Here are some recent additions to our art book collection that are well worth seeking out.
Art + fashion : collaborations and connections between icons / by E.P. Cutler and Julien Tomasello.
“Art + Fashion reveals the astonishing work that results when luminaries from the art world come together with icons of the fashion world . Represented in lavish visuals with thoughtful essays reflecting on the history of each project this books brims with the energy and possibility.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Transcommunality : interventions and collaborations in stilt dancing communities, New York, Trinidad and Tobago, Oaxaca / Laura Anderson Barbata.
“This book celebrates the artist Laura Anderson Barbata’s alliance with traditional stilt dancers from the West Indies and Mexico, as well as her collaboration with artisans of Oaxaca, Mexico. Born in Mexico City, Barbata is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked primarily in the social realm. The resulting works challenge the notions of collaborative community art, public art, performance, sculpture and tradition.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)
Jewel city : art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition / edited by James A. Ganz ; with Emma Acker, Laura Ackley, [and 10 more].
“One hundred years ago, San Francisco hosted a spectacular world’s fair. The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition drew millions of viewers, and its attractions included the most comprehensive art exhibition ever mounted on the West Coast.” (Adapted from jacket cover description and Syndetics summary)
Art in minutes / Susie Hodge.
“The perfect compact reference guide for all would-be art buffs. Art historian Susie Hodge takes you on a whistle-stop international tour of all the major artistic cultures, movements, phases, developments, artists and themes.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
101 works of art / writers, Ken Hall, Jenny Harper, Felicity Milburn, Nathan Pohio, Lara Strongman, Peter Vangioni ; editor, Sarah Pepperle ; designer, Aaron Beehre ; photographer, John Collie.
“Christchurch Art Gallery showcases 101 treasures from its collection that stand out in a line-up of New Zealand’s most significant collected works. Enjoy thoughtful, conversational texts written to feel as if the reader is standing with the curator in front of the painting.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Thinking about art : a thematic guide to art history / Penny Huntsman.
“Thinking about Art explores some of the greatest works of art and architecture in the world through the prism of themes, instead of chronology, to offer intriguing juxtapositions of art and history.The book ranges across time and topics, from the Parthenon to the present day and from patronage to ethnicity, to reveal art history in new and varied lights.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Art Visionaries (Visionaries) [paperback]
“This compelling book chronicles 75 of the most influential artists from the dawn of the 20th century to the present, and from around the world. Through a combination of lively text and arresting visuals, this is an inspirational and wholly original guide to some of the artists whose vision has helped to shape the modern art world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Pop! : The World of Pop Art
“Exploring Pop art’s origins in modern European avant-garde movements such as Cubism and Dadaism, this compelling book also travels the world to examine how Pop art influenced artists as far afield as Italy, Spain, Finland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Key figures include Japan’s Yayoi Kusama and Italy’s Mimmo Rotella.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Better Living Through Criticism : How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth
“Drawing on the long tradition of criticism from Aristotle to Susan Sontag, Scott shows that real criticism was and always will be the breath of fresh air that allows true creativity to thrive. “The time for criticism is always now,” Scott explains, “because the imperative to think clearly, to insist on the necessary balance of reason and passion, never goes away.”” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965 [paperback]
“This revelatory book concentrates on Scottish women painters and sculptors of the Glasgow School of Art and explores the experience and context of the artists and their place in Scottish art history, in terms of training, professional opportunities and personal links within the Scottish art world. A fresh look at the achievements of Scottish women artists of the modern period.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Making sense of Buddhist art and architecture
“Making Sense of Buddhist Art & Architecture is designed to equip the cultural tourist and art student with the means to interpret each painting, building, or artifact in terms of the iconography and symbolism of the Buddhist religion. By tracing the paths between Buddhist belief and artistic intention, Making Sense of Buddhist Art & Architecture deepens understanding not only of Buddhist art and architecture but also of Buddhism itself.” (Adapted syndetics summary)
Olivia Spencer Bower: making her own discoveries
““I paint for myself. That’s the only way. For when you paint to please it’s not the honest thing and inhibits the chances of discovery, because there’s no point in writing or painting unless you make your own discoveries.” Olivia Spencer Bower wrote those words near the end of an almost six-decade career as one of New Zealand’s finest and best-loved artists. In this, the first book to consider Olivia Spencer Bower’s life and work, art historian Julie King offers a superb evocation of one of the most engaging and vital artists this country has produced.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)