The latest range of ebooks and ibooks from Tate Publishing which will be published on Thursday 5 September 2013

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  • The front cover for the Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama ebook
    The front cover for the ebook Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama
  • The front cover for Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds ebook
    The front cover of the ebook The Unilever Series – Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds
  • The front cover for the Max Beckmann ebook
    The front cover for the ebook On My Painting by Max Beckmann
  • The front cover for the Seen In My Visions: A Descriptive Catalogue of Pictures by William Blake ebook
    The front cover for the ebook Seen In My Visions: A Descriptive Catalogue of Pictures by William Blake
  • The front cover for the On Being a Sculptor by Henry Moore ebook
    The front cover for the ebook On Being a Sculptor by Henry Moore
  • The front cover for the John Martin: Sketches Of My Life ebook
    The front cover for the ebook John Martin: Sketches Of My Life
  • How to Paint Like Turner ibook front cover
    How to Paint Like Turner ibook front cover
  • Street Art ibook front cover
    Street Art ibook front cover
  • Front cover for the Art & Visual Culture: 1100-1600 textbook
    Front cover for the Art & Visual Culture: 1100–1600 textbook
  • Front cover from the Art & Visual Culture: 1600-1850 textbook
    Art & Visual Culture: 1600–1850 textbook front cover
  • Front cover for the Art & Visual Culture: 1850-2010 textbook
    Front cover for the Art & Visual Culture: 1850–2010 textbook

Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama
256 pp, 30 black and white illustrations, £8.99

Infinity Net traces, with suitably dreamlike intensity, the web of influences that shaped her and her art
The Observer

Yayoi Kusama is one of the most significant contemporary artists at work today. This engaging memoir reveals her to be a fascinating, maverick figure, channelling her obsessive neuroses into an art that transcends cultural barriers.

Text and an image describing Yayoi Kusama's studio in New York in the 1960s
An example page from the ebook Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama

The decade Kusama spent in New York saw her status change from poverty stricken artist living in a freezing loft and existing on scraps of food, to doyenne of the counter-cultural art scene. She tells the story of her relationships with key art-world figures, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Donald Judd, Andy Warhol and the reclusive Joseph Cornell, with whom she forged a close bond. In candid terms she describes her childhood and the first appearance of the obsessive visions that have haunted her throughout her life. Returning to Japan and to relative obscurity in the early 1970s, Kusama admitted herself to a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo. It is from this base that she has emerged to add to the seemingly endless stream of artworks and writings that in the past decade have won her international acclaim, and lead her to become the subject of many major exhibitions across the world.

This remarkable autobiography, translated by Ralph McCarthy, provides a powerful insight into the mind of a unique artist, haunted by fears and phobias yet determined to maintain her position at the forefront of the artistic avant-garde.

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The Unilever Series – Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds

144 pp, 200 colour illustrations, £4.99
Enhanced ebook

Born in Beijing in 1957, Ai Weiwei is one of the most thought provoking and internationally recognised artists at work today. He has said that ‘liberty is the right to question everything’ and this questioning, through his art, through the internet and through his use of social media such as Twitter, has led to many confrontations with the authorities.

Sunflower Seeds 2010, his intervention in the vast post-industrial space of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, was an immense sculptural landscape. Millions of what appear to be identical sunflower seeds were poured into the space, yet each seed was actually made out of porcelain, individually shaped, fired and hand-painted by traditional methods.

The artist Ai Wei Wei is talking to some workers in his workshop
An example page from the ebook The Unilever Series – Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds

This book captures this piece in stunning production and installation photographs, while its rich resonances and place in Ai Weiwei’s career are explored by a selection of international curators and critics. This is accompanied by an interview with the artist.

