Archive For The “Art” Category

Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation: A Century of Goldsmith’s Art

Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation: A Century of Goldsmith’s Art

Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation: A Century of Goldsmith’s Art is a paper representation of the skill and passion of a dedicated dynasty of jewellers 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…

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New Trends in Japanese Photography

New Trends in Japanese Photography

Offering examples of totally different styles, genres and subject matter 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…

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An Organic Architecture

An Organic Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the word ‘organic’ into his vision of building 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’…

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Domon Ken: The Master of Japanese Realism

Domon Ken: The Master of Japanese Realism

Japan as a country of colour and drama 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…

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Drawings for Paintings: in the Age of Rembrandt

Drawings for Paintings: in the Age of Rembrandt

Using modern infrared reflectography we can now see the underdrawings 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 and one might suppose that the paintings were done directly from life; but it seems that most of them were produced…

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Vietnam Eye – Contemporary Vietnamese Art

Vietnam Eye – Contemporary Vietnamese Art

It will appeal to artists of every genre 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,…

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Art Place Japan

Art Place Japan

The Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and the Vision to Reconnect Art and Nature by Fram Kitagawa 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…

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The Complete Practical Guide to Digital and Classic Photography

The Complete Practical Guide to Digital and Classic Photography

Its 1700 or so pictures are a great support to the text 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…

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Rajasthan – Lonely Planet

Rajasthan – Lonely Planet

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

Travels with Frank Lloyd Wright

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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1000 Places to See Before You Die review

1000 Places to See Before You Die 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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Furoshiki – The art of wrapping with fabric

Furoshiki – The art of wrapping with fabric

Furoshiki is an ancient practice that seems to be very trendy now in Europe. I first came across it when a friend arrived from Marseille. She is a lady of impeccable taste and owns a shop filled with stylish and interesting goods. I had high hopes of a classy gift and I wasn’t quite sure…

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Raghu Rai’s Delhi

Raghu Rai’s Delhi

Raghu Rai may not be a name familiar to you unless you are a photography professional. He has, however, had a career which has been so noteworthy that he was awarded the Padmashree in 1971, one of India’s highest civilian awards. Raghu’s National Geographic article “Human Management of Wildlife in India” won him high praise…

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India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences

India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences

This book is large, colourful, and sumptuous and any other superlatives you care to mention. It’s a luxurious encyclopaedia of the subcontinent and covers pretty much every aspect of life, art and culture of this marvellous country. India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences is a weighty tome but it’s true to say that…

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The Sari – a book review

The Sari – a book review

This wasn’t, to be honest, what I expected. It has a bright and evocative picture on the front cover but this isn’t a book about colourful textiles, it’s about how the sari is worn and the place it holds in Indian society. It’s a simple length of cloth but to suggest that is all it…

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Made in India

Made in India

My passion for Indian art started in the 1960s when UK shops were filled with all manner of Asian textiles, pictures and ornaments. These were the years of pop art, Hari Krishna and tie-dye. Made in India reflects “real” popular Indian art, that is to say the art available to the masses via advertising hoardings,…

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The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found

The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found

It’s quite a mouthful of a title and it’s a big chunky book. You could not present just a pamphlet on such an iconic and romantic road. The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found is an in-depth look at the history of Route 66 but equally important, the impact that rerouting of the road had…

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500 Cocktails

500 Cocktails

Apple Press has a series of books and all are called 500 something or other. They are great value, chunky books and this one, 500 Cocktails, is no exception. The photographs of these classy drinks are gorgeous. Ian Garlick has done a great job. Wendy Sweetser is the author, and she is an expert on…

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Bollywood Posters

Bollywood Posters

Over the years, Sheena Sippy has shot ad campaigns for Johnson’s Baby Soap and others. She has also immortalised celebrities such as Zakir Husain, international model Naomi Campbell and politician and ex-cricketer Imran Khan. Sheena also undertakes freelance assignments for fashion magazines like Verve and Elle. She was probably destined to do great things. She…

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