Three Women Artists: Expanding Abstract Expressionism in the American West uncovers the little-known stories of professional and creative gains in the region, and especially in the Texas Panhandle.
The Best Part of Mary Heilmann’s Memoir Is the Paintings
The All Night Movie recounts the artist’s experiences in New York’s art world of the 1970s and ’80s with a list of mostly bygone names and places.
Alain George’s Detailed View of Art, Faith, and Empire in Syria
Borrowing the model of the palimpsest, George’s The Umayyad Mosque of Damascus: Art, Faith and Empire in Early Islam takes the reader on a vivid tour of the renowned mosque’s history, meaning, and significance.
The Shadowy Past of San Francisco
Mimi Plumb’s photos of 1980s and ’90s San Francisco look at the dissonance between an expanding metropolis and its surrounding environment.
Who Holds the Power in Art?
If art is power, as Farah Nayeri’s Takedown consistently shows, then how can galleries and museums successfully negotiate relationships of power?
N.V. Parekh and the Rise of Studio Photography in East Africa
Isolde Brielmaier’s book I Am Sparkling illustrates how Parekh’s studio became a place for sitters to assert their agency in a changing world.
Amusing Stories About the Muses of Art
Ruth Millington tells the story of the women (and nine men) who have been portrayed in various paintings considered “masterpieces.”
Dead People Prefer Photography, Apparently
Shannon Taggart’s book SÈANCE pictures the supernatural occurrences in the lives of Spiritualists, seekers, mediums, and other occult practitioners.
A Guide to Witchcraft in the Blockchain Era
Spell Bound helps readers curious about the craft to both see and understand the wide array of expressions that magic can assume, including in the context of new technologies.
Chronicles of a Financial Collapse
Carla Zaccagnini’s Cuentos de Cuentas recounts her personal history amid Latin America’s history of financial crises.
The Lasting Appeal of Wittgenstein’s “Picture Theory”
If Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus radically redefines the scope of philosophy, it has proved irresistibly suggestive to literary theorists, poets, and artists.
The Offhand Beauty of Houston’s Third Ward
Colby Deal’s photographs capture very little on an individual basis, but an entire world when taken in aggregate.