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John Singer Sargent, Vernon Lee, 1881, oil paint on canvas. Courtesy: Tate, London

The Psychology of an Art Writer provides a beautiful account of Lee’s looking and feeling and thinking and writing about art’

By Vivian Sky Rehberg

A new collection of previously uncompiled essays finds a writer poised at the threshold of art and literature

By Jerome Boyd-Maunsell

A newly-translated book by Heike Geissler chronicles the life of a warehouse worker

By Tom Overton

The way in which we talk about these accolades tends to hyperbole; artworks are not created in a financial vacuum

By Helen Charman

‘After Kurzweil’s book landed with a thud in the centre of our culture, it was impossible not to address its claims’

By Chris Wiley

This year saw the publication of a rich vein of books about motherhood and women’s work

By Carmen Winant

‘Boom obsesses over every element of design – including the textures and scents of her books, as well as their appearance’

By Alice Rawsthorn

From environmentalist epics to Norse mythology and the re-emergence of Russian cosmism: John Holten surveys the best books of 2018

By John Holten

Michael Muhammad Knight’s is not just a good book of religious scholarship, but a strange, delightful memoir

By Shiv Kotecha

In a new book, T.J. Clark scours art historical depictions of divinity for clues about our contemporary age

By Shahidha Bari

From capitalist realism to acid communism, new anthology K-Punk demonstrates the reach of the late writer’s cultural criticism

By Paul Rekret

Major new volumes by curators RoseLee Goldberg and Catherine Wood document contemporary art’s most rambunctious medium

By Isobel Harbison