Concern about global warming should be, well, a global one—it is arguably (people still argue) the principle political struggle of our time, or will be. The field of architecture is one discipline that is not in denial.
In Chelsea Green’s The New Net Zero: The Design and Construction of Carbon-Neutral Homes and Buildings for a Low-Energy Future, Bill Maclay lays out a plan for instilling climate awareness from the ground up. And Rizzoli is heard from as well: Stephen Snyders’s A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home makes the house of the future the house of an urgent now.
Of course, the art world continues to spin on its axis, and you’d think that if Jeff Koons doesn’t own that world anymore, perhaps Banksy does. From Michael O’Mara comes Planet Banksy: The Man, His Work and the Movement He Has Inspired by KET, another renowned street artist who has compiled images of Banksy’s work and the work he has inspired.
What has given Banksy and his followers, both fans and emulators, such energy, is their spirited opposition to the moneyed world of Art with a capital A. Don Thompson explores the inner machinations and market manipulations of the art world in The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art.
Still, the art world is filled with artists and art for which adequate understanding and appreciation awaits. Dore Ashton’s monograph, Harvey Quaytman, will go a little way toward correcting that for this abtract painter, and the Beatrice Merz and Olga Gambari–edited Ana Mendieta: She Got Love, about the late feminist Cuban artist, may do the same for that underappreciated artist. The work of the late Franz West continues to impress art lovers and aficionados, and Matthias Goldmann and Marina Faust offer an appreciation of the painter’s delicate, frolicsome work in Franz West: Man with a Ball.
Artist and theorist David Batchelor’s Chromophobia is a book that is on many an artist’s bookshelf, and no doubt it will be the same for with his newest meditation on color, The Luminous and the Grey.
All art and architecture is meant to make us look around. And some interiors that many people, certainly New Yorkers, would love to glimpse are those pre-war apartments that march down many a block and avenue in Manhattan. Geoffrey Lynch’s Manhattan Classic: New York’s Finest Prewar Apartments will give them a chance.
Finally, another kind of interior, one that holds worlds within, is the library. Robert Dawson has photographed some of the most impressive and important public libraries, and his work can be found in The Public Library: A Photographic Essay.
PW’s Top 10: Art, Architecture & Photography
The New Net Zero: Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future. Bill Maclay. Chelsea Green, June 16
A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home. Stephen Snyder. Rizzoli, Mar. 18
Planet Banksy: The Man, His Work and the Movement He Has Inspired. KET. Michael O’Mara,July 1
The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art. Don Thompson. Palgrave Macmillan, May 6
Harvey Quaytman. Dore Ashton. Phaidon, Feb. 17
Ana Mendieta: She Got Love. Edited by Beatrice Merz and Olga Gambari. Skira,Mar. 11
Franz West Man with a Ball. Matthias Goldmann and Marina Faust. Rizzoli, Mar. 4
The Luminous and the Grey. David Batchelor. Rizzoli, Feb. 15
Manhattan Classic: New York’s Finest Prewar Apartments. Geoffrey Lynch. Princeton Architectural Press, Apr. 29,
The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. Robert Dawson. Princeton Architectural Press, Apr.
Art, Architecture & Photography Listings
Prefabulous World Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe by Sheri Koones, foreword by Robert Redford (Apr. 15, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1617690839). A lushly illustrated tour of cutting-edge architectural design around the world, with profiles of 50 energy-efficient homes.
Chihuly on Paper by Dale Chihuly, edited by Barry Rosen (Apr. 1, hardcover, $125, ISBN 978-1419712562). A lavish set of slipcased volumes featuring the acclaimed glass artist’s beautiful works on paper.
Tate Introductions: Klee by Flavia Frigeri (Mar. 4, paper, $10.95, ISBN 978-1849760362). The latest title in Tate Introductions, a new series that offers concise overviews of the greatest modern artists and artistic movements.
Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life by T.J. Clark (Author), Anne M. Wagner (Author) (Mar. 4, hardcover, $39.95, ISBN 978-1849760911). Focusing on painter L. S. Lowry’s urban scenes and industrial landscapes, this timely volume positions him as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the 20th-century industrial city.
Tate Modern Artists: Richard Deacon by Clarrie Wallis, Penelope Curtis, and Teresa Gleadowe (Apr. 1, paper, $26.95, ISBN 978-1849762250). New title in Tate’s Modern Artist series. Deacon is the subject of a retrospective at the Tate Modern, beginning in February.
Lost Art: Missing Artworks of the Twentieth Century by Jennifer Mundy (Apr. 1, hardcover, $31.95, ISBN 978-1849761406). Lost 20th-century art—major works by major artists that have, for many reasons, disappeared.
Amazon Publishing/New Harvest
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Lucian Freud: Eyes Wide Open by Phoebe Hoban (Apr. 15, hardcover, $20, ISBN 978-0544114593). A riveting life of the brilliant British artist, one of the greatest figurative painters of the 20th century. Announced first printing: 10,000.
Fearless Genius The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985–2000 by Doug Menuez, foreword by Elliot Erwitt, introduction by Kurt Andersen (May 27, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-1476752693). An award-winning documentary photographer delivers a stunning visual history of the Silicon Valley technology boom, in which he was witness to key moments in the careers of Steve Jobs and more than 70 other leading innovators as they created today’s digital world.
Black Dog & Leventhal
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The Louvre Art Deck: 100 Masterpieces from the World’s Most Popular Museum by Erich Lessing and Anja Grebe (Apr. 15, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1579129651). Based on Black Dog’s bestselling book The Louvre: All the Paintings, this beautiful, informative card deck is the perfect way to experience the treasures of one of the most spectacular masterpiece collections in the world. Announced first printing: 12,500.
Chelsea Green Publishing
Net Zero Now: The Design and Construction of Carbon-Neutral Homes and Buildings for a Low-Energy Future by Bill Maclay (June 24, hardcover, $150, ISBN 978-1603584487). The new threshold for green building is not just low energy, it’s net-zero energy. In The New Net Zero, sustainable architect Maclay charts the path for designers and builders interested in net-zero-energy structures that produce as much energy as they consume and are carbon neutral.
Lincoln Memorial: The Story and Design of an American Monument by Jay Sacher, illustrated by Chad Gowey (May 6, hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 978-1452127170). Though Abraham Lincoln remains one of the most beloved figures in American history and millions of people visit the Lincoln Memorial each year, few are familiar with the intriguing stories behind this national monument.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words by Wendy MacNaughton (Mar. 18, paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1452113890). Take a stroll through the City by the Bay with renowned artist MacNaughton in this illustrated collection of everyday observations. With her city as a backdrop, a sketchbook in hand, and a natural sense of curiosity, MacNaughton set out to capture locals in their own words.
D Giles LTD
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Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction by Brandon Brame Fortune, Wendy Wick Reaves, and David C. Ward (May 13, hardcover, $55, ISBN 978-1907804427). A groundbreaking reassessment of the reinvention of portraiture in America between 1945 and 1975—the period when the abstract expressionists reached international prominence—this new volume also features a specially commissioned poem by leading New York School poet John Ashbery.
Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris by Emmanuel Schwartz (June 10, hardcover, $59.95, ISBN 978-1907804120). A rich overview of masterpieces from the original school of fine arts, with works from the 17th through 19th centuries.
Harvard University Press/Belknap Press
The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 1: The Impact of Africa by David Bindman (Feb. 24, hardcover, $95, ISBN 978-0674052673). The Impact of Africa looks at changes in Western perspectives on African art and representations of Africans, and their paradoxical interpretation as both primitive and modern. Topics include photography, African influences on Picasso and Josephine Baker, and the contribution of many artists.
The Images Publishing Group
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Philip Johnson and His Mischief: Appropriation in Art and Architecture by Christian Bjone (Mar. 1, paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1864705249). Johnson influenced art, architecture, and design during the second half of the 20th century. A thorough review of his body of work.
