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2018 Holiday Gift Guides

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Stocking Stuffers
For the Art Lover
For the Photographer
For the Design Devotee
For the Bookworm
For the Stargazer
For the New Yorker
For the Fashion Forward
For the Music Lover or Cinephile
For the Jetsetter
For the Revolutionary
For the Luxury Collector

This past year, our editors reviewed thousands of new titles from the world's most respected art, photo and design book publishers. has curated this new 2018 gift book selection with sophisticated choices for all the people on your list. Whether you're looking for a gift to impress your boss, searching for a book to delight the artist in the family or trying to charm that special friend who collects photobooks, is the perfect place to shop.

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Stocking Stuffers

They're cute, they're small, they're surprising and affordable. Here are 15 staff picks for the stockings on your list »

The ABCs of StyleTestify Books
ABC: An AlphabetArt / Books
Piggy Goes to UniversityDung Beetle Ltd
VoyagersThe Ice Plant
We Do ChristmasDung Beetle Ltd
5 Year Diary: Green CoverThe Ice Plant
Sophie Calle: True StoriesActes Sud
ToiletMartin PaperParr Calendar 2019Damiani
Yoko Ono: Everything in the Universe Is UnfinishedJRP|Ringier
WishesWakefield Press
Russian Criminal Tattoos and Playing CardsFUEL Publishing
Poemotion 3Lars Müller Publishers
UFO Drawings from the National ArchivesFour Corners Books
The Art of Aubrey BeardsleyArt / Books
Russian Criminal Playing CardsFUEL Publishing

For the Art Lover

The must-have art books of 2018, from a collection of Vienna Secession art magazine covers to new monographs on Warhol, Kusama, Picasso, Whitten, Nauman, Giacometti, Magritte, Turrell, Kingelez and af Klint »

Andy Warhol's The Chelsea GirlsD.A.P./The Andy Warhol Museum
Pablo Picasso: Picasso's KitchenLa Fábrica
Jack Whitten: OdysseyGregory R. Miller & Co.
Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the FutureGuggenheim Museum Publications
Picasso: CeramicsLouisiana Museum of Modern Art
Bruce Nauman: Disappearing ActsThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
GiacomettiGuggenheim Museum Publications
Ver Sacrum: The Vienna Secession Art Magazine 1898–1903Skira
René Magritte:The Fifth SeasonD.A.P./San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Bodys Isek KingelezThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
James Turrell: Extraordinary Ideas—RealizedHatje Cantz
Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without MeWexner Center for the Arts
Soul of a NationD.A.P./Tate

For the Photographer and Photography Collector

A few of our favorite 2018 monographs and surveys by Modern and contemporary photographers »

Ralph Gibson: Self-ExposureHeni Publishing
Shape of LightD.A.P./Tate
Saul Leiter: All about Saul LeiterRM/Seigensha
Arnold Newman: One HundredRadius Books/Howard Greenberg Gallery
Gordon Parks: The New TideSteidl/Gordon Parks Foundation/National Gallery of Art
Ed Templeton: Tangentially ParentheticalUm Yeah Arts
Displaced: Manzanar 1942–1945T. Adler Books
Evelyn Hofer: New YorkSteidl
BrassaiFundación Mapfre
A Vision Shared: A Portrait of America 1935–1943Steidl
Masahisa FukaseEditions Xavier Barral
Saul Leiter: In My RoomSteidl
Josef Koudelka: ReturningKant
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive MomentSteidl

For the Design Devotee

The must-have architecture and design books of 2018, from FUEL's "Spomenik Monument Database" and "Brutal Bloc Postcards" to Inventory Press's companion publication to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, "Dimensions of Citizenship" »

Cabin FeverInformation Office
Renzo PianoRoyal Academy of Arts
Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Dimensions of CitizenshipInventory Press
The Architecture of Closed WorldsLars Müller Publishers/Storefront for Art and Architecture
Michael Webb: Two JourneysLars Müller Publishers
Spomenik Monument DatabaseFUEL Publishing
Brutal Bloc PostcardsFUEL Publishing
Marcel Breuer: Building Global InstitutionsLars Müller Publishers
Too Big: Rebuild by Design’s Transformative Response to Climate Changenai010 publishers

For the Stargazer

Impress your favorite armchair astronomers with wonderful gift books on the cosmos, Soviet space dog memorabilia and space colonies »

