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The Best The Best Art, Photography, And Coffee Table Books of 2020 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best The Best Art, Photography, And Coffee Table books released in 2020?” We looked at 198 of the top The Best Art, Photography, And Coffee Table books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 22 books, all appearing on 2 or more “Best The 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.

Our other Best Of 2020 Articles:

Previous Years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

All titles have been added to a Bookshop list as well!

Happy Scrolling!



Top 22 Best The Best Art, Photography, And Coffee Table Books From 2020



22.) Accidentally Wes Anderson written byWally Koval

Accidentally Wes Anderson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Dandelion Chandelier

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A visual adventure of Wes Anderson proportions, authorized by the legendary filmmaker himself: stunning photographs of real-life places that seem plucked from the just-so world of his films, presented with fascinating human stories behind each fa ade. Accidentally Wes A



21.) Cabinet of Curiosities written byMassimo Listri

Cabinet of Curiosities

Lists It Appears On:

  • Financial Times
  • The Times 2

The Wunderkammer, or “cabinet of curiosities,” saw collectors gathering objects from many strands of artistic, scientific, and intellectual endeavor, in an ambitious attempt to encompass all of humankind’s knowledge in a single room.



20.) Chernobyl: A Stalkers’ Guide written byDarmon Richter

Chernobyl: A Stalkers’ Guide

Lists It Appears On:

  • Financial Times
  • The Globe and Mail

Drawing on unprecedented access to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone–including insights gained while working as a tour guide and during an illegal “stalker” hike–Darmon Richter creates an entirely new portrait of Chernobyl’s forgotten ghost towns, monuments and moreSince the first atomic bomb was dropp



19.) Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist written byCelia Stahr

Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Booklist

The riveting story of how three years spent in the United States transformed Frida Kahlo into the artist we know today An] insightful debut….Featuring meticulous research and elegant turns of phrase, Stahr’s engrossing account provides scholarly though accessible analysis for both feminists and ar



18.) Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957 written byNicole Fleetwood (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Sarah Meister (Editor) Gordon Parks (Photographer) Glenn Lowry (Foreword by) & 2 more

Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed News
  • The Globe and Mail

Gordon Parks’ ethically complex depictions of crime in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with previously unseen photographsWhen Life magazine asked Gordon Parks to illustrate a recurring series of articles on crime in the United States in 1957, he had already been a staff photographe



17.) In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials written bySpencer Bailey

In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dandelion Chandelier
  • Financial Times

Exploring the art, architecture, and design of memorials around the world from the late twentieth century to todayMemorials hold a special position in the cultural memory of communities, and collective consciousness of communities, cities, and countries. In Memory Of presents an extraordinary and mo



16.) Lartigue: The Boy and the Belle Époque written byLouise Baring

Lartigue: The Boy and the Belle Époque

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Times
  • The Wall Street Journal 3

One of the twentieth century’s most celebrated and prodigious photographers, Jacques Henri Lartigue captured the exuberance of Belle Époque Paris during his childhood. Lartigue focuses solely on the artist’s adolescence, featuring classic images of motor cars and high fashion alongside previously un



15.) Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night written byAndrea Schlieker, Elizabeth Alexander, Isabella Maidment & Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night

Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • The New York Times

Dramatically reinventing the lineage of Goya, Sargent and Manet, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye imbues the Black subjects in her paintings with atmospheric grace and eleganceTaking inspiration from the techniques of historic European portraiture, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s oil paintings could almost be from a m



14.) Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph written byMing Smith

Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Wall Street Journal 3
  • BuzzFeed News

Ming Smith’s poetic and experimental images are icons of twentieth-century African American life. One of the greatest artist-photographers working today, Smith moved to New York in the 1970s and began to make images charged with startling beauty and spiritual energy. This long-awaited monograph brin



13.) My Town: An Artist’s Life In London written byDavid Gentleman

My Town: An Artist’s Life In London

Lists It Appears On:

  • the Guardian
  • NPR



12.) Open Studio written bySharon Coplan Hurowitz Amanda Benchley Casey Kelbaugh (Photographer) & 1 more

