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Art & Photography ABANDONED INDIA Kip Scott

In this handsome volume, Kip Scott offers an evocative photographic portrait of centuries-old mansions dotted across the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. British and European influences mingle with distinctive Transit Lounge HB Indian features in these buildings, which WAS $59.99 are often decorated with richly coloured NOW $16.95 frescoes. Abandoned by owners who have headed for the cities, many of these stunning mansions are crumbling away, threatened by vandalism, encroaching urbanism or rampant nature – and sometimes by all three. The photographs are left to speak for themselves after a foreword by historian Lal Singh Shekhawati and brief introduction from Scott – and speak they do, loudly and clearly, of another time and another world.

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PAINTING BY NUMBERS: THE LIFE & ART OF FERDINAND BAUER David J Mabberley

Austrian natural history painter Ferdinand Bauer is widely regarded as one of the greatest-ever botanical artists. His sumptuous and extraordinarily realistic depictions of flowers, trees, birds and animals saw him hand-picked to accompany Matthew Flinders on his 1801–05 circumnavigation of Australia. This book includes botanical illustrations from this trip, as well as from his time in Greece and the Mediterranean. Bauer pioneered an innovative, systematic approach to illustration in which he applied colour coding to his field sketches – the original ‘paint by numbers’ technique. Filled with detailed, full-colour reproductions of Bauer’s art, this is a beautifully produced study of the artist’s life and work.

ANDY GOLDSWORTHY: PROJECTS Andy Goldsworthy

It opens with a transcribed conversation between the artist and his art-historian partner Tina Fiske, but the rest of this 367-page book allows Goldsworthy’s wonderful site-specific work to speak for itself through hundreds of full-colour photographs of 40 large-scale works created around the world. Goldsworthy’s use of local and natural materials and his preoccupation with natural forces – sunlight, sedimentation, tides and erosion, as well as the extremes of heat and cold, growth and decay – are fully documented and there are plenty of images of the artist at work, giving a fascinating insight into his creative process.

CLASSIC ART MEMES Rob Ward

THE ART MUSEUM What makes Phaidon’s The Art Museum different to other art reference books is the experience it offers the reader. Using brief descriptions and striking photographs, we are presented with an expertly curated museumlike tour of important examples of artistic innovation. Invited to follow the journey of art history by visiting different rooms and galleries across time and place, we can drop in on eras and styles spanning the period from Paleolithic cave paintings all the way to the contemporary practice of installation art. Within this imagined gallery we can visit and view nearly 1600 works of art, journeying around the world and through the ages.

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This book is for everyone who has stood in art galleries looking at classic paintings and wondering what the hell is happening in them. Here are all the strangest expressions, absurd postures and awkward moments from the Renaissance to Romanticism, compiled with gloriously astute witticisms. An incisive combination of high and low culture, these laugh-out-loud memes will make you wish each page came with a share button.

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: PORTRAITS 2005–2016 Annie Leibovitz

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TRAVELS WITH MY ART Michael Rubbo

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Filmmaker and community artist Michael Rubbo takes readers on a visual road trip of his creative life from childhood to the present day. Travels with My Art has the DIY feel of a storyboard or a scrapbook, lovingly put together to lay bare the author’s innermost thoughts, from the mundane to the profound. From love affairs to break-ups, children and career changes, travel, pets, hobbies and Van Gogh, Rubbo unravels the influences that have guided his imagination and inspired his art making. He playfully explores the role genetics plays in his artistic temperament – both his mother and nonno (grandfather) were accomplished painters – but also the role a curious mind plays in informing a way of looking at the world that finds beauty and wonder in the ordinary. Candidly written with great warmth and humour, Rubbo’s arty memoir makes readers feel as though they’ve opened a drawer and discovered a precious diary.

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Some of the photographs in this book will be familiar (Kanye West taking a photograph of Kim Kardashian who is in turn taking a selfie with her newborn child; a regal Queen Elizabeth II in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace) but others will be seen by many of us for the first time. Subjects are drawn from the arts and entertainment industries as well as from the worlds of politics, sport and finance. It’s a magnificent showcase of many of the acclaimed portraits – most the results of elaborate location shoots – that Leibovitz has created for publications such as Vanity Fair since 2005.

JOSEPH BANKS’ FLORILEGIUM Mel Gooding, David Mabberley & Joe Studholme

Joseph Banks accompanied James Cook on his first voyage around the world between 1768 and 1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia and Java, bringing over 1300 species hitherto unknown to science home to England. On his return, he commissioned over 700 colour engravings as a scientific record. Known collectively as Banks’ Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever made – yet they were never published in Banks’ lifetime. Now published for the first time in full colour, these extraordinary botanical prints are not only a great scientific record, but also a major achievement of collaborative Enlightenment art.

WHITELEY ON TRIAL Gabriella Coslovich

You’ve fallen in love with an artwork and bought it, but how do you know it’s not a fake? In 2016, a Melbourne art dealer and an art restorer were convicted of Australia’s largest-ever alleged art fraud, only to have their convictions sensationally quashed on appeal. The paintings in question were attributed to iconic Australian artist, Brett Whiteley, and the pair’s acquittal shocked the art world. Coslovich’s lively and compelling account of the case is a fascinating exposé of the darker side of the Australian art market, and a cautionary tale for collectors. True crime for art lovers, and a real page-turner.

Highly Recommended 2018 ANGKITJA DIARIES & CALENDAR

IAD Press PB diary $26.95, HB diary $29.95, calendar $24.95 This popular range is produced by the Institute of Aboriginal Development in Alice Springs and features colour reproductions of contemporary Central Australian Aboriginal art.

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Julian Burnside Scribe PB $29.99 Burnside explains the origins of our legal system, looks at the way it operates in practice, and points out ways in which it does and doesn’t run true to its ultimate purposes.

JOURNEYS INTO THE WILD: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF PETER DOMBROVSKIS

Ta-Nehisi Coates Hamish Hamilton PB $35 Coates (Between the World and Me) takes stock of the Obama era and draws a sophisticated and penetrating portrait of America today.

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WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE

Margo Neale (ed.) NLA PB $49.95 This book’s stunning artworks and authoritative text explore the history and meaning of songlines, the Dreaming or creation tracks that crisscross the Australian continent.

NLA HB $39.99 The only collection of Dombrovskis’ wonderful Tasmanian wilderness photographs currently in print. Includes an introduction by Bob Brown.

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SONGLINES: TRACKING THE SEVEN SISTERS

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Tom Slee Scribe PB $29.99 Slee argues that the so-called ‘sharing economy’ extends harsh free-market practices into previously protected areas of our lives, damaging communities and pushing vulnerable individuals to take on unsustainable risk.

Phaidon HB $79.95 Packed with illustrations, this global survey showcases the work of 100 of today’s most important clay and ceramic artists.

Reni Eddo-Lodge Bloomsbury PB $27.99 Award-winning journalist Eddo-Lodge mounts a powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain.

Gleebooks Summer Reading Guide 2017  
Gleebooks Summer Reading Guide 2017  

Summer 2017's best books selected by your favourite independent bookseller.