With monographs from two contemporary public artists, an appearance by Truman Capote in Brooklyn, a visit to the Noguchi Museum in Queens, and a photographer’s exploration of the American West, many of the major art books this fall focus on people or places—and some focus on both—examining the singular relationship between subject and setting in the visual arts.
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Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works: 2004–2014
Andy Goldsworthy. Abrams, Oct. 13
A collection of photographs by environmental sculptor Goldsworthy captures his creative process as it interacts with material, place, and the passage of time and seasons.
Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir—with the Lost Photographs of David Attie
Truman Capote, photos by David Attie. Little Bookroom, Oct. 13
A collection of 80 never-before-seen photos of Capote and Brooklyn Heights, his neighborhood in New York, taken by photographer Attie more than 55 years ago.
Humans of New York: Stories
Brandon Stanton. St. Martin’s, Oct. 13
The follow-up to Stanton’s bestseller, Humans of New York, presents photos of a new group of humans, complete with stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.
Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art
Julian Barnes. Knopf, Oct. 6
From the Booker Prize–winning novelist, a collection of 17 essays on the great masters of 19th and 20th century art.
Kongo: Power and Majesty
Edited by Alisa LaGamma. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sept. 29
This exhibition catalogue presents the fascinatingly complex artistic legacy of one of Africa’s most storied kingdoms.
Maya Lin: Topologies
Maya Lin. Rizzoli, Oct. 13
The first monograph on the acclaimed American artist and architect, known for her environmental works and memorials, with contributions by such authors as John McPhee and Paul Goldberger.
Mysteries of the Mall: And Other Essays
Witold Rybczynski. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sept. 8
Architecture critic Rybczynski casts a seasoned eye over the modern metropolitan scene, examining cities, public places, and homes.
The Noguchi Museum: A Portrait
Stephen Shore and Tina Barney. Phaidon, Sept. 28
Two renowned photographers take a trip to the Noguchi Museum in Queens, N.Y., to study the special dynamic among the museum’s artwork, visitors, and architecture.
Picturing People: The New State of Art
Charlotte Mullins. Thames & Hudson, Oct. 6
With profiles of 60 contemporary artists across multiple media—from Kara Walker and Grayson Perry to Cindy Sherman and Kehinde Wiley—this book explores figurative art and the question, what drives artists to represent people as they do?
That Day: Pictures in the American West
Laura Wilson. Yale Univ., Oct. 13
This volume presents a series of fascinating photographic essays by photographer Wilson that capture the majesty, as well as the tragedy, of the contemporary West.
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Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works: 2004–2014 by Andy Goldsworthy (Oct. 13, hardcover, $85, ISBN 978-1-4197-1779-6) features photographs of the environmental sculptor’s works, selected by the artist, capturing his creative process as it interacts with material, place, and the passage of time and seasons.
Fashion Tribes: Global Street Style by Daniele Tamagni (Oct. 13, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-4197-1390-3) is a visual exploration and celebration of vibrant fashion subcultures around the world.
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A Century of Progress: A Photographic Tour of the 1933–1934 Chicago World’s Fair by Chicago Tribune staff (Dec. 15, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-57284-183-3) collects rare photographs documenting the Century of Progress International Exposition, drawn from the Chicago Tribune’s vast archives.
Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style by Marx W. David (Dec. 1, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-465-05973-7) traces the Japanese assimilation of American fashion over the past 150 years, showing how Japanese students and entrepreneurs mimicked, adapted, imported, and ultimately became one of the biggest producers of American fashion.
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Florence: The Paintings and Frescoes by Ross King and Anja Grebe (Oct. 20, hardcover, $75, ISBN 978-1-63191-001-2) showcases the paintings and frescoes of Florence, with more than 2,000 reproductions of artworks from the city’s great museums and churches.
Nextinction by Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy (Sept. 15, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-1-4729-1168-1). Steadman, a cartoonist and friend of the feathered, gives his unique take on critically endangered birds.
Patternalia: An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage, & Other Graphic Patterns by Jude Stewart (Oct. 13, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-63286-108-5) is a book on patterns, with illustrations from polka dots to plaid: their histories, cultural resonances, and hidden meanings.
