Books published by Thames & Hudson at best prices | Best of Thames & Hudson (27 books)

The Swimming Reindeer (Objects in Focus)

The Swimming Reindeer (Objects in Focus)

Discovered in 1866 as two separate pieces and acquired by the British Museum in 1887, the sculpture known as the `swimming reindeer' depicts a male and a female reindeer with their heads up and legs extended, and was created at least 13,000 years ago. The sculpture is 22 cm long and was carved from mammoth ivory using stone tools, and then polished and engraved to add detail. The naturalism of the representation is remarkable, conveying movement and displaying a hunter's knowledge of anatomy as we can clearly tell the sex of the reindeer, and see differences in the coats of the male and female. The fragility of the connection between the two halves of the sculpture means that they do not form a practical object, but instead a masterpiece of figurative art. Possibly designed to ward off bad luck, as a totem for a group or as the focal point of a myth, the swimming reindeer offers us a glimpse into an Ice Age society.

The Discobolus (Objects in Focus)

The Discobolus (Objects in Focus)

A concise and beautifully illustrated book that explores the history and meaning of Myron's Discobolus, one of the most famous images of the ancient world and a masterpiece of Greek art.
The Discobolus or discus-thrower is a marvellous classical piece of sculpture that over time has come to mean different things to different people. Originally cast in bronze by the fifth-century BC sculptor Myron, the composition portraying an athlete preparing to throw his discus captures a moment of action perfectly: the tensed body looks as if it is merely pausing and about to burst into life at any moment. An enduring pattern of energy, Myron's statue of harmonious proportions is a fantastic representation of the athletic ideal and an embodiment of the male Greek body beautiful. Sadly, the original statue has long been lost; however, it was so admired by the Romans that numerous marble copies were made.
This book tells the story of Myron's Discobolus both as an archaeological artefact and bearer of meaning. Focusing on the Townley Discobolus, the Roman marble copy excavated from Hadrian's Villa in Lazio, Italy, this illustrated introduction explores the history and significance of the statue - in both classical and modern times - in light of ancient discus throwing, Myron's other works, and the artistic, intellectual and philosophical context of the Greek world.

Richard Serra: Sculpture 1985-1998

Richard Serra: Sculpture 1985-1998

In 1996, internationally distinguished sculptor Richard Serra achieved an unparalleled technical and conceptual feat: the creation of forms never before seen in either art or architecture. "They are vessels that you walk into," said Serra of his 13-foot-high bent steel works, called Torqued Ellipses. Imagine standing within an oval-shaped space on the ground with high, curved walls simultaneously rising and seemingly rotating around you. From inside the Ellipses it seems that the walls continuously lean in or out in either direction, creating an unfamiliar and disorienting experience. The pieces were installed at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, during the fall and winter of 1998-99. Richard Serra: Sculpture 1985-1998 is the comprehensive catalog to that show; it also documents more than a decade of Serra's output. A complement to the physical and visual weight of Serra's austere and massive steel sculptures, this handsome hardcover is printed on 240 pages of heavy gloss stock, amply illustrated with 271 plates. It includes strikingly composed black-and-white photographs and a number of insightful sketches and diagrams that should help even readers who haven't seen the pieces firsthand envisage their force.

In his introductory essay titled "The Un/Making of Sculpture," prominent art critic Hal Foster offers a series of notes inspired by Serra's 1976 response to the question "What does making sculpture mean to you right now?" Foster discusses Serra's engagement with historical precedents in art and architecture, his use of steel and the language of industrial production, and the dynamic he creates between his sculptures, their specific sites, and their viewers. Many of the plates are accompanied by Serra's own comments, which, in addition to a lengthy interview with David Sylvester, further elucidate his process and key concerns, making the depth and breadth of his work accessible to even first-time viewers. These informative texts, as well as an exhibition chronology and selected bibliography, make this book a standout. --A.C. Smith

Rs. 19619.86

Dirk Alvermann: Algeria

Dirk Alvermann: Algeria

When he went to Algeria in the 1950s Dirk Alvermann was only eighteen, a rebellious West German teenager thrilled by the struggle for freedom by the Algerian people against French colonial rule. Together with a unit of the Algerian liberation army, he found a way to cross the hermetically sealed border from Tunisia into the Eastern Algerian war zone, determined to keep a photographic record of the events unfolding there. After his return to West Germany he set about planning the publication of his work in the most accessible form available. The book should go from hand to hand like a political manifesto. In 1950 German publishing house Rowohlt had introduced its pocket book series, known by the name rororo - an ideal format for the book Alvermann intended to produce. At first, Rowohlt agreed to publish the book but later canceled it when any partisanship with the Algerian resistance seemed inappropriate. The book was finally published by the East-Berlin publishing house Ru tten & Loening in 1960 as a hardcover, contrary to Alvermann's vision for the project. Steidl's new edition of this important and classic book gives voice to the artist's original intentions, adopting the rororo format and softcover finish. The photographs are accompanied by historical documents, quotes taken from French military sources, and from pamphlets, newspapers and magazines. More than fifty years after its first publication, the book is as relevant as ever as it tells the story of a people rising up against oppression and despotism: against European colonialism or, like today, against homemade dictatorial regimes.

