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Top of the Stack: Colossal’s Favorite Art Books of 2022

November 28, 2022

Colossal

As we near the end of 2022, we're taking a look back at the year, starting with the books we found most compelling, impressive, and inspirational. We've published dozens of articles on artist monographs and compendiums of broader topics across art and design and science and history over the last 12 months, and these are the 10 titles that impacted us most. Head to Bookshop to browse all 25 books on our list, including the highly anticipated Hilma AF Klint Catalogue Raisonné, a glimpse into rarely-seen works by Ruth Asawa, and a dive into the history of protest art.   Ocean, Exploring…

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Art Design

Destination Art: A New Guide Looks at 500 Permanent Art Installations to Visit Around the World

January 8, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

When traveling, it is a given that I will visit at least one museum dedicated to art. Most often it is someplace new—either an institution that has previously escaped my radar, or one that belongs to a city I have not yet explored. Although I enjoy viewing institutional collections, I am perhaps most drawn to works installed outdoors, especially if they require a bit of extra effort…

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A New Book Plunges into the Vast Diversity of the World’s Oceans Across 3,000 Years

July 28, 2022

Grace Ebert

Despite thousands of years of research and an unending fascination with marine creatures, humans have explored only five percent of the oceans covering the majority of the earth's surface. A forthcoming book from Phaidon dives into the planet's notoriously vast and mysterious aquatic ecosystems, traveling across the continents and three millennia to uncover the stunning diversity of…

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Art History

Great Women Painters: An Enormous Volume Surveys the Work of 300 Artists Across 500 Years

July 20, 2022

Grace Ebert

In the same vein as Phaidon’s formidable Great Women Artists and African Artists, a forthcoming book from the publisher similarly widens the art historical canon while recognizing some of the most influential and impactful painters working in the medium today. The massive compilation, titled Great Women Painters, highlights more than 300 artists across 500 years and a vast array…

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Art Design

Influential Artworks Find Wearable Interpretations in Handmade Garments by Ariel Adkins

May 25, 2022

Kate Mothes

After a museum visit, we might pick up a postcard or T-shirt as a memento of the artworks we've enjoyed most. Brooklyn-based blogger Ariel Adkins, who is also Curator of Art, Culture & Community at Twitter, takes her love of masterpieces to the next level by creating one-of-a-kind apparel inspired by some of the world's most influential artists. Donning capes, dresses, and coveralls in bright colors…

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Art Craft Photography

Colorful, Geometric Stitches Embolden Black-and-White Photographs of Historical Figures and Cultural Icons

September 24, 2020

Grace Ebert

When Victoria Villasana (previously) lays a long stitch on a vintage photograph, she's connecting the pattern or geometric shape to a piece of history, culture, or philosophy. The Mexican artist transforms found black-and-white images of cultural icons and historical figures through vibrant embroideries. Turquoise fibers radiate from Nelson Mandela's fist, a gold, chevron collar lines Chadwick Boseman's shirt, and Yayoi Kusma sports a multicolor garment with varying dots and stripes. Emboldened by stitches that often breach the photograph's edges, the multi-media artworks exude power, strength, and…

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