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Coffee Table Curator: October 2015

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes, Damiani, 70 USD

If you're an enthusiast of tranquil, romantic, and monochromatic landscapes, this is a treat. Approaching his depictions of earth through only the most primordial substances (air and water), the Japanese-born Hiroshi Sugimoto has been traveling the world for over 30 years photographing seascapes. Although constantly differing in location, all of his photographs are uniform in composition: the horizon line precisely splits the middle, revealing the distinctiveness of each meeting of sea and sky. The volume includes more than 200 of Sugimoto's seascapes, some of which have never been seen by the public.

Dior by Avedon, Rizzoli, 175 USD

One of the most prolific fashion and portrait photographers in the later half of the 20th century, Richard Avedon produced a vast body of work for Dior from the 1940s to the 1970s. With his signature mix of grace, drama, and humor—as well as his complete mastery of light and contrast—the New York City-born photographer effortlessly captured the elegant and refined aesthetic of Dior through his lens. This exquisite volume includes hundreds of photographs, many of them never before published, that span Avedon's tenure as Dior's go-to man. Be on the lookout for many iconic celebrity appearances, including Marlene Dietrich and Anjelica Huston.

Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture form Paris to New York, Prestel, 49.95 USD

In the first comprehensive volume to explore the history of surrealist sculpture from the 1920s to '50s, nearly every artist who contributed to the movement is featured in beautiful and striking detail. International artists and leaders who embraced found-object assemblages—Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Salvador Dalí—are juxtaposed with artists who favored a nature-inspired biomorphism—Jean Arp, Max Ernst—which highlight the respective artists' innovations in sculpture. The three-dimensional masterpieces never looked so good in two-dimensional form.

Maya Lin: Topologies, Rizzoli, 75 USD

Maya Lin has been a tour de force in the world of sculpture and landscape art ever since she designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the ripe age of 21. Specializing on the relationship of the ecology of landscape as seen through modern science and technology, her environmental works and memorials transmit a serene yet texturally rich minimalism-as evidenced with Storm King Wavefield, Eleven-Minute Line, and Pin River-Yangtze. This monograph presents a vast overview of Lin's 30-year career, including personal sketches, drawings, and inspirations that encompass more than 50 of her diverse projects.

The Belgians: An Unexpected Fashion Story, Hatje Cantz, 60 USD

When discussing dominance in the international fashion market, the three countries that usually come to mind are England, Italy, and France. But what about Belgium? The country has produced some of the most creative minds of the modern age—including Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela, and Raf Simons—that ooze a unique combination of a surreal and avant-garde aesthetic. This catalogue, the first of its kind, explores the historic overview of Belgian fashion by featuring the fashion academies and key works of the respective designers. We'll take a one-way ticket to Antwerp, please.

Impressionism: Reimagining Art, Prestel, 75 USD

If you can't venture to the Barnes Foundation or the Musée d'Orsay to view quintessential works of impressionist art, then this massive volume is the next best thing. As one of art history's most identifiable and popular movements, impressionism spurred countless artistic geniuses (Monet! Manet! Renoir! Pissaro! Cassatt!). This volume stunningly explores all of the wide-ranging aspects of the complex movement—the historical precursors, contemporary rivals, and subsequent movements it inspired—as well as traces impressionism's expansion from France into the rest of the world.