TOP ART BOOKSTORES IN THE US
Hunting for an out-of-print artist monograph or rare museum catalog? These booksellers have you covered.
Looking to pick up some art books? As much as the internet has to offer, the Amazons of the world are not always the best place to find that obscure volume on your wish list. All over the US, independent bookstores stock titles that are often out-of-print or just hard to find, and they're the perfect spots to spend a few hours flipping through art-filled pages. Platform partnered with Bookshop.org to highlight some of the top art bookstores from across the country.
Joseph Fox Bookshop (Philadelphia, PA)
Founded in 1951, this family-operated bookstore is a local institution. Housing a well-stocked selection of art, architecture, poetry and small press tomes, it keeps active in the community by partnering with Philadelphia charities that incorporate books into pediatric care and encourage families to read aloud together.
Mast Books (New York, NY)
Located in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood, Mast Books' minimalist space is home to a unique roster of rare and out-of-print titles alongside contemporary publications. It's one of the best spots in New York for finding a decades-old photography monograph or coveted museum catalog.
The Seminary Co-op (Chicago, IL)
A stone's throw from the University of Chicago campus, this bookstore's inventory reflects its academic surroundings, with titles on everything from abstract expressionism to physics. The first non-profit shop dedicated to bookselling, it has two locations designed to cater to Chicago's wider South Side community, especially children.
Marfa Book Company (Marfa, TX)
This bookstore is just as art-focused as the small Texas community it calls home. The surrounding town is famous for its high-caliber art and the shop is as much a gallery as it is a book purveyor. Marfa Book Company has a wealth of art books on artists like Donald Judd and an equally strong selection of poetry from large and independent presses.
Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO)
Left Bank Books is St. Louis' oldest and largest independent bookstore. Established by graduate students in 1969, the shop's dedicated staff uses decades of experience to curate exceptional books whose subjects span art, design, fiction and beyond. The store also offers a robust programming schedule of free public events designed to foster community.
The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, California)
Owner Josh Spencer named his downtown store in a stroke of irony, but the rapid disappearance of independent bookstores makes the name seem increasingly apt. Despite the difficult climate for booksellers, Spencer has managed to grow his business (now in its third and most spacious incarnation) into California's largest new and used bookstore with a selection heavy on art books. And music lovers aren't left out of the experience as they can look through vinyl records that number in the tens of thousands.
Arcana Books on the Arts (Los Angeles, CA)
Specializing in rare and out-of-print books, Arcana Books on the Arts is a goldmine of titles focused on the arts. Its website also publishes a daily post featuring one of the numerous titles on photography, cinema and music the store's knowledgeable staff recommends giving a read.
Dashwood Books (New York, NY)
Dashwood is the place to shop like an artist. The entire inventory is devoted to photography and art books, many of which are rare, out-of-print or have a limited run. This makes it a go-to for artists and other creatives looking for a little inspiration. Many of the store's titles hail from overseas (Japan, Germany, the Netherlands) and aren't available elsewhere in the US.