From McQueen to Matisse: May’s New Art Books

The end of May brings a series of gorgeous art-related hardbacks to the shelves, from the highly-anticipated biography of Alexander McQueen to a new retrospective of political hijinks from the Canadian art collective known as General Idea. All of these titles come out on May 31st, so you have exactly two weeks to develop the proper level of excitement before their purchase. (Isn’t that sometimes the best part — the anticipation?) They all also include arresting images for aesthetes as well as those who appreciate the rough and tumble artists who can’t help but bring an iconoclastic message to the table. It’s been a hard winter, but the final days of spring bring us vibrant, lush, colorful books to enjoy.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton and Sølve Sundsbø

By now, most of us know that Alexander McQueen was the son of a cab driver and a schoolteacher, and that he learned his trade by working as a dutiful apprentice on Savile Row. Even without his humble origins, McQueen’s life and work still manage to amaze even a casual viewer. His designs are daring, innovative, and theatrical, and Savage Beauty gives us a window into his process; those who saw the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition and want more should seriously consider picking up this book.

Images courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art