Exhibition Catalogues & Specific Collections
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.
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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.
Paintings from the Indian subcontinent bedazzle the viewer with their minute details, colours and aesthetic qualities. Relatively modest in size, they often illustrate historical events, religious texts and poetry, or document life at court. Painted with watersolved pigments on paper, they invite closer observation and allow insight into the artistic traditions of India. "A Secret Garden" is the name of an outstanding private collection of Indian paintings. It comprises works spanning seven centuries from the time of the Sultans (1206-1526) through to the nineteenth century. This new book features a selection of 105 artworks from Danielle Porret's collection. Each entry provides a stylistic analysis of the painting as well as a discussion of the subject matter by leading experts in the field of Indian painting. Museum Rietberg Zurich is one of Europe's leading museums for non-European art.
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This anthology provides a multivocal critique of exhibitions of contemporary art, bringing together the writings of artists, curators and theorists. Collectively these diverse perspectives are united by the notion that if the focus for modernist discussion was individual works of art, it is the exhibition that is the prime cultural carrier of contemporaneity. The texts encompass exhibition design and form; exhibitions that are object-based, live or discursive; projects that no longer rely on a physical space to be visited in person; artists' responses to being curated, and their reflections on the potential of acting curatorially. Set against the rise of the curator as an influential force in the contemporary art world, this volume underlines the crucial role of artists in questioning and shaping the phenomenon of the exhibition.
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It occupies 72% of the surface of our planet, yet the depths of our oceans are less known to us than the Solar System: 90% remains unexplored. The deep, like outer space, has been a locus for science fiction since Jules Verne, with both the ocean and space giving rise to imaginary aliens, mutants and monsters. But there is one crucial distinction: the ocean and our species belong to the same planet, and by extension the deep is a part of us. Aquatopia is a transhistorical, transcultural voyage through the oceanic imaginary via contemporary and historical art works and objects which cross continents, centuries, schools and movements. Aquatic literary classics like The Odyssey, The Tempest, The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea recur in this exploration, sometimes filtered through their modern and contemporary prodigy, e.g. Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea and Derek Walcott's Omeros. Other, non-fictional texts by writers such as Philip Hoare and Marina Warner also guide the way. The publication will be a cross-disciplinary exploration of the aquatic imaginary, encompassing literature, maritime and cultural history, psychoanalysis, post-colonial and feminist theory, and including work by artists as diverse as J.M.W. Turner, Carol Bove, Marcel Broodthaers, Spartacus Chetwynd, Peter Doig, Rene Magritte, Eric Ravillious and Juergen Teller.
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Like many artists, Paul Ce zanne started his great paintings by sketching his ideas on paper. This book recreates some of Ce zanne's sketchbooks as it delves into the Kunstmuseum Basel's collection of drawings by Ce zanne-the most comprehensive and significant collection of the artist's drawings in the world. Rarely presented in exhibitions, these works introduce readers to the nucleus of Ce zanne's creative thinking, allowing us to observe his everyday practice as a draftsman. Scenes of violence appear side by side with portrait sketches; copies after Euge ne Delacroix or ancient sculptures alternate with landscapes and bathers. Repeated studies varying only slightly in perspective and angle help us understand how Ce zanne strove to find the right approach to his subject. Featuring his drawings as well as his great paintings and accompanied by a series of essays that explore how Ce zanne used his sketchbooks as preparation for landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes, this book offers fascinating insights into the creative process of a master.
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This collection of rarely seen masterpieces from The Phillips Collection traces the development of American art from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism. During the Gilded Age, American artists like Julian Alden Weir, John Henry Twachtman, Ernest Lawson, and others developed landscape paintings which set the course for modern art in America. Revelations such as these are common within the pages of this book, which examines Duncan Phillips's interest in collecting and his promotion of living artists. Including essays by European and American experts, this publication of 68 works by 50 artists presents paintings by Maurice Prendergast, Arthur Dove, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Charles Sheeler, Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, and Richard Diebenkorn. Together these magnificent works tell the tale of a nation and artistic expression growing in confidence and diversity.
