October 2016 (43)

The Building

ISBN: 9783037784983

Author: Jose Araguez    Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers

For nearly fifty years “the building” has primarily been viewed as a means rather than an end within architectural history and theory. This volume presents...


For nearly fifty years “the building” has primarily been viewed as a means rather than an end within architectural history and theory. This volume presents an alternative to that trend by reconceiving it as a central discursive category in its own right. Contributors—including architects and academics from world-renowned institutions—offer insightful discussions of key architectural structures conceived in Europe, Asia, and the U.S.A. over the last three decades. In doing so they propel architectural thinking’s importance as a domain of knowledge. Further, in exploring those structures through a number of questions both intra- and meta-disciplinary, this book suggests ways in which buildings can trigger conceptual frameworks whose influence extends well beyond architecture. A balanced text-to-image ratio caters to readers in both practice and academia.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 416


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 10-10-2016


$110.00
50 Contemporary Artists You Should Know

ISBN: 9783791345307

Publisher: Prestel Publishing

This survey of great contemporary artists is the perfect introduction to the exciting world of art today. Artists working after World War II faced a confounding...


This survey of great contemporary artists is the perfect introduction to the exciting world of art today. Artists working after World War II faced a confounding array of challenges, as stylistic barriers were broken, technology advanced, and issues of sexuality and race came to the forefront. From painters and photographers to sculptors and performance artists, fifty of the most influential contemporary artists are profiled in this colorful and engaging book that traces the various artistic movements and radical changes of the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Presented chronologically, each artist is featured in 2 or 4-page spreads that include brilliant reproductions of their most important works, an illuminating biography, key dates in their career, and informative background on major developments in the art world. Throughout the volume a timeline places each artist within the context of contemporary art. As diverse and inspiring as the artists themselves, this book is a voyage of discovery into art’s cutting edge.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 257


Dimensions: 193 x 240 mm


$45.00
50 Contemporary Fashion Designers You Should Know

ISBN: 9783791347134

Author: Doria Santlofer    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

This book of stunning images is an accessible overview of the most important contemporary fashion designers working now. Today’s designers are savvier and mo...


This book of stunning images is an accessible overview of the most important contemporary fashion designers working now. Today’s designers are savvier and more daring than ever before. Happy to exist within or outside the established houses of haute couture, their reputations are cemented by smart consumers who are willing to navigate the thin line between setting and following trends. This book of the most creative and iconoclastic members of today’s fashion scene includes Fashion Week regulars and cutting-edge up-and-comers. Each designer is profiled in double-page spreads that include runway-ready products as well as notes, sketches, and biographical information. These 50 men and women have embraced the global, economic, and environmental realities that serve both to challenge and inspire.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 157


Dimensions: 193 x 240 mm


$45.00
Klimt and the Women of Vienna's Golden Age 1900-1918

ISBN: 9783791355825

Author: Tobias Natter    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Klimt was a central figure in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, and a crucial link between nineteenth-century Symbolism and Modernism. His sensual po...


Klimt was a central figure in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, and a crucial link between nineteenth-century Symbolism and Modernism. His sensual portrayals of women are among his most celebrated works and the focus of this book. Highlights of the publication include Klimt's most important society portraits, such as Serena Lederer (1899); Gertrud Loew (1902); Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907); Mäda Primavesi (1913); Elisabeth Lederer (1914–16); and Ria Munk III (1917). These works cover the gamut of Klimt's portrait style, from his early ethereal works influenced by Symbolism and the Pre-Raphaelite movement to his so-called "golden style," as well as his almost Fauvist depictions. These art works are complemented by preparatory Klimt sketches and decorative arts from the Wiener Werkstätte.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 235 x 285 mm


Publication Date: 30-09-2016


$125.00
Munch and Expressionism

ISBN: 9783791355269

Author: Jill Lloyd    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Edvard Munch came of age during an artistic period that celebrated beauty and design. But in his own art, Munch explored darker themes-alienation, sin, and huma...


Edvard Munch came of age during an artistic period that celebrated beauty and design. But in his own art, Munch explored darker themes-alienation, sin, and human vulnerability. His resulting work incorporated the vivid colors of previous styles, but intensified their emotional power and paved the way for an entirely new approach to painting. Although much has been written about Munch's life and its influence on his art, there has not been a study of the artist's influence on his German and Austrian peers-until now. Featuring contributions by leading scholars in the field, including Patricia Bermann, Alison Chang, Jay Clarke, Reinhold Heller, Jill Lloyd, Nils Ohlsen, and Oystein Uvstedt, this authoritative and beautifully illustrated book explores Munch's impact on Austrian and German artists of the period within an Expressionist context. It also examines work in specific media, such as Munch's seminal contributions to printmaking. The artist's thematic and stylistic leitmotifs are highlighted, including self-portraiture, urban scenes, landscapes, couples, and the artist and his model. Vibrant reproductions of works from throughout Munch's oeuvre, including such icons as The Scream, Madonna, and The Kiss, make this a splendid introduction to the artist as well as an exciting springboard to the study of European Expressionism.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 235 x 285 mm


$125.00
Vasily Kandinsky

ISBN: 9783791382920

Author: Helmut Friedel    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

This generously illustrated volume displays Vasily Kandinsky’s brilliant use of color, shape, and composition through approximately 250 full-color illustratio...


