Andy Warhol: A Retrospective
edited by Kynaston McShine
A catalog from MOMA’s 1989 Warhol retrospective.
The world’s greatest galleries and art museums support their major exhibitions by publishing beautifully illustrated catalogs that serve two purposes – they are a lingering reminder for visitors and an object of beauty for anyone’s bookshelf.
This selection of exhibition catalogs showcases publications from many of the top locations to see fine art, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Tate Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, and Victoria & Albert Museum, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Aside from memorable images, exhibition catalogs offer essays, retrospectives and fascinating insights from experts.
Various artists and movements, photographers, archeological and historical treasures, and even two fashion icons are covered within this list of sumptuously illustrated catalogs. Prices stretch from the ridiculously cheap into three figures for flawless first editions.
While it’s not always possible to attend an exhibition in New York, London or Los Angeles, it’s easy to add the catalog to your collection.
Arts of the South Seas
by Ralph Linton & Paul S. Wingert
A catalog with 200 plates from MOMA’s 1946 retrospective on South Seas art.
London’s Tate Gallery 1974 catalog of work by landscape watercolor artist William Turner.
Produced by Arts Council of Great Britain for the 1964 exhibition in London and Zurich.
242 color plates, 262 black & white plates. Tate’s catalog from 1996 of this major exhibition.
Edouard Manet 1832-1883
edited by Anne Coffin Hanson
Published by Philadelphia Museum of Art & Chicago’s Art Institute in 1966.
Mario Testino: Portraits
London’s National Portrait Gallery, catalog for a photography exhibition that toured the world.
edited by Carol Troyen
Many illustrations & essays. Published by Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in 2007.
edited by Richard Martin
NY’s Metropolitan Museum of Art catalog for its 1997-1998 exhibition on the fashion designer.
Treasures of Tutankhamun
edited by Katherine Stoddert Gilbert
33 color plates. Catalog from this 1976 exhibition of Egyptian artifacts from King Tut’s tomb.
Korean Art and Design
edited by Beth McKillop
Catalog of Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection of Korean art starting in the 5th century.
edited by Brian Reade
Catalog to promote Victoria & Albert Museum’s 1966 exhibition for this short-lived artist.
edited by James Thrall Soby
Catalog published by NY’s Museum of Modern Art for its 1965 exhibition of Belgian surrealism.
edited by Lisa Dennison
Published by NY’s Guggenheim Museum in 1995 for its exhibition on this American artist.
Frank Gehry, Architect
edited by Fiona J. Ragheb
Catalog for exhibitions held at the Guggenheim museums in NY and Bilbao in 2001.