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Gustav Klimt's 1907 publication of his illustrated edition of Lucian's ancient work Dialogues of the Courtesans was the first time he exhibited his erotic art to the public, and it led to his denouncement by censors disturbed by the work's graphic content. This volume revives Klimt's masterful book, which pairs his erotic drawings with Wiener Werksta tte design, and which arguably resulted in the Art Nouveau era's most beautiful book. Klimt and Antiquity also compares the red- and black- figure Attic vases dating from the 5th century with Klimt's art. It presents Klimt's antiquity-inspired art as a dialogue between contemporary and ancient art, between genders, and between women's roles in times of antiquity and modernity. Essays explore Klimt's interest in ancient art; the ancient role of the courtesan; and the phenomenon of the Greek symposium as fertile ground for Greek art.
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ON&BY is a new series of anthologies devised by London's Whitechapel Gallery combining the writings of an internationally significant artist of our time with key texts on his or her work. In each volume leading scholars, critics, curators or fellow artists provide a complete overview of the ideas that inform and emerge from the work, from the viewpoints of both producer and receiver - artist and audience. Since early modernism, writing has become intrinsic to many artists' practice, engaging art in critical reflection on all aspects of culture and society. In this series the artist's perspective on the world and the world's perspective on the artist meet in the shared pursuit of writing. The first title in the series is dedicated to the Belgian artist Luc Tuymans, one of the most influential figurative painters working today. Born in 1958 and based in Antwerp, he has exhibited since 1985. From the beginning, his work addressed the challenge to painting's legitimacy posed by minimal and conceptual art by taking a side-step - creating works that seem to have emerged from a preceding era, alienated from their producer.This formal effect of historical distance works in counterpoint with the emotive subject matter the paintings often address, from the trauma and its afterlives of Europe under fascism to those of Africa under colonialism. Tuymans navigates the precarious space between depicter and historian of personal and collective memories - and curator of their traces. This volume collects together Tuymans' eloquent statements on his own work, from the early 1990s to the present, as well as his writings on the work of other artists, key interviews and dialogues. The second half of the volume surveys his major bodies of work from the beginning, in texts by leading art historians and critics as well as artists such as Takashi Murakami and Ai Weiwei.
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A leading figure in contemporary art, Roni Horn addresses wide- ranging issues such as nature, ecology, identity, landscape, and language. Her sculptures, drawings, photographs, and installations intermingle material and context, aiming to complicate the relationships among object, subject, and viewer. This two-volume catalogue features works such as Ant Farm, a living colony of ants sealed between two panes of glass; Pink Tons, a four-ton cube of casted pink glass; and Gold Field, a sheet of pure, annealed gold that measures a fraction of a millimeter thick. Also included are an engaging essay by artist Gary Indiana; a photo-essay by Jerry Gorovoy, Director of the Easton Foundation; and a personal statement by the artist.
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By documenting and guiding us on the journeys we make every day, maps influence the way we navigate and identify with our surroundings. The Underground, London Transport, and its successor Transport for London have produced and inspired maps which are navigational, decorative forms of publicity and works of art. This book, which draws on the rich collections of the London Transport Museum, sets out to explore this unique form of visual communication. Covering the period from 1900 to the present day, Claire Dobbin's fascinating narrative provides a chronological account of the mapping of London's Underground. Starting with the magnificent early twentieth-century decorative maps of Macdonald Gill, the evolution of London's diagrammatic Underground map, introduced by Harry Beck's iconic 1931 design, is expertly told. The legacy of Beck's inspiring design is highlighted through selected maps, artworks, posters and merchandise. Incorporating design, art, cartographic, social and transport history, London Underground Maps provides a fascinating account of the capital's innovative approach to decoding and promoting its complex underground network.An accessible narrative coupled with first-class imagery make this book a must for lovers of art, design and cartography as well as the history of London.
In these pages, you'll find a celebration of the evolution of the Wood Turning Center's museum collection and its 25th anniversary of leading the growth, awareness, appreciation, and promotion of artists and their creation and design of art in wood and wood in combination with other materials. To better reflect the growing recognition and importance of wood artists and their contemporary works of fine art and craft, in 2011, the Center changed its name to The Center for Art in Wood. Here are more than 1,000 works of art in wood, including 100 from the Center's November 2011 to April 2012 exhibition, and many others from its permanent collection. In addition, seven essayists offer their perspectives on the Center's past and future, its collection, and its contribution to the field of art in wood.
