Holiday Recommendations from Our Staff – Artists and Creators

Tim Walker: Story Teller 
By Tim Walker
This is for anyone who enjoys fairy tales, fashion, or photography. Wildly imaginative, this collection is both whimsical and thought-provoking. The first time I flipped through this book I was absolutely smitten!! A perfect gift! –Justus 

 

 

Rip the Page

By Karen Benke 
Rip the page & start writing. Tell a stroy from an unexpected point of view, build a weird cairn, build a fortune, shift your shape. Written for young people but also inspiring for teachers and other grown-ups. – Karen

 

 

Building Stories 

By Chris Ware 
This box of treasures—fourteen differently bound books and ephemera—is a masterpiece. Chris Ware, known for his meticulous illustration and ingenious style of narration, surpasses even himself here. The visual narrative is brilliant. He particularly shines in the pieces that evoke the old-timey style of the Sunday funny papers, utilizing the large format beautifully. The story revolves around an unnamed woman focusing on her life after art school, and midlife after the birth of her daughter. This is what a graphic novel should be, the perfect melding of the written word and pictures. It’s destined to become a classic. –Pamela

 

The Innocence of Objects 
By Orhan Pamuk

Along with his new novel Silent House (Knopf), this Fall brings another unusual and exquisite Orhan Pamuk creation. The Museum of Innocence in Istanbul gives physical form to Pamuk’s novel of the same name, arranging the story’s objects in ornate displays that correspond to each chapter. With color photographs on every page, The Innocence of Objects captures the atmosphere of the museum and explores the patient decades of its construction. Pamuk shows us that the best museums are not grand, expensive monuments. They are as small and modest as homes, displaying the rich beauty and depth of individual lives. –Casey O.

What Are You Looking At?
By Will Gompertz

The particular gift of this book is Gompertz’s ability to write specifically and insightfully about artworks in precise, accessible language. It moves along briskly (managing to be educational without leading us to snore-land) while still looking closely at specific works, giving detailed analysis of techniques and innovations. Gompertz has written an engaging introduction to thinking about and looking at modern art. Like taking your own private tour through a vast contemporary museum, guided by a vivacious expert. –John

December
By Alexander Kluge  and Gerhard Richter
Translated by Martin Chalmers
German filmmaker, novelist, and cultural critic Alexander Kluge collaborates with visual artist Gerhard Richter in December, a collection of 39 short texts, each accompanied by a photograph. Although the texts and photographs follow the days of the month in the Gregorian calendar, and may be thought of as traditional Kalendergeschichten, this is to miss a larger and more important point. The sequence forms a sustained meditation on human history in its many dimensions. Readers of Borges, Calvino, and Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams will find much to engage their attention. –Graham

 
Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley’s Curious Collection
By Simon Winchster
Photography by Nick Mann
This is one of the coolest books I’ve seen this year! Slightly creepy? Maybe. Incredibly fascinating and informative? Absolutely!! Skulls presents an intimate look at Alan Dudley’s skull collection, a collection one judge described as an “academic zeal” turned “unlawful obsession.” Part biography, part scientific examination, Winchester explores both the collector and the collected while providing insight into humanity’s cultural and artistic interest in skulls. This is one of the few places you’ll have the opportunity to see this aspect of life (or death) in such crisp detail. This is passion, art, and science at their best! –Justus

 

Mars Attacks
By Topps Company
Death rays, flying saucers, brain eating alien menaces from outer space, these are the reason for the season. Gaze in wonder at all 55 of the original Mars Attacks trading cards, as well as bonus cards from the 1994 sequel, in this 50th anniversary collection of the Topps company’s greatest creation. So sit back, pour some eggnog, and marvel at the tremendous destructive powers of our future Martian overlords. – Rich

 
Mythology: The Complete Guide to Our Imagined Worlds
By Christopher Dell 
Myths are more than entertainment; they speak to a deeper truth we can’t help but feel when we read the stories. From polytheistic pantheons to singular images like honey and gold, this compendium offers a thorough overview of myths across cultures and time. In examining our relationships with mythology, the author identifies the patterns and themes found within these foundational stories. With text presented alongside 410 illustrations, 356 of which are in color, this compendium is a beautiful addition to any personal library and is time well spent for anyone interested in how we explain the world around us. –Justus

 

stick manStick Man’s Really Bad Day 
By Steve Mockus
We all take Stick Man for granted. He gets crushed by boulders, drowned, electrified, mangled by machinery, the list never ends, all in an effort to save us from danger. But do we ever think about what a day in his hazardous life is like? No.
Luckily, this book is here to fix that. Marvel at the daily activities of the man who puts his life on the line everyday to make sure we stay nice and dry and safe. – Rich


Habitually Chic: Creativity at Work 
By Heather Clawson

Habitually Chic is Heather Clawson’s wildly popular blog about the finer things in life. In Creativity at Work she has narrowed her focus to the studios, workshops, offices, and creative sanctuaries of top designers, artists, editors, architects, and other inspiring people. I find the book even better than her blog. Give a book of inspiration to the artist in your life! – Leah

 

Star Wars Origami
By Christopher Alexander

Who loves Star Wars? Who loves origami If you know anyone who loves either–or both–this amazing activity book will make a wonderful holiday gift! The projects are detailed and intricate and will provide hours of paper folding fun for your Jedi origami enthusiast. –David 

 

 

Inside the Painter’s Studio
By Joe Fig

Artist Joe Figg interviews 24 contemporary American painters about studio practices. An excellent gift for all artists as well as anyone interested in creative processes.

Graham

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