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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.

Burman, Barbara, and Ariane Fennetaux. The Pocket: A Hidden History of Women’s Lives, 1660–1900. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019. 264 pp.; 200 color ills. Cloth $50.00 (9780300239072)

Chen, BuYun. Empire of Style: Silk and Fashion in Tang China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019. 272 pp.; 96 color ills.; 23 b/w ills. (9780295745305)

Cherix, Christophe. Betye Saar: Black Girl's Window. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2019. 48 pp.; 35 color ills. Paper $14.95 (9781633450769)

Eliel, Carol S. Betye Saar: Call and Response. New York: Prestel, 2019. 96 pp.; 70 color ills. Cloth (9783791358789)

Falola, Toyin, ed. Victor Ekpuk: Connecting Lines Across Space and Time. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press, 2018. 489 pp.; 250 color ills. Cloth $100.00 (9781943533206)

Grunewald, Almut, ed. The Giedion World: Sigfried Giedion and Carola Giedion-Welcker in Dialogue. Zurich: Scheidegger & Spiess, 2019. 420 pp.; 198 color ills. Cloth CHF99.00 ( 9783858818195)

Lafont, Anne. L'art et la race: L'Africain (tout) contre l'œil des Lumières. Dijon, France: Les presses du réel, 2019. 476 pp. Paper €32.00 (9782378960162)

Markonish, Denise. Nick Cave: Until. Exh. cat. Muinich and New York: DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2017. 200 pp. Cloth $19.95 (9783791356051)

McGrew, Rebecca, and Irene Tsatsos. Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe. Exh. cat. Claremont, CA: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2019.

Melion, Walter S., and James Clifton. Through a Glass, Darkly: Allegory and Faith in Netherlandish Prints from Lucas van Leyden to Rembrandt. Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, 2019. 221 pp. (9781928917083)

Morgan, Jo-Ann. The Black Arts Movement and the Black Panther Party in American Visual Culture. Series: Routledge Research in Art and Race. Routledge, 2018. 212 pp. Cloth (9781138605923)

Naeem, Asma. Out of Earshot: Sound, Technology, and Power in American Art, 1860–1900. Oakland: University of California Press, 2019. 248 pp.; 49 color ills.; 27 b/w ills.; 76 ills. Cloth (9780520298989)

O'Toole, Erin, ed. April Dawn Alison. Exh. cat. London: MACK, 2019. 220 pp. Cloth £35.00 (9781912339433)

Osnabrugge, Marije. The Neapolitan Lives and Careers of Netherlandish Immigrant Painters (1575-1655). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019. 400 pp. Cloth €119.00 (9789462988200)

Pih, Darren, ed. Keith Haring. Exh. cat. London: Tate Publishing, 2019. 127 pp. Paper £19.99 (9781849766272)

Reyes, Ana María. The Politics of Taste: Beatriz González and Cold War Aesthetics. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. 328 pp.; 105 color ills.; 105 ills. Cloth (9781478003977 )

Rugoff, Ralph. Biennale Arte 2019 May You Live in Interesting Times: Catalogue of the 58th International Art Exhibition. Exh. cat. Volume 1: Exhibition; Volume 2: Participating countries & collateral events. Venice: La Biennale di Venezia, 2019. 840 pp. Cloth €85.00 (9788898727308)

Savkić, Sanja, and Hannah Baader, eds. Culturas visuals indígenas y las practices estéticas en las Américas desde la antigüedad hasta el presente: (Indigenous Visual Cultures and Aesthetic Practices in the Americas’ Past and Present). Berlin: Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut and Gebr. Mann Verlag, 2019. 431 pp. (9783786128311)

Scott, Dread. Fragments of the Peculiar Institution. Eds. Saul Ostrow and Will Cameron. Exh. cat. Edition of 500. New York: CPInPrint Cameron + Brown, 2016. 96 pp. Paper $25.00 (9780692731284)

Seggerman, Alex Dika. Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2019. 296 pp.; 24 color ills.; 74 b/w ills. (9781469653044)

Wang, Meiqin. Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary China: Voices from Below. Series: Routledge Research in Art and Politics. New York: Routledge, 2019. 238 pp. Cloth $150.00 (9781138314344)

Welland, Sasha Su-Ling. Experimental Beijing: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019. 360 pp.; 19 color ills.; 66 b/w ills.; 85 ills. Paper $28.95

Beatriz González: a retrospective. Exh. cat. New York: DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2019. 279 pp. (9783791359298)