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The Best Art, Photography, and Coffee Table Books of 2019 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Art, Photography, and Coffee Table books released in 2019?” We looked at 220 of the top Art, Photography, and Coffee Table books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 23 books, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Art, Photography, and Coffee Table” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 175+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 23 Best Art, Photography, and Coffee Table Books From 2019



23 .) A Booklover’s Guide to New York written by Cleo Le-Tan

 A Booklover's Guide to New York

Lists It Appears On:

  • PureWow
  • Vogue 2

“This illustrated guidebook takes you on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood odyssey through New York, visiting iconic bookstores, hidden literary landmarks, and fabled writer’s haunts, and features candid interviews with local literary figures and bibliophiles



22 .) Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography

 Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dandelion Chandelier
  • Vogue 2

“This official book of photographs houses the 50-year collection of the most iconic and beloved photographs taken by prolific fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, the King of Street Style. The iconic Bill Cunningham was known for wearing a blue work jacke



21 .) Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women

 Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dandelion Chandelier
  • Vogue 2

A ground-breaking visual survey of architecture designed by women from the early twentieth century to the present day ‘Would you still call me a diva if I were a man?’ asked Zaha Hadid, challenging as she did so, more than 100 years of stereotypes about fe



20 .) Choupette written by Karl Lagerfeld

 Choupette

Lists It Appears On:

  • Vogue
  • NY Mag

Karl Lagerfeld’s world-famous cat dispenses essential advice on lifestyle, diet, fashion, beauty, and international travel for the uber-fashionable feline. Choupette—the constant feline companion of designer Karl Lagerfeld, creative director at Chanel—is a



19 .) Dior written by Peter Lindbergh

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbes
  • Vogue



18 .) Feast for the Eyes written by Myla Goldberg

 Feast for the Eyes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Digital Camera World
  • NPR

Food has been a much-photographed subject throughout the history of photography, across genres, including art and advertising. This is the first book to survey the rich history of food in photography, and the photographers who developed new ways of describ



17 .) Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful written by Tanisha C. Ford

 Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dandelion Chandelier
  • PureWow

In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the political slogan “Black Is Beautiful.” This monograph―the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career―tells the story of a key, but under-recognized, figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.



16 .) Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows

 Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows

Lists It Appears On:

  • Vogue
  • Vogue 2

Lagerfeld showcases in an oversize format ten years of Chanel’s most influential fashion shows shot by English photographer Simon Procter. Over the past decade, fashion shows have evolved into monumental productions, requiring a level of sophistication and creativity on par with the clothes they present. This has been most evident in Paris at the now legendary runways of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.



15 .) Leonardo by Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci

Lists It Appears On:

  • NY Mag
  • Hyperallergic

Cutting through the veil of legend, Martin Kemp offers an unparalleled portrait of this extraordinary man, asking what made Leonardo’s work so astonishing and what vision drove his art and his invention. This updated edition is the first book to include tw



14 .) Lucian Freud: A Life

 Lucian Freud: A Life

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbes
  • Hyperallergic

A breathtaking visual biography of Freud, told through his own words, unpublished private photographs, and painted portraits This unprecedented look at the private life of Lucian Freud begins with childhood snapshots and ends with rarely seen photographs m



13 .) Magnum Streetwise written by Stephen McLaren

 Magnum Streetwise

Lists It Appears On:

  • NY Mag
  • Readings

The ultimate collection of street photography from Magnum Photos.



