Modern Muses: A Reading List

A collage made up of the covers to book from the list below

Ai Weiwei

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir

Trans. Allan H. Barr

Crown Publishing Group


Barbara Bloemink

Florine Stettheimer: A Biography

Hirmer Verlag GmbH


Diane Burko

Diane Burko: Seeing Climate Change

American University Museum


Sophie Calle & Jean-Paul Demoule

The Elevator Resides in 501

Ill. Philippe Millot

Actes Sud


Alex Danchev (with Sarah Whitfield)

Magritte: A Life

Pantheon Books


Anaïs Duplan

I Need Music

Action Books


Ibrahim El-Salahi

At Home in the World: A Memoir



Ernest Farrés

Edward Hopper: Poems

Trans. Lawrence Venuti

Graywolf Press


María Gainza

Portrait of an Unknown Lady

Trans. Thomas Bunstead



María Gainza

Optic Nerve

Trans. Thomas Bunstead



Ferren Gipson

The Ultimate Art Museum

Phaidon Press


Carla Guelfenbein

One in Me I Never Loved

Trans. Neil Davidson

Other Press


Ed. Andrea Karnes

Women Painting Women

DelMonico Books


Ed. Chelsea Weathers

Agnes Martin: Independence of Mind

Radius Books


Stephanie McKenzie

Saviours in This Little Space for Now: Poems for Emily Carr and Vincent van Gogh

Salmon Poetry


Ahmed Morsi

Ed. Hoor Al Qasimi & Salah M. Hassan

Ahmed Morsi: A Dialogic Imagination



Ed. Ed Schad

Takeshi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow

DelMonico Books


André Leon Talley

The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir

Penguin Random House


Adam Zagajewski

“Vermeer’s Little Girl” and “Degas: The Milliner’s Shop” 

Trans. Clare Cavanagh

Without End: New and Selected Poems

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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Michelle Johnson is WLT's managing and culture editor.