Best guides of 2022: Visible arts

Ora Sawyers

If These Apples Should Tumble: Cézanne and the Current
by T J Clark, Thames & Hudson £30/$39

An electrifying account of wanting intently to fathom Cézanne’s images: what makes their beauty nonetheless so uncanny, precarious, visionary. Stalking his matter with a hawk’s eye, a philosopher’s brain and an open up coronary heart, Clark unfolds both equally the artist at work and his personal evolving responses. The most effective ebook on Cézanne given that Meyer Shapiro’s in 1962.

Book cover of A Life of Picasso, Volume IV

A Lifestyle of Picasso, Volume IV: The Minotaur Yrs 1933-1943
by John Richardson, Jonathan Cape £35/Knopf $40

Picasso in his 50s, obsessed with his self-image as the mythic minotaur, trampling sacrificial victims as he produced the era’s defining icons — “Guernica”, “Weeping Woman” — compels as defiantly as ever. What a impressive source this four-volume biography is, unfinished (Richardson died in 2019) however unrivalled in its mix of erudition and gossipy insights.

Book cover of Monet — Mitchell

Monet — Mitchell edited by Suzanne Pagé, Marianne Mathieu and Angéline Scherf, Yale £40/Hazan $50

Joan Mitchell confronting Monet at Paris’s Fondation Vuitton is the year’s most joyful exhibition. Its catalogue illuminates in particular the amazing story of how the American artist, relocating to Monet’s Vétheuil on the Seine in 1968, engaged with his landscapes and late abstract way but produced paintings triumphantly her personal.

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Book cover of 20th Century Indian Art

20th Century Indian Artwork: Modern-day, Write-up-Independence, Contemporary
edited by Partha Mitter, Parul Dave Mukherji, Rakhee Balaram, Thames & Hudson £85/$125

For assortment and depth, a landmark in Indian artwork background. It pulls the marginal towards the centre nonetheless keeps the massive image in view, rethinks modernism’s freedoms and difficulties in a broadened worldwide context and negotiates colonial and postcolonial assumptions with nuanced knowledge.

Book cover of Michelangelo

Michelangelo: The Finish Operates: Paintings, Sculpture, Architecture
by Frank Zöllner and Christof Thoenes, Taschen £60/$80

The refreshing version of this magisterial, engrossing research of Michelangelo as “prototype of the modern-day self-expressive artist” is incredibly welcome. Shorn of its drawings portion (a minefield of controversial attributions), it is more manageably sized and priced, beautifully intended, and incorporates some new images, even though Taschen excellent stays supreme.

Guides of the 12 months 2022

All this week, FT writers and critics share their favourites. Some highlights are:

Monday: Enterprise by Andrew Hill
Tuesday: Natural environment by Pilita Clark
Wednesday: Economics by Martin Wolf
Thursday: Fiction by Laura Fight
Friday: Politics by Gideon Rachman
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