"The Best Art Books of the Decade"
Alex Greenberger published a survey of the best art books published from 2010 to 2019, ranked in order of importance. – Read full article at ARTnews, December 4th, 2019:>>>>> Number 1: “2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics” by Andrea Fraser (2018)
Greenberger: “Where would we be without Andrea Fraser’s “2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics”? This book has become a touchstone at a time when activists are calling out board members for their political leanings. Fair criticisms have been levied against it—a volume consisting solely of listed contributions made by museum trustees to U.S. Presidential election campaigns shouldn’t cost $125, for one. (And most of the information is available for free online, anyway.) But seeing it all collected neatly in one tome is powerful—as a cool-headed study, an intelligent research-based artwork, and a clarion call for change all in one.”
“2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics” by Andrea Fraser (Westreich Wagner Publications, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and the MIT Press, 2018)>>>>> Number 9: “Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age” (2016)
Greenberger: “This book (and the show that accompanied it, which first opened at Munich’s Museum Brandhorst in 2016) set out with the broad goal of “revis[ing] the history of painting since 1960.” Shockingly, for a legacy so deeply chronicled, it succeeded. Painting 2.0 effectively resuscitated a medium that had long risked “marginalization,” as art historian David Joselit put it in an interview with ARTnews, and it presaged a wave of figurative painting that would come out of Europe and America in the years since.”
“Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age” edited by Achim Hochdoerfer, David Joselit, and Manuela Ammer (Prestel, 2016)