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A History of Pictures Hockney

A History of Pictures
From the Cave to the Computer Screen

David Hockney and Martin Gayford discuss the 30,000-year-old history of pictures in one brilliantly original volume. For us to understand how we see the world around us – and hence ourselves – what is needed is a history of pictures. This is that book.

‘One thing is for sure. I won’t read a more interesting book all year … ’ – A.N.Wilson, Sunday Times


Artrage

Artrage!
The Story of the BRITART Revolution

The Young British Artists (YBAs) stormed onto the British contemporary art scene with their attention-grabbing, ironic art, brazenly exploding art-world conventions. Alternately praised for its witty energy and dismissed as trivial gimmickry, their work had a profound impact both on the art scene and on public consciousness that continues to be felt today.

'It catches the brio of the people involved, charts the connections that they forged; the friendships, the fall-outs, the partner swapping ... and celebrates the art they created' – The Herald


The Big Book of Bugs

The Big Book of Bugs

A fact-filled book for young children about all kinds of creepy crawlies. Wonderful illustrations show the wrigglers, stingers, bombers, fliers and chirpers of the bug world – and children will love the search-and-find activities.

'A gem of children's non-fiction … answers all the questions your little one might ask' – The Guardian Witness


Earth-Shattering Events

Earth-Shattering Events
Earthquakes, Nations and Civilization

A groundbreaking survey of the cultural, political and social impacts of major earthquakes of the modern era. This book seeks to understand exactly how human agency and great earthquakes have interacted, not only in the short term but also in the long perspective of history.

'‘Robinson has a talent for evoking chaos and, unavoidably, his brain-melting descriptions have a disaster-movie quality - it's hard to tear your eye away from the page’ – Daily Telegraph


Hip Hop Raised Me

Hip Hop Raised Me

The definitive volume on the essence, experience and energy that is hip hop, and its massive and enduring impact over the last 40 years

‘A beautiful dedication to the beautiful culture’ – i-D


Min The New Simplicity in Graphic Design

Min
The New Simplicity in Graphic Design

An international visual survey of minimalism in contemporary graphic design. Showcases around 150 outstanding minimalist designers working across a wide range of formats and media – from independent magazines and album covers to corporate identity and branding. Only the finest international examples from the last three years are included!


Television

Television
A Biography

A rip-roaring, unexpected, and perhaps most of all, deeply thought-provoking history of the medium that has defined us. 'Television' surveys a Boschian landscape, illuminated by that singular glow and peopled by everyone from Lucille Ball to Dennis Potter to Don Draper.

‘The greatest writer about the big screen has now written a defining book about the small screen’ – Geoff Dyer


Unspoken Spaces

Unspoken Spaces
Studio Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson’s large-scale projects over the past 20 years, including hitherto unpublished creations as well as spatial experiments that no longer exist.

‘It seems incredible that such a staggeringly inventive body of work could be contained, much less summarised, in one tome, but 'Unspoken Spaces' succeeds in being both thorough and highly accessible’ – Aesthetica
'Unspoken Spaces is a rewarding read and the 'patchwork' of ideas and territories it presents echoes Eliasson's own open and roaming approach to creativity – V&A Magazine


Yokainoshima

Yokainoshima
Island of Monsters - Japanese Folk Tales

In rural Japan the passage of the year is marked by festivals and rituals that have changed little for centuries. Yokainoshima (literally ‘island of monsters’) explores the extraordinary range of masks, costumes and characters that reappear with each returning season. Charles Fréger’s photographs combine acute documentary attentiveness with individual portraiture in an entirely fresh and distinctive style.

‘Fascinating … full of meticulously researched and beautifully executed photographs’– Royal Photographic Society


The World New Made figurative painting

The World New Made
Figurative Paiting in the Twentieth Century

A celebration of the richness of figurative painting over the last 100 years and a passionate critique of the accepted history of art in the 20th century.

‘Wonderfully concrete in detail and wide-ranging in scope, Timothy Hyman’s 'The World New Made' constructs a new and convincing scenario for the history of 20th-century painting’ – Linda Nochlin