Photography is king, if the measure is to be found in Art in America’s annotated list of the top 12 books of the year. Of 12 books, five of them are photography books!! Not that I’m declaring painting dead. Just saying, photography is transcendent. Another sign of the times and the shifting impact of technology on art is MIT’s book reprinting a selection of posts from Ai Weiwei’s blog. At this Occupy and Arab Spring moment, the Chinese artist’s views seem more international and more widely relevant than ever! The list is by artist/critic Stephen Maine, who writes for artcritical.com and more.