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Sanyu, byRita Wong

This comprehensive account follows the career of Sanyu (1895-1966) from China and Japan, to Paris and New York, exploring his integration of Western modernity with ancient traditions. Volume one is the biography, and volume two the catalogue raisonné.

Sanyu: His Life and Complete Works in Oil, vols 1 and 2, by Rita Wong. Hatje Cantz, 248pp/496pp, 299/321 illustrations, €64/£64 and €88/£88 (hb), publication late March

Cecilia Gamberini’s Sofonisba Aguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola, by Cecilia Gamberini

The excellent Illuminating Women Artists series continues with volumes on the Cremona-born portraitist Sofonisba Anguissola (around 1532-1625) and the early 17th-century French still-life painter Louise Moillon. Cecilia Gamberini’s biography will focus on the significance of Anguissola’s role and status at the court of Philip II of Spain.

Sofonisba Anguissola by Cecilia Gamberini. Lund Humphries, 144pp, 55 colour illustrations, £35 (hb), publication 15 April

Andrew James Hamilton’s The Royal Inca Tunic: a Biography of an Andean Masterpiece

The Royal Inca Tunic, byAndrew James Hamilton

Andrew James Hamilton carries out a meticulous examination of the 500-year-old imperial tunic, considered “the most celebrated Andean artwork in the world”, putting the case for its creation by two female artists on the eve of the devastating Spanish invasion.

The Royal Inca Tunic: a Biography of an Andean Masterpiece, by Andrew James Hamilton. Princeton University Press, 344pp, 219 colour and 17 b/w illustrations, $55/£45 (hb), publication 14 May

Thomas Girst, Azu Nwagbogu and Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Esther Mahlangu: a Life in Colour

Esther Mahlangu, by Thomas Girst, Azu Nwagbogu and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Timed to coincide with a touring retrospective, this book will illuminate the life, work and creative process of the globally acclaimed South African artist through a sequence of interviews. Also from Thames & Hudson, in June, comes Ronald Moody: His Universe, the first major book on the Jamaica-born sculptor.

Esther Mahlangu: a Life in Colour, by Thomas Girst, Azu Nwagbogu and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Thames & Hudson, 140pp, 80 illustrations, £19.99 (hb), publication 6 June

Esther Bell and Olivier Meslay’s Guillaume Lethière

Guillaume Lethière, by Esther Bell and Olivier Meslay (eds)

The son of a formerly enslaved mother and plantation-owning father, the painter Guillaume Lethière (1760-1832) enjoyed fame and success, yet he is now relatively unknown. All that should change this year with a ground-breaking exhibition at the Clark Art Institute/Louvre and this accompanying publication.

Guillaume Lethière, by Esther Bell and Olivier Meslay (eds). Clark Art Institute/Yale, 400pp, 170 colour & b/w illustrations, £50 (hb), publication 25 June

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