12 .) Music: A Subversive History

 Music: A Subversive History

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist
  • Library Journal

A preeminent music historian and critic presents a global history of music from the bottom up Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories of the outsiders and rebels who created musical revolutions and instead celebrate the mainstream assimilators w



11 .) Prabal Gurung

 Prabal Gurung

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbes
  • NY Mag

The first monograph on fashion designer Prabal Gurung, packed with stories, design inspiration, and never-before-seen photographs In February 2017, Prabal Gurung ended his show with a parade of feminist tees featuring phrases like “This Is What a Feminist



10 .) Ralph Lauren: In His Own Fashion

 Ralph Lauren: In His Own Fashion

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbes
  • Vogue 2

From the author of Dressing the Man, the seminal tome on men’s fashion, comes the illustrated biography of Ralph Lauren. Published as part of the designer’s 50th anniversary, Alan Flusser’s book looks at the life of the iconic American designer through the lens of fashion and cultural impact. This high-level, yet intimate, reflection on the life and work of Ralph Lauren shows how a preppy young boy from the Bronx created one of the most recognizable brands in American fashion.



9 .) Supreme Glamour written by Mary Wilson with Mark Bego

 Supreme Glamour

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • NY Mag

Supreme Glamour builds a complete picture of the charm and sophistication of The Supremes. With the assistance of her close personal friend Mark Bego, founding member Mary Wilson tells the complete story of the band, both on- and off-stage, from their begi



8 .) Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion

 Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion

Lists It Appears On:

  • Vogue
  • NY Mag

The first-ever book celebrating black models, filled with revealing essays, interviews, and stunning photographs To date, there has never been a book devoted exclusively to black models. Supreme Models fills that void, paying tribute to black models past a



7 .) The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

 The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist
  • Library Journal

The Los Angeles Times Bestseller A Tor.com Most Anticipated Book of 2019 A PureWow “Book We Can’t Wait to Read in 2019” A Bustle Nonfiction Book Coming Out In 2019 To Start Getting Excited About The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of



6 .) The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion

 The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion

Lists It Appears On:

  • NY Mag
  • Vogue 2

In The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, curator and critic Antwaun Sargent addresses a radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today. The featuring of the Black figure and Black runway and cover models in the media an



5 .) The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History

 The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist
  • Library Journal

From the bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls, the untold, “richly detailed” story of the women of Walt Disney Studios, who shaped the iconic films that have enthralled generations (Margot Lee Shetterly, New York Times bestselling author of Hidde



4 .) Virgil Abloh: Figures Of Speech

Lists It Appears On:

  • Vogue
  • NY Mag

“This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.”



3 .) William Morris’s Flowers

Lists It Appears On:

  • NY Mag
  • Vogue 2

A passionate advocate of craftsmanship over mass-production, William Morris (1834- 1896) designed a huge variety of objects, but it is his highly original carpet, fabric and wallpaper patterns that have continued to capture the imagination and exert their



2 .) Vogue on Location: People, Places and Portraits

 Vogue on Location: People, Places and Portraits

Lists It Appears On:

  • Vogue
  • Refinery 29
  • Vogue 2

Travel around the globe with Vogue’s most exotic fashion, travel, and lifestyle stories Have fashion, will travel. That’s the vision behind Vogue on Location, a journey in itself through the many spectacular voyages that the magazine took over the years. S



1 .) The Rihanna Book written by Rihanna

 The Rihanna Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dandelion Chandelier
  • NY Mag
  • Refinery 29
  • Vogue 2

From her Barbados childhood to her worldwide tours, from iconic fashion moments to private time with friends and family, the book showcases intimate photographs of her life as an artist, performer, designer, and entrepreneur. Many of these images have never before been published.




The 175+ Additional Best Art, Photography, and Coffee Table Books Released In 2019



