Our Favorite Books for Art Lovers

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Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374266615
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 11th, 2011

A fascinating memoir from one of the best connected women in history Some of My Lives explores Bernier’s rich and legendary life as a cultural gadfly. On every page, one encounters another famous name from literature, art, music, or fashion. A spirited highbrow voyage through the 20th century art world.

ISBN: 9781455513895
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 22nd, 2011

Love her or hate her, Gaga has reintroduced avant-garde fashion and art to a pop music scene recently bereft of substance and ambition. Her collaboration with photographer Terry Richardson is the perfect gift for all the Little Monsters on your list, but it also provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of an eccentric superstar that has broad artistic appeal.

Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780393081497
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2011

Caravaggio’s passionate masterpieces and you know: he was the ultimate Renaissance bad boy. Graham-Dixon examines original Italian texts to uncover new and fascinating information about Caravaggio’s prodigious criminal history, his sexual picadillos, and his premature death, as well as his development into one of the most vital and important artists in European history.

Beauty Is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising Cover Image
By Johan Kugelberg (Editor), Philippe Vermes (Editor)
ISBN: 9780956192837
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Four Corners Books - August 31st, 2011

Occupy Wall Street has us in mind of earlier, more poetic revolutions, which makes this new catalogue of the poster art of May 1968 timely and vital. The Atelier Populaire was a collective of French print shops dedicated to encouraging revolutionaries to keep up the fight. Their work is collected comprehensively here.

Between Sense and De Kooning Cover Image
ISBN: 9781861898531
Availability: Backordered
Published: Reaktion Books - October 1st, 2011

A thoughtful and remarkably complete examination of de Kooning’s oeuvre that focuses primarily on his technique and on his complicated reception in the art world.

A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500238875
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Published: Thames & Hudson - October 24th, 2011

These long conversations between critic Martin Gayford and celebrated artist David Hockney explore the magic of art, both for the artist and for the enthusiast.

The Great Migrator: Robert Rauschenberg and the Global Rise of American Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9780262014250
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Mit Press - August 27th, 2010

The art of Robert Rauchenberg is examined in an international context here, charting his travels in four cities: Paris, Venice, Stockholm, and Tokyo. Ikegami explores Rauchenberg’s hand in the rise of American art as global art, and thus places him in a wider conversation.

Turner and the Elements Cover Image
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ISBN: 9783777440019
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Hirmer Verlag GmbH - August 15th, 2011

This gorgeous book presents nearly 100 J.M.W. Turner masterworks from the Tate Gallery in London, examined through the lens of Turner’s interest in and exploration of the natural sciences.

The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425206904
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Berkley Publishing Group - June 7th, 2005

Brier’s book is one of the best and most exciting accounts of the life and death of King Tut. A perfect historical and archaeological companion to the King Tut exhibit now showing at the MFAH.

Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life Cover Image
By Matthew S. Witkovsky (Editor), Jared Ash (Contribution by), Maria Gough (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780300166095
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Published: Art Institute of Chicago - July 26th, 2011

This fascinating catalogue looks at six artists of the modernist movement who brought the sensibilities and aesthetics of avant-garde art into the public sphere for ordinary people to enjoy and ponder. A beguiling look at an age when it seemed possible that high art could change the world as we know it.

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