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The only comprehensive retrospective on one of the great painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries
Format: 2-volume Set
Size: 353 x 273 mm (13 7/8 x 10 3/4 in)
Pages: 616 pp
Illustrations: 486 illustrations
With more than 480 illustrations, this is the most comprehensive publication to date on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Lucian Freud.
Lucian Freud was one of the most significant artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and Phaidon is honoured to publish the most complete retrospective of his career to date.
This sumptuous, definitive set is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between David Dawson – Director of the Lucian Freud Archive and for two decades Freud’s assistant, model, and friend – author Martin Gayford, and editor Mark Holborn.
Their collaboration has resulted in a book that goes beyond the work to reveal insights into the man himself. Gayford describes Freud’s determination always to tell the truth about what he was recording in paint. He believed in a found beauty, not one that was imagined by an artist and then imposed on his subject. He painted what he saw, in exquisite detail, and he found it beautiful.
With more than 480 illustrations, Phaidon celebrates that beauty – evoked in portraits of Freud’s friends and family, his lovers, his neighbours, and others whose looks he liked, from his bookmaker to a bank robber.
This is both a vital contribution to art scholarship and a gorgeous addition to the bookshelves of art lovers around the world.
Kate by Mario Sorrenti
Intimate, never-before-published photographs taken just before Kate Moss's rise to fame, in one elegant volume
Size: 308 x 292 mm (12 1/8 x 11 1/2 in)
Pages: 120 pp
Illustrations: 50 illustrations
This gorgeously produced book features intimate, never-before-published portraits of a young and undiscovered Kate Moss, taken in the early 1990s by her then-boyfriend, Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti. Seen by Calvin Klein, the photographs gave life to the famous Obsession campaign, which launched Moss to international superstardom.
Sumptuously reproduced in tritone and presented in a cloth-covered clamshell box, Kate is a stunning photographic portfolio of one of contemporary culture's most iconic figures. It includes tipped-on images on the book and clamshell box's covers, plus an introductory essay by Sorrenti, which puts the work in its uniquely personal context.
This book, which celebrates the dawn of two legendary careers, and the start of the highly influential aesthetic of 1990s fashion photography, is a must-have for Kate Moss's fans, for fashion devotees, and for lovers of traditional portraiture and fashion photography.
Atlas of Brutalist Architecture
Big. Bold. Brutal. 850 awe-inspiring buildings in one beautiful large-format volume
Size: 340 x 240 mm (13 3/8 x 9 1/2 in)
Pages: 560 pp
Illustrations: 1000 illustrations
This is the only book to thoroughly document the world's finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organized geographically into nine continental regions.
878 Buildings, 798 Architects, 102 Countries, 9 World Regions, 1 Style BRUTALISM
Presented in an oversized format with a specially bound case with three-dimensional finishes, 1000 beautiful duotone photographs throughout bring the graphic strength, emotional power, and compelling architectural presence of Brutalism to life.
From 20th century masters to contemporary architects, much-loved masterpieces in the UK and USA sit alongside lesser-known examples in Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond - 102 countries in all.
Twentieth-century masters included in the book: Marcel Breuer, Lina Bo Bardi, Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Ernö Goldfinger, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer, and Paul Rudolph.
Contemporary architects featured include Peter Zumthor, Alvaro Siza, Coop Himmelb(l)au, David Chipperfield, Diller and Scofidio, Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, OMA, Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Zaha Hadid.
From the publisher of This Brutal World.
Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue
A chronicle of Grace Coddington's formative years at Vogue, now available as a jacketed paperback
Size: 202 x 262 mm (8 x 10 5/8 in)
Pages: 408 pp
Illustrations: 310 illustrations
Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue showcases some of the most memorable photographs published in British and American Vogue from 1972 to 2002, stories created by the iconic fashion editor Grace Coddington. Both monograph and memoir, the book shows how Coddington transformed static studio portraiture into modern vivid tableaux and turned location shoots into cinematic narratives.
Grace's commentary gives behind-the-scenes insight into many famous images and fashion personalities, from the iconic shoot of a bikinied Naomi Campbell in Irving Penn's studio to Steven Meisel's boundary-pushing grunge aesthetic in nineties Vogue. This volume features photography by Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Cecil Beaton, Guy Bourdin, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, Peter Lindbergh, among others.
First published in 2002 and reissued by Phaidon in 2015 to great success, this paperback, midi-sized edition includes forewords by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
This endearing and beautiful book published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang is choc-a-block full of cute, cuddly canine photographs. You will fall in love with Moe, the Yorkipoo with the little speckled muzzle, Tater Tot, the disproportionately large pawed Great Dane, as well as Chad, Roland, and ... well... every little guy in the whole book. Next stop? The Humane Society. So maybe you can’t get a new puppy at the moment, but there’s a chance you still may end up coming home with sixty furry new friends. Luckily, these little monsters are remarkably apartment friendly in non-fiction format.
In order to satiate your puppy love until then, check out this book trailer that is sure to give you the warm and fuzzies: http://youtu.be/eQ4zui-BPJw.
Hopefully Abby, our resident Manda pooch, doesn’t get jealous!
One of the biggest event books of the Fall is undoubtedly the collaboration between mega-star Lady Gaga and acclaimed fashion photographer Terry Richardson. And today we can reveal the cover of this sure to be gorgeous and controversial collection. With over 500 never-before-seen photos taken over a 10 month period, this is the first and only official book to be released by Gaga herself. Get ready little monsters, you’re about to gain unprecedented access to Lady Gaga’s tour and her fascinating private life.
“I didn’t hold anything back. It’s completely unfiltered. Nothing is staged. Terry can get you to do things and he can capture things that no one can ever capture.” —Lady Gaga, Hollywood Reporter
Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson (ISBN: 9781455513895) drops November 22, 2011 from Grand Central Publishing.
