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FOR THE PERSON WHO APPRECIATES FORM AS MUCH AS FUNCTION

1. The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands Edited by Huw Lewis-Jones

Amid a cornucopia of 167 full-color images, we find here maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, nursery rhymes, literary classics, and collectible comics. An enchanting visual and verbal journey, The Writer’s Map will be irresistible for lovers of maps, literature, and memories—and anyone prone to flights of the imagination.

2. Mythology by Edith Hamilton

This 75th anniversary edition of a classic bestseller is stunningly illustrated and designed to enchant fans of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology at all ages. For more than seven decades readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the enchanting world of mythology — from Odysseus’s adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin’s effort to postpone the final day of doom.

3. GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty by Kahran and Regis Bethencourt

With stunning images of natural hair and gorgeous, inventive visual storytelling, GLORY puts Black beauty front and center with more than 100 breathtaking photographs and a collection of powerful essays about the children. At its heart, it is a recognition and celebration of the versatility and innate beauty of Black hair, and Black beauty.

4. Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics by Elizabeth Otto

An investigation of the irrational and the unconventional currents swirling behind the Bauhaus’s signature sleek surfaces and austere structures.

5. Tarot by Jessica Hundley, Johannes Fiebig, Marcella Koll

Trace the hidden history of Tarot in the first volume from TASCHEN’s Library of Esoterica, a series documenting the creative ways we strive to connect to the divine. Artfully arranged according to the sequencing of the Major and Minor Arcana, this visual compendium gathers more than 500 cards and works of original art from around the world.

6. The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St Clair

A dazzling gift, the unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-colored volume.

7. ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History by Jennifer Dasal

ArtCurious is a colorful look at the world of art history, revealing some of the strangest, funniest, and most fascinating stories behind the world’s great artists and masterpieces. Through these and other incredible, weird, and wonderful tales, ArtCurious presents an engaging look at why art history is, and continues to be, a riveting and relevant world to explore.

8. Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story by Chaédria LaBouvier

Defacement is the starting point for the present volume, which focuses on Basquiat’s response to anti-black racism and police brutality. Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story explores this chapter in the artist’s career through both the lens of his identity and the Lower East Side as a nexus of activism in the early 1980s, an era marked by the rise of the art market, the AIDS crisis and ongoing racial tensions in the city. Basquiat’s painting is contextualized by ephemera related to Stewart’s death, including newspaper clippings and protest posters, samples of artwork from Stewart’s estate and work made by other artists in response to Stewart’s death and the subsequent trial, including pieces by Haring, Andy Warhol, David Hammons, George Condo and Lyle Ashton Harris.

9. Humans by Brandon Stanton

Including hundreds of photos and stories of the people he met and talked with in over forty countries, Humans is classic Brandon Stanton—a fully color illustrated book that includes many photos and stories never seen before. Brandon Stanton’s Humans, one of the most hotly-anticipated books of fall 2020, is a book that connects readers as global citizens at a time when erecting more borders is the order of the day. Humans by Brandon Stanton—it shows us the entire world, one story at a time.

10. Lips Journal by Jonathan Adler

Featuring a saucy and seductive motif, our Lips Journal is a chic spot to jot your thoughts. This nifty notebook is embellished with gold foil accents, die cut pages, and a sheet of stickers to punctuate your prose.

11. Paperblanks Flexis 2021 Dayplanner: Frida

Described as a combination of pop surrealism and lowbrow art, Lacombe’s style has a vintage look while remaining contemporary. In this Frida notebook cover his ability to capture humanity and emotion is on full display.

HOLIDAY 2020 GIFT GUIDE: AESTHETIC FEAST
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