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Our Book Buyers’ Top 10 Picks for Holiday 2022!

SFMOMA book buyers' best books of 2022.

Shopping for a book lover? The Museum Store book buyers have picked 10 of their favorite art, design and gift books of fall 2022 that are perfect for holiday gift giving. Read all about them here and discover more of the Museum Store’s carefully curated book collection online, where you can shop by interest.

 Annie Leibovitz XXL book with Keith Haring on cover

Annie Leibovitz XXL

Previously only available in a massive (20 x 27 in.) $7,500 edition, this spectacular overview of Leibovitz’s career is now offered at a more manageable size (15 x 11 in.) and price ($150). The book surveys over 40 years of work starting with the photojournalism she did for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s through the conceptual portraits she made for Vanity Fair and Vogue. 

 How Art Can Save Your Life book cover

How Art Can Change Your Life

Can art help soothe the ambient anxiety and everyday stress of our lives? Author Susie Hodge investigates how engaging with art can help everyone feel more connected and inspired. From Frida Kahlo confronting her anxieties to Henri Matisse embracing happiness, and from Louise Bourgeois conquering fear to Auguste Rodin finding hope, this book will show how you too can use art to work through difficult emotions and improve your mental state.

 Joan Brown SFMOMA Exhibition Catalogue

Joan Brown

Rediscover Joan Brown, once called “Irresistibly Weird” by Art in America (Madeline Weisburg, Feb. 26, 2021). This beautifully illustrated catalogue accompanies a retrospective exhibition of the prolific San Francisco–born painter (1938–1990), the first significant survey of her work in more than twenty years. Don’t miss the colorful exuberance, wit and talent of this Bay Area treasure. Exhibition open now through March 12, 2023, floor 7.

 Mark Rothko book cover

Mark Rothko

This landmark monograph is illustrated with more than 275 images that explore the work of one of the most beloved artists in SFMOMA’s collection. Among Rothko’s artistic philosophies, he held that painting was a deeply psychological and spiritual experience through which basic human emotions could be communicated. Soon fans will be able to commune with Rothko’s luminous No. 14, 1960  for free. Beginning December 17, 2022 the entire second floor gallery will become part of the Museum’s free public spaces!

 African Art Now Book Cover

African Art Now

Over the past two decades, contemporary African art has become part of the global mainstream, inspiring countless exhibitions, fairs, and auctions around the world. And yet, African art remains overlooked as an area of dedicated study due to continued academic and cultural bias. This book shines a spotlight on the artists whose wide-ranging accomplishments represent the shifting dynamics and boundless possibilities of African art today.


 Inside At Home with Great Designers book cover

Inside: At Home with Great Designers

The homes of interior designers are the places where all the knowledge and decorating expertise they have perfected can be seen in their fullest expression. Inside: At Home with Great Designers is a tour of the homes of sixty of the most talented and accomplished creatives working in the design world today.

Homes included range from apartments, townhouses, and lofts, to country and coastal retreats, bungalows, and palazzi - this is the perfect gift for anyone interested in interior design, and armchair travelers seeking inspiration.

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1000 Design Classics

Originating from the highly acclaimed and groundbreaking three-volume Phaidon Design Classics, this new book presents 1,000 of the world's greatest objects in one large-format volume - from everyday items by anonymous creators to lauded pieces by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Dieter Rams, Richard Sapper, Hans J. Wegner, and Florence Knoll.

Carefully revised to bring every detail up to date, and with the addition of 100 new items that highlight designers from a diverse variety of backgrounds (including a greater number of female designers) and products from the last 15 years, this collection of the world's greatest product design is more comprehensive, compelling - and relevant - than ever before.

Exceptionally Simple Theory of Sketching Book Cover

The Exceptionally Simple Theory of Sketching 

Is learning to draw one of your New Year’s resolutions? In this book, George Hlavács helps you to build up your confidence, moving through each layer of drawing and helping you understand exactly why one drawing looks more professional than another. This book breaks down the fear around sketching, walking you through how to create intricate sketches without difficulty.

 Hi-Fi Book Cover

A perfect gift and beyond-cool look at the world of high-end audio design for passionate collectors, obsessive audiophiles, and design fans. This unique book explores just how, when, and why the world fell in love with the look, feel, and sound of top-of-the-line audio equipment. Hi-Fi traces this fascinating evolution from the 1950s to today (and tomorrow), taking readers right up to the current renaissance of all things analog and the emergence of cutting-edge designs for die-hard audiophiles.

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The Gracias Madre Cookbook 

This book ticks all the boxes for gifting to the cook in your life: Love San Francisco? Check. Love to eat? Check. Vegan or vegan-curious? Check! The Gracias Madre Cookbook beautifully presents the fresh, bright flavors of Mexico and Southern California, adapted for the plant-based home cook, from one of San Francisco’s favorite restaurants.

Looking for books for kids? Check out our top picks in our Designed for Play Gift Guide.

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