Thursday 14 December 2017


A selection of books on art, architecture, photography and design. 

Come in or click through to browse our full selection, or ask us for our recommendations for your specific needs. 

Aalto by Robert McCarter       $95
Architecture, furniture, glassware, textiles, product design: Alvar Aalto brought a clarity and humanity to every project. This lovely book surveys the full range and depth of his activities.
>> Visit the Alva Aalto Foundation.
>> Meet Alvar Aalto

Aberhart Starts Here by Laurence Aberhart and Lara Strongman     $40
An excellent selection of photographs from Aberhart's early career in the 1970s and 1980s, demonstrating his developing concerns and technique (and recording some extraordinary buildings and interiors). 

Looking for Lenin by Niels Ackerman and Sebastien Gobert        $45
The Ukraine was once bristling with statues of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin. Political changes have left these toppled, broken, vandalised and stored in sheds and back rooms. Ackerman and Gobert have set about recording these statues, and the residual attitudes towards them amongst the Ukrainians.

Frozen Dreams: Contemporary art from Russia edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi and Joanna Vickery       $105
A generous and varied survey. Some of these works you may have seen before, but many will come as a complete surprise. 

Bad Hair Day        $15
Artworks selected from the Christchurch Art Gallery selected for their exemplary treatment of hair. Fun. 
Strangers arrive: Émigrés and the arts in New Zealand, 1930-1980 by Leonard Bell          $75
From the 1930s to the 1950s, forced migrants - refugees from Nazism, displaced people after World War II and escapees from Communist countries - arrived in New Zealand from Europe. Among them were extraordinary artists and writers, photographers, designers and architects whose European Modernism radically reshaped the arts in this country. How were migrants received by New Zealanders? How did displacement and settlement in New Zealand transform their work? How did the arrival of European Modernists intersect with the burgeoning nationalist movement in the arts in New Zealand? This book introduces us to a group of `aliens' who were critical catalysts for change in New Zealand culture. An outstanding piece of social and artistic history, beautifully illustrated. 

Marcel Beuer by Robert McCarter        $210
The most comprehensive book on architect and designer Marcel Breuer (1902-1981), looking in detail at all the houses, furniture, and public buildings he designed In Europe and the United States–from his beginning at the Bauhaus through his collaboration with Walter Gropius, and the establishment of his own practice in the USA.
The Burning Hours by Kushana Bush        $59
With influences ranging from illuminated manuscripts, Persian miniatures, naive artists, European art history and popular culture, this Dunedin artist's distinctive work teems with figures and throngs with disconcerting detail.
>> Visit the artist's website

My All by Sophie Calle          $45
A retrospective survey of the projects of this photographer in the form of 110 postcards, one for each of her experiments in the ambivalences of photography and memory.  

Blind Spot by Teju Cole       $45
In Known and Strange Things we learned of Cole's interest in the practices of photography, and in Blind Spot we can see what he sees from behind his camera. The results are impressive, and will add another dimension to your understanding of this interesting author. 

Ungrateful Animals by Dave Eggars     $50
Before Eggars was a writer he was an illustrator. In this book he presents a series of animals, both wild and domestic, with plaintive or pseudo-Biblical texts. Odd and rather touching. 

Works, 2007-2017 by Tracey Emin         $149
A full exploration of the wide range of Emin's work, all assailing the division of private and public lives. Moving chronologically through a prolific decade of work from major public installations to recent reflective paintings and sculptures this book shows a coherent vision that defies the idiosyncrasies of Emin s evolution as an artist. The same mixture of anger, hope, curiosity, and vulnerability that informs her delicate drawings and handwritten neon works can be felt in the darker tones of recent monoprints and the weight of later bronze pieces.
Modern Scandinavian Design by Magnus Englund et al         $135
The best full survey of the architecture, furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, metalwork, woodenware, plastics, textiles, jewelry, and graphic design that has had such an impact on the world since the 1920s. 
Studio kO by Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty        $150
An exquisitely produced volume surveying the raw minimalism and clean lines of the architecture of Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty.
>> The kO website (recommended).

