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Gunther Uecker: Notations (Hardcover): Gunther Uecker Gunther Uecker: Notations (Hardcover)
Gunther Uecker; Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist
R1,105 Discovery Miles 11 050 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Anna Sew Hoy - Suppose and a Pair of Jeans (Paperback): Anna Sew Hoy Anna Sew Hoy - Suppose and a Pair of Jeans (Paperback)
Anna Sew Hoy
R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
History of Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture (Paperback): Charles Samuel Farrar History of Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture (Paperback)
Charles Samuel Farrar
R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
History of Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture (Hardcover): Charles Samuel Farrar History of Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture (Hardcover)
Charles Samuel Farrar
R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Heath Robinson: How to be a Motorist (Hardcover, 2nd edition): W.Heath Robinson, K. R. G. Browne Heath Robinson: How to be a Motorist (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
W.Heath Robinson, K. R. G. Browne 1
R257 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R36 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

W. Heath Robinson is best known for his hilarious drawings of zany contraptions, though his work ranged across a wide variety of topics covering many aspects of British life in the decades following the First World War. Starting out as a watercolour artist, he quickly turned to the more lucrative field of book illustration and developed his forte in satirical drawings and cartoons. He was regularly commissioned by the editors of Tatler and The Sketch and in great demand from advertising companies. Collections of his drawings were subsequently published in many different editions and became so successful as to transform Heath Robinson into a household name, celebrated for his eccentric brand of British humour. Presenting such innovations as the 'Zip-Opening Bonnet', the 'Duo-car for the Incompatible' and the handy 'New Rear Wheel Gear for Turning the Car in One Movement', this volume of Heath Robinson illustrations with commentary by K.R.G. Browne will appeal to 'everybody who is ever likely to drive, be driven in, or get run over by a mechanically propelled vehicle'.

Curious Creatures on our Shores (Hardcover): Chris Thorogood Curious Creatures on our Shores (Hardcover)
Chris Thorogood 1
R394 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R57 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This veritable marine treasure trove of a book is richly illustrated by the author, with fifty of the most beautiful, easily encountered, and sometimes astonishing marine organisms found on British coasts, from seemingly exotic seahorses and starfish, to peculiar sea-potatoes and sea lemons. Together, these characterful critters paint a colourful picture of life between the tides: starfish that, upon losing an arm, can grow a new one; baby sharks hatching from their fancifully named 'mermaid' purses'; ethereal moon jellyfish pulsating in the current and, on some seabeds, even coral. Beachcombing, overturning a boulder or simply parting the strands of seaweed in a rock pool offer a glimpse into a thriving underwater world of curious creatures. Inspired by the Oxford University of Natural History's exceptionally rich zoology collections, which contain millions of specimens amassed from centuries of expeditions, this book tells the story of life on the seashore.

Reading Basquiat - Exploring Ambivalence in American Art (Paperback): Jordana Moore Saggese Reading Basquiat - Exploring Ambivalence in American Art (Paperback)
Jordana Moore Saggese
R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Before his death at the age of twenty-seven, Jean-Michel Basquiat completed nearly 2,000 works. These unique compositions-collages of text and gestural painting across a variety of media-quickly made Basquiat one of the most important and widely known artists of the 1980s. Reading Basquiat provides a new approach to understanding the range and impact of this artist's practice, as well as its complex relationship to several key artistic and ideological debates of the late twentieth century, including the instability of identity, the role of appropriation, and the boundaries of expressionism. Jordana Moore Saggese argues that Basquiat, once known as "the black Picasso," probes not only the boundaries of blackness but also the boundaries of American art. Weaving together the artist's interests in painting, writing, and music, this groundbreaking book expands the parameters of aesthetic discourse to consider the parallels Basquiat found among these disciplines in his exploration of the production of meaning. Most important, Reading Basquiat traces the ways in which Basquiat constructed large parts of his identity-as a black man, as a musician, as a painter, and as a writer-via the manipulation of texts in his own library.

Drawing for Beginners - 100+ Ideas and Prompts to Release Your Inner Artist (Paperback): Jamie Markle Drawing for Beginners - 100+ Ideas and Prompts to Release Your Inner Artist (Paperback)
Jamie Markle
R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Reduce stress by picking up a pencil and learning how to draw with these fun, relaxing, and creative prompts perfect for beginner artists. Have you always wanted to draw but never knew how? Well now's the perfect time to start! You don't need a fine arts degree-you don't even need to know where to begin. Drawing for Beginners is here to help. With helpful prompts and easy-to-follow mini-lessons, you can learn basic drawing techniques that are fun and relaxing. Jump in anywhere and learn new skills that will make a happier, more creative you.

