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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.

Acker, Emma, ed. Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art. Exh. cat. San Francisco and New Haven: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in association with Yale University Press, 2018. 243 pp. Cloth $65.00 (9780300234022)

Adamjee, Qamar, Jeffrey Durham, and Karin G. Oen. Divine Bodies: Sacred Imagery in Asian Art. Exh. cat. North Claredon, VT and San Francisco: Tuttle Publishing and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2018. 128 pp. Paper $19.95 (9780939117833)

Arenson, Adam. Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. 368 pp.; 157 color ills.; 19 b/w ills. Cloth $45.00 (9781477315293)

Arsenjuk, Luka. Movement, Action, Image, Montage: Sergei Eisenstein and the Cinema in Crisis. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018. 249 pp.; 104 b/w ills. Paper $27.00 (9781517903206)

Bagneris, Mia L. Colouring the Carribbean: Race and the Art of Agostino Brunias. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. 272 pp. Cloth $75.00 (9781526120458)

Baldwin, Davarian L., and Minkah Makalani, eds. Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. 416 pp.; 11 b/w ills. Paper $27.50 (9780816677399)

Barker, Emma, ed. Art, Commerce, and Colonialism: 1600–1800. Series: Art and Its Global Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. 208 pp. Paper £ 19.99 (9781526122926)

Baskind, Smantha. The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2018. 288 pp.; 30 color ills.; 57 b/w ills.; 87 ills. Cloth $44.95 (9780271078700)

Braun, Christina. Thomas Hirschhorn: A New Political Understanding of Art? Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture series. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press, 2018. 220 pp. Paper $45.00 (9781542601633)

Bush, Olga. Reframing the Alhambra: Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. 344 pp.; 94 color ills.; 21 b/w ills. €95.00 (9781474416504)

Carlos, Christina, ed. Kienholz: Televisions. Exh. cat. Venice, CA: L.A. Louver Publications, 2016. 80 pp. Paper $13.99 (9780996641005)

Caws, Mary Ann. The Modern Art Cookbook. London: Reaktion Books, 2018. 300 pp.; 112 color ills.; 7 b/w ills.; 119 ills. Paper $22.50 (9781780239132)

Cheetham, Mark A. Landscape into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature Since the '60s. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2018. 256 pp.; 27 color ills.; 36 b/w ills. Cloth $124.95 (9780271080031)

Christian, Kathleen, and Leah Clark, eds. European Art and the Wider World: 1350–1550. Series: Art and its Global Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. 200 pp.; 120 b/w ills. Paper $29.95 (9781526122902)

Colburn, Bolton. Collecting on the Edge: The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Logan, UT: Utah State University, 2018. 288 pp.; 200 color ills.; 200 ills. Cloth $50.00 (9781607327400)

Cole, John Y. America's Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress. Millsboro, DE: D Giles LTD, 2018. 256 pp.; 250 color ills. Cloth $39.95 (9781911282136)

Costello, Diarmuid. On Photography: A Philosophical Inquiry. New York: Routledge, 2018. 166 pp. Paper $29.95 (9780415684491)

Cuevas-Wolf, Cristina, and Isotta Poggi. PROMOTE, TOLERATE, BAN: Culture and Art in Cold War Hungary. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2018. 160 pp.; 40 color ills.; 20 b/w ills. Cloth $49.95 (9781606065396)

Curtis, Penelope. Sculpture Vertical, Horizontal, Closed, Open. Yale University Press, 2017. 324 pp. Hardcover $45.00 (9780300227222)

DePrano, Maria. Art Patronage, Family, and Gender in Renaissance Florence: The Tornabuoni. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 420 pp.; 16 color ills.; 107 b/w ills.; 123 ills. Cloth £ 105.00 (9781108416054)

Desmarais, Mary-Dailey, and Thomas Brent Smith, eds. Once Upon a Time . . . : The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film. Exh. cat. New York: Abrams, 2017. 304 pp.; 300 color ills. Cloth $45.00 (9788874397655)

Doherty, M. Stephen. The Art of Plein Air Painting: An Essential Guide to Materials, Concepts, and Techniques for Painting Outdoors. New York: Monacelli Press, 2017. 176 pp.; 400 ills. Cloth $25.00 (9781580934480)

Dohmen, Renate, ed. Empire and Art: British India. Series: Art and Its Global Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018. 200 pp.; 120 b/w ills. Paper $34.95 (9781526122940)

Farmer, Sharon. The Silk Industries of Medieval Paris: Artisanal Migration, Technological Innovation, and Gendered Experience. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. 368 pp.; 28 color ills. Cloth $69.95 (9780812248487 )