Dior: Catwalk, The complete collections by Alexander Fury and Adelia Sabatini          $110
For the first time, every Dior haute couture collection has been plucked from the catwalk and put into one book. Endlessly stimulating. 
>> Lost in the woods

Giacometti edited by Frances Morris, Lena Fritsch, Catherine Grenier and Mathilde Lecuyer     $60
A good survey of his work, well illustrated, with a thoughtful alphabetical exploration of themes and influences. 

Ornament is Crime: Modernist architecture by Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill            $70
"Journeys between the decades to liberate Modernism from its traditional definitions and proposes its continuing presence in the work of 21st century architects. With elegant spreads and striking examples, this is an intriguing manifesto. Quotes from figures as diverse as Leonard Cohen and Kazimir Malevich reframe Modernism as a timeless dialogue." -Aesthetica

The Secret Life of the Pencil: Great creatives and their pencils by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney          $22
Is there a mainline from the fingers to the brain? The pencil is undergoing a resurgence in designer, artist and writer circles. This book is a collection of portraits of the very various pencils used by creative people. 

The Domain by Gavin Hipkins         $70
Early in his career, New Zealand artist Gavin Hipkins was described by fellow artist Giovanni Intra as a ‘tourist of photography’. This epithet has been used repeatedly by commentators on Hipkins’ work to describe two intertwined aspects of his practice. As art historian Peter Brunt puts it, Hipkins is a constantly travelling photographer, ‘an iconographer of desire, travel, time and modern communities’, and a tourist within the medium, ‘a great manipulator of the photographic artifact itself’.
>> See some of the photographs on the Dowse website.
David Hockney by Chris Stephens and Andrew Wilson       $90
Lavishly illustrated across the full six decades of Hockney's career, and across the full spectrum of media. 
>> How do you paint memorable pictures? 

Type: A visual history of typefaces and graphic styles, 1628-1938 by Cees de Jong et al       $125
A stupendous encyclopedia of typographical evolution and innovation, including not only typefaces but also layout, ornament and aesthetic. Full of information and inspiration. 

On Kawara: 1966           $90
1966 was a pivotal year in the career of one of contemporary art's most radical and rigorous practitioners: it was the year in which the Japanese artist began his series of date paintings, which depict nothing but the date upon which they were painted (the 'Today' series numbered over 3000 on Kawara's death in 2013). 
>> 'Today' discussed

Chip Book: Work, 2007-2017 by Chip Kidd      $119
The outstanding graphic designer, best known for his book covers.
>> Portfolio.

Atlas of Another America: An architectural fiction by Keith Krumwiede     $110
A speculative architectural fiction and theoretical analysis of the American single-family house and its native habitat, the suburban metropolis. Mass-marketed and endlessly multiplied, and the definitive symbol of success in America and around the world, the suburban house has also become a global economic calamity and an impending environmental catastrophe. Yet, as both object and idea, it remains largely unexamined from an architectural perspective. This new book fills this gap through projects and essays that reflect upon, critique, and reformulate the equation that binds the house as an object to the American dream as a concept.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors by Mika Yoshitake      $110
Since 1965's Phalli's Field, Kusama has produced over twenty mirrored installations with an impression of infinite extent. This book surveys her career.
>> Some infinity rooms.
>> Obsessed with dots.
>> Also new: Yayoi Kusama: From here to infinity by Sarah Suzuki   $35: A children's book on the Infinity Mirrors and their creator. 

Paleoart: Visions of the prehistoric past by Zoe Lascaze        $160
How have artists envisaged  human and prehuman life in prehistoric times? Perhaps you have been moved or amused by the often poignant depictions of dinosaurs, mastodons or hominids in the books of your childhood. This vast volume collects the best of such art, in all its poignancy and ludicrosity, from 1830 to 1990. Beneath the dustwrapper, the book is bound in real dinosaur skin (or something very like it).
>> A tour through the book (then resist it if you can).

Pissing Figures, 1280-2014 by Jean-Claude Lebensztejn        $20
An incisive illustrated essay on urinating figures in figurative and sculptural art. 
>> No urinating in the streets of Belgium

Portraits, 2005-2016 by Annie Leibovitz       $140
Stunning, as you would expect. Leibovitz's sure and incisive eye captures layers of subtlety beneath each exquisite surface. Sumptuous, large-format production.

