Some of our recent publications. Click on the covers for full details
Art and Politics Now
From photographers and filmmakers to the creators of immersive installations, today’s artists are engaging with some of the most pressing issues of our time – opening up new areas of debate and expanding our understanding of contemporary art and its creators. This is a richly illustrated and compelling survey of more than 200 contemporary artists whose works address political issues.
Asian Street Fashion
Photographer James Bent has spent the past few years travelling around Asia in pursuit of its unique approaches to fashion. From Bangkok’s blend of vintage and modern to Seoul’s sleek chic with a daring twist, the results reveal a quality that unites Asian fashion: the refusal to conform to a uniform and conservative form of dress.
The Bee Who Spoke
The Wonderful World of Belle and the Bee
Following the hugely successful Operation Alphabet by Al MacCuish, here is his enchanting and entertaining new story, perfect for young readers keen to discover the wonder of plants and animals and to see how they work together in harmony.
Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression
The Finest in Jazz Since 1939
Released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the coolest and best-known label in jazz, this book celebrates over seven decades of extraordinary music and includes over 600 illustrations!
In recent years, body art has proliferated in an unprecedented way, borrowing motifs and practices from many different traditions. What is it that new and borrowed body arts do, and what do they tell us about the global culture that we now inhabit? Anthropologist and art historian Nicholas Thomas explores these questions and many more in this wide-ranging survey of body arts from prehistoric origins to the present.
Cities that Shaped the Ancient World
From the world’s first cities, in Mesopotamia, to the spectacular urban monuments of the Maya in Central America, the cities described here represent almost three millennia of human history and development. Under John Julius Norwich’s expert editorship, eminent historians and archaeologists with first-hand knowledge of each site give voices to the ruins.
Illustrated with spectacular photographs of the cities, as well as fabulous objects and works of art.
The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat
Choupette is the constant feline companion of designer Karl Lagerfeld, creative director at Chanel. She has her own iPad, eats next to Lagerfeld at the table from Goyard china, and has inspired couture collections. Choupette occasionally delivers words of wisdom to her devotees via Twitter, but here for the first time is her complete guide to the art of living.
The Renaissance in Flower Design
Thirty-eight of the finest florists working worldwide today, accompanied by hundreds of full-colour photographs of their creations and decorations. An inspiration for stylists, florists and design professionals and an indulgent treat for anyone who loves flowers or decorating their own space.
French Art Deco
French Art Deco presents more than eighty masterpieces by forty-two designers. Examples include Süe et Mare’s furniture from the 1925 Exposition; Dufy’s Cubist-inspired textiles; Dunand’s lacquered bedroom suite; Dupas’s monumental glass wall panels from the SS Normandie; and Fouquet’s spectacular dress ornament in the shape of a Chinese mask. Accompanying the text are sumptuous, atmospheric photographs of the objects themselves, making this not only one of the rare books on French Art Deco in English, but also an objet d’art in its own right.
Haute Couture Ateliers
The Artisans of Fashion
Nothing distinguishes luxury so clearly as the handmade. Here is a privileged glimpse into the best of the fashion workshops: the world of embroiderers, lacemakers, weavers, textile designers, pleaters, featherworkers, floral decoration makers, leatherworkers, jewelry and accessory designers, fanmakers and perfumers.
How the World was Won
The Americanization of Everywhere
In 1945, profiting from a world war that had bankrupted the other combatants, the United States established a new global order, and – despite French resistance to Coca-Cola and processed cheese, and Russia’s antagonistic economic theory – set about Americanizing all other countries...
Inventions that Didn't Change the World
The world of Victorian product design, and the improbable inventions that never quite made it into production ... These genuine domestic and professional designs, registered in the nineteenth century, have been boxed away – until now – deep in the vaults of The National Archives.
Surveys the arts of Japan authoritatively, and provocatively, from the prehistoric period to the present, including the most recent research. Profusely illustrated with examples from all the arts – painting, calligraphy, the decorative arts, photography and architecture – and with a wide-ranging bibliography, this is a concise and informative overview of a fascinating but perplexing culture. Now updated and expanded with a new chapter on art since the mid-1960s, including the fields of manga and animé in which Japan leads the world.
Timely for the exhibition at the Royal Academy in London (27 September — 14 December 2014), this major monograph delves into the themes which lie at the heart of Kiefer's rigorous and deeply interesting art and thought.
Includes over 400 illustrations.
The Fields of Landscape Photography
Vivid Lives in a Distant Landscape - From Charlemagne to Piero della Francesca
Highly illustrated, Medieval People carries its learning lightly, telling the life stories of seventy individuals across Europe and the Middle East from the ninth to fifteenth centuries – Monarchs and merchants, popes, peasants and poets, artists and adventurers, saints, scholars and soldiers.
Contrary to modern myth, this book shows how medieval people lived in an era that was more one of invention and innovation than of superstition and backwardness. It will appeal to all those who want a truer picture of a world often wrongly portrayed today.
Mid-Century Modern Complete
The definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design. A must-have for any design aficionado, collector or reader seeking inspiration for their home. The book showcases classic designs as well as little-seen rarities, and unusual objets d’art as well as mass-produced items and includes specially commissioned essays by renowned experts.
The Paper Doll's House of Miss Sarah Elizabeth Birdsall Otis, aged Twelve
In 1884 the remarkable Miss Birdie Otis, aged twelve, made an extraordinary paper doll’s house in the form of a book. Full of period charm, the album’s exquisite collaged rooms and tiny accessories are true works of art.
Includes 8 paper dolls and 4 pages of sticker clothes
All photographers create speculative work that may blossom into something important, or wind up in a box under the bed. Here, in over 500 images, are ‘sketchbooks’ which include everything from Polaroid studies to installations, online photo streams, contact sheets, photo albums and book dummies ...
Infographic Designers' Sketchbooks
Now that huge amounts of information can be gathered and processed with ever-greater speed, graphic designers and illustrators are playing a crucial role in explaining what all the collected data really means and how we can make sense of it to improve our personal and professional lives.
With over 600 illustrations, Raw Data presents work by seventy-three of the world’s most innovative information graphics designers.
Martin Scorsese has become one of the most respected names in cinema. Classics such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas are regularly cited as being among the finest films ever made.
Contemporary Jewelry from Extraordinary Gemstones
This stunning book is a joyous celebration of gemstones valued for their raw beauty. Freshwater pearls are prized for their unusual shapes and black coral is left to curve sinuously, while antique ethnic carvings become the centrepiece of new, unexpected designs...
The Yellow Peril
Dr Fu Manchu & The Rise of Chinaphobia
A hundred years ago, the fictional evil genius called Dr Fu Manchu appeared, described as 'the yellow peril incarnate in one man'.
In a book that will prove as influential as the Orientalism of Edward Said, Christopher Frayling assembles an astonishing diversity of evidence to show not only how Chinaphobia arose in the West but also how we neglect the history of popular culture at our own peril if we want to understand our deepest desires and fears.