This publication documents Italian artist Giuseppe Penone's sculpture "Spazio di Luce" ("Space of Light"), installed at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. "Spazio di Luce" is a bronze cast of the thick layer of wax surrounding a 40-foot-tall larch, with a radiant goldleaf interior that spreads dramatically across the columned gallery. The work references and augments a 1969 work of Penone's titled "All the Years of the Tree plus One," for which he also cast a tree in wax. Created in close collaboration with the artist, this volume brings together previously unpublished drawings, photographs of historic actions and recent sculptures and a selection of the artist's own writings. It also includes an interview between Achim Borchardt-Hume and the artist and an essay by art critic and scholar Douglas Fogle focusing on Penone's work with trees, alongside color documentation of the exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery.
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From Thomas Hamilton to contemporary artists Tom Normand traces the 200 year history of the Royal Scottish Academy. Featuring both men and women, short summaries precede each reproduction and orient the reader to particular points of interest within each art work. The artist's history is related side by side with that of the Academy and, as such, they complement descriptions of the paintings. The book chronologically captures different periods as they influenced the style of what was produced in the Academy. Looking forward Normand states that 'the Academy, in its history, has been a vital part of that international role, freely exhibiting the newest and the best of modern art and respecting the multi-dimensional approaches of contemporary art'. It is this vitality in the Scottish art scene that will sustain its visual culture in the future and place it on the international stage.
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Metropolises often evoke images of flashy high-rise buildings, permanent background noise, backed-up cars and people moving quickly in all directions in their masses. New York, Tokyo, London, Sao Paulo. But what about Cairo? Lagos? Nairobi, Kinshasa, Johannesburg? More than half of the world's population lives in cities. Countries of the South in particular are facing fast-paced globalisation, with the highest rates of urbanisation taking place in African cities. Beyond Western models of urban development, African cities are creating their own urban structures, topography and cultures. How do these structures work? How do the residents of these cities organise their daily lives? What discussions are taking place in Africa about the history and future of cities? And how are artists thinking about and representing urban life in Africa? Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, Afropolis is the product of an exhibition developed by the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany. The book focuses on the Big Five of African cities: Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa and Johannesburg, and brings together positions of artistic and cultural studies, as well as detailed histories and the specific dynamics of these African cities, in order to expand our understanding of the concept of urbanity and the phenomenon of the City from an African perspective. This is the first time the book is available in English.
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For 35 years Audio Arts has been a unique project, offering its audience direct access to artists via a quarterly audio magazine. Speaking of Art collects the 43 top interviews from Audio Arts' remarkable history. These never-before-published transcripts include illuminating conversations with such figures as Joseph Beuys, Richard Serra, Marina Abramovic and Damien Hirst.
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A timeless symbol of power and ambition, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) spent decades expanding France's empire, enjoying magnificent success and suffering crushing defeats. Featuring more than 400 never-before-seen objects, The Private Life of Napoleon allows a glimpse into the inner world of the French emperor. Over the course of 24 years, collector Bruno Ledoux amassed a remarkable range of manuscripts, books, gold jewelry, porcelains, miniatures, arms, and even historic souvenirs, all created in honor of Napoleon and the French empire.
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Sigmund Freud spent the final year of his life at 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, surrounded by all his possessions, in exile from the Nazis. The long-term home and workspace he left behind in Vienna is a seemingly empty space, devoid of the great psychoanalyst's objects and artefacts. Now museums, both of these spaces resonate powerfully. Since 1989, the Freud Museum London has held over 70 exhibitions by a distinctive range of artists including Louise Bourgeois, Sophie Calle, Mat Collishaw, Susan Hiller, Sarah Lucas and Tim Noble and Sue Webster. The Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna houses a small but impressive contemporary art collection, with work by John Baldessari, Joseph Kosuth, Jenny Holzer, Franz West and Ilya Kabakov. In this remarkable book, Joanne Morra offers a nuanced analysis of these historical museums and their unique relationships to contemporary art. Taking us on a journey through the 'site-responsive' artworks, exhibitions and curatorial practices that intervene in the objects, spaces and memories of these Museums, Joanne Morra offers a fresh experience of the history and practice of psychoanalysis, of museums and contemporary art.
