5 art and photo books we can’t wait to read in 2016

It’ll be difficult to top 2015’s most notorious photography book -- Kim Kardashian’s near 500 page selfie compendium ‘Selfish’ -- but 2016 is gonna try! Here’s what to make space on your bookshelf for this year.

by Emily Manning
05 January 2016, 7:35pm

Nan Goldin, The Look, 2014 © the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York. Diving for Pearls is published by Steidl/ ArtBook D.A.P. 

Nan Goldin: Diving for Pearls: For her newest project, the celebrated photographer will pour over hundreds of years of art history. At the invitation of the Louvre, Goldin shot fine artworks of her choice before connecting them to her own intimate images. The original project spanned 400 images and was exhibited in Germany, however Diving for Pearls contains a few never before published images. Look for the book on April 26.

Photography Olivia Bee. Kids in Love is published by Aperture.

Olivia Bee: Kids in Love: After presenting her first solo show at agnès b.'s SoHo outpost in the sticky summer of 2014, Olivia Bee's now well-known series of honest, intimate portraits will be published in book form this year. A 15-year-old Tavi Gevinson interviewed a then 17-year-old Bee in one 2011 issue of Time, and will revisit the now 21-year-old photographer's work in the forthcoming book's forward. Kids in Love hits shelves on April 26.

Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus is published by David Zwirner Books 

Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus: Chances are, your bookshelf is already well acquainted with the seminal SoCal artist: Pettibon has published at least 15 collections over the course of his career. But the prolific punk's work has actually never been explored as a whole — until now. Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus compiles over 600 works from every part of the artist's career, the majority of which, according to publisher David Zwirner, have never been published before (how??). Highlights include an exact replica of Captive Chains, Pettibon's impossibly rare first artist's book, as well as early career pieces from his days illustrating gig posters for the SST Records crew. It's slated for release on March 22.

Beyond the Beyond: Music from the Films of David Lynch, image courtesy ArtBook D.A.P.

Beyond the Beyond: Music from the Films of David Lynch: If merely reading that sentence triggered the first notes of Angelo Badalamenti's beautiful Twin Peaks theme, you're basically obligated to buy this book. Music is a positively crucial component of Lynch's work, from Wild At Heart's thrash-metal-meets-brooding-ballad soundtrack to Blue Velvet's nightclub crooner Dorothy Vallens. Beyond the Beyond draws on Lynch's personal archive of photographs and objects to dive deeper into how sound shapes the surrealist director's films. The book also features interviews with artists who participated in the Ace Hotel's April 2015 benefit for the David Lynch Foundation, including Karen O, Sky Ferreira (who named her debut album Night Time, My Time after a Lynch line), the Flaming Lips, Duran Duran, and more. Look for the book on April 26.

Collection agnès b., image courtesy ArtBook D.A.P.

Collection agnès b.: Since 1984, the French designer's Parisian art space Galerie du Jour has exhibited works by some of today's most exciting contemporary figures like Ryan McGinley and Massimo Vitali. But what about her private collection? This book explores the highlights (including Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Andy Warhol, Larry Clark, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Nan Goldin to name a few) and stories of Agnès' journey through art and fashion. The expanded edition will also feature written contributions from Agnès' partner in film, Harmony Korine, as well as Kenneth Anger, Futura, Hans Ulrich Obrist and more. The book is slated for release in late April. 


Text Emily Manning
Photography Olivia Bee, Kids in Love

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