In the spirit of The Diary, we present a list of some of our favourite books on artists. A mix of memoirs, biographies, and monographs, we hope you will find inspiration in these deeper explorations of artists ranging from Frida Kahlo and Yayoi Kusama to Henri Matisse and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Perhaps you will learn more about a treasured artist or discover a new favourite. We wish you happy reading!

  1. Andy Warhol: A Biography by Wayne Koestenbaum, New York: Viking, 2001.
  2. De Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swa, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 
  3. The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art by Sebastian Smee, New York: Random House, 2016.
  4. Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art by Phoebe Hoban, New York: Penguin Books, 2004.
  5. Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years 1898–1940 by Jed Perl, New York: Knopf Publishing Group, 2017.
  6. David Hockney: The Biography, 1937-1975 by Christopher Simon Sykes, New York: Nan A. Talese, 2012.
  7. Duchamp: A Biography by Calvin Tomkins, New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1996.
  8. Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz by Cynthia Carr, New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2012.
  9. Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul, Strand, Rebecca Salsburyby Carolyn Burke, New York: Knopf Publishing Group, 2019.
  10. Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma by Michael Peppiatt, London: Constable, 2008.
  11. Frank Auerbach by William Feaver, New York: Rizzoli International Publications Inc., 2009.
  12. Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting by Catherine Lampert, London: Thames and Hudson, 2015.
  13. Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera, New York: Harper Perennial, 2002.
  14. Georgia O’Keeffe by Roxana Robinson, Hanover: University Press of New England, 1989.
  15. Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama by Yayoi Kusama, London: Tate Publishing, 2012.
  16. In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and Modernism in Paris 1900-1910 by Sue Roe, New York: Penguin Books Ltd., 2014.
  17. Jackson Pollock: An American Saga by Gregory White Smith, New York: Clarkson Potter, 1989.
  18. Joan Miró: I Work Like a Gardner by Joan Miró, Robert Lubar, Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press, 2017.
  19. Just Kids by Patti Smith, New York: Ecco, HarperCollins, 2010.
  20. The Lives of Lucian Freud: The Restless Years, 1922-1968 by William Feaver, London: Bloomsbury, 2019.
  21. Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston by Musa Mayer, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.

Lucian Freud, Girl Reading, 1952