CULTURE & ARTS
12/31/2015 11:32 am ET

The 32 Best Art Books Of 2015

For those who like their text next to beautiful images.
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So long, farewell, 2015. You had your ups and downs, but one thing is for certain: You provided us hungry art book fanatics with some great and beautiful reads. Behold, the 32 most compelling combinations of text and image published this year. We are forever grateful. 

1. The Art of Typewriting

Thames

Who would like this? Anyone who worships at the altar of E. Remington or just loves the power behind a vintage typewriter.

2. Piet Mondrian: The Studios

Thames

Who would like this? Lovers of Mondrian's paintings and the interiors of art studios. Or just anyone who can properly pronounce "De Stijl."

3. Agnes Martin

ArtBook

Who would like this? Anyone who cannot wait for Martin's upcoming exhibition at the Guggenheim, or enjoys looking at silence.  

4. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit

DIA

Who would like this: Anyone who worships at the mighty altar of Frida Kahlo. 

5. Artists Living With Art

Abrams

 Who would like this: Everyone with a soft spot for interior design or who loves imagining which museum masterpieces would look best in their bedrooms. 

6. Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

Brooklyn Museum

Who would like this: Anyone with a soft spot for Basquiat, and who enjoys asking the question, "Is this art, though?"

7. The Passion According to Carol Rama

Appassionata 1939 Watercolour on paper Private Collection Photo: Pino Dell'Aquila, Torino

Who would like it: Any radical feminist who appreciates body parts and potty humor. 

8. Lives of The Great Photographers

Thames & Hudson

Who would like this: Anyone who's as interested in who's behind the camera as what's in front of it. 

9. Cabin Porn

Cabin Porn

Who would like this: Anyone who likes their mother nature with a heavy helping of luxury. 

10. Lee Miller: A Woman's War

Legion of Honor

Who would like this: Anyone who knows a muse is always more than just a muse.

11. Djerbahood

Albin Michel

Who would like this: Anyone who longs to see the many painted walls around the world.

12. About Women

Lisa Alther & Francois Gilot

Who would like this: A creative woman who can't live without her tribe.  

13. Lost: Lost and Found Pet Posters from Around the World

Ian Philips

Who would like this: Anyone obsessed with the small instances of art that are often not recognized as such.

14. Not My Blotting Tissues

Tim Moore

 Who would like this: Anyone who stares a little too long at their tissue after a good sneeze. 

15. Mumbling Beauty

ALEXANDER KLEIN via Getty Images

Who would like this: Anyone with a complex relationship to their anatomy and their mother. 

16. There Is No Right Way To Meditate

Yumi Sakugawa

 Who would like this: Anyone who is both intrigued and intimidated by the idea of meditation. And who loves doodles. 

17. Cats Galore

Thames & Hudson

 Who would like this: Any art history buff who's more than a little kitty crazy. 

18. Women Artists

Abbeville Press

 Who would like this: Anyone who likes their history served feminist. 

19. More Than Words

Princeton Architectural Press

Who would like this: Anyone who spends way too long writing handwritten letters. 

20. Raw Erotica

Raw Vision

Who would like this: Everyone who likes their sex like they like their art: a little on the strange side. 

21. We Go to the Gallery

Dung Beetle Ltd

 Who would like this: Any art lover with a little class and lot of sass.

22. The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Thames & Hudson

Who would like this: Anyone with an eye for design and a taste for romance. 

23. Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Who would like this: Anyone who sees space as sculpture, and sculpture as space.

24. Covert to Overt

Rizzoli

Who would like this: Everyone whose love of skateboards only compares to their love of stickers.  

25. The Rap Yearbook

Harry N. Abrams

Who would like this: Anyone with an encyclopedic rap knowledge and a knack for deconstructing Biggie.  

26. Patternity

Patternity

Who would like this: Anyone who zones out staring at ceilings, floors -- anything with tiles. 

27. Body of Art

Phaidon

Who would like this: Anyone with a body ... Yes, that's you. 

28. 100 Years Of Color

Print

Who would like this: Anyone who dreams of becoming a Pantone color master.  

29. What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches

Akashic Books

Who would like this: Anyone who likes to rock out with their lady parts out. 

30. Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

David Zwirner

Who would like this: Anyone intrigued by domestic spaces, intimate relationships, faces, people, mysteries. 

31. Art Nouveau: 50 Works of Art You Should Know

Prestel

Who would like this: Anyone who believes their true calling in life is being a dancer at the Moulin Rouge.

32. African Textiles

Thames & Hudson

Who would like this: Any textile nerd who wants to travel without leaving the couch.

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