This season, art and photography books celebrate anniversaries of landmark events—from death of the da Vinci to the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Art After Stonewall: 1969–1989
Jonathan Weinberg et al. Rizzoli Electa, Apr. 9 (hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-0-8478-6406-5)
Fifty years after the Stonewall riots, this testament to the art that was born during the gay rights movement includes the works of Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andy Warhol.
Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away
Edited by Robert Jan van Pelt, with Luis Ferreiro and Miriam Greenbaum. Abbeville, May 14 (hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-0-7892-1331-0)
This is the official tie-in title for an exhibition on Auschwitz that will travel to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan in May 2019 and includes more than 600 objects, some of which have never left the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure
Cynthia S. Brenwall. Abrams, Apr. 16 (hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-1-4197-3232-4)
Brenwall, conservator at the New York City Municipal Archives, curates archival material and original designs for one of the country’s most famous public parks.
Color: A Visual History from Newton to Modern Color Matching Guides
Alexandra Loske. Smithsonian, Mar. 5 (hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-58834-657-5)
This survey of the history of the visible color spectrum traces color expression from 14th-century manuscripts to contemporary color theory.
Interiors: The Greatest Rooms of the Century
Edited by Phaidon editors. Phaidon, May 22 (hardcover, $79.95, ISBN 978-0-7148-7821-8)
Phaidon editors showcase 400 rooms from houses across the globe belonging to architects and interior decorators, as well as fashion designers, movie stars, and artists.
Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered
Carmen C. Bambach. Yale Univ., June 25 (hardcover, $550, ISBN 978-0-300-19195-0)
On the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death, a four-volume exploration of his life and work is pieced together from 4,000 surviving sheets of the artist’s notes and drawings.
Picturing Apollo 11: Rare Views and Undiscovered Moments
J.L. Pickering and John Bisney. Univ. of Florida, Apr. 4 (hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-0-8130-5617-3)
A series of recently discovered images of the Apollo 11 space mission, which culminated in the first moon landing in July 1969, is collected here and includes images of premission prep, the moon landing, and the media frenzy that ensued.
So Much Longing in So Little Space: The Art of Edvard Munch
Karl Ove Knausgaard. Penguin, Mar. 26 (trade paper, $17, ISBN 978-0-14-313313-1)
Novelist Knausgaard (My Struggle) examines the legacy of fellow Norwegian Edvard Munch, whose signature work, The Scream, is one of the most recognizable pieces of modern art.
The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated
John T. Carpenter and Melissa McCormick, with Monika Bincsik and Kyoko Kinoshita. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mar. 26 (hardcover, $65, ISBN 978-1-58839-665-5)
This expansive look into art inspired by the 11th-century Japanese novel The Tale of Genji examines everything from screen paintings to modern manga.
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
Edited by Kate Clarke Lemay. Princeton Univ., Mar. 26 (hardcover, $49.95, ISBN 978-0-691-19117-1)
Published in advance of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was adopted in 1920, Lemay’s collection of illustrated documentation of the women’s suffrage movement includes portraits, prints, and textiles.
Art, Architecture & Photography Listings
My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition by Norman Rockwell, as told to Tom Rockwell, edited by Abigail Rockwell (Apr. 9, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-0-7892-1311-2) restores Rockwell’s 1960 autobiography, updated with an introduction by Rockwell’s granddaughter and more than 130 paintings and drawings newly digitized by the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Catalonia from Above by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Ramon Folch (Mar. 26, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-4197-3784-8). Environmentalist and photographer Arthus-Bertrand collects his aerial photography of the Catalonia region of northeast Spain.
In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World by Simon Garfield (Mar. 12, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-5011-9958-5). Garfield (Just My Type) explores the fascinating world of items in miniature, like dollhouses, model trains, flea circuses, and microscopic food.
Black Dog & Leventhal
For the Love of Peanuts by Elizabeth Anne Hartman and the Peanuts Global Artist Collective (Apr. 2, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-0-7624-6679-5) presents the work of the Peanuts Global Artist Collective, a group of seven contemporary artists commissioned to create murals honoring the life and characters of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.
Delicious Metropolis: The Desserts and Urban Scenes of Wayne Thiebaud by Wayne Thiebaud (May 14, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-1-4521-6993-4). Renowned for his charming, colorful depictions of everyday objects—most notably sugary treats like cakes, pies, and milkshakes—Thiebaud also paints cityscapes. Here, visual spreads and miniessays point to the conversation between two of the artist’s favorite subjects.
