Books examining the Black artistic experience and those exploring art and architecture’s relationship to nature figure prominently in this season’s offerings.
Art Is Life: Icons and Iconoclasts, Visionaries and Vigilantes, and Flashes of Hope in the Night
Jerry Saltz. Riverhead, Nov. 1 ($30, ISBN 978-0-593-08649-0)
Pulitzer-winning New York magazine art critic Saltz returns with an examination of the state of art, covering artists both new and old, as well as incidents including the 2016 Ankara gallery assassination.
Black Hollywood: Reimagining Iconic Movie Moments
Carell Augustus. Sourcebooks, Oct. 4 ($39.99, ISBN 978-1-72825-839-3)
In reimagining famous Hollywood scenes and replacing white actors with Black ones, Augustus puts the conversation about representation front and center.
A Book of Days
Patti Smith. Random House, Nov. 15 ($28.99, ISBN 978-0-593-44854-0)
With photos covering a single year and inspired by her Instagram account, the musician and National Book Award–winning author of M Train weaves a tapestry of her life.
Ethiopia: A Photographic Tribute to East Africa’s Diverse Cultures & Traditions
Joey Lawrence. Earth Aware, Oct. 18 ($95, ISBN 978-1-64722-735-7)
Shot over 13 years with an Ethiopian crew, this collection highlights communities, landscapes, landmarks, and portraits of people from across Ethiopia.
In the Black Fantastic
Ekow Eshun. MIT, Sept. 6 ($39.95, ISBN 978-0-262-04725-8)
Eshun examines Black culture through the work of artists in various mediums, such as film, sculpture, and ceremonial pageantry.
The Only Woman
Immy Humes. Phaidon, Aug. 3 ($29.95, ISBN 978-1-83866-420-6)
Humes presents 100 group photos from throughout the history of photography, each of which features only one woman, while examining social equality.
The Pandemic Effect: Ninety Experts on Immunizing the Built Environment
Blaine Brownell. Princeton Architectural Press, Jan. 10 ($30 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64896-164-9)
A broad group of contributors, including health officials, architects, and others, examine potential changes in built environments to help protect the public from another pandemic.
The Quentin Blake Book
Jenny Uglow. Thames & Hudson, Dec. 6 ($45, ISBN 978-0-500-09435-8)
Covering illustrator Quentin Blake’s oeuvre, Uglow leads readers through 70 years of drawings and illustrations, with commentary from Blake himself.
Reimagining History from an Indigenous Perspective: The Graphic Work of Floyd Solomon
Joyce M. Szabo. Univ. of New Mexico, Nov. 1 ($29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8263-6409-8)
Floyd Solomon’s etchings depict Pueblo history and the impact on it by the Spanish, as remembered by Indigenous communities.
The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency
Pete Souza. Voracious, Sept. 27 ($50, ISBN 978-0-316-38337-0)
Former presidential photographer Souza presents never-before-seen photographs and stories of his time in the Obama White House.
Art, Architecture & Photography
Larry Poons by Barbara Rose, Karen Wilkin, and David Ebony (Oct. 18, $85, ISBN 978-0-7892-1341-9) presents the first full-length biocritical monograph on Poons, an artist who became famous for his “dot paintings,” but has changed his artistic vision drastically during his 50-year career.
Norman Rockwell: Drawings, 1914–1976 by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett (Aug. 9, $45, ISBN 978-0-7892-1410-2) assembles a collection of little-seen preparatory drawings from Norman Rockwell, including sketches for his Saturday Evening Post covers and a number of standalone drawings.
Rooftop Paris: A Panoramic View of the City of Light by Laurent Dequick (Oct. 18, $50, ISBN 978-1-4197-6513-1). Printed as an accordion-folded gift book, this work provides readers with a panoramic view of the Paris cityscape from eight vantage points and includes short essays about the city.
