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See What You’re Missing: New Ways of Looking at the World Through Art

Twenty-five crisp chapters on 25 separate artists allow Gompertz the room to explore both detail and concept in this well-organized labor of love. His first-person perspective places the historical artworks in the present while making all the artwork immediate and relevant. Effortless prose and laser focus on the communicative potential of art make this a worthwhile read for students, professionals, or interested observers.
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White: The History of a Color

Thorough research and abundant illustrations characterize this sixth and final volume in Pastoureau’s scholarly series primarily of interest to art and academic libraries.
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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.
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The Paper Dolls of Zelda Fitzgerald

A fascinating glimpse beyond the surface of a person whose personal life has been thoroughly examined. It is incredible to see yet another facet of Zelda Fitzgerald’s infinite creativity and artistry.

Duke Riley: Tides and Transgressions

A handsome addition to any fine art collection. It’s imaginative work with substantive themes of ecological advocacy and maritime history, all executed with a fine hand and a piratical sense of humor.
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African Art Now: 50 Pioneers Defining African Art for the Twenty-First Century

A beautiful volume and important addition to most libraries’ contemporary art collections.
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The Artist in the Counterculture: Bruce Conner to Mike Kelley and Other Tales from the Edge

An account of unprecedented depth about a time quickly fading from memory, for aficionados of the avant-grade.
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The Story of Architecture

An engaging and readable account of the history of the western architectural canon.
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Great Women Painters

A richly rewarding overview capturing the range, depth, and accomplishments of women painters, many of whom continue to be overlooked and undervalued.
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The Architecture of Suspense: The Built World in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock

A truly engaging study that should appeal to fans of both Hitchcock and architecture.
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Wild: The Life of Peter Beard: Photographer, Adventurer, Lover

Beard’s lifetime of excess and negligence toward the maintenance of his body of work complicates his artistic legacy, which is made clear in this biography. Still, many readers will be intrigued.
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Women’s Work: From Feminine Arts to Feminist Art

This work will appeal to those interested in feminist, modern, and contemporary art, especially in the media noted above.
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Houses That Can Save the World

Some selections come from conceptual artists and fall well outside of realistic design applications, and this effort would have greater impact if limited to pragmatic solutions. Still, the original concept makes this a sound choice for most design collections.

Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World’s Greatest Art Forger

Art and true crime lovers will likely devour this tale of Tetro’s escapades.
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Auto America: Car Culture, 1950s–1970s

Fun to browse, this is an excellent collection of vintage pictures for car enthusiasts and anyone else with an interest in mid-20th-century American culture and photography.
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What the Ermine Saw: The Extraordinary Journey of Leonardo da Vinci’s Most Mysterious Portrait

A story of beauty, art, and history well told by Collinsworth (Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business) with a clear and pitch-perfect narration by Cassandra Campbell.
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Lessons with Clay: Step-by-Step Techniques for Colorful Designs in Hand-Thrown and Hand-Built Tableware

While this is best for those who have access to studio facilities, Dora’s guide is a clear and orderly introduction to pottery making that will benefit anyone interested in pursuing the craft.
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What Is African Art? A Short History

While generously illustrated to elucidate the text, this is no coffee table book for casual readers. It’s a deeply researched, important contribution to the study of art history, with relevance to disciplines beyond the study of African art.
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The Intimate City: Walking New York

With interviews often meandering into the overly personal and with incidental-seeming uncaptioned photographs (their compelling views and dramatic cropping notwithstanding), this book would be more rewarding as a series of video tours.
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Of Knives and Men: Great Knifecrafters of the World, and Their Works

Elevates an everyday item to the realm of high art. Knife collectors will appreciate the background information and details on styles and materials. The photographs will appeal to everyone with an interest in fine craftsmanship.
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Matisse: The Red Studio

A fascinating, well-documented study of Matisse’s artistic vision, and its introduction to popular audiences, via an iconic painting.
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The Grand Affair: John Singer Sargent in His World

A sensitive biography that fleshes out the personal life of a private artist who was a product of his time. Fisher’s work complements and expands on previous Sargent biographies, including Stanley Olson’s comprehensive 1986 book John Singer Sargent: His Portrait.
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Regenerative Fashion

This book will appeal to a broad array of readers. Fans of ethical fashion, as well as those interested in sustainability, regenerative farming, minimalism, fair trade, and climate change, will all find something to love.
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Americana Soul: Homes Designed with Love, Comfort, and Intention

This book is useful to anyone planning a renovation project to cull tips and ideas but with the caveat that its primary focus is on the design aesthetics. It does not contain information on a home’s functionality or infrastructure. An optional purchase for public libraries or where HGTV-related publications are in demand.