Dia Art Foundation
François Morellet, edited by Beatrice Gross and Stephen Hoban (June 25, hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-0-300-24569-1). This expansive monograph of French contemporary artist Morellet, who died in 2016 at the age of 90, also includes previously untranslated writings by the artist.
The Romare Bearden Reader, edited by Robert G. O’Meally (May 31, trade paper, $28.95, ISBN 978-1-4780-0058-7) collects essays by an impressive group of thinkers across the arts—including Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and August Wilson—that contend with Bearden’s work and impact on African-American culture.
Art in Cuba Today by Gilbert Brownstone (Apr. 16, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-2-08-020388-5) surveys the history of art in Cuba, spanning the years from 1900 to today and including interviews with 35 contemporary Cuban artists.
J. Paul Getty Museum
Manet and Modern Beauty: The Artist’s Last Years, edited by Scott Allan, Emily A. Beeny, and Gloria Groom (June 25, hardcover, $65, ISBN 978-1-60606-604-1) explores Manet’s work from the 1870s and 1880s, with more than 200 images, and nine essays from Manet experts.
Design Thread by Kit Kemp (Mar. 5, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-1-78488-194-8). The British designer, known for her signature playful, colorful interiors, shares how her travels have influenced her aesthetic.
Dressing Barbie by Carol Spencer (Mar. 5, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-0-06-280244-6). A fashion designer for Barbie who worked at Mattel for 35 years, Spencer offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of America’s most famous doll.
Legendary Artists and the Clothes They Wore by Terry Newman (May 14, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-06-284418-7). The art and fashion worlds collide in this look at the sartorial choices of world famous artists, from Cecil Beaton’s tailored suits to Frida Kahlo’s colorful garb.
Graphic Design Play Book: An Exploration of Visual Thinking by Sophie Cure and Barbara Seggio (Mar. 12, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-78627-396-3). Games and activities give readers an introduction to the concepts of graphic design, including lessons on typography and branding.
Cy Twombly, Treatise on the Veil, 1970 by Michelle White, Isabelle Dervaux, and Sarah Rothenberg (May 21, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-0-300-24457-1) assesses the oeuvre of postwar artist Twombly via his painting Treatise on the Veil, completed in 1970.
Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold, edited by Iria Candela et al. (Feb. 19, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-1-58839-682-2) details the work of Italian and Argentine artist Fontana, a prominent postwar painter and sculptor in Europe and beyond, regarded here as one of the first installation artists.
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, edited by Jill Ahlberg Yohe and Teri Greeves (June 1, trade paper, $39.95, ISBN 978-0-295-74579-4) celebrates art created by Native women across more than 75 tribes, from antiquity to the modern day.
Being and Neonness by Luis De Miranda, trans. by Michael Wells (Apr. 2, hardcover, $14.95, ISBN 978-0-262-03988-8) dives into the history and cultural implications of neon, from 1900s Paris through its use in Nazi propaganda to its ubiquity in contemporary New York City.
Michael Heizer: The Once and Future Monuments by William L. Fox (Mar. 26, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-1-58093-520-3). The founding director of the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art evaluates the work of Heizer, a major figure in the Land Art Movement, and suggests how his upbringing informed his creative output.
Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City by Jeff Morrison (Mar. 4, hardcover, $39.99, ISBN 978-0-8143-4570-2) showcases in a visual history the architecture and sculpture of Detroit as it grew from a frontier town into a major metropolis and a hub of industry at the dawn of the 20th century.
Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs (May 22, hardcover, $59.95, ISBN 978-0-7148-7907-9). This collaboration between fashion designer Jacobs and Grace Coddington, former creative director at Vogue, highlights 50 Marc Jacobs collections from the past 25 years and includes Jacobs’s commentary and Coddington’s illustrations. Filmmaker Sofia Coppola provides the introduction.
Spirit: The Art of Robert Bissell by Robert Bissell (Mar. 15, hardcover, $65, ISBN 978-0-7649-8431-0). Painter Bissell, known for his whimsical paintings of bears, rabbits, and other animals, gathers 130 works to illuminate the idea of spirit.
Princeton Architectural Press
Site: Marmol Radziner in the Landscape by Marmol Radziner (May 7, hardcover, $60, ISBN 978-1-61689-816-8). The Los Angeles–based architectural firm of Marmol Radziner, headed by Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, blends outside and inside through its work on the 19 homes featured within.
Anti Glossy: Fashion Photography Now by Patrick Remy (Feb. 19, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-0-8478-6459-1). An investigation into how fashion photography is evolving in the era of social media and online publications features the work of Juergen Teller, Sebastian Kim, and Annemarieke Van Drimmelen.
