This season brings sweeping overviews and histories on a range of topics, disciplines, regions, and artists, from digital art and interior design to large-scale murals and ancient cave paintings.

Top 10

Artquake: The Most Disruptive Works in Modern Art

Susie Hodge. White Lion, Sept. 14 ($16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7112-5476-3)

British art critic Hodge tells stories of 50 key works of modern art that pushed boundaries, challenged the status quo, and disrupted the culture, from Gustave Courbet’s The Bathers (1853) to Banksy’s Love Is in the Bin (2018).

The Atlas of Interior Design

Dominic Bradbury. Phaidon, Oct. ($89.95, ISBN 978-1-83866-306-3)

Architecture and design writer Bradbury showcases more than 400 residential interiors from more than 50 countries, covering 80 years of interior design.

Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts

Jed Perl. Knopf, Jan. 11 ($20, ISBN 978-0-593-32005-1)

Critic Perl argues that musical, literary, and visual art are independent of ideology and that the interplay between authority and freedom fuels the imaginative experience.

A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See

Tina M. Campt. MIT, Aug. 17 ($34.95, ISBN 978-0-262-04587-2)

Campt examines the work of Black artists who are dismantling the white gaze, including Deana Lawson, Arthur Jafa, Khalil Joseph, Dawoud Bey, Okwui Okpakwasili, and Simone Leigh.

Creation: Art from the Beginning

John-Paul Stonard. Bloomsbury, Dec. 7 ($40, ISBN 978-1-4088-7968-9)

Curator Stonard explores the enduring human impulse toward image making, from the cave paintings of the Paleolithic era to contemporary conceptual works.

Judy Chicago: In the Making

Thomas P. Campbell et al., Thames & Hudson, Sept. 12 ($49.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-500-09432-7)

This survey delves into the career and process of the feminist artist best known for The Dinner Party, with excerpts from sketchbooks, journals, and preparatory drawings.

The Loft Generation from the de Koonings to Twombly: Portraits and Sketches, 1942–2011

Edith Schloss, edited by Mary Venturini. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Nov. 9 ($30, ISBN 978-0-3741-9008-8)

Artist and critic Schloss (1919–2011) gives a firsthand account of the New York school of painters, poets, dancers, and musicians, including Willem de Kooning, John Cage, and Frank O’Hara.

The Mirror and the Palette

Jennifer Higgie. Pegasus, Oct. 5 ($27.95, ISBN 978-1-64313-803-9)

In this 500-year cultural history of women’s self-portraiture, Higgie introduces readers to female artists including Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, and Suzanne Valadon.

A Site of Struggle: A History of American Art Against Anti-Black Violence

Janet Dees. Princeton Univ., Jan. 25 ($39.95, ISBN 978-0-691-20927-2)

Dees analyzes the conceptual and aesthetic strategies artists have used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence from the late 19th century to today.

Very Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Women Cartoonists

Liza Donnelly. Prometheus, Nov. 15 ($31.95, ISBN 978-1-63388-686-5)

Donnelly celebrates the New Yorker’s female cartoonists with a compilation of cartoons, interviews, photographs, biographical sketches, and material from the magazine’s archives.

Art, Architecture & Photography Listings


Japanese Screens, edited by Anne-Marie Christin, with Claire-Akiko Brisset and Torahiko Terada (Oct. 26, $175, ISBN 978-0-7892-1407-2). Experts in Japanese art and culture explore the 1,300-year history of Japanese screens; their use in palaces, temples, and homes; and their depictions of animals, seasons, literary figures, and other subjects.


Fun City Cinema: New York City and the Movies That Made It by Jason Bailey (Oct. 12, $40, ISBN 978-1-4197-4781-6) chronicles 100 years of filmmaking in New York City through 10 films, with historical photographs, ephemera, still frames, behind-the-scenes photos, and interviews with Noah Baumbach, Martin Scorsese, Jennifer Westfeldt, and others.

Slim Aarons: Style by Shawn Waldron and Kate Betts (Sept. 21, $85, ISBN 978-1-4197-4617-8) showcases Aaron’s photographs that both recorded and influenced the luminaries of the fashion world—among them Jacqueline de Ribes, C.Z. Guest, Oscar de la Renta, Emilio Pucci, Mary McFadden, and Lilly Pulitzer—with detailed captions written by fashion historians.

