If your New Year’s Resolution was to read more, we’ve got you covered. Here are recommendations from everyone at the Uprise team for engrossing, fun, and beautiful books.
Sylvania by Anna Beeke - The book version of Anna Beeke’s series of photographs by the same name. She explores the concept of the forest through the lens of fairy tale, fiction, fact, and documentation. The signed copy direct from the artist makes a great gift. -Tze Chun
Ant Colony by Michael DeForge - While technically not an art book, it might as well be. DeForge’s approach to figuration and his picaresque storytelling make this one of my favorites to return to over and over again. -Ian Marshall
The Forger’s Spell by Edward Dolnick - Johannes Vermeer, Nazi Germany, contemporary art forgery, and the tale of how 20th-century Dutch forger Han van Meegeren fooled the world—Dolnick deftly weaves a captivating work of non-fiction that I couldn’t put down. -Rachel Lebowitz
Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists by Marian Denchars - I just received this as a birthday gift. It’s a coloring book! -Tessie Penin
Merchant Posters by Mark Bradford - This monograph of Bradford’s work is a little quieter and moodier than his typical output. I wish I could own every single piece in the book. -Ian Marshall
The Bauhaus: #itsalldesign - This Vitra Design book tells an incredibly comprehensive story of design that began at the Bauhaus and continues today. I was engrossed when I first discovered this book at Design Miami. -Whitney Shaw
The Waters of Our Time by Thomas Roma - This book is Thomas Roma’s second collaboration with his son Giancarlos, and draws from his photographs taken over the past 40 years. It’s an homage to Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes’ The Sweet Flypaper of Life and stays true to that book’s layout - with the same number of photographs and pages. -Tze Chun
33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton - I devoured Thornton’s first book, 7 Days in the Art World, and can’t wait to get to the heart of this one—an inside look at 33 artists, from Gabriel Orozco to Yayoi Kusama, that, so far, has all of Thornton’s juicy investigative journalism and finesse. -Rachel Lebowitz
Songbook by Alec Soth - The month of resolutions is the perfect time to flip through “Songbook,” in which Alec Soth uses his lens to examine the changing role of connectivity in the U.S. -Whitney Shaw
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