MY FAVORITE ART BOOKS
One day, there will only be a tiny walkway through my apartment, stacks and stacks of art books on either side.
- •Stephen Shore • Uncommon PlacesMy very favorite world to step into, Stephen Shore's photographs of America in the 70s are everything I love. As a twenty something exploring America he changed the way we look at the world around us, our definition of photography. I would argue he is the single greatest influence to instagrammers everywhere, whether they know it or not.
- •Maira Kalman • And the Pursuit of HappinessInspired by the 2008 election, Kalman began a year long investigation of American democracy. The result is wacky, hopeful, idiosyncratic and charming as hell (just like all of her work). The historical moments this book revisits, anticipates and celebrates, both personally and patriotically, make it especially near and dear to me.
- •Todd Selby • The Selby is in Your PlaceTodd Selby is a photographer who visits the homes and workspaces of cool people and documents their personal spaces, the way they live, the things they surround themselves with. It's fascinating.
- •Antonio Lopez • Fashion, Art, Sex and DiscoAntonio Lopez is a fashion illustrator of the 60s, 70s and 80s who worked for Interview magazine, among other places, and whose work is colorful and sexy and still totally relevant and hip so many years later.
- •Annie Leibowitz • PilgrimageAnnie Leibowitz is a fantastically famous portrait photographer, and that's cool and all, but when I saw this book I fell in love with her work for the first time. It's a book made up entirely of places and objects that she explores and documents with no particular agenda, just because they mean something to her.
- •Em EmberleyEmberley's children's book illustrations are gorgeous and whimsical and unique. This beautiful retrospective, put together by Todd Oldham, showcases the wide variety of Emberley's illustrations since the 1960s.
- •The Wes Anderson CollectionJust a cool glance into the beautiful brain of a fastidious weirdo. I love seeing his process of world building, and the way each project emerges through his collaboration with his creative team.
- •Eames DesignCharles and Ray are heroes. They loved stuff, they loved taking pictures of their stuff and making new stuff and finding ways to incorporate design into everything from pre-fab chairs to instructional films. Just super classy and way ahead of their time. This book is full of gorgeous images and takes us through the timeline of their lives and careers as they expanded their worldview and their empire to make the world a more well-designed place.
- •Tim Walker • PicturesTim Walker is by far the most conceptual and inspiring fashion photographer working. His images are always recognizably his, and yet always feel like something I've never seen before. They are somehow both intimate and cosmically far away. I long to have ideas like his, or at least find ways to steal them.
- •William Eggleston • For NowKind of a book of B-sides by one of the greatest Americana photographers, this collection is colorful and intimate, casual and surprising.
- •Alan Fletcher • The Art of Looking SidewaysA cool collage of anything and everything, a mad whirlwind through art and culture meant to inspire the next great piece of art and culture. A great reference if you're not looking for anything in particular.
- •Vera: The Art and Life of an IconVera Neumann was an artist and entrepreneur whose beautifully printed, colorful textiles were mass produced as scarves, table linens and bedding. Her hand painted designs capture the delicate florals and bold shapes of the 60s and 70s.
- •Larry Sultan • Here and HomeThis retrospective of Larry Sultan's photographs of his home and his parents are some of my favorite images. They tell a story of a whole life in a simple gesture, against the backdrop of the San Fernando Valley in the 80s.
- •Posters for the People • Art of the WPAI love the WPA, Federal Project Number One, and all the good work they did. Imagine, the government combatting unemployment by hiring artists to carry out public works for the cultural enrichment of the nation. Like, whoa. And the art and design it created is such a beautiful, innovative time capsule of hope and advancement during the Great Depression.