Architecture Matters


“Combining his early experiences as an architect with his extensive experience as a jury member selecting the world’s most prominent and cutting-edge architects to build icons for cities, Betsky possesses rare insight into the mechanisms, politics, and personalities that play a role in how buildings in our societies and urban centers come to be. In approximately fifty themes, drawing on his inside knowledge of the architectural world, he explores a broad spectrum of topics, from the meaning of domestic space to the spectacle of the urban realm in an accessible and enjoyable way.”

— North Carolina Modernist House

“A dazzling assemblage of writings… Aaron Betsky, renowned art and architecture critic, asks how and why our built environment should be democratized and humanized. This volume speaks not only to those immersed in architectural study or practice but serves as a spectacular collection of how-to’s, a travelogue, the influence of art on architecture, and architectural theory.”

— OffCite

“A pleasurable, intriguing read… Part memoir and part manifesto, Architecture Matters draws from Aaron Betsky’s diverse experiences within and engaging with the profession. Written to appeal both to the architecture community and to a general audience, the book seeks to define not just the importance of architecture in the world today but its future trajectory as well. Written in an accessible, conversational tone, this series of concise essays covers a wide range of topics, with some essays sequentially building on one another, while others meander down side paths.”

— Architecture Boston

Architecture on the Carpet: The Curious Tale of Construction Toys and the Genesis of Modern Buildings


“Refreshingly original.”

— Interior Design

“Argues that construction toys such as Lego and Meccano not only reflect the architecture of the real world, but influence the way individual architects design.”

— The Casual Optimist

“Explores everything from gender bias to class distinctions of construction toys.”

— Notable Design Book of 2013, Designers & Books

“Quirky but fun. …Recommended.”

— Choice

“Argues that modern buildings have some roots in construction toys.”

— Modern in Denver

“Chock-full of research.”

— Florida Weekly

“The authors’ intensive review of the commercial creation and specifications of the individual toys is truly unique.”

— ARLIS/NA Reviews

Art & Ecology Now


“Contemporary art specialist [Andrew] Brown’s book challenges our vision of the connectivity and blurring of the lines between art and life. Wonderful for all types of libraries, as well as researchers and individuals with a strong interest in art and ecology and the changing environment.”

— Library Journal

“Art students and others curious about creative possibilities in the important, contemporary field of eco-art will obtain a broad overview…Recommended.”

— Choice

“Some 300 color illustrations pack a feature of some 90 artists and collectives, recommended for any collection strong in modern arts representations.”

— Protoview

“Through thoughtful prose and placement of more than 300 powerful color illustrations, Art & Ecology Now describes the expanding trend of artists to explore nature and climate change.”

— Public Art Review

Art & Religion in the 21st Century


“Ranging internationally and bringing les familiar artists together with certified stars, Rosen offers a useful encyclopedia of artworks that address a wide range of spiritual concerns. In a determined effort at interfaith pluralism, he reaches out to all the world religions. Along with the three major monotheistic faiths, the book references Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, African and Australian animism and Native American tribal beliefs… [Offers] support for a growing critical acknowledgment of the role of belief in contemporary art.”

— Art in America

“Rosen’s demonstration of the multiple ways in which modern artists are engaging with religion will be of great benefit to those interested in modern art as well as individuals curious about religion and its impact on present-day culture.”

— Library Journal

“Rosen explores faith in contemporary art, from Kehinde Wiley’s portrayal of Israelis living on the margins to provocative updates on the Last Supper.”

— Time

“Rosen’s tour of contemporary art’s religious experiments is hopeful and informative. The numerous examples found throughout Art and Religion in the 21st Century give the reader a substantive view of contemporary artists’ use of religious ideas. Rosen’s book opens the door to this important and challenging subject.”

— Religion and the Arts

“Crammed with countless color images, this book is a pleasure to look at and touch…a beautiful book and one that engrossed me as I read and looked…Moving away from more explicit religious iconography, Rosen encourages his readers to search out the sacred in art forms which, at first glance, may appear to have little to do with religion. But through his discussions of religious iconography, the sublime, culture, ritual, and indwelling, he demonstrates that the sacred in art is never far from our gaze.”

— Relegere

“The connection between art and religion dates back to the days when our knuckles brushed the dust. If you thought that in our modern culture that relationship was about only blasphemy and shock, this is a book to persuade you otherwise.”

