Christmas Wish List (of Art Books) – part 2

November 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

This one is a little bit extravagant: US$480 at Amazon. Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters is a six-volume slipcased set featuring more than 2,000 works and 4,300 illustrations with every known letter to or from Van Gogh. London’s Sunday Times rated it as being “Intense, relentless, gossipy, utterly fascinating”.

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Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting weights six and a half pounds – that gives you an idea of how extensive this survey is. Legendary critic and curator Bob Nickas selected 80 artists to be included and gives each one three to four pages of color illustrations and a short essay.

The Philadelphia Museum  of Art is showing the first large retrospective of Arshile Gorky and the book that accompanies the show is a beauty. Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective is a 400-page book that covers the evolution of his style through more than 200 paintings and several essays. If you also want the gossip, try this month’s Vanity Fair for a peek on Gorky’s romantic life.

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