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Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach
Speaking and Painting

An intimate portrait of one of Britain’s greatest living artists. Auerbach has established an international reputation for his paintings with their vigorous, precise brushwork. He is also respected as one of modern and contemporary art’s clearest thinkers. Catherine Lampert has had unique access to the artist since 1978, when she first became one of his sitters. She gives a rare insight into his professional life, working methods and philosophy.

'The book is a beautiful object, full of superb reproductions and photos … This is a terrific read … it only leaves you longing for more'
– The Independent


Arcadia Britannica

Arcadia Britannica
A Modern British Folklore Portrait

Henry Bourne’s folklore portraits, shot at key events and festivals, take a fond look at the people from Morris dancers to practising witches and warlocks and those who actively celebrate a rich tradition that honours our connection with the seasons, the land and community.

‘An affectionate collection of notables and oddballs from the UK’s flourishing folklore scene’
– Royal Photographic Society Journal


Harry Gruyaert

Harry Gruyaert

Harry Gruyaert was one of the first European photographers to explore the creative potential of colour in the 1970s and 1980s. Influenced by American photographers as well as by cinema, his work defined new territory for colour photography. This volume, the first retrospective of his work, is a superb overview of his personal quest for freedom of expression and the liberation of the senses.


How Things Work

How Things Work
Facts and Fun • Questions and Answers • Things to Make and Do

A hands-on, action-packed book to share with young children. • Make your own TV show! • Play a glass orchestra • Race a model car • Build a marshmallow catapult • Say ‘hello’ in 10 languages

‘With an even mix of facts and fun, using clean and clear illustrative style, both my 5 and 8 year old thoroughly enjoyed dipping into this book ... Well done the OKIDO team!’
– Picture Books


Making Sense of Islamic Art and Architecture

Making Sense of Islamic Art & Architecture

This new series will deepen understanding not only of art and architecture, but also of the world’s great religions. Each book features 100 works in visually striking layouts: each spread features a full-page detail of the work or its context, with a second chosen to illustrate its importance. Experts give clear expositions on the works' significance.
Other titles in the series include 'Making Sense of Christian Art and Architecture' and 'Making Sense of Buddhist Art and Architecture'


Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin
Her Life and Art

The first biography of the visionary artist Agnes Martin, one of the most original and influential painters of the postwar period.

‘A painstaking attempt to disentangle the many contradictions of a long and singular life’
– The Guardian


Memory of Time

The Memory of Time
Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art

Explores the work of twenty-six contemporary artists from across the world who investigate the richness and complexity of photography’s relationship to time, memory and history.


Persian Painting

Persian Painting
The Arts of the Book and Portraiture

A beautifully produced guide to one of the world’s finest collections of Persian manuscripts and miniature painting. With over 450 colour illustrations, the book catalogues more than forty Persian illuminated manuscripts, miniature paintings and elaborately decorated bookbindings dating from the 11th century CE to the early 20th century.


Rubens in Private

Rubens in Private
The Master Portrays his Family

Peter Paul Rubens's most beautiful and surprising portraits are those of his immediate family. These intimate pictures are considerably freer and more experimental than those he painted of influential patrons. While the hundreds of letters he wrote reveal very little about his emotional life, his portraits of family members testify in a special way to the affection he felt for his first and second wives, his brother and his children.


Unbrandable

Unbrandable
How to Succeed in the New Brand Space

'Unbrandables' are consumers who are sensitive to inauthenticity, hostile to relentless materialism, and suspicious of products they do not want or that are bad for the environment. 'Unbrandable' gives advertising and marketing professionals an invaluable guide to this new landscape, examining what it means to be Unbrandable, for both consumers and producers, and how companies can thrive by taking a more creative, authentic approach to promoting their goods.


Women Artists

Women Artists
The Linda Nochlin Reader

The definitive anthology of writings on women artists by Linda Nochlin, one of the most influential voices in feminist art history.
    The book includes an overview of Nochlin’s life and work and an analysis of her impact and continuing influence on younger scholars; a specially commissioned interview with Nochlin; and essays by Nochlin on major women artists, including Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Louise Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Kiki Smith, Liza Lou and Miwa Yanagi.