Books: A Living History

Books: A Living History

This ambitious volume, newly available in paperback, explores the rich history of the book, one of the most efficient, influential and enduring technologies ever invented. For more than 2,500 years, the book, in a wide range of forms, has been used to document, to educate and to entertain. The eminent authority Martyn Lyons charts its worldwide evolution through the centuries, from the cuneiform tablets of ancient Sumer through the development of moveable type and the emergence of the modern information revolution. Among the carefully selected illustrations are Maya codices, Egyptian papyrus scrolls, medieval illuminated manuscripts, masterpieces of early printing from Gutenberg and Aldus Manutius, atlases from the great age of travel and exploration, primers and children's books, dime novels and Japanese manga, and works of fiction ranging from Don Quixote to Level 26 , the world's first `digi-novel', and beyond.

Rs. 1128.0

The Colossal Statue of Ramesses II (Objects in Focus)

The Colossal Statue of Ramesses II (Objects in Focus)

Ramesses II, King of Egypt (1279-1213 BC) ascended the throne as the third king of the Nineteenth Dynasty at the age of twenty-five. In his sixty-seven year reign he probably built more temples and sired more children than any other Egyptian king. Today, he is popularly known as Ramesses 'the great'.One of the largest pieces of Egyptian sculpture in the British Museum, the upper part of the colossal statue of Ramesses II, also known as the ‘Younger Memnon', was perhaps the first piece of Egyptian sculpture to be recognized as a work of art by connoisseurs, who traditionally judged things by the standards of ancient Greek art. Weighing 7.25 tons, this fragment of his statue was cut from a single block of two-coloured granite, and shows Ramesses wearing the nemes headdress surmounted by a cobra diadem.The statue was retrieved from the mortuary temple of Ramesses at Thebes (the 'Ramesseum') by Giovanni Belzoni in 1816. Belzoni wrote a fascinating account of his struggle to remove it, both literally, given its colossal size, and politically. After its arrival in England and its acquisition, the Colossal Statue of Ramesses was to become among the most famous objects in the British Museum's Egyptian collection and is of significant historical interest.Beautifully illustrated with photographs of the statue and contextual images, and including archival material relating to the British Museum's acquisition, this book tells the story of this magnificent artefact, discussing alongside the draw of colossal Egyptian sculpture, the history of the reign of Ramesses II and the nature of the statue's acquisition.

The Complete Digital Animation Course: The Principles, Practice and Techniques of Successful Digital Animation

The Complete Digital Animation Course: The Principles, Practice and Techniques of Successful Digital Animation

This is a foundation course in the art and practice of digital animation. Step-by-step tutorials, practical tasks and assignments explain the entire animation process and allow you to practice newly learned techniques and processes. Tips, trade secrets and career advice will help you take your next steps in the animation industry - whether you want to work for a small independent company, work freelance or join one of the world's largest animation studios.

Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans

Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans

Produced from plants by a process akin to alchemy, indigo has a unique Chemistry that renders it compatible with all natural fibres. From the Time of the Ancient Egyptians it made an incredible impact worldwide as the world's only source of blue of every hue, and was also indispensable for creating a glorious range of colours when combined with other natural dyes. It is hard to imagine the incredible impact indigo must have made on the many civilizations that chanced upon it.
This classic study, reissued with a new final chapter, examines this extraordinary dye from all angles: the historical, agricultural and botanical origins of the different plant sources; different production and dyeing methods; Commerce and economics; various patterning techniques used on a wide range of beautiful textiles; indigo's continued presence in folklore, art and Alternative medicine; and its iconic status as the dye that makes blue Jeans blue.
The accumulation of over twenty years Research on the subject, Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans is the richly told story of a commodity that has been central to international trade and textile production for centuries, across Time and cultures. Richly illustrated throughout with stunning details and scenes from around the world, this is the definitive study of the fascinating dye behind blue denim.