1000 Design Classics

Beautiful and a must where patrons enjoy art and design.
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The Art of Calligraphy Letters: Creative Lettering for Beginners

With the increased interest in calligraphy and hand lettering over the last few years, this is a welcome introductory instructional volume. Recommended for most public libraries.
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Threads of Awakening: An American Woman’s Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art

Readers interested in Tibetan culture and Buddhist spiritual practices will find this book of interest.

In the Footsteps of Audubon

This visually striking guide honors the beautiful American landscape as it appears today. Recommended for fans of Audubon or for those interested in the natural world or art.
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Keith Haring Journals

Unlike The Andy Warhol Diaries, which is gossipy fun but rarely introspective, Haring’s journal is beautifully written, thoughtful, and filled with passionate opinions and very personal details.
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As It Turns Out: Thinking About Edie and Andy

This is a good recommendation for those who like to read about family dynasties, the mid-century modern New York art world, or people who have a lasting fifteen minutes of fame.
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Prime: Art’s Next Generation

All readers interested in contemporary art will enjoy discovering new favorites while browsing through this carefully curated selection of global art and media.
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Yoko Ono: An Artful Life

An affecting and affectionate portrait. For artists, historians of 20th-century art, Yoko Ono fans, and Beatles fans too.
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The Museum: A Short History of Crisis and Resilience

Though Redman’s book covers a recondite topic, it contains many touchpoints of cultural history and is a timely, engaging read. A more comprehensive title is John Simmons’s 2016 volume Museums: A History.
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Modern: Genius, Madness, and One Tumultuous Decade That Changed Art Forever

Those interested in art history, art collecting, and the lives of artists will not be able to put this down.
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Julie Manet

With beautiful illustrations and an accessible writing style, this book is recommended for readers interested in 19th-century French art as well as women’s history.

The Women Who Changed Architecture

As a collection of women architects’ biographies, this is a worthwhile book for architecture collections. As an effort to reframe women’s impact, contributions, and participation in the profession of architecture, it is essential for collections that cover architecture or design.
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Ultimate Illustrated Guide to Sewing Clothes: A Complete Course on Making Clothing for Fit and Fashion

Altogether a necessary addition to any sewing collection.
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Natural Tables: Nature-Inspired Tablescapes for Memorable Gatherings

An in-depth look at creating natural tablescapes; recommended for enthusiasts of the outdoors or of entertaining.
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The New Naturalists: Inside the Homes of Creative Collectors

An optional purchase for libraries with collections of art books.
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Wreath-Making for All Occasions

Crafters with an interest in both home décor and eco-friendly projects will find much to enjoy in this nicely assembled collection.
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Bamboo Contemporary: Green Houses Around the Globe

Unique ideals and gorgeous photography abound in this beautifully produced book.
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What the Ermine Saw: The Extraordinary Journey of Leonardo da Vinci’s Most Mysterious Portrait

Art lovers and history buffs will enjoy this fast-paced, entertaining romp from the Renaissance to the present day, focusing on one painting by one of the world’s most famous, intriguing, and mysterious artists.
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Romare Bearden in the Homeland of His Imagination

Like Bearden’s art, Gilmore’s biography pulses with energy and will resonate with readers of Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.
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Lost Angeles

Recommended for readers interested in classic street photography.
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Theatres of Melancholy: The Neo-Romantics in Paris and Beyond

Recommended for readers interested in the cultural climate of the 20th century and artists outside the mainstream.
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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.
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The Ceramics Bible

An essential resource for arts and crafts collections; suitable for ceramicists at all levels of experience.
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Mickalene Thomas

This is an important and accessible work and will be relished by followers of contemporary art.
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Dressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French Fashion

Revising the traditional view of fashion history as a parade of (mostly male) genius designers, Block highlights the stylish customers, along with enterprising female dressmakers and businesswomen, whose tastes shaped the look of the Gilded Age.
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Faith Ringgold: American People

Will appeal to those interested in artistic inclusivity and artistic expression, especially through textile art.

Artisan Design: Collectible Furniture in the Digital Age

A comprehensive overview, unlikely to be supplanted anytime soon.

