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Art/Fashion in the 21st Century

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“There are many striking and improbable images scattered throughout.”

— Women's Wear Daily

“A stunning new book…Explores the symbiotic relationship between fashion and art.”

— wsj.com (The Wall Street Journal)

“The mashup of art and fashion has produced such inspired pairs as Cindy Sherman and Christian Dior, Jeff Koons and Valentino, and Louis Vuitton tricked out in Yayoi Kusama’s polka dots.”

— The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Stunning…The interviews and photos shed light on such luminaries as Stella McCartney, Chanel, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs.”

— Woman Around Town

“The books …will thrill any fashionista.”

— Windy City Times

“Lavishly produced.”

— ProtoView

“A wide-ranging survey of the interplay between fashion design and the arts.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“Visually exciting…An insider’s voice is provided via the authors’ conversations with designers articulating their views of how art affects their work.”

— Library Journal

“Prompts us to appreciate the world around us in a new way, no longer seeing clothing as a practical necessity, but as a statement of beauty and technical perfection.”

— Notions—American Sewing Guild

Arts & Crafts of the Islamic Lands: Principles Materials Practice

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“An excellent resource for art students and those interested in learning how to select the necessary tools and how to create traditional Islamic art…Recommended.”

— Choice

“Approach[s] Islamic art through a thorough study of the craft and process by which it is created, with significant attention given to the culture and history behind relevant artistic materials, styles, motifs, and methods…The depth of these discussions will prove invaluable to many students…The level of detail is nothing short of revelatory…Enthusiastically recommended.”

— Library Journal

“High quality and designed to be beautiful.”

— ProtoView

Asian Street Fashion

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“Dispels what many have come to expect of street style from the region: Absent here is Harajuku’s lollipop palette, the outré ensembles with fantastical flourishes that for a time defined Japanese—and by extension, continental—proclivities…Asia’s increasingly discerning customer is, in turn, increasingly looking for refinement and taste over anything ostentatious or spotlight-hogging. Bent’s photographs show hundreds of examples of that search for the antidote to OTT style.”

— Vogue.com

“Creative inspiration [for] the sartorially stunted…The utter uniqueness of nearly every ensemble pictured makes it hard to generalize about Asian street fashion as a whole: Bent's subjects tend to buck trends in favor of self-expression.”

— Fast Co.Design

Asylum of the Birds

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“Ballen is at play all the time…We read these images as those of a sinister jester wreaking havoc on division of fact and fiction.”

— WIRED

“Forever inhabiting the darker depths, Ballen’s latest subject is an abandoned house in Johannesburg haunted by a cast of quasi-anonymous refuges and a flock of unruly birds.”

— TIME LightBox

“Combine[s] the fantastical with the unsettling…Ballen’s images tap into a tension that for many, like a good rubbernecking, links the distressing with the entrancing.”

— VMAN Magazine

“Strangeness is the language that photographer Roger Ballen cultivates in his unsettling work.”

— ARTnews

“Filled with Ballen’s stream-of-consciousness imagery.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“A revelation…Iconography liberated from narratives re-forms itself as wordless poems from the mind of Roger Ballen.”

— L’Oeil de la Photographie

“Ballen straddles the line between photography and image making, and Asylum of the Birds is full of this tension…To look at Ballen’s photographs is to enter into some sort of dream state. On first blush, the images seem grotesque, terrifying even, but as they become more familiar, there is a certain fantastic, magical quality, the jumble of the subconscious situated very intentionally by an expert interpreter of our dreams.”

— The Picture Professional

“If we’re inside the photographer’s head, it’s a scary place to be. The playful, antic moments in his earlier work are overshadowed by a somber, pessimistic mood—a sense of the world in fragments, spinning out of control.”

— Vince Aletti Camera

“Ballen sets up scenes that are striking and dramatic…Any collection strong in modern art photography will find this an addition.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“Ballen creates a metaphysical world that dances the line between dream and nightmare.”

— Protoview

At Home in Greece

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“If you always return from Greece longing for your home to have some of that Greek chic, you’ll pick up plenty of ideas here.”

— Greece

“A pictorial tour de force … packed to the rafters with design ideas … an inspirational selection.”

— A Place in the Sun

“Guaranteed to inspire.”

— BBC Homes & Antiques

At Home in Sri Lanka

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“luscious coffee-table book….with wish-you-could-dive-into-them photographs by James Fennell… and an elegant text by Tom Sykes”

— WAG Magazine

“The resulting architecture and interiors are remarkable, judging by this attractive book”

— Interior Design

The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live

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“My candidate for 2008’s most mesmerizing book.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“Will change the way we look at geography.”

