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Recent Books in the Arts

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The Recent Books archive is undergoing revision. Book titles published prior to 2014 are not available while this work is in progress.

Azoulay, Ariella Aïsha. Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism. New York: Verso Books, 2019. 656 pp. Paper $44.95 (9781788735711)

Benezra, Karen. Dematerialization: Art and Design in Latin America. Studies on Latin American Art. Oakland: University of California Press, 2020. 256 pp.; 14 color ills.; 8 b/w ills.; 22 ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780520307063)

Binski, Paul. Gothic Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019. 296 pp.; 100 color ills. Cloth $55.00 (9780300241433)

Brachmann, Christoph. Arrayed in Splendour: Art, Fashion, and Textiles in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2019. 264 pp.; 111 color ills.; 3 b/w ills.; 114 ills. €100.00 (9782503579658)

Brandow-Faller, Megan. The Female Secession: Art and the Decorative at the Viennese Women’s Academy. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2020. 304 pp.; 27 color ills.; 60 b/w ills. Cloth $99.95 (9780271085043)

Bussard, Katherine A., and Kristen Gresh, eds. Life Magazine and the Power of Photography. Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. 336 pp.; 250 ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780300250886)

Campt, Tina, Marianne Hirsch, Gil Hochberg, and Brian Wallis, eds. Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography. Gottingen and New York: Steidl Publishers in association with The Walther Collection, 2020. 432 pp.; 360 ills. Paper €45.00 (9783958296275 )

DeLoughrey, Elizabeth M. Allegories of the Anthropocene. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. 280 pp.; 14 ills. Paper $26.95 (9781478004714)

Demos, T.J. Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016. 296 pp.; 105 color ills.; 3 b/w ills. Paper $28.00 (9783956790942)

Duguid, Meg. Where the Future Came From. Exh. cat. Chicago: Soberscove Press, 2020. 272 pp. Paper $25.00 (9781940190242)

Fetvaci, Emine. The Album of the World Emperor: Cross-Cultural Collecting and the Art of Album-Making in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020. 296 pp.; 126 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780691189154)

Fleetwood, Nicole R. Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020. 352 pp.; 95 color ills. Cloth $39.95 (9780674919228)

Flood, Finbarr Barry, ed. There Where You Are Not: Selected Writings of Kamal Boullata. Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2020. 488 pp.; 224 color ills. Cloth $39.95 (9783777432434)

Gardner, William O. The Metabolist Imagination: Visions of the City in Postwar Japanese Architecture and Science Fiction. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. 232 pp.; 16 color ills.; 4 b/w ills. Paper $27.00 (9781517906245)

Gaudio, Michael. Sound, Image, Silence: Art and the Aural Imagination in the Atlantic World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019. 224 pp.; 16 color ills.; 67 b/w ills.; 83 ills. Cloth $120.00 (9781517907396)

Hamburger, Jeffrey F. Diagramming Devotion: Berthold of Nuremberg's Transformation of Hrabanus Maurus's Poems in Praise of the Cross. Louise Smith Bross Lecture Series. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020. 384 pp.; 220 color ills.; 1 b/w ills.; 228 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780226642819)

Hannoosh, Michèle. Jules Michelet: Writing Art and History in Nineteenth-Century France. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2019. 248 pp.; 31 b/w ills. $94.95 (9780271083568)

Lee, Pamela M. Think Tank Aesthetics: Midcentury Modernism, the Cold War, and the Neoliberal Present. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2020. 360 pp.; 15 color ills.; 54 b/w ills.; 69 ills. Cloth $35.00 (9780262043526)

Mathur, Saloni. A Fragile Inheritance: Radical Stakes in Contemporary Indian Art. Durham: Duke University Press Books, 2019. 256 pp.; 64 ills. Paper $25.95 (9781478003014 )

Nakajima, Izumi. アンチ・アクション : 日本戦後絵画と女性画家: (Anti-Action: Postwar Japanese Art and Japanese female Painters). Nakajima Izumi cho, 2020. 362 pp. (9784434264696)

Neer, Richard, and Leslie Kurke. Pindar, Song, and Space: Towards a Lyric Archaeology. Richard Neer and Leslie Kurke. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. 480 pp.; 74 color ills.; 31 b/w ills. Cloth (9781421429786)

Nieland, Justus. Happiness by Design: Modernism and Media in the Eames Era. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. 400 pp.; 20 color ills.; 124 b/w ills. Paper $39.95 (9781517902056)

Noguchi, Isamu. I Become a Nisei. Holyoke and New York: The Brother In Elysium and The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, 2020. 32 pp. $40.00

Noland, Carrie. Merce Cunningham: After the Arbitrary. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020. 304 pp.; 17 color ills.; 54 b/w ills.; 71 ills. Paper $35.00 (9780226541242)

Rose, Pauline. Working Against the Grain: Women Sculptors in Britain c.1885-1950. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. 336 pp.; 20 color ills.; 101 b/w ills.; 121 ills. Cloth $59.95 (9781789621563)

Sandron, Dany, and Andrew Tallon. Notre Dame Cathedral: Nine Centuries of History. Trans. Andrew Tallon and Lindsay Cook. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2020. 192 pp.; 170 color ills. Paper $34.95 (9780271086224)

Schoneveld, Erin. Shirakaba and Japanese Modernism: Art Magazines, Artistic Collectives, and the Early Avant-Garde. Series: Japanese Visual Culture, Volume: 18. Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. 272 pp. Cloth $123.00 (9789004390607)

Schreffler, Michael J. Cuzco: Incas, Spaniards, and the Making of a Colonial City. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. 200 pp.; 94 color ills.; 94 ills. Cloth $75.00 (9780300218114)

Shi, Jie. Modeling Peace: Royal Tombs and Political Ideology in Early China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020. 368 pp. Cloth $60.00 (9780231191029)

Silver, Nathaniel. Boston's Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent. Exh. cat. Boston and New Haven: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in association with Yale University Press, 2020. 256 pp.; 115 color ills. Cloth $45.00 (9780300249866)

Stark, Trevor. Total Expansion of the Letter: Avant-Garde Art and Language After Mallarmé. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2020. 440 pp.; 10 color ills.; 60 b/w ills.; 70 ills. Cloth $55.00 (9780262043717)

Unger, Daniel M. Redefining Eclecticism in Early Modern Bolognese Painting: Ideology, Practice, and Criticism. Visual and Material Culture, 1300–1700. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019. 244 pp.; 8 color ills.; 44 b/w ills. Cloth €99.00 (9789462986015)

Vicario, Niko. Hemispheric Integration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art. Studies on Latin American Art. Oakland: University of Califoria Press, 2020. 312 pp.; 40 color ills.; 20 b/w ills.; 60 ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780520310025)

Wang, Michelle C. Mandalas in the Making: The Visual Culture of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang. Sinica Leidensia Series, Volume: 139. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. 318 pp. Cloth $147.00 (9789004357655)

Warnock, Molly. Simon Hantaï and the Reserves of Painting. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2020. 280 pp.; 41 color ills.; 89 b/w ills.; 130 ills. Cloth $89.95 (9780271085029)

Williams, Joseph C. Architecture of Disjuncture . : Mediterranean Trade and Cathedral Building in a New Diocese (11th-13th Centuries). Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2020. 150 pp.; 95 b/w ills. Paper Euro79.00 (9782503581088)

Yoshitake, Mika. Parergon: A selected survey exhibition of Japanese art of the 1980s and 1990s. New York: Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2020. 256 pp.; 150 color ills. (885724243)