Rs. 1256.0

Rachel Whiteread: Shedding Life

Rachel Whiteread: Shedding Life

The first major book on one of England's most important young artists. At a Time when young British artists are receiving international acclaim and attention, Rachel Whiteread is generally considered to be one of the foremost sculptors of her generation. First nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991, she was awarded the prize in 1993. The same year, she confirmed her increasing national and international reputation with House, the Sculpture cast from a condemned terraced house in East London. In November 1996, her Holocaust Memorial, one of Europe's most prestigious public commissions of this decade, was inaugurated in Vienna's Judenplatz. Whiteread works with everyday objects and, above all, with the spaces in, under, or around them. Her castings interrogate the familiar, looking under the rug and inside the closet at the spaces and structures among which we live. This book, produced in collaboration with the artist, is the most comprehensive publication to date on her work; it accompanies a major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery. It includes a conversation between the artist and noted critic Rosalind Krauss, and Essays by Michael Tarantino, Bartomeu Mari, and Stuart Morgan.

Secrets from the Sand

Secrets from the Sand

Zahi Hawass's lively descriptions of his life's work, accompanied by many previously unpublished photographs, take the reader all over Egypt, including the famous monuments at Giza, where he has supervised the restoration f the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids, explored the newly discovered tombs of the workers who built the pyramids, and developed a major plan to preserve the site under the tremendous pressure of tourism. Dr Hawass writes of life in Ancient Egypt based on Scientific analysis of excavations conducted by himself or under his supervision. He also spins tales of tomb-raiders, explains how he negotiates with locals, and describes in detail the experience of entering a tomb.

Moments of Mindfulness: Indian Wisdom

Moments of Mindfulness: Indian Wisdom

Each book in the ‘Moments of Mindfulness’ series pairs the wise words of a great writer, master, philosopher or poet with Olivier Föllmi’s beautiful and moving photographs. Föllmi travelled far and wide to witness the celebrations, landscapes, rituals and traditions of cultures all over the world, discovering new ways of seeing as he sought to understand and capture through Photography the connections linking the People to their ancestral lands. The effect is transcendental and transformative, awakening our Senses and preparing our souls to receive these simple yet profound teachings.

Rs. 547.92

Noguchi: A Sculptor's World

Noguchi: A Sculptor's World

A Sculptor's World is the long-awaited reprint of Isamu Noguchi's 1968 autobiography, which Steidl last printed in 2004. It remains Noguchi's most comprehensive statement about the art that brought him international acclaim. Told in words and images, A Sculptor's World is essential reading for anyone with an Interest in the life and Work of this seminal artist or a General Interest in sculpture. Reissued in 2004 and since out of print, A Sculptor's World is now in its third edition, reprinted by Steidl. This volume includes the original foreword by R. Buckminster Fuller as well as a new timeline of major Events in Noguchi's life between 1968, when he created his seminal autobiography, and his Death in 1988.

Rs. 2781.15

Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place

Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place

Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place is the first survey of progressive public art from around the world. It presents some of the most significant artworks in the public realm from the last decade, challenging preconceptions about where, when and how public art takes place. The Face of public art is changing. For decades, art in the public realm has been characterized by the landmark Sculpture or spectacular outdoor event that helps to define or brand a place. But in recent years, a new wave of international artists and producers has rejected the monumental scale and mass appeal of such artworks. Instead, these individuals and groups favour unconventional forms that unsettle rather than authenticate a place's identity; disrupt rather than embellish a particular location; and contest rather than validate the Design and function of public space. Performed interactions, collaborative social movements and small-scale subversive acts are just some of the unorthodox approaches taken by these artists. Their works challenge preconceived ideas about the role of art in place-making as they seek to remake places through radical forms and practices. Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place presents the artists who have been redefining the practice of public art over the past decade. They directly address the most pressing Issues of our time, including the encroachment of corporate concerns on public space, the implications of global migration and the isolation of the individual, and the potential of collective action to share the Future of our towns and cities. Some forty key works from around the World are organized into five sections 'Displacement', 'Intervention', 'Disorientation', 'Occupation' and 'Perpetuation' with detailed descriptions and dozens of installation and process shots. Interviews and quotes from practitioners, commissioners and commentators reveal the impetus and context for the projects, while the editors introduction sets out the conceptual, practical and ethical Issues raised by the works. Bringing together the most significant artworks in the public realm of the last ten years from ephemeral interventions to long-term ongoing projects this dynamic survey is an essential Reference for anyone interested in the ideas, Issues and impulses behind progressive public art, and an accessible introduction to one of the most vibrant areas of Contemporary art.

