The Dreamday Pattern Journal

Laurence King Publishing has launched a new set of journals for art lovers.

These journals can be used for taking notes, drawing and also feature patterned pages for colouring-in and doodling.

Enjoy the gallery of these amazing stylish journals, designed by Pentagram’s Angus Hyland.

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For more info:

http://www.laurenceking.com/en/catalogsearch/result/?dir=asc&order=relevance&q=dreamday+pattern

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Ways Of Looking – How To Experience Contemporary Art

A new book released by Laurence King Publishing. Ways Of Looking – How To Experience Contemporary Art by Ossian Ward offers a vademecum for those who are keen on art and those who are not trained in art history.

Do you have issues in tackling the jungle of the often quirky and provocative contemporary art?  The former Art Review and Time out Editor has got a six step programme for understanding based on the tabula rasa – a clean slate and a fresh mind. Employing the Tabula Rasa methodology means clean up your mind form previous experiences and approaching beauty (a painting, a sculpture or whatever multimedia installation) with baby’s eyes.

Ossian Ward is Head of Content at the Lisson Gallery and a writer on contemporary art. He was previously chief art critic and visual arts editor at Time Out London and before that served as editor at Art Review.

Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art by Ossian Ward (Laurence King, £9.95). 

This is Series – New in – Bacon and Gauguin

This is… series. New In: This is Bacon and This is Gauguin

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New Art Books from This is… series, by Laurence King Publishing Company

1. This is Gauguin, written by George Roddam and illustrated by Slawa Harasymowicz, is a new instalment in a major new art series that rethinks art history in a more engaging and stimulating way. Paul Gauguin was a member of a generation of artists who struggled against the stifling conformity of the late 19th century’s artistic mainstream.

Naive and rustic culture is an endless source of inspiration for his colourful and primitive canvas.

From his childhood in Peru to his experiences in Tahiti, Gauguin’s art is mainly presented by his most relevant and well renowned works such as Sleeping Child (1884), Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers (1888), Christ in the Garden of Olives (1889), Manao tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Watching) (1892) and Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (1897-98).

His choice to escape European civilization and “everything that is artificial and conventional” inevitably marked the life and the whole career of the French Parisian painter.

2. This is Bacon, by Kitty Hauser with illustrations by Christina Christoforou, is based on one of the giants dominating the artistic landscape of the mid-twentieth century. Source of inspiration for abstract art that came after him, the Irish artist is depicted through vivid and stunning illustrations.

The major periods of Bacon’s life on the edge, such as his time spent in Berlin, Paris and the seedy milieu of post-war London, are portrayed, along with the influential figures, such as Peter Lacey and George Dyer, who shaped both his personal life and his art.

Francis Bacon’s works featured in the book include: Three Studies for a Crucifixion (1962), Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne (1966), Lying Figure (1969), Triptych, May-June (1973) and Sand Dune (1983).

Giuliana Patrone

This is… A Major New Art Monograph Series

The This is… series by Catherine Ingram and published by Laurence King is a radical rethinking of the common idea of the contemporary artists”biography’.

Forget all the boring and well-renowned ideas of historical and chronological biography because these new publications are innovative, highly visual and definitely more engaging.

With quirky and colorful drawings in comics style these books, ideally for art-lovers, will grasp the attention of neophyte and curios people.

Each book is a fascinating biography of the artist and a showcase of their work, with specially commissioned illustrations that bring the artists’ stories to life.

The first three books, published in May 2014, are the following:

This is Warhol is an enquiry on the flamboyant and eccentric life of the bomb kid Andy, from the beginning of his career to the apotheosis of the Factory in New York. From the childhood in Pittsburgh to the chaotic and inspiring life in The Manhattan Silver Factory.

This is Dalì explores the life and career of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. Surrealism is not only a painting technique but essentially a sort of ‘lifestyle’ for the Spanish artist. Moreover, the book discusses his venture into the commercial world from his extravagant jewellery to his cheeky design for the Chupa Chups lollipops.

This is Pollock is focused on the ‘bad boy’ American artist career. Prototype of the Beat Generation, during the Cold War his paintings were exploited as a political weapon to spread an image of American democracy all over the world.

We do look forward to reading the new ones…

 G. P.

(Images courtesy of Laurence King Publishing press office).