Open Studio

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbes
  • Hyperallergic

A behind-the-scenes look at leading contemporary artists at work in their studios, with original art projects to recreate at homeOpen Studio invites you into the private studios of seventeen of the most celebrated contemporary artists as they draw, paint, sculpt, or design an original project for re



11.) Shaping the World: Sculpture from Prehistory to Now written byAntony Gormley and Martin Gayford

Shaping the World: Sculpture from Prehistory to Now

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Times 2
  • The New York Times

Practiced by every culture throughout the history of the world, sculpture is a universal art form that’s deeply rooted in the human psyche and may even predate the advent of language. In this wide-ranging book, internationally renowned sculptor Antony Gormley and distinguished art critic Martin Gayf



10.) The 99 Percent Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design written byRoman Mars

The 99 Percent Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Financial Times

A NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, USA TODAY, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLER ” A] diverse and enlightening book . . . The 99% Invisible City is altogether fresh and imaginative when it comes to thinking about urban spaces.” –The New York Times Book Review “Here is a field guide, a boon, a bible,



9.) The Chiffon Trenches written byAndré Leon Talley

The Chiffon Trenches

Lists It Appears On:

  • Financial Times 2
  • NPR

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – From the pages of Vogue to the runways of Paris, this “captivating” (Time) memoir by a legendary style icon captures the fashion world from the inside out, in its most glamorous and most cutthroat moments. “The Chiffon Trenches honestly and candidly captures fifty sublime



8.) The Louvre: The History, the Collections, the Architecture written byGenevieve Bresc

The Louvre: The History, the Collections, the Architecture

Lists It Appears On:

  • NY Times
  • Dandelion Chandelier

Experience the Louvre’s majestic halls, grand galleries, and stunning artworks in this exquisite visit to the world-renowned museum—highlighting beloved works of art alongside hidden gems, all situated in the palace’s stunning architectural spaces. Every year, more than ten million visitors from a



7.) Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art written byLauren Haynes (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Anthony Graham (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Thomas Lax (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Jamillah James (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Connie H Choi (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Adeze Wilford (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Antwaun Sargent (Editor) & 5 more

Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Globe and Mail
  • The New York Times

What’s new, now and next from contemporary Black artistsThis book surveys the work of a new generation of Black artists, and also features the voices of a diverse group of curators who are on the cutting edge of contemporary art. As mission-driven collectors, Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuz



6.) Abstract Art: A Global History written byPepe Karmel

Abstract Art: A Global History

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Times 2
  • NY Times
  • Hyperallergic

In his fresh take on abstract art, noted art historian Pepe Karmel chronicles the movement from a global perspective, while embedding abstraction in a recognizable reality. Moving beyond the canonical terrain of abstract art, the author demonstrates how artists from around the world have used abstra



5.) Artemisia written byLetizia Treves Larry Keith (Contribution by) Sheila Barker (Contribution by) Patrizia Cavazzini (Contribution by) Francesco Solinas (Contribution by) & 3 more

Artemisia

Lists It Appears On:

  • NY Times
  • The Times 2
  • the Guardian

The catalogue accompanying the blockbuster exhibition at The National Gallery, London, which The Guardian has called ‘epochal’ and ‘superbly curated’ Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654 or later) is the most celebrated woman artist of the baroque period in Italy. Her career spanned more than 40 years,



4.) Humans written byBrandon Stanton

Humans

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Dandelion Chandelier
  • The New York Times

Just when we need it, Humans reminds us what it means to be human . . . one of the most influential art projects of the decade.” –Washington Post Brandon Stanton’s new book, Humans–his most moving and compelling book to date–shows us the world. Brandon Stanton created Humans of New York in 2010.



