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‘Shamefully duped’: friend of convicted art fraudster Inigo Philbrick spills the beans in new memoir

In the warts-and all publication, Orlando Whitfield discusses his 15-year friendship with Philbrick while offering insights into the world of art dealing

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A move to London, the famous logo and liquid lunches: a short history of Thames & Hudson

As it marks its 75th anniversary, we hear how the “amazing melting pot” of Vienna shaped the publisher’s identity and what’s in store for the future

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New encyclopaedia makes Africa’s distant past relevant to today and tomorrow

Project aims to help seasoned researchers unlearn biases and the next generation of archaeologists to find inspiration

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Surrealist pioneer Eileen Agar's remarkable life

A new edition of her 1980s autobiography brings this vivacious and well-connected artist back to life

Wouldn't it be nice to see The Beach Boys: new show goes behind the scenes of seminal 1960s band

Exhibition at Iconic Images Gallery includes rarely seen works by top photographers from the period, as well as childhood pictures

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From pews to power stations: a history of interwar British architecture that some feared might not be published

Gavin Stamp’s final book offers a fitting memorial to the architectural historian and Private Eye columnist

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The art critic Robert Storr on the slow road to social and racial justice

A new series of books titled Focal Points launches with three volumes of essays and articles by the former curator

An expert's guide to colour: five must-read books on all things chromatic

All you ever wanted to know about the topic, from our difficult relationship with colour to a remarkable monochrome children’s book—selected by the colour historian Alexandra Loske

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Margaret Lowengrund: a woman who left her mark

Manhattan print studio The Contemporaries and its founder helped to establish a mid-century market

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Ghosts of America’s ‘Street of Dreams’: a comprehensive book brings the history of New York’s Fifth Avenue to life

Established in the early 1800s, the street was once home to the city’s grandest houses, but many were soon replaced by towering apartment buildings, shops and hotels. A comprehensive book brings this history to life

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Bring on Pierrot, the clumsy clown: new book explores the impact of a bumbling stock character on French art

Marika Takanishi Knowles's monograph focuses on Pierrot’s rise to ubiquity in French culture

‘Shining a light on the blind spots’: new book seeks to provide clearer picture of Mau Mau uprising

Max Pinckers worked together with Kenyan war veterans to bring records of 1950s colonial violence to the fore

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Two catalogues reveal how circles of influence were the driving force behind the Northern Renaissance

The books explore the importance of artist and patronage networks centred on the Holbeins

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The story of a newbie who took on the New York art world—then left it all behind

As a protégé of the international dealer Carla Panicali from 1989 to 1992, David Guenther took a crash course in the business of art. But his account of this heady time is ultimately unsatisfying

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A golden age for photobooks? As publishers join forces we find out what the future holds

The London-based publisher Mack is acquiring smaller firms and widening its visual culture coverage

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Former Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis on why she became a novelist

As the art historian makes the move into fiction writing, she tells us how learning about her family history inspired her

An expert's guide to Frank Auerbach: three must-read books (and a film) on the German-British painter

All you ever wanted to know about Auerbach, from a biography by one of his sitters to a collection of essays about his drawings—selected by the Courtauld Gallery curator Barnaby Wright

Four fake Van Gogh self-portraits that publishers put on their book covers

These works deceive readers, giving a false impression about the artist

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New Wedgwood book traces author's intimate discovery of 18th-century Britain

The “experimental biography” offers fresh perspectives on the celebrated potter

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New book reveals how art dealer Léonce Rosenberg trod the line between salesman and Modern art's great champion

He declared the auction to be art’s true benchmark, but Rosenberg was also a committed promoter of the avant-garde

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An explosive cocktail of desire and betrayal in a novel set in the 1990s London art world

This entertaining satire combines liberal quantities of sex, violence, money and drugs with the Britart scene

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A women’s art history that goes beyond the brush and is a call to action

A new publication offers a more inclusive approach that also honours the “unexceptional”

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‘Have you ever been sat on before?’ What it's like taking part in a (surprisingly) private view

An exclusive extract from a new book by Bianca Bosker that lifts the lid on the secret life of the art world

Bianca Bosker. With an introduction by Gareth Harris
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New Keith Haring biography explores collective memory of New York's gay artistic past

Book on the US artist charts a life “propelled by unremitting determination”

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New book explores work of underrepresented abstract artist who married portrait with place

Miyoko Ito’s intriguing merger of internal and external space gets proper recognition and a fresh look in this visual feast

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Graphic memoir charts an ominous journey from Fidel Castro’s Cuba to Donald Trump’s America

Cuban American artist Edel Rodriguez, labelled a “worm” for fleeing Cold War Cuba in 1980, tells story of his progress from impoverished boyhood to creating alarming covers for Time magazine

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Missing Mona Lisa: the story behind the 1911 theft of Leonardo’s masterpiece

The author of a new book tells us why it was stolen and how Picasso got embroiled in the scandal