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Surrealist pioneer Eileen Agar's remarkable life

A new edition of her 1980s autobiography brings this vivacious and well-connected artist back to life

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An expert’s guide to Michelangelo: five must-read books on the Renaissance Old Master

All you ever wanted to know about Michelangelo, from a “masterly” catalogue of drawings to a collection of letters covering art, deliveries and the artist’s favourite wine—selected by the curator Grant Lewis

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The Week in Art podcast | Art Basel: fireworks and nuance, Lynn Barber on her artist interviews, Guillaume Lethière at the Clark

We find out what this year's fair says about the state of the art market. Plus, the veteran journalist Lynn Barber tells us about her encounters with artists and we discover a forgotten master of Neo-Classical art

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Exploring the rise and fall of British architectural sculpture

A timely study examines the unique confluence of artists and architects in British buildings from the 1850s to the 1950s

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A history of the time that artists (very briefly) ruled Russia

The dramatic twists and turns of the leading figures of the avant-garde during the Russian Revolution

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What it's like modelling naked for Lucian Freud when he's your father

Rose Boyt’s memoir explores the highs, lows and contradictions of sitting for the artist

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Tears, tantrums and Turner Prize titbits: Lynn Barber on the messy art of interviewing artists

In her latest book, the veteran UK journalist recalls her many encounters with artists such as Salvador Dalí, Howard Hodgkin and the Chapman brothers

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Did Delacroix take a Liberty? New book discusses how 19th-century artist boobed

Sarah Thornton's new publication—Tits Up: What Our Beliefs About Breasts Reveal About Life, Love, Sex and Society—ponders on bosoms in (art) history

New encyclopaedia makes Africa’s distant past relevant to today and tomorrow

Project aims to help seasoned researchers unlearn biases and the next generation of archaeologists to find inspiration

Wouldn't it be nice to see The Beach Boys: new show goes behind the scenes of seminal 1960s band

Exhibition at Iconic Images Gallery includes rarely seen works by top photographers from the period, as well as childhood pictures

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‘Shamefully duped’: friend of convicted art fraudster Inigo Philbrick spills the beans in new memoir

In the warts-and all publication, Orlando Whitfield discusses his 15-year friendship with Philbrick while offering insights into the world of art dealing

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From pews to power stations: a history of interwar British architecture that some feared might not be published

Gavin Stamp’s final book offers a fitting memorial to the architectural historian and Private Eye columnist

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A move to London, the famous logo and liquid lunches: a short history of Thames & Hudson

As it marks its 75th anniversary, we hear how the “amazing melting pot” of Vienna shaped the publisher’s identity and what’s in store for the future

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The art critic Robert Storr on the slow road to social and racial justice

A new series of books titled Focal Points launches with three volumes of essays and articles by the former curator

An expert's guide to colour: five must-read books on all things chromatic

All you ever wanted to know about the topic, from our difficult relationship with colour to a remarkable monochrome children’s book—selected by the colour historian Alexandra Loske

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Margaret Lowengrund: a woman who left her mark

Manhattan print studio The Contemporaries and its founder helped to establish a mid-century market

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Ghosts of America’s ‘Street of Dreams’: a comprehensive book brings the history of New York’s Fifth Avenue to life

Established in the early 1800s, the street was once home to the city’s grandest houses, but many were soon replaced by towering apartment buildings, shops and hotels. A comprehensive book brings this history to life

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Bring on Pierrot, the clumsy clown: new book explores the impact of a bumbling stock character on French art

Marika Takanishi Knowles's monograph focuses on Pierrot’s rise to ubiquity in French culture

‘Shining a light on the blind spots’: new book seeks to provide clearer picture of Mau Mau uprising

Max Pinckers worked together with Kenyan war veterans to bring records of 1950s colonial violence to the fore

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Two catalogues reveal how circles of influence were the driving force behind the Northern Renaissance

The books explore the importance of artist and patronage networks centred on the Holbeins

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The story of a newbie who took on the New York art world—then left it all behind

As a protégé of the international dealer Carla Panicali from 1989 to 1992, David Guenther took a crash course in the business of art. But his account of this heady time is ultimately unsatisfying

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A golden age for photobooks? As publishers join forces we find out what the future holds

The London-based publisher Mack is acquiring smaller firms and widening its visual culture coverage

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Former Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis on why she became a novelist

As the art historian makes the move into fiction writing, she tells us how learning about her family history inspired her

An expert's guide to Frank Auerbach: three must-read books (and a film) on the German-British painter

All you ever wanted to know about Auerbach, from a biography by one of his sitters to a collection of essays about his drawings—selected by the Courtauld Gallery curator Barnaby Wright

Four fake Van Gogh self-portraits that publishers put on their book covers

These works deceive readers, giving a false impression about the artist

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New Wedgwood book traces author's intimate discovery of 18th-century Britain

The “experimental biography” offers fresh perspectives on the celebrated potter

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New book reveals how art dealer Léonce Rosenberg trod the line between salesman and Modern art's great champion

He declared the auction to be art’s true benchmark, but Rosenberg was also a committed promoter of the avant-garde

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An explosive cocktail of desire and betrayal in a novel set in the 1990s London art world

This entertaining satire combines liberal quantities of sex, violence, money and drugs with the Britart scene