Art Institute of Chicago

Andre Kertész: Postcards from Paris, edited by Elizabeth Siegel (Oct. 5, $50, ISBN 978-0-300-26003-8), compiles all of the known carte postale prints by photographer Kertész (1894–1985)—which include portraits, views of Paris, studio scenes, and still lifes—and essays exploring exile, the interwar art scene in Paris, and more.

Black Dog & Leventhal

Crayola: A Visual Biography of the World’s Most Famous Crayon by Lisa Solomon and Crayola LLC (Nov. 2, $35, ISBN 978-0-7624-7081-5). This authorized history of the crayon brand shares the story of the company from its origins as Binney & Smith, profiles of the 120 Crayola colors, and hundreds of illustrations and archival photos.


Beeple: Everydays, the First 5,000 Images by Mike Winkelmann (Nov. 16, $65, ISBN 978-1-4197-5691-7). Digital artist Winkelmann, aka Beeple, has created an image every day for more than 10 years, gathering a massive social media following. This monograph includes all of his daily creations, which mix science fiction, pop culture, and political satire.


Photography, a Feminist History by Emma Lewis (Oct. 5, $45, ISBN 978-1-7972-1383-5) explores the vital role women artists have played in shaping photography from the 19th century to the present. The volume reproduces work from more than 200 women and nonbinary photographers, and includes short essays on 75 artists.

Chronicle Chroma

The Art of Alice and Martin Provensen by Alice and Martin Provensen (Oct. 5, $45, ISBN 978-1-7972-0958-6) is the first monograph on the husband-and-wife team that created Tony the Tiger and illustrated more than 40 children’s books over seven decades, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses (1951) and The Glorious Flight (1984).


Luisa Roldán by Catherine Hall-Van Den Elsen (Sept. 7, $40, ISBN 978-1-60606-732-1) profiles the 17th-century Spanish baroque sculptor Luisa Roldán, also known as La Roldana, who worked in wood and terracotta, and provides insight on her experiences as a working woman artist in that period.


Vasily Kandinsky at the Guggenheim by Tracey Bashkoff et al. (Nov. 1, $39.95, ISBN 978-0-89207-559-1) is a reappraisal of the Russian abstractionist’s art, life, and thought through the museum’s collection.

Harper Design

In Search of Van Gogh: Capturing the Life of the Artist Through Photographs and Paintings by Gloria Fossi, trans. by Elettra Pauletto (Aug. 31, $37.50, ISBN 978-0-06-308517-6), follows van Gogh from his childhood in the Netherlands to his final residence in France, exploring the inspirations behind his paintings and juxtaposing photographs from 1990 with van Gogh’s renditions.

Laurence King

Essensualism: The Craft Spirit of Contemporary Chinese Design by Charlotte and Peter Fiell, and Jiang Qiong (Dec. 21, $85, ISBN 978-1-913947-44-6) celebrates present-day Chinese design’s engagement with heritage crafts and introduces the work of Shang Xia, including eggshell lacquer, jade and agate carving, silk embroidery, cashmere felting, bamboo marquetry, furniture making, and porcelain.


Profusely Illustrated: A Memoir by Edward Sorel (Nov. 9, $30, ISBN 978-0-525-52106-8). Alongside more than 130 of his drawings, cartoons, and caricatures, Sorel paints a textual picture of his Depression-era Bronx childhood, his 1960s graphic design firm, his marriages and children, and evolution from a “young lefty” into an older one.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

How to Read Greek Sculpture by Seán Hemingway (Sept. 1, $25 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-58839-723-2) traces Greek sculpture from its early manifestations in the geometric period (900–700 BCE) to the dramatic achievements of the Hellenistic age (323–31 BCE), through 40 artworks in metal, marble, gold, ivory, and terracotta.


Banksy: Completed by Carol Diehl (Oct. 26, $39.95, ISBN 978-0-262-04624-4) probes the anonymous artist’s political and conceptual artworks, such as street murals, paintings, installations, and writings, as well as the dramas that unfold after the discovery of Banksy’s often covertly installed works.


Gianfranco Gorgoni: Land Art Photographs by Ann Wolfe (Aug. 10, $100, ISBN 978-1-58093-559-3) catalogs Gorgoni’s five decades of documenting land art in the U.S. and beyond, highlighting 50 of his images and offering two essays by art historians.


African Artists: From 1882 to Now by Phaidon editors (Oct., $69.95, ISBN 978-1-83666-243-1) surveys African-born and Africa-based artists, including El Anatsui, Marlene Dumas, David Goldblatt, Lubaina Himid, William Kentridge, Julie Mehrutu, Wangechi Mutu, and Robin Rhode, with more than 300 illustrations.

