Coffee Table Gallery

22 Dec

Whatever the shift to electronic books may mean and foretell, I am confident that there are certain books that will resist digitization (and are also a strong argument for tangible, walk-into book emporia). These beauties of image and design and printing craftsmanship require space and light (much like living things) and flourish on reasonably comfortable surface such as a coffee table or some such thing.

Here are a few recent examples(I trust you know where to go for more information on these tomes):

Emiliano Zapata by Diego Rivera


Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art by Leah Dickerman and Anna Indych-Lopez (The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People by Mr. Fish (Akashic Books)

Nostalgia in Vogue by Eve MacSweeney, Anna Wintour, Joan Didion and Margaret Atwood (Rizzoli)

The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes (Drawn & Quarterly)


Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine (Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Constance C. McPhee and Nadine M. Orenstein (Yale University Press)

Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon by Martin Kemp (Oxford University Press)

Labeling America:Cigar Box Designs as Reflections of Popular Culture: The Story of George Schlegel Lithographers, 1879-1965 by John Grossman (Fox Chapel Publishing)

Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising by Rick Marschall and Warren Bernard (Marschall Books)

Zeitgeist and Glamour: Photography of the ’60s and ’70s by Nicola Erni, Petra Giloy-Hirtz and Ira Stehmann (Prestel)

Exhibition catalogue for Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Helmut Newton White Women, Sleepless Nights Big Nudes by Anne Wilkes Tucker (The Museum of Fine Arts,Houston)

Saul Bass A Life in Film and Design by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham (Laurence King Publishers)

LADY GAGA x TERRY RICHARDSON by Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson (Grand Central Publishing)

Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980 by Rebecca Peabody, Andrew Perchuk, Glenn Phillips and Rani Singh (Getty)

Currently reading What It Was by George Pelecanos (Reagan Arthur)

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