January / February 2021 (89)

Joker

ISBN: 9788417557270

Author: Eva Minguet    Publisher: Monsa

The acclaimed “Clown Prince of Crime”, Joker. A character with a physical appearance characterised by a disfigured face, white skin, green dyed hair and red...


The acclaimed “Clown Prince of Crime”, Joker. A character with a physical appearance characterised by a disfigured face, white skin, green dyed hair and red lips. A psychopathic genius, with a sadistic and twisted humour, a lover of weapons to which he always gives a comic touch, his jack-in-the-boxes and cigarette shaped explosives are a classic in his craziest plans with deadly results. Joker has had countless scriptwriters and cartoonists who have shaped his personality and appearance. Much of the fame achieved by this villain comes from the actors who have played him on the big screen. Each actor who has given life to the character has taken a different path, and each of them is remembered by the character’s followers for different reasons. Without a doubt, thanks to them, the character is more popular than ever. Worthy of mention is the voice over in the animated series by the incomparable Mark Hamill, while on television he was brought to life by César Romero (1966-1968), and in the cinema are the performances of Jack Nicholson (1989), Heath Ledger (2008), Jared Leto (2016) and finally the extraordinary Joaquin Phoenix (2019).


Bind: hardback


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 170 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 23-12-2020


$49.99
Cocktails of the Movies : New Expanded Edition

ISBN: 9783791387444

Author: Will Francis    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Take a journey through Hollywood's lifelong love affair with cocktails, celebrating the greatest characters and their iconic drinks through original illustratio...


Take a journey through Hollywood's lifelong love affair with cocktails, celebrating the greatest characters and their iconic drinks through original illustrations and easy-to-follow recipes. From Marilyn Monroe's Manhattan in Some Like It Hot to The Dude's White Russian in The Big Lebowski to New Orleans' staple Hand Grenade in Girls Trip, there's something for everyone. Each cocktail is accompanied by the recipe, method, a history of the drink and a synopsis of its scene in the movie alongside full-colour original artwork.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 176


Dimensions: 150 x 187 mm


Publication Date: 22-02-2021


$29.99
David Hockney : A Chronology 40th Anniversary Edition

ISBN: 9783836582490

Author: David Hockney    Publisher: Taschen

Pop artist, painter of modern life, landscape painter, master of color, explorer of image and perception―for six decades, David Hockney has been known as an a...


Pop artist, painter of modern life, landscape painter, master of color, explorer of image and perception―for six decades, David Hockney has been known as an artist who always finds new ways of exploring the world and its representational possibilities. He has consistently created unforgettable images: works with graphic lines and integrated text in the Swinging Sixties in London; the famous swimming pool series as a representation of the 1970s California lifestyle; closely observed portraits and brightly colored, oversized landscapes after his eventual return to his native Yorkshire. In addition to drawings in which he transfers what he sees directly onto paper, there are multiperspective Polaroid collages that open up the space into a myriad of detailed views, and iPad drawings in which he captures light using a most modern medium―testaments to Hockney’s enduring delight in experimentation. This special edition has been newly assembled from the two volumes of the David Hockney: A Bigger Book monograph to celebrate TASCHEN’s 40th anniversary. Hockney’s life and work is presented year by year as a dialogue between his works and voices from the time period, alongside reviews and reflections by the artist in a chronological text, supplemented by portrait photographs and exhibition views. Together they open up new perspectives, page after page, revealing how Hockney undertakes his artistic research, how his painting develops, and where he finds inspiration for his multifaceted work.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 512


Dimensions: 156 x 217 mm


Publication Date: 04-11-2020


$58.00
The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel 40th Anniversary Edition

ISBN: 9783836584289

Author: Rainer Willmann    Publisher: Taschen

Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) was a German-born biologist, naturalist, evolutionist, artist, philosopher, and doctor who spent his life researching flora and fauna ...


Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) was a German-born biologist, naturalist, evolutionist, artist, philosopher, and doctor who spent his life researching flora and fauna from the highest mountaintops to the deepest ocean. A vociferous supporter and developer of Darwin's theories of evolution, he denounced religious dogma, authored philosophical treatises, gained a doctorate in zoology, and coined scientific terms which have passed into common usage, including ecology, phylum, and stem cell. At the heart of Haeckel's colossal legacy was the motivation not only to discover but also to explain. To do this, he created hundreds of detailed drawings, watercolors, and sketches of his findings which he published in successive volumes, including several marine organism collections and the majestic Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms in Nature), which could serve as the cornerstone of Haeckel's entire life project. Like a meticulous visual encyclopedia of living things, Haeckel's work was as remarkable for its graphic precision and meticulous shading as for its understanding of organic evolution. From bats to the box jellyfish, lizards to lichen, and spider legs to sea anemones, Haeckel emphasized the essential symmetries and order of nature, and found biological beauty in even the most unlikely of creatures. In this book, we celebrate the scientific, artistic, and environmental importance of Haeckel's work, with a collection of 300 of his finest prints from several of his most important tomes, including Die Radiolarien, Monographie der Medusen, Die Kalkschwamme, and Kunstformen der Natur. At a time when biodiversity is increasingly threatened by human activities, the book is at once a visual masterwork, an underwater exploration, and a vivid reminder of the precious variety of life.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 512


Dimensions: 156 x 217 mm


$58.00
King Tut : The Journey Through The Underworld 40th Anniversary Edition

ISBN: 9783836584234

Author: Sandro Vannini    Publisher: Taschen

Buried in the 14th century BC but unearthed by Howard Carter in 1922, the objects entombed with Tutankhamun are an invaluable window into a long-extinct belief ...


