Press

Hockney's Portraits and People

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“This large-format paperback edition is brimming with portraits of the friends, family, and lovers in Hockney’s orbit, including the famous (Andy Warhol, Billy Wilder, Armistead Maupin), semifamous, and not so famous.”

— Library Journal

Hokusai Pop-Ups

978-0-500-51884-7

“Realized in jewel-like colors, Hokusai's simple views of everyday scenes in Japan, his sense of balance and harmony, and his highly stylized but ever-changing techniques seem to capture the spirit and traditions of his homeland. Hokusai Pop-Ups brings this stunning art to life.”

— The Entertainment Report

Horace Walpole's Cat

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“Frayling’s essays add scholarly gravity balanced with a true love of the literature of Walpole, Gray, Johnson, and their contemporaries. Each set of illustrations emphasizes different aspects of the brief, clever, and charming poem with whimsical drawings and lively characterizations.”

— Bloomsbury Review

“Charmingly illustrated history of one of the best-loved and best-titled poems.”

— Entertainment Weekly

The House of Worth: The Birth of Haute Couture

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“With gorgeous color images of Worth designs, paintings, and archival fashion drawings and photographs, this sumptuous book is recommended for readers interested in the history of haute couture and French fashion.”

— Library Journal (starred review)

How Things Work: Facts and fun, questions and answers, things to make and do

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“Action-packed…This ambitious picture book attempts to answer questions and spark imagination about virtually every object that may be found in a child’s immediate surroundings.”

— New York Journal of Books

“An entertaining introduction to an array of useful scientific concepts.”

— Publishers Weekly

“This eye-catching book of infographics explains how different processes work…A solid addition for general collections or those in need of science-related activity books.”

— School Library Journal

“A ragtag bunch of characters help kids learn about science, the world, and a little bit of everything.”

— Portland Book Review

How to draw like a fashion designer: Tips from the top fashion designers

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“More detailed sketching instruction, and short-response interviews with fashion designers such as Anna Sui, and Valentino, target the career minded student.”

— School Library Journal

“Celia Joicey and Dennish Nothdruft have assembled practical drawing exercises from workshops held at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum.”

— Woman Around Town

“This accessible book provides ‘Inspiration’ by including interviews with and illustrations by well-known designers such as Zandra Rhodes, Christian Lacroix, and Anna Sui. Drawing basics are covered step-by-step from choosing medium, to sketching a “croquis” (figure shape), to successfully rendering shapes and details. The final section takes readers through the stages utilized by professionals [to create] a fashion collection.”

— School Library Journal (online)

How to draw vintage fashion

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“Especially dynamic…This fun survey of 20th century fashion is surprisingly informative, particularly for tweens and teenagers.”

— Library Journal

“Lays a solid foundation for our future designers to get inspired and get started doing something extraordinary.”

— Smart Books for Smart Kids

“Joicey and Nothdruft do a pretty good job of giving a brief but accurate timetable for fashion with respect to designers, trends, fabrications, key silhouettes, icons, accessories, and more as well as some firsthand assessments of each era as told by a participant or authority of each era.”

— New York Journal of Books

“Look[s] at trendsetting 20th-century designers and their work, covers how-to-draw basics with a decade-by-decade focus on historical styles, and provides tips for researching vintage and designing. Attractively formatted with a retro vibe… [Offers] clear information and instructions, while emphasizing the importance of practicing skills and sketching constantly to develop and refine ideas.”

— School Library Journal

How to Write About Contemporary Art

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“Finally. A book that teaches you how to write and think clearly about art. I can imagine this book inspiriting future generations to write legibly and intelligently art criticism, a field that's become too hermetic and convoluted for its own good. Revolutionary, radical and long overdue. Bravo!”

— Kenneth Goldsmith, poet and founder, UbuWeb

“In outlining exactly how an auction catalogue differs from a museum’s wall label and a magazine review, down to the vocabulary and tone each should accommodate, Williams gives insight to the inner workings of very different industries: academia, auction houses and mainstream and professional press. Her systematic analysis of the current state of art writing is a first [and her] methodology is flawless.”

— frieze

“Fantastic… a straight-forward must-read for every writer, reader, artist and designer. Williams holds your hand, explaining why you need to do it, what you need to do, and how to do it.”

— FullScream.com

“Thrillingly clear … a beautifully formed guide to writing […] should be required reading across every creative discipline. Essential!”

— Dressingtheair.com

“A thoroughly sensible and accessible guide to writing that could almost be applied to any subject.”

— artbookreview.com

“Illuminates contemporary art writing, providing insights into what we write about when we write about art…[Williams] reenvisions what it means to be a professional art writer and outlines the methods, ethics and even the financing that could see the role of the writer codified and professionalized in a new and important way in the art world of tomorrow.”

