The Year’s Most Beautiful and Interesting Art Books

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Nick Cave: Epitome, Elvira Dyangani Ose,Nato Thompson, and Andrew Bolton

If you’ve only read about Nick Cave’s dazzling Soundsuits, Epitome is almost as good as seeing the staggering work in person. Prestel has done a beautiful job of capturing the joy, movement, and visual beauty that brings Cave (the American artist, not the Australian singer) to the forefront of today’s art world, and the essays about his work are nimble and sharp, too.