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  • 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
  • Gustave Moreau & the Eternal Feminine

    Author: VARIOUS

    This spectacular publication offers a survey of the many aesthetic faces of Gustave Moreau, from highly finished Salon oil paintings, meticulous presentation drawings and vivid pen and ink sketches, to the stunning opulence of his glowing watercolours and swift painterly oil studies.
    It also considers the full range of Moreau’s obsessions with exotic subject matter, from classical antiquity and the ancient Far East, to some of Christianity’s more lurid escapades and the poetic narratives of the Middle Ages.

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    Gustave Moreau & the Eternal Feminine
  • Hotham Street Ladies: A Book for Kids

    Hotham Street Ladies: A Book for Kids takes its inspiration from Australian domestic traditions, home life and baking for friends and family. This is an exciting book for children aged 5 years and above and is produced in close collaboration with the Hotham Street Ladies (HSL), a group of five women who make food-related art, including cake sculptures, recipe books and street art. Each of the ladies has lived at one time in a crooked share house in Hotham Street, Collingwood.
    Richly illustrated with images of works of art and photography, each chapter focuses on an aspect of the HSL’s practice and concludes with original activities for young readers to try out at home, or at school with family and friends. Make ‘street art’ using icing sugar and piped icing, create a kitchen garden using old pots and containers, or realise your very own cake of doom and gloom!

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    Hotham Street Ladies: A Book for Kids
  • Inge King: Constellation

    Author: DAVID HURLSTON AND JANE ECKETT

    Featuring in-depth written contributions by Jane Eckett and David Hurlston and full colour reproductions of works from King’s extraordinary career, this stunning volume celebrates a life of remarkable achievement and, most importantly, acknowledges King’s singular role in the development of modern sculpture in Australia.

    Features photographs from Inge King’s personal archive
    Includes selected bibliography and exhibition history
    Published to coincide with Inge King: Constellation, to be held at The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Federation Square, 1 May – 31 August 2014

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    Inge King: Constellation
  • Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado Hardcover

    Author: ANDRES UBEDA DE LOS COBOS ET AL

    This publication presents works by more than seventy artists, including Michelangelo, Raphael, Correggio, Titian, Tintoretto, the Carracci, Poussin and Tiepolo. Their inclusion reflects the taste of the Spanish Royal Court, whose kings, queens, princes and courtiers avidly collected Italian art. Many of these works are at the heart of the Prado’s collection.
    Featuring essays by internationally respected curators and writers, Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court is a panoramic volume that traces the astounding stylistic development of Italian art across three centuries.

    Traces fascinating story of Italian art across three centuries
    Features essays by international respected curators
    Quality reproductions of works that are at the heart of Prado’s collection
    Published to coincide with the exhibition Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado to be held at NGV International, 16 May – 31 August 2014

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    Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado Hardcover
  • Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado Paperback

    Author: ANDRES UBEDA DE LOS COBOS ET AL

    This publication presents works by more than seventy artists, including Michelangelo, Raphael, Correggio, Titian, Tintoretto, the Carracci, Poussin and Tiepolo. Their inclusion reflects the taste of the Spanish Royal Court, whose kings, queens, princes and courtiers avidly collected Italian art. Many of these works are at the heart of the Prado’s collection.
    Featuring essays by internationally respected curators and writers, Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court is a panoramic volume that traces the astounding stylistic development of Italian art across three centuries.

    Traces fascinating story of Italian art across three centuries
    Features essays by international respected curators
    Quality reproductions of works that are at the heart of Prado’s collection
    Published to coincide with the exhibition Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado to be held at NGV International, 16 May – 31 August 2014

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    Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado Paperback
  • Jeff Wall: Photographs

    Author: ISOBEL CROMBIE

    Jeff Wall is widely acknowledged as one of the most inventive artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His approach to photography is diverse and ambitious, and embraces an expansive curiosity about photography, image-making and society. Jeff Wall Photographs presents an overview of three decades of outstanding artistic and photographic achievement with twenty-six unforgettable works produced between 1978 and 2010. This landmark Australian publication celebrates an artist whose large and luminous body of work has played a decisive role in establishing photography as the major contemporary art form it is today, and includes insightful contributions from Gary Dufour (Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia), Isobel Crombie (Senior Curator, Photography, National Gallery of Victoria) and Mark Bolland (Senior Lecturer in Photography and Electronic Arts, Dunedin School of Art, New Zealand).

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    Jeff Wall: Photographs
  • Manstyle: Men + Fashion

    Author: NGV

    From the quintessential three-piece tailored suit, to sportswear, subcultural attire and streetwear, men’s fashion has continued to transform in style and function. ManStyle: Men + Fashion explores some of the most influential ideas that have pervaded menswear from the eighteenth century to the present day. Through discussion of works by leading designers including Thom Browne, Pierre Cardin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nom*D, Tommy Nutter and Vivienne Westwood – and up-close interviews with Benny Castles (WORLD), Rick Owens, Luke Sales (Romance Was Born) and Walter Van Beirendonck – ManStyle is a remarkable volume that reveals how traditional and new modes of dressing are continually merging to challenge our view of masculinity and contemporary style.

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    Manstyle: Men + Fashion
  • Master the Arts! A Kids’ Activity Book about Italian Masterpieces

    Master the Arts! is an activity book for kids and focuses on eight Italian masterpieces from the Prado’s collection.
    Filled with stories about the artists and people of the time, children will discover facts about art while having fun drawing pictures of angels, gladiators and action scenes inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. The children’s drawings and creative work will turn this book into a ‘masterpiece’ of its very own.
    For young artists aged 6 and up.

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    Master the Arts! A Kids’ Activity Book about Italian Masterpieces