Best of 2017 - Art & Photography

Journeys Into the Wild

Journeys into the Wild is a poetic escape to a fragile and breathtaking wilderness, with celebrated photographer Peter Dombrovskis as our guide.

A silhouette of a damaged twisted Pencil Pine, wearing a fine dusting of fresh snow and precariously positioned above the Pool of Siloam in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, is like a portrait of a lively old friend. A fresh ice sheet, uniquely patterned, is coloured by the alpenglow, as the day’s first sunlight reflects on a Cradle Mountain tarn.

A flowering white Olearia pinifolia at the base of a massive boulder on Mount Wellington is a study in permanency and transience. Here, too, are photographs of the Snowy Mountains and the tropical rainforests of Queensland’s Daintree and Hinchinbrook Island, Fiji and Borneo.

Bob Brown and Peter Dombrovskis forged their friendship in the battle to save the Gordon and Franklin rivers. As a founder of the Wilderness Society, Bob organised the blockade of dam works on the Franklin, recruiting Peter and his iconic photography to make the case for conservation over profit.

During the campaign, Bob accompanied Peter on one of his kayak trips down the Franklin and observed his process as a photographer. Peter would go on to take one of the most famous photographs in Australian history, Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, an image that featured in calendars and diaries across Australia and that was integral to the success of the campaign. The two remained friends until Peter’s death in 1996.

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Publication Date:
20/10/2017
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Best of 2016 - Top 10 Fiction

The Atlas of Beauty

Photographs and stories of women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website.

Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us.

The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from all corners of the world and shows that beauty is everywhere, regardless of money, race or social status, and comes in many different sizes and colours.

Noroc's portraits feature women in their native environments, from the Amazon rain forest to markets in India, London city streets and parks in Harlem, and visually demonstrate the juxtaposition between the varied built and social worlds these women inhabit.

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Publication Date:
02/10/2017
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Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art

A global survey of 100 of today's most important clay and ceramic artists, chosen by leading art world professionals.

Vitamin C celebrates the revival of clay as a material for contemporary visual artists, featuring a wide range of global talent as selected by the world's leading curators, critics, and art professionals. Clay and ceramics have in recent years been elevated from craft to high art material, with the resulting artworks being coveted by collectors and exhibited in museums around the world. Packed with illustrations, Vitamin C is a vibrant and incredibly timely survey - the first of its kind.

Artists include: Caroline Achaintre, Ai Weiwei, Aaron Angell, Edmund de Waal, Theaster Gates, Marisa Merz, Ron Nagle, Gabriel Orozco, Grayson Perry, Sterling Ruby, Thomas Sch tte, Richard Slee, Clare Twomey, Jesse Wine, and Betty Woodman.

Nominators include: Pablo Leon de la Barra, Iwona Blazwick, Mary Ceruti, Dan Fox, Jens Hoffmann, Christine Macel, James Meyer, Jed Morse, Beatrix Ruf, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Nancy Spector, Sheena Wagstaff, and Jonathan Watkins.

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Hardback
Publication Date:
02/10/2017
  $108.25
Endangered

We can’t save the world if we don’t care about the world.

Visual imagery plays a huge role in helping us to care about what is happening around us. 

Endangered is an experiment by award-winning photographer Tim Flach in how and why we connect emotionally to other forms of life through visual imagery. Through Tim’s extraordinary up-close photographs, we see:

  • The last of the white rhinos there are only three left in the world: two females incapable of carrying a child and one male with low sperm count
  • The majestic swarms of the Monarch Butterly, whose milkweed crops are being destroyed by herbicides
  • The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect an extinction success story! Thought to be extinct in 1920 after rats from a wrecked Glaswegian cargo ship made it to shore and caused chaos on Lord Howe Island. A tiny colony of 24 specimens was discovered on the tiny rocky outcrop of Balls Pyramid in 2001 and has now been saved in the Melbourne Zoo. 

We also learn that:

  • Bees are worth 300 billion USD to the global economy
  • 100 million sharks are killed for their fins every year
  • Some fast-growing coral can recover from damage within 10-15 years, if given a chance...

This immense book is a staggeringly beautiful siren call to connect people with nature.

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01/10/2017
  $80.00
Georgia O'Keeffe at Home

Georgia O’Keeffe at Home explores the influence of the various landscapes and cities Georgia inhabited, as well as the places she travelled to, on her life and artwork.

When I got to New Mexico that was mine. As soon as I saw it, that was my country.

Despite Georgia's own assertions that a biographic interpretation of her work will yield little insight, it is plain to see that the various places Georgia called home had a massive impact on her artwork.

Beginning with her teaching career in Texas, through her time in New York City and Lake George (in the company of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz) and ending at her two desert ranches in New Mexico, Georgia O'Keeffe at Home explores the influence of the various landscapes and cities Georgia inhabited as well as the places she travelled to on her life and artwork.

Fully illustrated, the book features Georgia's drawings and paintings together with archival imagery of her houses, friends and family from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, including photographs by Alfred Stieglitz and other notable contemporaries.

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Hardback
Publication Date:
01/10/2017
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Andy Goldsworthy : Projects

Andy Goldsworthy: Projects presents a decade of the artist's large-scale sculptural work from around the world.

Using local materials-including stone, clay, and wood-Goldsworthy's projects are inspired by and interact with the natural landscape.

Each project subjects Goldsworthy's ideas about the work to the brute facts and forces of nature: sunlight, sedimentation, tides, erosion, extremes of heat and cold, and plant growth and decay.

Situated throughout Europe and the United States, Goldsworthy's projects are as beautiful as they are thought provoking. Each one is accompanied by commentary by the artist, and none have been published previously.

Andy Goldsworthy: Projects is a companion volume to Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works (2015).

Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01/10/2017
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