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Book offering first major analysis of Amit Dutta's work puts Indian film-making in the spotlight

Leading experimental film-maker has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and London's Tate Modern

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal library for sale at Bonhams

The sale traces her intellectual development from a law student and avid reader to one of the most recognizable justices on the Supreme Court.

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Extract | Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing and painting tips

The Old Master’s advice is among the fascinating facts and illuminating anecdotes gathered in a new compendium called Artifacts

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Extract | What should we do about paintings with racist titles?

In a new book of cultural essays, the Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan ponders whether we should change offensive names given to art—and what that might say about us

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From Modigliani to Imelda Marcos, museum thefts to market machinations: renowned German investigative reporters present an arresting story of art crime

The authors’ overview of the types of art crime includes serious analysis—and some entertaining tales

An expert’s guide to Georgia O’Keeffe: five must-read books on the American painter

All you ever wanted to know about O’Keeffe, including a comprehensive biography, the artist’s “perfect” novice recipe book, and her letters to photographer Alfred Stieglitz—selected by the curator Theodora Vischer

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Spring awakening: new art books out soon, from African Art and Bernini to self-taught artists and Franz Kafka

Our books editor selects some of the tempting titles arriving on bookstore shelves in the coming months

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Remarkable new book reveals the dark side of the Sun King

'The Sun King at Sea' shows how Louis XIV, known for his long reign, and cultural and political power, was also a cruel slave-keeper

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Beyond Artemisia: Italy’s forgotten women artists revealed in new book

This well-researched volume confirms that female artists were far more numerous—and talented—than previously recorded

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Spend, spend, spend: what lies behind the Stuarts’ taste for extravagant buildings and interiors

The turbulent period’s flashy architectural projects aimed to send out a powerful message, new book reveals

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Q&A | New children’s book delves behind the scenes of the art world

Doro Globus, the managing director of David Zwirner Books, tells us why she decided to write a book highlighting the many jobs that make a great exhibition

Who read what in 2021? The art world shares its top tips

Leading directors, curators and artists reveal their favourite books of the past year

Compiled by Gareth Harris
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From bowler hats to bad forgeries: new biography offers a fresh look at René Magritte’s complex life—including his dodgier side hustles

The sympathetic book by Alex Danchev, acclaimed biographer of Braque and Cézanne, died before completing the final chapter of this publication

Art fairs: how did they begin and where are they going?

Plus, Caribbean-British art at Tate Britain and Marco Brambilla's VR work at Pérez Art Museum in Miami

Hosted by Ben Luke and Aimee Dawson. With guest speaker Melanie Gerlis. Produced by Julia Michalska and David Clack. With Henrietta Bentall
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Book extract | The highs and lows of art fairs

In this extract from her new book, The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride, Melanie Gerlis examines the trajectory of these art world events, from the post-war European model to the global behemoths of the 21st century

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Dynamic brushstrokes representing 'nature's own flux': new monograph details how Constable got experimental in his late career

The artist’s final period, marred by personal loss, saw him move away from topographical accuracy to embrace a more synthetic form of picture-making

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Pablo Picasso: personal and political collide in lively fourth volume of detailed biography

The Minotaur Years relays the artist's strife as he entered his 50s and one of the most turbulent decades of European history

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As Missouri marks its bicentennial, new book explores a millennium of objects from the state

Countering settler narratives, Saint Louis Art Museum exhibition and catalogue examines the artistic contributions and experiences of marginalised groups

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As butterflies decline at alarming rate globally, new book publishing 18th-century drawings is invaluable resource

Iconotypes: a Compendium of Butterflies and Moths, the long-overdue publication of the naturalist William Jones's extensive illustrations, will enable further research

Miss Clara, the Indian rhinoceros, and other fantastic beasts—a rich exhibition catalogue considers the cruel fashion for touring celebrity animals

This analysis, while celebrating the skill of artists and artisans, does not ignore the exploitative practices of previous centuries

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Marcel Duchamp monograph released more than 60 years after it first appeared in print

Historic texts by critic Robert Lebel in facsimile edition explore how the conceptual art pioneer adopted his female alter ego and cemented his reputation in America

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Highs and lows of humanity reflected in new book that began on Facebook

The Book of Change includes almost 300 works, highlighting environmental challenges but giving glimpses of a better world

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Bellini—who do you think you are? New book challenges 'facts' of Italian Renaissance painter's life

Young Bellini is a convincing recontextualisation of archival evidence suggesting artist's birth date and parentage are not as art historians once thought

An expert's guide to Land Art: five must-read books on art and the environment

Books that make connections between art and the current climate crisis, chosen by the curator and author Ben Tufnell

Van Gogh’s favourite artists: how did they influence his own work?

Steven Naifeh, co-author of the best-selling biography, writes about the painters Vincent admired—and collects their pictures

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From the pyramids to Venice: splendid survey of British painters traces the rise of the professional artist-tourist

Beautifully produced book of works by those who travelled abroad in around 1900 offers readers more than the standard views