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This Is Warhol by Andrew Rae and Catherine Ingram (Author) (Apr. 29, hardcover, $15.95, ISBN 978-1780670140). Launching the new This is…series, this book dives into the world of Warhol in an entertaining illustrated format that will revolutionize the way we view fine art. The book examines his life from his childhood to his career in commercial art and finally to his apotheosis as a portrait painter.
This Is Pollock by Catherine Ingram and Peter Arkle (Apr. 29, hardcover, $15.95, ISBN 978-1780673462). Featuring specially commissioned illustrations by the highly regarded illustrator Arkle, this book traces Pollock’s lively life and career and discusses the development of his iconic style.
This Is Dali by Andrew Rae and Catherine Ingram (Apr. 29, hardcover, $15.95, ISBN 978-1780671093). Dali was known for his lavish lifestyle, gravity-defying moustache, and surreal artwork. From his fine art practice to his stint in the commercial world, this book brings the fun, provoking and endlessly frustrating Dali under the spotlight.
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Tony Oursler / Vox Vernacular by Laurent Busine, edited by Denis Gielen, with Tony Oursler (Feb. 25, hardcover, $65, ISBN 978-0300204483). American artist Oursler (b. 1957) gathers inspiration from the way people’s desires are extended through interaction with mass media, specifically cinema, television, and the internet, and creates fascinating video installations that combine words with projections of grotesque and sublime image.
The Menil Collection
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Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds by Michelle White (Author), Dore Ashton, Joan Banach (Apr. 22, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-0300204131). The first survey of more than fifty years of drawing by a legendary sculptor and draftswoman.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux by James David Draper and Edouard Papet (Author) (Mar. 25, hardcover, $65, ISBN 978-0300204315). A definitive look at the genius of master sculptor Carpeaux, featuring beautiful photography and a wealth of new material.
Lost Kingdoms Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia by John Guy (May 6, hardcover, $65, ISBN 978-0300204377). A fresh and exciting exploration of Southeast Asian history from the 5th to 9th centuries, seen through the lens of the region’s sculpture.
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Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944–1951 by Phyllis Tuchman (July 1, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-8897737346). Published to coincide with an exhibition to be held at the Guild Hall, East Hampton, N.Y. The first book entirely dedicated to Motherwell’s early career. Motherwell himself fondly remembered his East Hampton years and declared, “I did some of the best work of my life there.”
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Planet Banksy: The Man, His Work and the Movement He Has Inspired by KET (July 1, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1782431589). This is a full-color showcase of some of the most innovative pieces by Banksy, world’s leading graffiti artist. It offers thought-provoking comparison with the works of his students and an overview of how the work is changing the face of modern art and urban landscape.
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Kandinsky: A Retrospective by Angela Lampe, Brady Roberts, and Anna Hiddleston (July 8, hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-0300206630). A survey of over 100 works spanning Kandinsky’s full career, from his formative period in Munich to his final years in Paris.
The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson (May 6, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1137279088). A look at the contemporary art market and the economics and psychology that first produced a market crash, and then two years later resulted in astronomical prices.
Mies by Detlef Mertins (June 5, hardcover, $150, ISBN 978-0714839622). Modernist scholar Mertins presents the most definitive monograph ever published on the 20th century architectural mastermind. Mertins explores the full scope of Mies’s career through rich and highly readable text accompanied by more than 700 original drawings, photographs, plans, and diagrams.
Harvey Quaytman by Dore Ashton (Feb. 17, hardcover, $49.95, ISBN 978-0714865805). The first monograph to explore the vast body of work by the New York artist known for his large-scale modernist geometric paintings, this book is llustrated with more than 100 paintings, drawings, installation photographs and personal photographs, as well as assessment by critic Ashton.
Cindy Sherman by Paul Moorhouse (Mar. 24, hardcover, $22.95, ISBN 978-0714861555). An introduction the the complex works and career of artist Cindy Sherman (b. 1954).