— Burnaway

A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel

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“An object both jaggedly modern …and densely wondrous as a medieval illumination.”

— Newsday

“A more thorough lifting of layers reveals linguistic, artistic, metaphysical issues that are as many and various and essential as those in a text by Aristotle…The field of collage, of color and line …releases outbursts of words that find themselves in an altogether new syntactical space; and there, like notes, they sing a painted music.”

— William Glass Artforum

“One of the most winning and witty artistic experiments of recent times.”

— Washington Post

“A wonderful entertainment …full of humor, visual invention, and the peculiar poignancy of unnoticed meanings in the very lay and spelling of printed words.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

I See a City: Todd Webb's New York

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“An evocative post-World War II tribute to the photographer's body of work in black-and-white [and a] feast for historians and sentimentalists.”

— The New York Times

I See A City: Todd Webb's New York shows an upbeat, down-market post-World War II Manhattan, filled with sidewalk vendors and one-story sheds and hand-painted signs… His pictures present a vividly comestible pedestrian-eye view, one that invites you to walk into that pawnshop, take a seat on that streetcar.”

— The New York Times Book Review

The Iconic House: Architechural Masterworks Since 1900

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“A stunning array of the past century’s architectural masterpieces…. Tells the intimate stories of these remarkable buildings and their architects and clients. Informative texts, specially commissioned photographs, and a wealth of floor plans and drawings offer detailed documentation”

— Architectural West

“Stunningly conveys a sense of momentum of the past century of architectural history…. Thrilling…”

— Architectural Record

“Intelligent text, several pages of photographs and what really sets this book apart: floor plans. A keeper.”

— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“An insightful tour of 100 remarkably innovative houses designed during the past century by architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas.”

— Wall Street Journal

“A chronological survey of 100 cutting-edge dwellings by great architects, including Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Rem Koolhaas, illuminating each with photographs, floor plans, and a biography of its creator.”

— Elle Decor

If I Had a Dinosaur

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“A fantastic story conveyed through the vivid imagination of a child. Perfect for storytime or for newly independent readers… Dinosaur enthusiasts and young children will love it.”

— School Library Journal

“This book is perfect for building rhyming skills in young readers. The cheerfully thoughtful and detailed illustrations by Alex Barrow make this an instant bedtime classic.”

— ArtDesk

The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970

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“Salisbury’s book shows that the greatest jackets tint our experiences of the books they grace. He guides us with easy authority through a delightful graphic history of all-too-often underappreciated literary pleasures and reminds readers just how much wonderful art they may have hidden away on their shelves. For those who never paused to think much about jackets, this book will be a revelation. For those who do, it will be nothing less than a thrill.”

— The Washington Post

“Vivid, gorgeous art graced books in the mid-20th century, and Martin Salisbury has collected the most stunning examples in The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970.”

— Entertainment Weekly

“I had not come across the majority of the exceptional specimens in Martin Salisbury’s The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920–1970. His book is organized by designer and contains a wealth of mostly English and a few American designers whose work is as beautiful as it rare. I’ve spent the better part of two months poring over every jacket and have not regretted a moment.”

— Steven Heller Print Magazine

The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 by Martin Salisbury, chronicles how this once disposable object became a major creative force in publishing.”

— Hyperallergic

“Lushly illustrated, Salisbury’s exciting visual history showcases the work of Edward Gorey, Vanessa Bell, Alvin Lustig, and many others.”

— Fine Books Magazine

An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration: From Pompeii to Art Nouveau

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“Illustrated is an understatement; Praz uses 400 pieces of art to present his 1982 history of furniture and decorations from olden days to modern times. An unusual but interesting history of the subject.”

— Library Journal

“A legend…a richness of literary and cultural detail.”

— Vogue

“A lush, captivating book, overflowing with sumptuous illustrations.”

— Chicago Tribune

“A most wondrous treasure trove…The entertaining and scholarly…its interest is almost inexhaustible.”

— House & Garden

“Delightful yet erudite…perhaps the most charming lesson on interiors ever written.”

— Washington Post

“The true subject is not interior decoration but ruminations and memories, the visions and fancies, prompted by paintings of interiors.”

— New York Review of Books

“The sweep and quality of [Praz’s] mind raises this book far above the level of most others on this well-explored topic.”

— New York Post

Image Makers, Image Takers

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“Stands apart among collections of contemporary photography …an essential insight into working methods.”

— Wallpaper*

“This is exciting stuff, spotlighting the inner workings of high-profile photography…Recommended.”

— Library Journal

“A neat, unique book that truly delves into the minds of working photographers of all types.”

— Picture Magazine

“The discerning reader cannot help but come away inspired—and excited—to pick up a camera and go out to see what they can find.”

— Communication Arts