Fashion Victims: The dangers of dress, past and present by Alison Matthews David         $39
Clothing has caused illness, injury, madness and death ever since it was adopted, but in some eras more than others. This well-illustrated volume explores the hazards, both of substance and of design and ponders the social forces that have exposed humans to intimate hazards, both known and unknown. 

Being Here: The life of Paula Moderson Becker by Marie Darrieussecq       $38
One of the most important of the early Expressionists, Paula Moderson Becker is most remembered for her searching, sensitive self-portraits.

Alcohol/Алкоголь by Damon Murray $45
A compilation of Soviet counter-alcohol propaganda posters and graphic design. How does the vilification of alcohol differ from society to society?
>> Back in the USSR.

Undreamed of... 50 years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship by Priscilla Pitts and Andrea Hotere       $60
Since Michael Illingworth assumed the first fellowship in 1966, Otago University has hosted a sequence of outstanding New Zealand artists. This book surveys, therefore, the changing flavour of New Zealand art in the last half century, and is supported with reproductions, commentaries and interviews.

Paintings in Proust: A visual companion to In Search of Lost Time by Eric Karpeles       $45
A beautifully presented survey of all the artworks mentioned in In Search of Lost Time, with quotes and contextual notes. 

The Camera in the Crowd: Filming New Zealand in pace and war, 1895-1920 by Christopher Pugsley        $80
Both filming and the showing of films transformed the way New Zealanders saw themselves and their world, and also how they saw the relationship between work and leisure. This book is the first time this subject has been fully documented.  

The Red Thread: Nordic design     $110
200 objects from Scandinavia and Finland that exemplify those countries' contribution to modern design. 
Emissaries by Lisa Reihana        $75
An examination of the video installation In Pursuit of Venus [infected], prepared to accompany its presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale. Comprising seven essays, a conversational exchange, and insights into the career of Lisa Reihana (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Tu), the book provides an account of the sources that influenced the artist and how the Venice exhibition might be understood within the context of transnational indigenous art making.
>>A glimpse of the work.

Firecrackers: Female photographers now by Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton         $66
Features 30 cutting-edge women photographers from around the world.

Mobitecture: Architecture on the move by Rebecca Roke        $35
Full of inventive ideas and creative solutions to practical problems. Includes houseboats, huts, and tricked-out caravans, alongside disaster shelters, wearable structures, and futuristic prototypes.

Artists Who Make Books edited by Andrew Roth, Philip Aarons and Claire Lehmann        $180
500 images, 32 varied and outstanding contemporary artists whose practice includes making books. Impressive, and full of interesting ideas.  
>> Sample pages on our website!

The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 by Martin Salisbury       $55
An excellent and enticing survey of a period of great fertility and change in dustwrapper design, which started off as a way to protect bindings but soon became the arena in which the book's design first and most effectively attracts the eye of readers and buyers. 

Egon Schiele: Drawing the world by Klaus Albrecht Schroder      $95
As well as providing an excellent survey of the artist's distinctive work, Schroder helps the reader to decipher the allegorical nature of many of them and to appreciate the passions and ambivalences that drove the artist.

Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists against originality by Robert Shore       $28
If "all art is theft" (Picasso), what can we make of art that deliberately appropriates, subsumes, samples or reconfigures other art? Interesting. 

Gordon Walters: New Vision by Lucy Hammonds, Julia Waite, Laurence Simmons et al     $79
Best known for his positive/negative koru stacks, Walters, as this book demonstrates, was a remarkably diverse and accomplished abstract artist.
>> An exhibition by the same name is currently on display at the Auckland Art Gallery.

Monograph by Chris Ware        $119
Whether he is writing graphic novels, making paintings, or building sculptures, Ware explores universal themes of social isolation, emotional torment, and depression with his trademark self-effacing voice. The end result is wry and highly empathetic. This vast and splendid volume chronicles a quarter century of remarkable and very individual creative work.
>> What is he doing now? 

Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 kirigami models to cut and fold by Marc Hagan-Guirey    $40
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