5 Artwork and Design Books for Your Winter Studying Checklist

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At home for the soul: Sustainable and thoughtful decorating and designing by Sara Bird and Dan Duchars
Style and sustainability go hand in hand in this insightful book, which emphasizes environmental friendliness and elegance in equal measure. Authors Sara Bird and Dan Duchars make a good case for a more careful, waste-free approach to indoor living, whether they rave about reused textiles and bedding, non-toxic paints, or vintage furniture.

Out 9/22/20, $ 50, Ryland Peters & Small.

Young, talented and black: a new generation of artists, edited by Antwaun Sargent
Committed art patrons Bernard Lumpkin and Carmine Boccuzzi have cultivated their personal collection for years and treated their Manhattan house like a gallery of rotating works by contemporary black artists. Now the couple are giving these important pieces a new platform in this DAP text, which – along with a traveling exhibition of the same name – shows art by artists such as Yale grad Kevin Beasley and RISD-trained Julie Mehretu.

Out 9/29/20, $ 50, DAP

Cy Twombly: Present Past, edited by Christine Kondoleon and Kate Nesin
Although he lived and worked in Rome for many of his adult years, the painter Cy Twombly first began in another large city: Boston, where he attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1948. Learn about the abstractionist’s locally published text here, which features a selection of his works – including sculptures and drawings – alongside the classic masterpieces that inspired them.

Out 8/25/20, $ 65, MFA publications.

Zaha Hadid: Complete Works 1979 – today by Philip Jodidio
Architecture fans, note: this updated pocket text covers the groundbreaking career of the late Zaha Hadid, the first female architect to win both the elusive Pritzker Prize and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. The monograph, written by Harvard alum Philip Jodidio, offers an inspiring look at a designer whose futuristic creations (see: China’s Guangzhou Opera House) touch almost every corner of the world.

Out 8/15/20, $ 60, bags.

Sailing the Seas: A Guide to Oceanic Getaways by Dayyan Armstrong and Ross Beane
Are you dreaming of adventures beyond your weekly grocery store trip? Treat yourself to a little wanderlust with Sailing the Seas. A beautiful example of life at sea, the enticing book has everything from photos of the French Riviera and the limestone cliffs of Thailand to tips on what to eat when you get there (someday).

Out 8/25/20, $ 60, Customize.

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