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10 Best Art Books of the Year

10 Best Art Books of the Year

Booklist | Yellowbrix

November 11, 2010

Personal stories of hardship, suffering, and artistic discovery dominate the list of the best art books of the year, which analyze and celebrate reigning figures in film, painting, music, and art collecting.

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Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy.

By Saul Austerlitz. 2010. Chicago Review, paper, $24.95 (9781556529511).

Austerlitz seeks to redress the lack of critical respect for comedie films in 100 lively biographical sketches of top comedy talents from Charlie Chaplin to Katharine Hepburn to Judd Apatow.

Editor’s note: On sale at Amazon.com for $9.99! Also available for Kindle.





Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History.

By Yunte Huang. 2010. Norton, $26.95 (9780393069624).

Huang’s beautifully written blend of history, memoir, and analysis illuminates the many faces of Charlie Chan; his real-life role model, Honolulu cop Chang Apana; and still-urgent questions of immigration and racism.

Editor’s note: On sale at Amazon.com for $16.99! Also available for Kindle.





Chuck Close: Life.

By Christopher Finch. 2010. Prestel, $34.95 (9783791336770).

Finch portrays Close with the same meticulous detail with which Close paints faces, telling with insight and sensitivity the astounding story of the struggles and triumphs of an artist of uncommon powers.

Editor’s note: On sale at Amazon.com for $23.07!





Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMiIIe.

By Scott Eyman. 2010. Simon & Schuster, $35 (9780743289559).

Aided by unique access to DeMiIIe family papers, seasoned biographer Eyman offers an exhaustive and evenhanded look at iconic director and producer DeMiIIe and his epic Hollywood films.

Editor’s note: On sale at Amazon.com for $23.10! Also available for Kindle, for $16.99.


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