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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.

Anishanslin, Zara. Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017. 432 pp. Paper $26.00 (9780300234237)

Bolton, Andrew. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Exh. cat. Two volumes. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. 335 pp.; 330 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9781588396457)

Burns, Emily C. Transnational Frontiers: The American West in France. The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West Series. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. 248 pp. Cloth (9780806160030 )

Bush, Olga. Reframing the Alhambra: Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. 344 pp.; 94 color ills.; 21 b/w ills. €95.00 (9781474416504)

Carey, Moya. Persian Art: Collecting the Arts of Iran in the Nineteenth Century. London: V&A Publications, 2017. 272 pp. Cloth $74.99 (9781851779338)

Chicago, Judy. Through the Flower: Mon combat d’artiste femme. Dijon: Les presses du réel, 2018. 232 pp. (9782840668510 )

Chou, Wen-Shing. Wutai Shan. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 240 pp. Cloth (9780691178646 )

Clayson, Hollis, and André Dombrowski, eds. Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century? Essays on Art and Modernity, 1850-1900. London: Routledge, 2016. 306 pp. Cloth $160.00 (9781472460141)

Conaty, Kim, ed. Mary Corse: A Survey in Light. Exh. cat. New Haven and New York: Yale University Press and The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2018. 160 pp.; 115 color ills.; 15 b/w ills. Cloth (9780300234978)

Criqui, Jean-Pierre, and Céline Flécheux. Robert Smithson: Mémoire et entropie.. Dijon: Presses du Réel Editions, 2018. 328 pp. Paper (9782840667476)

De Salvo, Donna. Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again. Exh. cat. New Haven and New York: Yale University Press in association with The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2018. 350 pp.; 350 color ills.; 50 b/w ills. Cloth $70.00 (9780300236989)

Desai, Madhuri. Banaras Reconstructed: Architecture and Sacred Space in a Hindu Holy City. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017. (9780295741611)

Elias, Chad. Posthumous Images: Contemporary Art and Memory Politics in Post-Civil War Lebanon. Art History Publication Initiative. Durham: Duke University Press Books, 2018. 264 pp. Paper $25.00 (9780822347668)

Farmer, Sharon. The Silk Industries of Medieval Paris: Artisanal Migration, Technological Innovation, and Gendered Experience. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. 368 pp.; 28 color ills. Cloth $69.95 (9780812248487 )

Gonnella, Julia, Friederike Weis, and Christoph Rauch, eds. The Diez Album: Contexts and Contents. Volume 11. Brill, 2016. $239.00 (9789004323483)

Hamburger, Jeffrey F., and Nigel F. Palmer. The Prayer Book of Ursula Begerin. 2 vols. (676, 203 pp.) Art-Historical and Literary Introduction (Volume 1); Reproductions and Critical Edition (Volume 2). Dietikon-Zurich: Urs Graf Verlag, 2015. 879 pp. Cloth (9783859512801)

Heckscher, Morrison H. Chippendale's Director: The Designs and Legacy of a Furniture Maker. Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. 48 pp.; 55 color ills. Paper $14.95 (9781588396471)

Lee, Lisa. Isa Genzken: Sculpture as World Receiver. Chicago: University of Chicagp Press, 2017. 192 pp.; 68 color ills.; 12 b/w ills. Cloth $40.00 (9780226409979)

Maffei, Nicolas P. Norman Bel Geddes: American Design Visionary. Ed. Kjetil Fallan. Cultural Histories of Design. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. 256 pp.; 150 b/w ills. Paper £ 21.99 (9781474284615)

McClary, Richard P. Rum Seljuq Architecture, 1170–1220: The Patronage of Sultans. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. 158 color ills.; 1 b/w ills. €95.00 (9781474417471)

Moriuchi, Mey-Yen. Mexican Costumbrismo. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018. 180 pp. Cloth (9780271079073)

Nieves, Angel David. An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South. Rochester: University of Rochester Press and Boydell & Brewer, 2018. 256 pp.; 33 b/w ills. Cloth $49.95 (9781580469098)

Spier, Jeffrey, Timothy F. Potts, and Sara E. Cole. Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World. Exh. cat. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2018. 360 pp. Cloth (9781606065518)

Steele, Valerie. Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color. Exh. cat. Farmborough: Thames & Hudson, 2018. 208 pp.; 120 color ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780500022269)

Sullivan, Edward J. The Americas Revealed: Collecting Colonial and Modern Latin American Art in the United States. The Frick Collection Studies in the History of Art Collecting in America, Volume 4. New York: The Frick Collection, 2018. 201 pp. Cloth (9780271079523)

Takahatake, Naoko. The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy. Exh. cat. Los Angeles, New York, and Munich: Los Angeles County Museum of Art in association with DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2018. 287 pp. Cloth $58.18 (9783791357393)

Tani, Ellen Y. Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art. Exh. cat. Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2018. 112 pp. Cloth $45.00 (9781785511653)

Thomas, George E. Frank Furness: Architecture in the Age of the Great Machines. Haney Foundation Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. 312 pp.; 34 color ills.; 84 b/w ills. Cloth $59.95 (9780812249521)

Wells, Camille. Material Witnesses: Domestic Architecture and Plantation Landscapes in Early Virginia. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018. 328 pp. Cloth $75.00 (9780813940366)

Young, James E. The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between, On the architecture and art of irreparable loss. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2018. 256 pp.; 115 color ills. $29.95 (9781625343611)

Öztuncay, Bahattin, and Özge Ertem, eds. Ottoman Arcadia: The Hamidian Expedition to the Land of Tribal Roots (1886). Exh. cat. Istanbul: ANAMED, 2018. 180 pp. Cloth $80.51 (9786052116487)

St. Jacob’s Antwerp Art and Counter Reformation in Rubens’s Parish Church. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 253; Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History 13. Leiden: Brill, 2016. 632 pp. Cloth $241.00 (9789004311862)