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Best Arts Books 2019

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Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts

This scholarly work brings a sociologist’s perspective and rigorous methodology to survey the process of artistic legitimation. Recommended for scholars as well as general readers interested in the topic from an academic viewpoint.

Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story

This comprehensive look at one particular Basquiat work also offers an engaging take on a tragic event and the art community’s strong response.
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A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis

Roberts’s wide-ranging historical research and storytelling skills should captivate New Yorkers and others. Larger photographs might have enhanced readers’ connection to these structures and their roles in the life of the city.
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Michelangelo, God’s Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece

This surprisingly engaging treatment of Michelangelo’s later, but no less influential work, will appeal to readers seeking a more personal insight into the man.
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The Pre-Raphaelites

Art historians, students, and art enthusiasts will find this volume enlightening; however, cost will be a consideration.
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Judy Chicago: Roots of The Dinner Party; History in the Making

Art enthusiasts interested in postmodernism and women’s studies will delight in this consciousness-raising tribute to a watershed work.
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The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art

Of considerable interest to art lovers, scholars, moon gazers, and others, this publication will both delight and educate. Recommended for large public and academic visual arts collections.

Félix Vallotton

Highly recommended for informed readers who would like an introduction to this lesser-known artist.
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