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From stocking stuffers to upscale luxury design, our staff recommends perfect gift books for the most sophisticated art lovers on your list.

This past year, our editors reviewed thousands of new titles from the world's most respected art, photo and design book publishers: here are their final choices of the books worth giving this 2016 holiday season.

Whether you're shopping for an impressive art world business gift or a lighthearted present for your favorite animal lover, whether you're searching for a book to delight the artist in the family or charm that special friend who collects photobooks, our expert book staff has curated this new 2016 gift book selection with sophisticated choices that will grace the shelves for years to come.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Stocking Stuffers

They're cute, they're small, they're surprising and affordable. Here are 10 staff picks for the stockings on your list »

100 Secrets of the Art WorldKoenig Books
We Go to the GalleryDung Beetle Ltd
Jonas Wood: PortraitsKarma/Anton Kern Gallery/David Kordansky Gallery
The Anatomical VenusD.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Russian Alphabet Colouring BookFUEL Publishing
Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. CrumbDavid Zwirner Books
Ed Panar: Animals That Saw MeThe Ice Plant
The Lucky, Plucky ChairsVitra Design Museum
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen & Yayoi KusamaLouisiana Museum of Modern Art
Cindy Sherman: 2016Hartmann Books

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: For the Bookworm - Great Reads

10 must-have reading books, from the new Shakespeare and Company "memoir" to Ricky Jay's astonishing story of a 17th-century conjurer »

Matthias Buchinger: “The Greatest German Living”Siglio
The Floral GhostPlanthouse, Inc.
Shakespeare and Company, ParisShakespeare and Company Paris
Donald Judd WritingsJudd Foundation/David Zwirner Books
The Thief of TalantWakefield Press
The PigWakefield Press
Chardin and RembrandtDavid Zwirner Books
The Dept. of CorrectionsKarma, New York
An Anecdoted Topography of ChanceAtlas Press
Ramblings of a Wannabe PainterDavid Zwirner Books

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: For the Art Lover

Our staff picks the must-have art books of 2016, from overlooked Renaissance masters to Modern heroes of the avant garde »

Robert RauschenbergThe Museum of Modern Art
Van Gogh in ProvenceActes Sud
Raymond Pettibon: Homo AmericanusDavid Zwirner Books/Deichtorhallen Hamburg–Sammlung Falckenberg
Della RobbiaMFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gerhard Richter: PanoramaD.A.P./TATE
Picasso PortraitsNational Portrait Gallery
Georgia O'Keeffe: WatercolorsRadius Books/Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Yayoi Kusama: Give Me LoveDavid Zwirner Books
Kandinsky, Marc, and Der Blaue ReiterHatje Cantz
Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change DirectionThe Museum of Modern Art, New York

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: For the Photographer and Photography Collector

For photography lovers – here are 10 of our favorite 2016 monographs by Modern and contemporary photographers »

William Eggleston: The Democratic ForestDavid Zwirner Books|Steidl
Robert Polidori: Hotel PetraSteidl
Berenice Abbott: Paris Portraits 1925–1930Steidl/Commerce Graphics, New York
Anthony HernandezD.A.P./SFMOMA
Photography at MoMA: 1920 to 1960The Museum of Modern Art
Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table SeriesDamiani/Matsumoto Editions
Gordon Parks: I Am YouSteidl/The Gordon Parks Foundation/C/O Berlin
Peter Hujar: Lost DowntownSteidl/Pace MacGill
Hiroshi Sugimoto: TheatersDamiani/Matsumoto Editions
Nan Goldin: Diving for PearlsSteidl

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: For the Design Devotee

Our staff picks the must-have architecture and design books of 2016, from radical 1970s pedagogy to visionary unbuilt architecture of NYC »

The Wirtz GardensExhibitions International/Wirtz International
Alexander Girard: A Designer's UniverseVitra Design Museum
Never Built New YorkMetropolis Books
Hecho en Cuba: Cinema in the Cuban GraphicsSilvana Editoriale
By the People: Designing a Better AmericaCooper Hewitt
The Music LibraryFUEL Publishing
The Lucky, Plucky ChairsVitra Design Museum
Jean Prouvé: ArchitectureGALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN
Blueprint for Counter EducationInventory Press
Max BillFundacion Juan March

