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Reading is as essential to summer as swimming, camping, and partying under the stars—a perfect way to while away the hours on the sand or in your own backyard.
For art lovers vacationing far from galleries or museums, nothing beats a good book on art to get a dose of aesthetic (or mental) stimulation. But picking through the dozens (hundreds!) of new titles published so far this year to find the best art books worth your time can be exhausting. That’s why we’ve done the work—combing through catalogues and best seller lists for the best of the best.
We’ve gathered 10 art-related titles including exhibition catalogues, compilations of critical writings, and artist biographies. Whether it’s a dishy new history on French artist Marcel Duchamp, a tumultuous biography of painter Francis Bacon in the form of a graphic novel, or a stunning collection of previously unseen photographs by iconoclast Ray Johnson, there’s a book for every type of art lover.
Take a look at our current favorites below, enjoy, and don’t forget the sunscreen.