A Selection of Art Books to Read and to Look At

As chosen by the founders of Études.

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With confinement indoors the norm for most of us, now is the time to turn to books. And particularly, those art and photography books you might not normally have time to leaf through. Seeing their interest in blurring the boundaries between art and fashion, we asked multidisciplinary Parisian brand Études to share recommendations for the best art books.

Études founders Jérémie Egry and Aurélien Arbet are knowledgeable of photography, as evidenced not just by their work for their brand but also their own book published by Rizzoli. As such, their picks demonstrate a range aesthetics and interests

Read on for Études’ picks below. And be sure to read our tips for how to stay engaged with art while staying indoors.

Figur I, Figur II by Andrzej Steinback

 Andrzej Steinback Figur I, Figur II art books etudes  Erica Overmeer Sarcelles Landscape Christopher Williams Printed in Germany Johannes Schwartz The Athens Recorder Paul Graham The whiteness of the whale Roni Horn You are the weather Hayahisa Tomiyasu TTP
Where to buy: Spector Books

Borrowing from the methods of fashion photography, Andrzej Steinback delivers black and white portraits that require attention and encourage comparison. The book from Leipzig, Germany-based publisher Spector features images that upset and question our notions of roles and identity.

Printed in Germany by Christopher Williams

 Andrzej Steinback Figur I, Figur II art books etudes  Erica Overmeer Sarcelles Landscape Christopher Williams Printed in Germany Johannes Schwartz The Athens Recorder Paul Graham The whiteness of the whale Roni Horn You are the weather Hayahisa Tomiyasu TTP
Where to buy: David Zwirner

There’s no text in the book, nor even a title. This is the second publication centered on the photographer Christopher Williams’ retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago. The first volume having focused more on words, this edition devles into the journey of the photographer who has worked across photojournalism, commercial imagery and more.

Sarcelles Landscape by Erica Overmeer

 Andrzej Steinback Figur I, Figur II art books etudes  Erica Overmeer Sarcelles Landscape Christopher Williams Printed in Germany Johannes Schwartz The Athens Recorder Paul Graham The whiteness of the whale Roni Horn You are the weather Hayahisa Tomiyasu TTP
Where to buy: Printed Matter

Here artist Erica Overmeer focuses on the landscape of Parisian suburb Sarcelles. The volume showcases Overmeer’s interest in urban planning and architecture.

The Athens Recorder by Johannes Schwartz

 Andrzej Steinback Figur I, Figur II art books etudes  Erica Overmeer Sarcelles Landscape Christopher Williams Printed in Germany Johannes Schwartz The Athens Recorder Paul Graham The whiteness of the whale Roni Horn You are the weather Hayahisa Tomiyasu TTP
Where to buy: Roma Publications

This exploration of Athens takes a more sociological than touristic approach to the famed Greek city. German photographer and artist Johannes Schwartz focuses on public places such as musuems and shopping centers, highlighting their often incongruous and lively scenes.

The Whiteness of the Whale by Paul Graham

 Andrzej Steinback Figur I, Figur II art books etudes  Erica Overmeer Sarcelles Landscape Christopher Williams Printed in Germany Johannes Schwartz The Athens Recorder Paul Graham The whiteness of the whale Roni Horn You are the weather Hayahisa Tomiyasu TTP
Where to buy: Mack

This book brings together three previous works of Paul Graham: Paul Graham: American Night (1998), A Shimmer of Possibility (2007) and The Present (2011). These photographic series capture and question the social fabric in the United States, as well as the contemporary world as a whole.

You Are the Weather by Roni Horn

 Andrzej Steinback Figur I, Figur II art books etudes  Erica Overmeer Sarcelles Landscape Christopher Williams Printed in Germany Johannes Schwartz The Athens Recorder Paul Graham The whiteness of the whale Roni Horn You are the weather Hayahisa Tomiyasu TTP
Where to buy: Amazon

You Are the Weather is the result of a trip artist Roni Horn’s took to Iceland in the ’90s. The book focuses on portraits taken in the hot springs with intimate photos providing a distict experience from the usual art book.

TTP by Hayahisa Tomiyasu

 Andrzej Steinback Figur I, Figur II art books etudes  Erica Overmeer Sarcelles Landscape Christopher Williams Printed in Germany Johannes Schwartz The Athens Recorder Paul Graham The whiteness of the whale Roni Horn You are the weather Hayahisa Tomiyasu TTP
Where to buy: Mack

One table, many photos. Photographer Hayahisa Tomiyasu captured the same ping pong table in Leipzig throughout multiple seasons, seeing the table transform from a simple playground to much more.

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