Ceramic, Art and Civilisation (Hardcover): Paul Greenhalgh Ceramic, Art and Civilisation (Hardcover)
Paul Greenhalgh
R689 Discovery Miles 6 890 In stock

In his major new history, Paul Greenhalgh tells the story of ceramics as a story of human civilisation, from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. As a core craft technology, pottery has underpinned domesticity, business, religion, recreation, architecture, and art for millennia. Indeed, the history of ceramics parallels the development of human society. This fascinating and very human history traces the story of ceramic art and industry from the Ancient Greeks to the Romans and the medieval world; Islamic ceramic cultures and their influence on the Italian Renaissance; Chinese and European porcelain production; modernity and Art Nouveau; the rise of the studio potter, Art Deco, International Style and Mid-Century Modern, and finally, the contemporary explosion of ceramic making and the postmodern potter. Interwoven in this journey through time and place is the story of the pots themselves, the culture of the ceramics, and their character and meaning. Ceramics have had a presence in virtually every country and historical period, and have worked as a commodity servicing every social class. They are omnipresent: a ubiquitous art. Ceramic culture is a clear, unique, definable thing, and has an internal logic that holds it together through millennia. Hence ceramics is the most peculiar and extraordinary of all the arts. At once cheap, expensive, elite, plebeian, high-tech, low-tech, exotic, eccentric, comic, tragic, spiritual, and secular, it has revealed itself to be as fluid as the mud it is made from. Ceramics are the very stuff of how civilized life was, and is, led. This then is the story of human society's most surprising core causes and effects.

intervals and forms of stones of stars (Paperback): Buhl intervals and forms of stones of stars (Paperback)
Buhl
R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Spinning: Nature, Culture and the Spiritual in the Work of John Newling (Paperback): Richard Davey Spinning: Nature, Culture and the Spiritual in the Work of John Newling (Paperback)
Richard Davey
R938 Discovery Miles 9 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The first substantial overview of Newling's mysterious, intriguing, and often beautiful works.

Abstract Realistic Painting Approach - Why it is the right approach for artists? (Paperback): Magunta Dayakar Abstract Realistic Painting Approach - Why it is the right approach for artists? (Paperback)
Magunta Dayakar
R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Picasso, Provence and Douglas Cooper (Paperback, New edition): John Richardson The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Picasso, Provence and Douglas Cooper (Paperback, New edition)
John Richardson
R706 Discovery Miles 7 060 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is John Richardson's vivid memoir of the time he spent living with and learning from the deeply knowledgeable and temperamental art collector, Douglas Cooper. For ten years the two entertained a circle of friends that included Jean Cocteau, W. H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, and, most intriguingly, Pablo Picasso. Compulsively readable and beautifully illustrated, this book is both a triple portrait of the author, Cooper, and Picasso, and a revealing look at a crucial artistic period.

Merton College Library - An Illustrated History (Paperback): Julia C. Walworth Merton College Library - An Illustrated History (Paperback)
Julia C. Walworth
R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Merton library is rightly known for its antiquity, its beautiful medieval and early modern architecture and fittings and for its remarkable and important collection of manuscripts and rare books, yet a nineteenth-century plan to tear the medieval library down and replace it was only narrowly frustrated. This brief history of Europe's oldest academic library traces its origins in the thirteenth century, when a new type of community of scholars was first being set up, through to the present day and its multiple functions as a working college library, a unique resource for researchers and a delight for curious visitors. Drawing on the remarkable wealth of documentation in the college's archives, this is the first history of the library to explore collections, buildings, readers and staff across more than 700 years. The story is told in part through stunning colour images that depict not only exceptional treasures but also the library furnishings and decorations, and which show manuscripts, books, bindings and artefacts of different periods in their changing contexts. Featuring a timeline and a plan of the college, this book will be of interest to historians, alumni and tourists alike.

Nick Waplington - the Patriarch's Wardrobe (Hardcover): Nick Waplington - the Patriarch's Wardrobe (Hardcover)
R731 Discovery Miles 7 310 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Letters on Cezanne (English, German, Paperback, 2nd ed.): Rainer Rilke Letters on Cezanne (English, German, Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Rainer Rilke; Translated by Joel Agee
R285 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R54 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Rilke's prayerful responses to the french master's beseeching art

For a long time nothing, and then suddenly one has the right eyes.

Virtually every day in the fall of 1907, Rainer Maria Rilke returned to a Paris gallery to view a Cezanne exhibition. Nearly as frequently, he wrote dense and joyful letters to his wife, Clara Westhoff, expressing his dismay before the paintings and his ensuing revelations about art and life.

Rilke was knowledgeable about art and had even published monographs, including a famous study of Rodin that inspired his New Poems. But Cezanne's impact on him could not be conveyed in a traditional essay. Rilke's sense of kinship with Cezanne provides a powerful and prescient undercurrent in these letters -- passages from them appear verbatim in Rilke's great modernist novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Letters on Cezanne is a collection of meaningfully private responses to a radically new art.

