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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.

Armstrong, Carol. Cézanne's Gravity. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 296 pp.; 108 color ills.; 18 b/w ills.; 126 ills. Cloth (9780300232714)

Arthur, Kathleen Giles. Women, Art and Observant Franciscan Piety: Caterina Vigri and the Poor Clares in Early Modern Ferrara. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018. 252 pp. Cloth € 99.00 (9789462984332)

Brunet, François. La Photographie, histoire et contre-histoire. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2017. 400 pp.; 33 b/w ills. Paper € 27.00 (9782130654322)

Bunch III, Lonnie G. A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2019. 288 pp. Cloth $29.95 (9781588346681)

Charlotte, Guichard. La griffe du peintre: La valeur de l’art, 1730–1820. Seuil, 2018. 368 pp. Cloth € 31.00 (9782021402315)

Conides, Cynthia. Made to Order: Painted Ceramics of Ancient Teotihuacan. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. 256 pp.; 166 ills. $55.00 (9780806160573)

Diel, Lori Boornazian. The Codex Mexicanus: A Guide to Life in Late Sixteenth-Century New Spain. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. 228 pp.; 82 color ills.; 3 b/w ills. Cloth $55.00 (9781477316733)

Elias, Ann. Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019. 296 pp.; 16 color ills. $26.95 (9781478003823)

Else, Felicia M. The Politics of Water in the Art and Festivals of Medici Florence . : From Neptune Fountain to Naumachia. Cambridge, UK: Routledge, 2018. 226 pp.; 32 color ills.; 76 b/w ills.; 108 ills. Cloth $150.00 (9781472410795)

English, Darby, and Charlotte Barat, eds. Among Others: Blackness at MoMA. New York: MoMA Publicaitons, 2019. 488 pp.; 300 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9781633450349)

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)

García, María Amalia. Abstract Crossings: Cultural Exchange between Argentina and Brazil. Trans. Jane Brodie. Series: Studies on Latin American Art. Oakland: University of California Press, 2019. 302 pp. Cloth $50.00 (9780520302198)

Harney, Elizabeth, and Ruth B. Phillips, eds. Mapping Modernisms: Art, Indigeneity, Colonialism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019. 456 pp. Paper $29.95 (9780822368717 )

Heuer, Christopher P. Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image. Brooklyn, NY: Zone Books, 2019. 256 pp.; 69 b/w ills. Cloth $32.95 (9781942130147)

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)

Kılınç, Kıvanç, and Mohammad Gharipour, eds. Social Housing in the Middle East: Architecture, Urban Development, and Transnational Modernity. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019. 330 pp. Paper $38.00 (9780253039859)

Lee, Anthony W. The Global Flows of Early Scottish Photography: Encounters in Scotland, Canada, and China. McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History Series (number 26 in series). Kingston, Ontario: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019. 344 pp.; 193 color ills. Cloth (9780773557130 )

Looper, Matthew. The Beast Between: Deer in Maya Art and Culture. The Linda Schele Endowment in Maya and Pre Columbian Studies. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2019. 288 pp.; 190 b/w ills. Cloth $60.00 (9781477318058)

Maskarinec, Malika. The Forces of Form in German Modernism. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2018. 240 pp. Paper $34.95 (9780810137691)

Otto, Elizabeth, and Patrick Rössler. Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective. Herbert Press, 2019. 192 pp. Cloth $40.00 (9781912217960)

O’Neal, Halle. Word Embodied: The Jeweled Pagoda Mandalas in Japanese Buddhist Art. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018. 310 pp.; 90 color ills. Cloth $75.00 (9780674983861)

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)

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)

Rössler, Patrick. Bauhausmädels: A tribute to pioneering women artists. Cologne, Germany: Taschen, 2019. 480 pp. Cloth $40.00 (9783836563536)

Scott, Katie. Becoming Property: Art, Theory, and Law in Early Modern France. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 384 pp.; 117 ills. Paper $75.00 (9780300222791)

Sheriff, Mary D. Enchanted Islands: Picturing the Allure of Conquest in Eighteenth-Century France. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018. 416 pp. Cloth (9780226483108)

Sims, Lowery Stokes. Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott. New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2019. 252 pp. Cloth $66.00 (9780847866953)

Sokolina, Anna P. Milka Bliznakov Scholar Report. Life to Architecture: Milka Bliznakov Academic Papers and Records of Women in Russian Architecture at the IAWA. CT: Alternative Spaces, 2019. 115 pp. PDF $0.00 (TXu 2-145-653)

Szépe, Helena Katalin. Venice Illuminated: Power and Painting in Renaissance Manuscripts. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 400 pp.; 225 color ills.; 25 b/w ills.; 250 ills. Cloth $70.00 (9780300226744)

Tseng, Alice Y. Modern Kyoto: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868–1940. Honolulu: University Of Hawai'i Press, 2018. 296 pp.; 35 color ills.; 39 b/w ills.; 74 ills. Cloth (9780824873752)

Weinberg, Jonathan. Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019. 232 pp.; 34 color ills.; 66 b/w ills. Cloth $34.95 (9780271082172)

Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon. 2018. 320 pp.; 77 color ills.; 77 b/w ills. Cloth $40.00 (9780691136844 )