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Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. Book & DVD Set (Book): Alison Castle Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. Book & DVD Set (Book)
Alison Castle
R851 R595 Discovery Miles 5 950 Save R256 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Based on William Makepeace Thackeray's picaresque novel of 1844, Barry Lyndon tells the story of a social-climbing opportunist (Ryan O'Neal) who succeeds in marrying a beautiful aristocrat far above his social station (Marisa Berenson), only to see his gains eventually undone by avarice and spite. Meticulously conceived and sumptuously photographed-using a specially-modified lens and almost exclusively lit by candles and natural light-Barry Lyndon is at once a satirical and sympathetic portrayal of a strangely endearing antihero. (Because "he has charm and courage," said Kubrick, "it's impossible not to like him despite his vanity, his insensitivity, and his weakness.") Despite underwhelming audiences and critics alike when it was released in 1975, a time when period pieces were not all the rage, Barry Lyndon has quietly risen in the ranks of Kubrick's canon and is now widely considered to be not only among his finest achievements but a cinematic masterpiece without equal. This collection is part of the Making of a Masterpiece series, offering a behind-the-scene glimpse into movie milestones.This set includes: film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, screenplay drafts, and other exclusive material from Stanley Kubrick's archives background about the making of the film, interviews with Kubrick, and an illustrated biography and filmography a fold-out film poster a DVD of the remastered film

New York Times Explorer Mountains Desert (Hardcover): Barbara Ireland New York Times Explorer Mountains Desert (Hardcover)
Barbara Ireland 1
R915 R659 Discovery Miles 6 590 Save R256 (28%) In stock

Whether it's the flower-filled meadows of the Dolomites or a blanket of stars above Chile's Elqui Valley, set forth and share in the discoveries of Mountains, Deserts & Plains, a collection of 25 dream destinations in TASCHEN's Explorer series with The New York Times. Discover the deliciously intricate geology of China's Wulingyuan National Park with Simon Winchester, the otherworldly beauty of Namibia with Elinor Burkett, or the sunrise serenity of the Sawtooth Valley in Idaho. The Times writers are your guides, and the wealth of color photographs that accompany their writing capture the catch-your-breath awe of each spectacular location. The Explorer series takes travel beyond the obvious with adventures in exotic places and new perspectives in familiar ones, all based on the distinguished travel journalism in The New York Times. Each journey features a first-person narrative and postcard-perfect photography that capture the unique personality of the destination-as well as practical information to help get you on your way. Edited by Barbara Ireland, whose 36 Hours travel series has been a TASCHEN best seller, the Explorer series launches with Beaches, Islands & Coasts and Mountains, Deserts & Plains. Upcoming volumes include Urban Adventures and Road, Rail & Trail.

The Secret Code (Hardcover): Priya Hemenway The Secret Code (Hardcover)
Priya Hemenway
R327 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R67 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Divine Proportion reveals a number of simple patterns: It is seen in the seed patterns of fruits, the family tree of bees, the pyramids of Egypt, Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance paintings, the human body, shells ... the list is endless. Mathematicians use the Greek symbol to represent the Divine Proportion and equate it to a number that is defined by the ratio (1 + 5) / 2 or 1.6180339.... Numbers do little, however, in describing this unique ratio that is found everywhere in nature and for 2500 years has been an aesthetic guide in art and architecture. Beginning with calculations found on clay tablets in ancient Babylon, the story of Divine Proportion can be traced alongside the history of numbers to the fractals of the digital age. As its many forms unfold we uncover the Golden Rectangle in the Parthenon, Golden Spirals in the human inner ear, a Golden Angle in the petal patterns of a rose, and the Fibonacci numbers in lilies, daisies, pineapples, and in our own DNA. With its natural balance and elegant beauty, the Divine Proportion is a perpetual reminder that our hope for regeneration and continuity lies in realizing the meaningful and harmonious relationship of all the parts to the whole. This book deals with the Divine Proportion, a secret code that rules art, nature, and science. It is known by many names: Golden Mean, Sacred Cut and Phi are only a few; and it is not by chance that the Divine Proportion was given its name. It has been called divine because over thousands of years it has been deemed to be so.

