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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.

Anger, Jenny. Four Metaphors of Modernism: From Der Sturm to the Societe Anonyme. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2018. 320 pp.; 87 color ills.; 12 b/w ills.; 99 ills. Paper $30.00 (9781517903220)

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)

Boetzkes, Amanda. Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2019. 272 pp.; 81 color ills.; 5 b/w ills.; 86 ills. Paper $34.95 (9780262039338)

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)

Drimmer, Sonja. The Art of Allusion: Illuminators and the Making of English Literature, 1403-1476. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019. 352 pp.; 27 color ills.; 97 b/w ills.; 124 ills. Cloth $59.95 (9780812250497)

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)

Farago, Claire, Janis Bell, and Carlo Vecce. The Fabrication of Leonardo da Vinci’s Trattato della pittura (2 vols.). Series: Brill's Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History, Volume: 263/18. Leiden: Brill, 2018. 1368 pp.; 256 color ills. Cloth $275.00

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)

Gomez-Barris, Macarena. Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Political Undercurrents in the Americas. Series: American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present. Oakland: University of California Press, 2018. 160 pp. Cloth $85.00 (9780520296671)

Gruber, Christiane. The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019. 448 pp. Cloth $60.00 (9780253025265 )

Heiferman, Marvin. Seeing Science: How Photography Reveals the Universe. New York and Baltimore: Aperture Foundation and University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2019. 224 pp.; 4 color ills.; 300 b/w ills. Cloth $45.00 (9781597114479)

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)

Laxton, Susan. Surrealism at Play. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. 384 pp.; 16 color ills.; 154 b/w ills.; 170 ills. Cloth $27.95 (9781478003076)

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

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)

Rivkin, Joshua. Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly. New York: Melville House Publishing, 2018. 464 pp. Cloth $32.00 (9781612197180)

Romberg, Kristin. Gan's Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism. Oakland: University of California Press, 2019. 312 pp.; 72 color ills.; 38 b/w ills.; 110 ills. $65.00 (9780520298538 )

Rose, Sam. Art and Form: From Roger Fry to Global Modernism. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2019. 224 pp.; 27 b/w ills. Cloth $89.95 (9780271082387)

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)

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)

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)

Stierli, Martino. Montage and Metropolis: Architecture, Modernity, and the Representation of Space. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 320 pp.; 72 color ills.; 85 b/w ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780300221312)

Taroutina, Maria. The Icon and the Square. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2018. 288 pp. Cloth $80.99 (9780271081045)

Wisch, Barbara, Pamela M. Jones, and Simon Ditchfield, eds. A Companion to Early Modern Rome, 1492-1692. Series: Brill's Companions to European History. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2019. 653 pp. Cloth $206.00 (9789004391963)

Wong, Dorothy. Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks as Agents of Cultural and Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style in East Asia,ca. 645-770. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2018. 366 pp.; 12 color ills.; 125 b/w ills. Cloth $52.00 (9789814722599)