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On My Painting

Max Beckmann
40 pp, 4 black and white illustrations, £2.99

Painting is a very difficult thing. It absorbs the whole man, body and soul … What I want to show in my work is the idea which hides itself behind so-called reality. I am seeking for the bridge which leads from the visible to the invisible …

Max Beckmann is widely regarded as one of the most important figurative painters of the last hundred years. In On My Painting he reveals what it is that inspires his work. It was written in 1938 at a crucial juncture in Beckmann’s life, and read by him at the opening in London of the Twentieth-Century German Art exhibition, a deliberate riposte to the Degenerate Art exhibition staged by the Nazi regime in Germany. In concise, emotive, sometimes enigmatic language, Beckmann outlines not only his artistic, but also his moral and spiritual vision. Accompanied by a specially commissioned foreword from the artist’s granddaughter and an extensive afterword that places the work in the context of its time, On My Painting is essential for anyone seeking to understand one of the most complex artists of the twentieth century.

Max Beckmann (1884–1950) was one of the leading European artists of the twentieth century. Closely associated with the Expressionist movement, his success in his native Germany was curtailed by the rise of the Nazis. He emigrated to Holland in 1937 and spent the last three years of his life in the United States.

With a forward by Mayen Beckmann, the artist’s granddaughter, and an introduction by Sean Rainbird is a curator at Tate.

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Seen In My Visions: A Descriptive Catalogue of Pictures

William Blake
128 pp, 26 colour illustrations, £5.99

In 1809 William Blake was an obscure poet and engraver with little or no reputation. When he held an exhibition of his work in a private house in Soho in the west end of London it was not a success; the only review in the press was extremely unfavourable and few of the public came. One of those who did was the writer Charles Lamb, who later reserved special praise for the catalogue that accompanied the show, describing it as ‘mystical and full of vision’.

A screenshot showing two William Blake paintings - Cain Fleeing from the Wrath of God and The soldiers casting lots for Christ's Garments
An example page from the ebook Seen In My Visions: A Descriptive Catalogue of Pictures by William Blake

The catalogue reveals much about the ambition of the man who was to become one of the most unique and highly regarded artists and writers of his time, with a worldwide reputation that continues to grow. In it we learn of his theories about painting, read his unsparing critiques of other artists and gain some extraordinary insights into the working of his mind. Part commentary and part manifesto, it is as radical as it is in places eccentric.

Fully illustrated in colour with reproductions of all the surviving works from the original exhibition, the book also includes an essay by Martin Myrone, a leading authority on British art of the period, making it an essential purchase for all of those wanting to know more about the life and work of this fascinating and enigmatic figure.

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On Being a Sculptor

Henry Moore
48 pp, 10 black and white illustrations, £2.99

Written by Henry Moore in the 1930s, these powerful, polemical texts lay out his ideas about sculpture, calling for truth to materials, openness to artistic traditions in other cultures and understanding of the importance of scale. Illustrated with archival photographs showing Moore at work, this book gives new insights into the working methods and inspiration of Britain’s most influential sculptor, speaking directly to anyone interested in the possibilities of the medium today.

With an introduction by his daughter Mary Moore, this book gives new insights into Moore’s working methods and inspiration and speaks directly to artists today.

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John Martin: Sketches Of My Life

John Martin
48 pp, 6 colour illustrations, £2.99

In 1849 the Illustrated London News published an exhibition review discussing the life and work of the hugely popular painter of apocalyptic landscapes, John Martin (1789–1854). This, the artist claimed, was ‘so unfortunate a tissue of errors from beginning to end’ that he felt compelled to write his own account, in order that it might ‘supersede the unauthorised sketches of my life which have hitherto appeared’. That account, the fullest autobiographical statement by the artist, is reprinted here in full, with an introduction and explanatory notes by Martin Myrone. This key document offers a fascinating insight into Martin’s extraordinary career and the fraught politics of a rapidly transforming art world.

Edited by Martin Myrone, a curator at Tate Britain specialising in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art.

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How to Paint Like Turner ibook

Edited by Nicola Moorby and Ian Warrell
144 pp, 260 colour illustrations, featuring 6 videos, £12.99
Bestseller in paperback

J.M.W. Turner is one of the greatest artists Britain has ever produced. His watercolours, with their extraordinary effects of shifting light and dramatic cloudscapes, are especially highly regarded. For the first time, the secrets of his technique are revealed, allowing present-day watercolourists to learn from his achievements.