The Golden Age of DC Comics (Hardcover): Paul Levitz The Golden Age of DC Comics (Hardcover)
Paul Levitz 1
R480 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R108 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In June of 1938, Action Comics debuted with a new kind of comic-book character on its cover: a costumed man with two identities, who possessed extraordinary strength and powers-a man able to protect the public when ordinary measures would not do. He was not the first super hero, but the Man of Steel would become the prototype for all super heroes thereafter. Superman's story, and those of Batman, Wonder Woman, and hundreds of other DC Comics characters, are all told in The Golden Age of DC Comics. Expanded from the Eisner Award-winning XL book, 75 Years of DC Comics, this edition offers readers the ultimate insight on DC's first decades, from its pulp origins up to the comic-book burnings of the McCarthy '50s. More than 600 pages of covers and interiors, original illustrations, photographs, film stills, and ephemera bring the story lines, the characters, and their creators to vibrant life. Also included is an exclusive interview with legendary artist Joe Kubert. Copyright (c) 2019 DC Comics. All related characters and elements (c) & TM DC Comics. (s19)

Winsor McCay. The Airship Adventures of Little Nemo (Hardcover): Alexander Braun Winsor McCay. The Airship Adventures of Little Nemo (Hardcover)
Alexander Braun
R350 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R87 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Meet Little Nemo, a diminutive hero of comic narrative, but one of the greatest dream voyagers of the 20th century. The master creation of Winsor McCay (1869-1934), Nemo inspired generations of artists with his weekly adventures from bed to Slumberland, a realm of colorful companions, psychedelic scenery, and thrilling escapades. This book gathers all of Little Nemo's colorful airship adventures in Slumberland, totaling 69 installments, first published between January 1910 and April 1911. Brimming with sky-high imagination, these airship adventures represent some of the most ambitious artwork and exciting tales of McCay's revolutionary comic and of his much-loved dream voyager. The installments see Nemo flying to the moon, to Mars, and on a triumphant tour of major sights and metropolises across the East Coast of America and Canada and beyond, including Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, and New York City. An introductory essay from art historian Alexander Braun contextualizes these airship episodes within the broader Little Nemo series as well as McCay's ambitious and exceptionally influential career. Braun reveals how the airship journey was not only a pioneering narrative arc in the early days of comic but also a "creative bombshell" which propelled McCay towards further endeavors, namely the first animated film in history.

Helmut Newton. SUMO, 20th Anniversary Edition (English, French, German, Hardcover): June Newton Helmut Newton. SUMO, 20th Anniversary Edition (English, French, German, Hardcover)
June Newton; Photographs by Helmut Newton 1
R3,079 R2,123 Discovery Miles 21 230 Save R956 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) always showed a healthy disdain for the easy or predictable, so it's no surprise that the SUMO was an irresistible project. The idea of a book the size of a private exhibition, with spectacular images reproduced to state-of-the-art origination and printing standards, emerged from an open, experimental dialogue between photographer and publisher. With the SUMO weighing in-boxed and shrink-wrapped-at 35.4 kg (just under 80 pounds), Newton created a landmark book that stood head and shoulders above anything previously attempted, both in terms of conceptual extravagance and technical specifications. Published in an edition of 10,000 signed and numbered copies, the SUMO sold out soon after publication and quickly multiplied its value. It now features in numerous collections around the world, including New York's Museum of Modern Art. The legendary copy number one, signed by more than 100 of the book's featured celebrities, broke the record for the most expensive book published in the 20th century, sold at an auction in Berlin on April 6, 2000 for 620,000 German marks-about 317,000 euros. Now, this XL edition celebrates 20 years of SUMO, the result of a project conceived by Helmut Newton some years ago. Revised by his wife June, the volume gathers 464 images and a new booklet that takes us through the making-of this publishing venture-a spectacular tribute to the larger-than-life Helmut Newton, now in a friendly format.Images (c) The Helmut Newton Estate / Maconochie Photography

