Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bulky, heavy, pricey - yet flourishing. Art catalogs keep print alive in the digital era

Bulky, heavy, pricey - yet flourishing. Art catalogs keep print alive in the digital era

As far as art books go, “Matisse in the Barnes Foundation,” published last year by Thames & Hudson, is pretty exquisite: Three hardback volumes, totaling 894 pages, that tell the story of the works that are a bedrock of the Barnes Foundation collection in Philadelphia.

The books come in a special clothbound slipcase and boast features such as tinted paper, full-bleed photographs and fold-out pages that allow the reader to see Matisse’s work in great detail...

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