The Art Book

An A to Z guide to great painters and sculptors from medieval to modern times it debunks art historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples of all periods schools visions and techniques Each artist is represented by a full page colour plate of a definitive work accompanied by explanatory and illuminating information on the image and its creator Glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included making this a valuable work of reference as well as a feast for the eyes By breaking with traditional classifications The Art Book presents a fresh and original approach to art an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich and multi faceted culture

The 20th Century Art Book

Covering the international nature of the modern art scene this title encompasses established iconic works of art and the classics of the future It presents artists in an alphabetical order each represented by a full page colour plate of a definitive work and an incisive text which sheds light on both image and creator

The Photography Book

Since its birth over one and a half centuries ago photography has undergone a number of twists and turns in its progress from a practical means of documentation to an art form with its own icons heroes galleries and collectors The Photography Book brings together inspiring moving and beautiful images of famous events and people sensational landscapes historic moments ground breaking photojournalism insightful portraits sport wildlife fashion and the everyday Following the winning formula of The Art Book and The th Century Art Book The Photography Book is arranged in alphabetical order by photographer offering us a window on the last years as it takes us on a journey through familiar and strange images by great unknown and innovative photographers from around the world Each image is discussed in detail bringing it to life and offering us an understanding of this art form which plays such a large role in our everyday lives br br An accessible informative and easy to use guide The Photography Book brings together an overview of this incredibly rich and diverse medium A simple system of cross referencing offers easy access to photographers working with a similar approach or using different means to capture the same subject Glossaries of technical terms and movements and a directory of museums and galleries where photography is permanently exhibited are also included to provide a fully comprehensive volume

30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity across Time and Space

Years of Art presents great works of art from all periods and regions in the world arranged in chronological order for a general readership Breaking through the usual geographical and cultural boundaries of art history it celebrates the vast range of human artistry across time and space Each work is accompanied by key caption information date title place of origin style or culture medium dimensions etc and a short text providing more information and explaining the art historical context The book presents art in a way different from other art history compendia revealing the huge diversity or in many cases similarity of man s artistic achievements through time and around the globe Ordered chronologically the resulting timeline of works leads to compelling browsing surprising juxtapositions offer intellectual pleasure and a sense of wonder and discovery The selection of works from across the world arranged in the sequence in which they were made take the reader on a global and historical journey as a Chinese Shang urn stands next to a Mycenaean vase and Michelangelo s Slave is followed by a contemporaneous male sculpture from Nigeria The chronological arrangement responds to such questions as where does the earliest art appear What were artists creating in China or Africa while Rembrandt was painting self portraits in Leyden How were similar subjects equestrian themes landscapes religious scenes manipulated by artists in Aztec Mexico and Medieval Europe Although the sequence of works in the book is strictly chronological the selection of entries for an individual culture comprises an abbreviated history of the art of that people Thus while artworks from ancient Greece or the European Renaissance or pre Columbian Americas are interspersed with contemporaneous works created in Africa India or Japan an extraction of the Greek or Renaissance or American works could stand alone as an essential abridgement of the finest art of that period or culture

The Fashion Book - Mini Edition

Following the success of Phaidon s The Art Book and The Photography Book this volume takes a fresh look at the fashion world and the people who created and inspired it

The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture

The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture presents a global survey of the most outstanding works of contemporary architecture from around the world completed in the last five years Organized geographically and illustrated with global regional and sub regional maps locating each building the book illustrates more than completed buildings and includes some of the most influential projects as well as many lesser known buildings from around the world Sections on World Data Building Data and Architect s Biographies build up a detailed picture of the influences on contemporary architecture today Every building type from the largest publicly funded art museums and airports to private houses is covered and each project is illustrated with colour photographs line drawings and a descriptive text The Atlas of Contemporary Architecture presents a comprehensive survey of international architecture at the turn of the twenty first century Eminent architectural critics curators journalists and practitioners from all parts of the globe were asked to nominate what they considered to be the most outstanding works of contemporary architecture in their regions and beyond

