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Recent Books in the Arts

Browse books CAA has received from publishers in the past three months HERE. Browse all other books using Book Categories in the right-hand column, or by entering terms in the search bar above. If you are a Field Editor or on the Editorial Board of, The Art Bulletin, or Art Journal, and would like to request a book for review, please email the book's title, ISBN, and the reviewer's name, shipping address, and email to Daniel Tsai at

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)

Caragol, Taína, Dorothy Moss, Richard Powell, and Kim Sajet. The Obama Portraits. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020. 152 pp.; 76 color ills. Cloth $24.95 (9780691203287)

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)

Dávila, Arlene. Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020. 240 pp.; 17 color ills. Cloth $25.95 (9781478008569)

Engel, Emily. Pictured Politics: Visualizing Colonial History in South American Portrait Collections. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2020. 184 pp.; 24 color ills.; 79 b/w ills.; 103 ills. Cloth $60.00 (9781477320594)

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)

Fordham, Douglas. Aquatint Worlds: Travel, Print, and Empire, 1770–1820. London and New Haven: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in association with Yale University Press, 2019. 328 pp.; 215 ills. Cloth $60.00 (9781913107048)

Gates, Theaster, ed. The Black Image Corporation. Exh. cat. Quaderni Fondazione Prada, 21.. Milan: 32 pp.; 366 ills. Cloth €64.00 (9788887029734)

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)

Giunta, Andrea. Arte y pensamiento: Contra el canon: El arte contemporáneo en un mundo sin centro. Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI Editores, 2020. 240 pp. EPub (9789876299886)

Guinness, Katherine. Schizogenesis: The Art of Rosemarie Trockel. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019. 232 pp.; 44 b/w ills. Paper $30.00 (9781517905583)

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)

Hertel, Christiane. Siting China in Germany: Eighteenth-Century Chinoiserie and Its Modern Legacy. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2019. 304 pp.; 35 color ills.; 85 b/w ills. Cloth $124.95 (9780271082370)

Hyacinthe, Genevieve. Radical Virtuosity: Ana Mendieta and the Black Atlantic. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2019. 352 pp.; 78 color ills.; 16 b/w ills.; 94 ills. $39.95 (9780262042703)

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)

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)

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)

Patrizio, Andrew. The Ecological Eye: Assembling an Ecocritical Art History. Manchester University Press, 2018. 216 pp. Paper £19.99 (9781526121578)

Pruitt, Jennifer A. Building the Caliphate: Construction, Destruction, and Sectarian Identity in Early Fatimid Architecture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. 216 pp.; 71 color ills.; 18 b/w ills.; 89 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780300246827)

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

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)

Slater, Gregory. Art and Masculinity in Post-War Britain: Reconstructing Home. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. 224 pp.; 30 b/w ills. EBook £91.80 (9781350052734)

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)

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)