With Barry Flanagan - Travels Through Time and Spain (Hardcover): Richard McNeff With Barry Flanagan - Travels Through Time and Spain (Hardcover)
Richard McNeff
R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

With Barry Flanagan is a vivid account of a friendship that evolved into a working relationship when Richard McNeff became 'spontaneous fixer' (Flanagan's description) of the sculptor's show held in June 1992 at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Ibiza, where they were both living. McNeff was to gain a privileged insight into the sculptor's singular personality and eccentric working methods, learning to decipher his memorably surreal turns of phrase and to parry his fascinating, if at times unsettling, pranksteresque quirks . In September 1992 Flanagan and McNeff took the show to Majorca, resulting a lively visit to the celebrated Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo. The following year McNeff was involved in Flanagan's print- making venture in Barcelona and in his Madrid retrospective. Flanagan rescued him from a rough landing in England in 1994 by commissioning a tour of stone quarries there. Subsequently McNeff ran into a fourteen- year-old profoundly deaf girl who turned out to be his unknown daughter. She had a talent for art and the superbly generous sculptor was instrumental in helping with her studies. Late in 2008 Barry was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. By June 2009 he was wheelchair- bound. Two months later he died, and McNeff read the lesson at his funeral. Fleshed out with biographical detail, much of it supplied by the sculptor himself, supplemented by photographs and details of the work, this touching memoir is the first retrospective of a major Welsh-born artist. With Barry Flanagan captures the spirit of this remarkable Merlinesque figure in a moving portrait that reveals a true original.

Danimarca 1961 (Paperback): Mulas Danimarca 1961 (Paperback)
Mulas
R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Sonic Wallpapers (Paperback): Felicity Ford Sonic Wallpapers (Paperback)
Felicity Ford; Edited by Zoe Hendon, Richard Lumb
R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Responses * Kafka's Prague (Paperback): Jiri Kolar Responses * Kafka's Prague (Paperback)
Jiri Kolar; Illustrated by Jiri Kolar; Translated by Ryan Scott
R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Saying It (Book): Mieke Bal, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Renate Farro Saying It (Book)
Mieke Bal, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Renate Farro; Edited by Stefan van der Lecq
R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Body Blows - Six Performances (Paperback, New): Tim Miller Body Blows - Six Performances (Paperback, New)
Tim Miller; Photographs by Dona Ann McAdams; Foreword by Tony Kushner
R389 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R63 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Hailed for his humor and passion, the internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller has delighted, shocked, and emboldened audiences all over the world. "Body Blows" gathers six of Miller's best-known performances that chart the sexual, spiritual, and political topography of his identity as a gay man: Some Golden States, Stretch Marks, My Queer Body, Naked Breath, Fruit Cocktail, and Glory Box. In "Body Blows," Tim Miller leaps from the stage to the page, as each performance script is illustrated with striking photographs and accompanied by Miller's notes and comment.
This book explores the tangible body blows--taken and given--of Miller's life and times as explored in his performances: the queer-basher's blow, the sweet blowing breath of a lover, the below-the-belt blow of HIV/AIDS, the psychic blows from a society that disrespects the humanity of lesbian and gay relationships. Miller's performances are full of the put-up-your-dukes and stand-your-ground of such day-to-day blows that make up being gay in America

Some Collages: Jim Jarmusch (Hardcover): Jim Jarmusch Some Collages: Jim Jarmusch (Hardcover)
Jim Jarmusch; Text written by Randy Kennedy, Leuc Sante
R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Although Jim Jarmusch is best known for his storied career in independent cinema, over the years he has produced hundreds of pieces of collage art, the majority of which has been rarely seen by the public. Drawing inspiration from the largest medium of cultural documentation-newspapers-Jarmusch delicately crafts each work by layering newsprints on cardstock. These small-scale (notecard-size) pieces are often characterized by their tongue-in-cheek nature: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's faces are affixed to nameless suits, two Andy Warhols are posed in a X-Files-esque tunnel, various musicians perform with ever-so-timely surgical masks. Collected here for the first time, [Untitled] showcases Jarmusch's profanely assembled vision.

Biography (Paperback): Elmgreen & Dragset Biography (Paperback)
Elmgreen & Dragset
R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
von Martius. The Book of Palms (English, French, German, Hardcover): H. Walter Lack von Martius. The Book of Palms (English, French, German, Hardcover)
H. Walter Lack 2
R427 R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Save R41 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

On December 15, 1868, Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794-1868), Professor of Botany at the University of Munich and director of the Royal Botanic Garden, was carried to his grave in a coffin covered with fresh palm leaves. The fronds were a reference to his groundbreaking Natural History of Palms: a work in three volumes, published between 1823 and 1853. This encyclopedic treasury of 240 exquisite chromolithographic illustrations was based on von Martius's expeditions through Brazil and Peru. From 1817 to 1820, he traveled over 2,250 km (1,400 miles) through the Amazon basin to investigate natural history and native tribes with zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix. The result was an unrivaled catalogue of all known genera of the palm family, outlining the modern classification of palms, describing all the palms of Brazil, and producing the first maps of palm biogeography. Von Martius's folio is unusual in its inclusion of cross-sectioned diagrams, conveying the architecture of these mighty trees, which central Europeans would have found hard to imagine accurately. Equally remarkable are the color landscapes showing various palms-often standing alone in simple and elegant beauty. About the series Bibliotheca Universalis - Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!

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