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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up by Claire Wilcox, ISBN: 9781851779604
€26.72 Book Depository €28.89 AbeBooks €32.11 Amazon UK €33.12 Blackwell's €39.46 Wordery
In 1954, following her death, Frida Kahlo's possessions were locked away in the Casa Azul in Mexico City, her lifelong home. Half a century later, her collection of clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and other personal items was rediscovered. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up offers a fresh perspective on the life story of this extraordinary artist, whose charisma and entirely individual way of dressing made her one of the most photographed women of her time. Specially-commissioned photographs show her distinctive Mexican outfits alongside her self-portraits, an unprecedented pairing that is enriched by iconic images taken in her lifetime. Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up is published to coincide with the V & A exhibition of the same name which runs until Sunday 4 November 2018. The exhibition presents an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.
Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour by David Coles, ISBN: 9780500501351
€23.67 Blackwell's €23.95 Book Depository €25.19 AbeBooks €34.66 Foyles €35.79 Amazon UK
Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour; or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? Throughout history, artist pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and pure luck, Chromatopia reveals the origin stories behind over fifty of history's most vivid colour pigments. Spanning the ancient world to modern leaps in technology, this is the book for the artist, the history buff, the science lover and the design fanatic.
Tate: Colour: A Visual History by Alexandra Loske, ISBN: 9781781573990
€24.90 Book Depository €27.75 Blackwell's €28.95 AbeBooks €35.07 Wordery €38.10 Amazon UK
Discover the story of colour through the significant scientific discoveries and key artist's works over 400 years. From Isaac Newton's investigations through to Olafur Eliasson's experiential creations, this stunning book documents the fascinating story of colour with an extraordinary collection of original colour material that includes charts, wheels, artists' palettes, swatches and schemes. "In 1704, the scientist Isaac Newton published OPTICKS, the result of many years of researching light and colour. By splitting white light, Newton identified the visible range of colours, or the rainbow spectrum. In OPTICKS, he built a colour system around his findings, and he visualised this system in a circular shape, making it one of the first printed colour wheels. The influence of Newton and his followers, combined with the invention of many new pigments as well as watercolours in moist cake form, had made painting with colour an exciting occupation not just for serious artists but also for a much wider audience. The colour revolution had begun." Contents: Introduction 1. Unravelling the Rainbow: The Eighteenth-Century Colour Revolution 2. Romantic Ideas & New Technologies: The Early Nineteenth Century 3. Industrialism to Impressionism: The Later Nineteenth Century 4. Colour for Colour's Sake: Colour into the Future: Glossary Bibliography Index
Pattern Design by Elizabeth Wilhide, ISBN: 9780500021484

Pattern Design

Hardcover

by ( Oct, 2018 )
€33.24 Amazon UK €36.20 AbeBooks €38.97 Wordery €39.24 Amazon US €39.32 Blackwell's
Throughout history, patterns have come in countless permutations of motif, colour-way and scale. Yet what all have in common is the regularity of repetition, that insistent rhythm that animates a flat surface with a sense of movement and vitality and gives it depth. Evident in the arrangement of petals on a flower head, the branching growth of stems and vines, the spirals of a seashell - pattern is inherent in the natural world that surrounds us. Powerful and transformative, pattern has an irrepressible joie de vivre. With more than 1,500 illustrations of patterns from all ages and cultures, Pattern Design is a visual feast. This comprehensive compendium is arranged thematically according to type, with chapters on Flora, Fauna, Pictorial, Geometric and Abstract designs. These broad categories are supplemented by in-depth features highlighting the work of key designers from the rich history of pattern-making - such as William Morris, Sonia Delaunay, Charles and Ray Eames, Lucienne Day and Orla Kiely - along with sections detailing the characteristic motifs of key period styles from Baroque to Art Deco.
Civilization: The Way We Live Now by William A. Ewing, ISBN: 9780500021705
€32.66 AbeBooks €36.96 Amazon UK €41.64 Blackwell's €42.75 Amazon US €43.76 Wordery
We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed - or so it seems to the collective psyche. Every day and every hour, human civilization expands, evolves and mutates. While we frequently lapse into celebrating the individual at the expense of the group, in science and art, at work and at play, at home and in transit, we increasingly live the collective life. Civilization shows how contemporary photography, notably art photography, is fascinated by, and attempts to decode and communicate, the way we live today. This landmark publication is accompanied by an internationally touring exhibition produced by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography - a global cultural event for a global subject. Civilization is presented through eight thematic chapters, each led by breathtaking imagery and accompanied by essays, quotes, commentaries and captions to provide a deeper understanding of its theme. Visually epic and ambitiously popular in approach, it will reach out beyond the boundaries of the photography world to connect with audiences worldwide.
The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future by Andrew Yang, ISBN: 9780316414210