Nicolas Party by Stéphane Aquin, Stefan Banz, and Ali Subotnick (Nov., $49.95, ISBN 978-1-8366-6166-3) is the first book dedicated to the Swiss-born painter and large-scale muralist, who makes color-saturated depictions of everyday objects.


Kali Ltd. Ed. by Len Prince et al. (Oct. 12, $175, ISBN 978-1-57687-885-9). Kali was a reclusive experimental photographer who made photos of surfers and hippies in 1970s California; danced in her pool with freshly developed prints to finish them; and kept her extensive body of work hidden, never to be seen until after her death.

Princeton Architectural Press

The Book of Change: Images and Symbols to Inspire Revelations and Revolutions by Stephen Ellcock (Oct. 26, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-64896-026-0). Image curator Ellcock pairs images, objects, and symbols from many cultures over 3,000 years with quotes from activists and writers about social injustice, environmental challenges, and revolution.

The Women Who Changed Architecture, edited by Jan Cigliano Hartman (Nov. 30, $40, ISBN 978-1-61689-871-7), examines women’s impact on the field from the 19th century to the present, with illustrations and profiles of figures including Marion Mahony Griffin and Jeanne Gang.

Random House

Van Gogh and the Artists He Loved by Steven Naifeh (Nov. 2, $40, ISBN 978-0-593-35667-8). The coauthor of the bestselling Van Gogh: The Life draws on correspondence and artworks to argue that van Gogh developed his style by immersing himself in the work of other painters, such as Édouard Manet, Georges Seurat, and Jean-François Millet.

Rowman & Littlefield

The Devil in the Gallery: How Scandal, Shock, and Rivalry Shaped the Art World by Noah Charney (Sept. 15, $45, ISBN 978-1-5381-3864-9) posits that rivalries and scandals have positively influenced both individual artists and the field as a whole: after all, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel wouldn’t exist without a rival getting him the job to embarrass him.

Seven Stories

Art and Crime by Stefan Koldehoff and Tobias Timm, trans. by Paul David Young (Dec. 7, $35, ISBN 978-1-64421-119-9), tells stories of high-stakes, brazen art crimes—everything from “artnapping” works for ransom to forgery and tax fraud—and offers ideas about how the art market can change for the better.

Thames & Hudson

20th Century Indian Art: Modern, Post-independence, Contemporary by Rakhee Balaram, Partha Mitter, and Parul Dave Mukherji (Nov. 16, $125, ISBN 978-0-500-02332-7) brings together illustrations, artist interviews, and Indian art historians’ perspectives on such topics as the Madras art movement, regional modern, and Dalit art, along with such artists as Amrita Sher-Gil, Group 1890, and Raqs Media Collective.

The World According to Alexander McQueen by Louise Rytter (Oct. 26, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-500-02415-7) profiles, with specially commissioned illustrations, the London-born fashion designer who set out to “demolish the rules but keep the tradition.”

George F. Thompson

Landfill: Elegy for the Santa Maria Valley by Brett Kallusky (Oct. 15, $35, ISBN 978-1-938086-87-8). Kallusky’s photographs of this California farming and wine-producing region go behind the scenes, highlighting agricultural systems hidden from public view and raising questions about Americans’ complicity in destructive land use.

Univ. of South Carolina

Gullah Spirit: The Art of Jonathan Green by Jonathan Green, foreword by Angela D. Mack (Nov. 2, $49.99, ISBN 978-1-64336-213-7) highlights 179 of Green’s paintings of the Gullah people, who live on South Carolina’s barrier islands, and includes essays by Walter Edgar, Kim Cliett Long, and Kevin Grogan.

Univ. of Texas

Image Encounters: Moche Murals and Archaeo Art History by Lisa Trever (Jan. 11, $45 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4773-2427-1). Trever offers a study of the ancient Moche murals of Peru, created before the advent of written scripts.

Yale Univ.

How to Enjoy Art: A Guide for Everyone by Ben Street (Sept. 14, $20, ISBN 978-0-300-25762-5) focuses on experience and pleasure, rather than specialized knowledge, as the keys to understanding and appreciating art, using works from a variety of periods and places, including those of Fra Angelico, Berthe Morisot, Kazuo Shiraga, and Kara Walker.

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This article has been updated with new bibliographic information for some titles.