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Before I Die by Candy Chang

What do you want to do before you die? Artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned building with chalkboard paint and asked her neighbors this question. Within a day of the wall’s completion it was covered, as people stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than 200 walls have been created by people all over the world. Filled with our hopes, fears, humor, and heartbreak, this inspiring book is a celebration of these walls. “Through a series of large-scale projects that combine installation art with social activism, Chang has encouraged people to engage with public spaces to let their voices be heard.” —O Magazine

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ISBN: 9781250020840
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 5th, 2013

Tamalpais Walking by Tom Killion

This beautiful collaboration between woodcut artist Tom Killion and poet Gary Snyder illuminates the history of Mount Tamalpais, which rises above the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and Marin. The text alternates between Killion and Snyder, and their prose lovingly brings to life the history of the mountain, and their connections to it. Illustrated with Killion’s exceptional prints, and containing poems by Snyder, this is a truly lovely book.
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Flannery
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781597142595
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Published: Heyday Books - September 1st, 2010

The Art of Clean Up by Ursus Wehrli

Think your OCD is bad? Check out this guy! In an impressive feat of artistic compulsion, Ursus Wehrli deconstructed everyday things--alphabet soup, a parking lot, the checkout line at the grocery--and then rearranged them by size, color, etc. The result is both visually striking and highly entertaining. My favorite is probably the checkout line.
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Flannery
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By Ursus Wehrli, Geri Born (Photographs by), Daniel Spehr (Photographs by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452114163
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 19th, 2013

kate spade New York: Twenty Things We Love

First of all, Kate Spade can't do any wrong in my eyes. With that bias stated, you must must check this book out. There's a whole chapter on the color RED! Why not, right? Besides well-placed bows (yes!) and handwritten notes (yes!) and a sense of humor (of course!), this book is a beautiful compilation that visually represents the spirit of kate spade New York.

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Tracy
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By Kate Spade New York, Deborah Lloyd (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781419705663
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 15th, 2013

Raw + Material = Art by Tristan Manco

If there was a contest for amazing books with terrible covers, this would win Grand Prize. This dull, orange cover in no way hints at the unbelievable art showcased inside. Wood, metal, plastic, even children’s toys are all used to create stunning, wildly inventive works of art. Do yourself a favor, look inside. You’ll be blown away, I guarantee it.

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Flannery
Raw+Material=Art: Found, Scavenged and Upcycled Cover Image
$44.95
ISBN: 9780500289914
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Published: Thames & Hudson - June 1st, 2012

An Artist’s View of Santa Cruz By Lidia C. Hasenhauer

There are many books about Santa Cruz from which to choose, but Hasenhauer’s artwork is lovely, and each piece is paired with a detailed map, directing you to the exact spot that inspired her work. Charming pictures, and a delightful way to get to know the area through the eyes of a local artist.

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Laura
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ISBN: 9781468172065
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 30th, 2012

The Art Book by the Editors of Phaidon

My old edition of The Art Book has gone through many evolutions as a part of my library, beginning as an incredibly user-friendly reference book. Eventually I became so enamored with some prints that they made their way into tiny frames and onto my walls. Later on, other pieces became starting points for collages and various art projects of my own. That small book managed to last me for probably a decade and was a constant source of inspiration. Now it’s time for a new one to replace my tattered copy on the shelf, and there’s a beautiful new edition out just in time! A wonderful gift for art lovers and appreciators of all kinds.
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Laura
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$59.95
ISBN: 9780714864679
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 10th, 2012

The Anatomy of Type by Stephen Coles & Tony Seddon

This book is a candy store for font geeks and a revelation waiting to happen for anyone unfamiliar with the variety, artistry, and history of typefaces. And the title is no joke. Grey’s Anatomy has nothing on the shockingly detailed anatomical illustrations of the 100 typefaces analyzed here. It’s the perfect gift for any design enthusiast and a wonderful invitation to the fascinating world of stories behind the glyphs we use to tell our stories.
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Joe
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ISBN: 9780062203120
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Published: Harper Design - November 13th, 2012

Glittering Images by Camille Paglia

In her latest book, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, intellectual provocateur Camille Paglia leads us chronologically through the paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world. “Paglia’s bold and rigorous, handsomely illustrated and welcoming art iconography will accomplish her mission to provoke, enlighten, and inspire.” —Booklist, starred review
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ISBN: 9780375424601
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Published: Pantheon - October 16th, 2012

Paper Works by Wang Shaoqiang

Paper Works is an absolutely stunning book. From paper hats to furniture, fashion to fine art, the incredible range of this inexpensive and simple material is taken to new levels and celebrated here. Each page, whether featuring intricate paper jewelry or full-room installation art, is gorgeous. Artists and crafters are sure to find this book endlessly inspiring.
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S.B.
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By Wang Shaoqiang (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781584234326
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Published: Gingko Press - May 1st, 2012

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