Japan: Land of the Rising Sun by Melanie Clegg (Nov. 15, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-83886-233-6). Drawing on a wide variety of photographs, Clegg examines the juxtaposition between the technologically forward Japan and the Japan that’s still firmly anchored in its past.
Thailand: Buddhist Kingdom at the Heart of Southeast Asia by
Narisa Chakrabongse (Nov. 15, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-83886-234-3) tours Thailand, from its temples and beaches to its floating markets and national parks, in this photo collection.
The Space Shuttle: A Mission-by-Mission Celebration of NASA’s Extraordinary Spaceflight Program by Roland Miller (Oct. 11, $50, ISBN 978-1-64829-135-7). Miller, author of Abandoned in Place: Preserving America’s Space History, explores the entirety of NASA’s Space Shuttle program (135 missions, plus five Approach and Landing Tests) with stories and photos.
Atlantic Monthly PRESS
If Walls Could Speak: My Life in Architecture by Moshe Safdie (Sept. 20, $32.5, ISBN 978-0-8021-5832-1). Reflecting on his five-decade career, architect Safdie describes his philosophy that architecture is a social force for good.
Billie Zangewa: Thread for a Web Begun, edited by Dexter Wimberly (Nov. 15, $45, ISBN 978-1-951836-86-3). In the first major career examination of fiber and textile artist Billie Zangewa, Wimberly looks at Zangewa’s tapestries that primarily depict contemporary Black women in their everyday lives.
African Art Now: 50 Pioneers Defining African Art for the Twenty-First Century by Osei Bonsu (Oct. 11, $55, ISBN 978-1-79721-720-8) profiles 50 rising African artists, with reproductions of their work included.
Herve Tullet’s Art of Play: Creative Liberation from an Iconoclast of Children’s Books (and Beyond!) by Herve Tullet and Sophie Van Der Linden (Nov. 1, $40, ISBN 978-1-79720-611-0). The author of the bestselling children’s book Press Here shares his inspirations and explains why he urges people to create.
Bob Willoughby: A Cinematic Life by Bob Willoughby (Sept. 15, $45, ISBN 978-1-79721-702-4). This monograph on photographer Willoughby’s career highlights the time from the 1950s through the 1970s, when he
photographed many film and jazz stars.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise: A Life of Bunny Mellon by Mac Griswold (Nov. 15, $40, ISBN 978-0-374-27988-2). A close friend of Bunny Mellon examines her life while exploring Mellon’s impact on landscape architecture and interior design.
Just Passing Through: A Seven-Decade Roman Holiday: The Diaries and Photographs of Milton Gendel by Milton Gendel, edited by Cullen Murphy (Nov. 8, $35, ISBN 978-0-374-29859-3). Living in Rome for more than seven decades, Gendel was part of the Dolce Vita generation. These selections from his photographs and diaries bring the era to life.
Extraordinary Art Experiences in America: An Insider’s Guide by Linda Fischbach (Nov. 1, $35, ISBN 978-1-943876-25-9) offers readers many alternative art institutions, including venues housed in converted warehouses and the homes of art collectors.
Ron Thom, Architect: The Life of a Creative Modernist by Adele Weder (Sept. 13, $32.95, ISBN 978-1-77164-322-1). In this biography of Canadian architect Ron Thom, Weder focuses on the man himself, as well as the milieu he grew up and matured in.
Love Immortal: Antique Photographs and Stories About Dogs and Their People by Anthony J. Cavo (Aug. 30, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-320429-4) compiles 200 antiquarian photographs from Cavo’s collection includes daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cartes de visite, and sepia and black-and-white images of people and their canine companions.
Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen by George McCalman (Sept. 27, $40, ISBN 978-0-06-291323-4) presents 145 portraits of Black innovators in numerous fields, along with essays covering each person’s life.
Por Siempre by José Olivarez and Antonio Salazar (Dec. 6, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-64259-837-7) combines Salazar’s photos and Olivarez’s poems to highlight communities often forgotten or ignored.
