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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.

Acker, Emma, ed. Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art. Exh. cat. San Francisco and New Haven: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in association with Yale University Press, 2018. 243 pp. Cloth $65.00 (9780300234022)

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)

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)

Costello, Diarmuid. On Photography: A Philosophical Inquiry. New York: Routledge, 2018. 166 pp. Paper $29.95 (9780415684491)

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

Curtis, Penelope. Sculpture Vertical, Horizontal, Closed, Open. Yale University Press, 2017. 324 pp. Hardcover $45.00 (9780300227222)

Desmarais, Mary-Dailey, and Thomas Brent Smith, eds. Once Upon a Time . . . : The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film. Exh. cat. New York: Abrams, 2017. 304 pp.; 300 color ills. Cloth $45.00 (9788874397655)

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)

Greenough, Susan, and Sarah Kennel. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings. Exh. cat. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2018. 320 pp.; 230 b/w ills. Cloth $55.00 (9781419729034 )

Henning, Michelle. Photography: The Unfettered Image. London: Routledge, 2018. 204 pp. Paper $39.95 (9781138782556)

Hill, James E. Artist as Reporter: Weegee, Ad Reinhardt, and the PM News Picture. Oakland: University of California Press, 2018. 400 pp. Cloth $65.00 (9780520291430)

Keating, Jessica. Animating Empire: Automata, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Early Modern World. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2018. 184 pp.; 37 color ills.; 23 b/w ills. Cloth $69.95 (9780271080024)

Kroiz, Lauren. Cultivating Citizens: The regional work of Art in the New Deal Era. University of California Press and Oakland: 2018. 312 pp. Cloth $65.00 (9780520286566)

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)

Lending, Mari. Plaster Monuments: Architecture and the Power of Reproduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017. 304 pp. Cloth $49.95 (9780691177144)

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)

Posada Kubissa, Teresa. August L. Mayer y la pintura española: Ribera, Goya, El Greco, Velázquez. Madrid: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2010. 524 pp.; 42 color ills.; 128 b/w ills. Paper €38.46 (9788493606046)

Raymond, Claire. Women Photographers and Feminist Aesthetics. London: Routledge, 2017. 256 pp.; 59 ills. Cloth (9781138644281)

Silverman, Willa Z. Henri Vever: Champion de l'Art Nouveau. Paris: Armand Colin, 2018. 377 pp. €26.90 (2200619413)

Wang, Michelle C. Maṇḍalas in the Making: The Visual Culture of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang. Sinica Leidensia Series, Volume 139. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2017. 318 pp. Ebook $133.00 (9789004360402)

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

White, Michelle, ed. Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma. Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. 192 pp.; 289 ills. Paper $50.00 (9780300233148)

William Henry Fox Talbot: At the Origins of Photography. Exh. cat. Moscow: 2018.