Nicolas Party

Whether or not they’re familiar with Party, readers are in for a visual treat.
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The American Art Tapes: Voices of American Pop Art

Ultimately inconclusive on the question of artistic independence from Europe, this interesting time capsule of the American pop art elite is a rewarding deep dive into primary sources, packed with felicitous biographical content.
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Black Ivy: A Revolt in Style

Album covers, advertising images, and portrait photographs of iconic Black cultural figures illustrate variations on cool Black Ivy style in this photo-filled homage.
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Patented: 1,000 Design Patents

A unique reference; will be useful to historians and designers and fascinating to browsers.
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Sandfuture

The subject matter might have narrow appeal, but general readers can gather inspiration or motivation from reading about Yamasaki’s and Beal’s rigorous work; in this way, this book recalls art historian Douglas Crimp’s Before Pictures, another mélange of memoir and theory.
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Stories from Architecture: Behind the Lines at Drawing Matter

More than simply an amusing look at the possible stories behind architectural drawings. Although it may take more than a cursory glance to recognize the fictional approach in the texts, this book encourages readers to visualize the larger and more nuanced context for a genre of drawing often seen as purely documentary.

This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection

This work is proof that a crafts book doesn’t have to be filled with Instagram-worthy photos or patterns and instructions to inspire and educate. It’s a snapshot (and an honest appraisal) of the current moment in the crafting world and a celebration of the creativity and ingenuity of BIPOC crafters. This has the potential to reach outside the crafting sphere and into the wider conversation about social justice. Highly recommended.

The Crochet Crowd: Inspire, Create & Celebrate

It’s easy to understand why Mikey and Diva Dan became YouTube sensations; their love of crochet shines throughout this book, and their delightful stories will charm readers. This lively, fun collection is a must for their fans, and is likely to bring additional crochet enthusiasts into their crowd.

A Beginner’s Guide to Sumi-e: Learn Japanese Ink Painting from a Modern Master

The level of depth and detail that can be created in Sumi-e paintings is astonishing, and Koike’s book is a master class from a noted expert.
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Gothic: An Illustrated History

A work of exceptional originality and fresh insight, with sparkling prose.

Automania

A perfect balance of text and illustration on a subject and symbol that continues to fuel the American imagination.

The Soul of a Nation Reader: Writings by and About Black American Artists, 1960–1980

Comprehensive and core.
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The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution, and Resilience; Five Hundred Years of Women’s Self Portraits

This engaging and accessible book is recommended for anyone interested in women artists, but readers will need to have another reference source nearby, as images are limited to one or two reproductions per artist.

Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers

This work empowers readers with theory, historical precedent, and practical information, while encouraging everyone to “amplify other voices and disrupt patterns of inequity.” Don’t pass on this singular resource.

KAWS: What Party

A beautifully designed, abundantly illustrated book that probes the dynamic intersection of art, popular and consumer cultures, and technology in the work of this important 21st-century artist.
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Dressing the Resistance: The Visual Language of Protest Through History

Accessible and non-scholarly in tone yet comprehensively sourced, this book will serve as a source of enlightenment and inspiration for a wide audience.

Among the Ruins

Although some of these images have been previously seen, showcased for the first time here are the superbly clear, detailed prints made from the digital scans of all the negatives, with their astonishing immediacy. Includes an in-depth essay about Genthe’s movements through the city and insightful scholarship about the social fabric of San Francisco of that era.

Afrosurf

Filled with great photos, inspiring stories, and infectious enthusiasm for the sport and life of surfing.

 

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Women in the Picture: What Culture Does with Female Bodies

A thought-provoking purchase for academic library art history and women’s studies collections.
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Silent Cities: Portraits of a Pandemic; 15 Cities Across the World

This book will most likely not interest photographers, but will be a quick browse for many casual readers who want to recall our recent, collective past.
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Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern

Readers of Dellheim’s book will learn more about the history of modern art and European cultural history during times of upheaval and turmoil. Those who enjoy history and art history will enjoy this deep dive.
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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.
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Sisters in Art: The Biography of Margaret, Esther, and Helen Bruton

From their chubby-cheeked “Gibson Girl” childhood through their sunlit dotage, the Brutons were exemplars of many aspects of California history and, in recent years, overlooked. Good’s book corrects this.
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Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis

An engaging read, avoiding hagiography. This biography of a mercurial rogue has something to amuse or annoy most aficionados.

Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889–1900

With its introductory overview of Les Nabis, written in clear, readable language, this book is recommended for readers who know little about the subject as well as those who are passionate about 19th-century French art and culture.
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Artists on Art: How They See, Think & Create

With its particular focus on a diverse, international group of contemporary artists, this monograph will serve large public libraries, academic libraries, and museum libraries that support art programs.
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The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570

Recommended for readers who already have some knowledge of the Italian Renaissance and want to learn more.
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No Compromise: The Work of Florence Knoll

Based on deep research in Knoll’s papers at the Smithsonian, the Cranbrook Institute, and the Knoll Associates Archives, this close look at Knoll’s career makes its case soundly.
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How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age

A must-read for photography enthusiasts; Grundberg’s personal recollections will also appeal to readers interested in the late 20th-century New York art scene. This is an important text on the history of photography.
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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.
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Talk Art: Everything You Wanted To Know About Contemporary Art but Were Afraid To Ask

Recommended for all public library collections.

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Knit Soxx for Everyone: 25 Colorful Sock Patterns for the Whole Family

Although it will be a welcome addition to library shelves, it doesn’t provide readers with more than a straightforward guide to knitting socks and the patterns.
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Pottery for Beginners: Projects for Beautiful Ceramic Bowls, Mugs, Vases and More

Ford does an excellent job of demystifying the complex process of pottery making. This would be a great resource for beginning students and even experienced potters looking for fresh ideas, or to brush up on skills.
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Carrie Mae Weems

This is a well-researched, intriguing monograph about Weems that will be helpful to anyone researching her art and interesting to any reader who wants to think about the function and construction of beauty within society.
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The Van Gogh Sisters

Buy where fine art, feminism, group biographies of women, or biographies like Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith’s Van Gogh: The Life are popular.

The Beginner’s Guide to Wheel Throwing: A Complete Course for the Potter’s Wheel

Libraries, teaching studios, and aspiring potters should all have this book on hand.
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Hip-Hop Architecture

This challenging inquiry into an unusual pairing of creative pursuits is likely to appeal to students of either architecture or hip-hop.
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Artists of Wyeth Country: Howard Pyle, N. C. Wyeth, and Andrew Wyeth

This readable title will appeal to readers interested in the art of the Brandywine School or Revolutionary War history.
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Henri Matisse

While this is a good overview of Matisse’s work, readers will need to come into it with a solid visual knowledge of the artist’s output, or have nearby another reference with color images of Matisse’s artworks.
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Enchantments: Joseph Cornell and American Modernism

Possibly too academic for a popular collection, but will complement academic libraries or those with strong arts and social sciences collections. Readers interested in 20th-century culture who have some grounding in contemporary art theory will enjoy this beautifully produced book.
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Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography and the Foto-Cine Clube Bandeirante, 1946–1964

For serious students of Brazilian and Latin American mid-20th-century art.
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Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design

With its scholarly style and specialized focus, this text is suitable for an academic audience. Wilson meticulously applies the critical method to the marketing of an influential and persistent style, making this book essential reading for students of sociology as well as design.
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Gainsborough in London

While it is a scholarly work, this accessible and fastidiously researched book will appeal to readers interested in Gainsborough or the cultural life of Georgian England.
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Fashion Criticism: An Anthology

Reprints of lesser-known essays (Campbell’s “What Happened to the Afro?”), plus essays that use a variety of approaches, from glamorous description (Long’s “Feminine Fashions”), to social theory (Sontag’s “Looking with Avedon”), make this a solid primer on cultural criticism and fashion journalism.
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Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art

Whether or not readers believe in the supernatural, they’ll be impressed by the erudition of these texts and the wide range of beautifully presented artworks.

The Devil in the Gallery: How Scandal, Shock, and Rivalry Shaped the Art World

This book offers lots of peeks into the art world throughout history. It’s an in-depth look at varied time periods and artists, which readers interested in gossip, drama, or art history will enjoy.

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Look at This If You Love Great Art: 100 Essential Artworks That Really Matter

An excellent selection for readers who want an easy entry to art appreciation. It’s perfect for readers who wonder why an artwork is significant or why an artist would choose a particular subject. This book is compelling, yet simple enough that it would be appropriate for a general library collection.

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Todd Webb in Africa: Outside the Frame

Although it’s fascinating as a history, Webb’s body of work is artistically underwhelming; it resembles a really good Life magazine photo-essay, but it lacks the éclat of photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson or Malick Sidibé. This narrative of Webb’s photos and their creation will engage primarily readers who are already interested in the medium and the message.
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Kengo Kuma: My Life as an Architect in Tokyo

With observations on urbanism that are more inspiring than those in the late, peripatetic architect Michael Sorkin’s Twenty Minutes in Manhattan, this text benefits from monochromatic photographs and delicate, understated, textural pencil sketches, which will inspire design students to express their ideas more abstractly. For all architecture libraries.
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