Bookwatch: the September edition

Art books are a feverishly published commodity and we compile a list of our new recommends. 

Written by Adam Bryce

The Lives of Others: Sublime Interiors of Extraordinary People by Simon Watson

Simon Watson is one of the most prolific chroniclers of remarkable interiors of our time and, with that, comes access to incredible spaces. This new book by Watson shows the Duchess of Alba’s Palacio Liria in Madrid, filled with 16th and 17th-century masterpieces, Christian Louboutin’s Parisian apartment and much more.


Mirage Voyage Lumiere by Henrik Purienne

The fifth volume of Henrik Purienne’s Mirage series, the new volume includes work by Bryan Liston, Helmut Newton, Slim Aarons, Chris Von Wagenheim, Gunter Sachs, and Slim Aarons. All previous issues are out of print and sell for hundreds of pounds. One would have to assume that this edition is headed the same way.


Polaroids 92-95 (CA) & Polaroids 92-95 (NY) by Ari Marcopoulos

While moving studios in 2018, artist Ari Marcopoulos chanced upon some unpublished polaroids which are now reproduced in both the L.A. and N.Y. editions of this book. Only a few have ever been published before, meaning this new tome is packed full of never-before-seen images by the legendary photographer.


Four Books by Wolfgang Tillmans

A must-have for any photography or art fan, Tillmans’ Four Books set is a special-edition release to celebrate the 40th anniversary of publisher Taschen. Hosting a combination of four of the photographer’s most iconic titles in one, Four Books includes photographs of youth and club culture of the 1990s to atmospheric portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and sky shots, to more abstract work.


View Point by Thomas Lohr & Olu Odukoya

Followers of German photographer, Thomas Lohr, would have admired the photographs shared via the his Instagram account during Berlin’s COVID-19 lockdown. The images, all taken from Lohr’s apartment looking down on a new world below, have now been collated for the contents of a new hardcover delight.


Afrosurf — the Untold Story of African Surf Culture

A rare look at African surf culture, this book is currently in the process of being funded via a Kickstarter campaign. Due to release in December, now is a good time to show your support and cross your fingers it arrives by year’s end.


Noah Davis by Helen Molesworth

Published on the occasion of Noah Davis’ 2020 exhibition at David Zwirner contemporary art gallery, New York, the Noah Davis monograph highlights the work of the hugely influential painter. Regarded as one of the most important figures in modern art and culture, despite his premature death at the age of just 32, Davis work is a must-see.


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