3.) The Bloomsbury Look written byWendy Hitchmough

The Bloomsbury Look

Lists It Appears On:

  • Financial Times 2
  • The Wall Street Journal 2
  • The New York Times

An in-depth study of how the famed Bloomsbury Group expressed their liberal philosophies and collective identity in visual form ” Fascinating and wide-ranging. . . . Will be enjoyed by both Bloomsbury aficionados and newcomers alike.”–Lucinda Willan, V&A Magazine The Bloomsbury Group was a loose co



2.) The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame 1968-2011 written byWilliam Feaver

The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame 1968-2011

Lists It Appears On:

  • the Guardian
  • Financial Times 3
  • The Times 2

The first biography of the epic life of one of the most important, enigmatic and private artists of the 20th century. Drawn from almost 40 years of conversations with the artist, letters and papers, it is a major work written by a well-known British art critic. Lucian Freud (1922-2011) is one of the



1.) The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature written byPeter Mendelsund

The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature

Lists It Appears On:

  • The San Antonio Express-News
  • The Wall Street Journal 2
  • Barnes & Noble
  • NPR
  • The New York Times

Why do some book covers instantly grab your attention, while others never get a second glance? Fusing word and image, as well as design thinking and literary criticism, this captivating investigation goes behind the scenes of the cover design process to answer this question and more. As the outward



 


The 175+ Additional Best The Best Art, Photography, And Coffee Table Books Released In 2020



