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  • How to Be an Artist

    The New York Times bestseller

    by Jerry Saltz ...
    The New York Times Bestseller"I wish I had read these rules forty years ago and carried them around like a bible. By chance or design I've followed most of them at some point but it took me a lifetime as an artist to find what worked. They are the generous, loving, enthusiastic, bullshit-free advice of a master communicator, just reading them makes me want to charge back into the studio" - Grayson ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The Artist's Way

    A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

    by Julia Cameron ...
    'A really good starting point to discover what lights you up' - Emma Gannon'I love it. A practical, spiritual, nurturing book' - Russell BrandTHE MULTI-MILLION-COPY WORLDWIDE BESTSELLERSince its first publication, The Artist's Way has inspired the genius of Elizabeth Gilbert, Tim Ferriss, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and millions of readers to embark on a creative journey and find a deeper ... Read more

    $20.23 AUD

  • Locating Visual-Material Rhetorics

    The Map, the Mill, and the GPS

    by Amy Propen ...
    series Visual Rhetoric
    Parks, maps, and mapping technologies like the GPS are objects of visual and material culture that rely on the interplay of text, context, image, and space to guide our interpretations of the world around us. LOCATING VISUAL-MATERIAL RHETORICS: THE MAP, THE MILL, AND THE GPS examines in depth, and in several contemporary settings, how visual and material discursive artifacts, when understood as ... Read more

    $23.97 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Reparative Aesthetics

    Witnessing in Contemporary Art Photography

    By offering a new way of thinking about the role of politically engaged art, Susan Best opens up a new aesthetic field: reparative aesthetics. The book identifies an innovative aesthetic on the part of women photographers from the southern hemisphere, who against the dominant modes of criticality in political art, look at how cultural production can be reparative.The winner ofthe Art Association ... Read more

    $40.58 AUD

  • Ways of Seeing

    by John Berger ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever."Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.""But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • If Walls Could Talk

    An intimate history of the home

    by Lucy Worsley ...
    Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two 'dirty centuries'? Why did gas lighting cause Victorian ladies to faint? Why, for centuries, did people fear fruit?All these questions - and more - are answered in this juicy, truly intimate history of the home.Through the ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • The Home Edit Life

    The Complete Guide to Organizing Absolutely Everything at Work, at Home and On the Go

    The New York Times Number One BestsellerA Netflix Original Series.'Move over, Marie Kondo - Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are the professional organisers the A-list now let rifle through their drawers.' - Sunday Times StyleClea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are back again to bring both function and beauty to your everyday life. In The Home Edit Life they show you how to contain the chaos when it ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Girl in a Green Gown

    The History and Mystery of the Arnolfini Portrait

    by Carola Hicks ...
    WITH A FOREWORD BY GRAYSON PERRYCarola Hicks sets out to solve the mystery of one of art history’s greatest paintings, The Arnolfini PortraitThe Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck in 1434 hangs in the National Gallery in London and remains a mystery to this day. Is the painting of the girl in the green gown the celebration of marriage or pregnancy, a memorial to a wife who died in childbirth, a ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Story Behind

    The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects

    by Emily Prokop ...
    Learn the fascinating history and trivia behind the everyday items we take for granted—from the host of the popular podcast The Story Behind.Many of us learn about the major inventions that shape our world. But we too often overlook the objects we use every day. In The Story Behind, Emily Prokop, creator of the Webby Award nominated podcast, explores the who, how, and huh? of everything from Band ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Feel Free

    Essays

    by Zadie Smith ...
    WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR CRITICISM 2019From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN'S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Changing My Mind and Swing Time - discover a second unmissable collection of essays from Zadie Smith'Generous, courageous, and tough-minded... [A] classic English essayist in the vein of Orwell, Woolf and Angela Carter' Financial Times'Engrossing, astute... ... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • On Photography

    by Susan Sontag ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    Susan Sontag's On Photography is a seminal and groundbreaking work on the subject.Susan Sontag's groundbreaking critique of photography asks forceful questions about the moral and aesthetic issues surrounding this art form. Photographs are everywhere, and the 'insatiability of the photographing eye' has profoundly altered our relationship with the world. Photographs have the power to shock, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • On Chapel Sands

    My mother and other missing persons

    by Laura Cumming ...
    **THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER****SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD**'A modern masterpiece' GuardianUncovering the mystery of her mother's disappearance as a child: Laura Cumming, prize-winning author and art critic, takes a closer look at her family story.Autumn 1929 - a young girl is kidnapped from a beach. Five agonising days go by before she is discovered safe and... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • 100 Artists' Manifestos

