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Recent Books in the Arts

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

Adler, Margaret C., and Jennifer R. Henneman. Homer | Remington. Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. 224 pp.; 179 color ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780300246100)

Aristarkhova, Irina. Arrested Welcome: Hospitality in Contemporary Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. 248 pp.; 11 color ills.; 46 b/w ills.; 57 ills. Paper $30.00 (9781517908973)

Ben Salah, Myriam, Lauren Mackler, and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi. Made in L.A. 2020: A Version. Exh. cat. Los Angeles and Munich: Hammer Museum, UCLA and DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2020. 308 pp.; 200 color ills. Paper $50.00 (9783791359106)

Bussard, Katherine A., and Kristen Gresh, eds. Life Magazine and the Power of Photography. Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. 336 pp.; 250 ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780300250886)

Childs, Adrienne L. Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition. Exh. cat. New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2020. 208 pp. Cloth $67.50 (9780847866649)

Cras, Sophie. The Artist as Economist: Art and Capitalism in the 1960s. Trans Malcolm DeBevoise New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019. 244 pp.; 50 color ills.; 35 b/w ills.; 85 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780300232707)

Crinson, Mark, and Richard J. Williams. The Architecture of Art History: A Historiography. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018. 184 pp.; 30 b/w ills.; 30 ills. Cloth £75.00 (9781350020917)

De Duve, Thierry. Aesthetics at Large: Volume 1: Art, Ethics, Politics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. 248 pp.; 17 b/w ills. Paper $35.00 (9780226546735)

De Simone, Gerardo. Il Beato Angelico a Roma (1445-1455): Rinascita delle arti e Umanesimo cristiano nell'Urbe di Niccolò V e Leon Battista Alberti. Fondazione Carlo Marchi. Studi, vol. 34. Florence: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2020. 358 pp.; 80 color ills.; 80 b/w ills. EBook €140.00 (9788822282958)

Dolan, Julia, and Sara Krajewski, eds. Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal. Exh. cat. New York and Portland, OR: Aperture Foundation in association with Portland Art Museum, 2018. 268 pp.; 4 color ills.; 265 b/w ills. Cloth $65.00 (9781597114486)

Einstein, Carl. A Mythology of Forms: Selected Writings on Art. Trans Charles W Haxthausen Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. 408 pp.; 78 b/w ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780226464138)

Eisenman, Peter, and Elisa Iturbe. Lateness. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020. 120 pp.; 39 b/w ills. $26.95 (9780691147222)

Faugère, Brigitte, and Christopher Beekman, eds. Anthropomorphic Imagery in the Mesoamerican Highlands: Gods, Ancestors, and Human Beings. Louisville, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2020. 456 pp.; 121 ills. Cloth $103.00 (9781607329947)

Fiell, Charlotte, and Clementine Fiell. Women in Design: From Aino Aalto to Eva Ziesel. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd, 2019. 256 pp.; 500 ills. Paper £35.00 (9781786275318)

Flood, Finbarr Barry, ed. There Where You Are Not: Selected Writings of Kamal Boullata. Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2020. 488 pp.; 224 color ills. Cloth $39.95 (9783777432434)

Fowkes, Maja, and Reuben Fowkes. Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950. World of Art Series. London: Thames and Hudson Inc., 2020. 232 pp. Paper £16.95 (9780500204375)

Fox-Amato, Matthew. Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. 360 pp.; 105 color ills. Cloth (9780190663933)

Franceschini, Chiara, Steven Ostrow, and Patrizia Tosini, eds. Chapels in Roman Churches of the Cinquecento and Seicento: Form, Function, Meaning. Milan: Officina Libraria, 2020. 272 pp.; 120 color ills.; 10 b/w ills.; 130 ills. Paper $45.00 (9788899765934)

Freddolini, Francesco, and Marco Musillo, eds. Art, Mobility, and Exchange in Early Modern Tuscany and Eurasia. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2020. 222 pp.; 45 b/w ills. Cloth $124.00 (9780367467289)

Gardner, William O. The Metabolist Imagination: Visions of the City in Postwar Japanese Architecture and Science Fiction. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. 232 pp.; 16 color ills.; 4 b/w ills. Paper $27.00 (9781517906245)

Gasparini, Mariachiara. Transcending Patterns: Silk Road Cultural and Artistic Interactions through Central Asian Textile Images. Honolulu: University Of Hawai'i Press, 2019. 278 pp.; 20 color ills.; 27 b/w ills. Cloth $74.00 (9780824877989)

Hannoosh, Michèle. Jules Michelet: Writing Art and History in Nineteenth-Century France. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2019. 248 pp.; 31 b/w ills. $94.95 (9780271083568)

Harren, Natilee. Fluxus Forms: Scores, Multiples, and the Eternal Network. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020. 304 pp.; 12 color ills.; 70 b/w ills.; 82 ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780226354927)

Harrington, Austin, ed. Georg Simmel: Essays on Art and Aesthetics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020. 392 pp. Paper $35.00 (9780226621098)

Harvey, Eleanor Jones. Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture. Exh. cat. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020. 448 pp.; 215 color ills.; 22 b/w ills. Cloth $75.00 (9780691200804)

Ho, Christine I. Drawing from Life: Sketching and Socialist Realism in the People’s Republic of China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2020. 320 pp.; 85 color ills. Cloth $70.00 (9780520309623)

Jarrell, Wadsworth A. AFRICOBRA: Experimental Art toward a School of Thought. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020. 89 color ills.; 231 b/w ills.; 320 ills. $29.95 (9781478000563)

Jentleson, Katherine. Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America. Oakland: University of California Press, 2020. 264 pp.; 53 color ills.; 18 b/w ills.; 71 ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780520303423)

