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Treasures From Asia's Oldest Museum: Buddhist Art From The Indian Museum, KolkataTreasures From Asia's Oldest Museum: Buddhist Art From The Indian Museum, Kolkata by

Published by the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, this book explores a thousand years of Buddhist art made in India through masterpieces of sculpture. Drawn from the collection of the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the objects show the development of narratives of the Buddha's life, symbols used to represent the religion, and depictions of the Buddha and bodhisattvas. Key objects are drawn from the Bharhut stupa, from ancient Gandhara, and an impressive group from the Pala Empire.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist As CollectorMagnificent Obsessions: The Artist As Collector by

Throughout history artists have collected objects for professional and private reasons. Picasso, for example, collected African and Oceanic art. This book takes a look at the private collecting habits of modern and contemporary artists including Arman, Peter Blake, Hanne Darboven, Edmund de Waal, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Dr Lakra, Sol LeWitt, Martin Parr, Jim Shaw, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Andy Warhol, Pae White, Martin Wong and Danh Vo. Their holdings range from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles, such as cookie jars and children's toys owned by Warhol, to unique curiosities and specimens, like Blake's collection of Walter Potter taxidermy and other curios and rarefied artifacts, such as Japanese antiquities owned by Sugimoto. Presented alongside key examples of their work, these objects provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of their owners.

Paintings That Revolutionized Art, ThePaintings That Revolutionized Art, The by

What makes the Book of Kells such an extraordinary example of illuminated manuscript? Why is Durer's self-portrait so iconic? How did Turner's Rain, Steam, Speed turn the art world on its head? Art history is filled with paintings that shocked, intrigued, enraged and mystified their audiences - paintings that exemplified the period in which they were created and forever changed the way we think. Here, one hundred examples of these icons of art are presented in beautiful, high-quality reproductions. Each double-page spread features lavish illustrations and details as well as engaging texts that explain why the painting belongs in the pantheon of world-changing art.

Sanyu: Catalogue Raisonné Drawings And WatercolorsSanyu: Catalogue Raisonné Drawings And Watercolors by Wong, Rita

This is the third in a series of four books that is dedicated to documenting all known artworks by Sanyu. This catalogue includes 211 known watercolors by Sanyu, as well as selected drawings that serve as a sampling of Sanyu's drawing styles. As the sheer number of drawings (1,840) precludes any practicality of printing them all on paper, a complete image index on flash drive is included. Previously published catalogue raisonnes include two volumes of Sanyu's oil paintings. The fourth book, planned for publication in 2015, will catalogue the artist's prints. This series of publications devoted to the art of Sanyu is part of the Archives of Modern Chinese Art, a program of the Li Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan.

Quaint Quarterly Issue #02: ProgressQuaint Quarterly Issue #02: Progress by Gonzalez, Jonathan (Ed.)

Quaint Quarterly is an independent print journal curating curiosities from the four corners of the web. Primarily focused on long-form articles and eye-catching illustrations, all the content is handpicked for readers who want to read challenging and insightful materials in a well-crafted format. Issue #02 includes the work of writers and visual artists who greatly contributed to imagining the future, be it from a literary standpoint - science fiction - or from an institutional perspective. From new modes of transport and communication machines to transformed social norms, these thinkers defied the unwritten laws of academia and the known limitations of technology to envision countless advances that would, for better or for worse, completely change the way we live.

Luminous Depths: A Contemporary Project On The MuseumLuminous Depths: A Contemporary Project On The Museum by Lee Mingwei; Alan Chong

This book chronicles, through photographs and an extended interview with the artist, an installation at the Peranakan Museum. Artist Lee Mingwei that explored issues of archaeology, memory, connoisseurship, and rebirth in this work of art that invited visitor participation. Lee's creation was inspired by his first visit to the museum: upon entering, he recalled his grandparents' home, where light cascading from the skylight, sounds, and aromas coming from different floors, "became a sort of multisensory symphony in my mind".

Journey In Art: Retrospective Exhibition By Fan Shao HuaJourney In Art: Retrospective Exhibition By Fan Shao Hua by

To record the artist's 40 years' journey in painting, this book is published on the occasion of Journey in Art: Retrospective Exhibition by Fan Shao Hua, organised by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, from 21 March - 8 April 2015. This richly illustrated publication contains extensive writing from art critics, and includes many pages of artworks from the artist's early works as well as his sketches and paintings in various mediums and themes.