#BookAuthorLists
24A Great Party: Designing the Perfect CelebrationBryan RafanelliPureWow
25A Spectral HueCraig Laurance GidneyNPR
26A-Z of Flower Portraits Jackson’s
27Acrylics Unleashed Jackson’s
28Agnès B.: The Snap Cardigan NY Mag
29Alive Still: Nell Blaine, American Painter Booklist
30All the Greys on Greene Street. Booklist 2
31American BoysSoraya ZamanPureWow
32Anna Mason’s Watercolour World Jackson’s
33AnotherChristian RobinsonNPR
34Anti Glossy: Fashion Photography NowPatrick RemyPureWow
35Architectural Digest At 100: A Century Of … Refinery 29
36Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989Jonathan WeinbergPureWow
37Arthur Elgort: I Love… NY Mag
38Atlas of Furniture Design NY Mag
39Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses Vogue 2
40Atlas of Vanishing Places: The lost worlds as they were and as they are today – Unexpected Atlases 
Good Housekeeping
41Australia ModernHannah Lewi & Philip GoadReadings
42Avedon: Behind the Scenes, 1964-1980 Vogue 2
43Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of Interiors Vogue 2
44Bauhaus Ballet NY Mag
45BeachesGray Malin
Good Housekeeping
46Because Booklist 2
47Bedtime: Inspirational Beds, Bedrooms, and Boudoirs Vogue 2
48Best in Travel 2020Lonely Planet
Good Housekeeping
49Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home With Books NY Mag
50Billy Showell’s Botanical Painting In Watercolour Jackson’s
51Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design 
Dandelion Chandelier
52Bolder: Life Lessons from People Older & Wiser Than You 
Good Housekeeping
53Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey Booklist
54Born to Party, Forced to Work Vogue 2
55Brooklyn, The City Within NY Mag
56BTTM FDRSEzra Claytan DanielsNPR
57Butcher and Beast: Mastering the Art of Meat: A Cookbook NY Mag
58Bystander: A History of Street Photography 
Digital Camera World
59Cabin Porn: Inside Refinery 29
60CAMP: Notes on FashionAndrew BoltonPureWow
61Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest TreasureCynthia S. BrenwallPureWow
62Cereal City Guide: Paris 
Good Housekeeping
63Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly Booklist
64Chamber Music: Wu-Tang and America [in 36 Pieces] Booklist
65Charles White: A Retrospective Booklist
66
Chinese Brush Painting: Traditional and contemporary techniques using ink and water soluble media
 Jackson’s
67Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour Jackson’s
68ColonyCathy Leahy, Judith Ryan, Dr Isobel Crombie & Megan PattyReadings
69
Colored Pencil Painting Bible: Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Ultra-realistic Effects
 Jackson’s
70Colour Mixing Guide: Acrylics Jackson’s
71Comfortably Wild: The Best Glamping Destinations in North AmericaMike & Anne HowardPureWow
72Comics: Easy as ABC! Booklist 2
73Concrete HousesJoe RolloReadings
74Daido Moriyama: How I Take Photos 
Digital Camera World
75David Bellamy’s Skies, Light and Atmosphere in Watercolour Jackson’s
76Delicious Places: New Food Culture, Restaurants and InteriorsGestaltenPureWow
77Donald Judd: Interviews 
Hyperallergic
78Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum Booklist 2
79Drag: The Complete Story NY Mag
80Drawing and Painting People: A Fresh Approach Jackson’s
81Dress ScandinavianPernille Teisbaek
Good Housekeeping
82East Harlem: The Postwar Years NY Mag
83Eat, Drink, Nap: Bringing the House Home 
Good Housekeeping
84Elizabethan Globalism: England, China And The Rainbow PortraitMatthew DimmockNPR
85Elton JohnTerry O’neillRefinery 29
86Experimental Landscapes in Watercolour Jackson’s
87Food Photography: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Appetizing Images 
Digital Camera World
88Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots 
Digital Camera World
89Food Styling for Photographers 
Digital Camera World
90Francois Halard: A Visual Diary Vogue 2
