art. With over 250 illustrations and ground-breaking essays by prominent curators and art historians, this publication seeks to throw new light on the multifaceted work of this prolifi c artist.
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O'Gorman, student and partner of Diego Rivera, painted Credit Transforms Mexico for the Banco Internacional's headquarters between 1964 and 1965. Today, this private mural has been restored in the new HSBC building and this book means its renewed exhibition to the grand public brush stroke by brush stroke. In it, the artist depicts the process by which the land is worked and manipulated until it brings a benefit for mankind, but it also incorporates certain ironic elements that contradict and undermine the dream in which technology with its transformation of nature into highways and factories brings a promising future. This book contains a 182 x 27 cm poster with the reproduction of the complete mural and close-ups of the most important details so the reader can follow up the description and analysis of the concepts behind this complex work of art for greater aesthetic pleasure and understanding.Text in English and Spanish.
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Saloua Raouda Choucair, born in 1916 in Beirut, was the first abstract artist in Lebanon, and her exhibition in 1947 at the Arab Cultural Gallery in Beirut is considered to have been the Arab world's first abstract painting display. In 1948 she left Lebanon and went to Paris, where she studied at the Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts and attended Fernand Leger's studio. In 1950, she was one of the first Arab artists to participate in the Salon des Realites Nouvelles in Paris. By 1962 she began to concentrate completely on sculpture, and by 1963, she was awarded the National Council of Tourism Prize for the execution of a stone sculpture for a public site in Beirut. Her continued success and string of awards in Lebanon culminated in a retrospective exhibition at the Beirut Exhibition Center in 2011. Choucair's work has been considered as one of the best examples of the spirit of abstraction characteristic of Arabic visual and geometric art, apparently disconnected from the observation of nature. Firmly believing in the arithmetical basis of Islamic art, she has long rejected figurative thinking and relinquished all symbolic or iconic references. Saloua Raouda Choucair's work has not been exhibited widely outside of Lebanon, and this will be the first time a new audience can see and appreciate a long underexposed and truly progressive artist.
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Da Vinci in detail The paintings of the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452'1519) possessed one of the greatest minds of all time; his importance and influence are inestimable. He was painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist and all-around genius. This handy-format edition focuses on the paintings of this Italian artist. With full-bleed details of Leonardo's masterworks, the book allows the reader to inspect the subtlest facets of his brushstrokes. We explore Leonardo's life and work in ten chapters, drawing upon his letters, contracts, diary entries, and writings. All of his paintings are presented and interpreted in depth, with The Annunciation and The Last Supper featured on double-spreads. The second half of the book comprises a catalogue raisonne of Leonardo's paintings. It covers all his surviving and lost painted works and includes texts describing their states of preservation. Each and every painting that can be justifiably attributed to Leonardo is included here; thanks to new findings and scientific research, this is the first time his definitive painting oeuvre is being published. Together with the volume on Leonardo's Graphic Work in our Bibliotheca universalis the complete work of Leonardo is brought to the reader. About the series: Bibliotheca Universalis-- Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price!Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm's delight -- never bore, always excite!
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Drawing on the artist's substantial archives, renowned design historian Tanya Harrod takes the work of Leonard Rosoman OBE RA (1913-2012) and skilfully weaves analysis of his ouevre into a richer understanding of his context. The range of Rosoman's output is extraordinary. This book encompasses the period in which Rosoman created the bulk of his work: from his time in the Auxiliary Fire Service in London and as an Official War Artist in the far east, to his work for the theatre and as an illustrator, painter and teacher. Harrod places especial emphasis on Rosoman's large-scale murals for the restored chapel at Lambeth Palace and at Burlington House, home to the Royal Academy, an institution he was an integral part of for over half a century. In her engaging assessment of Rosoman's remarkable work, Harrod gives the reader a thorough grasp of this underrated artist and his world. Image credits: Woman Touching a Rhinoceros, 1982, Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 152; The Backdrop, New York, 1983, Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122; The Unbelievable Goldfish, 1986, Gouache on paper, 28 x 28; Self-portrait with Cat: The Huey Series, Gouache on paper, 36 x 25; The King and Queen, 1973, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 126. (c) Roxanne Rosoman and the Estate of Leonard Rosoman; Photography: Jason Wierzbick.
