Meet Julia Warhola, Andy Warhol’s mother. And this is Thomas A. Watson, the assistant to Alexander Graham Bell. And let’s not forget Vera Nabokov and Anna Dostoyevskaya, the wives of literary masters Vladimir Nabokov and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, respectively. The Who, The What, and The When (Chronicle, $24.95) is both familiar and revelatory; for every well-known figure of science, art, and politics it names, editors Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe, partners in ALSO, an award-winning Chicago– and New York–based design firm, introduce that personage’s loved ones or assistants, and these engaging profiles allow us to see the famous personalities in a fresh and different light. Each capsule biography is complemented with a unique visual portrait—the artwork ranging in style, medium, and sensibility to reflect the diverse temperaments of the subjects—thus sustaining a sense of the wonder of discovery which makes this volume something refreshingly different.
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ISBN: 9781452128276
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 14th, 2014

One of the great achievements of modern art is the shift from art as an object to art as an experience, something that often brings wonder to the ordinary and seemingly inane moments in our everyday lives. In Typographic Universe (Thames & Hudson, $50) font enthusiasts Steven Heller and Gail Anderson bring that aesthetic to the world of lettering with their delightful collection of photographs. The conceit of the book is that letters, and thus, fonts, are around us all the time; we only need to open our eyes and look for them. The images of found typography are presented in categories including animal type, edible type, and industrial type, each with a lively introduction by the editors. Part creative inspiration, part conversation-starter, this is a book to keep on your desk or your coffee table to brighten slow days and subtly change how you look at the world around you.

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ISBN: 9780500241455
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 16th, 2014