Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular

The visionary and supremely self-fashioning artist Frida Kahlo drew inspiration throughout her career from arte popular—painted ceramics, embroidered...

Frank Bowling's Americas
New York, 1966–75

When the British Guiana–born artist Frank Bowling relocated from London to New York in 1966, he found an art scene in flux, with abstract painting...

America Goes Modern
The Rise of the Industrial Designer

During the 1920s and 1930s, the speed of modern life in the United States, accelerated by the invention of cars, airplanes, electric lighting...

Real Photo Postcards
Pictures from a Changing Nation

The ubiquity of photography and social media today makes it hard to imagine a time when it was not possible for ordinary people to take their own...

Genji
The Prince and the Parodies

Lady Murasaki’s Tale of Genji has delighted readers for more than 1,000 years and inspired writers to create numerous parodies. Artists have responded...

Kay Nielsen
An Enchanted Vision

The Danish artist Kay Nielsen’s luminous interpretations of fairytales and legends from around the world are among the most celebrated book...

Fabric of a Nation
American Quilt Stories

A mother stitches a few lines of prayer into a bedcover for her son serving in the Union army during the Civil War. A formerly enslaved African...

European Painting and Sculpture before 1800

Major works spanning the medieval era to the Enlightenment from the MFA's superlative collection The tremendous political, religious and cultural...

Juno
A Colossal Roman Statue

The amazing story of a monumental statue If this monumental Roman statue could speak, she would tell of travels from a theater in ancient Rome to the...

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

The seventeenth century in the Netherlands was famously a golden age of painting. This book assembles some two dozen masterworks from the collection...

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Editorial Reviews and Awards

Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories reveals a rich, complex and often overlooked history of North America as told from individual experiences manifested within the tradition of quiltmaking. The book illustrates how quilts are more than material objects of comfort and aesthetic beauty. They are archives of social, political and cultural histories.”
Art Libraries Society of North America

“In this pandemic year of missing most everything, we’ve been trained to look for silver linings wherever possible. So here’s mine: [Cy Twombly: Making Past Present], which I got a few months back, is gorgeous.”
—Murray Whyte, The Boston Globe

“In these flattened times, Writing the Future conveys motion. The book, a companion to a suspended exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, is about Basquiat, his contemporaries, and early hip-hop culture, but it’s also about the movements and rhythms of New York City—'the work of the subway writers became as optically and optimally omnipresent as the Manhattan skyline,' Greg Tate writes. And in its dynamic blend of art, history, and analysis, it has a movement of its own.”
—Dan Adler, Vanity Fair

About Writing the Future: “To leaf through this prodigy’s oeuvre intermingled with photos of what he called 'just … you know, my friends and stuff'; of their tags brightening storefronts and subway cars, of the boomboxes and leather jackets and reference books they at once desecrated and elevated, is to hold in your hands the record of a place and a time and a togetherness we can only hope one day to experience again.”
—Lauren Christensen, ​The New York Times Book Review

“[Casanova is] one of the flat out best art books of the year. Don’t miss it—you’ll read it like a novel with pictures.”
—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes podcast

“The handsome volume [Hokusai’s Lost Manga] includes dozens of lively, lovely images, showcasing Hokusai’s skill at capturing movement, in swirling garments, in water, in wind, in bodies in motion at work, spinning pots on a wheel, making paper, washing a horse, trekking up a hill.”
Boston Sunday Globe

“[The Priest, the Prince, the Pasha is] a feat of storytelling that makes ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ look like kid stuff.”
The Wall Street Journal

“[In Holland on Paper, Cliff] Ackley has, in this stunning volume, contributed significantly to the larger project of opening up to the English-speaking world an intriguing chapter in what has until recently been among the best kept secrets of modern art. With the appearance of this splendidly illustrated and valuable book, the secret is out.”
—Joan E. Greer, Art in Print

“The large reproductions in [John Singer Sargent Watercolors], several with accompanying details, offer some of the best viewing of his work in printed form. Seduction will lead to Dazzle.”
—Carl Little, Art New England

”[She Who Tells a Story] may well go down as a landmark in the worlds of contemporary photography and graphic arts. In addition they illuminate the subtle but explosive changes now transforming Middle Eastern societies.”
—John G. Morris