— Booklist

“Anyone with a yen for maps and statistics will be endlessly fascinated by this tome.”

— Chicago Tribune

“Sets out to inform us of the ever-changing world around us in a visual way that conveys tremendous statistical data …endlessly informative.”

— Anthem

Author, No. 1

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AUTHOR is unlike anything the print media has seen, with gilded pages ensconced inside black linen cover with a tip on photograph featuring one of four of the top models in the industry today: Chiharu Okunugi, Katlin Aas, Aymeline Valade, and Ajak Deng. Crack it open and you will discover a new world of luxury publishing that creates a seamless journey through fashion, photography, and art.”

— Crave Online

Avant Gardeners

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“The garden book equivalent of an amusement park.”

— Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“For gardeners who are starting to yawn, this is a book to wake up to.”

— Arizona Republic

“The Garden-book equivalent to an amusement park…. For gardeners who are starting to yawn, this is the book to wake up to.”

— Chicago Tribune

The Aztecs

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“Black-and-white and a handful of color photographs illustrate this excellent reference, thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds and particularly recommended for public and college library collections.”

— Midwest Book Review

Bags

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“This updated, beautifully bound volume looks at purses and handbags primarily from London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Fashion curators and coauthors Wilcox and Currie trace the development of bags in the 16th century through the designer ‘it’ bags of the 2000s.”

— Library Journal

Balenciaga

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“We do what we can with fabric—but Balenciaga does anything he wants.”

— Christian Dior

“This well-researched and well-designed publication will appeal to readers with an interest in haute couture and fashion history.”

— Choice

“Recommended for anyone interested in the history of fashion.”

— Library Journal

The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi

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“[A] brilliantly illustrated tour of the site…Its photographs are gloriously expressive. And as they take us through the lower church, with its shadowy chapels, we're allowed to focus on details that can be relished only at leisure and in the sort of close-up a visitor to the basilica, straining for a glimpse of the higher reaches and dazzled by so very many brilliant images, can rarely mange. […] Perhaps most moving are the images showing Cimabue's Crucifixion, rendered almost like photographic negatives by the oxidation of white lead in the paint. Without the diversion of color, stark emotion comes to the fore. Even St. Francis might have approved.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“The book's photos are glorious—detailed close-ups of images that are virtually impossible to see in the dark stone building itself. Vividly colored and well chosen, they convey the austere beauty that has mesmerized viewers for centuries.”

— Star Tribune

“Lovely pictures.”

— Choice

“The cathedrals are stunningly brought to life…You cannot help but linger over the close-ups of faces, the impressive detail, and above all the emotion that seeps out of the walls and ceilings.”

— Christian Century

The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria

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“Absolutely compelling… A singular perspective on the ongoing conflict in Syria [that] describes the destruction it has visited on the built environment and the high human toll Syrians have suffered, [and] also considers the more nuanced roles architecture and planning have played amid the chaos. (Starred Review)”

— Library Journal

The Battle for Home is Sabouni’s elegy to her devastated town, a memoir about survival, and a kind of manifesto, stressing the importance of architecture and urbanism for our understanding of the deeper roots of Syria’s conflict and the seeds of civil war. Sabouni contends that Syria’s built environment helped create the conditions for a popular uprising-turned-civil war. Her hope is that better, fairer urban development, policy, and architecture can aid eventual reconciliation.”

— Los Angeles Review of Books

The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria

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“An architectural memoir about the devastating civil war raging in Syria for the past six years, The Battle for Home argues passionately for architecture’s pivotal role in shaping social realities. Marwa al-Sabouni, a young and ambitious architect still defiantly living in her severely destroyed city of Homs with her husband and two children, uses her own autobiography and architectural sensibility to tell a selective history of her native city, and of Syria more generally, down to the excruciating present. The book is divided into six chapters, each cast as a battle with one of several facets of what is in the end the same enemy: predatory change motivated by greed, bad taste, and misguided Modernism. That detrimental change—which left huge swaths of economic inequality, urban underdevelopment, and ethical privation—directly contributed to the breakdown of Syrian society. Al-Sabouni’s ink sketches in freestyle both illustrate her arguments and subtly push them further. For instance, she uses thick lines in depicting an urban redevelopment proposed by the authorities after the destruction of Baba Amr, which emphasizes the brutality of the intervention. Her own clever project for the same reconstruction, inspired by an organicist reading of traditional architecture, is rendered with various thicknesses that enhance its spatial complexity. A softer touch is reserved for the historical and vernacular examples that al-Sabouni favors.”

— Architecture Boston