Books

Painter of a Modern Life by Alice Neel

Alice Neel (1900-1984) was one of the most significant American painters of the 20th century. Her psychologically charged portraits tell intimate and unconventional stories about people living on the margins of society and in subcultures, the New York cultural elite, minorities, Andy Warhol’s superstars, ordinary New Yorkers and her own family. Seemingly etched into her paintings are her own stresses of life as a feminist and single parent in a largely male-dominated art world. [more]

Frida Kahlo at Home by Suzanne Barbezat

Best known for her self-portraits and tragic life events, Frida Kahlo’s love of home and country were also defining aspects of her art. This book explores the influence of Mexican culture and tradition on her life and work as well as the places she travelled to and called home. [more]

Monet’s Garden by Vivian Rusell

Part art book, part gardening book, this new, lavishly illustrated edition charts the history of the world’s most visited garden, lovingly created by artist Claude Monet at Giverny. Four chapters trace the garden through the seasons, paying special attention to the light and atmosphere which so preoccupied Monet and became the inspiration and focus of his art. [more]

Pat Douthwaite by Guy Peploe

Partially drawn from several archives of previously unpublished letters and including illustrations of previously unseen works, the life of Pat (never Patricia) Douthwaite (1934-2002) is chronicled in this first study of one of the most distinctive artists of the post-war period, dubbed “The High Priestess of the Grotesque”. Author Guy Peploe, who knew the artist well, is Managing Director of The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. [more]

Sar: The Essence of Indian Design by Swapnaa Tamhane & Rashmi Varma

Through 200 everyday objects such as papier mâché masks, chai glasses and classic ‘buxa’ aluminium storage trunks alongside a selection of contemporary pieces inspired by them, this survey of Indian design from antiquity to the present day showcases the diversity of the
country’s visual identity and explores the techniques of its long-standing skilled artisans. [more]