Living in Asia, Vol. 1 (English, French, German, Hardcover): Sunil Sethi Living in Asia, Vol. 1 (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Sunil Sethi; Edited by Angelika Taschen; Photographs by Reto Guntli
R476 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R108 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Zen, soothing, mystical, meditative-words cannot do justice to Asia's most beautiful interiors. Whether it's a gilded Tibetan monastery, a plantation in Sri Lanka, or a private villa in Thailand, each of the havens featured in this book are remarkable not only in aesthetic, but also in spirit. This showcase features 46 exceptional locations across Tibet, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Highlights include traditional Burmese stilt houses; the breathtaking Shiv Niwas Palace in India, visited by James Bond in Octopussy; Cambodian temples; a rice barge-turned houseboat in Thailand; a high-rise apartment overlooking the Singaporean skyline; the "Blue Mansion", an magnificient, indigo-painted courtyard house featured in the film Indochine; a breathtaking garden designed by Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa; and many, many more.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Poster Set (English, French, German, Loose-leaf): Christo And Jeanne-Claude Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Poster Set (English, French, German, Loose-leaf)
Christo And Jeanne-Claude; Photographs by Wolfgang Volz
R379 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R90 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bring the unique vision of Christo and Jeanne-Claude to your wall with this set of 16 ready-to-frame prints, featuring historic highlights of their oeuvre, as well as photographs and sketches from Floating Piers.Included artworks: Wall of Oil Barrels, 1961-62 Wrapped Coast, 1968 Valley Curtain, 1970-72 Running Fence, 1972-76 Surrounded Islands, 1980-83 The Pont Neuf Wrapped, 1975-85 The Umbrellas, 1984-91 Wrapped Reichstag, 1971-95 Wrapped Trees, 1997-98 The Gates, 1979-2005 Over The River, 2012 The Mastaba, 2012 The Mastaba, 2014

20th-Century Fashion. 100 Years of Apparel Ads (English, French, German, Hardcover): Alison A. Nieder 20th-Century Fashion. 100 Years of Apparel Ads (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Alison A. Nieder; Edited by Jim Heimann 1
R487 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R106 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The 20th century saw fashion evolve from an exclusive Parisian salon business catering for the wealthy elite into a global industry employing millions, with new trends whisked into stores before the last model has even left the catwalk. Along the way, the signature silhouettes of each era evolved beyond recognition. For women, House of Worth crinolines gave way to Vionnet's bias-cut gowns, Dior's New Look to Quant's Chelsea Look, Halston's white suit to Frankie B.'s low-rise jeans. In menswear, ready-made suits signaled the demise of bespoke tailoring, long before Hawaiian shirts or skinny jeans entered the game.20th-Century Fashion offers a retrospective of the last hundred years of style via 400 fashion advertisements from the Jim Heimann Collection. The images trace not only the changing trends but also the evolution in their marketing and audience, as fashion was adopted into popular culture and the mass market, decade by decade. An in-depth introduction and illustrated timeline detail the style-makers and trendsetters, and how historic events, design houses, retailers, films, magazines, and celebrities shaped the way we dressed-then and now.

Sebastiao Salgado. Gold (English, French, German, Hardcover): Sebastiao Salgado, Alan Riding Sebastiao Salgado. Gold (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Sebastiao Salgado, Alan Riding; Edited by Lelia Wanick Salgado 1
R1,484 R1,027 Discovery Miles 10 270 Save R457 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"What is it about a dull yellow metal that drives men to abandon their homes, sell their belongings and cross a continent in order to risk life, limbs and sanity for a dream?" - Sebastiao Salgado When Sebastiao Salgado was finally authorized to visit Serra Pelada in September 1986, having been blocked for six years by Brazil's military authorities, he was ill-prepared to take in the extraordinary spectacle that awaited him on this remote hilltop on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. Before him opened a vast hole, some 200 meters wide and deep, teeming with tens of thousands of barely-clothed men. Half of them carried sacks weighing up to 40 kilograms up wooden ladders, the others leaping down muddy slopes back into the cavernous maw. Their bodies and faces were the color of ochre, stained by the iron ore in the earth they had excavated. After gold was discovered in one of its streams in 1979, Serra Pelada evoked the long-promised El Dorado as the world's largest open-air gold mine, employing some 50,000 diggers in appalling conditions. Today, Brazil's wildest gold rush is merely the stuff of legend, kept alive by a few happy memories, many pained regrets-and Sebastiao Salgado's photographs. Color dominated the glossy pages of magazines when Salgado shot these images. Black and white was a risky path, but the Serra Pelada portfolio would mark a return to the grace of monochrome photography, following a tradition whose masters, from Edward Weston and Brassai to Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, had defined the early and mid-20th century. When Salgado's images reached The New York Times Magazine, something extraordinary happened: there was complete silence. "In my entire career at The New York Times," recalled photo editor Peter Howe, "I never saw editors react to any set of pictures as they did to Serra Pelada." Today, with photography absorbed by the art world and digital manipulation, Salgado's portfolio holds a biblical quality and projects an immediacy that makes them vividly contemporary. The mine at Serra Pelada has been long closed, yet the intense drama of the gold rush leaps out of these images. This book gathers Salgado's complete Serra Pelada portfolio in museum-quality reproductions, accompanied by a foreword by the photographer and an essay by Alan Riding.Also available in a signed and limited Collector's Edition and as an Art Edition.

