Art and Design

Recent movers and shakers in Art and Design.
Updated October 2, 2023
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THUNDERCLAP A Memoir of Art and Life and Sudden Death
Cumming, Laura
Named a Best Book of 2023 So Far by the New Yorker! New York Times bestselling author and art critic Laura Cumming reveals the fascinating, little-known story of the Thunderclap--the massive explosion at a gunpowder store in Holland that killed Carel Fabritius,...
The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession
Michael Finkel
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * One of the most remarkable true-crime narratives of the twenty-first century: the story of the world's most prolific art thief, Stéphane Breitwieser. * "The Art Thief, like its title character, has confidence, élan, and a great sense of timing."--...
See What You're Missing: New Ways of Looking at the World Through Art
Will Gompertz
Taking us into the minds of artists--from contemporary stars to old masters--See What You're Missing shows us how to look and experience the world with their heightened awareness. Artists are expert lookers: they have learned to pay attention. The rest of us spend...
The Grand Affair: John Singer Sargent in His World
Paul Fisher
A bold new biography of the legendary painter, stressing the unruly emotions and furtive desires that drove his innovative work and defined the transatlantic, fin de siecle culture he inhabited.A great American artist, John Singer Sargent is also an abiding enigma. He scandalized viewers on both...
Art Is Life: Icons and Iconoclasts, Visionaries and Vigilantes, and Flashes of Hope in the Night
Jerry Saltz
Jerry Saltz is one of our most-watched writers about art and artists, and a passionate champion of the importance of art in our shared cultural life. Since the 1990s he has been an indispensable cultural voice: witty and provocative, he has attracted contemporary readers to fine art as few critics...
Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma
Claire Dederer
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A NEW YORK TIMES MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK * A timely, passionate, provocative, blisteringly smart interrogation of how we make and experience art in the age of cancel culture, and of the link between genius and monstrosity. Can we love the work of controversial classic...
The Architecture Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
Learn about key concepts behind the world's most incredible buildings in The Architecture Book. Part of the fascinating Big Ideas series, this book tackles tricky topics and themes in a simple and easy to follow format. Learn about Architecture in this overview guide...
Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us
Susan Magsamen
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A life-altering journey through the science of neuroaesthetics, which offers proof for how our brains and bodies transform when we participate in the arts--and how this knowledge can improve our health, enable us to flourish, and build stronger communities....
1964: Eyes of the Storm
Paul McCartney
Taken with a 35mm camera by Paul McCartney, these largely unseen photographs capture the explosive period, from the end of 1963 through early 1964, in which The Beatles became an international sensation and changed the course of music history. Featuring 275 images from the six cities--Liverpool,...
An American in Provence: Art, Life and Photography
Jamie Beck
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Let Jamie Beck transport you to the South of France with An American in Provence: part art book, part travelogue, part memoir, and part cookbook, and perfect for art lovers, Francophiles, and armchair travelers alike. ...
PROJECT 562 Changing the Way We See Native America
Wilbur, Matika
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER . A photographic and narrative celebration of contemporary Native American life and cultures, alongside an in-depth examination of issues that Native people face, by celebrated photographer and storyteller Matika Wilbur of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes. ...
GO WITH THE FLOW PAINTING step-by-step techniques for spontaneous effects in watercolor /
Win, Ohn Mar,
A new, spontaneous approach to watercolor that shows how to paint beautiful loose and expressive florals, fruits and vegetables, animals, travel motifs, and more in vibrant watercolor with touches of pen and ink.
CON/ARTIST The Life and Crimes of the World's Greatest Art Forger
Tetro, Tony/ Ambrosi, Giampiero
The world's most renowned art forger reveals the secrets behind his decades of painting like the masters--exposing an art world that is far more corrupt than we ever knew while providing an art history lesson wrapped in sex, drugs, and Caravaggio. The art world is a...
SACRED SPACES everyday people and the beautiful homes created out of their trials, healing, and victories /
Summers, Carley,
A gorgeous photography collection, featuring home interiors and profiles of the people who have transformed these spaces into sanctuaries, calling you to create your own sacred space "This book isbrimming withheart and healing, and it is a moody, visual feast that will leave...
Blk art : the audacious legacy of Black artists and models in Western art /
Ware, Zaria,
A fun and fact-filled introduction to the dismissed Black art masters and models who shook up the world. Elegant. Refined. Exclusionary. Interrupted. The foundations of the fine art world are shaking. Beyoncé and Jay-Z break the internet by blending modern Black culture with...
THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HAND BUILDING functional and sculptural projects for the home potter /
Cobb, Sunshine,
The Beginner's Guide to Hand Building is a friendly, contemporary take on the classic hand-building book-perfect for new and returning ceramic artists.
The Beginner's Guide to Decorating Pottery: An Introduction to Glazes, Patterns, Inlay, Luster, and Dimensional Designs (Volume 3)
Emily Reinhardt
Join ceramic artist Emily Reinhardt to learn how to decorate pottery surfaces with glazes, gold luster, patterns and marks, inlay designs, dimensional shapes, and much more. With an emphasis on learning new skills, having fun, and embracing imperfection, The...
Wildflower Watercolor: The Beginner’s Guide to Painting Beautiful Florals
Sushma Hegde
Let Your Creativity Blossom with 30 Beautiful Watercolor ProjectsImmerse yourself in the world of watercolor with Sushma Hegde?s array of stunning botanicals. Wildflower Watercolor is the essential comprehensive guide for beginner painters to learn how to create perfect floral masterpieces. With...
Smith, Courtenay,
An inspirational sourcebook of innovative and unexpected green design solutions for our homes that address the environmental and social issues facing our world today. Featuring nineteen home-building and design strategies that are direct, original and often surprisingly simple...
APHROCHIC celebrating the legacy of the Black family home /
Mason, Bryan,
A powerful, visually stunning celebration of Black homeownership, featuring inspiring homes and family histories of notable Black Americans-including chef Alexander Smalls and actor Danielle Brooks. Jeanine Hays and Bryan Masoninvite you into the intimate spaces of actors and...
Timelines of art /
This beautiful book brings you the very best of art throughout history - using a truly innovative timeline-led approach. Savour iconic paintings such as Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper and Monet's Waterlilies, and discover less well-known artists, styles, and movements the...
Paradise Now: The Extraordinary Life of Karl Lagerfeld
William Middleton
The definitive biography of fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, written by journalist and author William Middleton, who knew the designer in Paris. In February 2019, the world lost one of its most enduring cultural icons, Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director for the storied House of Chanel for...

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