Gaifman, Milette. The Art of Libation in Classical Athens. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 196 pp.; 127 color ills.; 5 b/w ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780300192278)

Gayford, Martin. Modernists & Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney & the London Painters. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2018. 304 pp.; 70 color ills. Paper $39.95 (9780500239773)

Glassie, Henry, and Pravina Shukla. Sacred Art: Catholic Saints and Candomblé Gods in Modern Brazil. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017. 540 pp.; 450 color ills. Cloth $48.00 (9780253032058)

Gonnella, Julia, Friederike Weis, and Christoph Rauch, eds. The Diez Album: Contexts and Contents. Volume 11. Brill, 2016. $239.00 (9789004323483)

Greenough, Susan, and Sarah Kennel. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings. Exh. cat. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2018. 320 pp.; 230 b/w ills. Cloth $55.00 (9781419729034 )

Greet, Michele. Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris Between the Wars. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 296 pp.; 137 color ills.; 100 b/w ills.; 237 ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780300228427)

Grewe, Cordula, Bettina Baumgärtel, and Hans Paffrath, eds. Wilhelm Schadow: Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde mit den dazugehörigen Zeichnungen und Druckgraphiken. Petersberg, Germany: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2017. 384 pp.; 286 color ills. Cloth (9783731905004)

Harris, Mazie H. Paper Promises: Early American Photography. Exh. cat. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2018. 224 pp.; 187 color ills.; 20 b/w ills.; 207 ills. Cloth $49.95 (9781606065495)

Harutyunyan, Angela. The Political Aesthetics of the Armenian Avant-garde: The Journey of the ‘Painterly Real', 1987–2004. Series: Rethinking Art's Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. 320 pp. Cloth £ 75.00 (9780719089534)

Heinrich, Ari Larissa. Chinese Surplus: Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Medically Commodified Body. Series: Perverse Modernities. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018. 264 pp.; 26 b/w ills. Paper $25.95 (9780822370536)

Henning, Michelle. Photography: The Unfettered Image. London: Routledge, 2018. 204 pp. Paper $39.95 (9781138782556)

Hill, James E. Artist as Reporter: Weegee, Ad Reinhardt, and the PM News Picture. Oakland: University of California Press, 2018. 400 pp. Cloth $65.00 (9780520291430)

Hittner, Arthur D. Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse. Oro Valley, AZ: Apple Ridge Fine Arts, 2017. 347 pp. Paper $19.95 (9780998981017)

Jørgensen, Lise Bender, Joanna Sofaer, and Marie Louise Stig Sørensen. Creativity in the Bronze Age: Understanding Innovation in Pottery, Textile, and Metalwork Production. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 342 pp.; 69 b/w ills. Cloth £ 75.00 (9781108421362)

Kaplan, Wendy, and Staci Steinberger. Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico 1915–1985. Exh. cat. Munich: DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2018. 360 pp.; 325 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9783791356709)

Kastan, David Scott. On Color. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 272 pp. Paper $28.00 (9780300171877)

Keating, Jessica. Animating Empire: Automata, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Early Modern World. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2018. 184 pp.; 37 color ills.; 23 b/w ills. Cloth $69.95 (9780271080024)

Kroiz, Lauren. Cultivating Citizens: The regional work of Art in the New Deal Era. University of California Press and Oakland: 2018. 312 pp. Cloth $65.00 (9780520286566)

Lee, Soyoung. Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art. Exh. cat. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. 164 pp.; 209 color ills. Cloth $45.00 (9781588396532)

Lending, Mari. Plaster Monuments: Architecture and the Power of Reproduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017. 304 pp. Cloth $49.95 (9780691177144)

Lewis, Bex. Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster. London: Imperial War Museums, 2018. 64 pp.; 10 color ills. Cloth $15.00 (9781904897347)

López-Durán, Fabiola. Eugenics in the Garden. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2018. 312 pp.; 132 b/w ills. Cloth $29.95 (9781477314968)

Manchanda, Catharina, ed. Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas. Exh. cat. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 2018. 96 pp. Cloth $35.00 (9780300233896)

Mantel, Hilary, and Xavier F. Salomon. Hobein's Sir Thomas More. Frick Diptych series. Millsboro, DE and New York: D Giles Limited in association with The Frick Collection, 2018. 72 pp.; 38 color ills. Cloth $17.95 (9781907803915)

Manthorne, Katherine, and Tricia Laughlin Bloom. The Rockies and the Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains. Exh. cat. Millsboro, DE: D Giles Limited, 2018. 176 pp.; 100 color ills. Cloth $45.00 (9781907804960)

