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9 New Art And Design Books Coming Out This Spring

We’re ready to welcome spring with these fresh, eclectic, and seasonal new must-reads.

Contemporary Artists Series: Lorna Simpson by Thelma Golden, Kellie Jones, Chrissie Iles, Naomi Beckwith | PHAIDON
Lorna Simpson is a multimedia artist known for her pioneering approach to conceptual photography. In 1993 Simpson was the first African-American woman ever to show in the Venice Biennale and to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. This book is most comprehensive and up-to-date monograph available on the work of a trailblazer who continues to influence and inspire.

Black Flora: Profiles of Inspiring Black Flower Farmers + Florists by Teresa J. Speight | BLOOM Imprint
There is a rich, beautiful, complex, and diverse narrative being told by African Americans and other persons of color in the floral marketplace. It is long past time to recognize their excellence and contributions to cut flower farming and floristry. Garden writer, podcaster, and blogger Teresa J. Speight of Cottage in the Court shares her interviews and profiles with leading pioneers and explores their lives rooted in the floral world.

Illusion in Design: New Trends in Architecture and Interiors by Paul Gunther and Gay Giordano | Rizzoli
Cutting-edge examples of the use of optical illusion in design—from trompe l’oeil to anamorphosis—to solve various challenges, be they space or budget related, or that act as aesthetic features in architecture and the fields that rub elbows with it: art, design, and furniture.

Paola Pivi edited by Justine Ludwig | PHAIDON
Probably best known for her playful, complex installations of life-size, brightly hued, feathered polar bears, Paola Pivi has created work across a range of media – including sculpture, video, photography, performance and installation – throughout her 27-year career. Often using recognizable objects that are modified to introduce new scale, material or color, her work challenges viewers to rethink their position. This in-depth monograph, made with the close involvement of the artist, is her most substantial publication to date.

Faith Ringgold: American People published in association with the New Museum; edited by Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari | PHAIDON
Faith Ringgold is a critically acclaimed and key figure of postwar American art, whose unique methods of visual storytelling have documented and advanced art, historical, feminist and civil rights movements for more than half a century. Accompanying a major retrospective at the New Museum, New York, this expansive survey covers work from all periods of her career, including early oil paintings and posters capturing American racial tensions in the 1960s and 1970s, powerful public demonstrations for more equitable representation in museums and her signature story quilts that upend traditional art narratives.

Barrioquinto text by Demetrio Paparoni | Rizzoli
The first comprehensive monograph on the life and career of the Filipino artist Andres Barrioquinto, a rising star of the contemporary Southeast Asian art scene. The volume deals with the complex universe of the artist (Manila, 1975), who combines elements deriving from the iconography and aesthetic of Baroque with Japanese woodcuts (ukiyo-e), reinterpreted in a Pop style.

At Home on the Water by Jaci Conry | Gibbs Smith
Homes on the water have been coveted and cherished for their particular restorative qualities. In an oceanside house, one can’t help but pause to contemplate the view. At Home on the Water offers a history of coastal living and features twelve homes on the water on both coasts and the gulf. This stunning title focuses on both the design of the homes and the way the homeowners live in them, embellished by interviews with homeowners, designers, and/or architects.

The Women Who Changed Architecture by Jan Cigliano Hartman | Princeton Architectural Press
Marion Mahony Griffin passed the architectural licensure exam in 1898 and created exquisite drawings that buoyed the reputation of Frank Lloyd Wright. Her story is one of the many told in The Women Who Changed Architecture, which sets the record straight on the transformative impact women have made on architecture. With in-depth profiles and stunning images, this is the most comprehensive look at women in architecture around the world, from the nineteenth century to today.

Vibrant Interiors: Living Large at Home by Andrea Monath Schumacher | Gibbs Smith
With exclusive projects and new photography, Vibrant Interiors features the best of Andrea Schumacher Interiors. Inviting, imaginative homes that draw the viewer in and ignite the desire to see more, ultimately revealing Andrea’s creativity and skill at developing energetic, exuberant, personality-filled interiors.

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