Case Study Houses (Hardcover): Elizabeth A.T. Smith Case Study Houses (Hardcover)
Elizabeth A.T. Smith; Edited by Peter Gossel; Photographs by Julius Shulman
R306 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R69 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Case Study House program (1945-1966) was a unique event in the history of American architecture. Sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, the program sought to respond to the postwar building boom with prototype modern homes that could be both easily replicated and readily affordable to the average American. Concentrated on the Los Angeles area, the Case Study Houses included 36 model homes commissioned from such major architects of the day as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen, A. Quincy Jones, and Ralph Rapson. Their criteria included "using, as far as is practicable, many war-born techniques and materials best suited to the expression of man's life in the modern world." The results of the program would redefine the modern home and extend influence not only across the United States but around the world. This compact guide includes all of the Case Study Houses with over 150 photos and plans, as well as a map showing locations of all sites, including those that no longer exist.

Self-Portraits (Hardcover): Ernst Rebel Self-Portraits (Hardcover)
Ernst Rebel 1
R305 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R69 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The self as a subject is one of the most fascinating and fruitful of artistic enterprises. From the 15th century to today, this collection brings together some of the best examples of self-portraiture to explore the genre's evolution over the centuries as well as the enduring questions of selfhood and self-representation that have besieged human experience for centuries before social media and the selfie. Is a self-portrait of an artist a medium of reflection? Or is it merely a black void, the "false mirror," as the Surrealist Rene Magritte entitled his 1928 painting of an eye? How much does it impart about contemporary notions of beauty, power, and status? From Albrecht Durer to Egon Schiele, Fra Filippo Lippi to Frida Kahlo, this far-reaching collection explores the numerous ways in which artists have taken themselves as subjects, the variety of ingenious methods and perspectives they have used, and the intriguing questions they raise.

The Package Design Book (English, French, German, Hardcover): Pentawards, Julius Wiedemann The Package Design Book (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Pentawards, Julius Wiedemann
R489 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R106 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Packaging is a highly underrated art form. As the first thing a consumer sees when looking at a product, it can make or break a sale. Every year, the Pentawards celebrate the art of the package by recognizing the world's most groundbreaking and influential designs. Designers compete in five main categories - beverages, food, body, luxury, and other markets - and no fewer than 50 sub-categories. Featuring a selection of hundreds of works, this book brings together Pentawards winners from 2008 to 2016, providing a vivid demonstration of creativity in every form of packaging. Readers will discover, through product descriptions and plenty of images, what drives design industry leaders and agencies behind these creations, which permeate all aspects of our everyday lives. This well of inspiration will not just serve design and marketing professionals, but anyone with an interest in the creative process of packaging.

