The Essential Cy Twombly, edited by Nicola Del Roscio (D.A.P., September 2014)
Cy Twombly is remembered as one of the greatest large-scale painters of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In The Essential Cy Twombly, leading art historians make an effort to introduce readers not only to his painted work, but also his photographs, drawings, and scultpures.
Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design, by Leatrice Eiseman and E. P. Cutler (Chronicle Books, September 2014)
This tome is an excursion through the colors of twentieth century couture, led by no less an authority than Pantone. Individual hues are traced as they fall in-and-out of vogue over the course of a tumultuous century in fashion.
Less but Better, by Dieter Rams (Gestalten, March 2014).
This read from Gestalten inventories the unobtrusive product designs of author Dieter Rams and, in doing so, meditates on the power of doing more with less.
Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design, 1936–1986, by Louise Sandhaus (Metropolis Books, November 2014).
Whether it's topography or design, one could say that California is constantly in a state of upheaval. Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design, 1936–1986 documents the various tremors and eruptions that reshaped the state's vibrant graphic design landscape during the mid-twentieth century.
Marimekko: In Patterns (Chronicle Books, September 2014).
Marimekko is widely celebrated for its recognizable patterns. This volume overviews the Finnish brand's over-50-year history as a powerhouse in the design world.