Phoenix Yard Books
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Guide to the Architecture of London by Edward Jones and Christopher Woodward (May 1, paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1780224930). From Nash’s elegant crescents to Lubetkin’s uncompromising high-rise blocks, from Wren’s churches to the Victorian Byzantine of Westminster Cathedral, from the Roman city wall to St. Pancras International, this updated guide offers a critical appraisal of London’s architecture.
Princeton Architectural Press
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The Landscape Imagination: The Collected Essays of James Corner by James Corner, edited by Alison Hirsch (May 27, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1616891459). Companion to Corner’s bestselling book Recovering Landscape; richly illustrated essays addresses problems facing our cities; includes projects like the High Line and Fresh Kills Park in New York City, Santa Monica Civic Center Parks, University of Puerto Rico Botanical Garden, and more.
Manhattan Classic: New York’s Finest Prewar Apartments by Geoffrey Lynch (Apr. 29, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-1616891671). Takes readers on a lavishly illustrated guided tour of 85 of the most coveted buildings in New York—the Dakota, the Apthorp, the San Remo—with street maps, floor plans, photographs, architect bios, and resident anecdotes; equal parts architecture and social history.
The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson (Apr. 15, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1616892173). The most comprehensive visual survey of American libraries ever published features an impressive list of contributors like Ann Patchett, Bill Moyers, Barbara Kingsolver, Amy Tan, E. B. White, Isaac Asimov, Dr. Seuss, and Ann Lamott.
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The Luminous and the Grey by David Batchelor (Feb. 15, paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1780232805). Drawing on neuroscience, philosophy, novels, films, and artists’ writings—as well as Batchelor’s own experience as an artist working with color—to understand how we see and use colors, The Luminous and the Grey explores the places where color comes into being and where it fades away. By the author of the influential Chromophobia.
Yves Klein by Nuit Banai (June 15, paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1780232935). In this new critical biography, Banai examines the relationship between Klein’s brief life and his wide repertoire of artistic practices.
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How to Read Houses: A Crash Course in Domestic Architecture by Will Jones (Mar. 25, paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-0789327260). Small enough to fit in a pocket yet serious enough to provide real answers, this illustrated book is the ultimate field guide to domestic architecture.
Richard Meier Architect, Volume 6 by Richard Meier, introduction by Kenneth Frampton (Feb. 11, hardcover, $95, ISBN 978-0847842308). The sixth volume in Rizzoli’s bestselling series of monographs on the work of Meier, one of America’s most important and acclaimed architects..
A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home by Stephen Snyder (Mar. 18, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-0847842292). Green living meets good design in this luxuriously illustrated volume. These environmentally responsible, perfectly designed solar-powered houses will inspire readers to see their homes as places that can blend sustainability and beauty.
Franz West: Man with a Ball by Matthias Goldmann and Marina Faust (Mar. 4, hardcover, $100, ISBN 978-0847842889). This catalogue accompanies a major sculpture exhibition by the late Franz West held at Gagosian London in 2012. Belonging to the generation of artists exposed to actionist and performance art of the 1960s and ’70s, West made work that was vigorous and imposing yet free and lighthearted.
Simon & Schuster
Michelangelo A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger (July 22, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-1451678741). The life of one of the most revolutionary artists in history, told through the story of six of his greatest masterpieces.
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Ana Mendieta: She Got Love, edited by Beatrice Merz and Olga Gambari (Mar. 11, hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-8857219103). An extraordinary effort to reinterpret Mendieta as a pioneer of performance, video, body art, photography, land art and sculpture in the 20th century. Ana Mendieta: She Got Love gathers over 130 works by this Cuban-American artist, created between 1972 and 1985.
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The Hermitage: 250 Masterpieces by Dr. Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky (May 27, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-0847842094). Highlights from the palatial Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, are beautifully reproduced in an accessible volume celebrating the museum’s 250th anniversary.
