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Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington

Fans of both Carrington and Moorhead, as well as the newly curious, will snap up this nicely paced introduction to a famous surrealist artist/writer, which is also an account of a deepening familial relationship. What makes this unique among the plethora of books about Carrington is Moorhead’s personal and reflective perspective of family and shared space, despite some distance and time.

As We See It: Artists Redefining Black Identity

This is an attractively illustrated global travelogue featuring a selective group of contemporary Black artists with a slim, interpretative look at theme and technique based on information culled mostly from websites and a few recent texts. A handy, colorful start for art students in particular, to explore how Black culture is being redefined through popular expression.

The Many Faces of Art Forgery: From the Dark Side to Shades of Gray

This carefully organized exposition is light on the sensational and, while not strictly scholarly, contains heady discussion on many facets of this captivating topic that apparently is here to stay. The discussion moves from academic to casual and vice versa in sometimes distracting ways, but those looking for a multidisciplinary approach may not mind the occasional large dose of philosophical fascination.

Georgia O’Keeffe

For those who can’t travel to Madrid, Paris, or Basel to see the O’Keeffe retrospective, this beautifully designed volume will satisfy. Also for readers who want to learn about O’Keeffe’s technique, studio practice, mentors, and the art world around her; soak in her particular response to nature; or merely spend time with the soothing qualities of her oeuvre.

In Search of Van Gogh: Capturing the Life of the Artist Through Photographs and Paintings

With this compact trove of contemporary photographs juxtaposed with Van Gogh’s artworks, homes, and friendly commentary, the intensity of the artist’s life will go down more easily. Van Gogh fans will enjoy walking in his footsteps, and it will surely inform new audiences as well.

Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist

For Kahlo fans, not scholars. Devotees may wrestle with the author’s in-depth analysis while appreciating its informal voice. Though there are some updated facts provided since Herrera’s biography, the latter is more scholarly and better organized. Readers here can expect a more casual if not meandering narrative of Kahlo’s own adventurous sojourn to “Gringolandia” and back.


Lee Krasner

With this work, a new generation of students, feminists, and art lovers will discover one of the first women to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art as well as better understand her relevance and appeal today. This should sit nicely next to earlier retrospective catalogs by Barbara Rose and Robert Carleton Hobbs.


Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence

A must for those seeking an intimate documentation of the life and times of this first-class, popular artist. Hills expertly places her subject in history, with his tales of the champions as well as the commonplace.

Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth

Heavy scholarship and narrow focus may limit both appeal and audience to those devoted to museum studies or wishing to discover the artist's process through the latest scientific technique as showcased in this handsome catalog.

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