Kim, Christine Y., and Rujeko Hockley. Julie Mehretu. Exh. cat. New York: Prestel, 2019. 320 pp. Cloth $65.00 (9783791358741)

Lenssen, Anneka. Beautiful Agitation: Modern Painting and Politics in Syria. Oakland: University of Califoria Press, 2020. 296 pp.; 57 color ills.; 44 b/w ills.; 101 ills. (9780520343245)

Li, Yuhang. Becoming Guanyin: Artistic Devotion of Buddhist Women in Late Imperial China. Premodern East Asia: New Horizons. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020. Cloth $65.00 (9780231190121)

Ma, Ming-Yuen S. There is no soundtrack: Rethinking art, media, and the audio-visual contract. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020. 280 pp. Cloth £80.00 (9781526142122)

Mathur, Saloni. A Fragile Inheritance: Radical Stakes in Contemporary Indian Art. Durham: Duke University Press Books, 2019. 256 pp.; 64 ills. Paper $25.95 (9781478003014 )

Musée des Augustins (Toulouse). Ceci n’est pas un portrait: Figures de fantaisie de Murillo, Fragonard, Tiepolo…. Exh. cat. Paris and Toulouse: Somogy éditions d'art in association with Musée des Augustins-Musée des beaux-arts de Toulouse, 2020. 287 pp. Cloth (9782757209981)

Nakajima, Izumi. アンチ・アクション : 日本戦後絵画と女性画家: (Anti-Action: Postwar Japanese Art and Japanese female Painters). Nakajima Izumi cho, 2020. 362 pp. (9784434264696)

Neer, Richard, and Leslie Kurke. Pindar, Song, and Space: Towards a Lyric Archaeology. Richard Neer and Leslie Kurke. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. 480 pp.; 74 color ills.; 31 b/w ills. Cloth (9781421429786)

Noguchi, Isamu. I Become a Nisei. Holyoke and New York: The Brother In Elysium and The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, 2020. 32 pp. $40.00

Oliver, Liza. Art, Trade, and Imperialism in Early Modern French India. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019. 260 pp. Cloth €99.00 (9789463728515)

Park, J.P., Juhyung Rhi, and Burglind Jungmann, eds. A Companion to Korean Art. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. 568 pp. Cloth $195.00 (9781118927045)

Percival, Melissa, and Muriel Adrien, eds. Fancy in Eighteenth-Century European Visual Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. 325 pp.; 69 ills. Paper $99.99 (9781789620030)

Rothstein, Bret L. The Shape of Difficulty: A Fan Letter to Unruly Objects. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2019. 228 pp.; 38 color ills. Cloth $29.95 (9780271082424)

Schoneveld, Erin. Shirakaba and Japanese Modernism: Art Magazines, Artistic Collectives, and the Early Avant-Garde. Series: Japanese Visual Culture, Volume: 18. Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. 272 pp. Cloth $123.00 (9789004390607)

Schröder, Klaus Albrecht, ed. The Beginning: Albertina Modern. Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2020. (9783777435091)

Schwenger, Peter. Asemic: The Art of Writing. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019. 192 pp.; 9 color ills.; 51 b/w ills. Paper $25.00 (9781517906979)

Shea, Eiren L. Mongol Court Dress, Identity Formation, and Global Exchange. New York: Routledge, 2020. 206 pp.; 30 color ills.; 40 b/w ills. Cloth $124.00 (9780367356187)

Stewart, Susan. The Ruins Lesson: Meaning and Material in Western Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020. 368 pp.; 11 color ills.; 80 b/w ills.; 91 ills. Cloth $35.00 (9780226632612)

Sunderason, Sanjukta. Partisan Aesthetics: Modern Art and India's Long Decolonization. Series: South Asia in Motion. Redwood City, CA: Stanford University Press, 2020. 344 pp. Cloth $30.00 (9781503611948)

Taylor, Clare, and Clare Taylor. The Design, Production and Reception of Eighteenth-Century Wallpaper in Britain. New York: Routledge, 2020. 252 pp. Paper $39.16 (9780367666408)

Thomas, Sarah. Witnessing Slavery: Art and Travel in the Age of Abolition. London and New Haven: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in association with Yale University Press, 2019. 304 pp.; 168 ills. (9781913107055)

Walley, Jonathan. Cinema Expanded: Avant-Garde Film in the Age of Intermedia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. 576 pp.; 276 ills. Cloth $125.00 (9780190938635)

Wells, K.L.H. Weaving Modernism: Postwar Tapestry Between Paris and New York. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019. 280 pp.; 59 color ills.; 45 b/w ills.; 104 ills. Cloth $59.00 (9780300232592)

Wiedemeyer, Nina, and Friederike Holländer, eds. Original Bauhaus Workbook. New York: Prestel, 2019. 160 pp.; 109 color ills. Cloth €29.00 (9783791359014)

Woodruff, Lily. Disordering the Establishment: Participatory Art and Institutional Critique in France, 1958–1981. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020. 336 pp.; 98 ills. Paper (9781478008446)

Xue, Lei. Eulogy for Burying a Crane and the Art of Chinese Calligraphy. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019. 240 pp.; 8 color ills.; 85 b/w ills.; 93 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780295746364)

Yoshitake, Mika. Parergon: A selected survey exhibition of Japanese art of the 1980s and 1990s. New York: Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2020. 256 pp.; 150 color ills. (885724243)

Zinman, Gregory. Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts. Oakland: University of California Press, 2020. 392 pp.; 100 ills. Paper $45.00 (9780520302730)

Pablo Picasso, Simon Hantaï. Drama Shared: Cubism and the Fold. New York: Paul Rodgers/9W, 2020. Paper (9780630786)