Latest news and events
Welcome to the Art / Books website. We are an independent publisher of beautiful books across the fields of art, photography, design and contemporary culture. Below you can find updates and news related to all our latest and forthcoming titles.
19 July 2014
The highly popular exhibition 'Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho' at The Photographers' Gallery closes tomorrow, Sunday 20 July. Those who missed the show or who want a memento of their visit can purchase our critically acclaimed book published to coincide with the exhibit. Click here to see more details and to read some of the great reaction to the book.
5 July 2014
Liverpool Biennial 2014 opens today. The 8th Biennial exhibition, 'A Needle Walks into a Haystack', includes a group show, four monographic presentations (Jef Cornelis, Sharon Lockhart, Claude Parent and James McNeill Whistler), and a show curated from the Tate Collection with works by over fifty artists. Click here to see more information about the show and here for details of the book we published to coincide with Liverpool Biennial 2012, The Unexpected Guest.
27 June 2014
Jonathan Yeo is one of the judges of this year's BP Portrait Award, which opened yesterday at the National Portrait Gallery. Click here to see films about the judging process and the shortlisted works. And to coincide with the opening, Yeo has produced a short item for BBC's Newsnight about painted portraiture and photography. UK visitors can view the programme on the BBC iPlayer for the next week.
24 June 2014
Reviewing our recent title ReNew Marxist Art History, the respected left-wing magazine Socialist Review has described the book as 'a lucid and important statement about where and how the discipline stands today'. Meanwhile, online literary journal Review 31 says it is 'valuable [and] worth reading'. Click here for information about the book and links to both reviews.
20 June 2014
After completing its successful spell at The Lowry in Salford next Sunday 29 June, 'Jonathan Yeo Portraits', organized by the National Portrait Gallery, will move to the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. The show there will run from 8 November 2014 until 1 February 2015. Click here for details of our book on the artist, published to coincide with the original NPG exhibit last year.
24 May 2014
Writing in today's Guardian, Anthony Quinn gives a glowing review of our latest title Under the Influence. He describes it as a 'timely … beautifully produced book [that] testifies to a talent that still astonishes. Clapping it shut you will be struck by a powerful sense that when the glory days of Soho are remembered it will be largely through the dark-adapted eye of John Deakin.' Click here to see more about the book.
23 May 2014
We are delighted to announce that Rose Design has won a coveted D&AD Yellow Pencil for their work on Mark Wallinger's acclaimed Labyrinth project, commissioned by Art on the Underground. The award follows the 'Best of Show' prize at this year's Brand Impact Awards and the Chairman's Award at the 2014 Drum Design Awards. We are delighted to be publishing a book on Labyrinth, also designed by Rose. Click here for details.
22 May 2014
In celebration of his current exhibition at The Lowry in Salford, Jonathan Yeo is this evening in conversation with the actor Charlie Condou and Tim Marlow, the new director of artistic programmes at the Royal Academy and one of the contributors to our book on the artist. And next Wednesday 28 May at 7pm, Yeo will be talking to BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz at the Hay Festival.
15 May 2014
Jonathan Yeo's portrait of teenage Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai was yesterday sold at auction in New York for $102,500. The proceeds of the sale at Christie's will benefit the Malala Fund and will support women's and girls' education in Nigeria. Click here to see a video of Yeo and Malala talking about the painting, which is also reproduced in our book on the artist. Read more about the sale in the Wall Street Journal or USA Today.
24 April 2014
'Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood' opens with a reception tonight at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, following its acclaimed display at The Photographers' Gallery in London. The exhibition, curated by Susan Bright, features the work of nine artists who challenge stereotypes and sentimental views of motherhood by addressing issues such as gender roles, domesticity and the maternal body. Click here to see details of the accompanying book.
22 April 2014
Writing in today's Evening Standard, Sue Steward gives 'Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho' at The Photographers' Gallery four stars. She describes the show as 'alluring' and talks of the 'indelible talent' of Deakin, who 'squeezes his heart through his lens'. Click here to read the review, and here to see details of our book coinciding with the exhibition.
20 April 2014
Sean O'Hagan, the Guardian and Observer's award-winning photography critic, has selected Frances Kearney's Running Wild as the photobook of the month for April. The book, designed and produced for the artist by Art / Books, is published by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery to accompany an exhibition of the same name. Click here to read O'Hagan's review in today's Observer.