The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer SpaceLouisiana Museum of Modern Art
The Moon 1968–1972T. Adler Books
Soviet Space DogsFUEL Publishing
Barbara Bosworth: The HeavensRadius Books
Space ColoniesSpector Books

For the Fashion Forward

From Viktor & Rolf to Van Cleef & Arpels - our staff favorite holiday fashion gift books for 2018 »

GingerNutz Takes ParisMW Editions
Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Yearsnai010 publishers
Hermčs Pop UpActes Sud
Sorolla and FashionThyssen-Bornemisza Museum
PosturingSPBH Editions
Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92Soul Jazz Books
Dewey Nicks: Polaroids of WomenT. Adler Books
Sonia Delaunay: Art, Design and FashionFundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza
Van Cleef & Arpels: AlhambraEditions Xavier Barral/Van Cleef & Arpels

For the Bookworm

10 must-have 2018 reading books, from R. Crumb's "Dream Diary" to Georges Bataille's "Sacred Conspiracy," to collected writings of Dick Higgins and Jack Whitten »

WishesWakefield Press
R. Crumb's Dream DiaryElara Press
Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick HigginsSiglio
The BookExact Change
Karen Green: Frail SisterSiglio
The Sacred ConspiracyAtlas Press
A Blow of Dice Never Will Abolish Chance: A PoemLucia|Marquand
Jack Whitten: Notes from the WoodshedHauser & Wirth Publishers
Treatise on Modern StimulantsWakefield Press

For the Music Lover or Cinephile

Beginning with Led Zeppelin's first and only authorized illustrated history, and including new books on The Ramones, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and more, this season also includes cinephile specialties on Andy Warhol's "The Chelsea Girls," the making of "Rosemary's Baby" and a collection of Jonas Mekas' "Conversations with Filmmakers" »

Andy Warhol's The Chelsea GirlsD.A.P./The Andy Warhol Museum
Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92Soul Jazz Books
Michael Jackson: On the WallNational Portrait Gallery
My Ramones: Photographs by Danny FieldsReel Art Press
Led Zeppelin by Led ZeppelinReel Art Press
Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster ArtReel Art Press
The Disco Files 1973–78D.A.P.
This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary's BabyReel Art Press
Night FeverVitra Design Museum
Astrid Kirchherr with the BeatlesDamiani
Arthur Elgort: JazzDamiani
Birgit Nilsson: 100Verlag für moderne Kunst
Art & VinylFraenkel Gallery/Editions Antoine de Beaupré
Johnny Cash at Folsom and San QuentinReel Art Press/BMG Books
Conversations with FilmmakersSpector Books

For the New Yorker

Whether you love it or hate it, left it or long for it—here are 5 favorite gift books for the New Yorkers in your life »

Evelyn Hofer: New YorkSteidl
Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92Soul Jazz Books
Oasis in the CityThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
Ice Cream Headaches: Surf Culture in New York & New JerseyDamiani
Tod Papageorge: Dr. Blankman´s New YorkSteidl/Pace/MacGill Gallery

For the Jetsetter

Travel-themed books this season include two photo books centered around swimming pools; two books on Soviet design; a gorgeous book of international landscape design and photo books that take us to Mongolia, Madagascar and Provence »

Karine Laval: PoolscapesSteidl
Frédéric Lagrange: MongoliaDamiani
Brutal Bloc PostcardsFUEL Publishing
Rachel Cobb: MistralDamiani
The Swimming Pool in PhotographyHatje Cantz
Pancho Saula: MadagascarMW Editions
Spomenik Monument DatabaseFUEL Publishing
Oasis in the CityThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
Postcards from AfricaMFA Publications
The Wirtz GardensWirtz International

For the Revolutionary

Now is the time to give books on resistance and revolution. Hit the streets with these staff favorite gift books for those who question authority and shout their protest in the streets »

See Red Women's WorkshopFour Corners Books
Dimensions of CitizenshipInventory Press
Protest: The Aesthetics of ResistanceLars Müller Publishers
Jill Freedman: Resurrection City, 1968Damiani
Handbook of TyrannyLars Müller Publishers

For the Luxury Collector

Whether for a book collector or a lover of limited editions, these deluxe publications make wonderful gifts for those with a taste for the finer things.

The Wirtz GardensWirtz International
Frédéric Lagrange: MongoliaDamiani
Oasis in the CityThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
Jean ProuvéGalerie Patrick Seguin
ROBOTS 1:1Vitra Design Museum


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