Suggested Reading List: Besthoff Sculpture Garden

NOMA’s Museum Shop features books about the Besthoff Sculpture Garden and lavishly illustrated monographs about artists whose works are included in the Garden. Purchase a book for yourself or find a gift for the art lover in your life.

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden by Miranda Lash, Scala, 2012, ISBN: 9781857597394

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art is one of the foremost sculpture gardens in the United States. This book, published after the opening of the first phase of the garden, provides in-depth entries on each of the outstanding sculptures in the original Garden, and an exploration of the vision of the Garden’s founding patrons: Sydney and Walda Besthoff. Illustrated with stunning photography, this will be a reference guide for years to come.

Since the book was published, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden doubled in size in 2019 and has grown from its inception to include more than 90 sculptures, most of them donated to NOMA by the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation.

NOMA Sculpture Garden Guide by Miranda Lash, Scala, 2012, ISBN: 9781857597387

A guide book on The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Includes the latest installment of Scala’s Art Spaces series and explores the history of this award-winning space and highlights work from its superb collection.

Books about artists with works in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden


Teresita Fernández: Wayfinding, edited by Denis Markonish, Prestel, 2017, ISBN: 9783791356822

Wayfinding—moving from place to place—is as much of the body and mind as it is of the sky, the stars, and the landscape around us. It is also critical to understanding Teresita Fernández’s artistic approach, which incorporates the use of unconventional materials such as graphite, pyrite, fired clay, gold, and malachite to explore how we construct and imagine our surroundings, from immense to intimate, subterranean to celestial.

This book is a migration, a constellation of works rather than a chronology. Readers are invited to explore the complete breadth of Fernández’s career through sensuous images, with contributions by Denise Markonish, Isolde Brielmaier, Ana Dopico, and Elizabeth King featured alongside the artist’s own writings and a new poem by David Hinton.

Maya Lin: Topologies, by Maya Lin, Rizzoli, 2015, ISBN: 9780847846092

The first comprehensive monograph on the acclaimed American artist and designer, this visually rich volume presents projects from the last three decades that demonstrate the breadth of Lin’s creative process, featuring her own sketches and drawings, and linked by her ideal of making a place for individuals within the landscape.

Yinka Shonibare MBE, edited by Rachel Kent, Prestel, 2014, ISBN: 9783791348728

This book surveys the exciting, ironic, and often subversive work of Yinka Shonibare MBE. Born in London and raised in Nigeria, Shonibare employs a diverse range of media—from sculpture, painting, and installation to photography and film—to probe matters of race, class, cultural identity, and history. He is best known for his signature use of a colorful “African” batik fabric that originated in Indonesia and was introduced to Africa by British and Dutch colonizers. Incorporated into Victorian costumes or stretched like canvas for paintings, these vibrant textiles challenge notions of origin and authenticity.

Larry Bell, by Robin Clark, Rizzoli Electa, 2018, ISBN: 9780847863402

Larry Bell’s work reflects a lifelong investigation into the physical properties of light, the materials it hits, and the spaces in which to create work. Equally tangible is his passion for playing with those properties with reverence and a spontaneity that belies or even defies the impressively technical nature of his practice.

With a new essay by Robin Clark and an interview with the artist conducted by Cliff Lauson, this is the definitive survey of Larry Bell’s career.

For Kids

In the Garden with Van Gogh, by Julie Merberg & Suzanne Bober, Chronicle Books, 2002, ISBN: 9780811834155

Vincent Van Gogh’s countryside paintings coupled with poetic text make an enriching introduction to the work of this world-renowned artist.