17 April 2014
Christie's announced today that it will auction Jonathan Yeo's celebrated portrait of teenage Pakistani campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban, in New York on 14 May. All the proceeds from the sale of the painting, donated by Yeo and reproduced in our book on the artist, will benefit the Malala Fund. Read more in the Art Daily and Huffington Post or click here to see a video of Yeo and Malala talking about the picture.
17 April 2014
Time Out today gave 'Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho' at The Photographers' Gallery, curated by Robin Muir, five stars in its review of the exhibition. Click here to read the article and to see a gallery of images, and here for details of the acclaimed book that we have published to coincide with the show.
13 April 2014
Award-winning culture and lifestyle website NOWNESS, which showcases the best of fashion, art, gastronomy, entertainment and travel, today has an article about Under the Influence: John Deakin, Photography and the Lure of Soho. Artist Neal Fox takes a trip into the heart of Soho past and present and explores the enduring appeal of 'London's salacious square mile'.
11 April 2014
The exhibition 'Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho' opened last night at The Photographers' Gallery in London. We were delighted to celebrate our latest title, published to coincide with the show, with a launch at the legendary French House pub. Click here for information about the book or here for pictures of the occasion.
7 April 2014
Under the Influence: John Deakin, Photography and the Lure of Soho is published today ahead of an exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery opening this week. Yesterday the Sunday Times magazine featured both book and show, while the Guardian G2 covered it today with an online gallery of images. This month's Vogue also includes an article by Robin Muir. Click here for more details of the book and to download selected press clippings.
1 April 2014
Ahead of the publication of Under the Influence, Suggs was channelling the spirit of John Deakin in the French House today as he pulled the first pint of the pub’s annual Pints Day. The lead singer of Madness, seen here photographed by Peter Clark – Deakin de nos jours – then auctioned the drink to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. A signed copy of Under the Influence will be sold in a charity auction at the pub next week.
26 March 2014
Shortlist magazine today previews Under the Influence: John Deakin, Photography and the Lure of Soho with portraits of legendary Soho figure Jeffrey Bernard and American novelist J. P. Donleavy. Click here for details of the book and to download the article.
12 March 2014
Our Spring sale is now on with great discounts on a selection of our acclaimed books for a limited period. Click here to find the best online prices on selected titles.
13 February 2014
Under the Influence: John Deakin, Photography and the Lure of Soho, our stunning new book about the maverick photographer and 1950s and 1960s bohemian London, is now available to pre-order for just £24.99, with free shipping in the UK. This special pre-publication price will run to 4 April. Books will be dispatched from early March. Click here for more details and to buy.
7 January 2014
The e-book version of our latest title, ReNew Marxist Art History, is now available for the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kindle Fire and other e-readers. Click here to buy both formats direct from our website or visit Amazon to get a free sample and purchase from the Kindle store. It shall soon be available from the Apple iBookstore and all other e-book vendors.
31 December 2013
Our biography of Vladimir Tretchikoff by Boris Gorelik has been described as 'engaging … gripping' by a leading newspaper group in South Africa, the artist's adopted homeland. IOL's review of the book calls it 'more than a biography' and a 'strongly suggested read for those interested in art'. Click here for a link to the article and here for details of the book.
22 December 2013
Sean O'Hagan, photography critic of the Observer, today selected 'Home Truths' at The Photographers' Gallery as one of the best photography exhibitions of the year. You can read the Observer critics' review of 2013 in full by clicking here. Click here for more information about the show, which runs until 5 January, and here for details of the book we published to accompany the exhibit.
18 December 2013
Our latest title, ReNew Marxist Art History, is now available. Published with University College London, the book marks the recent resurgence of interest in the ideas of Marx among art historians. As such, it is an essential introduction to one of the most vibrant and relevant forms of art history today. Click here for more details.
13 December 2013
Having previously awarded 'Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood' at The Photographers' Gallery and The Foundling Museum four stars in its review, Time Out London has selected the exhibit as one of the top ten photography shows currently in the capital. Click here to see the full list and here for details of the book. The exhibition runs until 5 January.
13 December 2013
Vladimir Tretchikoff, creator of the iconic 'Green Lady', was born in remote Siberia one hundred years ago today. To celebrate his centenary, we have a special offer on our new title Incredible Tretchikoff, the story of his extraordinary life. Click here for details of a 50% discount on the paperback and e-book.
