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Updated and Expanded Edition
The only book to fully survey the art of Grayson Perry, one of the UK's best-loved artists – Turner-Prize winner, art-world potter, cross-dresser, and acclaimed Reith Lecturer 2013.
Grayson Perry was invited by the BBC to give the 2013 Reith Lectures: ‘I defy anyone to listen to Grayson Perry's first lecture … and not to be entertained, or entranced, or illuminated, or provoked. From the very first moment … the man who won the Turner Prize in 2003 took us on a coruscating journey through the modern art world …’
The World According to Karl
The wit and wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld: fashion’s sharpest pin
‘A must-read’ – Elle
‘The best and most outrageous quotes from Karl Lagerfeld’ – Vogue
‘Lagerfeld has a mercurial, sometimes devastating way with words’ – The Spectator
‘The solution to what to buy the person who has everything this Christmas … peppered with charming, graphic illustrations’ – The Daily Telegraph
Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus
Modern Photography Explained
A lively, informed defence of modern photography. Choosing 100 key photographs, some of which were initially dismissed for being blurred, overexposed or ‘badly’ composed, the book examines what inspired each photographer in the first place and traces how the piece was made, bringing to light the layers of meaning and artifice behind these singular works.
The Field Guide to Typography
Typefaces in the Urban Landscape
A collection of over 125 typefaces – old and new, common and unusual – found in the modern urban environment. Explores and explains the myriad typefaces that we see around us daily, from public transport to computer fonts, from billboards to road signs.
100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age
This book dares to predict the 100 most significant works of art made since the 1990s – providing a clear and intelligent map through the thorny landscape of contemporary art. Accessible, incisive texts offer a biography of each piece, tracing its inception and impact, and showing how it provides a unique keyhole into the imagination of the artist who created it and the age in which we live.
Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs
Following the success of 'The Empire of Death', which has attracted a global cult following, 'Heavenly Bodies' brings the 'catacomb saints' out of the darkness for the first time. The book includes arresting images of more than seventy spectacular jeweled skeletons and the fascinating stories of dozens more, accompanied by rare archive material. This is the first time that some of these incredible relics have appeared – both intriguing historical artifacts and masterpieces of artistic craftsmanship in their own right.
Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks
There are few more complete examples of an artist’s record of their own life than the intimately detailed and beautifully produced books that Derek Jarman created throughout his career. Seen together they reveal the story of how he gathered, shaped and made concrete his ideas.
Containing poetry, drawings, pressed flowers, photographs, scripts and notes, the sketchbooks are part autobiography and part social history, bursting with the energy and creativity of this groundbreaking artist. Wholly private during his lifetime, these precious books reveal the detailed planning – and creative and emotional engagement – behind each of his films.