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The Man from Zara: The Story of the Genius Behind the Inditex Group (Paperback)
Inditex - the group behind Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Bershka - is today a major force in the world of high-street fashion. It recently outranked Gap as the No.1 clothes retailer in the world. In virtually every city in the world, you will see one or more of Inditex's shops - Zara being the most conspicuous. Yet little is known about this amazing success. This book offers such an insight by telling the story of the genius behind the Inditex Group - Armancio Ortega. Besides being one of the world's richest men, Ortega is the brains behind a modern-day revolution in textiles and fashion retail. Who really is Armancio Ortega? Where is he from? Where is he going? What led him to dream up this empire? Through unprecedented access to Ortega and his closest aides, the author provides a compelling and unique biography of the man responsible for one of this century's most extraordinary business successes.
New in paperback, this is the definitive book on the contemporary artist Grayson Perry, famous for his ceramic vases decorated with shocking and unconventional imagery. In this lavishly illustrated monograph, Jacky Klein explores Perry's work through a discussion of his major themes and subjects, such as class or conflict. Her text is complemented by a series of intimate, insightful commentaries on individual pieces by the artist himself. The book features about 150 of Perry's works as well as a rich selection of the visual material that has inspired him, from Afghan war rugs, medieval altarpieces and satirical prints to the paintings of Pieter Brueghel, Anselm Kiefer and the American Outsider artist Henry Darger. With an up-to-date biography, bibliography and exhibition history, this definitive book is the first to explore fully the achievements of Perry's twenty-five-year career.
A comprehensive overview of the visionary work of the Japanese artist.
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Hokusai's Great Wave
"The Great Wave" is a colour woodblock print designed by Japanese artist Hokusai in around 1830. The print, of which numerous multiples were made, shows a monster of a wave rearing up and about to come crashing down on three fishing boats and their crews. One of a monumental series known as "Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji", "Hokusai's Great Wave" with the graceful snow-clad Mount Fuji on the horizon, unperturbed but wittily dwarfed by the towering strength of the wave that threatens to engulf the struggling boats has become an iconic image of the power of nature and the relative smallness of man. One of the most famous pieces of Japanese art, this extraordinary artwork has had a huge impact worldwide and has served as a source of inspiration to artists, both past and present. This beautifully illustrated book explores the meaning behind "Hokusai's Great Wave", in the context of "the Mount Fuji" series and Japanese art as a whole. Taking an intimate look at the Waves artistic and historical significance and its influence on popular culture, this concise introduction explains why Hokusai's modern masterpiece had such an impact after its creation in 1830 and why it continues to fascinate, inspire and challenge today.