Summer Reading

July 13, 2009

Since summer is officially here, I thought it would be great to catch up on some summer (art-related) reading.

Whether you frequent the library, bookstore, LACMA’s museum store, read e-books online or via Kindle, or listen to books on tape/podcast, here are some recommendations from our fellow Tweeps on Twitter to get you started. If your favorite art-related book is not listed, feel free to post in the comments section.

Adult Fiction:

Lewis Croft, The Pornographer of Vienna (novel inspired by life of Austrian artist Egon Schiele)

Jesse Kellerman, The Genius

Jane Langton, Murder at the Gardner: A Novel of Suspense: A Homer Kelly Mystery

Gregory Maguire, Confession of an Ugly Stepsister (a well-known fairy tale from a different point of view that includes a well-known artist)

W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence (novel based loosely on the life of Gauguin)

Iain Pears, The Raphael Affair, The Titian Committee, Giotto’s Hand, etc.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, The Relic (fiction set in New York’s Museum of Natural History)

John Shors, Beneath a Marble Sky (historical fiction involving the development of the Taj Mahal)

Tim Powers, The Anubis Gates

Émile Zola, The Masterpiece

Mary Kay Zuravleff, The Bowl is Already Broken (novel set around a fictitious museum by former Smithsonian editor)

Adult Non-Fiction:

Bruce Altshuler, Salon to Biennial: Exhibitions that Made Art History, Volume 1: 1863–1959

Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida

Judy Chicago, Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist

Douglas Crimp, On the Museum’s Ruins

Gregory Curtis, Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo

Hayden Herrera, Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

Daniel J. Sherman, ed., Museums and Difference

Slinkachu, Little People in the City: The Street Art of Slinkachu

Kirk Varnedoe, Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art since Pollock

Children’s Books:

Menena Cottin, The Black Book of Colors

Ian Falconer, Olivia

E. L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Greg Tang, Math-terpieces

Besides the standard book-buying sites, here are more sources for finding more art/museum-related books:


Center for Children's Books

Kohl Children’s Museum’s Suggested Reading List

Devi Noor