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  • 50 Treasures From Winchester College

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    50 Treasures From Winchester College

    Fifty highlights from the archives, historic library and art collections of Winchester College, one of England’s oldest schools.

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    £20.00
  • A Little History of the Royal Academy

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    A Little History of the Royal Academy

    Packed with illustrations, this brief introduction to the Academy’s 250-year story considers how its homes and some of its characters have made it what it is.

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    £8.95
  • Art Day by Day

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    Art Day by Day

    A daily almanac that presents a selection of art historical events for every day of the year from momentous and headline-grabbing, to intimate, amusing or revelatory.

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  • Celtic Pattern

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    Celtic Pattern

    How do you draw Celtic knotwork? What are the secrets of keys? Are there tricks for drawing Celtic spirals? In this book Adam Tetlow shows us the practical tricks of the trade and the hidden principles behind the ancient magical science of Celtic artwork.

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  • Contemporary Art Decoded

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    Contemporary Art Decoded

    How can you tell if that fire extinguisher on the wall is an installation piece, or a safety requirement? How can a Banksy increase in value even as it gets put through a shredder? And couldn’t a five-year-old have done all of this, anyway? ‘Contemporary Art Decoded’ takes ten key questions about contemporary art and uses them to dissect and explain the contemporary art world.

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  • David Hockney

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    David Hockney

    David Hockney is the most famous living British artist. And he is arguably one of the more famous American artists as well. Emerging from the north of England in the 1960s, he made quite a splash in Swinging London as a portaitist, and went on to make a even bigger splash in Los Angeles when he moved there in the 1970s. His figurative paintings of the 1970s and 1980s captured the zeitgeist of West Coast living, while he also explored new avenues by constructing mosaics out of polaroids. This book examines Hockney’s complete oeuvre.

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  • Design

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    Design

    Arranged chronologically, this book traces the evolution of design from its roots to the present, from early chairs, pottery, and homewares to cars, graphic design and product design. It introduces all the key designers, manufacturers, and objects, illustrating how and why different styles emerged and became popular. It also provides a fascinating insight into design movements, showing how each one began and explaining its philosophy and visual style, from the Arts and Crafts movement to mid-century modern and contemporary.

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    £25.00
  • Event-Space

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    Event-Space

    As the symbolists, constructivists and surrealists of the historical avant-garde (1872-1947) began to abandon traditional theatre spaces and embrace the more contingent locations of the theatrical ‘event’, the built environment of a performance became not only part of the event, but an event in and of itself. This book establishes this general theory of spatial performativity by drawing on the specific fields of both performance studies and architectural studies, and views the championing of nonrepresentational spaces over the built form through this lens of performative architecture.

    £36.99
  • Fallen Idols

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    Fallen Idols

    In 2020, statues across the world were pulled down in an extraordinary wave of global iconoclasm. From the United States and the United Kingdom to Canada, South Africa, the Caribbean, India, Bangladesh, and New Zealand, Black Lives Matter protests defaced and hauled down statues of slaveholders, Confederates, and imperialists. Edward Colston was hurled into the harbour in Bristol, England. Robert E. Lee was covered in graffiti in Richmond, Virginia. Christopher Columbus was toppled in Minnesota, beheaded in Massachusetts, and thrown into a lake in Virginia. King Leopold II of the Belgians was set on fire in Antwerp and doused in red paint in Ghent. Winston Churchill was daubed with the word ‘racist’ in London. Statues are one of the most visible – and controversial – forms of historical storytelling.

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  • Harmonograph

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    Harmonograph

    Anthony Ashton uses a Victorian device called a harmonograph to tell the story of harmony and the intervals in the musical scale. The book includes guidance on how to build your own harmonograph.

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  • National Treasures

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    National Treasures

    As Hitler prepared to invade Poland during the sweltering summer of 1939, men and women from across London’s museums, galleries and archives formulated ingenious plans to send the nation’s highest prized objects to safety. Using stately homes, tube tunnels, slate mines, castles, prisons, stone quarries and even their own homes, a dedicated bunch of unlikely misfits packed up the nation’s greatest treasures and, in a race against time, dispatched them throughout the country on a series of top-secret wartime adventures. ‘National Treasures’ highlights a moment from our history when an unlikely coalition of mild-mannered civil servants, social oddballs and metropolitan aesthetes became the front line in the heritage war against Hitler.

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    £16.99
  • On a Pedestal

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    On a Pedestal

    This is a book for people who are interested in statues – and for people who aren’t. It explores those immortalised in marble and bronze – and what the rest of us think about them. As Roger Lytollis travels Britain he encounters a man at Liverpool’s Beatles statue convinced that Rod Stewart was in the Fab Four. In Edinburgh he walks into a row over Greyfriars Bobby’s nose and in Glasgow learns why the Duke of Wellington wears a traffic cone on his head. London brings a controversial nude statue and some hard truths about racism. Elsewhere, Roger sees people dancing with Eric Morecambe, finds a statue being the backdrop to a marriage proposal and, everywhere he goes, pigeons. Always pigeons. ‘On a Pedestal’ examines public statues around the nation.

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  • The Annunciation: A Pilgrim’s Quest

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    The Annunciation: A Pilgrim’s Quest

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  • The Art of Living

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    The Art of Living

    Someone once said you can find beauty anywhere. But all Eustace Dunne can see is ugliness. The buildings are grey, the people are tired and unimaginative, the food is inedible and life is drab, drab, drab. Growing up in an England ravaged by the Second World War, Eustace resolves to make things beautiful again. A mercurial stint in art school gives him a springboard into a world that is changing so fast you have to hold on tight to keep up. And in that world, ambition, timing and a modicum of talent can transform you into anything you want to be. Before long he’s an artist, a designer, a restaurateur, an entrepreneur, a genius. But becoming a bastion of perfect taste can be a grubby business. Eustace’s charm may have secured his influence on the homes and hearts of a nation, but there are still people out there who know where the bodies are buried.

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  • The Beloved Girls

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    The Beloved Girls

    Catherine, a successful barrister, vanishes from a train station on the eve of her anniversary. Is it because she saw a figure – someone she believed long dead? Or was it a shadow cast by her troubled, fractured mind? The answer lies buried in the past. It lies in the events of the hot, seismic summer of 1989, at Vanes – a mysterious West Country manor house – where a young girl, Jane Lestrange, arrives to stay with the gilded, grand Hunter family, and where a devastating tragedy will unfold. Over the summer, as an ancient family ritual looms closer, Janey falls for each member of the family in turn. She and Kitty, the eldest daughter of the house, will forge a bond that decades later, is still shaping the present.

    £14.99
  • The Colour Bible

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    The Colour Bible

    Colour is intrinsic to the human experience; it guides us with subconscious visual cues throughout our lives. Get it right in your design or art and you can enhance mood and atmosphere, and create a desired psychological or even physiological effect. ‘The Colour Bible’ is a contemporary handbook for navigating this fascinating world. It dives into 100 profiles of significant colours and tracks them through their genesis, historical usage in art and design, and contemporary connotations and uses.

    £22.00