Uniquely, this book combines unrivalled knowledge of Turner’s working methods from Tate curators and conservators with practical advice from some of the world’s most respected watercolour experts. Each of the twenty-two thematic exercises is illustrated with one of Turner’s works.

A screenshot showing a mixing palette and paintbrushes
An example screen from the ibook How to Paint Like Turner

Expert contemporary watercolourists then explain, step by step, how to paint a similar composition, learning from Turner’s techniques. This book is packed with invaluable information, from the materials Turner used to achieve the masterpieces we know and love today, to the modern materials the twenty-first-century watercolourist will need if they aspire to take on similar subject matter.

Backed by the authority of Tate, the world centre for Turner scholarship, with a glossary of technical terms and the highest quality colour reproductions, this is an invaluable resource both for lovers of Turner’s art and of watercolour painting.

Available through iTunes

Street Art ibook

Cedar Lewisohn
160 pp, 133 colour illustrations, new video introduction and interactive street art mind map, £6.99
Bestseller in paperback

The first in-depth analysis of the street art phenomenon
International Hearld Tribune

Street art is a global phenomenon, one of the most popular and hotly discussed areas of art-making on the contemporary scene. Developing out of the graffiti tradition of the 1980s it has now reached the mainstream through the work of artists like Banksy and Futura 200, becoming the subject of best-selling books and commanding high prices at auction.

Tracing this visual revolution from cave painting through to the vibrant art emerging today on the wall of London, Los Angeles, Madrid and São Paolo, Cedar Lewisohn’s punchy and entertaining account is superbly illustrated with over 200 colour photographs of street art from around the world.

With a forward by legendary New York graffiti luminary Henry Chalfant, the book includes interviews with leading street art proponents of the last three decades, taking the reader behind their ‘tags’ to encounter the often mysterious figures who are transforming cities across the globe. Artists featured include Lady Pink, Lee Quinones, Blek le Rat, Miss Van, Goldie, Mode 2, Barry McGee (Twist), Shepard Fairey (Obey), Futura 2000, Malcolm McLaren and Os Gêmeos.

Available through iTunes

Art & Visual Culture books

This unique collaboration between Tate Publishing and The Open University has produced these ebook textbooks that tell the history of art from 1100 to today. Each has over 250 full-colour images, all which are fully zoomable for in-depth study. With accessible informative texts, the books offer students and the general reader ideal introductions to the panoply of art and visual culture. They represent the most up-to-date scholarship on the history of art, from the medieval to the contemporary, and the increasing globalisation of art in our culture, offering new perspectives on familiar works alongside pioneering studies of new and less familiar works.

All three are available, along with Art & Visual Culture: A Reader, as paperbacks.

A page from an ebook showing Sandro Botticelli's painting The Birth of Venus
An example page from the ebook Art & Visual Culture 1100–1600: Medieval to Renaissance

Art & Visual Culture 1100–1600: Medieval to Renaissance

Edited by Kim W. Woods
416 pp, 255 fully zoomable illustrations, £19.99

Includes essays on key themes of medieval and Renaissance art, including the theory and function of religious art and a generic analysis of art at court. Explorations cover key canonical artists such as Simone Martini and Botticelli and key monuments including Saint-Denis and Westminster Abbey, as well as less familiar examples.

Art & Visual Culture 1600–1850: Academy to Avant-Garde

Edited by Emma Barker
416 pp, 255 fully zoomable illustrations, £19.99

Interrogates labels used in standard histories of the art of this period and examines both established and recent art-historical methodologies, including formalism, iconology, spectatorship and reception, identity and difference. Key topics include Baroque Rome, Dutch Painting of the Golden Age, Georgian London, the Paris Salon, and the impact of the discovery of the South Pacific.

Art & Visual Culture 1600–1850: 1850–2010: Modernity to Globalisation

Edited by Steve Edwards and Paul Wood
416 pp, 255 fully zoomable illustrations, £19.99

Includes studies of key canonical artists and movements, with less well-documented contemporary artworks. Essays engage with the emergence of modern art, architecture, cubism and abstract art, and North American modernism as well as issues of globalisation, cultural difference and curating.

These three textbooks are available through all ebook retailers