2023 Holiday Picks - Art/Architecture/Photography



Dacha: The Soviet Cottage Edited by Fyodor Savintsev, Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell. An astonishing photographic record of a form of wooden architecture rapidly vanishing from the post-Soviet landscape. A dacha is a country house, made of wood, used by Soviet citizens to escape the city for a rural idyll.. In Dacha, Fyodor Savintsev documents this particularly Russian phenomenon. His photographs create a unique record of a rapidly vanishing fairy-tale wooden world.

Fashioned by Sargent Edited by Erica E. Hirshler. This exquisite catalog explores the complicated relationship of painting and dress through lavish reproductions of Sargent’s works alongside exquisite costumes of the period—including garments actually worn by his sitters. Essays by leading scholars illuminate topics such as portraits and performance, gender expression and the New Woman, and the pull of history and the excitement of new ideas, offering readers new insights into masterworks by a beloved American artist. Exhibiting this winter at the MFA Boston, the show features approximately 50 paintings by Sargent along with more than a dozen dresses and accessories.

Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time Edited by Samantha Friedman. Published in conjunction with the O’Keeffe exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, this volume reunites many works rarely seen together, from the organic abstractions, frank nudes, and blazing sunsets of O’Keeffe’s early career to the flowers, portraits, and aerial views of the following decades. Essays by Samantha Friedman, the exhibition’s curator, and Laura Neufeld, the paper conservator who collaborated on this project, bring art-historical context and technical insight to a less familiar aspect of an artist we thought we knew.

Latin American Artists from 1785 to Now by Editors of Phaidon. This gorgeous volume is the essential survey showcasing the work of more than 300 modern and contemporary artists born or based in Latin America. In an accessible A-Z format, this volume introduces key artworks by artists who together demonstrate the variety and vitality of artwork being made. Focusing on those born, or who have lived, in the 20 Spanish and Portuguese-speaking regions of Latin America, and featuring historic and living artists – this book has been created in collaboration with an expert panel of 68 advisors and writers. Filled with beautiful illustrated plates!


Lee Miller & Man Ray: Fashion, Love, War Edited by Victoria Noel-Johnson. This volume pays homage to Lee Miller, pioneer of Surrealist photography, war correspondent, muse and icon, and places her emphatically on a par with Man Ray, whose work tended to overshadow her both during her lifetime and subsequently. Alongside Miller's iconic war photography, Fashion, Love, War also presents portraits by Man Ray of friends and important protagonists of the time, such as Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dalí, and Surrealist portraits of Miller.

Murakami: Unfamiliar People—Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego Edited by Laura W. Allen. This fresh look at artist Takashi Murakami takes on the “monstrous” themes of rampant consumerism, human fallibility, and the perils of life in the digital fast lane, in works from the past decade. One of Japan’s leading contemporary artists, Murakami is known for a wide-ranging practice that encompasses not only fine art but fashion, consumer products, curation, and entertainment. Founder of the Superflat movement, Murakami makes art that is larger than life, boldly colored, and buoyant, with a Pop sensibility that draws inspiration from anime and manga. A perfect companion to the amazing exhibition this winter at the Asian Art Museum, SF!

The St
ory of Art Without Men by Katy Hessel. Discover the glittering art of Sofonisba Anguissola of the Renaissance, the radical work of Harriet Powers in the nineteenth-century USA, and the artist who really invented the Readymade. Explore the Dutch Golden Age, the astonishing work of post-War artists in Latin America, and the women artists defining art in the 2020s. Have your sense of art history overturned, and your eyes opened to many art forms often overlooked or dismissed. With substantial color illustrations to showcase the artists, this is the history of art as it's never been told before.