29 November 2013
Vladimir Tretchikoff's celebrated Chinese Girl, the 'Green Lady', will today be presented at the Delaire Graff Estate near Cape Town by the painting's new owner, jeweller and art collector Laurence Graff. Signed copies of our book Incredible Tretchikoff are available at the gala occasion to raise money for the charity FACET (For Africa's Children Every Time). Click here for more information about the book and the event.
21 November 2013
On Sunday 24 November at 7pm, Sky Arts 1 broadcasts the latest episode of Tim Marlow's series The Art of the Portrait. Marlow, one of the contributors to our book The Many Faces of Jonathan Yeo, meets the painter to talk about his celebrated yet controversial political portraiture. The programme is repeated on Monday 25 November at 8:30am and 6:30pm and on Tuesday 26 November at 1:30pm.
18 November 2013
American fashion label J.Crew has opened its flagship store on London's Regent Street, the first outside the US. We're delighted it has chosen Terence Donovan Fashion as part of its interior design. According to creative director Jenna Lyons, the new store reflects the brand’s personal touch, while creating a look that was ‘classically British'.
13 November 2013
Time Out today gives the 'Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood' exhibitions at The Photographers' Gallery and The Foundling Museum a four-star review, calling the two shows 'playful and eloquent, unsentimental yet deeply moving … a welcome reassessment of maternal iconography'. Click here to read the review and here to find out more about the book.
27 October 2013
In today's Jakarta Post, Boris Gorelik writes about Tretchikoff's wartime affair with muse Leonora Moltema in occupied Java. Leonora, who died this month, was the model for his celebrated painting Red Jacket. Click here to see the article or here to read Leonora's obituary in The Times. The full story can be found in our new book Incredible Tretchikoff.
21 October 2013
Ana Casas Broda and Elinor Carucci today appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour to discuss the 'Home Truths' exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery and The Foundling Museum. Visitors in the UK can listen to the interview by clicking here. Meanwhile, yesterday's Sunday Times Style magazine also featured the show and our book. Click here to find out more and to download the article.
17 October 2013
Lightbox, the photography section of Time magazine's website, today features the 'Home Truths' exhibitions and our book Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood with an article by curator Susan Bright and a gallery of images. Click here to read the article and here to find out more about the book.
14 October 2013
Photography critic Sue Steward, writing in today's Evening Standard, gives a four-star review to the 'Home Truths' exhibitions at The Photographers' Gallery and The Foundling Museum. Meanwhile, Susan Bright has written a comment piece on images of mothers and breastfeeding for today's Guardian. Click here for information about the book and to see interviews with the curator and artists.
10 October 2013
'Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood' opens tonight with shows at The Photographers' Gallery and The Foundling Museum. To coincide with the opening and the publication of our latest book, critic Sean O'Hagan writes on one of the artists, Leigh Ledare, for today's Guardian. Meanwhile, the Photomonitor website has an interview with Susan Bright about curating the exhibitions. Click here for more information about the book.
6 October 2013
The Sunday Telegraph today has a feature on photographer Elinor Carucci, from our new title Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood. The book, edited by curator Susan Bright, is published this week to coincide with an exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery and The Foundling Museum in London. Click here to see the article and a gallery of images, and here for information about the publication.
1 October 2013
Vladimir Tretchikoff's celebrated painting Miss Wong has tonight been sold for R3.5 million (£215,000) in Cape Town, six months after the London sale of the 'Green Lady' for £1 million. While researching his new book on the artist, Boris Gorelik uncovered the previously unknown identity of the model for a portrait that adorned millions of homes from the 1950s. Read the full fascinating story in Incredible Tretchikoff.
18 September 2013
At 10pm tonight on BBC2, The Culture Show meets Jonathan Yeo as he prepares for his National Portrait Gallery show and the publication of our book The Many Faces of Jonathan Yeo. In the lead-up to the exhibition, Yeo allows cameras into his studio, revealing the challenges and pleasures of painting people for a living, and the dynamic that develops between artist and sitter. Watch the show on our website here.
16 September 2013
After brisk sales at this weekend's London Art Book Fair, the limited edition of The Roundel has almost sold out. Produced in an edition of 150 copies to celebrate the 150th anniversary of London Underground, it features one hundred artists' reinterpretations of the company's iconic logo. We have only five copies left, so click here to order now and avoid disappointment.
12 September 2013
Hosted by the Whitechapel Gallery in association with Marcus Campbell Art Books, the London Art Book Fair opens this evening. The event celebrates the best of international contemporary art publishing from individual artist publishers to galleries, magazines, colleges, arts publishing houses, rare book dealers and distributors. Come and find us for a special fair discount of 30% off all our titles, including our limited editions.
