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Tze Peng: Songs From The Heart by Ho Sou Ping, Ma Peiyi & Diana Lee

Cultural Medallion recipient Lim Tze Peng has been writing and painting for over 6 decades. He has amassed a diverse portfolio that traverses various mediums, and is most known for his nostalgic compositions of Old Singapore scenes as well as highly stylised series of Chinese calligraphy. Featuring over 50 colour plates and a series of short essays, this volume traces the veteran artist's unyielding devotion and innovative stylistic breakthroughs in the field of Chinese calligraphy.

Malaysia Indigenous Youth In The CityMalaysia Indigenous Youth In The City by Nicholas, Colin

The number of indigenous peoples living in urban areas is increasing. Unfortunately, poverty and marginalization, poor housing and labour conditions, characterize the lives of many indigenous peoples living in cities. On the other hand, cities also offer new opportunities and urban life can boost creativity and entrepreneurship. In the city indigenous youth may feel a divide between the world of their indigenous families and communities, and that represented by the urban environment. They may however also find new ways of expressing and recreating their indigenous identity, thereby widening the concept. As part of an international project for indigenous youth to let us have a peek into their lives as they see it, eight Orang Asli and Kadazandusun youths were given compact digital cameras and a little instruction to document their lives, and the urban world they now find themselves in. The result is a collection of images that tell powerful stories of life in rapid transition and of how indigenous identities are being shaped and re-shaped.

Brazil: The Beautiful GameBrazil: The Beautiful Game by Pillitz, Christopher

From Brazil's sun kissed beaches to its spotlessly clean favelas, Pillitz reveals the sport as Brazil's religion. While he captures stylish kicks, athletic headers, swaying dribbles and passes, and the samba and capoeira behind the incredible moves, Pillitz also shows us the wild excitement of the colorful, eccentric fans, and, of course, he reveals the gentle side of the beautiful game - the many women footballers and fans who enjoy the sport as much as their male counterparts.

Nails: The Story Of The Modern ManicureNails: The Story Of The Modern Manicure by Shapiro, Suzanne E.

The manicure as we know it has been around for less than a century, but it's become a major presence in the culture of fashion, with its own trends, fads, and fringe aspects. This first definitive history of the manicure looks at the myriad ways in which the adorned fingernail has served as an expression of the individual and the times. A series of contemporary photo essays rounds out the volume with an international survey of the most vital pockets of manicure culture today.

In The Present: Ho Ho YingIn The Present: Ho Ho Ying by Tan, Bridget Tracy

Known as Singapore's pioneering artist of the modern art movement and an influential art critic, this exhibition traces the artistic journey of Ho Ho Ying from the 1950s to 2011, featuring over 80 pieces of artwork including early sketches and paintings in oil, acrylic and Chinese ink. Ho Ho Ying (b. 1936) came to Singapore from Hainan to join his father in 1942, at the beginning of World War II. He did not receive any formal art training except art lessons from pioneer artists Liu Kang and Chen Wen Hsi at The Chinese High School where he was enrolled in till 1955. It was from these two masters that he learnt Chinese calligraphy and ink painting, as well as the Western traditions of oil, acrylic and watercolour painting. Ho would go on to forge his own identity as a Nanyang artist with paintings that combined the sensibilities of both East and West. 'Ho Ho Ying - Present' is the artist's latest solo show in a decade. This is the first large-scale exhibition which looks back at the artist's milestones and transformational periods beginning from a young art student to the established artist he is today. A collection of pencil sketches is exhibited for the first time and provides a glimpse into his art training of drawing from observation.

Joie De Vivre: Chen Cheng MeiJoie De Vivre: Chen Cheng Mei by Tan, Bridget Tracy

Chen Cheng Mei (also known as Tan Seah Boey) was born in 1927 and studied western painting at NAFA from 1949 to 1954 where she was taught by, among others, the academy's founding principal Lim Hak Tai and pioneer artist Cheong Soo Pieng. She was also keen to improve her line-work and took to studying calligraphy with Chui Ta Tee for six years. She is known for her richly coloured oil paintings and prints, many of which document her sojourns around the world. She was one of the founding members of the Ten-Men Art Group whose roots emerged when she looked beyond the island for new subject matter and themes, gathering others to join her on these exploratory art journeys. The group travelled extensively to the Southeast Asian region and further to India and China in the 1960s and early 1970s, covering places such as Malaysia, Java, Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei and Miri. After Chen left the Ten-Men Group in the late 1970s, she persisted in her artistic endeavours which took her as far as the Pacific Islands, Africa, and USA. 'Joie de Vivre' is Chen Cheng Mei's fourth solo exhibition. It showcases more than 40 works of oil paintings and sketches spanning more than half a century from 1954 to 2005.

John Divola: As Far As I Could GetJohn Divola: As Far As I Could Get by Howe, Kathleen Stewart; Britt Salvesen

Those interested in contemporary photography will welcome this volume exploring in-depth ten major series by John Divola. Starting with "Vandalism," his iconic look at Southern California in the 1970s and including his most recent series, "Theodore Street Project," this collection of beautifully reproduced images shows how expertly Divola moves between medium and technique.

Afghanistan: A Distant WarAfghanistan: A Distant War by Nickelsberg, Robert

Since the attack on the World Trade Center, Afghanistan has evolved from a country few people thought twice about to a place that evokes our deepest emotions. Time magazine photographer Robert Nickelsberg has been publishing his images of this distant yet all too familiar country since 1998, when he accompanied a group of mujahedeen across the border from Pakistan. This remarkable volume of photographs is accompanied by insightful texts from experts on Afghanistan and the Taliban.

