The Book of Christmas: Jane Struthers
Red Sky at Night:The Book of Lost Country Wisdom Jane Struthers
The James Simon Gallery, the new entrance building between the Kupfergraben and the Neues Museum, marks the architectural conclusion of the Museuminsel ensemble in Berlin after 180 years. It forms, together with the Archaeological Promenade, the centrepiece of the master plan developed in 1999, which has since served as the starting point for all further planning on Museumsinsel. The book, published by David Chipperfield Architects on the occasion of the opening, is dedicated to the building and its cultural contexts. Photographs by Thomas Struth present the completed building, both within its urban context as well as in intimate close-ups. Texts by prominent architects, historians and sociologists complement the artistic photographic documentation. Text: Adrian von Buttlar, David Chipperfield, Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper, Regula Lüscher, Martin Maischberger, Olaf Matthes, Rafael Moneo, Andreas Scholl, Peter-Klaus Schuster, Alexander Schwarz, Heinrich Wefing, Hans Witschurke, Richard Sennett
Once upon a time in Düsseldorf, in the 1970s, there was an astonishing art academy, the Kunstakademie, with amazing teachers, and amazing students. Düsseldorf was a very proud art city, and even published at the time, a book of photographs called Düsseldorf City of Artists. The presence of that great, messianic leader, Joseph Beuys loomed large. Gerhard Richter, (and Gotthard Graubner among others), taught painting, and an outstanding couple, Bernd and Hilla Becher, taught photography. Germany rejoined and even led the avant garde that it had destroyed in the 1930s. The Bechers´ own work, photographed in black and white series anonymous, industrial architecture. Included in this broad ranging retrospective of over 30 years of Thomas Struth´s photography, is his own early series of city topographies, mostly unpeopled streets in the silvery light of early morning, which were first initiated several years before he was aware of the Bechers´ work: zeitgeist, anyone? Struth indeed, initially thought to be a painter, and studied with Gerhard Richter, but then moved laterally to join the Bechers´ small student group. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dana Brewer Harris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092726/bk_acx0_092726_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Queen: Art and Image, now on view at the National Portrait Gallery in London, makes a lot of claims for itself. The blurb on the gallery web-site tells one that by ´´exploring the startling range of artistic creativity that the Queen has inspired, the exhibition also reveals the radical changes in portraiture and profound developments since the 1950s.” It goes on to list some of the supposedly distinguished painters and photographers who have, during her long reign, produced likenesses of Elizabeth II. The list includes Pietro Annigoni, Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud, and Gerhard Richter among the painters, and Cecil Beaton, Annie Leibovitz, and Thomas Struth among the photographers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Zenobia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107196/bk_acx0_107196_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Shani Struthers, author of The Haunting of Highdown Hall. 44 Gilmore Street, the third in the popular Psychic Surveys series. We all have to face our demons at some point. Psychic Surveys - specialists in domestic spiritual clearance - have never been busier. Although exhausted, Ruby is pleased. Her track record, as well as her down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach, inspires faith in the haunted, who willingly call on her high street consultancy when the supernatural takes hold. But that´s all about to change. Two cases prove trying: 44 Gilmore Street, home to a particularly violent spirit, and the reincarnation case of Elisha Grey. When Gilmore Street attracts press attention, matters quickly deteriorate. Dubbed the ´´New Enfield´´, the ghost of Gilmore Street inflames public imagination, but as Ruby and the team fail repeatedly to evict the entity, faith in them wavers. Dealing with negative press, the strangeness surrounding Elisha, and a spirit that´s becoming increasingly territorial, Ruby´s at breaking point. So much is pushing her towards the abyss, not least her own past. It seems some demons just won´t let go.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sheila Dearden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/104810/bk_acx0_104810_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Shani Struthers, author of The Haunting of Highdown Hall. ´´This isn´t a ghost we´re dealing with. If only it were that simple….´´ Eighteen years ago, when psychic Ruby Davis was a child, her mother - also a psychic - suffered a nervous breakdown. Ruby was never told why. ´´It won´t help you to know,´´ was the only answer she was ever given. Fast forward to the present and Ruby is earning a living from her gift, running a high street consultancy - Psychic Surveys - specialising in domestic spiritual clearance. Boasting a strong track record, business is booming. Dealing with spirits has become routine, but there is more to the paranormal than even Ruby can imagine. Someone - something - stalks her, terrifying but also strangely familiar. Hiding in the shadows, it is fast becoming bolder. The only way to fight it is for the past to be revealed, no matter what the danger. When you can see the light, you can see the darkness, too. And - sometimes - the darkness can see you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sheila Dearden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/095794/bk_acx0_095794_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.