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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.

Arnhold, Hermann, and Westphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History, eds. Henry Moore: A European Impulse. Munich: Hirmer, 2017. 280 pp.; 150 color ills. Hardcover $49.95 (9783777426822)

Barlet, Olivier. Contemporary African Cinema. African Humanities and the Arts. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2016. 466 pp. Paperback $39.95 (9781611862119)

Battcock, Gregory. Oceans of Love: The Uncontainable Gregory Battcock. Ed. Joseph Grigely. Cologne, Germany: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, 2016. 224 pp. Hardcover $20.70 (9783863359331)

Bonyhady, Tim, Allison Goudie, Alex J. Taylor, and Wayne Tunnicliffe. Australia's Impressionists. Ed. Christopher Riopelle. Exh. cat. London: National Gallery, London, 2017. 128 pp.; 82 color ills. Hardcover $28.58 (9781857096125)

Brown, Rebecca. Displaying Time: The Many Temporalities of the Festival of India. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017. 248 pp.; 20 color ills.; 70 b/w ills. Paper $30.00 (9780295741987)

Caput, Patrick, and Valentine Plisnier, eds. African Art: Portraits of a Collection. Milan: 2016. 332 pp.; 237 color ills. Hardcover $88.00 (9788874397440)

Childs, Adrienne L., and Susan H. Libby Libby, eds. The Black Figure in the European Imaginary. Giles, 2017. 80 pp.; 55 color ills. Paperback $30.00 (9781907804496)

Cohn, Barbara Madgy, and Patrice Rafail Merritt. The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic. Painted Turtle. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2017. 200 pp.; 222 color ills. Hardcover $34.99 (9780814342329)

Coppel, Stephen, Catherine Daunt, and Susan Tallman. The American Dream: pop to the present. Exh. cat. London: Thames & Hudson, 2017. 332 pp.; 350 ills. Hardcover $60.00 (9780500239605)

Davis, Heather, and Etienne Turpin, eds. Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies. London: Open Humanities Press, 2015. 402 pp. Hardcover £ 14.13 (9781785420054)

Demos, T. J. Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today. Berlin: 2017. 132 pp.; 25 color ills. Hardcover € 18.00 (9783956792106)

Dovey, Lindiwe. Curating Africa in the Age of Film Festivals. Framing Film Festivals. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 13 b/w ills. $95.00 (9781137404138)

Drechsler, Wolfang, ed. Maria Lassnig: Woman Power. Livorno : Sillabe, 2017. 152 pp. € 17.00 (9788883479465)

Falino, Jeannine. L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters. Exh. cat. Chicago: Driehaus Museum, 2017. 144 pp.; 65 color ills.; 40 b/w ills. Paperback $32.50 (9780578168029)

Floré, Fredie, and Cammie McAtee, eds. The Politics of Furniture: Identity, Diplomacy and Persuasion in Post-War Interiors. New York: Routledge, 2017. 214 pp. Hardcover $124.00 (9781472453556)

Ho, Angela. Creating Distinctions in Dutch Genre Painting. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017. 272 pp. Hardcover € 99.00 (9789462982970)

Jones, Caroline A. The Global Work of Art: World's Fairs, Biennials, and the Aesthetics of Experience. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. 400 pp.; 37 color ills.; 128 b/w ills. Hardcover $65.00 (9780226291741)

Keesling, Catherine M. Early Greek Portraiture: Monuments and Histories. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 344 pp.; 62 b/w ills. Hardcover $95.99 (9781316676998)

Kelley, Bill, and Grant H. Kester, eds. Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art, 1995–2010. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017. 456 pp.; 49 ills. Paperback $29.95 (9780822369417)

Lasser, Ethan W., ed. The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard's Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820. Exh. cat. Cambridge: Harvard Art Museums, 2017. 312 pp.; 326 ills. Hardcover $55.00 (9780300225921)

Lewis, Shantrelle P. Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style. Exh. cat. New York: Aperture, 2017. 144 pp.; 140 ills. Hardcover $29.75 (9781597113892)

McCabe, Constance, ed. Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation. Washington D.C.: American Institute of Conservation, 2017. 504 pp. $65.00 (9780997867909)

Meschede, Friedrich, ed. Hans Hofmann: Creation in Form and Color. Zurich: Hirmer Publishers, 2017. 184 pp.; 130 color ills. Hardcover $42.00 (9783777426990)

Miller, Peter N. History and Its Objects: Antiquarianism and Material Culture since 1500. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017. 312 pp. Hardcover $39.95 (9780801453700)

Newby, Rick. Theodore Waddell: My Montana―Paintings and Sculpture, 1959–2016. Helena, MT: Drumlummon Institute, 2017. 256 pp. Paperback $45.00 (9780976968481)

Price, Marshall N. Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush. Exh. cat. Durham: Duke University Press Books, 2017. 124 pp.; 150 color ills. Paperback $34.95 (9780938989417)

Rondeau, James. Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago: Highlights of the Collection. Exh. cat. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2017. 176 pp.; 166 color ills. Hardcover $39.95 (9780300225723)

Shannon, Joshua. The Recording Machine: Art and Fact during the Cold War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. 240 pp.; 30 color ills.; 125 b/w ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780300187274)

Shaw, Paul. Revival Type: Digital Typefaces Inspired by the Past. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. 256 pp.; 200 color ills. Cloth $40.00 (9780300219296)

ShiPu, Wang. The Other American Moderns: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2017. 196 pp.; 39 color ills.; 36 b/w ills. Cloth $69.95 ( 978-0-271-07773-4)

Stanislaus, Grace. Instill and Inspire: The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017. 168 pp.; 58 color ills. Hardcover $49.95 (9780822945048)

Stevens, MaryAnne. Alfred Sisley: Impressionist Master. Exh. cat. Paris: Editions Hazan, Paris, 2017. 192 pp. Hardcover $65.00 (9780300215571)

Taylor, Rabun, Katherine Wentworth Rinne, and Spiro Kostof. Rome: An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 450 pp.; 216 b/w ills. Hardcover $39.30 (9781107601499)

Wainwright, Leon. Phenomenal Difference: A Philosophy of Black British Art. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017. 240 pp.; 45 color ills. Hardcover £ 19.99 (9781781384176)

Xinian, Fu. Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Essays. Ed. Nancy S. Steinhardt; trans. Alexandra Harrer. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017. 448 pp.; 150 ills. Hardcover $49.95 (9780691159997)

Zarobell, John. Art and the Global Economy. Oakland: University of California Press, 2017. 344 pp. Paperback $29.95 (9780520291539)