Five Must-Have New Art and Design Books

Five must-have new art and design books.

Five must-have new art and design books.

Spring sees a rich selection of new art books appearing on bookshelves. In the spirit of keeping you up to date on the newest releases, we have rounded up a list of the most engaging and delightful new art books – books that will fire your imagination and fuel your creativity.

Never Built New York by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin

Never Built New York by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin
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This fun and informative book explore the future that never was with its collection of architectural proposals for New York that didn’t see the light of day.

Packed with charcoal sketches, architectural models and computer generated images of failed schemes from the past 200 years, the book explores the New York City that might have been – a city where you could catch a football game in Manhattan, fly into a rooftop airport and live under a giant geodesic dome. This wonderful guide to an alternate New York is a testament to the remarkable inventiveness of humans to find ways to improve city living.

American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent by Kathleen A Foster

American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent
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This beautiful companion book to the critically acclaimed exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art looks at the story of American watercolor painting through the work of artists including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Childe Hassam. Filled with brilliant reproductions, the book brings alive the vitality and importance of watercolor painting.

 

 

 

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 by Nicola Murray

Revolution Russian Art 1917-1932 by Nicola Murray
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This handsome book explores the arts in Russia immediately following the 1917 revolution from the bold abstractions of the Suprematists to the emergence of Socialist Realism – the only art style accepted by the Communist regime.

Covering painting, ceramics, graphics, sculpture and architecture, this volume tells the fascinating story of how art captured both the idealistic aspirations and harsh realities of the Revolution and its aftermath.

 

 

Grand Orchestre Des Animaux: The Great Animal Orchestra by Bernie Krause

Grand Orchestre Des Animaux The Great Animal Orchestra by Bernie Krause
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This extraordinary book and its accompanying CD explores our relationship to the animal world through musician Bernie Krause’s recordings of wild animals from all around the world including this one from the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe. 

 

 

 

The American Dream: pop to present by Stephen Coppel 

The American Dream pop to present by Stephen Coppel
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This companion book to an exhibition at the British Museum in London examines the American dream as seen through the eyes of printmakers from Andy Warhol to the present day. Featuring over 200 prints including Warhol’s wall of Marilyns, Lichtenstein’s teary women and Jasper John’s image of a tattered Stars and Stripes, the American Dream: pop to present makes for a beautiful coffee table book.
Caroline Keppel-Palmer, Founder, and CEO, Museum Bookstore 

  • dbrown8

    Thank you. All very interesting. I’m especially interested in the Russian Revolution book. When one era passed then we can reflect on it and ask “Is there a part of us that remains, does the art still tell our story?”.

  • That is awesome!!!! I am glad that you found something useful for you! Thats really great. As for me i, think about “American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent” by Kathleen A Foster. I love Watercolors very much, as you probably know already 😉 Thank you so much, for you support!!!!

  • Yeah – fresh out the oven 😉

  • dbrown8

    Btw, I left a comment on your wonderful Paris article too.