While fans of Leonardo Da Vinci may quibble with the book’s title, this absorbing tome gathers together the full repertoire of Michelangelo’s work to create a vivid portrait of the artist’s life and career.
This month by month exploration of the countryside as seen through the eyes of the Borders-based artist is beautifully illustrated by delicate, detailed renderings covering a wide range of natural history subjects commonly found throughout Britain, with hand-written text offering a wealth of information, from botanical explanations and traditions to folklore and festivals.
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.
David Zwirner has been known for years as one of the most crucial players on the international art market, representing artists such as Josef Albers, Marlene Dumas, Dan Flavin and Richard Serra, just to name a few. Having established itself on the fine art scene, in 2014 the gallery opened a publishing house, David Zwirner
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.
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.
Partially drawn from several archives of previously unpublished letters and including illustrations of previously unseen works, the life of Pat (never Patricia) Douthwaite (1934-2002) is chronicled in this first study of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.
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.
Edited by Stuart Low, Pub. Breeze Media, £25 hardback