2013 California-Pacific Triennial2013 California-Pacific Triennial by Cameron, Dan

For decades the California Biennial featured emerging artists from within the state, many of whom went on to worldwide acclaim. With California's current demographics increasingly linked to the countries throughout the Pacific Rim, the exhibition has expanded to include residents of more than a dozen countries. The exhibition's inaugural year features the exciting work of thirty-two artists hailing from Japan, the Philippines, Mexico, Vietnam, and Peru, among many other countries.

Kendell Geers 1988-2012Kendell Geers 1988-2012 by Kellner, Clive

His life and work can be divided into two decade-long periods whose trajectories and developments are explored in this exhibition. The first political phase runs from 1988 to 2000, during which time the artist, a white South African, explored the moral and ethical contradictions of the apartheid system through his practice.

Albrecht Durer: His Art In The Context Of Its TimeAlbrecht Durer: His Art In The Context Of Its Time by Ander, Jochen

This magnificent volume considers every aspect of Albrecht Durer's astonishing oeuvre. Thematically arranged, the selection of paintings, drawings, prints, etchings, and illustrated books comprise a highly diverse and accomplished body of work.

English Room, AnEnglish Room, An by Moore, Derry

It is enshrined in English law that your home is your castle. Whether it is indeed a castle, a humble studio or a tree house, the principle remains that, in England, one's personal space is sacred. In An English Room, some of England's most prominent figures share their precious retreats and reveal their thoughts about Englishness, English rooms and the treasured objects within them.

David Hockney: A Bigger ExhibitionDavid Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition by Benefield, Richard; David Hockney

This lush and impeccably produced catalogue features more than 100 full-colour works of art from museum collections and Hockney's private studio, including such major new works as The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate Wood, The Bigger Message, and Bigger Yosemite. It also includes multiple-image galleries (spread over gatefolds) of some of his iPad drawings and self-portraits, plus film stills from the artist's "Cubist" movies.

Indian Textiles: The Karun Thakar CollectionIndian Textiles: The Karun Thakar Collection by Guy, John; Rosemary Crill

This dazzling array of Indian textiles from one of the world's most important and eclectic private collections contains many images never before published. A treasure trove of Indian textiles, this book ranges from 14th century trade cloths found as far away as Central Asia, Japan, Bhutan, and Afghanistan to Indian folk textiles and costumes.

Chinese Paintings From Japanese CollectionsChinese Paintings From Japanese Collections by Little, Stephen

Exploring a high point in the cultural exchange between China and Japan, this volume presents forty masterpieces of the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties that made their way to Japanese collectors and museums. These paintings are significant as mirrors of the two cultures. The book explores themes including the role of Japan in preserving a key parts of China's cultural and artistic heritage; the aspects of Japanese identity that derive from traditional Chinese culture; the use of Chinese paintings as models for key traditions of Japanese painting; and the use of Chinese paintings as status symbols in Japan. Filled with exquisite reproductions, the book discusses each painting in depth, including its religious or secular narrative and provenance in China and Japan.

Louise Lawler: AdjustedLouise Lawler: Adjusted by Kaiser, Philipp (Ed.)

The work of American artist Louise Lawler focuses on the presentation of art, and the context in which it is viewed. She is known for her images of paintings hanging on museum walls and in collectors' homes; of artwork being installed in galleries; and of sculpture being viewed by spectators. This volume presents an overview of Lawler's eclectic body of work, including recent works, which offer insightful and witty revelations about the way art is "consumed" in our current culture, and the way it is modified, or "adjusted," by the manner in which it is displayed.

TargetsTargets by Koelbl, Herlinde

For four decades Herlinde Koelbl has unflinchingly turned her camera to everything from the vagaries of aging flesh and the physical toll of drug withdrawal to the history of hair in artistic masterpieces. In this arresting and important book she looks at soldiers preparing for war. Visiting twenty-four countries around the world, Koelbl documented soldiers training in vast empty deserts, surrealistic underground bunkers, abandoned cottages in the German countryside, and mock cities constructed by Hollywood set designers.

AntibodiesAntibodies by D'agata, Antoine

Containing striking images of people living on the fringes of society, Anticorps is a challenging and captivating collection from one of the most renowned photographers working today. This volume features images from a number of D'Agata's series, interspersed with short texts as well as essays and commentary.

Richard Gilligan: Diy/ Underground SkateparksRichard Gilligan: Diy/ Underground Skateparks by Borden, Iain (Intro); Jocko Weyland (Text)

Irish photographer and skateboarder Richard Gilligan spent four years traveling through Europe and the US to photograph homemade skateparks. The resulting photographs are not your run-of-the-mill action shots filled with miraculous body moves, slashes, twists, and turns. Instead, Gilligan chooses to focus on the sport's "negative space." The out-of-the-way concrete embankments; nondescript suburban lots where kids come to practice; a simple wooden ramp so insubstantial that no one but a skateboarder would recognise its use.

Weegee Guide To New York, The: Roaming The City With Its Greatest Tabloid PhotographerWeegee Guide To New York, The: Roaming The City With Its Greatest Tabloid Photographer by Matiani, Philomena; Christopher George

During his storied career as the quintessential New York photojournalist, Weegee explored the city's least glamorous pockets, depicting brutal crimes, horrific accidents, tenement dwellers, street vendors, and mischievous kids. This unique guide offers a series of excursions through Weegee's stamping grounds, from the Bowery to Midtown, the West Side to the East, and with a little Brooklyn thrown in.