When is a urinal no longer a urinal? When Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) declared it to be art. The uproar that greeted the French artist's Fountain (1917), a porcelain urinal installed in a gallery, sent shock waves through the art world establishment that reverberate right through to today.This essent..
Though he is most famous for his engravings, Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) was also a master painter and draftsman whose work exemplifies the spirit of German art. Durer's importance in the German High Renaissance was such that he can be considered to embody the movement entirely. His visits to Italy (..
Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) was the most celebrated graphic designer working in Britain in the twentieth century. Born in Montana, he left America before the first world war to travel throughout Europe absorbing the influences of the Cubists and the German poster artist Ludwig Hohlwein. At t..
This Cubebook is dedicated to the beautiful forms and patterns the earth presents to the eye from above: here are views of landforms on every continent in photographs that arouse awe for our planet. The original artist is actually the large-scale forces of nature that have created our most spectacul..
A monograph on the work of CCS Architects, who specialise in buildings and interiors where we eat, live and work. Eat - CCS' restaurants are magnetic, innovative and have enduring style. Live - CCS' residences focus on the notion of calm, retreat, intimacy and an owner's personal expression. Work ..
Eaton Center is the expression of the values of a century-old company with deep roots in the American Midwest. Rising above the rolling terrain of northern Ohio that was once farmland, the building takes its place between woods and a reflecting pond, with a bearing that recalls a manse in the countr..
This publication focuses on sustainability within the architecture and design of eco skyscrapers. Ken Yeang remains one of the world's foremost experts on sustainability and the modern skyscraper. Acknowledging that the skyscraper is possibly one of the most ecologically unfriendly of all building..
When people say "ecological house," they can be referring to any one of an infinite number of project plans destined to produce the least predictable outcomes you could possibly imagine. The simple definition of an ecological house, in fact, does not correspond to a universally applicable style, nor..
A jam-packed, II-year undertaking of 928 pages, 1,500 entries, and over 1,000 recommended recordings, "The NPR Listener's Encyclopaedia" is an everything-you-need-to-know bible for the classical music lover. Written with infectious enthusiasm by Ted Libbey, author of "The NPR Guide to Building a Cla..
An excellent introduction to the work of two British designers Edward Bawden (1903-1989) and Eric Ravilious (1903-1942). This fascinating book illustrates every aspect of their creativity, featuring designs for wallpaper, posters, book jackets, trade cards and Wedgwood ceramics, to name but a few. D..
Edward Hopper, born in Nyack in 1882, remains one of the most important American painters. After studying to be an illustrator, he entered the famous New York School of Art, where he studied under the direction of Robert Henri, whose influence on Hopper's work was fundamental, as he was the one who ..
Originally reproduced in only 175 precious sets and limited to Britain's highest elite, this stunning masterpiece of scientific illustration history is now available to all. Drawing from live parrots, Edward Lear (1812 1888) created lifelike illustrations so dazzling they earned him the honor of tea..