Best new art books

Enjoy browsing  some of the Art and Design Books added to stock in 2014

Hockney: the biography. Volume 2, 1975-2012 by Christopher Sykes. Picking up Hockney’s story in 1975, this volume finds him flitting between Notting Hill and California, where he took inspiration for the swimming pool series of paintings; creating the acclaimed set designs for operas around the world; and embracing emerging technologies – the camera and fax machine in the 1970s and 80s, and most recently the iPad

In Montmarte: Picasso, Matisse and modernism in Paris 1900-1910In Montmarte: Picasso, Matisse and modernism in Paris 1900-1910 by Sue Roe Bringing to life the fascinating true story of the birth of modernist art at the dawn of the 20th century, ‘In Montmarte’ describes the bohemian worlds of significant artists such as Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Derain, Vlaminick and Modigliani

How to read paintings: a crash course in meaning and method by Liz Rideal is a visual guide to Western European painting. Through a gallery of artworks accompanied by informative captions, it enables readers to swiftly develop their understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of painting; and to discover how to look at diverse paintings in detail.

Leeds Museums and Galleries by John Roles – Leeds Museums and Galleries is the largest local-authority-runLeeds Museums and Galleries Museum service in England and Wales, with nine sites ranging from magnificent stately homes, industrial sites, museums, an art gallery and a medieval abbey. Core to the service are the collections, an estimated 1.3 million individual objects across a vast range of disciplines which have an international reputation for their quality, depth and unique nature. Through these collections we tell stories of world civilisations, human evolution, the rise of the industrialised world, human creativity and the environment in which we live

On order — Francis Bacon by Kitty Hauser Francis Bacon was one of the giants dominating the artistic landscape of the mid-twentieth century, and served as the inspiration and launching point for much of the figural and abstract art that came after him. This highly illustrated book features not only 20 of the artists major works, but in stunning original colour illustrations portrays the events of his life and the circle of friends and associates with whom he formed a louche, brazen gang that cut open the belly of the old propriety.