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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))
$50.00
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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$59.95
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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$55.00
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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$40.00
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

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

Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly edited by David Spalding

It’s important in this time and in this country to recognize that the powerlessness we feel is something forced upon us and is entirely manufactured. Even if just for a moment, we can offer hope and comfort to those who are fighting for us all. This book, which chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s project of encouraging people to write postcards to those incarcerated for advocating for human rights, is hopeful and shattering and will galvanize its readers. - Jax

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By David Spalding (Editor), Ai Weiwei (Contributions by), Cheryl Haines (Contributions by), Jasmine Heiss (Contributions by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452159294
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018

A Life in Pattern by Orla Kiely

Known for her distinct graphic style and charming color palettes, Orla Kiely truly has lived a life in pattern. In this, her third publication, we get a fascinating look into her career in fashion and home design, starting with her ever-popular “stem” design that she made right in her apartment living room back in 1995. A fine book for those inspired by graphic design or the recent history of female entrepreneurship. - Megan

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$29.99
ISBN: 9781840917802
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Published: Conran - September 4th, 2018

Vivian Maier: The Color Work by Colin Westerbeck

Maier is one of my favorite photographers of the 20th century. Her uncanny ability to create a beautiful, haunting, or visually intriguing image from everyday people and places makes her photos endlessly fascinating. The Color Work is the first conclusive collection of her color work and so has a very different feel than previous compilations of her black-and-white shots. A wonderful new glimpse into the enigmatic Maier. - Megan

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$80.00
ISBN: 9780062795571
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Published: Harper Design - November 6th, 2018

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