Incorporating the various schools and eras, and presented in a loose chronology, this guide offers concise commentaries on the key works in the National Gallery of Ireland's impressive collections. Founded in 1854, the gallery is Ireland's major national cultural institution devoted to the care and collection of fine art. It houses an impressive collection of European art together with the world's most comprehensive survey of Irish art. The collection, which ranges in date from 1300 to the present day, comprises over 15,000 works including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, icons, miniatures, objets d'art, furniture, books and archives. Also available: National Gallery of Ireland: Essential Guide ISBN 9781857599992"
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The New Yorkers is a glorious look at a city bursting with colour and life. It is a body of work full of frozen moments, serendipity and reflection. Through Robert Herman s work we recognise the New York we knew and the New York we still know today. His street photography freezes people and places in this city at decisive moments, with spontaneity and authenticity. In this book the city waves at us, looks us right in the eye and brushes past us, without seeing. It layers images upon images like the best graffiti -- always renewing and reforming itself. Features a Foreword by Sean Corocoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs, Museum of the City of New York and an Essay by Stella Kramer, Pulitzer Prize Winning Photo Editor.
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The Tanenbaum gift of over two hundred works of internationally significant nineteenth-century European art is one of the most important art donations to a Canadian gallery. A diverse and original collection, it features works by Leon Bonnat, Frank Brangwyn, Charles Cordier, Gustave Dore, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Kathe Kollwitz, Henry Raeburn, Joaquin Sorolla, James Tissot, and Anders Zorn.This beautifully illustrated volume presents seventy-five of the key highlights by fifty-nine international artists. It offers insight into a broad range of artistic production in the nineteenth century, encompassing painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. Author Alison McQueen provides an in-depth analysis of the social and historical context of each work, and full-color images illuminate her close study of the aesthetics of every piece. The artwork entries are accompanied by provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography.This book challenges many lasting misconceptions about nineteenth-century art. It includes a preface by collectors Joey and Toby Tanenbaum and an introductory essay on the collection by Alison McQueen.
The first and only book on one of the finest private collections of contemporary Iranian art This sumptuous volume features almost 250 contemporary artworks and a selection of medieval and early modern Islamic art - the heralded collection of Mohammed Afkhami, a prominent player at the cultural and regional front line of Middle Eastern art. Honar (meaning 'art' in Farsi, the language of Iran), includes works ranging from the disturbingly subversive to exquisitely inclusive, exhibiting the pain of exile, the querying of ideology, and the artistic insistence on personal independence.
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A renowned sculptor, installation artist, filmmaker, author and human rights activist, Ai Weiwei is contemporary China's most well-known and influential artist. His work has attracted international attention for its criticism of the Chinese government. Much of Ai Weiwei's work is a reflection of his own feelings of imprisonment, rage and powerlessness. This book offers reproductions of the approximate 50 works in the exhibition, some of which were specially created for Berlin's Marin-Gropius-Bau museum, and some more specifically for the building's enormous glass-topped atrium. From large installations to smaller dioramas, these works present Ai's most recent artistic expressions of resistance, courage and historical truth.
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The Vatican: All the Paintings is organised and divided into 23 sections representing the museums and areas of the Vatican, including the Pinacoteca, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments, the Vatican Palaces, St. Peter's Basilica, and more. 180 of the most iconic and significant paintings and other pieces of art are highlighted with 300-word discussions by art historian Anja Grebe on the key attributes of the work, what to look for when viewing the work, the artist's inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, the artist's impact on art history and more. All 1,206 works of art are annotated with the name of the painting and artist, the date of the work, the birth and death dates of the artist, the medium that was used, the size of the work and the catalogue number (if applicable). The design of the book enables the reader to carefully examine and enjoy the 180 full- and half-page featured paintings as well as the rest of the collection of paintings, which appear four and six to a page. Several gatefolds through the book show triptychs, ceilings and frescos at an even larger size. Larger works of art like ceilings and frescos include overall views and details of the masterpieces.
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