Matthew Barney River of Fundament by Okwui Enwezor, with Homi K. Bhabha and Hilton Als (June 10, hardcover, $95, ISBN 978-0847842582). On the occasion of a major exhibition, performance, and film premiere, opening at Brooklyn Academy of Music in February, this book examines Barney’s seven-year project, an odyssey of death and its mythologies. This long-awaited volume documents the full breadth of this ambitious new cinematic work.
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Genteel Perversion: The Films of Gilbert and George by Chris Horrocks (July 15, paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-0983248071). Traces Gilbert and George’s trajectory from eccentric London art students to major international artists through the lens of their relationship with the moving image.
Thames & Hudson
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The Duchamp Dictionary by Thomas Girst, illustrated by Luke Frost and Therese Vandling (May 20, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0500239179). “Girst elegantly unravels the skeins of Duchamp’s thinking. . . . An essential compendium for puzzling out an essential artist.”—Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
The Whitney Museum of American Art
Jeff Koons by Scott Rothkopf (July 8, hardcover, $65, ISBN 978-0300195873). A fresh and engaging look at the controversial work of Koons, with insightful analyses and illustrations of all of his iconic pieces alongside preparatory works and historical photographs.
Whitney Biennial 2014 by Stuart ComerAnthony Elms, Michelle Grabner ((Mar. 25, paper, $55, ISBN 978-0300196870). A striking accompaniment to the 2014 biennial exhibition, which presents the perspectives of three innovative guest curators.
Yale Univ. Press
Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt edited by Veronica Roberts, with Lucy R. Lippard and Kirsten Swenson (Mar. 18, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0300204827). A fascinating glimpse into the friendship of two acclaimed artists that reveals the great extent to which they influenced each other’s work and lives.
John Sloan: Drawing on Illustration by Michael Lobel (Apr. 29, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-0300195552). The American realist artist Sloan (1871–1951) is best known for his portrayals of daily life in early 20th-century New York and as a member of The Eight and the Ashcan School, alongside peers like Robert Henri, Everett Shinn, and George Luks
Cy Twombly’s Things by Kate Nesin (June 3, hardcover, $55, ISBN 978-0300190113). Twombly (1928–2011) is widely acknowledged as one of the postwar period’s most influential American artists, yet his sculptures are little known. From 1946 onward, he made hundreds of rarely exhibited found-object assemblages, often painted or plastered over with diverse coatings of white.
Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay by Julian Cox with Nayland Blake and Eileen Myles (July 8, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-0300206371). An unprecedented look at a moving photographic series that chronicles the gay communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco from 1969 to 1972.
YU Art Gallery
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Playing for the Benefit of the Band: New Orleans Music Culture by Lee Friedlander (Mar. 11, hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-0300204407). Friedlander (b. 1934) first visited the birthplace of jazz in 1957, and immediately set about photographing the aging pioneers of the art form. His love of the music and the people of New Orleans drew him back to the city, and the relationships he formed over time gave him intimate access.
Family in the Picture, 1958–2013 by Lee Friedlander (Mar. 11, hardcover, $75, ISBN 978-0300204834). Designed and conceived to complement In the Picture, his 2011 volume of self-portraits, Lee Friedlander’s Family in the Picture is the family album of one of the most restless and inventive figures in the history of photography.
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The Book about Xu Bing’s ‘Book from the Ground’ by Mathieu Borysevicz (Feb. 14, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-0262027427). Although the pictogram-only narrative in Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground can be read by anyone, there is much more to the story of Xu Bing’s wordless book than can be gleaned from icons alone.
Ai Weiwei: Spatial Matters—Art Architecture and Activism by Weiwei Ai (Mar. 14, paper, $60, ISBN 978-0262525749). Outspoken, provocative, and prolific, the artist Ai Weiwei is an international phenomenon. In recent years, he has produced an astonishingly varied body of work while continuing his role as activist, provocateur, and conscience of a nation.