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”.

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.

Christmas Wish List (of Art Books) – part I

November 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

I have been browsing Amazon in search of the new art books releases and thought of sharing with you my picks. I started by going to Phaidon and Taschen websites but I wonder if anybody still buys from them when you can get the same products for, some times, half the price.

Let’s start with a basic. Marcel Duchamp is so fundamental for anybody interested  in contemporary art (and for the contemporary art itself) that I can’t stay any longer without a book about his work. The first original installation of Étant Donnés is celebrating 40 years and this book was published to accompany the first major exhibition on the artwork and its studies.

This makes for a romantic gift. Georgia O’Keeffe Abstraction includes unpublished letters between the painter and Alfred Stieglitz whom she married in 1924. Starting with abstraction as early as 1915 she was one of America’s first abstractionists.


Still being offered only in pre-order, Anish Kapoor (hardcover) by David Anfam is the most comprehensive monograph on the artist with over 500 photographs and a chronology covering the sculptor’s life in detail. And here a link to Kapoor’s one-work-exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim.

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