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Books > Arts & Architecture > Art forms, treatments & subjects > Art treatments & subjects > Individual artists > General

Van Gogh. Complete Paintings (Hardcover): Rainer Metzger Van Gogh. Complete Paintings (Hardcover)
Rainer Metzger; Edited by Ingo F Walther
R254 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R41 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Today, the works of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) are among the most well known and celebrated in the world. In Sunflowers, The Starry Night, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, and many paintings and drawings beyond, we recognize an artist uniquely dexterous in the portrayal of mood and place through paint, pencil, charcoal, or chalk. Yet as he was deploying the lurid colors, emphatic brushwork, and contoured forms that would subsequently make his name, van Gogh battled not only the disinterest of his contemporary audience but also devastating bouts of mental illness. His episodes of depression and anxiety would eventually claim his life, when, in 1890, he committed suicide shortly after his 37th birthday. This richly illustrated introduction follows Vincent van Gogh's story from his earliest pictures of peasants and rural workers, through his bright Parisian period, to his final, feverish burst of creative energy in the South of France during the last two and a half years of his life.

Alex Hartley - Nowhereisland (Paperback): Tim Cresswell, Claire Doherty, Jeffrey Kastner Alex Hartley - Nowhereisland (Paperback)
Tim Cresswell, Claire Doherty, Jeffrey Kastner
R834 R768 Discovery Miles 7 680 Save R66 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Not That Kind of Art (Paperback, UK ed.): Nathan Wyburn Not That Kind of Art (Paperback, UK ed.)
Nathan Wyburn 1
R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

You won't find watercolours, pastels or oils in this book. Nathan Wyburn's celebrity portraits combine the pop-art sensibilities of Andy Warhol with non-traditional materials, creating art which is refreshing and unique. Featuring Twiggy crafted out of Twiglets, Michael McIntyre with Marmite and Rowan Atkinson from baked beans. Collected together for the first time, Nathan's art is presented alongside the inspiring story of his fight for both personal and professional acceptance, and his rise from the South Wales valleys to Britain's Got Talent.

Brian Rice - Catalogue Raisonne of Prints 1953-2013 (Paperback): Silvie Turner, Tessa Sidey, Vivienne Mary Light Brian Rice - Catalogue Raisonne of Prints 1953-2013 (Paperback)
Silvie Turner, Tessa Sidey, Vivienne Mary Light
R957 R878 Discovery Miles 8 780 Save R79 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Brian Rice has enjoyed a singular career, one that has covered a period of remarkable dedication and innovation as a successful and highly-productive painter and printmaker. This work catalogues the stylistic shifts in his printmaking and documents his visual language in a way that has not been seen before. Living in Somerset, England until he was twenty, it was the period from 1962 to 1978 when he lived and worked in London that marked the formative years in this artist's career, strengthening both the conviction of his abstract work and his reputation. In 1978 Rice rejected London, its art scene and abstract painting and, buying a 50-acre farm in West Dorset, England and immersed himself in farming, his only contact with the art world was teaching at Brighton Polytechnic. He continued to work slowly, developing a visual language that was part of a dialogue with the past, inspired by marks made by pre-historic man and the archaeology of the Dorset landscape. In 1995, he had his first solo exhibition for 16 years, a point which marked Rice's renewed commitment to life as an artist. Always an unconventional print maker, Rice's recent association (from 2006) with the publishing/printing house Artizan Editions, encouraged a series of works where the primacy of experiment is apparent. The essence of Rice's work remains in the area of color and simple forms, with this instinctual insight represented in each line, plane and color, in which the viewer is invited into a dialogue with the work. This catalogue raisonne examines the progress of his printmaking oeuvre, setting it in the context of his life from the first print made at Yeovil School of Art, Somerset in 1953 to the present time."

Face (Hardcover): Valentin Popov Face (Hardcover)
Valentin Popov
R1,148 R873 Discovery Miles 8 730 Save R275 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Face chronicles the development of artist Valentin Popov's traveling exhibition of the same name--a suite of 100 uniformly-sized portraits surveying a social subset of selected friends, acquaintances, and celebrities. Popov explores the mystique of the face not only as the primary organ of human individuation and the immediate modulus of interpersonal recognition, but with respect to such intriguing intangibles as the eternal dialectic between objectivity and subjectivity and the face's ambiguity as both mirror and mask. Popov has explored a wide variety of subject matter and media in his art, and all of his works feature the skilled technique and formal ability for which he has become known. His pieces speak to the lineage of art history, yet sometimes vacillate between homage and parody, often laced with a sense of humor, irony, or Pop. In his latest series, Popov revisits an idea once put forth by Andy Warhol who documented the faces of his friends and acquaintances through photographs and silk screen paintings, many of which were produced at a uniform scale of 40 x 40 inches. Warhol once spoke of mounting an exhibition of these portraits in which the walls would be filled from top to bottom with faces. Face re-examines the portraiture tradition and frames it in postmodern perspective. Featuring lush, full-color plates and insightful text by Peter Selz and other noted critics, curators, and commentators, this exquisite volume is sure to delight the eye and take pride of place among contemporaneous chronicles of cutting-edge portraiture.

