Summer Reading Recommendations


The summer season is nearly here, and hopefully, that means you’ll have time to catch up on your reading. In case you need some recommendations, here are 13 art books that the Art Calendar writers and editors are currently enjoying:

1. The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson

Who’s Reading It: Ligaya Figueras and E. Brady Robinson

2. Portrait of Dr. Gachet: The Story of a Van Gogh Masterpiece, Money, Politics, Collectors, Greed, and Loss by Cynthia Saltzman

Who’s Reading It: Matthew Daub

3. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

Who’s Reading It: Renée Phillips


4. The Undressed Art: Why We Draw by Peter Steinhart

Who’s Reading It: Diana Moses Botkin

5. Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

Who’s Reading It: Steve Meltzer

6. Behind Every Man: The Story of Nancy Cooper Russell by Joan Stauffer

Who’s Reading It: Jack White

7. Lives of the Artists by Calvin Tomkins

Who’s Reading It: Ligaya Figueras

8. Sister Wendy’s 1000 Masterpieces by Sister Wendy Beckett

Who’s Reading It: Annie Strack

9. The Triumph of Modernism, The Art World, 1985-2005 by Hilton Kramer

Who’s Reading It: Stephen Knudsen

10. You Can Do a Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate

Who’s Reading It: Jeffrey Lipsky

11. Art Without Compromise by Wendy Richmond

Who’s Reading It: Louise Buyo, Art Calendar Assistant Editor

12. Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light by Leonard Shlain

Who’s Reading It: Kim Hall, Art Calendar Editor