Where’s Karl? A Fashion-Forward Parody by Stacey Caldwell and Ajiri A. Aki, illus. by Michelle Baron (Sept. 15, hardcover, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-553-44792-7). A fashion-forward parody twists the classic Where’s Waldo? with a hunt for the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld in fashion scenes around the world.
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Craft for a Modern World by Nora Atkinson (Dec. 22, hardcover, $54.95, ISBN 978-1-907804-82-3) highlights more than 180 craft objects held at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Dali & Disney: Destino: The Story, Artwork, and Friendship Behind the Legendary Film by David A. Bossert (Oct. 20, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-4847-0713-5). Rare artwork, correspondence, and interviews depict the surprising friendship of Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney, and the film they began together and took 60 years to complete.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Mysteries of the Mall: And Other Essays by Witold Rybczynski (Sept. 8, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-374-26993-7). Architecture critic Rybczynski casts a seasoned eye over the modern metropolitan scene, examining cities, public places, and homes.
Day of the Dead Folk Art by Kitty Williams, photos by Stevie Mack (Aug. 1, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-4236-3443-0), showcases the folk art inspired by the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead.
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Chasing Dragons: An Uncommon Memoir in Photographs by Bill Hayward (Sept. 15, hardcover, $60,
ISBN 978-0-9891704-9-9) tells the story of one artist’s quest for self-discovery and new modes of expression, tracing the evolution of photographer Hayward’s work from traditional portraiture to increasingly abstract and altered images, figurative paintings, dance, performance, and film.
Stetson: One Hundred Fifty Years by Jeffrey Richardson, Stan Williams, and the Stetson Company (Oct. 13, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-1-60887-516-0) follows the history of the John B. Stetson Company and the journey that resulted in it becoming the mark of quality for hats and a symbol of the American West.
Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art by Julian Barnes (Oct. 6, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-1-101-87478-3). The Booker Prize–winning novelist selects 17 essays on the great masters of 19th- and 20th-century art, including Delacroix, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cézanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin, and Lucian Freud.
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Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir—with the Lost Photographs of David Attie by Truman Capote, photos by David Attie (Oct. 13, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-936941-11-7). Supplemented by newly discovered photos, this volume reprints the text and intro from Capote’s 1959 homage to Brooklyn Heights, where he lived at the time.
Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere by Zach Klein, with Steven Leckart, photos by Noah Kalina (Sept. 29, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-0-316-37821-5). Based on the popular Tumbler site, this book collects photos of handmade homes in the backcountry of America and all over the world.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Kongo: Power and Majesty, edited by Alisa LaGamma (Sept. 29, hardcover, $65, ISBN 978-1-58839-575-7). This major study of Kongo—a central African kingdom responsible for magnificent sculpture and other creative achievements—explores its history, art forms, and cultural identity before, during, and after contact with Europe.
When I Was a Photographer by Félix Nadar, trans. by Eduardo Cadava and Liana Theodoratou (Oct. 16, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-262-02945-2) is a memoir by the 19th-century photographer, writer, actor, caricaturist, inventor, and balloonist, first published in 1900.
Body of Art by Robert Shane, Monica Kjellman-Chapin, and David Trigg (Oct. 12, hardcover, $59.95, ISBN 978-0-7148-6966-7) explores the ways artists have represented the body over the centuries and in various media, including works by more than 400 artists, from early stencils in caves to seductive photographs.
The Noguchi Museum: A Portrait by Stephen Shore and Tina Barney (Sept. 28, hardcover, $49.95, ISBN 978-0-7148-7028-1) focuses on the particular dynamic among the Queens, New York, museum’s artworks, architecture, and visitors.
Detroit: Unbroken Down by Dave Jordano (Sept. 8, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-1-57687-779-1). A photographer returns to his hometown to document the people who still live in what has become one of the country’s most economically grueling cities.
Princeton Architectural Press
Bruno Munari: Circle, Square, Triangle by Bruno Munari (Sept. 1, paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-61689-412-2) combines Italian designer Mundari’s three visual case studies on the circle, square, and triangle into one volume.
Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History by Lynn Gamwell (Oct. 27, hardcover, $49.50, ISBN 978-0-691-16528-8) is a cultural history of the two fields, from antiquity to the present, and how they reflect on each other.
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Cuba 1959 by Burt Glinn (Oct. 1, hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-1-909526-31-0) amasses photographs of the Cuban Revolution by a photographer who was in the middle of the action as it unfolded.
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell by Danilo Eccher and Stephanie Haboush Plunkett (Sept. 29, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-88-572-2576-0). Organized in collaboration with the Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, Mass., this catalogue highlights Rockwell’s unparalleled role as an American mythmaker and storyteller.
Maya Lin: Topologies by Maya Lin (Oct. 13, hardcover, $75, ISBN 978-0-8478-4609-2) is the first monograph on the acclaimed American artist and architect, known for her environmental works and memorials that distill a tranquil yet texturally rich minimalism.
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Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust by Sarah Lea, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, and Jasper Sharp (Sept. 8, hardcover, $55, ISBN 978-1-910350-21-8) examines the work of Joseph Cornell (1903–1972), one of the 20th century’s leading exponents of collage and assemblage.
Le Corbusier: The Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp by Maria Antoinetta Crippa and Françoise Caussé (Sept. 15, hardcover, $75, ISBN 978-1-907533-92-1) explores of the origins and continuing significance of Le Corbusier’s religious structure in Ronchamp, in eastern France.
Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist, edited by Kathleen Ash-Milby and David Penney (Nov. 3, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-1-58834-510-3), is an illustrated tribute to Native American artist Kay WalkingStick and her decades of artistic achievement, published to coincide with the artist’s 80th birthday.
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton (Oct. 13, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-250-05890-4). The follow-up to Humans of New York presents photos of a whole new group of humans, complete with stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.
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In the Land of Punctuation by Christian Morgenstern, designed by Rathna Ramanathan, trans. by Sirish Rao (Oct. 13, hardcover, $49.95, ISBN 978-93-83145-15-7). First published in 1905, German poet Morgenstern’s piece is a darkly comic linguistic caprice. Ramanathan’s art and design, illustrating with punctuation marks, make a compelling argument about freedom of expression.
Caravaggio: Complete Works by Sebastian Schütze (Sept. 1, hardcover, $69.99, ISBN 978-3-8365-5581-4). This comprehensive catalogue raisonné reproduces all of Caravaggio’s paintings, as well as a number of dramatic details of his boundary-breaking realism.
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Penn Station, New York by Louis Stettner (Oct. 6, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-0-500-54450-1) is a collection of photographs from 1958 by Louis Stettner documenting New York City’s train station; Stettner is one of the last living members of the avant-garde New York School of photography of the 1950s.
Picturing People: The New State of Art by Charlotte Mullins (Oct. 6, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-0-500-23938-4). With profiles of 60 contemporary artists across multiple mediums—from Kara Walker and Grayson Perry to Cindy Sherman and Kehinde Wiley—this book explores figurative art and the question: what drives artists to represent people as they do?
Painting Central Park by Roger F. Pasquier (Sept. 8, hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-0-86565-314-6) studies how New York City’s Central Park has been seen through the works of some of America’s finest painters.
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Portraits: John Berger on Artists, edited by Tom Overton (Oct. 27, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-78478-176-7). A tour through many centuries of visual culture from the prehistoric Chauvet caves to Randa Mdah’s work about contemporary Palestine, by one of the contemporary art world’s leading voices.
Alex Katz: This Is Now, essays by Michael Rooks, Margaret Graham, and David Salle; poems by John Godfrey and Vincent Katz (Aug. 4, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-0-300-21571-7) provides an extensive look at contemporary artist Alex Katz’s treatment of landscape over the course of his career.
That Day: Pictures in the American West by Laura Wilson (Oct. 13, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-0-300-21539-7) presents a series of fascinating photographic essays by photographer Wilson that capture the majesty, as well as the tragedy, of the contemporary West.
Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls, edited by Patricia Hickson (Oct. 27, hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-0-300-21433-8), compares the work of Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe, two artists whose work in portraiture and self-portraiture challenged gender roles and notions of femininity, masculinity, and androgyny.