J. Paul Getty Museum
Eye Dreaming: Photographs by Anthony Barboza by Anthony Barboza, Aaron Bryant, and Mazie M. Harris (Oct. 25, $40, ISBN 978-1-60606-783-3). In this first monograph of photographer Barboza’s work, readers follow him from Massachusetts to New York.
Library of American Landscape History
Marjorie Sewell Cautley, Landscape Architect for the Motor Age by Sarah Allaback (Oct. 7, $40, ISBN 978-1-952620-29-4) chronicles the life of Marjorie Sewell Cautley, the first woman landscape architect to, among other firsts, design a state park.
Sacred: In Search of Meaning by Chris Rainier (Sept. 6, $85, ISBN 978-1-64722-457-8) features photographs of sacred places across the globe that Rainier has captured over the past 40 years.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Cubism and the Trompe L’Oeil Tradition by Emily Braun and Elizabeth Cowling
(Oct. 22, $50 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-58839-676-1) examines trompe l’oeil and how the style relates to cubism, comparing cubist works side by side with those by the old masters. With contributions by Claire Le Thomas and Rachel Mustalish.
Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art, edited by Joanne Pillsbury, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, and James Doyle (Nov. 21, $65, ISBN 978-1-58839-731-7) takes a look at the relationship between the Mayan pantheon and its artistic representations. Contributors include Iyaxel Cojtí Ren.
Art for Coexistence: Unlearning the Way We See Migration by Christine Ross (Nov. 8, $38, ISBN 978-0-262-04739-5). Art historian Ross investigates the way contemporary art sees migration and argues that Western society should see migration as coexistence.
Some Reasons for Traveling to Italy by Peter Wilson (Oct. 11, $32.95,
ISBN 978-0-262-04726-5) suggests many reasons people have traveled to Italy in the past, such as “to get some ideas for a mausoleum” or “to flee England out of embarrassment.”
Gaetano Pesce: The Complete Incoherence by Gaetano Pesce and Glenn Adamson (Oct. 19, $90, ISBN 978-1-58093-599-9). Through many conversations with writer and curator Adamson, artist Pesce relates his life and work over the past 50 years.
Kiki Man Ray: Art, Love, and Rivalry in 1920s Paris by Mark Braude (Aug. 9, $30, ISBN 978-1-324-00601-5) tells the story of Kiki de Montparnasse. Remembered mostly as a muse to several artists, she was also a writer and artist in her own right.
Still Standing: The Ti Kais of Dominica by Adom Philogene-Heron (Oct. 31, $30 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-83804-158-8) highlights ti kais, the traditional wooden homes of Domin-
ica, which are now in danger from development.
John Constable: A Portrait by James Hamilton (Nov. 8, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-63936-272-1) covers the life and work of landscape painter John Constable, drawing on his letters and diaries to explore his influences.
The Intimate City: Walking New York by Michael Kimmelman (Nov. 29, $30, ISBN 978-0-593-29841-1).
New York Times architecture critic Kimmelman delivers walking tours of New York City that originated as walks with friends after Covid shut down the city.
Penn State Univ.
Jews of Iran: A Photographic Chronicle by Hassan Sarbakhshian and Parvaneh Vahidmanesh (Sept. 6, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-271-09264-5) documents supposed contradictions of Jewish communities living in Iran and presents a view different to what most Westerners probably envision.
Living in the Forest by the editors of Phaidon (Oct. 12, $49.95, ISBN 978-1-83866-559-3) showcases many homes that were designed to live with the environment rather than change it.
Steven Klein: Fictions by Steven Klein (Oct. 26, $200, ISBN 978-1-83866-555-5) is the first monograph on fashion photographer Klein, who’s best known for his sexually charged photographs.
Princeton Architectural Press
The Greening of America’s Building Codes: Promises and Paradoxes by Aleksandra Jaeschke (Dec. 6, $29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64896-008-6). Architecture and sustainable design professor Jaeschke explores building codes and the new environmental guidelines that work to lessen the environmental impact of real estate development.