The Sartorialist. India (English, French, German, Book): Bandana Tewari The Sartorialist. India (English, French, German, Book)
Bandana Tewari; Edited by Reuel Golden; Photographs by Scott Schuman
R1,810 R1,254 Discovery Miles 12 540 Save R556 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An intoxicating mix of color, pattern, and texture, The Sartorialist: India is a photographic tribute to the country's diversity and splendor. Famed American photographer and blogger Scott Schuman journeyed to India many times to capture its wildly idiosyncratic styles, whether on the streets, in markets, on the cricket fields, or at residences in cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Pushkar, and Mumbai. Schuman's affinity for his subjects is evident, and he celebrates people of all ages and from all walks of life, from ravers, transgender subjects, wrestlers, surfers, grandfathers, and fashionistas to children and laborers. He also shines a light on the new India as much as on the time-honored. The casually chic layering of textiles, the enduring prevalence of traditional attire, and India's pure physical beauty all add up to a richly satisfying visual and cultural experience. The images are also illuminated by an introduction by the acclaimed fashion writer Bandana Tewari. This vibrant monograph is Schuman's first for TASCHEN, and it showcases all the unique qualities that have brought him worldwide renown: a photojournalist's eye for a decisive moment, a humanist's sense of empathy, and a fashion aficionado's appreciation for design.

Frederic Chaubin. Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed (English, French, German, Hardcover): Frederic Chaubin Frederic Chaubin. Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Frederic Chaubin
R1,254 R898 Discovery Miles 8 980 Save R356 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Photographer Frederic Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in 14 former Soviet Republics which express what he considers to be the fourth age of Soviet architecture. His poetic pictures reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no "school" or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announced the end of the Soviet Union. Taking advantage of the collapsing monolithic structure, the holes in the widening net, architects went far beyond modernism, going back to the roots or freely innovating. Some of the daring ones completed projects that the Constructivists would have dreamt of (Druzhba Sanatorium, Yalta), others expressed their imagination in an expressionist way (Palace of Weddings, Tbilisi). A summer camp, inspired by sketches of a prototype lunar base, lays claim to Suprematist influence (Prometheus youth camp, Bogatyr). Then comes the "speaking architecture" widespread in the last years of the USSR: a crematorium adorned with concrete flames (Crematorium, Kiev), a technological institute with a flying saucer crashed on the roof (Institute of Scientific Research, Kiev), a political center watching you like Big Brother (House of Soviets, Kaliningrad). This puzzle of styles testifies to all the ideological dreams of the period, from the obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of identity. It also outlines the geography of the USSR, showing how local influences made their exotic twists before the country was brought to its end.Frederic Chaubin's Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed was elected best book on architecture of the year 2010 by the International Artbook and Film Festival in Perpignan, France (Festival International du Livre d'Art & du Film Perpignan).

The Polaroid Book (English, French, German, Hardcover): Barbara Hitchcock The Polaroid Book (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Barbara Hitchcock; Edited by Steve Crist 1
R478 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R74 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Polaroid Corporation's photography collection is the greatest portfolio of Polaroid images in the world. Begun by Polaroid founder Edwin Land and photographer Ansel Adams, the collection now includes some 23,000 images by hundreds of photographers throughout the world, including pieces by the likes of David Hockney, Andy Warhol, and Jeanloup Sieff.The Polaroid Book dives into these archives, paying tribute to a medium that continues to defy the digital age. Like an oversized Polaroid film pack, this collection curates works by luminaries and unknowns alike, celebrating the boundless possibilities that develop inside the white borders of the original instant photograph. Features: more than 250 works from the Polaroid Collections an essay by Polaroid's Barbara Hitchcock on the beginnings of instant photography and the collection's history a chapter featuring the various types of Polaroid cameras

Bosch. Poster Set (English, French, German, Loose-leaf): Taschen Bosch. Poster Set (English, French, German, Loose-leaf)
Taschen
R445 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R156 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bring a fantastical vision to your wall with these 16 ready-to-frame prints from the Renaissance rebel genius, Hieronymus Bosch, including spectacular details from The Garden of Earthly Delights.Included artworks: Ecce Homo (Christ presented to the People), c. 1490 Temptation of St Anthony, c. 1501 Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1503 Paradise and Hell, c. 1505 - 1515 The Last Judgement, c. 1506 The Wedding at Cana with Exempla, c. 1500 - 1510 Four Afterlife Panels, c. 1490 Haywain, c. 1510 - 1516

