The Sleeve Should Be Illegal & Other Reflections on Art at the Frick

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Selected by the Financial Times as one of the best new art books.
—Baya Simons, "Me, My Shelf, and I: The Best New Art Books," Financial Times, February 25, 2021

"Score points for the book, opening my eyes and mind. ... More than one contributor to The Sleeve Should Be Illegal invokes a sensation of walking on air after a visit to the Frick, a payoff of renewed faith in the powers of art and a forgivable pride in our own perhaps untrained and underused capacities to comprehend the aesthetic and spiritual stakes of a timeless game."
—Peter Schjeldahl, "When a Museum Feels Like Home," The New Yorker, February 8, 2021.

The evocations of pictures contained in this book remind us of the astonishing truth that the timelier art is, the more timeless it becomes. —Adam Gopnik

This publication is a collection of musings and meditations by artists, writers, and other cultural figures, each focusing on an artwork at the Frick that has moved, challenged, puzzled, or inspired them. Among the sixty-two contributors are André Aciman, Rosanne Cash, Roz Chast, George Condo, Teresita Fernández, Carolina Herrera, Abbi Jacobson, Bill T. Jones, Maira Kalman, Julie Mehretu, Catherine Opie, Diana Rigg, Simon Schama, Colm Tóibín, and Chris Ware. An engaging anthology that reminds us of the many ways to look at art and attests to its inspirational power. Now in its second printing.

The publication is made possible by The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation.

Hardcover, 7 1/4 x 9 1/2 in., 168 pages, 122 color illustrations

Edited by Michaelyn Mitchell with a foreword by Adam Gopnik
The Frick Collection in association with DelMonico Books/D.A.P. New York