For the Collector: Limited Editions & Catalogues Raisonnés

From the 10-volume Francis Bacon catalogue raisonné to Carrie Mae Weems' 'Kitchen Table Series' ltd ed with print - our top picks for collectors »

Joel Meyerowitz: Morandi's Objects Limited EditionDamiani
Gerhard Richter: Atlas, in Four VolumesWalther König, Koln
Francis Bacon: Catalogue RaisonnéThe Estate of Francis Bacon
Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table SeriesDamiani/Matsumoto Editions
Frank Stella: PrintsJordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
The Wirtz Private GardenB.A.I.
Robert Frank: Film WorksSteidl
Sébastien Lifshitz: AmateurSteidl
Double Elephant 1973–74: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Garry WinograndSteidl
The Wirtz GardensExhibitions International/Wirtz International

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: For the New Yorker

Whether you love it or hate it, left it or long for it - here are our 10 favorite gift books for the New Yorkers in your life »

Christine Osinski: Summer Days Staten IslandDamiani
Peter Hujar: Lost DowntownSteidl/Pace MacGill
Never Built New YorkMetropolis Books
Keith Haring: Manhattan Penis Drawings for Ken HicksNieves
Brian Young: The Train NYC 1984Damiani
Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten WaterfrontDamiani
Erica Simone: Nue YorkDamiani
Nuevo New YorkDamiani
NYC Marathon: Photographs by Marco CraigDamiani
Brooklyn HipstersKerber

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: For the Fashion Forward

From Van Cleef & Arpels gems and Hermès scarves to behind-the-runway photography books - our staff favorite holiday fashion gift books »

Guy Bourdin: A Message for YouSteidl
Landon Nordeman: Out of FashionDamiani
Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art & Science of GemsEditions Xavier Barral
Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert DalletActes Sud/Hermès
Curtis Moffat: Silver SocietySteidl
Terence Donovan: PortraitsDamiani
The Isaac Mizrahi Pictures: New York City 1989–1993Damiani
Frank Horvat: Please Don't SmileHatje Cantz
Alexi Lubomirski: Diverse BeautyDamiani
Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative ReuseCooper Hewitt

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: For Film Buffs and Audiophiles

Gus Van Sant, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Frank, Kim Gordon, Iggy Pop and Jim Marshall's photos of jazz greats like Thelonius Monk are some of our favorite books for audio- and cinephiles, 2016 »

Gus Van Sant: IconsActes Sud/Cinémathèque Française
Jim Marshall: Jazz FestivalReel Art Press
Robert Frank: Film WorksSteidl
Total ExcessReel Art Press
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1975: Photographs by Barbara PyleReel Art Press
Kim Gordon: Noise Name Paintings and Sculptures of Rock Bands That Are Broken UpDeste Foundation For Contemporary Art
Iggy Pop Life ClassHENI Publishing
Happy Massee: Diary of a Set DesignerDamiani
An Auteurist History of FilmThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Music LibraryFUEL Publishing

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Staff Favorites

10 books that we love outside of logic, beyond our control, or for reasons unknown, even to ourselves. Holiday Gift Staff Favorites, 2016 »

Clare Rojas: Plain BlackKavi Gupta
Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950sDavid Zwirner Books
The Drawings of Susan Te Kahurangi KingICA Miami
Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?Gregory R. Miller & Co.
Charlotte Dumas: Work HorseThe Ice Plant
Claudio Gobbi: Arménie VilleHatje Cantz
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: King of Lesser LandsAndrew Edlin Gallery
Paul Etienne Lincoln: The Glovers' RepositoryChristine Burgin
Agnès Varda: CubaEditions Xavier Barral
Roni Horn: The Selected Gifts (1974–2015)Steidl

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Books for Him

From Muhammad Ali to 19th-century nocturnal wildlife photography: 10 handsome books for the men in your life »

Nick Brandt: Inherit the DustEdwynn Houk Editions
George Shiras: In the Heart of the Dark NightEditions Xavier Barral
Jim Marshall: Jazz FestivalReel Art Press
Total ExcessReel Art Press
Muhammad Ali: Fighter's Heaven 1974Reel Art Press
Henry Leutwyler: DocumentSteidl
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1975: Photographs by Barbara PyleReel Art Press
Anderson & Low: On the Set of James Bond's SpectreHatje Cantz
Fred Mortagne: Attraper au volUm Yeah Arts
Philip Trager: New York in the 1970sSteidl


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