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Q. & A.: Interview With Debutant Writer Widad Tamimi

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Widad Tamimi is a half Italian and half Palestinian 30 years old debutant writer who recently published a novel with Mondadori.

Her book, Women’s coffee, is an attempt to go into her multicultural roots and explain in depth the different women’s condition in Western and East cultures. I read the book and I would like to advise it to you because it is well written and the author demonstrated sensitiveness and ability to convey strong emotions to the reader.This is my interview with her. Hope you like it!

 Your identity seems to be the result of different cultures. Can you tell us more about your roots?

 I was born in Milan, the daughter of a Palestinian refugee escaped from Hebron following the invasions of 1967 and an Italian-American woman, the daughter of a man from Trieste escaped from Nazi persecution. I grew up among different cultures, religions and  scents. Now I live in Ljubljana, married to a Slovenian man, and I find it the best place to live. It is a small capital, which has experienced socialism and keeps old values alive, such as family and social equality. An ideal place to live does not exist, actually. I have planted my roots in my family and friends’ love. This is the most solid support, which I have found in my entire life.

How much of your life is in “Women’s Coffee’ novel?

The story is based on my personal experience: a traumatic miscarriage.  I started to dig in my childhood memories to transform a huge loss into a growth. Most of the characters have begun to have a life of their own, but feelings, memories of lights and perfumes come from my memories of Amman (Jordan), the place where I used to spend my summer holidays during my childhood.

This is your debut as a writer. Tell us about this experience of artistic creation.

The love for writing began early, during elementary school. My teacher Paola was the first to encourage me to write. I attended the school newspaper, but in reality continued to write letters only, without actually cultivate a passion for writing. I became famous for my letters, but only in the family and not always and only positively. My family called the Widad’s papyri. They used to find them in unexpected places, for example under the pillow or near the shower in the morning. Now my only desire is to write novels.

Qamar’s coffee is just like Proust’s madelaine  which Aunt Léonie gave to the young protagonist of “In Search of Lost Time’. Is it a kind of involuntary memory, isn’t it?

Yes, the cafe is able to bring Qamar irrational episodes and memories of the past. From espresso to the Arabic coffee, every swallow awakes and puts in action involuntary memory, which pushes her far away.

Women’s body. Unveiled and transfigured in the West, denied and covered in the East. It seems to be the pivotal role on which is built the novel’s plot.  

I would say no. It is the personality of the protagonist, Qamar, that I tried to stress in depht. The novel is about women, living their femininity in different contexts far away from each other. On the one hand there are Western women, free to move and dress as they like, free to study and work. On the other hand there are women who live mainly in a familiar context without autonomy, women ‘covered’ by a veil.  There are freedom’s limits in both cultures, for different reasons.But the bond between these two heteroclites worlds are women’s feelings and common experiences like loves, passions and motherhood.

The western cultural feminism as a movement has brought great achievements for women. What do you think of this movement? Do you think that has brought more advantages or disadvantages?

No doubt the Western culture won great achievements in the field of women’s rights, but I believe that every historical and social context should be analysed with different standards. The advantages in West culture are obviously huge, but you cannot think of  ‘export’ an identical model in another social context. Every culture needs to mature its social rights.

‘Socialites’ and women covered with the Hijab. Apparently two cultures far away fro each other. Do you think they are two sides of the same coin?

The issue of veiled women is very complex because it is in many cases a personal choice and faith which must be respected. At the same time, in the pages of the book, I focused on the analysis of the female body in Western society and Middle East. In the West, the woman’s body is stripped and exploited, while in the Middle East is covered and hidden. In both cases, the woman’s body is not her property, but subjected to the wishes and practices of an entire society.

Beyond the rhetoric about peace, could you give us your opinion on the situation in the Gaza region?

Peace is possible, I believe, if human rights are considered equally valid for the entire human population. Last September Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked for political recognition of the Palestinian State, accepting the 1967 borders. His request was rejected and treated as an affront to the State of Israel. And I would like to understand the reason. If diplomatic and aggressive channels do not work, what does the international community want to do for Palestinian people?

Are you planning to translate and publish it in other languages? 

I think it is too early … we will see.

Do you have plans for the future?

 I have plans for the future, of course, but for a different topic. For a long time, I have thought about my family’s history and the incredible circle closed between the end of my grandfather’s exile and the beginning of my father’s one.

Giuliana Patrone