This generously illustrated volume displays Vasily Kandinsky’s brilliant use of color, shape, and composition through approximately 250 full-color illustrations. Essays by the world’s leading Kandinsky experts focus on the evolution of his work throughout all periods of his career: his exploration of his Russian roots and his emigration to Munich; his attraction to the Art Nouveau and fauvist movements; the formation of the Blue Rider group; the influence of music on his painting; his years at the Bauhaus; and his late work in Paris. The book’s design allows for a thorough examination of Kandinsky’s most important works in all their extraordinary detail. Accessible, impeccably researched, and wide-ranging, this important volume offers an indispensable overview of the artist’s seminal works and a tribute to the beauty and power of Kandinsky’s vision.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 222 x 320 mm


Publication Date: 30-09-2016


$95.00
Dali's Moustaches

ISBN: 9783791382555

Author: Boris Friedewald    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Whether curled into a figure 8 or splayed like a cat’s whiskers, Dali’s moustache is arguably the world’s most famous facial hair. But when asked to expla...


Whether curled into a figure 8 or splayed like a cat’s whiskers, Dali’s moustache is arguably the world’s most famous facial hair. But when asked to explain why he styled it in such bizarre and seemingly comic fashion, the artist remarked that his moustache was “the most serious part” of his personality. In this book, Boris Friedewald tells the life story of the renowned Spanish Surrealist through the various moustache styles he had throughout his life. Dali cultivated his moustaches—he staged them and had them photographed. But these were more than mere vanity projects. Dali’s evolving facial hair signifies certain points in the artist’s own metamorphosis and was a kind of antenna of his metaphysical inspiration. Illustrated with many intriguing photographs of the artist and his ever-changing moustache, this book describes how Dali cared for and styled his facial hair, and shows how it influenced many artists in his wake—from Ringo Starr to Lady Gaga. Filled with anecdotes and engaging commentary about Dali’s work, this book offers readers a fascinating new way of looking at the artist, his life, and his legacy.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 140 x 185 mm


Publication Date: 03-10-2016


$49.99
The Figurative Pollock

ISBN: 9783791355863

Author: Josef Helfenstein    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Jackson Pollock’s name has become synonymous with the abstract drip paintings that he famously created on the floor of his studio. Before these paintings, fro...


Jackson Pollock’s name has become synonymous with the abstract drip paintings that he famously created on the floor of his studio. Before these paintings, from the 1930s to the late 1940s, Pollock created figurative works, studying at one time under the painter Thomas Hart Benton and with the Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Pollock took up figuration again after his famous drip paintings. This book starts with the early decades and also treats Pollock’s re-adoption of the figuration after his renowned abstract paintings. The Figurative Pollock features 100 paintings and works on paper. From rolling landscapes to experiments in non-Western totemic painting to sketches and drawings fueled by Jungian analysis, the enormous range of Pollock’s early and late work is presented here. Brimming with confidence and a sense of freedom, distinct yet so easily related to Pollock’s most famous oeuvre, these works contribute to an understanding of how the artist found his voice.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 200 x 270 mm


Publication Date: 10-10-2016


$125.00
Francis Bacon : Invisible Rooms

ISBN: 9783791355764

Arguably one of the most influential and original painters of the 20th century, Francis Bacon painted haunting portraits that employed themes of crucifixion, to...


Arguably one of the most influential and original painters of the 20th century, Francis Bacon painted haunting portraits that employed themes of crucifixion, torment, and isolation. Incorporating the insights of The Logic of Sensation, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s seminal criticism of Bacon’s work, this volume highlights Bacon’s approach to space as one of the defining forces of his work. By organizing the spatial and dramatic structure of his compositions with barely visible cubic or elliptical cages, his figures become trapped in a kind of invisible room. This sense of confinement creates a direct, unsettling impression on the viewer, and further emphasizes the painter’s dark vision. This book features stunning reproductions of 40 large-scale paintings, including Study for a Portrait (1952), Chimpanzee (1955), Three Studies of the Male Back (1970), and Sand Dune (1983) as well as a selection of rarely exhibited works on paper. This book also contains a series of essays that explore the range of variation in Bacon’s use of isolating constructions over a period of nearly 50 years, as well as the nature of his painting technique and compositions.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 230 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 19-10-2016


$95.00
Collage Makers II

ISBN: 9788416500345

Author: Carolina Amell    Publisher: Monsa

ollage art is a lot more than just cutting and pasting, it’s a refined technique which shows a peculiar vision of the world, it’s a true creative tool. “C...


ollage art is a lot more than just cutting and pasting, it’s a refined technique which shows a peculiar vision of the world, it’s a true creative tool. “Collage Makers” took us closer to the spacious world of collage and its different artists. Now we expand this marvellous world with “Collage Makers II”. Artists like Ernesto Artillo, Lola Dupré, Damien Blottiere, Pablo Thecuadro, Rocío Montoya… show us their techniques and explain to us the way they normally work in their exclusive and unrepeatable creations due to the raw materials used, magazines, pieces of wood, photographs, news papers, everyday objects, etc.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 180 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 10-10-2016


$69.99
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