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Alessandra Mattanza, Women Street Artists,Prestel, 240pp, £29.99 (hb), 15 Sept (UK)

Tackling ideas around empowerment, feminism, the pink revolution, body shaming, racism and the climate crisis, this publication focuses on contemporary women graffiti and mural artists from across the globe.

Daniel Birnbaum and Kurt Almqvist, Hilma af Klint Catalogue Raisonné Vol 7 of 7, Bokförlaget Stolpe, 376pp, £40 (hb), 27 Oct

The final volume, covering “Landscapes, Portraits and Miscellaneous Works (1886-1940)” of the first af Klint catalogue raisonné, spanning an extraordinary 1,600 works.

James Hall, The Artist’s Studio: A Cultural History, Thames & Hudson, 288pp, £30 (hb), 21 Oct

Following on from his book on the self-portrait, James Hall explores the myths and realities of the creative space within Western culture, from antiquity to the present.

Tim Clayton, James Gillray: A Revolution in Satire, Paul Mellon Centre, 408pp, £50 (hb), 1 Nov

A full biographical and illustrated study of Gillray, Britain’s greatest caricaturist, sheds new light on his personal and professional relationships, propaganda and previously unknown erotic prints.

Jennifer Van Horn, Portraits of Resistance: Activating Art During Slavery, Yale, 344pp, £45 (hb), 25 Oct

A ground-breaking study of portrait painting in 18th- and 19th-century America reveals how the myths of whiteness and nation building erased the experiences and activism of enslaved people of African descent.

Chris Owen, Drawing in the Dark: Henry Moore’s Coalmining Commission, Lund Humphries, 176pp, £40 (hb), 2 Nov

An in-depth study of Moore’s lesser-known drawings of “Britain’s underground army”, the miners of Wheldale colliery, Yorkshire, during the Second World War.

Julia Voss, trans. Anne Posten, Hilma af Klint: A Biography, Chicago, 440pp, $35 (hb), 27 Oct

The highly anticipated life of the Swedish painter, clairvoyant and mystic Hilma af Klint, who is credited with producing the earliest abstract paintings by a trained European artist.

Adrienne Edwards, Courtney J. Martin, Kellie Jones, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Wangechi Mutu, Phaidon, 160 pp, £39.95 (pb), 1 Dec

The first monograph on the Kenyan American artist whose works, often enriched by culturally charged materials such as tea and Kenyan soil, generate a unique form of myth-making.

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