10 September 2013
Ahead of his National Portrait Gallery exhibition and the publication of our latest title, The Many Faces of Jonathan Yeo, GQ magazine talks to the artist who has become one of the world's most in-demand portraitists about what it is like to paint some of the most celebrated faces of our age. Click here to read the article and here to find out more about the new book.
7 September 2013
Today's The Times previews Jonathan Yeo's National Portrait Gallery show, which opens this Wednesday 11 September, with a piece by Giles Coren about the experience of being painted by Yeo, an extract from our new book accompanying the exhibition The Many Faces of Jonathan Yeo. Click here for a link to the article and here for more information about the book.
Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times interview the son of Tretchikoff's Miss Wong as our book is released in Australia
6 September 2013
Today's Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, WA Today and the Brisbane Times all have an interview with Wayne Young, son of Valerie Howe, model for Tretchikoff's kitsch classic painting Miss Wong. Click here for the article, and read more in our new book Incredible Tretchikoff by Boris Gorelik.
1 September 2013
We are delighted to be in this year's London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery. The fair runs from 13 to 15 September. Come find us, look at our lovely books, and buy at a special discount.
22 August 2013
The Spanish national newspaper 20 Minutos today previewed our forthcoming title Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood on its website. The book accompanies a touring exhibition organized by The Photographers' Gallery with The Foundling Museum, London, and Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. The exhibition opens in London on 10 October. Click here for more information and images.
4 August 2013
Boris Gorelik's account of the extraordinary life of Vladimir Tretchikoff, controversial creator of the 'Green Lady', is now available. Click here for more information about the book.
1 July 2013
We have produced a book by the artist Nicholas Garland on behalf of the Mayor of London. Garland was the Mayor's artist at the London 2012 Games. The publication accompanies an exhibition at City Hall to mark the anniversary of the Games. The book is published by the Greater London Authority and available through Central Books.
1 July 2013
We are delighted to announce that we have entered a partnership with Faber & Faber to produce and publish e-book editions of some of our publications. All the e-books will be distributed through Faber Factory Powered by Constellation. The first title to be released will be Incredible Tretchikoff at the end of July. It will be available for the iPad, iPhone, Kindle and other popular e-readers via download from this website, the Apple iBookstore, Amazon and all other e-book retailers.
7 May 2013
In the run-up to the publication of our next book, Incredible Tretchikoff, the BBC News website has an interview with Monika Pon-su-san, the original model for the artist's most famous work, Chinese Girl. Meanwhile in Spain, national newspaper 20 Minutos previews our forthcoming biography with an online gallery of pictures from the book. Click here to find out more about Incredible Tretchikoff, or follow all things Tretchikoff on Twitter by clicking here.
20 March 2013
One of the most recognizable paintings in the world was sold for nearly £1 million at Bonhams in London today, double its estimate. Vladimir Tretchikoff's Chinese Girl, known as the 'Green Lady', was bought by British jeweller Laurence Graff. The picture features on the cover of our forthcoming book Incredible Tretchikoff, the amazing account of this controversial artist's extraordinary life. Click here for more information about the book.
28 February 2013
The video for David Bowie's long-awaited single 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)', starring Bowie and Tilda Swinton, features Tretchikoff's 'Green Lady'. He grew up with a print of the painting in his home. Click here for images from the video. The picture also appears on the cover of our forthcoming title Incredible Tretchikoff, published in July. Click here for information.
28 February 2013
We are delighted to announce that Distributed Art Publishers Inc. is now our distributor in Canada and the United States. DAP Inc. is the world's largest distributor of art books and museum exhibition catalogues and is the exclusive North American trade representative of leading museums and international art and photography book publishers. If you are in the US or Canada, you can purchase our books direct from the DAP's site www.artbook.com from today.
23 February 2013
Following its initial showing at MK Gallery and subsequent tour to Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum in Norway, the acclaimed exhibition 'Pushwagner: Soft City' opened today at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Art / Books is proud to publish the accompanying publication. Click here for information on the book.
30 January 2013
Terence Donovan Fashion, selected as one of the books of the year by The Times, Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph, is now available in a very special limited edition of thirty, presented in a clothbound clamshell box with signed and mounted Terence Donovan print. You can find more information and see photographs of the edition here.
24 January 2013
Described by Ballet News as 'so compelling that you find yourself totally absorbed within its pages for hours at a time', this stunning new book celebrates the collaboration between The Royal Ballet and the National Gallery that saw Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger create new ballets and art works inspired by Titian. Click here for more information on the book, including details and images of the special limited edition with original works by the artists.