#BookAuthorLists
231960 Now: Photographs of Civil Rights ActivistsSheila Pree Bright
BuzzFeed News
2425 Years at the Public 
The Wall Street Journal 2
25Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas MnemosyneAby Warburg, edited by Roberto Ohrt and Axel HeilFive Books
26Albers & AlbersNicholas Fox WeberFive Books
27All Because You MatterTami CharlesNPR
28American DreamsIan Brown
BuzzFeed News
29Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920 
Hyperallergic
30An Elephant in Rome: Bernini, the Pope and the Making of the Eternal CityLoyd Grossman
The Times 2
31Andy Warhol: Love, Sex, and DesireDrew Zeiba Blake Gopnik Michael Dayton Hermann (Editor) & 1 moreForbes
32Anne Brigman: The Photographer of EnchantmentKathleen Pyne
The Globe and Mail
33Anni and Josef Albers: Equal and UnequalNicholas Fox Weber
Dandelion Chandelier
34Antarctica: The Waking GiantSebastian CopelandThe Times
35AnthropoceneEdward Burtynsky
BuzzFeed News
36Arctic: Culture and ClimateAmber Lincoln Jago Cooper Peter Loovers & 1 more
The Times 2
37Art =: Discovering Infinite Connections in Art History 
Hyperallergic
38Art Is a Tyrant: The Unconventional Life of Rosa BonheurCatherine Hewitt
The Times 2
39ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art HistoryJennifer Dasal
Barnes & Noble
40B. Wurtz: Pan PaintingsB. Wurtz Erica Cooke (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Barney Kulok (Editor) & 1 moreForbes
41Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography. Ed.Tiina LoiteBooklist
42Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and RollMaureen MahonBooklist
43Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural GuideMohamed ElshahedFive Books
44Carrie Fisher: A Life on the EdgeSheila WellerBooklist
45Chinatown Pretty: Fashion and Wisdom from Chinatown’s Most Stylish SeniorsAndria Lo and Valerie Luu
Dandelion Chandelier
46Ciprian Honey CathedralRaymond Meeks
BuzzFeed News
47Clothes . . . and other things that matterAlexandra Shulman
Financial Times 2
48Critical Zones: The Science and Politics of Landing on EarthBruno LaTour & Peter WeibelNY Times
49Cy Twombly: Making Past PresentCy Twombly Mary Jacobus (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Jennifer R Gross (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Christine Kondoleon (Editor) Kate Nesin (Editor) & 3 moreForbes
50Daddy-O’s Big-Ass Book of ArtBob Wade W. K. Kip Stratton (Editor) Bill Fitzgibbons (Contribution by) Jason Mellard (Contribution by) Marsha Milam (Contribution by) John Tinker (Contribution by) Will Harte (Contribution by) John Kelso (Contribution by) Evan Voyles (Contribution by) Diana Vela (Contribution by) Marc English (Contribution by) Jim Ferguson (Contribution by) Chris O’Connell (Contribution by) Michael Hoinski (Contribution by) Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo (Contribution by) Andi Scull (Contribution by) Gary Webernick (Contribution by) Leea Mechling (Contribution by) Dan O’Hara (Contribution by) Jan Reid (Contribution by) Roy Bragg (Contribution by) Kevin Williamson (Contribution by) Julie Sasse (Contribution by) David Marion Wilkinson (Contribution by) Joe Nick Patoski (Contribution by) Cleve Hattersley (Contribution by) Dick Deguerin (Contribution by) Kinky Friedman (Foreword by) & 26 more
The San Antonio Express-News
51Dalí: The Impossible Collection Gilles NéretForbes
52Danny Lyon: The Destruction of Lower ManhattanDanny Lyon & Danny LyonNY Times
53David Bowie: IconIconic Images
The San Antonio Express-News
54Depeche Mode: MonumentDennis Burmeister Sascha Lange
The New York Times
55Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020Benjamin Colman William Porter (Contribution by) Craig Metros (Contribution by) Edward Welburn (Contribution by) & 2 more
The Wall Street Journal 2
56Dogs: Photographs 1941-91Walter ChandohaThe Times
57Dolly Parton, SongtellerDolly Parton
The San Antonio Express-News
58Dressed: A Philosophy of ClothesShahidha Bari
The Globe and Mail
59Duro Olowu: SeeingNaomi Beckwith Valerie Steele (Contribution by) Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (Contribution by) Ekow Eshun (Contribution by) & 2 moreNY Times
60Dynamic Dames: 50 Leading Ladies Who Made HistorySloan De ForestBooklist
61E. McKnight Kauffer: The Artist in AdvertisingEmily M. Orr (Editor) Caitlin Condell (Editor)
The Globe and Mail
62Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical BrothersJean-Yves LeLoup Gemma Curtin (Editor) Maria McLintock (Editor) Jeff Mills (Interviewee) James Hyman (Interviewee) Patrick Thévenin (Interviewee) & 4 more
The Globe and Mail
63Eva Hesse: Oberlin Drawings: Drawings in the Collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin CollegeBriony Fer (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Manuela Ammer (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Jorg Daur (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Andrea Gyorody (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Gioia Timpanelli (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Eva Hesse (Artist) Barry Rosen (Editor) Helen Charash (Foreword by) Andria Derstine (Foreword by) & 7 moreNY Times
64Extinction PartyJonathan Blaustein
BuzzFeed News
65Eyes Over the World: The Most Spectacular Drone PhotographyDirk DallasThe Times
66Face to FaceCamilla McGrath
The San Antonio Express-News
67Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps: Designing Graphic Props for FilmmakingAnnie Atkins
Dandelion Chandelier
68Fantastic Four: Grand DesignTom ScioliNPR
69Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde NY Times
70FernwehTeju Cole
BuzzFeed News
71Five Hundred Years of British Art 
Hyperallergic
72Flowers: Exploring the World in BloomPhaidon
Dandelion Chandelier
73Fluence: The Continuance of Yohji Yamamoto: Photographs by TakayTerry Jones (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Yoichi Ochiai (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Yohji Yamamoto (Artist) & 1 moreNY Times
74Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in TorontoKent Monkman (Artist) Suzy Lake (Artist) Luis Jacob (Contribution by) & 1 more
The Globe and Mail
75FROG POND SPLASH: COLLAGES BY RAY JOHNSON WITH TEXTS BY WILLIAM S. WILSON NY Times
76Funny Weather: Art In An EmergencyOlivia LaingNPR
77Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion ManifestoMiren ArzalluzNPR
78Genealogies of Art, or the History of Art as Visual ArtAstritt Schmidt-Burkhardt (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Uwe Fleckner (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Eugenio Carmona (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Manuel Lima (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Manuel Fontán del Junco (Editor) José Lebrero Stals (Editor) María Zozaya Álvarez (Editor) & 5 moreNY Times
79Glitch Feminism: A ManifestoLegacy RussellNY Times
80Godlis StreetsDavid Godlis Chris Stein (Afterword by) Luc Sante (Foreword by) & 1 moreNY Times
81Goya: A Portrait of the ArtistJanis Tomlinson
The Times 2
82Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in AmericaOkwui Enwezor (Editor) Naomi Beckwith (Editor) Massimiliano Gioni (Editor) Glenn Ligon (Editor) Mark Nash (Editor) & 3 moreNY Times
83Guerrilla Girls: The Art of Behaving BadlyGuerrilla GirlsNY Times
84Handmade in Japan: The Pursuit of Perfection in Traditional CraftsKengo Kuma (Preface by) Gestalten (Editor) Irwin Wong (Editor) & 1 more
The New York Times
85Hanging Tree GuitarsFreeman Vines with Zoe van BurenNPR
86He Threw the Last Punch Too HardHannah Kozak
BuzzFeed News
87Helen FrankenthalerHelen FrankenthalerForbes
88Hilma AF Klint: Artist, Researcher, MediumErnst Peter Fischer (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Ylva Hillström (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Milena Hoegsberg (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Iris Müller-Westermann (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Hilma Af Klint (Artist) & 3 more
The Globe and Mail
89Honeybee: The Busy Life Of Apis MelliferaCandace FlemingNPR
90Horace Pippin, American ModernAnne Monahan
The Wall Street Journal
91How to Be an ArtistJerry Saltz
Barnes & Noble
92HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal StyleElizabeth Holmes
Financial Times 2
93Human Nature: Planet Earth in Our Time, Twelve Photographers Address the Future of the EnvironmentGeoff Blackwell (Editor) Ruth Hobday (Editor)
The New York Times
94I Am Every Good ThingDerrick BarnesNPR
95I Talk Like A RiverJordan ScottNPR
96Imagining Everyday Life 
The Wall Street Journal 3
97Imogen Cunningham: A RetrospectivePaul Martineau Susan Ehrens (Contribution by)
The Wall Street Journal 3
98In the Limelight: The Visual Ecstasy of NYC Nightlife in the 90sSteve Eichner and Gabriel Sanchez
BuzzFeed News
99Interior Space: A Visual Exploration of the International Space StationRoland Miller and Paolo Nespoli
BuzzFeed News
100Ireland’s RiversMary Kelly-Quinn (Editor) Julian D. Reynolds (Editor)
The Irish Times
101Irish Air Spectacular 
The Irish Times
102Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings 1700-2000Claudia Kinmonth
The Irish Times
103J.M.W. Turner the ‘Wilson’ Sketchbook 
Hyperallergic
104John Cohen: Do Not Disturb My Waking DreamJohn Cohen (Photographer)
The Wall Street Journal 3
105John Nash: The Landscape of Love and SolaceAndy Friend
The Times 2
106Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of DarknessMatthew Craske
The Times 2
107JuddJeffrey Weiss (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Yasmil Raymond (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) James Meyer (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Erica Cooke (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Tamar Margalit (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Christine Mehring (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Annie Ochmanek (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Donald Judd (Artist) Ann Temkin (Editor) & 7 moreForbes
108Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to BeKara Walker Maurice Berger (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Anita Haldemann (Editor) & 1 more
the Guardian
109Kim Gordon: No IconKim Gordon
The New York Times
110Kuniyoshi 
Hyperallergic
111Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and PoliticsArlene DávilaNY Times
112Lenore Tawney: Mirror of the UniverseKaren PattersonBooklist
113Life Meets ArtSam Lubell
The San Antonio Express-News
114Look Up to the Moon 
The Wall Street Journal 3
115Mad, Bad & Dangerous To KnowSamira AhmedNPR
116Magnum Artists: Great Photographers Meet Great Artists — MagnumSimon Bainbridge Magnum Photos Ltd
BuzzFeed News
117Magnum StreetwiseStephen McLarenThe Times
118Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass IncarcerationNicole R. FleetwoodNY Times
119Martin Parr: From the Pope to a Flat White, Ireland 1979â “2019Martin Parr Fintan O’Toole (Introduction by)
The Wall Street Journal 3
120Mary Weatherford I’ve Seen Gray Whales Go By Forbes
121Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy ClineLoretta Lynn and Patsy LynnBooklist
122Modern ArtifactsClifford Owens (Artist) Michael Rakowitz (Artist) Tod Lippy (Editor) Michelle Elligott (Editor) Mary Lum (Contribution by) & 3 moreNY Times
123More Than Just a House: At Home with Collectors and CreatorsAlex Eagle Tish Wrigley (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Kate Martin (Photographer) & 1 more
The Globe and Mail
124Morozov: The Story of a Family and a Lost CollectionNatalya Semenova
Financial Times 3
125National AnthemLuke Gilford
BuzzFeed News
126Nightmares in the Dream Sanctuary: War and the Animated FilmDonna KornhaberBooklist
127Notes On A Case Of Melancholia: Or, A Little DeathNicholas GurewitchNPR
128On PhotographsDavid CampanyThe Times
129Overview Timelapse: How We Change the EarthBenjamin Grant
Barnes & Noble