Buried in the 14th century BC but unearthed by Howard Carter in 1922, the objects entombed with Tutankhamun are an invaluable window into a long-extinct belief system. Seen today, they create an intricate picture of how the ancient Egyptian people viewed the perilous journey to paradise, a utopian Egypt that could only be entered following the final judgment. When acclaimed photographer Sandro Vannini started his work in Egypt in the late ’90s, a technological revolution was about to unfold. Emerging technologies enabled him to document murals, tombs, and artifacts in unprecedented detail. Using the time-consuming and strenuous multi-shot technique, Vannini produced complete photographic reproductions that revealed colors in their original tones with vivid intensity. Through these extraordinary images, we discover the objects’ quintessential features alongside the sophisticated and cleverly hidden details. This comprehensive guide marks the centenary of Carter’s first excavations in the Valley of the Kings. These inestimable works endure through Vannini's photographs in their full, timeless splendor. From offerings and rituals to Osiris and eternal life, Vannini’s portfolio covers all facets of ancient Egyptian culture—but it is Tutankhamun’s unique legacy that dominates these images. With texts by the photographer, captions by specialist Mohamed Megahed, and chapter introductions from scholars in the field, King Tut. The Journey through the Underworld puts much-debated mysteries to rest. The learned yet accessible forewords come from distinguished Egyptologists including Salima Ikram and David P. Silverman. Insightful narratives, resplendent images, and a contemporary standpoint make this title a fitting tribute to the Boy King’s odyssey, illuminating an epoch that spanned an unimaginable 4,000 years.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 512


Dimensions: 156 x 217 mm


Publication Date: 31-10-2020


$58.00
Araki 40th Anniversary Edition

ISBN: 9783836582520

Author: Nobuyoshi Araki    Publisher: Taschen

Decades’ worth of images have been distilled down to 512 pages of photographs in this ultimate retrospective collection of Nobuyoshi Araki's work, selected by...


Decades’ worth of images have been distilled down to 512 pages of photographs in this ultimate retrospective collection of Nobuyoshi Araki's work, selected by the artist himself. First published as a Limited Edition and now back in a new format to celebrate TASCHEN’s 40th anniversary, the curation delves deep into Araki’s best-known imagery: Tokyo street scenes; faces and foods; colorful, sensual flowers; female genitalia; and the Japanese art of kinbaku, or bondage. As girls lay bound but defiant and glistening petals assume suggestive shapes, Araki plays constantly with patterns of subjugation and emancipation, death and desire and with the slippage between serene image and shock. Describing his bondage photographs as “a collaboration between the subject and the photographer”, Araki seeks to come closer to his female subjects through photography, emphasizing the role of spoken conversation between himself and the model. In his native Japan, he has attained cult status for many women who feel liberated by his readiness to photograph the expression of their desire. “This book reveals everything about me. Photography is love and death—that’ll be my epitaph.” — Nobuyoshi Araki


Bind: hardback


Pages: 512


Dimensions: 156 x 217 mm


Publication Date: 30-11-2020


$58.00
Dogs : Photographs 1941-1991 Walter Chandoha

ISBN: 9783836584296

Author: Walter Chandoha    Publisher: Taschen

The world appears to be divided into cat and dog lovers, but fortunately Walter Chandoha, the 20th century’s greatest pet photographer found himself happily i...


