ART BOOKS
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Why go to the Riviera
Why go to the Riviera
Look This Way
Look This Way
The Desire of the Line
The Desire of the Line
Treasures from the Hocken Collections
Treasures from the Hocken Collections
Something for the Birds
Something for the Birds
Hiapo
Hiapo
Crafted by Design
Crafted by Design
Dick Frizzell - The Painter
Dick Frizzell - The Painter
Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation
Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation
Painting Out the Past
Painting Out the Past
Frances Hodgkins: femme du monde
Frances Hodgkins: femme du monde
Towards a Promised Land
Towards a Promised Land
Maori Art: The Photography of Brian Brake
Maori Art: The Photography of Brian Brake
Fantastica: The world of Leo Bensemann
Fantastica: The world of Leo Bensemann
Marti Friedlander
Marti Friedlander
Angels and Aristocrats
Angels and Aristocrats
Why go to the Riviera by: Peter Shaw
Why go to the Riviera: Images of Wellington - taking its title from Evelyn Page's early 1950s images of Oriental Bay - is a selection of 100 paintings, prints and photographs of Wellington city and its surroundings. They have been sourced from public and private collections throughout New Zealand or used here by courtesy of individual artists and their dealers. Many of the images are by well-known artists - however, there are more than a few unusual finds, some of them provocative.
Hardcover 195 pages. $54.99
Dimensions: 29cm x 26cm
Look This Way by: Sally Blundell (editor)
What is it about a particular work of art that siezes your attention? That holds your gaze then pulls you back time and time again? In Look This Way seventeen writers - novelists, poets, essayists, a lyricist, a dramatist, a comic book writer and artist - answer these seemingly straightforward questions, each writing on a New Zealand artist of their choice. They tell stories, find treasures and make connections but above all they look hard at the art works and engage with the artists, while inviting the reader to share their perspective. Their responses show how works of art can play on the senses, the imagination and the memory of the viewer.
Hardcover 154 pages. $41.99
Dimensions: 24cm x 17cm
The Desire of the Line by: Kriselle Baker
Alongside the large abstract paintings for which he is so much admired, Ralph Hotere has throughout his career produced countless beautiful figurative works - drawings and paintings. Kriselle Baker introduces these works and presents a rich selection of 142 images focusing especially on the gorgeous 'Woman' series, a constant in Hotere's work from the 1960's. These are wonderfully varied, many composed of the simplest lines effortlessly suggesting warmth, intimacy and pleasure; others have flashs of colour or denser lines.
Paperback 156 pages. $45.99
Dimensions: 25cm x 20cm
Treasures from the Hocken Collections by: Stuart Strachan and Linda Tyler (editors)
Ka Taoka Hakena; Treasures from the Hocken Collections is a treasure trove of modern and historical paintings, photographs and drawings, maps and plans, books, newspapers and posters, sheet music, sound recordings, and early New Zealand manuscripts from the 17th century to the present day. This beautiful book celebrates the centenary of the Hocken's foundation.
Hardcover 240 pages. $59.99
Dimensions: 25cm x 22cm
Something for the Birds by: Jacqueline Fahey
Well known artist Jacqueline Fahey, traces her roots from her childhood in Timaru back to her Irish ancestors and describes her bohemian life as an art student in Christchurch. A tapestry of personal and family stories. Fahey has always lived flamboyantly and her position as a painter in the vanguard of feminism is clear.
Paperback 216 pages. $29.99
Dimensions: 23cm x 17cm
Hiapo by: John Pule & Nicholas Thomas
Hiapo: Past and Present In Nuiean Barkcloth, is an inspired encounter with a brilliant but neglected art form, the painted hiapo (barkcloth or tapa) of Niue Island in central Polynesia. Most known pieces of Hiapo were produced in the mid to late nineteenth century and are now dispersed, largely in museum collections, all over the world. They offer a window in time when the missionary impact was deepening and Niuean life was changing forever. Arts laureate John Pule who was born in Nuie has been inspired by Hiapo and a series of his etchings is included in the book.
Hardcover 160 pages. $55.95
Dimensions: 26cm x 19cm
Crafted by Design by: Jeanette Cook
Ancient legend has it that Kiwis can achieve anything with a piece of number-eight wire. This book shows that today we can do the same with balls of wool, lumps of rock, lenghts of fabric, bits of bone, sheets of perspex and any other material that springs to mind, whether within reach or hard to find. You name it: we've woven, hammered, moulded, carved or otherwise crafted it into objects of enduring beauty, for occasional adornment or daily use. Crafted by Design is a true story about Kiwi ingenuity. It captures craft artists and their work in their studios and covers the craft movement from the 1960's when the studio craft movement took hold to the emergence of exciting contempory design elements.
