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Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné

New to Llandaff Library . . .

Published by The Estate of Francis Bacon

“Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné is a landmark publishing event that presents the entire oeuvre of Bacon’s paintings for the first time and includes many previously unpublished works. The impeccably produced five-volume, slip-cased publication, containing each of Bacon’s 584 paintings, has been edited by Martin Harrison, FSA, the pre-eminent expert on Bacon’s work, alongside research assistant Dr Rebecca Daniels. An ambitious and painstaking project that has been ten years in the making, this seminal visual document eclipses in scope any previous publication on the artist and will have a profound effect on the perception of his work.

Containing around 800 illustrations across 1,538 pages within five cloth-bound hardcover volumes, the three volumes that make up the study of Bacon’s entire painting oeuvre are book-ended by two further volumes: the former including an introduction and a chronology, and the latter a catalogue of Bacon’s sketches, an index, and an illustrated bibliography compiled by Krzysztof Cieszkowski. Printed on 170 gsm GardaMatt Ultra stock in Bergamo, Italy at Castelli Bolis, Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné are boxed within a cloth-bound slipcase…

… In addition to the 584 paintings, the catalogue contains illuminating supporting material. This includes sketches by Bacon, photographs of early states of paintings, images of Bacon’s furniture, hand-written notes by the artist, photographs of Bacon, his family and circle, and fascinating x-ray and microscope photography of his paintings.” HENI Publishing

This set of reference books can be found with the shelf mark 759.2 BAC within the Oversized Books section on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library.

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Karel Martens printed matter\drukwerk

A new addition to the collection at Llandaff Library is Karel Martens’ Printed Matter


“The work of Karel Martens occupies an intriguing place in the present European art-and-design landscape. Martens can be placed in the tradition of Dutch modernism – in the line of figures such as Piet Zwart, H.N. Werkman, Willem Sandberg. Yet he maintains some distance from the main developments of our time: from both the practices of routinized modernism and of the facile reactions against this. His work is both personal and experimental. At the same time, it is publicly answerable. Over the now 50 years of his practice, Martens has been prolific as a designer of books. He has also made contributions in a wide range of design commissions, including stamps, coins, signs on buildings. Intimately connected with this design work has been his practice as an artist. This started with geometric and kinetic constructions, and was later developed in work with the very material of paper; more recently he has been making relief prints from found industrial artefacts. This book looks for new ways to show and discuss the work of a designer and artist, and is offered in the same spirit of experiment and dialogue that characterizes the work it presents”. From the publisher – Hyphen Press – website.


This is a reference only book, which cannot be borrowed, but if you would like to read it in the library it can be found on the new books display until 9th November and then on the shelves at  741.6092 MAR

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Tree of Codes: Jonathan Safran Foer




This is how publishers Visual Editions describe this book – a new addition to our library in Llandaff and currently on the new books display:

“Tree of Codes is one of our most celebrated titles. It has won awards (D&AD In Book Award, Book Design, 2011) served as the inspiration for Wayne McGregor’s contemporary ballet at the 2015 Manchester International Festival and has sold over 30,000 copies.

Our early conversations with Jonathan Safran Foer about Tree of Codes began with Jonathan saying he was curious to explore and experiment with the die-cut technique. With that as our mutual starting point, we spent many months of emails and phone calls, exploring the idea of the pages’ physical relationship to one another and how this could somehow be developed to work with a meaningful narrative. This led to Jonathan deciding to use an existing piece of text and cut a new story out of it. Having considered working with various texts, Jonathan decided to cut into and out of what he calls his “favourite book”: The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz.”



“As Jonathan began to carve out his story, we started doing our production homework and literally got turned down by every printer we approached – their stock line being “the book you want to make just cannot be made”. Thankfully, we found Die Keure in Belgium who relished the challenge of making a book with a different die-cut on every page. Designed by Sara De Bondt Studio. Cover designed by Jon Gray.”

Follow the link above to the publisher’s website to see a video of the production of this amazing book.

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By Cardiff born James Richards . . . .

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” James Richards: To Replace a Minute’s Silence with a Minute’s Applause is the final of four unique monographs documenting four contemporary artist’s selections from Moscow’s V-A-C collection and their subsequent display at Whitechapel Gallery during 2014/2015.

Creating an immersive environment artist James Richards accompanies Francis Bacon’s Study for a Portrait with a sound installation of public silences – acts of mourning, remembrance, or suspenseful pauses in films. Singers inhale and pause before breaking into song while church bells fill the gallery with ambient sound.

As well as full-colour installation photography, the publication includes an interview with the artist, an essay by sound curator David Toop exploring the interactions between sound, silence and painting, and an essay by art historian Barbara Dawson on Francis Bacon’s Study for a Portrait (1953)” (Whitechapel Gallery)

This publication by Cardiff born James Richards is a new addition to Cardiff Met’s library. Richards was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2014. He now lives and works in London and Berlin.

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The Manly Art of Knitting


Dave Fougner initially published this book in the hope that it would encourage men to take up knitting, or that those who did would openly embrace it. In it, he provides step-by-step guide for beginners as well as those taking up the needles again.

Do come and browse – it’ll be on display  for just the next week – place a reservation if you wish, by going to the library catalogue SUMMON.


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Fritz Kahn

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Fritz Kahn was a German doctor, educator, popular science writer and information graphics pioneer whose brilliant work has all but fallen into oblivion. Natural science buffs, graphics professionals and anyone interested in the visual expression of ideas will be fascinated by this monograph featuring Kahn’s greatest achievements.

This will be on display until 28th October after which time it can be borrowed. Follow the link to the library catalogue for more information or to place a reservation.

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New book

around the world

Around the world: the atlas for today, edited by by Andrew Losowsky.

‘Around the World’ is a contemporary evolution of an atlas tailored to our information age that takes its readers around the globe. Compelling information graphics illustrate how natural and manmade phenomena impact our lives. They take us on an entertaining and informative journey that gives us a deeper understanding not only of our planet’s geography, but also of the key local and global developments of the 21st century.

This new book is now on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library. They will be available to borrow from October 7th or you can reserve them now by following the links to the library catalogue.

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