Rizzoli

Feelings: Soft Art

$24

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With contributions from the likes of Tracey Emin, John Baldessari, Ryan McGinley and more, experimental book “Feelings: Soft Art” explores contemporary art with a focus on emotions and sensual, gut reactions. Via interviews, short essays and (of course) plenty of imagery, readers are reminded that art isn’t always purely intellectual—rather it’s meant to evoke very human, personal emotions.

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Getty Publications

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive

$33

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Throughout his career, Robert Mapplethorpe archived his extensive output—from his student work to photography, sculptures and jewelry to commercial—and the the resulting collection is quite remarkable. Challenging ideas surrounding censorship, sexuality, gender, Mapplethorpe’s oftentimes provocative works are published in the scrapbook-style book—which opens with an essay by his collaborator, friend and soulmate, Patti Smith.

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Julio Le Parc + Hermès

Variations Autour de La Longue Marche

$38

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This year, 86-year-old Argentine artist and social activist Julio Le Parc was the fourth person invited by Hermès Éditeur to bring his art to silk: vibrant stripes of colors loop, twist and dance to tell of a journey and experiences. Though the sixty one-of-a-kind Hermès scarves Le Parc designed sell for €7000, his color op art experiments have also been preserved in a beautiful (and much more affordable) book form.

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Phaidon

Jutaku: Japanese Houses

$25

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With 400+ houses featured across its 500+ pages, Jutaku: Japanese Houses is pretty big—considering its physical size is quite compact. Showcasing the best, strangest and most daring of contemporary Japanese residential architecture with full-color images, it’s a hardcover tome that will surprise and inspire readers to think outside the “duplex.”

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Brett Lloyd

Scugnizzi

$25

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Captivated by the vivacity of Neapolitan families frolicking in Italy’s warm summer waters, photographer Brett Lloyd began snapping images of them, hoping to capture the carefree scenes playing out in front of him. Dashwood Books took notice of Lloyd’s work and commissioned him to further document his experiences, resulting in Scugnizzi, a photobook dedicated to the playful children found throughout the streets of Naples.

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Richard Corman

Madonna NYC 83

$35

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An exciting new pictorial tome, “Madonna NYC 83” presents previously unreleased images from photographer Richard Corman’s extensive shoot with the Material Girl early on in both of their careers. The photos capture her singular energy as well as street life in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and feel as fresh as the day they were taken.

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Michael Govan and Tiffany Bell

Dan Flavin: The Complete Lights

$180

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Presenting all of his light installations together for the first time, this is the only volume to document artist Dan Flavin’s entire career. This remarkable and exhaustively researched book features a complete catalogue of over 750 of Dan Flavin’s light works.

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