Archive For The “Art” Category

Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy

Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy

We have likely all heard of Hokusai but in truth most people would only recognise The Great Wave off Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave or just The Wave. It is a woodblock print and an iconic example of this man’s work, and it’s prominent on the cover of Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy, a…

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Barcelona Sketchbook – book review

Barcelona Sketchbook – book review

Barcelona is a beautiful city and famed for its buildings. Barcelona Sketchbook: Homage to Catalan Architecture allows the reader to view these façades in something of a different light and one that is awash with pastel hues and subtle shadows. Graham Byfield, the artist for this book, ambles with his keen eye through the Ramblas,…

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Picasso: Between Cubism and Classicism 1915-1925

Picasso: Between Cubism and Classicism 1915-1925

Picasso: Between Cubism and Classicism 1915-1925 is a unique overview of the artist’s earlier and lesser-known years. This sumptuous volume illustrates Pablo Picasso’s celebrated journey undertaken in 1917, but also the periods just before and just after. He visited both Rome and Naples in the company of Jean Cocteau, French poet, writer, designer, playwright, artist…

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Flying Too Close to the Sun

Flying Too Close to the Sun

Flying Too Close to the Sun is another unique-concept book from Phaidon Press. It is illustrated with every genre of art from every era. There is, however, a common thread and that is ancient mythology. One doesn’t have to have a degree in ancient literature to appreciate Flying Too Close to the Sun: the art…

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The Museum of Lost Art – book review

The Museum of Lost Art – book review

From the bestselling author of The Art of Forgery, Noah Charney, comes this fantasy art adventure, The Museum of Lost Art. This is a stroll through a museum that could never exist. It’s a visit to a gallery of the ‘once was’, perhaps a wander through a hall of ‘lost forever’, and a tentative toe-dipping into…

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Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989

Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989

Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989 is another book from Phaidon. Not a cookbook this time but a rather topical design book which does indeed offer an insightful overview of iconic images from behind the Iron Curtain. There are some flag-waving posters, as one would expect, but even these have influenced graphic art far beyond the…

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The Glass of Ettore Sottsass – art book review

The Glass of Ettore Sottsass – art book review

Ettore Sottsass (1917 – 2007) was an Italian architect and designer. His body of work included furniture, jewellery, glass, lighting, and strangely, office equipment, which later became iconic and collectable. Items such as typewriters were masterpieces of colour, form and contemporary styling. He also designed many buildings and interiors. Sottsass was born in Innsbruck, Austria,…

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Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas – review

Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas – review

The Al Thani Collection Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas, published on the occasion of the extraordinary exhibition of the Al Thani Collection in Venice,  allows readers to enjoy, at least from a little distance, the jeweller’s crafts and traditions of the Indian subcontinent, from the pre-Raj Mughal period to more recent times. The…

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Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation – review

Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation – review

A Century of Goldsmith’s Art from the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation This is a sumptuous volume with silky fabric cover and a veritable treasure trove of exquisite jewellery within the pages – and there are a lot of those. It’s a superb gift-quality tome which would make the ideal present for any lover of jewellery, craft,…

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New Trends in Japanese Photography – review

New Trends in Japanese Photography – review

Photographers create stories with their cameras. One can have the most expensive equipment but still never rise to being anything more than a holiday snapper. The eye of the photographer is the piece of kit which finds that illusive evocative shot, and New Trends in Japanese Photography offers a collection of pairs of eyes. Do…

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An Organic Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright – review

An Organic Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright – review

We might not all major in architecture but we are all touched by it, and it’s argued that Frank Lloyd Wright has had more impact than most on buildings in both the 20th and 21st centuries. Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the word ‘organic’ into his vision of building, and indeed he did this as far…

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Domon Ken: The Master of Japanese Realism – art book review

Domon Ken: The Master of Japanese Realism – art book review

Domon Ken is one of the most renowned Japanese photographers of the 20th century. One might not recognise his name but one will likely have seen some of his work, which is iconic and which spanned decades. This is an excellent book which strives to offer the reader a comprehensive overview of Ken’s photographs. The…

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Drawings for Paintings: in the Age of Rembrandt by Ger Luijten, Peter Schatborn – review

Drawings for Paintings: in the Age of Rembrandt by Ger Luijten, Peter Schatborn – review

Dutch artists have, for centuries, been admired for the realistic quality of their work. Seventeenth-century landscapes and scenes of ordinary life are all here. One might suppose that the paintings were done directly from life; but it seems that most of them were produced with the aid of previously-executed sketches. Drawings for Paintings: in the…

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Vietnam Eye – Contemporary Vietnamese Art – book review

Vietnam Eye – Contemporary Vietnamese Art – book review

This is the most comprehensive tome on contemporary art in Vietnam today. It is a page-turner for any art lover but it also appeals to the traveller. Vietnam has developed in every way over the past decade. The world has access to its culture, food and landscape, along with its traditional art. But Vietnam also…

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Art Place Japan by Fram Kitagawa – review

Art Place Japan by Fram Kitagawa – review

Every three years hundreds of square miles of countryside in north western Japan are transformed into a sprawling and many-faceted art installation. More than 150 of the world’s most-celebrated landscape artists, sculptors, and architects display their work in a couple of hundred villages, fields and rice paddies. It’s a liaison between art, people and nature…

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The Complete Practical Guide to Digital and Classic Photography by Steve Luck – review

The Complete Practical Guide to Digital and Classic Photography by Steve Luck – review

I have come to this medium quite late in life. I got a bit of confidence with my iPhone and some of those images were, although I say it as shouldn’t, spectacular. But somehow I knew there was more. This book is a weighty tome at a very reasonable price. At under £12 one can…

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Rajasthan – Lonely Planet – travel review

Rajasthan – Lonely Planet – travel review

This might be your first big trip and the success of that adventure might well lay in preparation and planning. You’ll want to be informed of things to avoid and others not to be missed. Rajasthan – Lonely Planet is an ideal tool to supply some travel needs. You’ll want to get the most from…

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Travels with Frank Lloyd Wright by Gwyn Lloyd Jones – review

Travels with Frank Lloyd Wright by Gwyn Lloyd Jones – review

This is a volume for any student of architecture who is interested in that phrase ‘form follows function’ with regard to the inspiring and revolutionary architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Gwyn Lloyd Jones retraced Frank Lloyd Wright’s steps on journeys he made outside the USA. This volume considers the man along with his buildings. It’s…

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Four Emperors and an Architect – history review

Four Emperors and an Architect – history review

This book is bound to appeal to anyone with a love of what they assume to be, and indeed what has become, classic English architecture. We’re talking about Robert Adam’s buildings so they couldn’t be anything other than quintessentially English, could they? Well, yes and no. Four Emperors and an Architect has the story. Four…

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1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz – review

1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz – review

Travel – it’s like a drug. If you have never travelled then perhaps you can’t understand why anybody would. Home is cosy, safe and you speak the language. But many of us have had the pleasure of taking a trip, and that sparks something within. And there are 1000 Places to See Before You Die!…

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