1) Philip Guston: Nixon Drawings 1971 & 1975 During a truly tumultuous time in United States history, the early 1970's saw aftermath of the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, the continuing violence of the Vietnam War, and of course the infamous reign of Richard Nixon and Watergate. This comprehensive collection features 180 satirical works by Philip Guston. In the late 1960's, Guston was creating his now famous pictorial language that included enlarged body parts, cigarettes, and usually vulgar imagery. At the peak of this stylistic shift, Guston was inspired by the 37th President of the United States in all of his political downfall. Spurned by the lies and controversy, Guston produced critical cartoons dedicated to Nixon's many career moments. A rare look into a series that captured America's disturbance and frustration during this historic period.
2)Interviews on Art | Robert Storr A museum curator, critic, editor, and academic, Robert Storr has encountered many major artists over the past couple of decades. In this amassed body of interviews, Storr presents 60 fully illustrated discussions, some that have never before been published or haven't been published in full. Conducted between 1981 and 2016, interviewees include Richard Serra, Gabriel Orozco, Jeff Koons, and Kara Walker (among many more!). The collection focuses on the artist and the work being discussed, but also examines the interview as a medium, its ethics, and its techniques and limitations. By just reading the cover of the book and viewing the immense roster of artists, Storr's collection of interviews presents a unique and exciting look into the personal studios of some of the world's contemporary greats.
3) Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the term, "black power" officially being used. On this timely anniversary, this survey on the art that was produced during that time examines this period of radical change during 1963-83 and how young black artists were questioning art, politics, and identity. Soul of a Nation features substantial essays focusing on such subjects as the Black Arts Movement, black feminism, AfriCOBRA, and other social contexts and debates during that time. Through showcasing these works, this book also explores previously neglected histories presented by these artists including Sam Gilliam, Faith Ringgold, Melvin Edwards, and Senga Nengudi. This art-historical framework offers an opportunity to view the struggle that black artists at the time had. To make art that was engaging, innovative, and original, but that also spoke about the concerns and experiences as a Black American.