These books are perfect for aspiring concept artists who want to study the work of professionals. (Ms. Paasche is also the co-curator of a Ryggen retrospective up now at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.) Best known for her large-scale gestural paintings, Amy Sillman has her illustrations and essays foregrounded in this title. This book offers both authoritative history and gorgeous visuals: The Berlin firm Double Standards provides an austerely handsome layout, while photographs by Iwan Baan and Vinay Panjwani show the open-air mingling that Mr. Doshi’s architecture inspires. ‘AI-5: 50 YEARS — IT STILL ISN’T OVER YET’ (“AI-5: 50 Anos — Ainda Não Terminou De Acabar”) Edited by Paulo Miyada (Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil). Factoring in Tarsila’s upper-class origins (she was always called by her first name) and Brazil’s social turmoil, they approach her work from many angles — topography, primitivism, popular culture and even contemporary performance art — in ways both precise and expansive. Naturally the catalog is more comprehensive and it reproduces more works than the exhibition, making it a must-have for anyone interested in American art before Jackson Pollock and in the origins of the New York art world. Cartoons, drawings and portraits sit alongside written pieces ranging from queer readings of abstract expressionism to the role of the body in making art. As early as the 1960s she foresaw the technology-permeated world of today. Mr. Doshi, a student of Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, rethought western Modernism for Indian climates and communities, and his buildings’ expanses of brick and concrete privilege public encounters and humane growth. Mixed in with the book’s authoritative technical and historical essays are shorter literary reflections on Antonello’s portraiture, including one by Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author lately writing in Italian. Shares. Top row lower section: Estate of Robert Colescott/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, via the Denver Art Museum; via Pérez Art Museum Miami. And still pertinent: A top official in Brazil’s current right-wing government recently referred AI-5 in a speech warning against government protest. The best drawing books will teach you everything from figure drawing and cartoons to art theory. Finally, this catalog of a beautiful show at the Palazzo Reale in Milan offers English speakers a full view of this 15th-century Sicilian master, whose portraits radiate divine ardor and human pain. (Read more about this and other Leonardo books.). Mollino was also obsessed with photography, and this compact, seductive volume includes more than 450 images he shot of Turin’s 18th-century monuments, of aerodynamic sports cars that look like well-fed frogs — and, not least, of half-dressed women posing in the secret, shrine-like Turin apartment he used only for photography, not for sleeping. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly in League with the NightBy Isabella Maidment, Andrea Schlieker, Elizabeth Alexander and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye; £25. The writings here were published in the Village Voice, which was co-founded by Norman Mailer, with whom Ms. Johnston had some notable public run-ins. In what might be called a noir-Pop style, the artist combines sensationalist images from Colombian tabloids (crimes, assassinations) with outtakes from Western art to chronicle a country gripped by continuous civil strife — La Violencia — since the 1940s. The show’s long-delayed catalog, thick as a brick and data-crammed, isn’t exactly user-friendly for English-speakers — it’s in Portuguese, with a translation in very small type at the back — but it’s a keeper, a how-to manual for an art of resistance. Blake retrospective now at the Tate Britain, retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The catalog for his current traveling retrospective. Love, Sex, and DesireMichael Dayton Hermann; Taschen, £75. Based out of rural Colorado, it arranges educational programmes and competitions and teaches athletic skills, care for animals and self-confidence to the community. In the 1960s and ’70s, female artists — Yoko Ono, Ana Mendieta, Valie Export and Suzanne Lacy among them — laid claim to the subject, manifesting its trauma in their own bodies, in uncompromising performances that were market-resistant in their day and feel right on time for a misogynist present. Open Studio captures these creative forces in the act of making an original project designed for readers to recreate at home. 11 $16.99 $16.99. And the book appears at an auspicious moment. FREE Shipping on orders over $25 shipped by Amazon. ‘LOVE, ICEBOX: LETTERS FROM JOHN CAGE TO MERCE CUNNINGHAM’ By Laura Kuhn (The John Cage Trust). Read about her contribution to “Artistic License” at the Guggenheim. “Dead Christ Supported by Three Angels,” 1476-1477, by Antonello da Messina. The creator of the world-famous Madeline, her 11-girl cohort, sundry nuns and their lives in and around a Parisian convent school, Bemelmans (1898-1962) grew up and for a while, worked in his father’s hotel in Austria. One is the Swedish-born Norwegian weaver Hannah Ryggen (1894-1970), whose monumental tapestries, drawing on Picasso’s deformed figures and steeped with feminist and anti-fascist conviction, come to life in this newly translated biography, illustrated in color throughout. The book looks in particular at his images of male subjects, which are often sexually charged. Last year, at 90, the architect Balkrishna Doshi became the first Pritzker Prize laureate from India — but he had long ago secured his legacy in and around Ahmedabad, where he specializes particularly in affordable housing and educational institutions. Like Susan Sontag’s “On Photography,” to which it self-consciously responds, “The Social Photo” is slim, hard-bitten and picture-free. At the end of his life, he turned to oil paint and comported himself quite well, in a style related to that of Raoul Dufy, another of 20th-century art’s great, underestimated lightweights. For if the average photo is ever dumber, photography matters even more; the social photo, in Mr. Jurgenson’s phrase, has effected a “fusion of media and bodies” that has made every gallerygoer a cyborg. 4.5 out of 5 stars 23,976. Below, they share their thoughts about their selections, listed in no particular order. $50 for your first 3 months Her fictitious subjects occupy timeless worlds: at ballet classes; drinking champagne or cups of tea. The best drawing books are proof that drawing is about more than innate talent. It’s dense, accurate, and treasured by amateurs and professionals alike as the best resource for studying human anatomy. (One volume is devoted almost entirely to footnotes.) Part of: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2 Books) | by Marie Kondō | Oct 14, 2014. She was making computer-based work in the 1970s, and went on to experiment with artificial intelligence and virtual reality as art media.