— The Times (UK)

“It's not often one can say of a book for review, 'this is exactly what I have been waiting for.' But Aaron Rosen's is just that…Spending time with the artists in this book is like walking through an ambitious, perceptively curated, global art exhibition on this immensely important subject.”

— Third Way Magazine (UK)

“Full of pithy observations.”

— TimeOut (UK)

“Something of an objet d’art in its own right, Aaron Rosen’s lavishly illustrated book Art & Religion in the 21st Century recognizes and refutes the (supposedly antagonistic) separation of religion and contemporary art…Rosen’s project in this much-needed and all-too-rare book on contemporary art from a religious studies perspective is to demonstrate that the supposed rift between art and religion has been greatly exaggerated…The well-conceived format, content, and general approach of Art & Religion make it eminently amenable to classroom use…Art & Religion, with its enthusiastically interdisciplinary approach, its exploration of a variety of mediums and modes of art-making, and its capacious representation of artists from across various religious and cultural backgrounds, is likewise an occasion for thinking through new possibilities for studying religion and contemporary art…Rosen’s book, brimming with examples, is a wonderful resource, offering numerous ways of entering into and adjusting the frames of debates whose urgency is only increasing”

— Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Art and Architecture in Mexico


“A winning survey for any Mexican art collection.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“ James Oles’s welcome contribution to the estimable Thames & Hudson World of Art series presents in a single volume a substantial survey of art and architecture in Mexico.”

— Art Libraries Society of North America

“One of the most important contemporary contributions to understanding Mexican art and architecture from the Spanish conquest to the present. Through key examples—some well know and canonical, others that are overlooked in traditional scholarship—it provides expression for …complexities…Essential.”

— Choice

“Oles proposes new readings of prints, photographs and more.”

— Museum Store Magazine

Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium


“An increasingly rare type of art publication: one that is focused primarily on images, and on art… a rewarding exercise in the visual.”

— The Art Book

“The many illustrations are a fascinating gallery of improbable projects.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“A gratifying survey of how artists experiment with the places where art is shown.”

— Newsday

“Explores how museum installations can affect the very nature and message of contemporary art.”

— Denver Post

“Amply illustrated… ­like a museum exhibit.”

— Museum News

Art Deco Collectibles: Fashionable Objets from the Jazz Age


Art Deco Collectibles is THE book to have this season … an extensively illustrated showcase of portable classics from the United States and Europe that demonstrates Deco style at its most alluring”

— The Society Diaries

“sure to delight….dazzling collection of objects, the book will no doubt find space in many a collector’s library”


Art Deco Collectibles is THE book to have this season … an extensively illustrated showcase of portable classics from the United States and Europe that demonstrates Deco style at its most alluring”

— The Society Diaries

“sure to delight….dazzling collection of objects, the book will no doubt find space in many a collector’s library”


Art Deco Jewelry: Modernist Masterworks and their Makers


“Presents some of the finest pieces of art deco jewelry made in the early to mid 20th century by some of the top designers and jewelry firms.”

— Metropolitan News-Enterprise

“Dealing with what is arguably a high point of 20th-century design, this catalog moves beyond literature aimed at collectors to a scholarly level based on serious research.”

— Library Journal

Art Deco Postcards


“…Will be an item of choice for any artist with a passion for art deco style.”

— The Midwest Book Review

Art Deco Postcards is a fun-to-peruse exploration of this elegant style.”

— Su Casa

“This book proves that great things do come in small packages …original posters from this era can cost upwards of $1,000 but these postcard sized artworks contained herein are equally joyful to behold.”

— Antiques & The Arts Weekly

“If your heart is lost to folk art and indigenous crafts, this is the volume for you.”

— American Style

“[It] is a treasure for anyone intrigued by twentieth century art.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“This adorable little book has beautifully reproduced postcards of the art and architecture which encapsulates the style…This is a great little item for fans of the period.”

— Joy Hog

Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces


“A richly detailed, pleasingly designed tour of art masterpieces throughout history.”

— The Oregonian

“If you can't make your way to the Met or Louvre anytime soon to inspect famous works of art up close and personal, know you're in good company with this volume. By 'zooming in' on the finer points of 100 celebrated paintings—with works by Mondrian, Pollock, Monet, and El Greco—these macro reproductions reveal subtle details one certainly would've missed with a simple Google search.”

— Interview

Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces sets out to illuminate the obscure details that the average passerby is likely to miss as they flit between the galleries at the world's most prestigious art institutions… underlying messages, back stories, specialized techniques, subtle symbolism, or – in some cases – a touch of humor.”