Meier, Prita S., and Allyson Purpura, eds. World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean. Exh. cat. Champaign, IL: Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 2018. 368 pp.; 97 color ills.; 125 ills. Paper $49.95 (9781883015497)

Moffatt, Frederick C. Paintbrush for Hire: The Travels of James and Emma Cameron, 1840–1900. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2018. 367 pp. Cloth (9781621903659)

Morris, Catherine, and Rujeko Hockley. We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85: New Perspectives. Exh. cat. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018. 160 pp.; 86 color ills. Paper $24.95 (9780872731844)

Nichols, Marden Fitzpatrick. Author and Audience in Vitruvius' De architectura. Greek Culture in the Roman World series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 238 pp. Cloth (9780511758591)

Patrick, Martin. Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity, and Social Practice in Contemporary Art. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books, 2018. 243 pp. Paper $26.50 (9781783208548)

Penny, Simon. Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, Art and Embodiment. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2018. 544 pp. Cloth $42.00 (9780262036757)

Petersen, Anne Ring. Migration into Art: Transcultural Identities and Art-Making in a Globalized World. Series: Rethinking Art's Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018. 234 pp.; 8 color ills.; 12 b/w ills. Paper $29.95 (9781526121929)

Posada Kubissa, Teresa. August L. Mayer y la pintura española: Ribera, Goya, El Greco, Velázquez. Madrid: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2010. 524 pp.; 42 color ills.; 128 b/w ills. Paper €38.46 (9788493606046)

Raymond, Claire. Women Photographers and Feminist Aesthetics. London: Routledge, 2017. 256 pp.; 59 ills. Cloth (9781138644281)

Räsänen, Elina, and Visa Immonen. Kauneus, arvo ja kadonnut menneisyys: Näkökulmia Klaus Holman muistokokoelmaan. Series: Taidehistoriallisia tutkimuksia, Volume 49. Helsinki: Taidehistorian Seura, 2018. 236 pp. Paper (9789525533224)

Reilly, Maura. Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2018. 240 pp.; 107 ills. Cloth $32.95 (9780500239704)

Sallis, John, ed. Cao Jun: Hymns to Nature. Exh. cat. Boston: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2018. 113 pp.; 64.00 color ills.; 8 b/w ills. Paper $35.00 (9781892850300)

Schrader, Stephanie, ed. Rembrandt ad the Inspiration of India. Exh. cat. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2018. 160 pp.; 130 color ills. Cloth $39.95 (9781606065525)

Silverman, Willa Z. Henri Vever: Champion de l'Art Nouveau. Paris: Armand Colin, 2018. 377 pp. €26.90 (2200619413)

Skoblar, Magdalena. Figural Sculpture in Eleventh-Century Dalmatia and Croatia: Patronage, Architectural Context, History. New York: Routledge, 2017. 222 pp.; 59 b/w ills. Cloth $150.00 (9781472466037)

Smith, Ian Hayden. The Short Story of Photography. San Francisco: Laurence King Publishing, 2018. 224 pp.; 160 ills. Paper $19.99 (9781786272010)

Steane, Jamie, and Joyce Yee. Interaction Design: From Concept to Completion. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018. 240 pp.; 400 color ills. Paper £ 26.99 (9781474232395)

Suthor, Nicola. Rembrandt's Roughness. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 240 pp.; 25 color ills.; 57 b/w ills.; 82 ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780691172446)

van Heugten, Sjraar. Van Gogh and the Seasons. Exh. cat. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018. 272 pp.; 247 color ills.; 8 b/w ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780691179711)

Wagner, Kathrin, Jessica David, and Matej Klemenčič, eds. Artists and Migration 1400-1850: Britain, Europe and Beyond. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. 220 pp. Cloth £ 52.99 (9781443899741)

Wainwright, Leon. Sustainable Art Communities: Contemporary Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. 192 pp. Cloth £ 50.00 (9781526117281)

Wainwright, Leon. Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. 280 pp. Cloth £ 65.00 (9781526115454)

Wang, Michelle C. Maṇḍalas in the Making: The Visual Culture of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang. Sinica Leidensia Series, Volume 139. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2017. 318 pp. Ebook $133.00 (9789004360402)

White, Michelle, ed. Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma. Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 192 pp.; 289 ills. Paper $50.00 (9780300233148)

Rum Seljuq Architecture, 1170–1220: The Patronage of Sultans. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. 158 color ills.; 1 b/w ills. €95.00 (9781474417471)

William Henry Fox Talbot: At the Origins of Photography. Exh. cat. Moscow: 2018.