The world appears to be divided into cat and dog lovers, but fortunately Walter Chandoha, the 20th century’s greatest pet photographer found himself happily in the middle. He loved these intriguing creatures equally for their unique beauty and individualism, and as subjects to photograph in a career spanning over 70 years. While working on his critically acclaimed TASCHEN book Cats, Chandoha handpicked his favorite dog photos for a potential follow-up title, putting into carefully marked boxes hundreds of contact sheets, prints, and color transparencies, many unseen for at least 50 years, and some totally unseen. Chandoha sadly passed away in 2019 at the age of 98, but his legacy lives on in this dashing sequel dedicated to man’s best friend. “Walter Chandoha’s photographs of dogs are compelling not just because dogs have an inherent charm, but because the person behind the camera was a master of his craft,” writes the photography critic Jean Dykstra in the book’s introduction. We see terriers, collies, beagles, bloodhounds, poodles, small dogs, big dogs, show dogs, working dogs, and many more, featuring over 60 breeds photographed in both black-and-white and glorious Kodachrome. Spanning a 50-year period, the book is divided into six sections, and each chapter reveals Chandoha’s exceptional combination of technique, versatility, and soul. The opening chapter “In the Studio” focuses on formal portraiture; next it’s “Strike a Pose” where our canine companions ham it up for the camera; in “Out and About” they get to roam and play, often photographed with Chandoha’s own children; next it’s “Best in Show” with Chandoha using his reportage skills to capture vintage dog shows from the Mad Men era; in “Tails from the City,” the dogs are hitting the streets of mid-century New York; and in the closing chapter “Country Dogs,” it’s back to nature, the fields, and the beaches. Dogs is an unleashed photographic tribute to these lovable and loyal creatures. The photographer Walter Chandoha (1920–2019) was a combat photographer in the Second World War, before a chance encounter with a cat led him on a path that would shape his professional career. He is regarded as the world’s greatest domestic animal photographer with a career spanning over seven decades and an archive of more than 200,000 photographs. His photographs have appeared on over 300 magazine covers, thousands of advertisements, and were regularly featured in magazines such as Life, Look, and their equivalents around the world.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 296


Dimensions: 237 x 316 mm


Publication Date: 30-10-2020


$115.00
CATS Walter Chandoha

ISBN: 9783836573856

Authors: Susan Michals, Walter Chandoha, Reuel Golden    Publisher: Taschen

On a winter's night in 1949 in New York City, young marketing student and budding photographer Walter Chandoha spotted a stray kitten in the snow, bundled it in...


On a winter's night in 1949 in New York City, young marketing student and budding photographer Walter Chandoha spotted a stray kitten in the snow, bundled it into his coat, and brought it home. Little did he know he had just met the muse that would determine the course of his life. Chandoha turned his lens on his new feline friend-which he named Loco-and was so inspired by the results that he started photographing kittens from a local shelter. These images marked the start of an extraordinary career that would span seven decades. Long before the Internet and #catsofinstagram, Chandoha was enrapturing the public with his fuzzy subjects. From advertisements to greetings cards, jigsaw puzzles to pet-food packaging, his images combined a genuine affection for the creatures, a strong work ethic, and flawless technique. Chandoha's trademark glamorous lighting, which made each cat's fur stand out in sharp relief, would define the visual vocabulary of animal portraiture for generations and inspire such masters as Andy Warhol, who took cues from Chandoha's charming portraits in his illustrated cat book.Cats leaps into the archives of this genre-defining artist, spanning color studio and environmental portraits, black-and-white street photography, images from vintage cat shows, tender pictures that combine his children with cats and more. This is a fitting tribute not just to these beguiling creatures but also to a remarkable photographer who passed away in 2019 at the age of 98; and whose compassion can be felt in each and every frame.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 296


Dimensions: 237 x 316 x 30 mm


Publication Date: 22-09-2019


$115.00
Atlas of Flowering Plants

ISBN: 9780764361333

Author: Ingeborg Niesler    Publisher: Schiffer Books

Flowers come in an unbelievable array of shapes and colors. Yet, their leaf and fruit forms surpass even their floral splendor. From Acanthaceae to Zygophyllace...


Flowers come in an unbelievable array of shapes and colors. Yet, their leaf and fruit forms surpass even their floral splendor. From Acanthaceae to Zygophyllaceae, this book features magnificent colour portraits of 200 flowering-plant families from around the world. The deconstructed plant parts -- flowers, leaves, stamens, and fruits -- are individually scanned and arranged side by side on black background to provide unique insight into how plants grow and what they look like. The addition of text describing the plant families, and cross sections of the organs of some species, makes this book a valuable resource for botanical artists and horticultural enthusiasts.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 264


Dimensions: 230 x 254 mm


Publication Date: 26-02-2021


$89.99
Madrid

ISBN: 9788417769604

Publisher: La Fabrica

This book of more than 150 photographs shows an exceptional portrait of Madrid from the beginning of the 19th century to the present, together with a prologue s...


This book of more than 150 photographs shows an exceptional portrait of Madrid from the beginning of the 19th century to the present, together with a prologue signed by the writer Antonio Munoz Molina. Its pages show the great photographs of Alfonso, perhaps the greatest graphic chronicler of Madrid at the beginning of the 20th century; the prewar and war images of Henri Cartier- Bresson, Robert Capa and Gerda Taro; the postwar portrait of William Klein, Francesc Catala-Roca, Ramon Masats, Inge Morath or Cas Oorthyus; the incipient development society that photographers like Gianni Ferrari, Ferdinando Scianna or Joana Biarnes immortalized; the Madrid Movement of Alberto Garcia- Alix, Miguel Trillo, Ouka Leele or Pablo Perez Minguez; and the cultural, social and economic environment of the 21st century from the perspective of Cristina Garcia Rodero, Alex Webb or Thomas Struth. A tour of the historical, architectural, cultural, sporting events... that have marked daily life, the urban landscape and the unique character of the capital.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 240 x 300 mm


Publication Date: 31-10-2020


$115.00
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