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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


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


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.

‘Reading this book subtly raises one’s awareness of his imagery, sharpening one’s excitement at the prospect of seeing the whole trajectory of his art’
– Literary Review


Drawing People

Drawing People
The Human Figure in Contemporary Art

An intelligent, sensitive and beautifully illustrated survey of contemporary artists who place drawing and the human form at the heart of their practice.

‘Drawing is now back in the spotlight … this book is asserting the importance of drawing in its own right, as an autonomous artform and not a means to an end’
– The Independent


The Greeks in Asia

The Greeks in Asia

Scholarly but accessible, in this book Britain’s most distinguished historian of ancient Greek art recounts the influence of Greek communities and their culture through Central Asia, India and Western China, from the Bronze Age through to the rise of Islam.

‘Undoubtedly an erudite book, the product of a lifetime’s research and reflection’
– Current World Archaeology


Madness in Civilization

Madness in Civilization
A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

Andrew Scull paints a vivid and often harrowing portrait of the different ways that cultures around the world have interpreted the seemingly irrational, psychotic and insane.

‘Vast in scope and learning … a book that is as illuminating as it is compendious … absorbing and often discomfiting … a magisterial survey’
– New Statesman


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'


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.