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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.

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)

Bernier, Celeste-Marie. Stick to the Skin: African American and Black British Art, 1965-2015. Oakland: University of California Press, 2019. 344 pp.; 99 color ills. Cloth $85.00 (9780520286535)

Bickford Berzock, Kathleen, ed. Caravans of Gold: Fragments in Time . Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa. Exh. cat. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. 312 pp.; 192 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780691182681 )

Bourland, W. Ian. Bloodflowers: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Photography, and the 1980s. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019. 336 pp.; 92 b/w ills. Paper $26.95 (9781478000891)

Brandow-Faller, Megan, ed. Childhood by Design: Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood, 1700-Present. Material Culture of Art and Design series. New York: 2018. 352 pp. Cloth $120.00 (9781501332029)

Broude, Norma, ed. Gauguin's Challenge: New Perspectives After Postmodernism. New York: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018. 306 pp.; 8 color ills.; 65 b/w ills.; 73 ills. Paper $34.95 (9781501342509 )

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)

Davies, Penelope J.E. Architecture and Politics in Republican Rome. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 366 pp. Cloth $58.99 ( 9781316146026)

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)

Esanu, Octavian, ed. Art, awakening, and modernity in the Middle East: The Arab Nude. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2017. 156 pp.; 42 b/w ills. Cloth $155.00 (9781138563834)

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)

Herren Rajagopalan, Angela. Portraying the Aztec Past: The Codices Boturini, Azcatitlan, and Aubin. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. 212 pp.; 22 color ills.; 81 b/w ills. Cloth (9781477316061)

Ho, Melissa, ed. Artists Respond . : American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975. Exh. cat. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. 400 pp.; 171 color ills.; 107 b/w ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780691191188)

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)

Ikeda, Asato. The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War. Honolulu: University Of Hawai'i Press, 2018. 144 pp.; 33 color ills.; 12 b/w ills.; 45 ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780824872120)

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)

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)

Kusserow, Karl, and Alan C. Braddock, eds. Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment. Exh. cat. New Haven and Princeton: Yale University Press and Princeton University Art Museum, 2018. 448 pp.; 326 color ills.; 326 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780300237009)

Margócsy, Dániel, Mark Somos, and Stephen N. Joffe. The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Editions. Series: Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy and Science, Volume: 28. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. 518 pp. Cloth $176.00 (9789004336308)

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)

Sabapathy, T.K. Writing the Modern: Selected Texts on Art & Art History in Singapore, Malaysia & Southeast Asia. Singapore: Singapore Art Museum, 2018. 448 pp.; 70 color ills.; 5 b/w ills. Paper (9789811157639)

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)

Vujosevic, Tijana. Modernism and the Making of the Soviet New Man. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2019. 208 pp. Paper £ 20.00 (9781526114884)

Watenpaugh, Heghnar Zeitlian. The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice. Redwood City, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019. 436 pp. Cloth $30.00 (9780804790444)

Çakmak, Gülru. Jean-Léon Gérôme and the Crisis of History Painting in The 1850s. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018. 256 pp.; 13 color ills.; 36 b/w ills. Cloth $120.00 (9781786940674 )