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The Best Modern British Art Books Of 2011... So Far

So far 2011 has been a marvellous year for Modern British Books on Art ranging from the very best in British Design to long awaited monographs on renowned masters of modern art in Britain.

The very highly anticipated John Piper in Kent & Sussex which concentrates on Pipers love of the British Landscape. With contributions by acclaimed experts such as David Heathcote, Alexandra Harris and Richard Ingrams, Piper in Kent and Sussex explores the full breadth of his art, including stained glass and church vestiment works, and the famous Chichester Tapestry commission. Many of Pipers most important works were painted in Kent and Sussex, many of the notable works are now in the collection at Pallant House Gallery.

John Piper in Kent & Sussex is a must for Piper fans and those who love the Sussex and Kent landscape.

Following the success of the recent publications on Ravilious - Ravilious in Pictures followed by Ravilious at War, the final volume in the trilogy has just been published. Ravilious in Pictures: A Country Life features twenty-two beautiful watercolours painted in north-west Essex and on the coast. Accompanying essays by James Russell explore the artist's home life, introducing the people and places he knew around the villages of Castle, Hedingham and Great Bardfield, and offering insights into the culture and customs of 1930s England.

If you love design, there have already been several comprehensive books published this year.

A fully revised version of Lesley Jackson's Robin & Lucienne Day: Pioneers of Contemporary Design and also A Symbol for the Festival: Abram Games and the Festival of Britain by Naomi Games are just a few of the many design books released earlier this year.

They compliment the current post-war art and design revival, and celebrate British design at it's best.

The first ever full-scale monograph on post-war British painter John Craxton, by Ian Collins, is finally being published. Illustrated throughout in colour, the book really brings his painting to life, from his early neo-romantic pastoral work to the Crete-inspired vibrant pieces. The book looks in detail at Craxton's important role in post-war British art and his relationship with Lucian Freud. It also covers some of his book design and ballet work.

Later this year, Pallant House Gallery will hold the first major retrospective of Edward Burra's work since 1985. The large collection of his paintings on show will be accompanied by a major publication written by Simon Martin and will bring to light previously unpublished paintings.

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