The American Art Book

On its publication in The American Art Book immediately filled a critical gap in accessible yet authoritative surveys on American artists of the past three centuries With an A to Z format that departs from the usual emphasis on genres and time periods it offers an unparalleled overview of the most influential and best loved American artists from Colonial times to the present This book is now available in a new mini version that presents the compelling content of the original edition in a highly portable format that is both useful as a serious work of reference and fun for on the go art enthusiasts The American Art Book presents artists and their works ranging from Puritan portraits to the luminous paintings of the Hudson River School and the American Impressionists to the videos and digital works of today s most intriguing conceptual artists Its alphabetical format generates intriguing juxtapositions Jenny Holzer faces Winslow Homer and Richard Avedon sits next to Milton Avery encouraging readers to contemplate the connections between art and American history and popular culture Each artist is represented by a full page colour plate of a representative work and an informative engaging text which places the artist and the image in the context of contemporary movements and preceding traditions The book includes an easy to use glossary of artistic terms and movements and a directory of museums and public collections across the United States and around the world with important holdings in American art With its original format and fresh selections of artwork this volume offers a stimulating way to approach this rich varied subject

The House Book

Presents houses classified by architect designer patron or cultural tribe this book looks at some of the most astonishing and creative abodes ever to be built

The Silver Spoon

The Silver Spoon is the most influential and successful cookbook in Italy Originally published in it became an instant classic Considered to be essential in every household it is still one of the most popular wedding presents today p The Silver Spoon was conceived and published by Domus the design and architectural magazine famously directed by Gi Ponti from the s to the s br br A group of cooking experts was commissioned to collect hundreds of traditional recipes from the different Italian regions and make them available for the first time to a wider audience In the process they updated ingredients quantities and methods to suit contemporary tastes and customs at the same time preserving the memory of ancient recipes for future generations They also included modern recipes from some of the most famous Italian chefs resulting in a style of cooking that appeals to the gourmet as well as the occasional cook br br A comprehensive and lively book its simple and user friendly format makes it both accessible and a pleasure to read It provides an introduction to every course and an explanation of the main type of ingredients Never translated before The Silver Spoon has now been adapted to an international market with every recipe checked for suitability measurements converted and methods rewritten to accommodate cultural differences yet maintaining the authenticity of real Italian cooking br br The new layout emphasizes its contemporary appeal and the colour coding of each section simplifies the process of cross referencing ingredients and methods A section with original menus from the most famous Italian chefs of the last years has been expanded to include original menus from Italian celebrity chefs working outside Italy br br This is a substantial and prestigious cookbook that will share the bookshelves with other titles such as The Joy of Cooking and Larousse Gastronomique another classic of national cuisine With over recipes illustrated with specially commissioned artwork and photography the book is destined to become a classic in the Italian cooking booklist for the international market p


Taken for granted for a long time graphic design has over the past decades crept more and more into the consciousness of the general public And rightly so in our increasingly visual culture it is an omnipresent form of creativity something we are all influenced by whether we like it or not Every logo every poster every CD cover confronts us with graphic design in some shape or form It is the basis of all visual communication and arguably the most pervasive creative discipline of our times designers arranged in an A to Z order Each of the designers is featured over two double page spreads which are extensively illustrated with examples of their work Alongside these examples a word text by the selecting curator explains his her choice and illuminates the depicted work The reproductions are further complemented with extended captions and biographical information on the designer designers Showcasing talents from Minneapolis to Macao Area opens the door to the work of emerging designers practising in more than countries around the world It reflects a unique multitude of styles ideas and influences an endless range of creativity from the playful digital graphics of Eboy in Berlin to the regional aesthetics of Chaz Mavyanne Davies of Zimbabwe or Ahn Sang Soo of Korea from the political awareness of Iran s Reza Abedini to the more sober and traditional designs of the Italy s Leonardo Sonnoli were also asked to choose what they consider a design classic i e a piece of printed design from any era that is of particular significance to them These classic pieces are showcased in the shorter second part of the book each accompanied by a brief text explaining how the classic piece fits into the selecting curator s general view and philosophy of graphic design design Area promises to be unique in its exciting design its clear and interesting concept its truly global scope and its fresh and unconventional content