9 January 2013
London Underground opened its doors to the public 150 years ago today. To mark the anniversary, we and Art on the Underground have published The Roundel, in which one hundred artists reinterpret the company's iconic logo with unexpected results. Click here for information on the book, including details of a very special edition limited to 150 copies.
4 January 2013
We are delighted to announce that Diana Donovan, wife of Terence Donovan and joint editor of Terence Donovan Fashion, was awarded an OBE for her charity work by Her Majesty The Queen in the annual New Year honours list.
3 January 2013
We start 2013 as we finished 2012, with Joseph becoming the latest fashion brand after Paul Smith and Net-à-Porter to recommend our new book Terence Donovan Fashion. Click here for a link to the Joseph blog post. To find out more about the book and to see some of the reaction to it, click here.
The Observer describes Terence Donovan Fashion as 'superb', while Spanish newspaper 20 Minutos calls it 'the best fashion photography book of the year'
16 December 2012
Former fashion features director at Vogue, Harriet Quick, writing in today's Observer, identifies Terence Donovan as a 'great' of fashion photography and calls our new book 'superb … compelling ... a handsome monograph'. Click here for the review. In Spain, the paper 20 Minutos, which has the largest circulation in the country, writes that it is the 'best fashion photography book of the year'. Find out more about the book here.
15 December 2012
In our first season of publishing, we are proud to see The Roundel in the window of Waterstones HQ on Piccadilly – alongside Jamie, Nigella, Nigel, Hugh, Salman … and the Queen Mother. Inside, the book appears on the 'Best of London' and 'Best of Design' shelves. Terence Donovan Fashion can be found in the 'Best of Photography' and 'Photographic Icons' sections.
3 December 2012
Ahead of Christmas, we release a collector's edition of our new title The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon. For limited time only, this unique and beautiful volume, produced in an edition of 150 copies, is available to buy via this website and through selected venues, including the London Transport Museum. Click here for more information and pictures.
The Times, Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph all select Terence Donovan Fashion as one of the best fashion photography books of the year
19 November 2012
Our latest title, Terence Donovan Fashion, continues to receive plaudits from across the media. Click here to find out why.
2 November 2012
Today Vogue previews our latest book Terence Donovan Fashion, which is published on 12 November. Click here to read the piece and see an online gallery of images. Tomorrow the Daily Telegraph will have an exclusive extract, written by Grace Coddington and Robin Muir, and the Guardian has an online gallery from Monday. For more information on the book, click here.
19 October 2012
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22 September 2012
Following its showing at MK Gallery, 'Pushwagner: Soft City' has moved to the artist's home country and the Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum in Tønsberg, Norway. The show ends at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam in February. Click here for information on the monograph published by Art / Books.
21 September 2012
Art / Books makes its first appearance at the London Art Book Fair, which opened at the Whitechapel Art Gallery today and runs until the end of 23 September. Our new titles Pushwagner and The Unexpected Guest can be found on the stand of our distributors, Thames & Hudson, where they can be bought at a special fair discount.
15 September 2012
1 August 2012
The launch of Art / Books with our first publication is featured on the website of the respected Italian daily business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. Click here to read the article.
24 July 2012
This evening BBC One broadcast an Imagine documentary on the Metamorphosis collaboration. Follow the link below to watch presenter Alan Yentob go behind the scenes and meet the all-star creative team as they transform Titian's paintings into dance. Available to UK viewers only, until Tuesday 31 July, 11:49pm.
13 July 2012
This unique partnership between The Royal Ballet and the National Gallery brings together leading names in art, choreography and music to create three new ballets inspired by the masterpieces of Titian. In January 2013, Art / Books shall be publishing a book to record this special collaboration.
13 July 2012
In the week that our first title hits the bookshelves, a news feature about the launch of Art / Books appears in the print and online editions of today's The Bookseller, the leading trade magazine for the publishing industry. Click here to read the article.
9 July 2012
We are delighted to announce the publication of our first title. Accompanying a touring show organized by MK Gallery, Pushwagner is the first major book on the cult Norwegian artist Pushwagner.
27 June 2012
'Pushwagner: Soft City' opened today at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. Presenting the work of visionary Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner, the show travels to the Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum in Tønsberg, Norway, and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Art / Books is proud to be publishing a monograph on the artist to accompany the exhibition.