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  • 101 Contemporary Australian Artists

    Author: KELLY GELLATLY (ED)

    101 Contemporary Australian Artists showcases some of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary practitioners, ranging from emerging artists to established senior figures. Their engaging work, across a variety of media including painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, installation, new media and the moving image, photography, fashion and textiles, and Indigenous art, reveals the vital creativity of Australian artists today. Featuring stunning full-page illustrations as well as illuminating accounts of each artist written by leading NGV curators, this landmark volume recognises the differing perspectives and emotional agendas of contemporary artists, and the important contribution they make to our community.

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    101 Contemporary Australian Artists
  • Adventures of Napoleon and Josephine

    Author: PHIP MURRAY

    The Adventures of Napoleon and Josephine is an ideal introduction to this captivating period in France’s history. Packed with interesting historical and cultural facts, this title is a delight for the imaginative and inquisitive reader aged six to twelve. In the spirit of discovery and exploration, Phip Murray’s engaging writing transports the audience to Revolution-era France, where she traces Napoleon and Josephine’s footsteps across Europe. This delightful publication features reproductions of prominent works from the era, fun facts and figures, and French vocabulary appropriate for the younger audience. Simultaneously educational and entertaining, this book captures the very essence of adventure.

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    Adventures of Napoleon and Josephine
  • Art as Therapy Works from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria

    Author: ALAIN DE BOTTON AND JOHN ARMSTRONG

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    Art as Therapy  Works from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Art Deco Fashion

    Author: PAOLA DI TROCCHIO WITH SUSAN VAN WYK

    Art Deco Fashion is lavishly illustrated with sumptuous images of garments and accessories from the 1920s and 1930s, as well as full-scale reproductions of Edward Steichen’s photographs, illustrative of the 1920’s glitz and glamour. Art Deco Fashion is highly recommended for both fashion and photography enthusiasts alike.

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  • Bea Maddock

    Author: ALISA BUNBURY

    Bea Maddock is one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, recognised in particular for her innovative and evocative prints. In a career spanning more than forty years, Maddock’s emotionally resonant art has explored feelings of loneliness and vulnerability, the media’s representation of violence and, more recently, Australia’s Indigenous history. Featuring stunning works on paper and paintings selected from the NGV’s collection, as well as an in-depth essay by curator Alisa
    Bunbury that elucidates Maddock’s conceptual rigour and commitment to process, this beautiful publication serves as the perfect introduction to the artist’s practice and her significant contribution to twentieth-century Australian art.

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    Bea Maddock
  • Containment Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award 2012

    Author: AMANDA DUNSMORE AND EMMA MAYALL

    Since its inception in 1994, the Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award has unveiled some of the most exciting and innovative works by Victorian designers and artists. The 2012 exhibition, based on the notion of containment, represents a broad range of practices and media, including ceramics, glass, metalwork, found items and natural materials. Featuring the fourteen artists – both established and emerging – in the 2012 award, Containment includes detailed artist entries, as well as sumptuous illustrations of every work, and is a true celebration of the richness and diversity of contemporary practice in Victoria today.

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    Containment  Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award 2012
  • Curious Cats in the National Gallery of Victoria

    Author: LAURIE BENSON

    Curious Cats in the National Gallery of Victoria is one of three titles in the NGV’s new gift book series. Many of the felines will be recognisable—works by Lionel Lindsay, Albrecht Dürer, David Hockney and Eileen Mayo are included. Laurie Benson’s engaging essay touches on the role cats have played in art, myths, legends and literature across varied cultures and civilisations. His text, along with the stunning reproductions, captures the feline nature and its appeal: complex, mischievous and full of vitality.

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    Curious Cats in the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Dashing Dogs in the National Gallery of Victoria

    Author: FRANCES LINDSAY

    The NGV collection contains a vast number of works featuring man’s best friend. Dashing Dogs in the National Gallery of Victoria shines the spotlight on the best selection of these works. Frances Lindsay celebrates the beautiful relationship between humans and dogs, beginning with the earliest signs of domestication and companionship, and following with the impact dogs have made in art, culture and history. The works featured include photographs, paintings and sculpture from the eighteenth century and beyond. The exquisite Dashing Dogs is another fantastic title in the NGV’s gift book series.

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    Dashing Dogs in the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Flourishing Flowers in the National Gallery of Victoria

    Author: KIRSTY GRANT

    Some of the world’s most striking works of art are inspired by botanicals and flowers, and the NGV’s collection boasts a number of them. Through a stunning selection of floral art, Kirsty Grant explores the significance and symbolism of botanicals and their popularity in art. Equally relevant and popular in the East and West, the works in Flourishing Flowers in the National Gallery of Victoria are wonderfully colourful, vibrant and joyous. With artists such as Margaret Preston, Eva Rogers, Emily Kam Kngwarray and Hagetsu Tosatsu featured, this stunning gift book is a delightful addition to any personal library.

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    Flourishing Flowers in the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Four Horsemen Apocalypse, Death and Disaster

    Author: CATHY LEAHY, JENNIFER SPINKS, CHARLES ZIKA (EDS)

    Essays by Dagmar Eichberger, Larry Silver, Jennifer Spinks, Charles Zika

    Europe experienced great turmoil between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. Bitter religious conflicts, war and other disasters such as plague and famine generated deep anxieties and were increasingly read as divine punishments or warnings that the Last Days were imminent. Artists gave expression to these fears in a range of extraordinary images that are analysed in depth in this publication. Illustrations of the Apocalypse, as well as images of skeletons personifying Death, and of physically deformed creatures, extreme natural phenomena and diabolical witches were all manifestations of the sense of impending social and religious crisis. Lavishly illustrated with works by artists including Albrecht Dürer, Jacques de Gheyn II and Stefano della Bella, The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster provides a fascinating insight into the art, culture and turbulent times in later medieval, Renaissance and early modern Europe.

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    Four Horsemen  Apocalypse, Death and Disaster
  • Fred Kruger Intimate Landscapes

    Author: ISOBEL CROMBIE

    The first comprehensive account of photographer Fred Kruger, a German migrant whose detailed and compelling images draw us into an intimate experience of the Victorian landscape. Isobel Crombie’s fascinating account shows how Kruger’s photographs are complex constructions that are often embedded in the political and social circumstances in which he lived. One of his most notable assignments was to record life at the Aboriginal settlement of Coranderrk in 1876 and 1883. Working at a time when the reserve was in rebellion, Kruger’s vision of Australia as a land of peace and productivity was unsettled by the demands of his assignment.In her engaging narrative, Crombie demonstrates how Kruger’s combination of rich context, strong sense of time and place, and a highly distinctive command of photographic language makes his work so notable in the history of Australian photography.

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    Fred Kruger  Intimate Landscapes
  • Fred Williams The Pilbara Series

    Author: PHIPPS & GRANT

    Fred Williams: The Pilbara Series celebrates one of the great series of landscape paintings in twentieth century Australian art. Featuring curatorial essays, excerpts from Williams’s working diaries, and with full-colour images featured throughout, this notable publication provides insight into Fred Williams’s distinctive vision of the Australian landscape. First published in 2002, this specially revised 2011 edition offers a fresh and extended study including an additional essay contributed by Lyn Williams, along with additional artworks and a revitalised design.

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    Fred Williams  The Pilbara Series