Journey In Art: Retrospective Exhibition By Fan Shao HuaJourney In Art: Retrospective Exhibition By Fan Shao Hua by

To record the artist's 40 years' journey in painting, this book is published on the occasion of Journey in Art: Retrospective Exhibition by Fan Shao Hua, organised by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, from 21 March - 8 April 2015. This richly illustrated publication contains extensive writing from art critics, and includes many pages of artworks from the artist's early works as well as his sketches and paintings in various mediums and themes.

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014 by

The triennial Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize was inaugurated in 2008 by the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation and Singapore Art Museum. Recognising the most outstanding contemporary work by both emerging and established artists over the last three years, the prize puts the spotlight on compelling works of visual art from across the Asia Pacific region. This comprehensive exhibition catalogue features works nominated and exhibited during the third edition in 2014. A total of 105 works were nominated from 24 countries and territories, and a juried panel selected 15 finalist works which were shown at the museum. Staying true to contemporary practice, the entries for the 2014 edition demonstrate a diversity of medium, innovative approaches to genre and materials, and strong conceptual ideas. The critical essays and artist and nominators' statements in this volume address topical issues and collectively shed light on the region's contemporary art landscape and also on concerns and conversations relevant in society today.

Auspicious Designs: Batik For Peranakan AltarsAuspicious Designs: Batik For Peranakan Altars by Lee, Peter; Fiona Kerlogue

This catalogue focuses on a group of 72 batik altar cloths recently donated to the Peranakan Museum. Families traditionally used embroidered cloths made in southern China, but in the early 20th century, the cloths began to be made of Javanese batik. Essays by Peter Lee, discussing the use and historical context of altar cloths in Southeast Asia, and by Fiona Kerlogue, on the significance of the designs on the cloths, complement beautifully illustrated entries on each cloth.

Huang Rui: The Stars Period 1977-1984Huang Rui: The Stars Period 1977-1984 by Huang Rui (Ed.)

Huang Rui: The Stars Period is one of a very few books to be published about late-1970s avant garde art in China - and it certainly stands as one of the most extensive and insightful statements on this important genre ever attempted. Illustrated with images of more than 200 works by Huang Rui plus more than 200 archival photographs, the book goes on to describe the Stars Group, which pioneered many of the themes and techniques in Chinese contemporary art. Essays by important scholars and critics such as Wu Hung, Lü Peng and Shu Yang give additional context for this exciting period in Chinese artistic and cultural history spanning from 1977 to 1984. A number of the pictures, invitations, and magazines related to the exhibitions and events discussed in this book are newly rediscovered archival materials and are republished here for the first time.

25,000 Years Of Jewelry25,000 Years Of Jewelry by Eichhorn-Johannsen, Maren; Adelheid Rasche (Eds.)

Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, this collection of jewellery through the ages links cultures and eras to show how the design, wearing, and collecting of personal adornment has evolved over the ages. They range from classic items such as necklaces, rings and earrings to less common items with origins in non-European cultures. The book features jewellery ranging from the splendid crowns of ancient Greece, gold earrings from Babylon and jewelled collars worn by 13th-century Islamic royalty to more modern pieces such as those contained in the imperial collection of Queen Louise of Prussia, Art Nouveau jewellery designed by Rene Lalique, and work by contemporary designers. This chronologically arranged survey includes numerous brief essays and nearly 400 illustrations with detailed captions, making it an ideal reference for anyone interested in cultural history, the history of jewellery, or the art and craft of jewellery making.

Eat & Go: Branding And Design For Takeaways & RestaurantsEat & Go: Branding And Design For Takeaways & Restaurants by Corkett, Tom

Takeout food is a booming business, with more and more restaurants providing not only in-house table service, but also dishes to be eaten elsewhere. However, providing suitable packaging for their food that allows diners to enjoy the restaurant experience at home represents a real challenge, for both restaurants and designers.

Infographics: Designing & Visualizing DataInfographics: Designing & Visualizing Data by

In a world shaped by waves of information, it is of vital importance to develop effective strategic methods of making key data stand out to its target audience. Infographics, which are now used regularly by organizations worldwide, have become a key method for achieving this aim. This book is a comprehensive reference guide for this vital technique.

