DACS' top ten art books of the past year

    It’s that time of year again. London Art Book Fair hits Whitechapel Art Gallery this Friday 26 – Sunday 28 September 2014 and to celebrate, we highlight some of the favourite books we've licensed over the past year.

    A Painter's Progress: A Portrait of Lucien Freud (Random House)

    A fascinating compilation of photographs by David Dawson, who worked as an assistant and model for Lucien Freud for almost 20 years. The intimate photographs depict the notoriously private painter at work in his studio, as well as the guests he entertained. The book includes a portrait we licensed by his friend and contemporary, Francis Bacon. Find out more.

    ArtLovers: Stories of art in the Pinault collection (Grimaldi Forum)

    The accompanying catalogue to this summer’s exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, an annual occasion which brings together works in the Pinault collection, curated around an important artistic movement or theme. It includes art by Jake & Dinos Chapman, Dan Flavin and Damien Hirst. Find out more.

    Body and Void: Echoes of Moore in Contemporary Art (The Henry Moore Foundation)

    This catalogue accompanies the current exhibition at Perry Green, on view until 26 October. It trails Henry Moore’s footprint on contemporary art - how the central themes of his work have been taken up and reinterpreted by some of today’s most significant artists, including Richard Long, Roger Hiorns and Anish Kapoor. Find out more.

    Bruce Nauman: The True Artist (Phaidon)

    An engrossing overview of the art of Bruce Nauman by art critic and friend of over 40 years, Peter Plagens. Nauman is one of the most influential and provocative artists around today, whose focus on the activity and process of making art, rather than the end product, has inspired generations of artists. Find out more.

    Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (Tate)

    This beautiful hardback accompanies the Tate Modern’s phenomenally successful touring exhibition of Matisse’s ‘cut-out’ art. Unable to paint due to ill health, Matisse began cutting into coloured paper, creating a ground-breaking body of work coveted for its revolutionary approach to form and colour. Find out more.

    Institute of Contemporary Arts: 1946 – 1968 (Institute of Contemporary Arts)

    A fascinating in-depth history of the ICA by Anne Massey and Gregor Muir which highlights its important role in the development of contemporary art. During this period it was home to the pioneering Independent Group and host of ground-breaking exhibitions by Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. Find out more.

    Mies (Phaidon)

    This new monograph by Detlef Mertins provides a comprehensive overview of the architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mertins’ extensive research underpins a detailed narrative revealing the mind behind projects including the Barcelona Pavilion, Spain (1929) and the Seagram Building, New York (1954-56). Find out more.

    My Big Art Show (Thames & Hudson)

    A fun introduction to art for children, by Susie Hodge. This book and card game covers key art movements such as Cubism, Surrealism and Pop Art as well as game-changing works by artists including Kandinsky, Dali and Warhol. Find out more.

    The Illustrated Story of Art (DK Publishing)

    A thorough and comprehensive reference book covering the evolution of art from cave painting to the present day. It examines in detail the origins of major genres and art movements; the influence of technology, politics and society, and the impact of key artworks and individuals. Find out more.

    This is... (Laurence King)

    This wonderful series looks at pioneering modern artists who have changed the course of art history, from Salvador Dali to Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon to Jackson Pollock. Each book is a collaboration between an illustrator and an art historian, telling the story of art’s greatest individuals through original illustrations, engaging narrative and vivid images of their work. Find out more.

    Visit London Art Book Fair

    A number of the publishers listed above are participating in London Art Book Fair 2014, which brings together over 80 art book publishers from around the world. The free event takes place at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London from Friday 26 September to Sunday 28 September.

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    Image: 'This is Warhol' book cover with an illustration by Andrew Rae. Photography courtesy of Laurence King. 

    Posted on by Laura Ward-Ure