For some, a work of art in a museum or gallery can require substantial consideration. For others, a passing glance will do. One can choose to read into symbolism, coloration and more—or purely enjoy (or despise) any type of art for aesthetic reasons. For all the aforementioned, and everyone in between, acclaimed painter David Salle's book "How to See" offers a helping hand. A series of intimate portraits of Salle's friends (including Jeff Koons and Alex Katz), peers and other inspirational artists, the work introduces the language of art in a way that artists themselves speak it.
With a punk memorabilia collection that stretched 40 years, Toby Mott was the right person to dive in and pick out items from bands, designers and political groups for the new book "Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976–80." Mott shows how punk was much more than spiky hair and safety pins through his tome, via some 500 artifacts. With zines, posters, badges and more, Mott explores the DIY nature of the movement—displaying just how incredibly creative it really was.
Full of fascinating facts for any aspiring paleontologist, "Day of the Dinosaurs: Step into a Spectacular Prehistoric World" is also teeming with colorful but sophisticated pictures. Exploring four eras of dinosaurs—the Triassic, the early Jurassic, the Late Jurassic and the Cretaceous—this hardcover book has enough to engage kids and kids at heart.
The benefits of "Morbid Curiosities: Collections of the Uncommon and Bizarre" are two-fold. For the light reader, one can turn page after page to find hundreds of startling images. For the deeply curious, Paul Gambino's analysis offers up insight—not only regarding what you're looking at, but the people who have collected it all. Within this macabre book, you'll find the occult and the carnivalesque and much more, many of which is visible for the first time.
Italian architect and designer Paola Navone's conceptual work has made her well-known in the home decor and hospitality worlds; won her awards; and led her to work with many brands over her 30+ year long career. On her travels all over the world, finding products and inspiration, Navone discovered the Thai phrase "tham ma da," meaning "everyday." Despite Navone's eye for design and interiors being entirely extraordinary, this approach to the simple or the everyday permeates her process—she takes the ordinary, and makes it remarkable.
Inspired by his hugely popular and oftentimes mind-blowing Instagram, Benjamin Grant's new book "Overview: A New Perspective of Earth" mesmerizes. The hardcover tome boasts 200 original images that Grant created by stitching together several satellite photographs. The results are incredibly compelling—showing the wondrous ways in which the world is actually intertwined and connected. And, as the title makes clear, the photos oftentimes reveal an unexpected perspective.
Matthias Hollwich, of the acclaimed architecture firm Hollwich Kushner (HWKN), has a few ideas for the betterment of society and its aging members. He proposes them in "New Aging," a book built upon a foundation of insightful tips, supported by over a hundred illustrations from Bruce Mau Designs. The new aging concept is direct: incorporate rather than segregate. But it's the sociological and spatial depths that Hollwich traverses that make this a guide worth looking at now—for all age groups.
Despite being born over a century apart, and in Denmark and Japan respectively, Hans Christian Andersen and Yayoi Kusama are an ideal match in this version of Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." Kusama's always beautiful illustrations—squiggly patterns and wild creatures—complement the magical and heartbreaking fairytale. This is one for kids of all ages, but remember the original ending of this story is much different than the Disney one.
Whether delivering his profoundly heart-wrenching lyrics in "Streets of Philadelphia" or recounting the joy of youth in "Glory Days," Bruce Springsteen has always been a masterful storyteller. 2016 sees The Boss fantastically tackle long-form writing with his 508-page autobiography "Born To Run." Springsteen spent seven years writing the book, which starts with him as a guitar player conquering his boardwalk town of Asbury Park and continues through to today, offering an honest look at how this "gun for hire" became the legend that he is.
Acclaimed designer Bruce Blackburn envisioned much of the visual language that defined the US during the '70s, including his iconic work for NASA. Among his roster of impactful designs includes those for the bicentennial of the American Revolution, taking place in 1976. Standards Manual continues their in depth look at the work of influential graphic design with their latest edition dedicated toward Blackburn's work on America's 200th birthday. Through 52 pages, 49 image plates, a forward by Blackburn himself and an essay by Christopher Bonanos, this book is a glimpse at process, inspiration and how both functioned in an important time for America.
Whether used as a real-life travel guide or as a point of reference, Sam Lubell and Darren Bradley's "Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide" is full of design delights from the USA's West Coast. From celebrated, famous structures to hidden treasures, the flexi-bound book is separated into Pacific Northwest, SF, LA, Palm Springs, and San Diego—complete with maps—so if you're planning a California road trip, it's a must-have. From cinemas to houses, bowling alleys and car washes, mid-century architecture is celebrated lovingly in this pocket-sized book.
Brooklyn-based artist and designer Adam J Kurtz's second book "Pick Me Up: a Pep Talk for Now and Later" (the follow-up to "1 Page at a Time") is part activity guide for adults and part therapy session. Not only are there spaces for drawing and writing poems, the majority of the pages are full of relatable modern-day anxieties and plenty of existential, dark humor. It's not all doom and gloom though, there's plenty of sweet and funny moments—along with sound advice.
With a list of contributors as long as its title, "100 Secrets of the Art World: Everything You Always Wanted to Know from Artists, Collectors and Curators, but Were Afraid to Ask," is an impressive book full of information from powerful players in the art world. From Jeff Koons to Marina Abramović and John Baldessari; curators from the world's most significant museums and more; the contributors know a thing or three about contemporary art. Not just entertaining, the book offers insights and tips for those wanting to start visiting more galleries and festivals, as well as those who are starting their collection.
Molly Schoit’s book based on the Instagram @TheUnsungHeroines handle, "Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History" celebrates the forgotten, lesser known women athletes who paved the way for today's sports stars. From Jackie Towanda (the first woman to box at Madison Square Garden) to Conchita Cintrón (a bullfighter also known as The Golden Goddess) and Renée Richards (the first transgender woman to play in a professional tennis tournament) the book is full of significant images and stories from a century of sportswomen.
Salvador Dalí and Gala, his wife and muse, would host extravagant dinner parties that became legendary. This reprint of Dalí's 1973 book "Les Diners de Gala" gives us a little insight into what they were like. Not just a cook book with 136 recipes, it's a work of art, with special illustrations and artworks by Dalí. (Of course, there are some lobster recipes inside.)
Saul Bass, best known for transforming the way movies begin, was a designer of incredible versatility and imagination. His stunning concepts led him to work with legendary filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Otto Preminger and Alfred Hitchcock. This large-format book from Laurence King includes 20 removable movie posters, such as The Man with the Golden Arm; Anatomy of a Murder; Vertigo; Grand Prix; The Magnificent Seven; Schindler's List and The Shining, to name a few. Each fits a standard 12x16-inch frame.
A beautifully written book, Emma Cline's debut novel "The Girls" explores the secret lives of adolescent girls; the perils of the in-between. Set in the late '60s in Northern California, it's a story not just of young women, but an of era and a Manson-like cult set within. This compelling read balances a scandalous story with fascinating characters and genuine emotion. It's a tale all can devour.