The Art of Not Making: The New Artist/Artisan Relationship


“Glorious photographic collection of ‘tactile’ art—hewn from glass, metal, stone, and textiles.”

— Harper's Bazaar

“At its core, the book encourages all artists to consider new alliances that could lead to more finely crafted and conceptually ambitious works that reflect a new age.”

— Surface Design Journal

“Perfect for: fans of Kiki Smith, Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei and Chris Burden.”

— The Huffington Post

“Gorgeous to look at.”

— Art Quarterly

“This visual and conceptual exploration of the artist-artisan relationship makes this book unique and appropriate for all levels of aesthetic practice and appreciation.”

— Choice

“…reveals that many of the most important and successful artists employ technical specialists to help them realize their ideas.”

— Palm Springs Life

The Art of Participation


The Art of Participation excels as an exhibition catalogue and as a concise overview of recent participatory art…The catalogue’s layout and design thoughtfully and playfully reinforces the intent of the exhibition.”

— Choice

“Participatory art embraces us. If you’re ready to reciprocate, this collection is for you…an exceptional coffee-table book.”

— Public Art Review

The Art of Sound: A Visual History for Audiophiles


“Designers and pop culture aficionados will appreciate this rich tale of how recorded music was marketed… The Art of Sound is a singular and comprehensive history that makes visual the capturing and playback of sound, a fitting tribute to those earliest recordings made by marks warbling through soot.”

— Print Magazine

“A beautifully illustrated history of sound recording, reproduction devices, and processes from the 1857 phonautograph to the present day's streaming audio. This predominately visual book is eye candy for the audiophile, but will be of interest to scholars of the material culture of sound, audio historians, collectors, and any individual interested in the history and technology of recording. Recommended.”

— Choice

Art of the Celts: From 700 B.C. to the Celtic Revival


“The entire spectrum of Celtic art, with all its vibrancy, magical power, intricate pattern and ambiguity, is revealed in this splendid, concise introduction. It shows that there was no single unbroken tradition, but several diverse interweaving strands - each exemplified in the many beautiful objects the Celts created, whether decorative or mainly functional: elaborate weaponry, pottery, personal ornaments, enamelled bronze and silver, coins, and (later) illuminated manuscripts such as the Book of Kells. Increasingly influencing artists and designers and attracting a wider public, the rich treasury of Celtic art from the Iron Age to medieval Europe and more recent revivals, is celebrated in this volume.”

— Kirkus UK

The Art of Typewriting


“These creations are sophisticated works that wouldn’t be out of place in a modern art museum.”

— Library Journal

“The Art of Typewriting destabilizes linear communication as words become objects and shared languages fragment… In the age of Microsoft Word, the typewriter has a nostalgic appeal, yet these works appear to exist outside time and place… The Sackners don't arrange the works geographically, chronologically or by artist but rather thematically: ‘alphabetical texts,’ ‘texts of varying densities,’ ‘meandering texts and labyrinths.’ The effect is a subtle, Zen-like respite from meaning, a calm in the midst of our communicative storm.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“Creating art with a typewriter—a seemingly limited machine—was both an exercise in mind-boggling ingenuity and an acceptance of restrictions that seem out of joint with our era of Koonsian scale and Abramovicían ego. With more than five hundred illustrations, THE ART OF TYPEWRITING offers a sample of the quarter-million items in the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry in Miami—said to be the largest extant repository of such material—preceded by brief, illuminating histories of typewriter art and ornamentation.”

— Bookforum

“In an age of computer-driven word processing—Microsoft Word, Google Docs—the works here make for an especially prescient presentation. Time, energy, and struggle are evident in many of the pieces shown in The Art of Typewriting.”

— Surface

“This is an undeniably rich and plentiful repository of creativity….There's much to explore here for art historians, poets, linguists, book artists, and those simply curious about the multiplicity of ways that text can take on fascinating forms.”


Art Photography Now


“A strong pick for anyone who wants to understand the art of photography and its full potential as a medium, highly recommended.”

— The Midwest Book Review

“Unusual for a book of photography, the reader may take away more from the text than from the images themselves.”

— Photoshop User

Art Since 1960


“Unpacks the complex diversity of the art of the past 50 years, identifying and defining its proliferation of styles, forms, techniques, influences, and motivations…Highly recommended.”

— Choice