While barreling toward the end of this bleak year, we offer a bright spot in the wonderful variety of art books released this winter. (Excellent alternatives to doomscrolling, all.) Whether you’re longing for the familiarity of opening your mailbox to find a postcard from a far-off locale, looking to turn back time on your favorite city, or wanting to fall completely into a whimsical world with only soft edges, we have just the thing for you—or a loved one who needs their own pick-me-up!
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Andy Warhol Love, Sex, & Desire: Drawings 1950–1962
Artist Andy WarholMichael Dayton Hermann, Drew Zeiba, Blake GopnikTaschenAndy Warhol may be known as the king of graphic pop art, but Taschen’s Andy Warhol Love, Sex, & Desire: Drawings 1950–1962 reintroduces some of Andy’s lesser known drawings: a spectrum of men, from those lounging proud to others seemingly unaware of their beauty. Warhol’s unwavering style dances on the edge of whimsy with his loose lines, and the occasional decorative flourish of a butterfly or heart rendered in watercolor.
By Donna FerratopowerHouse BooksInternationally renowned documentary photographer Donna Ferrato has an eye for exploring and documenting the darker sides of humanity. Her newest book, Holy, made over five decades, documents the ways that women survive and prevail. Shining brightly on all kids of nurturing and love—two mothers embrace in a kiss over their baby; an elderly woman beams in the center of the street during the 1995 NYC Pride Parade; a mother sits tall in her prison cell where she will spend six years for the murder of her boyfriend who abused her child—this ultimately tells the story of the fortitude of womanhood.
Encyclopedia of New York
By the Editors of New York MagazineSimon & SchusterTo any New Yorker, 26 letters doesn’t seem like enough to embody the Big Apple. However, this A to Z compendium, brought to you by the editors of New York Magazine, serves up some of the juiciest stories in history, and the most interesting facts about the greatest city in the world. Jump into the Gossip Girl–esque phase of renowned poet Edgar Allan Poe where he “invented the art of literary shit talk as we know it in America,” learn the origins of the classic to-go coffee cup (ubiquitous Greek architecture and “It’s our pleasure to serve you”), or unravel the secrets of underground cinema and its rise to popularity from the 1940s to the 1960s.
By Jackie NickersonKerber VerlagAmerican born, British photographer Jackie Nickerson has spent a career investigating how people inhabit, experience, and impact the world around them, and how their circumstances shape and define their lives. With Field Test she creates “photo-sculptures,” where the limits between object and ownership begin to blur. While Nickerson made Field Test before the COVD-19 pandemic, the concerns of the book, including society’s loss of individuality due to increasing isolation in a hyper digital world, low cost production and supply chains, biohazards and misinformation, feel eerily prescient now.
TAXI: Journey Through My Windows 1977–1987
By Joseph RodriguezEssay by Richard PricepowerHouse BooksTAXI: Journey Through My Windows 1977–1987 is a portrait of the gritty chaos and community of New York in the ’70s. The book is composed of photographs captured from the driver seat of documentary photographer (and cab driver) Joseph Rodriguez’s taxi, including scenes of night workers getting off their shifts, children jumping through the spray of open fire hydrants in the summer, and S&M partiers leaving clubs, zipped in leather, in the early hours of the morning.
Text by Flavia FrigeriHolzwarth PublicationsThe work of painter Louise Bonnet, born in Switzerland in 1970, encompasses a surreal, cartoonish realm while displaying mastery of craft and composition. This delightful book brings together both paintings and show-installation images, presenting a well-rounded look into the works of one of the finest contemporary painters.
Artist Samuel FossoSteidlBetween 2015 and 2016, Samuel Fosso set out to create 666 self-portraits—a number chosen to represent the misfortune he has endured; his expressions run the gamut from somber to laughing the ultimate expression of his career-long focus on storytelling and performance. “In the end, it’s about buried emotions that we ourselves create, and about exercising my own resentment in the face of this situation.”
Artist Sasha Phyars-BurgessCapricious PublishingThis anticipated first monograph by photographer Sasha Phyars-Burgess is split into three sections covering three complete bodies of work. In each she investigates Caribbean diaspora, family, and personal identity, doing so in a style that floats seamlessly between documentary and fine art photography, further electrifying the work.
William Eggleston 414
By Harmony Korine and Juergen TellerSteidlBrought together through their love for the American road, William Eggleston 414 is Harmony Korine and Juergen Teller’s visual memoir of their 2010 road trip from Memphis to Mississippi with the great American photographer William Eggleston. Casting Eggleston as the star of the show, Korine and Teller playfully reference his work’s classic motifs—rich color, simple compositions, and witty use of banal objects—in their own.
Postcards From Nowhere
By Vik MunizApertureWith Postcards From Nowhere, artist Vik Muniz pays homage to what feels like a relic—but also particularly of the time, given our laser-sharp focus on the USPS this year—the picture postcard. The box set is made up of two large binders of postcard sleeves. Volume I has 32 postcards; each a carefully crafted collage to represent an iconic landmark from around the world. Volume II is a love note to Paris. This volume comprises 36 cards that serve as individual images but, when removed from their sleeves and aligned just so, make one large image of the City of Light.
Eyes of Our Time
Artist Wolfgang TillmansTaschenThis special 40th-anniversary publication from Taschen brings together a selection of four previously published books on the work of Wolfgang Tillmans, published between 1995 and 2012. Eyes of Our Time goes chronologically through Tillman’s work. From early portraits of his community to still lifes, landscapes and nudes, to his abstract work we’re led through a breath of his work threaded by his unmistakable eye and innovation.
Artist Yukari ChikuraSteidlIn what is as much a beautiful objet as a book, photographer Yukari Chikura documents Zaido, a multi-village celebration that occurs in Japan on the second day of the New Year, and in which celebrators take part in a ritual dance to induce good fortune. Through abstracted landscapes of snow-covered mountains to portraits and still lifes, Chikura explores the creation of a communal memory.
The Sistine Chapel
CallawayWith this three-volume, completist rendition of the Sistine Chapel, you can travel through the most spectacular space in the Vatican and Michelangelo’s greatest work without ever leaving your living room. Many pages of the luxury collectible offer a true-to-size snippet of the world’s most famous ceiling, offering a first-of-its-kind close-up view.