Five Art and Design Books for Your Spring Reading List

Visionary architecture, art-filled interiors, and a timely look at a landmark photo essay.

Photo by Francine Zaslow

Leonard Freed: Black in White America, edited by Michael Shulman and Tony Nourmand
This important book revisits Leonard Freed’s Black in White America, a groundbreaking photo essay originally released in 1968. The 224-page tome, complete with never-before-seen images, chronicles the historic March on Washington and other key milestones in the on-going fight against racial injustice—a battle the Brooklyn-born photo-journalist covered throughout his career.

Out 11/17/20, $60, Reel Art Press.

Radical Architecture of the Future, by Beatrice Galilee
A rock-shaped building wrapped in see-through ETFE panels. An artificial ski slope set atop a towering waste-to-energy plant. A cultural center with an inverted thatched roof, capable of collecting rainwater that will later be used to nurture crops. These designs and more await inside Radical Architecture of the Future, curator Beatrice Galilee’s ode to avant-garde structures that challenge the limits of design.

Out 1/6/21, $60, Phaidon.

Made for Living: Collected Interiors for All Sorts of Styles, by Amber Lewis and Cat Chen
No stuffy parlors or museum-like dining rooms here. From a powder room cloaked in Benjamin Moore’s moody “Anchor Gray” to a reading nook outfitted with dramatic drapery and a vintage chaise, designer Amber Lewis’s approachable schemes beg to be explored. Crack open this new hardcover, filled with some 250 photos, for a primer on the California native’s laid-back style.

Out 10/27/20, $40, Clarkson Potter.

The Conservatory: Gardens Under Glass, by Alan Stein and Nancy Virts
Fun fact: The roots of modern-day conservatories stretch back to at least the 1700s, when they were created to shelter fragile flora from inclement weather. Trace the origins of these glassy masterpieces—and swoon over the leafy wonders they house—in this new volume, written by married conservatory builders Alan Stein and Nancy Virts.

Out 10/27/20, $60, Princeton Architectural Press.

For Art’s Sake: Inside the Homes of Art Dealers, by Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian
Voyeuristic in all the right ways, this Rizzoli text offers a rare look at the private residences of A-list art collectors in cities around the world. Peep exquisitely designed and decorated homes from the drafting tables of architects such as Peter Marino and Toshiko Mori, each carefully documented by acclaimed photographer Jean-François Jaussaud.

Out 10/6/20, $85, Rizzoli.