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You Are an Artist Assignments to Spark Creation by Sarah Urist Green

What might it be like to be in an art class being taught by some of the greatest artists alive today? Well, it would be a lot like reading You Are an Artist! Former museum curator and current host of the PBS Digital Studios series “The Art Assignment” has spoken to a wide range of artists, asking them about their work and their process and having them create art assignments for the audience to complete. The assignments range from sculptural (like “Embarrassing Object”) to performance (“Become a Sci-Fi Character”) to photographic (“Sorted Books”) to textile (“Make a Rug”), are usually flexible in terms of medium, and require no formal artistic skill. Combining full-color pictures of contemporary art; art history; and a variety of fun, thoughtful, and inspiring project ideas, this book is perfect for artists both practiced and emerging. 

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ISBN: 9780143134091
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Published: Penguin Books - April 14th, 2020

The Making It Guide to Crafting by the Creators of Making It

Do you find yourself longing to be one of those DIY people who can make anything? Are you a crafter already wanting to branch out? Look no further than this charming book, the perfect inspiration to “Make It!” Fans of the show will enjoy the forward by Nick Offerman and the profiles on past contestants, and anyone interested in crafts will enjoy the various crafting techniques taught here. So get out there and create!

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ISBN: 9781419743481
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 21st, 2020

Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts by Nina Montenegro & Sonya Montenegro

The Montenegro sisters have given us a wonderful gift. Among the many books on mending and upcycling that are coming out right now, Mending Life is definitely a standout. The Montenegros cover mending techniques for a wide range of materials and share their touching personal connection to mending and thrift clothing. The art inside is gorgeous and evocative, with the feel of having been hand-drawn only a few minutes ago. Mend your clothes, mend your connection to other people and the planet.

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ISBN: 9781632172525
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Published: Sasquatch Books - March 10th, 2020

Flora Magnifica by Makoto Azuma

Dazzling, lush, and vibrant, Flora Magnifica is the result of a collaboration between floral artist Makoto Azuma and botanical photographer Shunsuke Shiinoki. Often evoking the opulence of a Dutch still-life floral but still clearly contemporary, these images are organized thematically by season. You will happily get lost in the layers of petals, unfurling fern fronds, and riots of color. - S.B.

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By Makoto Azuma, Shunsuke Shiinoki (By (photographer))
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ISBN: 9780500545003
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 10th, 2019

Great Women Artists by Phaidon Editors

This showcase of 400 artists from 50 countries of the past 500 years, the latest book in Phaidon’s Art Book series, is a stunner. From familiar names like Frida Kahlo, Mary Cassatt, and Georgia O’Keeffe, to lesser-known artists, each painter, sculptor, photographer, and performance artist is celebrated with an image of their key artwork and a short essay. Even as an art major myself, I was excited to discover artists I hadn’t known before as well as to revisit old favorites. Any art lover will enjoy this beautiful book. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9780714878775
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 2nd, 2019

Maestrapeace: San Francisco's Monumental Feminist Mural

This book is a beautiful tribute to Maestrapeace, the mural that adorns the Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission. Angela Y. Davis’s foreword provides not only an introduction but historical and social context, which is followed by sections that explore the art, the meaning of its imagery, introduce the seven female muralists, and detail the artwork’s history from inception to today. To hold this book in your hands is to hold Maestrapeace itself—its art, journey, intent, and spirit. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781597144834
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Published: Heyday Books - September 3rd, 2019

Life from Above by Michael Bright & Chloe Sarosh

This collection of spectacular images reveals our planet as we’ve never seen it before. Utilizing satellite images, locations that were previously too remote or could only be seen from space are revealed—including newly formed islands born from volcanic eruptions and turtles traveling on ocean currents. Still photographs from the ground—from Bangladesh to Florida—complete this stunning look at the true colors of our planet. 

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ISBN: 9781984825988
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Published: Rodale Books - September 3rd, 2019

Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel

Reading this book feels like a vindication; long overlooked, the women of abstract expressionism are revealed not just as muses and supporting players, but the founders of a movement. Don't let the size intimidate you; Gabriel's use of interviews and firsthand accounts takes what could be a dense tome down to a personal scale that feels intimate to read despite its scope. - Katherine

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Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316226189
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 25th, 2018

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

A combination of art, fashion, history, and chemistry. Kassia St. Clair offers a unique exploration on art and history through color. The discovery and proliferation of 75 different colors are examined through trivia tidbits and historical anecdotes, making Secret Lives of Color a fascinating read. Formatted and designed beautifully, this book is great for any color or history lover. - R.H.

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ISBN: 9780143131144
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Published: Penguin Books - October 24th, 2017

California Landscapes: Ricahrd Diebenkorn/Wayne Thiebaud by John Yau

Because Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn were friends, their art has been compared before, but Yau’s new book explores the similarities in the expansive works of these two artists as they took inspiration from the ever-changing landscapes of California. With essays comparing individual pieces to each other as well as to those of other artists, California Landscapes gives a feel for Thiebaud and Diebenkorn’s relationship and their place in the arts community. - Megan

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By John Yau, Wayne Thiebaud (Contributions by), Philippe de Montebello (Contributions by), Wayne Thiebaud (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9780847864003
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Published: Rizzoli - September 4th, 2018

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