The Seriousness of Play: The Art of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Paperback): Nicola Levell The Seriousness of Play: The Art of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Paperback)
Nicola Levell
R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Through the art of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, "The Seriousness of Play" explores the multiple forms, materialities and meaning of Haida Manga as it playfully mutates through repurposed automobile parts, large-scale public art projects, mixed media sculptures and two-dimensional painted and graphic forms. Haida Manga combines traditional Native Northwest Coast designs and form-lines with manga (or manhwa) to create a distinctive and dynamic artform for re-telling oral histories and addressing contemporary issues surrounding land, cultural memory, ecological destruction and the politics of belonging, ownership and identity.

William Morris - Artist Craftsman Pioneer (Hardcover, New edition): Rosalind Ormiston, N.M. Wells William Morris - Artist Craftsman Pioneer (Hardcover, New edition)
Rosalind Ormiston, N.M. Wells
R654 R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Save R201 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Revised edition of the bestselling backlist title. William Morris was an outstanding character of many talents, being an architect, writer, social campaigner, artist and, with his Kelmscott Press, an important figure of the Arts and Crafts movement. Many of us probably know him best, however, from his superb furnishings and textile designs, intricately weaving together natural motifs in a highly stylized two-dimensional fashion influenced by medieval conventions. Following on from the bestselling success of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Alphonse Mucha, of the same series, this delightful new book offers a survey of his life and work alongside some of his finest decorative work. It is a richly beautiful book.

Klimt / Schiele - Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna (Hardcover): Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Elizabeth Clegg, Jane Kallir Klimt / Schiele - Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna (Hardcover)
Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Elizabeth Clegg, Jane Kallir 1
R728 R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Save R164 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and his younger protege Egon Schiele (1890-1918) are considered two of the greatest figures of Austrian Modernism. Whether competing with or inspiring one another, together they reconfigured the way the human body was translated into art. Although both artists are primarily remembered as painters, between them they left 7,000 drawings, many of the greatest of which are now in the collection of the Albertina Museum, Vienna. In 2018 an exhibition opens in London of both artists' drawings from the Albertina. This stunning publication records these precious works, which are very rarely displayed and almost never travel, in all their erotic, intriguing and sometimes disturbing beauty. Leading experts on the period provide authoritative texts that illuminate the important relationship between the two artists. They analyse the role of drawing in their practice and chart the response of early twentieth-century Vienna to their electrifying work, which still has the power to shock and enthral to this day.

Geomorphia - An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge (Paperback): Kerby Rosanes Geomorphia - An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge (Paperback)
Kerby Rosanes
R263 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R86 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Zadok Ben-David - Human Nature (Hardcover): Felicity Fenner, Yael Guilat, John McDonald, Fumio Nanjo Zadok Ben-David - Human Nature (Hardcover)
Felicity Fenner, Yael Guilat, John McDonald, Fumio Nanjo
R1,158 R899 Discovery Miles 8 990 Save R259 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Zadok Ben-David's inspiration derives from nature, science, magic and illusion. From Evolution and Theory (1995), where he explores scientific discoveries, to the psychological installation Blackfield (2007), with thousands of flowers, and the magical The Other Side of Midnight (2013), which incorporates hundreds of insects, one of the characteristics of Ben-David's work is the use of multiplicity as an organizing principle. He creates an alternate amplified viewing space where the relationship between viewer (human) and artwork (nature) is both sacred and destabilizing. The new ongoing installation People I Saw but Never Met, features thousands of miniatures of people that he has photographed and drawn during his travels, suggesting ways in which we are both isolated yet always close together. Together with outdoor works, completed over a twenty-year period, this new book brings these four installations together for the first time, in all their magical detail.

