In 1965, British artist and university lecturer John Jones left the UK with his wife and daughters to live in the US for a year and interview some 100 artists. There the family lived in Greenwich Village, and spent three months on a road trip west to visit artists beyond the immediate reach of New York. Some of the artists (Yoko Ono and Claes Oldenberg for instance) became John Jones's personal friends. Jones's daughter Nicolette was young, but her memories of New York and their trans-American adventure are vivid. Published here for the first time, this book presents a fascinating selection of Jones's edited conversations with American artists practising in 1965-6. A foreword by Nicolette Jones contextualises the setting in which these interviews took place, and a further introduction amalgamated from Jones's lecutres in which he drew on these conversations, illustrates and explores the range of contrasting ideas behind what became known as Pop Art. Thanks to his personal interaction with the artists, and his knowledge of their work, Jones became the foremost expert in the art of this period in the UK. Amidst a unique family story, this is art presented not through the filter of art critics, but from the mouths of the practitioners. Jones's interviews explore a specific place and time: the USA in the 1960s, and are crucial reading for those wishing to understand the decade, the influence of American art and the British tradition on each other, and also anyone interested in the famous figures of the time, and the thinking that gave rise to this extraordinarily fertile creative moment.
Welcome to The Fantastic Flying Competition for birds! With every flying contraption under the sun, who's invention will take them to the finish line and who will be trailing behind?
What would you rather have? Hooves or hands? Four legs or two? Eat food or hay? Say yay or neigh? Hooves or Hands is a brilliantly funny tale (or should that be tail?) about imagination and self-belief.
When Mr Filkins sets off for his 90th birthday party he has no idea how eventful the journey will be. With this characteristically beautiful new story, celebrated author and illustrator Quentin Blake shows us, with the wisdom born of a lifetime observing human and other creatures, that small acts of kindness are the stuff of life.
Ever since Dick Bruna first created Miffy in 1955, she has endeared herself to generations of young children and has become one of the best-loved children's characters of all time.
Andrei Tarkovsky is widely regarded as one of the most significant filmmakers of modern times. Fundamental to his practice are the poems that his father, Arsenii, created. They resonate through many of the films, and offer levels of meaning which lie undetected to the unknowing eye. For the first time this book presents not only accurate and beautiful renditions of these poems in English, but also a penetrating and illuminating presentation of the dynamic creative relationship between father and son that informed so much of Andrei Tarkovsky's work. Arsenii Tarkovsky's first collection of poems appeared in 1962, the year his son was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for his first feature film, Ivan's Childhood. To the audiences of Andrei Tarkovsky's films his father's poems played a key role, but to many people they were new, as his work had fallen foul of Soviet censorship. While his son's place in film history is acknowledged world-wide, Arsenii Tarkovsky is still little-known outside Russia beyond certain lines in Andrei's films. Selected either because of their relevance to Andrei's films or simply through personal choice, the 148 poems explore univeral themes such as love, nature, family, aging, war and memory. With two introductory essays, extensive notes and appendices, this volume extends the usual parameters of a poetry book by placing it within the context of the father/ son and poet/film-maker relationship that so dominates the Tarkovsky story.
A remarkable new book providing unique insight into Tate's collection through the depiction of plants and flowers With their delightful colors, incredible natural beauty, and fascinating "otherness," it is no surprise that flowers and plants have long captivated artists. They have come to symbolize a gamut of complex human emotions, including hope, delight, love, compassion, gratitude, grief, and loss. The fragility of flowers is a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of life. Their sensory appeal--to our sight, smell, touch and even, sometimes, taste--brings us into the present moment, and they can affect our well-being in surprisingly healing ways. Bloom is a compendium of 100 of the most beautiful floral works from Tate's collection. Designed to encourage slow, mindful looking, it will bring reflection, restoration, and joy.
A delightful gift book, celebrating the dogs in Tate's collection Following Tate's recent publication Love, this new selection of works showcases the most endearing, thoughtful, and amusing depictions of dogs drawn from Tate's collection. Divided into key themes--"Hounds of the Hunt," "Painterly Pooches," "Princely Pups," "Man's Best Friend," "Moping Mutts," "Working Like a Dog," "Lap Dogs at Leisure," "Mystical Mutts," and "Loyal Fido"--this little book considers how dogs have been the animal companion of choice for millennia and how their position as hunter, signifier of status, and friend has influenced artists. Works of art--including paintings, drawings, sculptures, illustrations, and installations--are introduced by a brief introduction text at the beginning of the chapter, adding background detail or additional information about the art, artists, and their subjects. Featured artists include: Edwin Henry Landseer, Sidney Nolan, Chris Killip, Giacomo Amiconi, Hamo Thornycroft, William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds, Cedric Morris, Peter Doig, and Edward Ruscha. Sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, often touching and occasionally telling, placed together these beautiful images create a fascinating and enlightening journey through the visual portrayal of canines in Western art.
A lavishly illustrated, beautiful collection of highlights from the Tate collection over the past 500 years. A must have treasure for those wanting to take home a piece of British Art for their own libraries.
A BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED NEAR-FACSIMILIE OF TURNER'S SKETCHBOOK COLLECTING TURNER'S 'WILSON' STUDIES. This edition of the sketchbook reproduces all these beautiful drawings and watercolours in facsimile, with an illustrated introduction by Turner expert Andrew Wilton discussing their background and impact.
Occupying a key position in the history of western art, this book allows the author to communicate with his readers as he intended. It helps the readers to experience the mystery and beauty of his poems as he first created them, discovering for themselves the intricate web of symbol and meaning that connects word and image.
An energetic and accessible introduction to the work of iconic American artist Keith Haring, this publication places him firmly within the social and cultural developments of the 1980s, published to accompany Haring's very first UK institutional show.
A fresh and visually breathtaking new look at the art of the late Stuart period in Britain (1660-1714) From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the late Stuart period was a time of change for Britain. This book, which accompanies a major exhibition at Tate Britain, London, explores how art and architecture was used by the crown, the church, and the aristocracy to project images of power and status in an age when the power of the monarchy was being questioned. Including the work of the leading painters of the day-including Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller, and James Thornhill-it celebrates ambitious grand-scale portraits, the persuasive illusion of mural painting, the brilliant woodcarving of Grinling Gibbons, and magnificent architecture by Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor, and John Vanbrugh for St Paul's Cathedral, Hampton Court and Blenheim Palace-the great buildings of the age. Here is the opportunity to encounter a rich, sophisticated, but largely forgotten era of art history.
An elegant gift book, celebrating the joys (and sometimes the travails) of the winter season through art, spanning several centuries and featuring a variety of artists from J.M.W. Turner and John Everett Millais, to Barbara Hepworth, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Grayson Perry and Peter Doig.
Tate Introductions: Andy Warhol is part of the popular series that offers a concise introduction and pictorial overview of the greatest modern artists and artistic movements.
The world is filled with many colours - just look around and see! Would you like to come on an exciting journey with me? From the soft green grass to the glistening sapphires, to the juicy yellow pear and the fallen crimson leaves, this captivating and inventive book guides the reader through the different shades of colour.
Over the last century, many artists have made works that challenge dominant models of gender and sexuality. The results can be sexy or serious, satirical or tender, discreetly coded or defiantly outspoken.