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These 9 books will transform your 2017 into an artist's dreamland

Courtesy of Chronicle Books

Whether you are looking for your new favorite artist or trying to brush up on art history, the New Year is a great time to get more art books on your coffee table. If you want to expand your art knowledge in 2017, there are plenty of amazing books set to be released soon. Flip through the pages of these books for amazing illustrations from people around the world or gorgeous photographs that never get old.

Bonus: A lot of these volumes focus on the work of female artists.

1. This collection of photographs by the iconic Lola Álvarez Bravo.

Featuring breathtaking black-and-white photographs, Lola Álvarez Bravo: 50 Photographs is a great introduction to the work of one of the most respected female photographers in modern photography. Though her work dates back mostly to the 1930s through 1960s, her photographs are timeless. They’re gorgeous and haunting in the best way possible.

Amazon / www.amazon.com

Buy it here for $35.

2. This guide to living a more art-filled life.

Writer and art lover Bridget Watson Payne wants you to embrace art in your everyday life — so she wrote a whole book about it. From how to find art you like to visiting museums to making your own art, How Art Can Make You Happy guides even the most casual art lover into living more colorfully. There’s even a quick cheat sheet to all the art genres.

Courtesy of Chronicle Books

Buy it here for $12.95.

3. This book exploring the wonder of illustration.

If you love illustration, this book will make all your visual dreams come true. Get lost in the work of some seriously talented illustrators from around the world. Each artist blurb also includes a self-portraits from the creators themselves. 100 Illustrators features the work of Gary Baseman, Anita Kunz, Christoph Niemann, and more.

Taschen / www.taschen.com

Get it here for $19.99.

4. This amazing collection of record covers for the art lover who’s also a music buff.

Featuring 500 awesome covers, this anthology covers both art and music history. The 20th century proved an especially creative time for covers, with artists and musicians collaborating to bring these visions to life. You’ll recognize the styles of many a well-known artist, from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Banksy to Keith Haring.

Taschen / www.taschen.com

Buy it here for $69.99.

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