Paperback 150 pages. $54.99
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Dick Frizzell - The Painter by: Foreward by Hamish Keith
His images populate our world - you find them on t-shirts, on TV ads, in shop windows, on wine bottles, on cushions and t-towels, and in art shows. People appropriate his images in much the same way that he too appropriated many of the images he has painted over the years. He's reached iconic status in NZ - we love him, he's one of our own.
Hardcover 319 pages. $69.00
Dimensions: 305 x 250mm
Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation by: Richard Donald & Alexa Johnston
. Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation is the first substantial survey of the work of New Zealand's leading abstract painter, Milan Mrkusich. This sumptuously produced book traces Mrkusich's career over 60 years, from the early gouaches on paper, through the acclaimed Emblems and Corner series, to recent work where he approaches colour as an open field of discovery.
Hardcover 240 pages. $94.00
Dimensions: 290 x 270
Painting Out the Past by: Richard Donald
Painting Out the Past celebrates the life and work of New Zealand artist, Patricia France (1911–95). Here is an arresting, beautifully illustrated biography that traces the lifetime of this fascinating, remarkable woman.A regular correspondant with McCahon and Woollaston, France exhibited her work with Ralph Hotere and Anna Caselberg, and acted as patron to the many young artists.
Paperback 160 pages. $41.00
Dimensions: 230 x 210mm
Frances Hodgkins: femme du monde by: Alexa Johnston
Frances Hodgkins: femme du monde celebrates the life and work of one of New Zealand's favourite artistic talents and brings together the wonderful body of her works held in Dunedin's public collections. The works are chronologically organised and span the 55 year period from 1890 to 1945.
Hardcover 168 pages. $54.00
Dimensions: 220 x 220mm
Towards a Promised Land by: Gordon H. Brown
McCahon filled his painting with kauri, cliffs, candles and crosses - motifs and symbols he intended as potent reminders of what was important about ourselves and our environment - yet offered little in the way of explication. Towards a Promised Land by Gordon H Brown presents fresh insights into the use of these symbols and the underlying complexities of Colin McCahon’s paintings.
Hardcover 216 pages. $69.99
Dimensions: 24.8cm x 20cm
Maori Art: The Photography of Brian Brake by: _
To Maori, the governing principle of mauri brings to all objects the power and prescience of a living spirit. Objects that are hand-crafted from wood, stone, shell, bone or pounamu are imbued with life by their creators. Conveying the mauri of an object through photography requires an exceptional talent, one focused on distilling the essential energy of the original piece through shades of lighting, position and perspective. This is what Brian Brake achieved.
Paperback 152 pages. $45.00
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Fantastica: The world of Leo Bensemann by: Peter Simpson
Fantastica is the first book to survey the life and work of Leo Bensemann (1912-1986). Accomplished in many fields—drawing, painting, print-making, music, calligraphy, typography, book design and illustration, editing, printing, publishing—Bensemann stood at the heart of New Zealand’s literary and cultural life from the 1930s to the 1980s as designer and illustrator at Caxton Press and friend of Charles Brasch, Rita Angus, Douglas Lilburn, Lawrence Baigent, Denis Glover, and Doris Lusk.
Hardcover 232 pages. $75.00
Dimensions: 248 x 200mm
Marti Friedlander by: Leonard Bell
Acclaimed photographer Marti Friedlander has been observing the lives of New Zealanders for over 50 years. From Maori moko to Whina Cooper and the land march, from Rita Angus to Norman Kirk, from Israel to Fiji, Friedlander has not simply recorded the places, events, and personalities of recent history; her photographs offer an open dialogue with their subject, inviting the viewer’s prolonged engagement and interpretation.
Hardcover 232 pages. $75.00
Dimensions: 285 x 235mm
Angels and Aristocrats by: Mary Kisler
During New Zealand’s early colonial history a strong desire emerged for public collections of European art that imitated the grand collections of Great Britain and Europe. Today, galleries in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Whanganui boast collections in this area. Angels & Aristocrats celebrates the past, present and future of these collections, while exploring the stories behind these works of art.
Hardcover 336 pages. $75.00
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