Anne Geddes: Small World (English, French, German, Hardcover): Holly Stuart Hughes Anne Geddes: Small World (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Holly Stuart Hughes; Photographs by Anne Geddes 1
R1,517 R1,061 Discovery Miles 10 610 Save R456 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Baby Talk The Anne Geddes phenomenon An infant curled within a seashell, on a bed of flowers, or its mother's body. With her distinct style and sensitive compositions, Anne Geddes has become one of the world's most widely known and loved photographers, celebrated for her unique take on infancy and parenthood in soft, characterful, vibrant portraits. Like no photographer before, Geddes strives to capture the beauty, purity, and vulnerability of early childhood and to embody within an image her deeply held belief that each and every child must be "protected, nurtured and loved." Since its inception in 1992, The Geddes Philanthropic Trust has designated significant funds from the range of Anne Geddes products to help prevent child abuse and neglect in countries around the world. This Geddes retrospective draws from access to the photographer's complete archive, reaching back to the late 1980s. With many previously unseen images as well as a sticker motif, it honors not only a whimsical and endearing aesthetic but its underlying philosophy of care for the young and vulnerable and for the future of mankind.Text in English, French, and German

100 Contemporary Fashion Designers (English, French, German, Hardcover): Terry Jones 100 Contemporary Fashion Designers (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Terry Jones 1
R483 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R107 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This compilation brings together highlights from TASCHEN's Fashion Now! series to create a comprehensive overview of fashion design around the world at the start of the 21st century. Edited by i-D creator Terry Jones, this book is an indispensible work of reference for anyone interested in the future of fashion. Fast-rising new designers - tomorrow's superstars - feature alongside industry giants and established practitioners, including Haider Ackermann, Azzedine Alaia, Ann Demeulemeester, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marc Jacobs, Rei Kawakubo, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Martin Margiela, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Stefano Pilati, Zac Posen, Miuccia Prada, Proenza Schouler, Gareth Pugh, Jeremy Scott, Raf Simons, Jil Sander, Olivier Theyskens, Alexander Wang, Junya Watanabe, Vivienne Westwood, Bernhard Willhelm, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Inside North Korea (English, French, German, Book): Oliver Wainwright Inside North Korea (English, French, German, Book)
Oliver Wainwright; Edited by Wiedemann
R1,172 R816 Discovery Miles 8 160 Save R356 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Erased by bombing during the Korean War, North Korea's trophy capital of Pyongyang was entirely rebuilt from scratch from 1953, in line with the vision of the nation's founder, Kim Il-sung. Designed as an imposing stage set, it is a place of grand axial boulevards linking gargantuan monuments, lined with stately piles of distinctly Korean flavor, to be "national in form and socialist in content."Under the present leader, Kim Jong-un, construction has ramped up apace-"Let us turn the whole country into a socialist fairyland," declares one of his official patriotic slogans. He is rapidly transforming Pyongyang into a playground, conjuring a flimsy fantasy of prosperity and using architecture as a powerful anesthetic, numbing the population from the stark reality of his authoritarian regime.Guardian journalist and photographer Oliver Wainwright takes us on an eye-opening tour behind closed doors in the most secretive country in the world, revealing that past the grand stone facades lie lavish wonder-worlds of marble and mosaic, coffered ceilings, and crystal chandeliers, along with new interiors in dazzling color palettes. Discover the palatial reading rooms of the Grand People's Study House, and peer inside the locker rooms of the recently renovated Rungrado May Day Stadium, ready to host a FIFA World Cup that will never come.This collection features about 300 photographs with insightful captions, as well as an introductory essay where Wainwright charts the history and development of Pyongyang, explaining how the architecture and interiors embody the national "Juche" ideology and questioning what the future holds for the architectural ambitions of this enigmatic country.

Yves Klein (Hardcover): Hannah Weitemeier Yves Klein (Hardcover)
Hannah Weitemeier
R305 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R70 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the mid-1950s, Yves Klein (1928-1962) declared that "a new world calls for a new man." With his idiosyncratic style and huge charisma, this bold artist would go on to pursue a brief but bountiful career, producing more than 1,000 paintings over seven years in an oeuvre now considered a mainstay of postwar modernism. Klein made his name above all with his large monochrome canvases in his own patented hue of blue. International Klein Blue (IKB), composed of pure pigment and binding medium, is at once rich and luminous, evocative and decorative, and was conceived by Klein as a means of evoking the immateriality and infinitude of the world. The works of this "Blue Revolution" seem to draw us into another dimension, as if hypnotized by a perfect summer sky. Klein was also renowned for his deployment of "living brushes," in which naked women, daubed in International Klein Blue, would make imprints of their bodies on large sheets of paper. This Basic Art introduction presents key Klein works to introduce an artist who was at once a showman, inventor, and pioneer of performance art. With page after page of the ever-alluring International Klein Blue, it is both an essential guide to a modern art master and a meditation on the unique effects of a single color.