Holding Space: Life and Love Through a Queer Lens by Ryan Pfluger (Nov. 8, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-64896-157-1). These photos taken during the pandemic showcase queer, interracial couples across the U.S. and includes each couple’s story.
We Are Made of Stories by Leslie Umberger (Oct. 4, $45 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-691-24042-8) delivers an illustrated history of self-taught artists; the gender, class, and race obstacles they faced; and how the 1980s changed everything.
When Eero Met His Match: Aline Louchheim Saarinen and the Making of an Architect by Eva Hagberg (Sept. 13, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-691-20667-7) examines Aline Louchheim’s life in this biography of the architecture critic, paying special attention to her relationship with her husband, architect Eero Saarinen.
Art Hiding in Paris: An Illustrated Guide to the Secret Masterpieces of the City of Light by Lori Zimmer, illus. by Maria Krasinski (Oct. 18, $24, ISBN 978-0-7624-8066-1), surveys Paris to reveal the works of art found around the city in hidden and not so hidden places.
Cuba by Korda: Photographs by Alberto Korda (Aug. 2, $30 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64421-213-4) presents photographs from Korda’s time in Cuba as a photojournalist covering major moments in the country’s history.
Simon & Schuster
Last Light: How Six Great Artists Made Old Age a Time of Triumph by Richard Lacayo (Oct. 11, $35, ISBN 978-1-5011-4658-9). Focusing on six artists past the age of 60, Lacayo examines the creativity and drive that come with age.
Wild: The Life of Peter Beard: Photographer, Adventurer, Lover by Graham Boynton (Oct. 11, $35, ISBN 978-1-250-27499-1). A longtime friend of Peter Beard, Boynton presents a biography of the photographer, who died in 2020.
Thames & Hudson
Tove Jansson: The Illustrators by Paul Gravett (Oct. 18, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-500-09433-4) reveals the varied work of Tove Jansson, who is best known for her Moomin world, but also illustrated many classic books and wrote novels.
Vivian Maier by Christa Blümlinger, Ann Marks, and Anne Morin (Oct. 11, $65, ISBN 978-0-500-02570-3) documents Maier’s photography by examining unpublished archives.
George F. Thompson
Varanasi: City Immersed in Prayer by David Scheinbaum (Nov. 15, $50, ISBN 978-1-938086-96-0) takes readers on a historical and spiritual tour of the Indian city.
Univ. of California
A Picture Gallery of the Soul, edited by Howard Oransky (Sept. 13, $45, ISBN 978-0-520-38806-2). The work of more than 100 Black American artists in the photographic medium explores Black American life from the inception of photography to today.
The Unforgettables: Expanding the History of American Art, edited by Charles C. Eldredge (Jan. 10, $45,
ISBN 978-0-520-38555-9). Contributors to this volume respond to the question: Why are some artists remembered, while others fall into obscurity?
Univ. of Chicago
Hilma af Klint: A Biography by Julia Voss, trans. by Anne Posten (Oct. 6, $35, ISBN 978-0-226-68976-0). Also known for her naturalistic landscapes and botanicals, Hilma af Klint is acknowledged for having produced the earliest abstract paintings by a trained European artist. This biography is the first of the artist.
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Photography and Jewish History: Five Twentieth-Century Cases by Amos Morris-Reich (Oct. 10, $75,
ISBN 978-0-8122-5391-7). Morris-Reich scrutinizes five cases in which Jewish history and photography intersected, such as the attempt to introduce photography into the study of Russian Jews before WWI, and the effects on both from those meetings.
Walt Disney’s the Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece by Andreas Deja (Sept. 20, $60, ISBN 978-1-68188-893-4) collects animation cells, drawings, and concept art from The Jungle Book,
the last animated film that Walt Disney personally produced, highlighting the creation of the classic.
Correction: A change was made to correct the name of the Library of American Landscape History.