Logograma: Logo Design For Dynamic IdentitiesLogograma: Logo Design For Dynamic Identities by

By varying its logo, an organization can create a brand which is vivid, fresh, and expressive. Infinite possibilities are unleashed through the vitality of the dynamic logos featured in this book. Each project highlights the secrets to successfully making changes in logo colors, form, and typography, demonstrating the visual impact such changes have on audiences and adaptation in quickly changing environments.

New Signage Design: Connecting People And SpaceNew Signage Design: Connecting People And Space by

The proliferation of public places and spaces has created a shared environment which increasingly interacts with people living or passing through them. In such a context, signage design has become a decisive element when connecting spaces and people, going beyond orientation skills in order to create a deeper sensorial experience, which this book reflects in great detail.

Fashion: The Ultimate History Of Costume, From Prehistory To The Present DayFashion: The Ultimate History Of Costume, From Prehistory To The Present Day by

Fashion is one of the defining features of human evolution and culture. Spanning from the first civilizations to today's most recent trends, this book analyses the importance and meaning of this captivating area of human behaviour with an in- depth approach to its subject that is illuminated by a rich, iconographic display of illustrations and photographs. The lavish visuals truly bring the topic to life. With this book the reader will discover the beauty and mystery of the history of fashion, the roles it has played in society and the creativity and power of invention it has often brought out in man.

Thoughts On Designing InformationThoughts On Designing Information by

Eighteen internationally reputed designers were interviewed by the editors Inge Gobert and Johan Van Looveren. All are active in the broad field of information design: interactive, editorial, and environmental design, data visualization, wayfinding, typography, cartography. This book contains reflections on the field of information design and its boundaries, working methods, client-designer relations, attitudes, dreams, and frustrations. Special emphasis is placed on how future information designers can be effectively prepared to work in a world that is supposed to provide constant access to information. Interviews with: Johannes Bergerhausen, Peter Crnokrak / The Luxury of Protest, Brendan Dawes, Rose Epple, Tim Fendley / Applied, Joost Grootens / Studio Joost Grootens, Fernando Gutiérrez / Studio Fernando Gutiérrez, Joe Malia / BERG, Joris Maltha / Catalogtree, Morag Myerscough / Studio Myerscough, Maria da Gandra & Maaike van Neck / MWMcreative, Mark Porter / Mark Porter Associates, Lizá Ramalho & Arthur Rebelo / R2, Andréas Uebele / Büro Uebele Visuelle Kommunikation, Gerlinde Schuller / The World as Flatland, Karsten Schmidt, Andrew Vande Moere, Marius Watz.

100 Years Of Swiss Design100 Years Of Swiss Design by Brandle, Christian; Renate Menzi (Eds.)

100 Years of Swiss Design offers a new perspective of Switzerland's achievements in furniture and product design. The book presents the essential historical designs in chronological sequence, from the regional roots of the early days around 1900 to the globalized network of today. Thirty essays by known experts shed light on themes typical of their times in word and image. Besides the design process, manufacturing techniques, distribution, and reception, the changing roles of the designer--from mediator between form and function, entrepreneur, social worker, to branding architect--are examined. Featuring one hundred key works from the Designsammlung, the world's largest collection of Swiss design, this reference work is the first to present and discuss a comprehensive show of Swiss designers' achievements, from the anonymous to the famous.

Designing DesignDesigning Design by Kenya Hara

Representing a new generation of designers in Japan, Kenya Hara (born 1958) pays tribute to his mentors, using long overlooked Japanese icons and images in much of his work. In Designing Design, he impresses upon the reader the importance of "emptiness" in both the visual and philosophical traditions of Japan, and its application to design, made visible by means of numerous examples from his own work: Hara for instance designed the opening and closing ceremony programs for the Nagano Winter Olympic games 1998. In 2001, he enrolled as a board member for the Japanese label MUJI and has considerably moulded the identity of this successful corporation as communication and design advisor ever since. Kenya Hara, among the leading design personalities in Japan, has also called attention to himself with exhibitions such as Re-Design: the Daily products of the 21st Century of 2000.