10 must-read books for art lovers

Splurge on these titles as it’s still National Arts Month after all!

Whether you need to nurture your artistic spirit, celebrate art, or are curious to know more about its history, books are among the best sources not only of information but also of creative inspiration.

We’ve gathered here 10 art books every art lover should include on their shelves. Plus, with their lovely covers and beautiful illustrations, they are themselves pieces of art.

1. Art 101: From Vincent Van Gogh to Andy Warhol, Key People, Ideas, and Moments in the History of Art by Eric Grzymkowski

Gain a deeper understanding of the art world through Art 101, a compendium of the world’s greatest artists and their masterpieces, the evolution of art through the years and the key people behind them, and other tidbits about art that do away with boring details, but gives you instead engaging lessons in artistic expression.

2. Why Are We ‘Artists’? 100 World Art Manifestos by Jessica Lack

If you’re digging deep into the art world, what better way than to read manifestos from 100 artists across the globe in the last 100 years? In this anthology, not only do we get to answer “Why do we make art?” but also foster a deeper understanding of how art has changed the world and how it will continue to do so in the years to come.

Filled with remarkable wit and wisdom, Why Are We Artists? is an essential book for every art lover.

3. Taschen Basic Art Series 

Discover the life and works of the world’s most iconic artists through the Taschen Basic Art Series. Each book offers a detailed summary of the artist’s life, illustrations of their work, and their historical and cultural legacy.

From Bauhaus to Basquiat, the series includes books on Bacon, Eames, Gaudí, Haring, de Lempicka, Dalí, Klimt, Koons, da Vinci, Monet, O’Keeffe, Kahlo, van der Rohe, Pop Art, Rothko, Surrealism, and so much more.

4. Popism: The Warhol uSixties by Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett

Fascinating, funny, and frank, Popism is Andy Warhol’s 1980 memoir, sweeping readers into the cultural storm of the sixties: Pop art, psychedelics, Bob Dylan, underground film, and the famed parties at Warhol’s studio, the Factory.

Written in the detached, gossipy style Warhol was known for, this book is for anyone who wants an inside look into the iconic artist’s mind and the rise of the Pop phenomenon in New York.

5. 101 Super Cute Things to Draw by Lauren Bergstrom

Through original mash-ups, step-by-step drawing instructions, doodling exercises, and mindfulness activities, author and artist Lauren Bergstrom introduces tons of cute and quirky stuff to draw—from everyday objects, food, and nature, to animals and mythical creatures.

If you’ve ever thought of doodling as a hobby and learning to draw adorable things, this book is for you!

6. Chibi Art Class: Create Your Own Chibi Cuties by Yoai

Cuteness overload! Renowned artist Yoai has captivated millions of fans with her chibi drawings. She’s now teaching artists and enthusiasts the step-by-step approach to the art of chibi, including creating those signature dreamy eyes, vibrant hair, colorful accessories, and lively backgrounds.

7. Filipino Artists in their Studios by Pingot Zulueta

In this coffee table book, photojournalist Pingot Zulueta and lifestyle editor Isabel de Leon gather a constellation of the finest Filipino visual artists, and capture their stories via their workspaces, illuminating a different side of Filipinos as artists.

8. Lugar by Augusto F. Villalon

Written by the late architect and heritage conservation champion Augusto F. Villalon, Lugar is a collection of essays that takes a look into Philippine architecture and how it’s interweaved into our culture, history, and identity as Filipinos.

This book is a must-read for students and art lovers interested in anthropology, architectural heritage, and the Philippine heritage conservation movement.

9. The 30-Day Sketchbook Project by Minnie Small

Feeling stuck? In a rut? Sometimes, all it takes is a beautiful book to show you the way. Let beloved English illustrator Minnie Small eradicate your fear of the blank page through this activity book for artists, filled with step-by-step projects, prompts, inspiring messages, and a glimpse into Small’s own process, fostering a greater appreciation of intuitive learning and the beauty of creative imperfection.

10. Everyday Art Exercises: Daily Activities to Boost Your Creativity by Jane Maday

A cross between a sketchbook and a journal, Everyday Art Exercises is filled with 100 creative prompts, activities, and coloring pages to spark your imagination and develop your drawing, painting, and doodling skills—whether you’re just starting out, or looking for an artistic outlet.

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