91Gelli Plate Printing Jackson’s
92Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest. 
Library Journal
93Golf: The Ultimate Book 
Dandelion Chandelier
94Great Women Artists 
Good Housekeeping
95Greco Disco: The Art and Design of Luke Edward Hall Vogue 2
96HausMagick: Transform Your Home with WitchcraftErica FeldmannPureWow
97Henri Cartier-Bresson 
Digital Camera World
98Henry Darger 
Hyperallergic
99Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design NY Mag
100Hokusai: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji 
Hyperallergic
101Home In The WoodsEliza WheelerNPR
102I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through the Television Revolution 
Library Journal
103Ian Fairweather editedClaire Roberts & John ThompsonReadings
104If I Could Tell You Just One Thing… Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice 
Good Housekeeping
105Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American FamilyPriya KrishnaPureWow
106Japanese Woodblock Prints (1680-19380 
Dandelion Chandelier
107Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours: Painting with freedom, expression and style Jackson’s
108Jean Haines’ Colour & Light in Watercolour: new extended edition Jackson’s
109Jim Marshall: Show Me the Picture NY Mag
110John Galliano for Dior Vogue 2
111Kerry James Marshall: History of Painting NY Mag
112La Grotta: Ice Creams and Sorbets: A CookbookKitty TraversPureWow
113Le Corbuffet: Edible Art and Design Classics NY Mag
114Legaspi: Larry Legaspi, the 70s, and the Future of Fashion Vogue
115Legendary Artists And The Clothes They Wore Refinery 29
116Let Me Hear a Rhyme Booklist 2
117Life in 50mm 
Digital Camera World
118Life Lessons I Learned from my DogEmma Block
Good Housekeeping
119Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries Vogue 2
120Linocut for Artists and Designers Jackson’s
121Live Green Sustainable Year Book 
Good Housekeeping
122Louise Bourgeois: An Intimate Portrait NY Mag
123Magnum Contact Sheets 
Digital Camera World
124Making Woodblock Prints Jackson’s
125Mary Quant NY Mag
126Mastering Street Photography 
Digital Camera World
127Midcentury Memories: The Anonymous Project Refinery 29
128Mirka MoraSabine CotteReadings
129Monochrome Home – Elegant interiors in black and white 
Good Housekeeping
130Mostly Dead ThingsKristen ArnettNPR
131Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power Booklist
132Moving to Mars: Design for the Red Planet NY Mag
133Nan Goldin: The Other Side NY Mag
134New York: Club Kids NY Mag
135Nobody’s Looking At You: EssaysJanet MalcolmNPR
136Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over NY Mag
137On the Come Up Booklist 2
138On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography NY Mag
139Operatic Booklist 2
140Our Interference Times: A Visual Record NY Mag
141Pablo Picasso: The Impossible Collection Forbes
142
Paint Yourself Calm: Colourful, Creative Mindfulness Through Watercolour
 Jackson’s
143Painting Brilliant Skies & Water in Pastel Jackson’s
144Painting Water in Watercolour: 30 Minute Artist Jackson’s
145Palm Beach Vogue 2
146Pastel Pointers: Top 100 Secrets For Beautiful Paintings Jackson’s
147Paula Rego: The Art of Story 
Hyperallergic
148PetAkwaeke EmeziNPR
149Photos That Changed the World 
Good Housekeeping
150Piatti: Plates and Platters for Sharing 
Dandelion Chandelier
151Poilâne: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery NY Mag
152Pokko And The DrumMatthew ForsytheNPR
153
Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications
 Jackson’s
154Prada Catwalk Vogue
155Pride: Fifty Years Of Parades And Protests Refinery 29
156Queen Of The SeaDylan MeconisNPR
157Resident Dog: Incredible Homes and the Dogs That Live There NY Mag
158Roy Lichtenstein The Impossible Collection Forbes
159Rusty BrownChris WareNPR
160Scrawl: An A to Z of Famous DoodlesCaren Strauss-SchulsonPureWow