    From the Futurists to the Stuckists

    by Alex Danchev ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    In this remarkable collection of 100 manifestos from the last 100 years, Alex Danchev presents the cacophony of voices of such diverse movements as Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Feminism, Communism, Destructivism, Vorticism, Stridentism, Cannibalism and Stuckism, taking in along the way film, architecture, fashion, and cookery.Artists' manifestos are nothing if not revolutionary. They are ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Erotic Comics

    A Graphic History, Vol 1 (PB)

    Crammed full of exquisite art from around the world, with fascinating background stories about the artists, editors and publishers, Erotic Comics: A Graphic History examines how this much maligned artform developed into a publishing phenomenon that spans the globe. Volume 1 delves deep into comic history, from the bawdy English cartoons of the 17th century, through the magazines impacted by the ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Line Color Form

    The Language of Art and Design

    by Jesse Day ...
    Design students today are more visually literate than ever before, and their learning style naturally favors the visual over the textual. So why should they learn art and design theory from a traditional textbook? The only guide of its kind, Line Color Form offers a thorough introduction to design theory and terminology in a visually appealing and accessible format. With hundreds of illustrations ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • A Month in Siena

    by Hisham Matar ...
    FROM THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AND MAN BOOKER-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR'Sparkles with brilliant observations on art and architecture, friendship and loss' Guardia**n'Everybody should get to spend a month with Mr. Matar, looking at paintings' Zadie Smith, Wall Street Journal, Books of the Year_______________________________________________Matar was nineteen years old when his father was kidnapped. ... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • What Are You Looking At?

    150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

    by Will Gompertz ...
    What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz - a wonderfully lively and accessible history of Modern Art by the BBC Arts Editor'An essential primer not only for art lovers but for art loathers too' **** ExpressWhat is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz on a dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art forever. ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

    by Roger Scruton ...
    series Very Short Introductions
    Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference. In this Very Short Introduction the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object - either in art, in nature, or the human form - beautiful, and ... Read more

    $11.43 AUD

  • Hang-Ups

    Essays on Painting (Mostly)

    Pre-eminent author and art historian Simon Schama has written widely on art for many years to great acclaim. In Hang-Ups, a personal selection of his articles from, amongst others, The New Yorker, appears in Britain for the very first time. Brilliantly and lucidly written by one of the most singular voices in non-fiction, this volume of provocative and often idiosyncratic essays makes hugely ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • Known and Strange Things

    by Teju Cole ...
    A blazingly intelligent first collection of essays from the award-winning author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief.With these pieces on politics, photography, travel, history and literature - many of which have become viral sensations, shared and debated around the globe - Teju Cole solidifies his place as one of today's most powerful and original voices. On page after page, deploying ... Read more

    $11.43 AUD

  • The Language of Things

    by Deyan Sudjic ...
    We live in a world drowning in objects. But what do they tell us about ourselves?In The Language of Things, Deyan Sudjic charts our relationship - both innocent and knowing - with all things designed. From the opulent excesses of the catwalk, or the technical brilliance of a laptop computer, to the subtle refinement of a desk lamp, he shows how we can be manipulated and seduced by our possessions ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Mark Twain: The Complete Novels (XVII Classics) (The Greatest Writers of All Time) Included Bonus + Active TOC

    CONTENTS: 1. The Gilded Age: A Tale Of Today 2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 3. The Prince and the Pauper 4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 6. The American Claimant 7. Tom Sawyer Abroad 8. Pudd'nhead Wilson 9. Tom Sawyer, Detective 10. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc 11. A Horse's Tale 12. The Mysterious Stranger 13. A Double Barreled ... Read more

    $0.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • How to Write About Contemporary Art

    This is the definitive guide to writing engagingly about the art of our time. Invaluable for students, arts professionals and other writers, it brims with practical tips that range across the full spectrum of art-writing including academic essays; press releases and news articles; texts for auction and exhibition catalogues, gallery guides and wall labels; op-ed journalism and exhibition reviews ... Read more

    $25.07 AUD

  • Design: A Very Short Introduction

    by John Heskett ...
    series Very Short Introductions
    John Heskett wants to transform the way we think about design by showing how integral it is to our daily lives, from the spoon we use to eat our breakfast cereal, and the car we drive to work in, to the medical equipment used to save lives. Design combines 'need' and 'desire' in the form of a practical object that can also reflect the user's identity and aspirations through its form and decoration ... Read more

    $11.43 AUD