Gorey's Worlds (Hardcover): Erin Monroe Gorey's Worlds (Hardcover)
Erin Monroe; Contributions by Robert Greskovic, Arnold Arluke, Kevin Shortsleeve
R703 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R177 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An exploration of the artistic and cultural influences that shaped writer and illustrator Edward Gorey The illustrator, designer, and writer Edward Gorey (1925-2000) is beloved for his droll, surreal, and slightly sinister drawings. While he is perhaps best known for his fanciful, macabre books, such as The Doubtful Guest and The Gashlycrumb Tinies, his instantly recognizable imagery can be seen everywhere from the New Yorker to the opening title sequence of the television series Mystery! on PBS. Gorey's Worlds delves into the numerous and surprising cultural and artistic sources that influenced Gorey's unique visual language. Gorey was an inveterate collector--he called it "accumulating." A variety of objects shaped his artistic mindset, from works of popular culture to the more than twenty-six thousand books he owned and the art pieces in his vast collection. This collection, which Gorey left to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art upon his death, is diverse in style, subject, and media, and includes prints by Eug ne Delacroix, Charles Meryon, Edvard Munch, and Odilon Redon; photographs by Eug ne Atget; and drawings by Balthus, Pierre Bonnard, Charles Burchfield, Bill Traylor, and douard Vuillard. As this book shows, these artistic pieces present a visual riddle, as the connections between them--to each other and to Gorey's works--are significant and enigmatic. The essays in Gorey's Worlds also examine the artist's consuming passions for animals and ballet. Featuring a sumptuous selection of Gorey's creations alongside his fascinating and diverse collections, Gorey's Worlds reveals the private world that inspired one of the most idiosyncratic artists of the twentieth century. Exhibition Schedule: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, February 10 - May 6, 2018

Wermke & Leinkauf (Paperback): Bettina Klein Wermke & Leinkauf (Paperback)
Bettina Klein
R678 R629 Discovery Miles 6 290 Save R49 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Caravaggio's Pitiful Relics (Hardcover): Todd P. Olson Caravaggio's Pitiful Relics (Hardcover)
Todd P. Olson
R1,177 R1,066 Discovery Miles 10 660 Save R111 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The renowned Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) established his career in Catholic Rome, making paintings that placed particular importance on sacred relics and the glorification of martyred saints. Beginning with his early works, Caravaggio was intensely engaged with the physical world. He not only interrogated appearances but also experimented with the paint's material nature. "Caravaggio's Pitiful Relics" explores how the artist's commitment to materiality served and ultimately challenged the Counter Reformation church's interests. In his first ecclesiastical commission, Caravaggio offered an unconventional representation of martyrdom that collapsed the borders between art, contemporary religious persecution, iconoclasm, and relics in early Christian catacombs. Yet his art controversially and eventually led to a criminal trial. After he had fled from Rome in disgrace, his major altarpiece depicting the death of the Virgin Mary, portraying her mortality rather than her sanctity, was removed. Caravaggio's materiality came into conflict with changing notions of the sacred; thereafter, the sacred object became a secular work of art, marking the displacement of the relic.

Self-Portrait (Paperback): Man Ray Self-Portrait (Paperback)
Man Ray
R346 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R106 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this remarkable autobiography, Man Ray - painter, photographer, sculptor, film maker and writer - relates the story of his life, from his childhood determination to be an artist and his technical drawing classes in a Brooklyn high school, to the glamorous and heady days of Paris in the 1940s, when any trip to the city 'was not complete until they had been "done" by Man Ray's camera'. Friend to everyone who was anyone, Ray tells everything he knows of artists, socialites and writers such as Matisse, Hemingway, Picasso and Joyce, not to mention Lee Miller, Nancy Cunard, Alberto Giacometti, Gertrude Stein, Dali, Max Ernst and many more, in this decadent, sensational account of the early twentieth-century cultural world.

A Short Biography of Claude Monet - A Short Biography (Hardcover): Susan Deland A Short Biography of Claude Monet - A Short Biography (Hardcover)
Susan Deland
R185 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R36 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Recent British Painting (Hardcover): Tom Morton Recent British Painting (Hardcover)
Tom Morton
R686 R637 Discovery Miles 6 370 Save R49 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Peter Blake Design (Hardcover): Peyton Skipwith, Brian Webb Peter Blake Design (Hardcover)
Peyton Skipwith, Brian Webb 1
R297 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R53 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This new title in the highly-successful "Design Series" features the design work of the acclaimed artist Peter Blake. Best known of the British pop artists, Peter Blake came to fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s with iconic works like "On the Balcony" and "First Real Target" both now in the Tate Gallery. Tate held an exhibition of his works in 1983 as well as a more recent retrospective at Tate Liverpool in 2007. His famous works for album covers, such as "The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", the Band Aid single "Do They Know Its Christmas", the Oasis greatest hits album "Stop the Clocks" and Paul Weller's "Stanley Road" brought him to a wider audience. This stunningly designed book celebrates the brilliant creative talent of a unique British artist. "The Design Series" is the winner of the Brand/Series Identity Category at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2009, judges said: 'A series of books about design, they had to be good and these are. The branding is consistent, there is a good use of typography and the covers are superb'.