130Pearl Jam: Art of Do the EvolutionJoe Pearson Terry Fitzgerald Brad Coombs (Contribution by) Todd McFarlane (Foreword by) & 2 more
The New York Times
131Performance ReviewEndia Beal
BuzzFeed News
132Peter Saul: Professional Artist Correspondence, 1945â “1976Peter Saul (Artist) Dan Nadel (Editor)NY Times
133Philip Guston: A Life Spent PaintingRobert Storr
The Wall Street Journal
134Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and PalateLauren Ko
Dandelion Chandelier
135Piranesi UnboundCarolyn Yerkes Heather Hyde Minor
The Wall Street Journal
136PlayRankinThe Times
137Political Sign (Object Lessons)Tobias CarrollNPR
138Queer Communion: Ron AtheyAmelia Jones (Editor) Andy Campbell (Editor)NY Times
139Raphael (1483-1520)Victoria Charles Klaus H CarlNY Times
140Raymond Briggs: The Illustrators SeriesNicolette Jones
Financial Times 3
141Refuge: America’s Wildest Places Explore the National Wildlife Refuge System Including Kodiak, Palmyra Atoll, Rocky Mountains,Ian Shive Jim Kurth (Foreword by)
The New York Times
142Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the HolocaustSamantha Baskind (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Malka Drucker (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Gay Block (Photographer) & 1 more
BuzzFeed News
143Resident Dog: Incredible Homes and the Dogs That Live ThereNicole England
Dandelion Chandelier
144Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights MemorialJessica IngramNY Times
145ROSIE LEE TOMPKINS: A RETROSPECTIVE NY Times
146Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the SaharaAlisa LagammaNY Times
147Sapeurs: Ladies & Gentlemen of the CongoTariq Zaidi Stuart Smith (Designed by)
The Globe and Mail
148Sí, San AntonioPatricia Hart McMillan and Natalie King-Sun
The San Antonio Express-News
149Sneaker of the YearComplex Media Inc Joe La Puma (Contribution by) Marc Ecko (Foreword by) & 1 more
Dandelion Chandelier
150Sofonisba’s Lesson: A Renaissance Artist and Her WorkMichael W. Cole
The Wall Street Journal
151Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers and the British LandscapeSusan Owens
The Times 2
152Summer: A NovelAli SmithNPR
153Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized FashionMarcellas Reynolds
The Globe and Mail
154The Architecture of Bathing: Body, Landscape, ArtChristie Pearson
The Globe and Mail
155The Art of DragJake HallBooklist
156The Art of Illusion 
Hyperallergic
157The Autobiography Of Alice B. Toklas IllustratedGertrude SteinNPR
158The Best of Nest: Celebrating the Extraordinary Interiors from Nest MagazineTodd Oldham Joe Holtzman (Contribution by)
The Globe and Mail
159The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of HollywoodSam WassonBooklist
160The Book of EverythingMary Ellen Mark
BuzzFeed News
161The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural RestitutionDan HicksNY Times
162The Complete Works of Velázquez 
The Times 2
163The Daughters Of YsM.T. AndersonNPR
164The Disney PrincessesCharles Solomon
The San Antonio Express-News
165The Fashion Book 
The Wall Street Journal 2
166The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRueV.E. SchwabNPR
167The Irascibles: Painters Against the Museum (New York, 1950) 
Hyperallergic
168The Lights And Types Of Ships At NightDave EggersNPR
169The Malevolent VolumeJustin Phillip ReedNPR
170The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and FashionAntwaun Sargent
BuzzFeed News
171The Nolan VariationsTom Shone
The San Antonio Express-News
172The Oxford Illustrated History of the BookJames Raven (Editor)
The New York Times
173The Parameters of Our CageC. Fausto Cabrera & Alec Soth
BuzzFeed News
174The People Shall Govern!: Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster, 1979-1985Antawan I. Byrd (Editor) Felicia Mings (Editor) Warren Siebrits (Contribution by) Khwezi Gule (Contribution by) & 2 moreNY Times
175The Plain JanesCecil Castellucci and Jim RuggNPR
176The Story of Contemporary ArtTony Godfrey
The Times 2
177THE TIDE WILL TURN NY Times
178The Walker: On Finding and Losing Yourself in the Modern CityMatthew Beaumont
Financial Times
179The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion: 250 Years of DesignPetra Slinkard (Editor) Lan Morgan (Contribution by) Madelief Hohé (Contribution by) & 1 more
The Globe and Mail
180The World at Your Feet: Bata Shoe MuseumElizabeth Semmelhack
The Globe and Mail
181Tina Turner: That’s My LifeTina Turner
The New York Times
182Titian: Love, Desire, DeathMatthias Wivel Paul Hills (Contribution by) Lelia Packer (Contribution by) Jill Dunkerton (Contribution by) Aidan Weston-Lewis (Contribution by) & 3 more
The Times 2
183Twilight Together: Portraits of Ireland at Home 
The Irish Times
184Van EyckTill-Holger Borchert Jan Dumolyn Maximiliaan Martens & 1 moreNY Times
185Velázquez: The Complete WorksJosé López-Rey and Odile Delenda
Financial Times 3
186VERSAILLES: FROM LOUIS XIV TO JEFF KOONS 
The Globe and Mail
187Vincent van Gogh: A Life in LettersNienke Bakker
Financial Times 3
188Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume InstituteHamish Bowles
Financial Times 2
189Voyager: Photographs from Humanity’s Greatest Journey The Times
190Wagnerism: Art And Politics In The Shadow Of MusicAlex RossNPR
191Walker Evans: Starting from ScratchSvetlana AlpersFive Books
192Warhol: A Life as ArtBlake Gopnik
The Times 2
193We Are Water ProtectorsCarole LindstromNPR
194Willi Smith: Street CoutureAlexandra Cunningham Cameron (Editor)
The Globe and Mail
195William Eggleston 414Harmony Korine and Juergen Teller
BuzzFeed News
196Women, Art, and SocietyWhitney Chadwick Flavia Frigeri (Epilogue by)NY Times
197World Of Wonders: In Praise Of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, And Other AstonishmentsAimee NezhukumatathilNPR
198Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark LionessZanele Muholi
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22 Best The Best Art, Photography, And Coffee Table Book Sources/Lists



