From the Newsletter | Don’t Miss These 2021 Books on Art and Artists

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Looking for some books about art and artists for gift giving or leisure reading this holiday season? Check out our list of suggestions in the latest issue of Moment. From stories of renowned Jewish art collectors and looted art during the Holocaust to the personal accounts and reflections of iconic artists such as Judy Chicago and award-winning American illustrator and graphic designer Edward Sorel, these volumes are both informative and engaging.

We’d like to supplement this list with three beautiful catalogs that complement major art exhibitions:

Man Ray: The Paris Years accompanies the exhibition of the same name on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond through February 21, 2022. Ray’s innovative and revelatory portraits of such luminaries as James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and Elsa Schiaparelli document the avant-garde scene in the French capital between the two world wars.

Judy Chicago: In the Making is the companion volume to the exhibition on view at San Francisco’s de Young Museum through January 9, 2022. To learn more about the artist, her groundbreaking feminist art and the de Young exhibition, check out our coverage from the November/December issue.

Paintings, Politics and the Monuments Men: The Berlin Masterpieces in America is the catalog that accompanied the exhibition of the same name that was on view at the Cincinnati Museum from July 9 to October 3. To learn more about the show and what led to the first blockbuster exhibition of our time in America, click here.

For additional holiday gifts and reading, take a look at book and opinion editor Amy Schwartz’s list of suggestions, also in the November/December issue.

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