In her 'Sorted Book' series of photographs, conceptual artist Nina Katchadourian selects and stacks groupings of two, three, four, or five books so that the titles on their spines can be read as sentences forming whimsical, witty and poignant poems and narratives from the text found there. At once illuminating and thought-pro... read more
Museum collections are a treasure trove of objects, each with the capacity to tell a compelling story or stories. Many objects in Te Manawa's collection speak of a deep curiosity for the world 'out there and beyond', while others evoke an intense sense of belonging to the Manawatu. Significant insight about both local communi... read more
Peter Campbell was the resident designer and art critic for the London Review of Books. He worked for the magazine from its first appearance in 1979 and wrote more than 300 pieces, mainly about art but also about such things as escalators, weeds, bicycles, bridges and hearts. Each fortnight from 1996 onwards, Peter created a ... read more
" After the global hit Ars Sacra, Rolf Toman and his team embark on a journey once more. The Palace of Versailles and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican are the outstanding buildings from this epoch. There are undreamed-of jewels in Europe and America, the New World, waiting for discovery. Magnificent libraries, vaults of sc... read more
Christianity is the most widespread religion in the world. ARS SACRA pays the due tribute to its art and architecture; a comprehensive compendium presenting just under 2000 years of Christian art, from early Christianity to the present day, with an abundance of illustrations. These include high quality photographs in XXL-form... read more
The Vision Splendid features the sketchbooks of 22 nineteenth-century artists, ranging from well-known professionals like Eugene von Gurard and John Glover to amateurs about whom little is known. These artists, engineers, surveyors, military men, solicitors, public servants and pastoralists all delighted in recording what the... read more
Move over Gombrich - there's a new art book in town! For sceptics, art lovers, and the millions of us who visit art galleries every year - and are confused - "What Are You Looking At?" by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz is a wonderfully lively, accessible and enlightening history of Modern Art, from Impressionism to the present... read more
From Homer's poems to contemporary science fiction, literature through the ages has continuously invented imaginary and legendary lands, projecting there all those wishes, dreams, utopias and nightmares that are too intrusive and challenging for our limited daily reality. Umberto Eco leads us on an illustrated journey through... read more
At the heart of Michael Leunig's work lies the idea of the holy fool - a character who does not conform to social norms of behaviour because of mental disability or as a deliberate choice, but is regarded as having a compensating divine blessing or inspiration. The holy fool is the protagonist in most of Michael's paintings a... read more
What a rich and wonderful book this is - for those who love the wry comedy of Leunig and for those who appreciate distinctive artistic talent. The 'Holy Foo'l is a character to whom Leunig keeps returning. He writes at length about the importance of mature innocence: being able to perceive life with the simplicity of a f... read more
Discover hundreds of exciting and fun images to draw! This complete set of six-books-in-one teaches how to draw cars, insects, dinosaurs, rainforest animals, ocean creatures and desert animals with simple step-by-step instructions.
Try your hand at rivalling the work of the great modern artists. The Modern Art Doodle Book encourages readers to awaken their creativity and emulate the imagination that lies behind every great work of art. Contains iconic pieces of art for budding artists to complete in the style of the original artist. Includes work from s... read more
Forthcoming, 1st May, 2012
There are sections on aerial, linear, central linear, two-point and three-point perspective as well as chapters on using construction lines, projected shadows and reflections. We also learn a little bit about how perspective and structure have been used throughout the history of art. Finally the artist shows through his own s... read more
The focus of the book is very much on Giovanni's exquisite head and shoulder portraits of a broad range of subjects of all ages, in a variety of poses and situations, both formal and informal, exhibiting a range of emotional expressions. The accompanying text provides concise, clearly written explanations of the subject, incl... read more
A treasure of a gift for the well-read woman, this collection brings together 50 stirring portraits, in watercolor and in word, of literature's most well-read female characters. Anna Karenina, Clarissa Dalloway, Daisy Buchanan...each seems to live on the page through celebrated artist Samantha Hahn's evocative portraits and h... read more
With 135 paintings from early colonial art to the work of contemporary painters, this book is a must-have for every lover of New Zealand and its art. When Landscape Paintings of New Zealand A Journey from North To South was published in 2006 it was hailed by a reviewer thus: 'This is New Zealand art history made accessible, y... read more
Graffiti gets a bad name. It doesn't have to be all doom and gloom in a spray can - it can be used to make people laugh and as a voice for up-beat communication. Curated by street-art blogger Jenny Foulds, Happy Graffiti celebrates graffiti and street art that is sometimes funny, poignant or risque but always uplifting. Happy... read more
A new edition of this iconic book includes new larger format and photographs rescanned from Marti Friedlander's originals. It is an indepth photographic study of the ancient art of moko.
The second book in an ongoing series from the West Coast art and culture magazine, "Juxtapoz Tattoo" focuses on a subject very dear to the inked hearts of it's readers. Most of the features artists came up at the beginning of "Tattoo's" modern renaissance in the mid 1990's, hungry for a new approach, but steeped none-the-less... read more
Through the work of 20 of New Zealand's best tattoo artists and photography, this book presents some of the best examples of tattoo art in New Zealand, including traditional Maori and Polynesian designs.