A Short Biography of Mary Cassatt (Hardcover): Lilit Sadoyan A Short Biography of Mary Cassatt (Hardcover)
Lilit Sadoyan
R185 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R36 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Hockney - Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature (Paperback): Hans Den Hartog Jager Hockney - Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature (Paperback)
Hans Den Hartog Jager
R665 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R201 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Landscape has become an important theme for David Hockney, especially since he returned to his homeland, the Yorkshire Wolds, in the 1990s. The landscapes in this catalgoue show a series of in-depth observations of the changing seasons and the way in which light, space and nature are constantly in motion. They are reminiscent of the landscapes of Vincent van Gogh, including his monumental Wheatfield with Crows and The Harvest. This book pays particular attention to these beautiful landscapes alongside Van Gogh's depiction of nature, with a special focus on technique, perspective and colour, and the way Van Gogh and Hockney use these `formal' elements to create their particular view on the world surrounding them. The book includes an exclusive interview with David Hockney about the inspiration he has found in Van Gogh's work.

Lucie Rie - Modernist Potter (Hardcover): Emmanuel Cooper Lucie Rie - Modernist Potter (Hardcover)
Emmanuel Cooper
R934 R855 Discovery Miles 8 550 Save R79 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Lucie Rie (1902-1995), one of the 20th century's most celebrated and iconic potters, combined an acute understanding of modernism with the skills of her chosen craft. During the course of her sixty-year career, she continually honed and refined her work, developing new shapes and surface effects that were distinctly her own. Her delicately shaped bowls, bottles, and other vessels reflect her commitment to simplicity and clarity of form, earning her both critical and popular acclaim.

This comprehensive biography follows Rie's life and artistic development from her birth into the Austria of the Habsburgs to her studies at the progressive Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna, and finally her years in Britain following her escape in 1938 from Nazi-controlled Austria. Emmanuel Cooper, a distinguished potter who knew Rie, interviewed many of her friends and acquaintances to produce this complete and detailed account of Rie's life and work. The author has been given unrestricted access by the Rie estate to previously unpublished letters and other material, which provide fascinating new insights into her life and work and have allowed him to reevaluate Rie's creative output within the broader context of modernism and the emergence of the studio pottery movement in Britain.

Martial Raysse (Paperback): Caroline Bourgeois Martial Raysse (Paperback)
Caroline Bourgeois
R1,654 R1,278 Discovery Miles 12 780 Save R376 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Art is a universal language. This could be the motto of Martial Raysse, the French master of Pop Art and Nouveau Realism for whom the term pop is as apt as it is for Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein in the US, Sigmar Polke in Germany and David Hockney in Britain. Over 350 works, covering all the fields explored by this visionary artist (painting, sculpture, video, photography and drawing), allow us to follow and appreciate the singular and independent course taken by Raysse, always on the margins of the main artistic trends of the last fifty years.

Ravilious in Pictures, 1 - Sussex and the Downs (Hardcover): James Russell Ravilious in Pictures, 1 - Sussex and the Downs (Hardcover)
James Russell; Edited by Tim Mainstone
R674 R578 Discovery Miles 5 780 Save R96 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Martial Raysse - Dessins / Drawings (Hardcover): Juliette Bertron Martial Raysse - Dessins / Drawings (Hardcover)
Juliette Bertron
R544 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R38 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Da Vinci Legacy - How an Elusive 16th-Century Artist Became a Global Pop Icon (Hardcover): Jean-Pierre Isbouts, Christopher... The Da Vinci Legacy - How an Elusive 16th-Century Artist Became a Global Pop Icon (Hardcover)
Jean-Pierre Isbouts, Christopher Heath Brown
R518 R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Save R110 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonne - Volume Five: 2005-2010 (Hardcover): Patrick Pardo, Robert Dean John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonne - Volume Five: 2005-2010 (Hardcover)
Patrick Pardo, Robert Dean; Contributions by Hannah B. Higgins, David Salle
R3,494 R3,096 Discovery Miles 30 960 Save R398 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The fifth volume of the John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonne compiles the approximately 367 works made by the influential American conceptual artist (b. 1931) from 2005 through 2010. During these years, the artist undertook a number of series, including the shaped erasures of "Blockage"; the word-and-image juxtapositions of "Prima Facie"; the explorations of the face in "Nose and Ears, Etc." and "Raised Eyebrows/Furrowed Foreheads"; and the muted, spare "Sediment" works on canvas. Catalogue entries allow readers to trace the shifts and developments in Baldessari's work during these years, a time of continued experimentation and aesthetic distillation that is further explored in a conversation between Baldessari and fellow artist David Salle. A critical essay by Hannah B. Higgins provides a close reading of selected works and gives a historical context for understanding Baldessari's art from this period.

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