A consummate connoisseur and gallery-goer, John Updike penned eloquent essays on art for The New York Review of Books. Always Looking is the long-anticipated third collection of these writings that will further buttress his unparalleled and passionate legacy.
In 1939, master photographer Bernice Abbott fixed her lens on physics and other scientific phenomena resulting in a paramount body of work compiled for the first time in Documenting Science. The results are arresting in their beauty and enlightening in their precise pedagogy. Don't miss the MIT Museum's current exhibition of these rare photographs.
At nearly thirty pounds, this "book in a box" is an unprecedented reference of 500 classic graphic designs, each individually emblazoned in full-color on heavy stock. Designers and aesthetes alike may arrange the pages to suit their needs or free-form it for instant inspiration. An incomparable publication.
Making its debut as a dazzling deluxe facsimile encased in a box (naturally!) with a corresponding DVD, Joseph Cornell's legendary project was inspired by a copy of a French handbook for farmers from 1911 that he elegantly revised with his deft hand. Call it Pre-Postmodernism or just plain awesome, but do not miss your chance to gift this stunner.
Another feat from our friends at Phaidon takes the form of this astonishing comprehensive monograph of the work of the late, brilliant abstract painter Agnes Martin. Fantastic essays, engrossing interviews and large plates of her ingenious work are augmented by tipped-in facsimiles of her letters making for a veritable museum of paper.