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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.

Aristarkhova, Irina. Arrested Welcome: Hospitality in Contemporary Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. 248 pp.; 11 color ills.; 46 b/w ills.; 57 ills. Paper $30.00 (9781517908973)

Azoulay, Ariella Aïsha. Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism. New York: Verso Books, 2019. 656 pp. Paper $44.95 (9781788735711)

Binski, Paul. Gothic Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019. 296 pp.; 100 color ills. Cloth $55.00 (9780300241433)

Brandow-Faller, Megan. The Female Secession: Art and the Decorative at the Viennese Women’s Academy. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2020. 304 pp.; 27 color ills.; 60 b/w ills. Cloth $99.95 (9780271085043)

Bussard, Katherine A., and Kristen Gresh, eds. Life Magazine and the Power of Photography. Exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. 336 pp.; 250 ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780300250886)

Campt, Tina, Marianne Hirsch, Gil Hochberg, and Brian Wallis, eds. Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography. Gottingen and New York: Steidl Publishers in association with The Walther Collection, 2020. 432 pp.; 360 ills. Paper €45.00 (9783958296275 )

Cras, Sophie. The Artist as Economist: Art and Capitalism in the 1960s. Trans Malcolm DeBevoise New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019. 244 pp.; 50 color ills.; 35 b/w ills.; 85 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780300232707)

Crinson, Mark, and Richard J. Williams. The Architecture of Art History: A Historiography. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018. 184 pp.; 30 b/w ills.; 30 ills. Cloth £75.00 (9781350020917)

De Duve, Thierry. Aesthetics at Large: Volume 1: Art, Ethics, Politics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. 248 pp.; 17 b/w ills. Paper $35.00 (9780226546735)

De Simone, Gerardo. Il Beato Angelico a Roma (1445-1455): Rinascita delle arti e Umanesimo cristiano nell'Urbe di Niccolò V e Leon Battista Alberti. Fondazione Carlo Marchi. Studi, vol. 34. Florence: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2020. 358 pp.; 80 color ills.; 80 b/w ills. EBook €140.00 (9788822282958)

Duguid, Meg. Where the Future Came From. Exh. cat. Chicago: Soberscove Press, 2020. 272 pp. Paper $25.00 (9781940190242)

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)

Flood, Finbarr Barry, ed. There Where You Are Not: Selected Writings of Kamal Boullata. Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2020. 488 pp.; 224 color ills. Cloth $39.95 (9783777432434)

Fowkes, Maja, and Reuben Fowkes. Central and Eastern European Art Since 1950. World of Art Series. London: Thames and Hudson Inc., 2020. 232 pp. Paper £16.95 (9780500204375)

Fox-Amato, Matthew. Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. 360 pp.; 105 color ills. Cloth (9780190663933)

Gardner, William O. The Metabolist Imagination: Visions of the City in Postwar Japanese Architecture and Science Fiction. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. 232 pp.; 16 color ills.; 4 b/w ills. Paper $27.00 (9781517906245)

Hannoosh, Michèle. Jules Michelet: Writing Art and History in Nineteenth-Century France. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2019. 248 pp.; 31 b/w ills. $94.95 (9780271083568)

Harrington, Austin, ed. Georg Simmel: Essays on Art and Aesthetics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020. 392 pp. Paper $35.00 (9780226621098)

Ho, Christine I. Drawing from Life: Sketching and Socialist Realism in the People’s Republic of China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2020. 320 pp.; 85 color ills. Cloth $70.00 (9780520309623)

Jarrell, Wadsworth A. AFRICOBRA: Experimental Art toward a School of Thought. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020. 89 color ills.; 231 b/w ills.; 320 ills. $29.95 (9781478000563)

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)

Ma, Ming-Yuen S. There is no soundtrack: Rethinking art, media, and the audio-visual contract. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020. 280 pp. Cloth £80.00 (9781526142122)

Mathur, Saloni. A Fragile Inheritance: Radical Stakes in Contemporary Indian Art. Durham: Duke University Press Books, 2019. 256 pp.; 64 ills. Paper $25.95 (9781478003014 )

Nakajima, Izumi. アンチ・アクション : 日本戦後絵画と女性画家: (Anti-Action: Postwar Japanese Art and Japanese female Painters). Nakajima Izumi cho, 2020. 362 pp. (9784434264696)

Neer, Richard, and Leslie Kurke. Pindar, Song, and Space: Towards a Lyric Archaeology. Richard Neer and Leslie Kurke. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. 480 pp.; 74 color ills.; 31 b/w ills. Cloth (9781421429786)

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)

Noguchi, Isamu. I Become a Nisei. Holyoke and New York: The Brother In Elysium and The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, 2020. 32 pp. $40.00

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)

Percival, Melissa, and Muriel Adrien, eds. Fancy in Eighteenth-Century European Visual Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. 325 pp.; 69 ills. Paper $99.99 (9781789620030)

Rose, Pauline. Working Against the Grain: Women Sculptors in Britain c.1885-1950. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. 336 pp.; 20 color ills.; 101 b/w ills.; 121 ills. Cloth $59.95 (9781789621563)

Schoneveld, Erin. Shirakaba and Japanese Modernism: Art Magazines, Artistic Collectives, and the Early Avant-Garde. Series: Japanese Visual Culture, Volume: 18. Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. 272 pp. Cloth $123.00 (9789004390607)

Schreffler, Michael J. Cuzco: Incas, Spaniards, and the Making of a Colonial City. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. 200 pp.; 94 color ills.; 94 ills. Cloth $75.00 (9780300218114)

Schröder, Klaus Albrecht, ed. The Beginning: Albertina Modern. Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2020. (9783777435091)

Schwenger, Peter. Asemic: The Art of Writing. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2019. 192 pp.; 9 color ills.; 51 b/w ills.; 60 ills. Paper $25.00 (9781517906979)

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)

Stark, Trevor. Total Expansion of the Letter: Avant-Garde Art and Language After Mallarmé. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2020. 440 pp.; 10 color ills.; 60 b/w ills.; 70 ills. Cloth $55.00 (9780262043717)

Sunderason, Sanjukta. Partisan Aesthetics: Modern Art and India's Long Decolonization. Series: South Asia in Motion. Redwood City, CA: Stanford University Press, 2020. 344 pp. Cloth $30.00 (9781503611948)

Walley, Jonathan. Cinema Expanded: Avant-Garde Film in the Age of Intermedia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. 576 pp.; 276 ills. Cloth $125.00 (9780190938635)

Wang, Michelle C. Mandalas in the Making: The Visual Culture of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang. Sinica Leidensia Series, Volume: 139. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. 318 pp. Cloth $147.00 (9789004357655)

Warnock, Molly. Simon Hantaï and the Reserves of Painting. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2020. 280 pp.; 41 color ills.; 89 b/w ills.; 130 ills. Cloth $89.95 (9780271085029)

Woodruff, Lily. Disordering the Establishment: Participatory Art and Institutional Critique in France, 1958–1981. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020. 336 pp.; 98 ills. Paper (9781478008446)

Yoshitake, Mika. Parergon: A selected survey exhibition of Japanese art of the 1980s and 1990s. New York: Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2020. 256 pp.; 150 color ills. (885724243)

Zinman, Gregory. Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts. Oakland: University of California Press, 2020. 392 pp.; 100 ills. Paper $45.00 (9780520302730)