Rs. 1841.0

Giacometti: Pure Presence

Giacometti: Pure Presence

Since his Death at the age of sixty - four in 1966, Alberto Giacometti has become recognised internationally as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century and Sales of his Sculptures now achieve record - breaking prices. Belonging to no particular artistic movement, he developed through cubist and surrealist phases and later attained a mature, individual idiom whose preoccupation with the depiction of a human presence in an enveloping space may be seen in relation to Contemporary existentialist concerns with defining the place and purpose of man in a godless universe. Taking its title from Jean - Paul Sartre, who described Giacometti's endeavour to give 'sensible expression' to 'pure presence', the book explores the artist's Work in relation to existentialist ideas. Spanning painting, sculpture, Drawing and printmaking, Giacometti's oeuvre ranges from idiosyncratic surrealist objects to intensely observed images of the human figure, with images of particular individuals at the centre. This book, like the exhibition it accompanies, looks at the various phases of the artist's career and explores in detail his depiction of his main sitters, including his mother; Diego his brother; his wife Annette; Jean Genet the playwright; Caroline, a prostitute; and his friends Yanaihara and Lotar. Early drawings, Paintings and Sculptures of members of his Family and his own image demonstrate Giacometti's awareness of post - impressionist and divisionist styles. After moving to Paris in 1922, until the late 1930s he made progressively abstracted images of a range of sitters. From 1946 Giacometti resumed Painting and depicting an individual human presence became central to his work. After 1954, when he began making Sculpture from life, increasingly his portraits evolved as the outcome of an ongoing dialogue between Painting and sculpture. Giacometti subjected the human image to a radical process of interrogation and transformation in which the exploration and representation of flesh, presence, distance and space are vital, interacting elements. As a result, a human presence seems poised between being and non - being, providing the basis for Giacometti's reputation as one of the most innovative artists of the last century.

Rs. 1734.0

The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army

The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army

This is a unique book to accompany an extraordinary new exhibition of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th centuries, the Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China. The Terracotta Army is evidence of the organisational power of the Qin Dynasty that unified China in 221 BC. It has become a symbol of China's long and coherent cultural History and, now that China is rapidly developing, it reminds the World of China's Future potential. This book unfolds the Historical and archaeological context of the Terracotta Warriors, and explores the new Research and excavation that has been carried out in the years since the first discovery in 1974. The book is divided into five sections, all written by experts in the field. The first chapter concentrates on the Qin's rise and Military conquest and unification of the Warring States. The second chapter explores the Qin Empire, its ideology and practices, and the emperor's achievements and legacy. The third chapter examines imperial tours and mountain inscriptions, and the fourth focuses on the mausoleum itself and the rituals that surrounded it. The fifth and final chapter, the crux of the book, examines the site itself, the Terracotta Army, the various new excavations that have taken place and Future plans. Large numbers of the Terracotta Army's Men and horses, displayed in Military formation, are illustrated with striking photography. Their manufacture is explained and demonstrated with moulds, inscriptions, broken warriors and heads of warriors. Also illustrated and discussed are fascinating new discoveries such as terracotta bureaucrats, acrobats and strong men, life-size bronze birds, hundreds of suits of stone armour and terracotta warriors with coloured faces preserved with new technology.

Rs. 1299.0

The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas

The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas

The best way to learn is by doing. The Photographers Playbook features Photography assignments, as well as ideas, stories, and anecdotes from many of the worlds most talented photographers and Photography professionals. Whether you're looking for exercises to improve your craft alone or in a group or you're interested in learning more about the medium, this playful collection will inspire fresh ways of engaging with photographic process. Inside you will find Advice for better shooting and editing, creative ways to start new projects, Games and activities, and insight into the practices of those responsible for our most iconic photographs John Baldessari, Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jim Goldberg, Miranda July, Susan Meiselas, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Tim Walker, and many more. The book also features a Polaroid Alphabet by Mike Slack, which divides each chapter, and a handy subject guide. Edited by acclaimed photographers Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern, the assignments and project ideas in this book are indispensable for teachers and students, and great fun for everyone fascinated by taking pictures.

Rs. 1099.0

10,000 Salads: Combinations to Create 10,000 Meals

10,000 Salads: Combinations to Create 10,000 Meals

Today's salads are a long way away from the tired greens and hard-boiled eggs or dull tuna mixes that the word used to mean. In the modern mix, fresh, vibrant leaves, and substantial legumes and grains such as quinoa, farro, and wild rice are joined by nuts and seeds, roasted vegetables, and every kind of meat, cheese and spicy beancurd, and topped off by dressings as sumptuous or as spartan as you want them to be. The choice is yours, and there are 10,000 to be made. You'll find that every day is salad day with this great little mix and match guide.

