Each artist has been asked to nominate a major source of inspiration - whether another artist or key work, in any medium and from any culture - giving the reasons for their choice. The resulting illustrations - ranging from the Willendorf Venus to a Michelangelo Pieta - combine with photographs of t..
Seattle-based artist Joseph Park creates haunting scenes that recall cartoons and childhood fantasies gone awry. Equally charming and disturbing, Park s universe is populated with thoughtful elephants, chess-playing bunnies, and lost princesses. Whether sent to loved ones or kept as a miniature mono..
Mega Square "In Praise of the Backside" celebrates the most sensual part of the female body. The insightful text by expert Hans-Jurgen Dopp discusses the backside as a feature that stands for both powerful eroticism and supple femininity, seducing famous artists from every genre. This title is sure ..
Get up close to the bold brushwork and scribbled words of Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose vivid paintings remain as fresh and urgent today as in 1980s New York. This XXL-sized monograph gather Basquiat's major works in pristine reproduction alongside texts by his contemporary Carlo McCormick as well as ..
Artists use sketchbooks for a myriad of purposes - to capture a moment, to develop an idea, to record a scene... This book advises on how to enjoy keeping a sketchbook and how to make the most of their use. With practical examples throughout, it is a beautiful and valuable guide that will inspire ..
The unfading popularity of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) attests not only to the particular appeal of his luxuriant painting but also to the universal themes with which he worked: love, feminine beauty, aging, and death.The son of a goldsmith, Klimt created surfaces of ornate and jewel-like luminosity wh..
Enigmatic and ambiguous in its role as both setting and subject, the landscape has been one of the most important genres in painting for centuries. This dedicated survey spans the late Middle Ages to modern times to bring the evolution of the landscape genre to life through its most critical works, ..
One of the most fully achieved human beings who has ever lived, Leonardo remains the quintessential Renaissance genius. Creator of the world's most famous painting, scientist, philosopher, builder, he is credited with defining the accomplishments of the great flowering in human consciousness. And ye..
American painter Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) pioneered a new epoch in American art, bursting onto a scene dominated by Abstract Expressionism in late 1950s New York and defining a new art vocabulary for a new era.With his groundbreaking use of industrial production techniques and trivial, quotidian..
As a boy, Tom's first crush was a strapping young farmhand who worked the fields around his family home. Finland is a land of tough physical men, catching fish in the icy sea; cutting logs in the endless forests; threshing oats, rye, and barley on the farms. Tom, a more sensitive boy, admired these ..
Tom's taste for police officers and felons-and for sexual tension between the two-developed late in his career. "I've never been to prison," he told a class at the California Institute of the Arts in 1985, "but I hear it's a closed world where there are different roles and people behave different fr..