Norman Mailer. MoonFire, 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover): Norman Mailer, Colum McCann Norman Mailer. MoonFire, 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
Norman Mailer, Colum McCann 1
R1,277 R921 Discovery Miles 9 210 Save R356 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It has been called the single most historic event of the 20th century: On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins met John F. Kennedy's call for a manned Moon landing by the end of the 1960s. A decade of tests and training, a staff of 400,000 engineers and scientists, a budget of billions, and the most powerful rocket ever launched all combined in an unprecedented event watched by millions the world over. And no one captured the men, the mood, and the machinery like Norman Mailer. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Norman Mailer was hired by LIFE magazine in 1969 to cover the Moon shot. He enhanced his reportage in the brilliantly crafted book, Of a Fire on the Moon, which is excerpted here. Equally adept at examining the science of space travel and the psychology of the people involved-from Saturn V rocket engineer Wernher von Braun to the crucial NASA support staff to the three astronauts-Mailer provides provocative and trenchant insights into this epoch-making event. Illustrating this volume are hundreds of photographs and maps from the NASA vaults, magazine archives, and private collections. These images document the development of the agency and the mission, life inside the command module and on the Moon's surface, and the world's jubilant reaction to the landing. This 50-year anniversary edition includes captions by leading Apollo 11 experts that explain the history and science behind the images, citing the mission log, publications of the day, and postflight astronaut interviews; while an evocative introduction by Colum McCann celebrates Mailer's incomparable skill at transforming "the science of space... the weight of history... the breadth of mythology" into prose.

Prouve (Hardcover): Prouve (Hardcover)
R306 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R69 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

French-born Jean Prouve (1901-1984) was the 20th century's leading construction designer, a self-declared constructeur and member of the jury who oversaw the design of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. As a designer, he captured the midcentury spirit of innovation, expansion, and growth, developing techniques that united simple, striking aesthetics with practical, cost-effective materials and assembly. From vast, temporary exhibition marquees to handheld letter openers, modular building systems to interior lighting, Prouve's designs efficiently fitted their function with minimal fuss and understated elegance. Feted by designers, architects, and engineers the world over, Prouve has left a rich and inspirational legacy, which resonates perfectly with the approach of this compact volume, neatly summarizing his life and works.

Salvador Dali: The Paintings (Hardcover): Robert Descharnes, Gilles Neret Salvador Dali: The Paintings (Hardcover)
Robert Descharnes, Gilles Neret 1
R502 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R106 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book deals with the seminal surrealist. It explores Dali's grandiose and grotesque oeuvre. Picasso called Dali "an outboard motor that's always running." Dali thought himself a genius with a right to indulge in whatever lunacy popped into his head. Painter, sculptor, writer, and filmmaker, Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was one of the century's greatest exhibitionists and eccentrics - and was rewarded with fierce controversy wherever he went. He was one of the first to apply the insights of Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis to the art of painting, approaching the subconscious with extraordinary sensitivity and imagination. This publication presents the entire painted oeuvre of Salvador Dali. After many years of research, Robert Descharnes and Gilles Neret finally located all the paintings of this highly prolific artist. Many of the works had been inaccessible for years - in fact so many that almost half the illustrations in this book had rarely been seen.

Nomadic Homes (English, French, German, Hardcover): Philip Jodidio Nomadic Homes (English, French, German, Hardcover)
Philip Jodidio; Illustrated by Russ Gray 1
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This illustrated volume, written and edited by Philip Jodidio contains some of the most remarkable examples of homes on the move. Starting with totally revamped Airstream mobile homes, and going on to spectacular yachts like Philippe Starck's Motor Yacht A, this book doesn't stop moving, surveying the best in campers and tents, and even going on to private jets in the A319 or Boeing 737 category, veritable flying palaces for the privileged few.

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