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Recent Books in the Arts

Browse books received from publishers during the last three months based on geographic region, period or cultural sphere, or specialty (from 1998 to the present) using Book Categories in the right-hand column, or by entering terms in the search bar above.

The Recent Books archive is undergoing revision. Book titles published prior to 2014 are not available while this work is in progress.

Allais, Lucia. Designs of Destruction: The Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. 347 pp.; 8 color ills.; 123 b/w ills.; 131 ills. Cloth $45.00 (9780226286556)

Bashkoff, Tracey R. Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future. Exh. cat. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2019. 243 pp.; 220 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780892075430)

Bernier, Celeste-Marie. Stick to the Skin: African American and Black British Art, 1965-2015. Oakland: University of California Press, 2019. 344 pp.; 99 color ills. Cloth $85.00 (9780520286535)

Bickford Berzock, Kathleen, ed. Caravans of Gold: Fragments in Time . Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa. Exh. cat. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. 312 pp.; 192 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780691182681 )

Bourland, W. Ian. Bloodflowers: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Photography, and the 1980s. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019. 336 pp.; 92 b/w ills. Paper $26.95 (9781478000891)

Brandow-Faller, Megan, ed. Childhood by Design: Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood, 1700-Present. Material Culture of Art and Design series. New York: 2018. 352 pp. Cloth $120.00 (9781501332029)

Brown, Robert, Tushara Bindu Gude, Donald Stadtner, and Lakshika Senarath Gamage. The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka. Exh. cat. Los Angeles: LACMA, 2018. 106 pp.; 53 ills. Paper $50.00 (9781943042128)

Burlingham, Cynthia, and Allegra Pesenti, eds. Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo. Exh. cat. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, UCLA, 2018. 208 pp. Cloth (9783791357645)

Charnier, Jean-François. Louvre Abu Dhabi. Skira, 2018. 128 pp.; 150 color ills. Paper $34.95 (9782370740748)

Davies, Penelope J.E. Architecture and Politics in Republican Rome. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 366 pp. Cloth $58.99 ( 9781316146026)

Fowlkes-Childs, Blair, and Michael Seymour, eds. The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East. Exh. cat. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2019. 368 pp.; 300 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9781588396839)

Garrels, Gary, ed. Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory. Exh. cat. San Francisco and New Haven: SFMoMA and Yale University Press, 2019. 272 pp.; 230 color ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780300234213)

Graves, Margaret S. Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament, and Architecture in Medieval Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 352 pp.; 125 ills. Cloth £ 55.00 (9780190695910)

Guilbaut, Serge, Amanda Herold-Marme, and Kaira M. Cabañas, eds. Lost, Loose, and Loved: American Artists in Paris, 1944-1968. Exh. cat. Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2018. 264 pp. Paper € 35.00 (9788480265805)

Henni, Samia. Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria. Zurich: gta Verlag, 2018. 336 pp.; 73 b/w ills. Cloth $59.00 (9783856763763)

Herren Rajagopalan, Angela. Portraying the Aztec Past: The Codices Boturini, Azcatitlan, and Aubin. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. 212 pp.; 22 color ills.; 81 b/w ills. Cloth (9781477316061)

Ho, Melissa, ed. Artists Respond . : American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975. Exh. cat. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. 400 pp.; 171 color ills.; 107 b/w ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780691191188)

Isenberg, Alison. Designing San Francisco: Art, Land, and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017. 432 pp.; 43 color ills.; 115 b/w ills.; 158 ills. Cloth $30.00 (9780691172545)

Lin, Jenny. Above sea: Contemporary art, urban culture, and the fashioning of global Shanghai. Series: Rethinking Art's Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018. 200 pp. Cloth £ 80.00 (9781526132604)

Margócsy, Dániel, Mark Somos, and Stephen N. Joffe. The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Editions. Series: Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy and Science, Volume: 28. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. 518 pp. Cloth $176.00 (9789004336308)

Martinez, Jean-Luc, and Juliette Trey. From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone. Exh. cat. Paris: Editions Xavier Barral, 2017. 381 pp.; 210 ills. Cloth € 49.00 (9782365111546)

Murrell, Denise. Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today. Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 224 pp.; 177 color ills. Cloth $ 50.00 (9780300229066)

Oehler, Sarah Kelley, and Esther Adler, eds. Charles White: A Retrospective. Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 248 pp.; 193 color ills.; 20 b/w ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780300232981)

Osayimwese, Itohan. Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Germany. Series: Culture, Politics, and the Built Environment. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017. 352 pp. Cloth $49.95 (9780822945086)

Sheehan, Tanya. Study in Black and White. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2018. 216 pp. Cloth (9780271081106)