The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

Paperback

by ( Apr, 2019 )
€12.71 Blackwell's €13.30 Book Depository €14.50 AbeBooks €14.84 Wordery €17.45 Better World Books
The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years-jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences are these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire-but is it unavoidable? In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different future -- one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision's core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income-and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls "human capitalism."
Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument That Transformed Music by Paul Kildea, ISBN: 9780393652222
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In November 1838, Frédéric Chopin, George Sand, and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery at Valldemossa in the mountains above Palma where Chopin finished what would eventually be recognized as one of the great and revolutionary works of musical Romanticism: his twenty-four Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island (these were still early days in the evolution of the modern instrument), so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, Juan Bauza, which remained in their monastic cell for seventy years after he and Sand had left.Chopin’s Piano traces the history of Chopin’s twenty-four Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them, and the traditions they came to represent. Yet it begins and ends with the Majorcan pianino, which assumed an astonishing cultural potency during the Second World War as it became, for the Nazis, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to appropriate as their own.After Chopin, the unexpected hero of Chopin’s Piano is the great keyboard player Wanda Landowska, who rescued the pianino from Valldemossa in 1913, and who would later become one of the most influential artistic figures of the twentieth century. Paul Kildea shows how her story—a compelling account based for the first time on her private papers—resonates with Chopin’s, simultaneously distilling part of the cultural and political history of mid-twentieth century Europe and the United States. After Landowska’s flight to America from Paris, which the Germans would occupy only days later, her possessions—including her rare music manuscripts and beloved keyboards—were seized by the Nazis. Only some of these belongings survived the war; those that did were recovered by the Allied armies’ Monuments Men and restituted to Landowska’s house in France.In scintillating prose, and with an eye for exquisite detail, Kildea beautifully interweaves these narratives, which comprise a journey through musical Romanticism—one that illuminates how art is transmitted, interpreted, and appropriated between generations.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, ISBN: 9781786331519
€13.60 Book Depository €14.39 Blackwell's €15.08 Amazon US €15.18 Wordery €17.40 AbeBooks
THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe March 2019 pick for Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club‘Brace for 2019’s first pop-culture sensation … we’re not exaggerating … new obsession, incoming’ TELEGRAPH_________________They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away.But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down.There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom.There was Camila, the frontman’s wife, too strong-willed to let the band implode – and all too aware of the electric connection between her husband and Daisy.There was Karen, ice-cool keyboardist, a ferociously independent woman in a world that wasn’t ready for her.And there were the men surrounding them: the feuding, egotistical Dunne brothers, the angry guitarist chafing on the sidelines, the drummer binge-drinking on his boat, the bassist trying to start a family amid a hedonistic world tour. They were creative minds striking sparks from each other, ready to go up in flames.It’s never just about the music…_________________‘Utterly believable…fantastically enjoyable’ THE TIMES'Pitch perfect' SUNDAY TIMES‘Reads like an addictive Netflix documentary meets A Star Is Born – despite being utterly fictional. It’s also a call-to-arms that when you find your niche, don’t doubt, embrace it.’ EMERALD STREET'The verdict: Daisy Jones steals the limelight… A zeitgeist book for 2019' STYLIST'Well observed, sensitively told . . . a great read.' WILL GOMPERTZ, BBC‘A tremendously engaging, and completely believable tale of rock and roll excess... inventive, persuasive and completely satisfying.’ DYLAN JONES‘I spent a lost weekend in this book. Daisy Jones is an instant icon.’ ERIN KELLY'DAISY JONES & THE SIX is a transporting novel – at once a love story, a glimpse into the combustible inner workings of a rock-and-roll band, and a pitch-perfect recreation of the music scene of the Fleetwood Mac era. You’ll never want it to end.' CECILIA AHERN‘Once in a blue moon you get to discover a book you end up pressing upon many other people to read. Taylor Jenkins Reid has got every nuance, every detail exact and right. I loved every word.’ PAUL REES‘So brilliantly written I thought all the characters were real . . . I couldn’t put it down’ EDITH BOWMAN‘Explosive . . . a gorgeous novel and a ravishing read.’ CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE, SUNDAY EXPRESS‘Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll? You bet, but it’s Daisy’s refusal to become a mere muse that powers this buzzy music-industry romance.’ HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON, MAIL ON SUNDAY‘The characters leap off the page, seducing you with their dramas, and making you wish the band was real.’ HEAT‘The heady haze of the 70s music scene, and a perfectly flawed Daisy, combine to create a fresh, rock n roll read. I loved it.’ ALI LAND, author of Good Me Bad Me
The Book of Daniel by Jeff Apter, ISBN: 9781760296292

The Book of Daniel

Paperback

by ( Dec, 2018 )
€18.85 Amazon US €21.15 Book Depository €30.13 The Nile NZ €32.95 Fishpond €33.33 Abbey's
When Silverchair shuddered to a halt in 2011, there was no swan song, no farewell tour, just a brief statement and then they were gone - after more than fifteen years of brilliant music, five hit albums, legions of fans, millions of record sales, scores of awards and the odd controversy. Three teenagers from Newcastle had taken the world by storm within the time it typically takes most bands to record their first single. Over their stratospheric career, Daniel Johns developed into a performer and songwriter with few peers in modern music.After the end of his marriage to Natalie Imbruglia and the break-up of his band, he became the focus of sordid headlines and whispers of wayward behaviour. People feared what might happen next.But at the same time a new Daniel Johns emerged. His debut solo album, Talk, appeared to rapturous reviews in 2015 and raced to the top of the Australian charts, and then 2018 saw the advent of DREAMS, his long-awaited collaboration with Luke Steele,. This was a vastly different Daniel Johns to the grungy, guitar-blazing teen of the 1990s. His new sound and image were sophisticated, brilliant and sexy as hell. It was a remarkable creative makeover, perhaps the most ambitious ever undertaken by an Australian rockstar. Former rockstar.The Book of Daniel documents how the reclusive Johns also battled many personal demons, including life-threatening anorexia and crippling reactive arthritis. Drawing on more than fifteen years of documenting the life and times of Daniel Johns, author Jeff Apter has brought his story to life, revealing the struggles and triumphs of one of Australia's most distinctive and dazzling talents. The book also includes a collection of exclusive photographs of Johns by eminent rock photographer Tony Mott.