161Space Utopia: A Journey Through the History of Space Exploration 
Dandelion Chandelier
162Spring: A NovelAli SmithNPR
163Star Power: A Simple Guide to Astrology for the Modern MysticVanessa Montgomery
Good Housekeeping
164Step into ParadiseJenny Kee & Linda JacksonReadings
165StonedJo WoodRefinery 29
166Street Photography Now 
Digital Camera World
167Street. Life. Photography 
Digital Camera World
168Styling for Instagram 
Digital Camera World
169Surf Like A GirlCarolina AmellRefinery 29
170Taking Risks with Watercolour Jackson’s
171That Photo Makes Me Hungry 
Digital Camera World
172The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable ListAlana NewhousePureWow
173The Art of Feminism editedHelena Reckitt, with texts by Lucinda Gosling, Hilary Robinson & Amy TobinReadings
174
The Art of Game of Thrones, the official book of design from Season 1 to Season 8
 NY Mag
175The Book of Tapas, New EditionSimone OrtegaPureWow
176The Bucket List: Places to find Peace and QuietVictoria Ward
Good Housekeeping
177The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando Booklist
178The Decisive Moment (Images à la Sauvette) 
Digital Camera World
179The Elizabethan Image 
Hyperallergic
180The Flower ExpertFleur MchargRefinery 29
181The Food Stylist’s Handbook 
Digital Camera World
182The Fountains of Silence Booklist 2
183The Hard TomorrowEleanor DavisNPR
184The Healing Power of PlantsFran Bailey
Good Housekeeping
185The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry. 
Library Journal
186The Irishman Vogue 2
187The Life of Tea 
Digital Camera World
188The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide 
Hyperallergic
189The Mind’s Eye 
Digital Camera World
190The NASA Archives. 60 Years in SpacePiers BizonyPureWow
191The National Gallery: Masterpieces of Painting 
Hyperallergic
192The New Art of Cooking 
Digital Camera World
193The NoMad Cocktail Book NY Mag
194The Pastel Artist’s Bible Jackson’s
195The Peanuts Papers: Writers And Cartoonists On Charlie Brown, Snoopy & The Gang, And The Meaning Of LifeAndrew Blauner (editor)NPR
196The Roots of Rap Booklist 2
197The Shortest DaySusan CooperNPR
198The TouchKinfolk, Norm Architects & GestaltenReadings
199The Ultimate Guide to Natural Light for Food Photography 
Digital Camera World
200The UndefeatedKwame AlexanderNPR
201Tulum Gypset 
Dandelion Chandelier
202
Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti.
 Booklist 2
203Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin 
Hyperallergic
204Vienna: Portrait of a City Vogue 2
205Visions From The Upside Down: Stranger Thi… Refinery 29
206Visual Feast 
Digital Camera World
207Vitamin TPhaidon Editors & Jenelle PorterReadings
208Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found 
Digital Camera World
209
Wabi Sabi Painting with Cold Wax: Adding Body, Texture and Transparency to Your Art
 Jackson’s
210Walter Chandoha. Cats. Photographs 1942–2018Susan MichalsPureWow
211
Warhol on Basquiat: The Iconic Relationship Told in Andy Warhol’s Words and Pictures
 Forbes
212Watercolour Workshop: Projects and Interpretations Jackson’s
213Waves: Pro Surfers and Their World NY Mag
214West: The American Cowboy NY Mag
215
What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence.
 
Library Journal
216William Shakespeare × Chris Ofili: Othello NY Mag
217
Wine Simple: A Totally Approachable Guide From a World-Class Sommelier
 NY Mag
218Women of the 116th Congress NY Mag
219Yves Klein Painted Everything Blue and Wasn’t Sorry. NY Mag
220Zuber: Two Centuries of Panoramic Wallpaper Vogue 2


17 Best Art, Photography, and Coffee Table Book Sources/Lists



Source
Booklist
Booklist 2
Dandelion Chandelier
Digital Camera World
Digital Camera World
Forbes
Good Housekeeping
Hyperallergic
Jackson’s
Library Journal
NPR
NY Mag
PureWow
Readings
Refinery 29
Vogue
Vogue 2

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