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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.

Allais, Lucia. Designs of Destruction: The Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. 347 pp.; 8 color ills.; 123 b/w ills.; 131 ills. Cloth $45.00 (9780226286556)

Bashkoff, Tracey R. Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future. Exh. cat. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2019. 243 pp.; 220 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780892075430)

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 )

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

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)

Fowlkes-Childs, Blair, and Michael Seymour, eds. The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East. Exh. cat. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2019. 368 pp.; 300 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9781588396839)

Garrels, Gary, ed. Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory. Exh. cat. San Francisco and New Haven: SFMoMA and Yale University Press, 2019. 272 pp.; 230 color ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780300234213)

Henni, Samia. Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria. Zurich: gta Verlag, 2018. 336 pp.; 73 b/w ills. Cloth $59.00 (9783856763763)

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)

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)

Isenberg, Alison. Designing San Francisco: Art, Land, and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017. 432 pp.; 43 color ills.; 115 b/w ills.; 158 ills. Cloth $30.00 (9780691172545)

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)

Lin, Jenny. Above sea: Contemporary art, urban culture, and the fashioning of global Shanghai. Series: Rethinking Art's Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018. 200 pp. Cloth £ 80.00 (9781526132604)

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)

Oehler, Sarah Kelley, and Esther Adler, eds. Charles White: A Retrospective. Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 248 pp.; 193 color ills.; 20 b/w ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780300232981)

Osayimwese, Itohan. Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Germany. Series: Culture, Politics, and the Built Environment. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017. 352 pp. Cloth $49.95 (9780822945086)

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)

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 )