Assesses the influence of Zen Buddhism on the work of composer John Cage, exploring the ways in which Zen transformed Cage's troubled psyche, his relationship with partner Merce Cunningham, and his often indefinable music.
Instant tells the remarkable tale of Edwin Land's invention of the Polaroid camera, from the first instant camera to hit the market in 1948, to its meteoric rise in popularity, to the company's dramatic decline into bankruptcy in the late '90s and its unlikely resurrection in the digital age.
In Blown Covers, Françoise Mouly — The New Yorker's art editor since 1993 — explains how she selects each issue's topical, iconic cover image and gives readers a glimpse at some of the juicier images that didn't make the cut.
A collection of posts from illustrator and designer Christoph Niemann's visual blog for The New York Times. Niemann turns mundane experiences such as riding the subway or trying to get a good night's sleep into flights of visual fancy.
A full-length biography of a leading painter of the Italian High Renaissance takes into account recent historical art research and scholarship and examines all contemporary accounts of Titian's life and work, attempting to explain the evolution of his complex methods.
An influential creative director of American Vogue magazine traces her decades in the fashion industry, recounting her early years as a model under the tutelage of Norman Parkinson, unexpected rise to fame and associations with numerous fashion luminaries, including a young Wintour.
Jeff Speck, a city planner and architectural designer, delves into what it means to make a city pedestrian-friendly. Packed with observations and real-world examples, his book tackles the challenges of city life, advocating for smart growth and sustainable design while presenting a plan for making American cities safe and efficient.
Da Vinci's Ghost recounts the intellectual journey behind the creation of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and how the drawing represents the momentous period in Western history when the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance.
Will Gompertz presents an irreverent narrative tour of modern art that explains its cultural relevance and why it is so compelling, tracing a century's worth of movements, achievements and masterpieces that have reshaped the art world.