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From the very beginning, Carmen Cicero made an impression in the art world. He joined the acclaimed Periodot Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York in 1957 and by 1965, Cicero had won two Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships and a Ford Foundation prize, and was in important exhibitions at such venues as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. After a fire destroyed his studio and a large body of his work in 1971, Cicero returned to figurative expressionism in the later 1970s before embarking on a new approach to his work in the late 1980s: A kind of expression difficult to define and variously termed by critics as "fantasy," "mystery," "surrealism" and "visionary." These works produce a peculiar atmosphere, a strange, enigmatic spellimages that linger in the unconscious mind. Filled with beautiful pieceswatercolors, paintings, drawings, and collagesthis fine book offers an expansive survey of the life work of Carmen Cicero.
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John Derian's home goods empire reaches for and wide-in addition to the four John Derian stores he owns in New York and Massachussetts, his products are sold by more than 600 retailers worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, ABC, and Gumps in the United States; Conrans and Selfridges in the UK; and Astier de Villatte in Paris. It all started with his now-iconic collectible plates decoupaged with 19th-century artwork sourced from old and rare books, a process that credited him with elevating the decoupage technique into fine art. Over the past 25 years, the brand has expanded greatly to include home and general design gifts and products. From intensely coloured flowers and birds to curious portraits, hand-drawn letters, and breathtaking landscapes, the best of John Derian is here. The result is an oversized object of desire, a work of art in and of itself, that brilliantly walks the line between commerce and art, and that is destined to become the gift book of the season.
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In the fall of 2016, the long-awaited third installment of Takahiro Kurashima's series Poemotion will be published. In the previous edition, color was added; this time he goes back to the roots. Thirty abstract graphic and geometric shapes are brought to life by a black plastic foil. Only when it is laid on the paper do the shapes begin to dance, jump, spin and weave, the reader experiencing the impressive moire -effect in a playful way.
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The 'Skies' sketchbook takes its name from its many richly coloured sky studies. While weather and climate were longstanding interests for Turner, the dramatic consequences of the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815, darkening skies and reddening sunsets around the world and turning 1816 into a 'year without a summer' surely caught his attention. Since the pages of this sketchbook are watermarked 1814, its more intensely-coloured studies may document these effects which lasted for more than a year. Most of the skies in the book were presumably observed in England, but a few may have been seen in Italy when Turner visited in 1819. Notably varied cloudy skies also appear in Turner's paintings at this period, especially in those arising from his journey to Germany and the Netherlands in 1817. Turner's friendship with his Yorkshire patron Walter Fawkes, who bought one of these pictures, occasioned most of the other sketches here. They include views of Fawkes's London house, Windsor and Eton which Turner visited with Mr and Mrs Fawkes in 1818. This edition of the sketchbook reproduces all these beautiful drawings in near-facsimile, with an illustrated introduction by Tate Turner expert David Blayney Brown discussing their background and impact.
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This handsome boxed set provides hours of enlightening entertainment for those curious about the natural world, farm life, and food. Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Rothman presents Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy in a specially designed slipcase with 10 frameable prints. Rothman's popular line drawings offer a whimsical and educational guide to life on a farm, nature's hidden wonders, and delectable tidbits from kitchens and pantries around the globe.
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ike the majority of Bourgeois's pieces, her series of Cells are at once enigmatic and extremely personal. Constructed during the last two decades of the artist's life, these complex and sophisticated works are daring and provocative. Many are small enclosures into which the viewer is prompted to peer inward at arrangements of symbolic objects; others are small rooms into which the viewer is invited to enter. In her Cell pieces, Bourgeois uses earlier sculptural forms, found objects, and personal items that held significant meaning for her. Six Cells from throughout the series are given close scrutiny, revealing the enormous diversity of Bourgeois's vision as well as recurring themes of physical and emotional pain; voyeurism; integration; and disintegration. A section of colour reproductions includes images and details of the entire series. Together with extensive essays on the Cells' evolution and an interview with the artist's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, this volume offers a holistic appreciation of a crucial phase in Bourgeois's highly influential career.
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