Cuba Talks: A New Perspective on Cuban Art Now, edited by Laura Salas Redondo and Jerome Sans (Apr. 30, hardcover, $80, ISBN 978-88-918-2060-0), covers 30 contemporary Cuban artists and looks at the modern art scene in Cuba from the 1980s forward.
Whistler in Watercolor: Lovely Little Games by Lee Glazer (June 11, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-0-300-24362-8) studies industrialist Charles Lang Freer’s collection of James McNeill Whistler’s watercolors, a lesser-known medium of the formative American artist.
Leonardo Da Vinci: The 100 Milestones by Martin Kemp (Apr. 2, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-4549-3042-6) surveys, on the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death, 100 of his achievements across disciplines, from paintings such as the Mona Lisa to his studies of human anatomy.
Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera, edited by Catherine Wood (Mar. 26, trade paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-84976-640-1). Now in its fourth year, the Hyundai Commission invites contemporary authors to create works of art in Turbine Hall of London’s Tate Modern. In 2018, the commission exhibited the work of Cuban artist Bruguera, who explores notions of power and autonomy throughout Cuban history.
Pierre Bonnard by Juliette Rizzi (Mar. 26, trade paper, $11.95, ISBN 978-1-84976-618-0) offers an illustrated primer on the life and work of French postimpressionist Bonnard, and a tie-in to a major exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.
Vanlife Diaries: Finding Freedom on the Open Road by Kathleen Morton, Jonny Dustow, and Jared Melrose (Apr. 9, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-0-399-58114-4) captures the mobile lifestyle of the community of “vanlifers,” who live their life on the road in rolling homes. The book is inspired by the blog Vanlife Diaries, which also has more than 430,000 followers on Instagram.
Thames & Hudson
Hockney/Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature by Hans den Hartog Jager (May 7, trade paper, $35, ISBN 978-0-500-23997-1). Art critic den Hartog Jager provides insight into the connection between the works of Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney.
Only in New York: Photography from the New York Times by the Photography Staff of the New York Times (Apr. 16, hardcover, $39.95, ISBN 978-0-7893-3655-2) collects 500 photos from the New York Times’s archives, creating a historical and cultural survey of New York City.
Univ. of California
David Park: A Retrospective, edited by Janet Bishop (June 2, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-0-520-30437-6) extends an illustrated overview into the work of Park, the San Francisco avant-garde artist, best known as the founder of the Bay Area Figurative art movement.
Univ. Of North Carolina
Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897–1922, edited by Margaret Sartor and Alex Harris (Feb. 4, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-1-4696-4831-6). The portraits of Hugh Mangum, a self-taught photographer who welcomed racially and economically diverse clientele into his studio, offers a look into Southern life during the Jim Crow era.
The Social Photo: On Photography and Social Media by Nathan Jurgenson (Apr. 30, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-78663-544-0). Social theorist Jurgenson attempts to make sense of photography in the era of social media and the smartphone, from the selfie to Instagram-worthy food photos.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Christian Dior by Oriole Cullen and Connie Karol Burks (Mar. 26, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-85177-990-1). The tie-in volume to an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London highlights gowns from the legendary fashion house of Christian Dior and documents the efforts of its creative directors, including Christian Dior himself, Yves Saint Laurent, and John Galliano.
Leonardo Da Vinci and the Secrets of the Codex Atlanticus by Marco Navoni (Apr. 2, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-88-544-1352-8) reproduces da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus, the artist’s writings, drawings, and notes on science and invention.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Whitney Biennial 2019 by Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta (June 11, trade paper, $45, ISBN 978-0-300-24275-1). Every two years, New York City’s Whitney Museum celebrates emerging stars in the world of contemporary art, and here offers a visual and narrative look at the 2019 participants.
The Heart of a Boy: Celebrating the Strength and Spirit of Boyhood by Kate T. Parker (Apr. 2, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-5235-0551-7) is a counterpart to photographer Parker’s 2017 Strong Is the New Pretty, in which she aimed to capture the essence of girlhood. In the new effort, Parker turns her lens to boys and notions of masculinity. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Yves Saint Laurent: The Complete Haute Couture Collections, 1962–2002 by Suzy Menkes (June 11, hardcover, $75, ISBN 978-0-300-24365-9) explores the haute couture collections from Yves Saint Laurent, the house founded by Laurent and his partner, Pierre Berge, in 1962, bringing together catwalk images with photos of set designs and accessories.