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Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble’s Best Art/Design Books of 2020
Booklist Top 10 Arts Books: 2020
BuzzFeed News Here Are 20 Photo Books That Brought Us Joy In The Very Exhausting Year Of 2020
Dandelion Chandelier the best coffee table books of 2020 for every interest
Financial Times Best books of 2020: Architecture and design
Financial Times 2 Best books of 2020: Style
Financial Times 3 Best books of 2020: Visual arts
Five Books The Best Art Books of 2020
Forbes Holiday Gift Guide 2020: The Best Art Books
NPR NPR’s Book Concierge
NY Times Best Art Books of 2020
The Globe and Mail 78 of the best books to give as gifts this 2020 holiday season
the Guardian Best art books of 2020
The Irish Times Best books for Christmas 2020: Fiction, biography, sport and kids’ books
The New York Times Coffee-Table Books to Give (and Get) This Season
The San Antonio Express-News Critics Pick The Best Coffee Table Books
The Times Best photography books of the year 2020
The Times 2 Best art books of the year 2020
The Wall Street Journal Holiday Gift Books 2020: Art
The Wall Street Journal 2 Holiday Gift Books 2020: Design
The Wall Street Journal 3 Holiday Gift Books 2020: Photography
Hyperallergic Some of the Best Art Books of 2020