If you ever thought a book couldn’t be more powerful than a video, or television, or a film, I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. Two books crossed my desk that would change your mind. One is 9/11: The World Speaks, 9780762777990, $27.50 CDN, from Globe Pequot. The simplicity of the format is what makes this so powerful; they are cards written by visitors from around the world who came to the Tribute WTC Visitor Centre, detailing their thoughts about 9/11 and how it affected them. One English visitor simply wrote, “Why?” A French visitor wrote, “On Sept. 11, 2001, the whole world forgot their religions, their differences of colour, their political ideas. On September 11, the whole world was horrified.” There are of course some Canadian comments, including one from a Newfoundlander who’d opened her house to the floods of stranded tourists who ended up diverted from New York to the Maritimes. In the front of the book is a map showing all the countries where the writers came from, and it’s a pretty eclectic mix; this might make an excellent teaching tool as well.
The other book is Aftermath: World Trade Centre Archive, 9780714862125, $39.95 CDN, Phaidon by Joel Meyerowitz. It’s stunning - an oversized, 11” by 15’ full-colour photographic journal of what happened after the World Trade Centre fell. The photographs are astonishingly powerful, as are the stories behind them: a Broadway musician standing in the middle of the ruins, playing Taps as a personal salute to the fallen; a group of dirty, tired firemen, sitting on scrounged and absurdly expensive office chairs; the day members of the Arson Squad, digging in the ruins, were surrounded by swarms of Monarch butterflies, tapping on their helmets in the smoke, and one of them stood up and simply said, “Souls." Meyerowitz documented the eerie beauty of the ruins, but also the amazing faces of the firemen, policemen and construction workers who pulled it all so carefully apart, and quite often in constant danger. It’s a must-have book, and it will break your heart.
As anti-war, and anti-terrorism statements, I’d say these two are some of the best.
Last summer, the Hungover Owls Tumblr took the internet by storm. Hilarious, crude, and sometimes not-safe-for-work captions, combined with photos of owls squinting, gawking, snuggling, and sleeping make for the perfect storm of LOL-humor. With over 80 percent never-before -published content, this new book is an ideal gift for Back to School. A word to the wise, perhaps?
Reprinted with permission from Hungover Owls, Abrams Image; September 2011, by J Patrick Brown.
Can. $10.95; ISBN: 978-0-4197-0083-5
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West Doors open at 7:00; Event starts at 8:00 Admission is $8.00 or FREE with a book purchase
More great press for Jerry Robinson: An Ambassador of Comics with this excellent feature in the Toronto Star. If you’re a comics fan, I strongly encourage you to check out the brilliant musings on Charles Kochman’s blog. He is the editorial director for Abrams ComicArts and the individual who discovered Jeff Kinney at New York Comic Con. Need I say more? The gorgeous book DOGS by Tim Flach is featured in the beautiful new online magazine Covet Garden. This mag is drool worthy in a good way, kinda like Tim Flach’s stunning photography.
Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal was featured on Sneakpeek.ca and picked up on IMBD. The book features over 300 illustrations and chronicles the history of the one and only Captain Marvel. For the book trailer, check out our Youtube channel here.
Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider (I LOVE her name, but don’t even think about asking me how to pronounce it!) will be featured in the March issue of Style at Home Magazine. If getting organized is on your list of resolutions this year, you’re not alone. Get organized is one of the top 10 New Years resolutions for 2011, second only to lose weight.
P.S. I Made This... was featured in the Living section of the Toronto Star this week. The author takes crafts and fashion to a whole new level, and I dare say it works for both the young professional and her bratty little sister.
An interview with Jennifer Joyner, author of the heartfelt memoir Designated Fat Girl recently ran in The Province. The book is a painfully honest account of Joyner’s experiences as an obese woman—of always having to buy new clothes that fit, pretending to order for two people at drive-through fast-food joints, not fitting into her wedding dress, and the cruel comments that haunted her. In the end, it is also a story of recovery and survival.
The beautiful book Chris Ofili will be featured in the April issue of House and Home Magazine. Ofili’s paintings often refer to his Nigerian heritage and the wider African-American and Afro-Caribbean experience. The coolest part about his work is the incorporation of rather random materials such as sequins or map pins. His trademark? Varnished elephant dung! The book accompanies a major Tate exhibition.
Kris Carr is everywhere at the moment, promoting her hugely popular Crazy Sexy Diet book. If you’re interested in experimenting with some of her alkaline recipes, check out her Raw Goddess Soup on Daily Squeeze, and Buddha Bowl on the House and Home blog.
Star Wars Visions was given tremendous treatment on the Canadian blog jedinews. This book will appeal to anyone with an appreciation of fine art, especially those with a penchant for sci-fi.
This is a stunning Manda Digital Exclusive video featuring holiday gift ideas for sophisticated book lovers. Featured are four beautifully illustrated titles, well-suited to gift-giving! Be sure to turn on your computer speakers...
Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented, by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito; photographs by Tina Rupp. (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, ISBN 9781584798507)
Dogs, by Tim Flach. (Abrams, ISBN 9780810996533)
Mary McCartney: From Where I Stand, by Mary McCartney, Foreword by Chrissie Hynde, Introduction by Peter Blake. (Abrams, ISBN 9780810996540)
The World of Gloria Vanderbilt: by Wendy Goodman; Foreword by Anderson Cooper. (Abrams, ISBN 9780810995925)
Manda is extremely proud of our new eight-minute mini-documentary on Nigel Barker's day in Toronto promoting his new book, Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation. Check it out now! Available in HD as well, if you have the bandwidth.