What to Read: 5 Visual Books – The New York Times

Sept. 15, 2021
We’ve rounded up a handful of noteworthy visual books that include a modern art monograph, a woman-oriented design history, a titan of animation and a statistically grounded treatise on economic inequality.
Here are five titles to add to your coffee table →
TOYIN OJIH ODUTOLA: The UmuEze Amara Clan and the House of Obafemi, by Toyin Ojih Odutola. (Rizzoli Electa, $65.) Featuring essays by Zadie Smith and others, this illustrated tale by a Nigerian American artist renders in charcoal, pastel and pencil two elite families in a Nigeria untouched by colonialism and the slave trade.
THE POVERTY LINE, by Stefen Chow and Huiyi Lin. (Lars Müller, paper, $50.) The artistic duo apply their statistical approach to the problem of global inequality, visiting 36 countries in 10 years to understand, through food, the everyday sacrifices made by those living at the poverty line.
DESIGNING MOTHERHOOD: Things That Make and Break Our Births, by Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick. (MIT Press, $44.95.) A history-in-images of the most intimate experiences of womanhood, collecting objects relied upon over decades: from the BabyBjörn to at-home pregnancy tests to birth control methods.
FRIDA KAHLO: The Complete Paintings, by Luis-Martín Lozano, Andrea Kettenmann and Marina Vázquez Ramos. (Taschen, $200.) A comprehensive survey of Kahlo’s life and work includes all of her 152 paintings; letters and diary drawings; and a look inside her Mexico City home, Casa Azul.
HAYAO MIYAZAKI, by Jessica Niebel, Daniel Kothenschulte and Pete Docter. (DelMonico Books, $44.95.) A collection of sketches, storyboards and more by the Japanese animator, published to coincide with a retrospective at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.
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