This stunning book is essentially reproductions of book reviews, articles, and more on Arbus by the likes of Peter Schjeldahl and Susan Sontag. What I love about this is not only are we exposed to such a variation of writing on Arbus, but also how they’ve left in adjacent material from the original publications, as seen in Colm Tóibín’s piece for the London Review of Books, which includes the edition’s letters—as if to contextualize the article in the time it was written!
A beautifully illustrated companion to an exhibition that focussed on af Klint's series Tree of Knowledge. Julia Voss, the preeminent scholar on the early-twentieth-century artist, introduces the book, and we read conversations between leading writers on af Klint, who pioneered Spiritualism in art.
I hadn't been exposed to Virginia Woolf's writings on art until I picked up this small book, part of DZB’s ekphrasis series. In it we read her thoughts on art, the relationship between art and writing, the artist and society, and more. A must for any art and literature lover!
A painter of the face, the figure, and the human psyche and form, Marlene Dumas is one of the most influential painters alive. She collects raw human emotion and translates it visually onto the canvas. Made without any prior studies, she holds a feeling, an emotion, movement, and life in the moment, and this book is the ultimate guide to her work.
This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever owned—golden page edges encompassed by a light sky-blue cover. Guided by Helen Molesworth, this is the ultimate insight into the painter, whose canvases blend magical realism with the gritty everydayness of Los Angeles life.
Hilton Als and Helen Molesworth are two of my favorite writers, and them writing on my favorite artist, Neel, in their personal ways offers emotive and intimate readings of the leading twentieth-century artist working in portraiture, who painted those who lived and shaped New York City, and never discriminated in who she chose as her subjects.