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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.

Anger, Jenny. Four Metaphors of Modernism: From Der Sturm to the Societe Anonyme. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2018. 320 pp.; 87 color ills.; 12 b/w ills.; 99 ills. Paper $30.00 (9781517903220)

Balafrej, Lamia. The Making of the Artist in Late Timurid Painting. Edinburgh and Oxford: Edinburgh University Press in association with Oxford University Press, 2019. 320 pp.; 74 color ills. Cloth $150.00 (9781474437431)

Boetzkes, Amanda. Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2019. 272 pp.; 81 color ills.; 5 b/w ills.; 86 ills. Paper $34.95 (9780262039338)

Canepa, Matthew P. The Iranian Expanse: Transforming Royal Identity through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built Environment, 550 BCE–642 CE. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018. 505 pp.; 175 b/w ills. Cloth $95.00 (9780520290037 )

Chen, Andrew. Flagellant Confraternities and Italian Art 1260-1610: Ritual and Experience. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018. 325 pp. Cloth € 95.00 (9789462984684)

Dadlani, Chanchal B. From Stone to Paper: Architecture as History in the Late Mughal Empire. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019. 232 pp.; 97 color ills.; 22 b/w ills.; 119 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780300233179)

Drimmer, Sonja. The Art of Allusion: Illuminators and the Making of English Literature, 1403-1476. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019. 352 pp.; 27 color ills.; 97 b/w ills.; 124 ills. Cloth $59.95 (9780812250497)

Echols, Robert, and Frederick Ilchman, eds. Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice. Exh. cat. New Haven and Washington, D.C.: Yale University Press in association with National Gallery of Art, 2018. 336 pp.; 240 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780300230406)

Ekardt, Philipp. Toward Fewer Images: The Work of Alexander Kluge. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2018. 448 pp.; 212 color ills. $45.00 (9780262037976)

Fabric Workshop and Museum, ed. Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling. Exh. cat. Munich: Hirmer Publishers, 2019. 128 pp.; 82 color ills. Cloth $39.95 (9783777429991)

Farago, Claire, Janis Bell, and Carlo Vecce. The Fabrication of Leonardo da Vinci’s Trattato della pittura (2 vols.). Series: Brill's Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History, Volume: 263/18. Leiden: Brill, 2018. 1368 pp.; 256 color ills. Cloth $275.00

Gomez-Barris, Macarena. Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Political Undercurrents in the Americas. Series: American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present. Oakland: University of California Press, 2018. 160 pp. Cloth $85.00 (9780520296671)

Grabski, Joanna. Art World City: The Creative Economy of Artists and Urban Life in Dakar. African Expressive Cultures series. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017. 328 pp.; 57 color ills. Paper £ 20.00 (9780253026057)

Gruber, Christiane. The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019. 448 pp. Cloth $60.00 (9780253025265 )

Heiferman, Marvin. Seeing Science: How Photography Reveals the Universe. New York and Baltimore: Aperture Foundation and University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2019. 224 pp.; 4 color ills.; 300 b/w ills. Cloth $45.00 (9781597114479)

Hoare, Alexandra. Salvator Rosa: Friendship and the Free Artist in Seventeenth-Century Italy. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2018. 528 pp.; 157 color ills.; 78 b/w ills. € 175.00 (9781912554041)

Kee, Joan. Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2019. 320 pp.; 102 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780520299382)

Kemp-Welch, Klara. Networking the Bloc: Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1965–1981. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2019. 480 pp.; 36 color ills.; 198 b/w ills.; 234 ills. Cloth $49.95 (9780262038300)

Kitzinger, Beatrice E. The Cross, the Gospels, and the Work of Art in the Carolingian Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 304 pp.; 148 color ills. Cloth $79.99 ( 9781108428811)

Laxton, Susan. Surrealism at Play. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. 384 pp.; 16 color ills.; 154 b/w ills.; 170 ills. Cloth $27.95 (9781478003076)

Proctor-Tiffany, Mariah. Medieval Art in Motion: The Inventory and Gift Giving of Queen Clémence de Hongrie. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2019. 232 pp.; 28 color ills.; 30 b/w ills. Cloth $89.95 (9780271081120)

Rivkin, Joshua. Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly. New York: Melville House Publishing, 2018. 464 pp. Cloth $32.00 (9781612197180)

Romberg, Kristin. Gan's Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism. Oakland: University of California Press, 2019. 312 pp.; 72 color ills.; 38 b/w ills.; 110 ills. $65.00 (9780520298538 )

Rose, Sam. Art and Form: From Roger Fry to Global Modernism. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2019. 224 pp.; 27 b/w ills. Cloth $89.95 (9780271082387)

Russakoff, Anna. Imagining the Miraculous: Miraculous Images of the Virgin Mary in French Illuminated Manuscripts, ca. 1250–ca. 1450. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2019. 212 pp.; 94 b/w ills. Cloth $95.00 (9780888442154)

Russell, Catherine. Archiveology: Walter Benjamin and Archival Film Practices. Durham: Duke University Press, 2018. 280 pp.; 57 ills. Cloth $26.95 (9780822370574)

Rüstem, Ünver. Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. 336 pp.; 204 color ills.; 44 b/w ills.; 248 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780691181875)

Stierli, Martino. Montage and Metropolis: Architecture, Modernity, and the Representation of Space. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 320 pp.; 72 color ills.; 85 b/w ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780300221312)

Taroutina, Maria. The Icon and the Square. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2018. 288 pp. Cloth $80.99 (9780271081045)

van Nierop, Henk. The Life of Romeyn de Hooghe 1645-1708: Prints, Pamphlets, and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018. 452 pp. Cloth € 99.00 (9789462981386)

Vicario, Gilbert. Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist. Exh. cat. Munich and Phoenix, AZ: Hirmer Publishers in association with Phoenix Art Museum, 2019. 248 pp.; 132 color ills. Cloth $50.00 (9783777431925)

Wisch, Barbara, Pamela M. Jones, and Simon Ditchfield, eds. A Companion to Early Modern Rome, 1492-1692. Series: Brill's Companions to European History. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2019. 653 pp. Cloth $206.00 (9789004391963)

Wong, Dorothy. Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks as Agents of Cultural and Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style in East Asia,ca. 645-770. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2018. 366 pp.; 12 color ills.; 125 b/w ills. Cloth $52.00 (9789814722599)