In Search of the Indo-Europeans

In Search of the Indo-Europeans

An archaeological and linguistic monograph on the origins and expansion of the Indo-European

Rs. 1827.0

Petra: Rose Red City (New Horizons)

Petra: Rose Red City (New Horizons)

Deep in the Jordanian Desert lies the hidden rose red city of Petra, carved directly out of the solid Rock that rises in sharp ridges above the sands. Recent excavations provide new information about this mysterious, beautiful and dramatic site.

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New Asian Interiors

The appeal of Contemporary interior Design in Asia can be found in the sense of balance and calm that the simple yet elegant furnishings, furniture, and art impart. Few Design styles include such an intriguing mixture of cultures and traditions. Whether the interior decoration invokes the feeling of opulence in the Ming dynasty or follows the almost mystical aspects of feng shui design, it includes a wonderfully rich palette and offers a variety of decorative themes. This book features some of the most beautiful homes in Asia from Japan, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Malaysia to Singapore, Indonesia, Java, and Bali.

Rs. 1544.0

Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts

Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts

From Thames & Hudson the World s leading art publisher Gateways to Art facilitates instructor choice and offers unprecedented pedagogical support for students. Short chapters can be read in any order, with new Vocabulary defined on the page as it occurs. Eight Gateways to Art images (from around the World and all eras) support the common course goal of learning to interpret art in multiple ways and help students build on what they already know. The text is balanced and global, with over 1,000 illustrations from around the world, and from everyday life."

Rs. 4558.31

Architecture of Bali: A Sourcebook of Traditional and Modern Forms

Architecture of Bali: A Sourcebook of Traditional and Modern Forms

Presents a visual study of Balinese architecture. This book includes a survey of traditional Balinese style that is enhanced by examples of its adaptation in modern private houses and boutique hotel Architecture including the celebrated Amandari Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran and Wijayas studio-compound Villa Bebek.

Rs. 1579.0

Order in Space: A Design Source Book

Order in Space: A Design Source Book

Offering imaginative insight into the area where Mathematics and the Arts meet, this book may be used as a practical tool by the architect, designer or scientist who has to deal with such problems as defining space, distributing patterns, packing and stacking, and Communication links. About the Author Keith Barry Critchlow (born March 16, 1933 ) is an artist, lecturer, author, and professor of Architecture in England, and a co-founder of the Temenos Academy. He was educated at the Summerhill School and the Royal College of Art. He performed national service in the Royal Air Force from 1951 to 1953. Having been originally trained as a classical painter, he has authored many Books on geometry, including Order in Space, Islamic Pattern as a Cosmological Art, and Time Stands Still. He has also contributed the forewords to English editions of works by Titus Burckhardt, Frithjof Schuon, and others. Critchlow was formerly a lecturer at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London for twelve years, and had been a professor of Islamic Art at the Royal College of Art in London from 1975 for many years

Rs. 1564.0

Books published by Thames & Hudson at best prices | Best of Thames & Hudson (27 books)

Books published by Thames & Hudson at best prices | Best of Thames & Hudson (27 books) Price
The Swimming Reindeer (Objects in Focus) Rs. 479.0
The Discobolus (Objects in Focus) Rs. 401.0
Richard Serra: Sculpture 1985-1998 Rs. 19619.86
Dirk Alvermann: Algeria Rs. 781.0
Books: A Living History Rs. 1128.0
The Colossal Statue of Ramesses II (Objects in Focus) Rs. 463.0
The Complete Digital Animation Course: The Principles, Practice and Techniques of Successful Digital Animation Rs. 346.5
Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans Rs. 1256.0
Rachel Whiteread: Shedding Life
Secrets from the Sand
Moments of Mindfulness: Indian Wisdom Rs. 547.92
Noguchi: A Sculptor's World Rs. 2781.15
Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place Rs. 1841.0
Giacometti: Pure Presence Rs. 1734.0
The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army Rs. 1299.0
The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas Rs. 1099.0
10,000 Salads: Combinations to Create 10,000 Meals Rs. 165.0
In Search of the Indo-Europeans Rs. 1827.0
Petra: Rose Red City (New Horizons) Rs. 579.0
New Asian Interiors Rs. 1544.0
Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts Rs. 4558.31
Architecture of Bali: A Sourcebook of Traditional and Modern Forms Rs. 1579.0
Order in Space: A Design Source Book Rs. 1564.0
Ancient Mexico & Central America: Archaeology and Culture History: College Edition Rs. 4634.0

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