Holiday Gift Guide 2018: For the Art Lover

Gifts for artists and art lovers: your guide to the top new art books for the 2018 holidays. Don't miss "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power," published to accompany the show currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Plus, major new monographs and exhibition catalogs on Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Pablo Picasso, Jack Whitten, Bruce Nauman, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Mickalene Thomas, James Turrell, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Ruth Asawa, and the best-selling "Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future," published to accompany the blockbuster show on view now at the Guggenheim.

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Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls
So glamorous, and yet so rich in cinematic esoterica, Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls is the definitive treatment of the artist's groundbreaking 1966 split-screen masterpiece. "A rare treasure: a reference work of great beauty and discerning scholarship," according to Publishers Weekly, this super-seductive hardcover also received rave reviews in W, The Cut, Gayletter, Dazed, Artnet and AnOther Magazine, where Jack Moss writes, "The visual impact is best celebrated in the newly digitized stills in the book, which seem to best capture Warhol’s mission: to elevate the everyday to the extraordinary, to make the outsider an insider, and a piece of art in the process."

ISBN 9781942884187 $65.00

Pablo Picasso: Picasso's Kitchen

ISBN 9788417048754 $55.00

Jack Whitten: Odyssey
What a book! This art-historical must-have was published to accompany the revelatory 2018 traveling exhibition of Jack Whitten's previously un-shown and unpublished sculptural work at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was reviewed everywhere from The New York Times, The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books to Bookforum, where Albert Mobilio writes, "Whitten repurposed traditional forms with the same ease that marked his movement between modes of visual representation."

ISBN 9781941366172 $55.00

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future
One of Roberta Smith's "Best Art Books of 2018" for The New York Times, the Guggenheim's Hilma af Klint is, indeed, exemplary. Published to accompany the most widely reviewed exhibition of the year—with major features in more than 30 major outlets, including The Washington Post, The Economist, Artforum, Hyperallergic, New York, the New Yorker, the BBC and WNYC—this is a "gorgeous book," according to Vulture's Jerry Saltz. "The implications of these works are not only gargantuan, but also infinitely pleasurable to look at. And as written about in this wonderful volume, great to read about. By the time you put down this book, Hilma af Klint will be embedded in your visual library forever."

ISBN 9780892075430 $65.00

Picasso: Ceramics

ISBN 9788793659025 $35.00

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts
Holland Cotter of The New York Times asserts that "Nauman has changed the way we define what art is and what is art, and made work prescient of the morally wrenching American moment we're in. He deserves to be seen in full." This richly illustrated catalog offers a comprehensive view of Nauman’s work in all mediums, spanning drawings across the decades; early fiberglass sculptures; sound environments; architecturally scaled, participatory constructions; rhythmically blinking erotic and violent neons; and the most recent 3D video that harkens back to one of his earliest performances. Named one of the New York Times' Best Art Books of 2018, this catalog of the ongoing show at MoMA and MoMA PS1 presents, in the words of the New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl, "a discontinuous parade of creative brainstorms that tend toward engulfing installations of sculpture, film, video, neon and sound, any of which might anchor the whole career of a less restive artist."

ISBN 9781633450318 $75.00

"When all of us are trailed by inescapable terabytes of data, we can almost envy Giacometti’s slender bronze wraiths: stripped to the bone but still human, stripped of their names but still free." —Jason Farago, The New York Times. One of the most widely and positively reviewed shows of the year, the Guggenheim Museum's Giacometti was accompanied by this stellar exhibition catalog, featuring "a terrific selection of paintings and drawings... whose lyricism is as suprising as birds escaping a magician's tophat." —Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker.

ISBN 9780892075386 $55.00

Ver Sacrum: The Vienna Secession Art Magazine 1898–1903

ISBN 9788857238760 $65.00

René Magritte:The Fifth Season
"A once-in-a-lifetime event." —SF Weekly. SFMOMA's blockbuster exhibition of René Magritte's anomalous, late "sunlit Surrealism" and vache paintings wowed the west coast in 2018, and both the show and this essential catalog received stellar press, everywhere from the Washington Post—where Sebastian Smee writes, "Instead of seeing an old, familiar friend, whose best-known motifs (pipes that aren’t pipes, bowler hats and so on) have leaked into every aspect of popular culture, we are confronted with a man who seems to be undergoing a breakdown"—to The New York Review of Books—where Regina Marler writes, "Together, the sunlit and vache paintings present one of the most enduring mysteries—and the greatest curatorial challenge—of a career devoted to intellectual puzzles, visual gags and what Magritte described as his 'systematic search for disturbing poetic effects.'"

ISBN 9781942884231 $34.95

Bodys Isek Kingelez
Within the pages of this book is one of the great international cities whose sole difference from the others is its complete lack of people, or as Peter Schjeldahl describes it: "imaginary buildings and whole cities in a perfectly integral melange of modern, postmodern and entirley invented styles." Discover more than three decades of sculpture from this Congolese artist whose creations, built from the scraps and pieces of everyday life, amount to a city that is instantly familiar in its billboards and institutions yet out of reach in its utopian vision and fantastic design. The Wall Street Journal's Peter Plagens writes, "'sparkling,' 'colorful,' 'intricate' and 'inventive' are so inadequate in describing his work that one is tempted to drag out that overused compliment in contemporary arts commentary: 'amazing.''' 

ISBN 9781633450547 $35.00

James Turrell: Extraordinary Ideas—Realized
Featured in New York Magazine's "20 Best Coffee-Table Books to Give," and the Wall Street Journal's "What to Give: Art Books" gift guide—where Lance Esplund writes, "The real beauty of this book, with its stunning photographs and rainbow-color-tinted pages, is that you get to take a piece of Mr. Turrell’s magic home with you"—this beautifully designed, giftable yet scholarly volume "reveals how Turrell’s engagement with light, space and color have altered the way we perceive the world," according to Aesthetica. Albert Mobilio of Bookforum writes, "Turrell's meticulously engineered environments transform light into a palpable object. Light is felt as wind or heat might be felt; and space, when experienced as indefinite, paradoxically presses close and envelops the body. Extraordinary Ideas can't provide that extraordinary sensation, but it does remind us that light, as Turrell puts it, 'is a powerful substance.'"

ISBN 9783775744843 $85.00

Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me

ISBN 9781881390572 $39.95

Soul of a Nation

ISBN 9781942884170 $39.95


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