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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.

Adler, Margaret C. The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion. Exh. cat. Fort Worth, TX and New Haven: Amon Carter Museum of American Art and Yale University Press, 2020. 168 pp.; 175 color ills. Cloth $40.00 (9780300246193)

Bajorek, Jennifer. Unfixed: Photography and Decolonial Imagination in West Africa. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020. 352 pp.; 132 ills. Cloth $28.95 (9781478003663)

Buron, Melissa E., and Krystyna Matyjaszkiewicz. James Tissot: Fashion & Faith. Exh. cat. Munich and San Francisco: DelMonico Books-Prestel in association with Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2019. 320 pp.; 250 color ills.; 25 b/w ills. Cloth $75.00 (9783791359199)

Campbell, Stephen J. The Endless Periphery: Toward a Geopolitics of Art in Lorenzo Lotto's Italy. Louise Smith Bross Lecture Series. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. 352 pp.; 127 color ills.; 45 b/w ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780226481456)

Dupré, Sven, ed. Perspective as Practice: Renaissance Cultures of Optics. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2019. 512 pp.; 46 color ills.; 143 b/w ills. Cloth €90.00 ( 9782503581071)

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)

Kim, Sunglim. Flowering Plums and Curio Cabinets: The Culture of Objects in Late Chosŏn Korean Art. Series: Korean Studies of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018. 304 pp.; 80 color ills.; 18 b/w ills.; 98 ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780295743417)

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)

LaGamma, Alisa. Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara. Exh. cat. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2020. 394 pp.; 277 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9781588396877)

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)

Nelson, Jennifer. Disharmony of the Spheres: The Europe of Holbein’s Ambassadors. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2019. 216 pp.; 19 color ills.; 24 b/w ills. Cloth $99.95 (9780271083407)

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

Otto, Elizabeth. Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2019. 296 pp.; 55 color ills.; 26 b/w ills. Cloth $34.95 (9780262043298)

Park, J. P. A New Middle Kingdom: Painting and Cultural Politics in Late Chosŏn Korea (1700–1850). Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018. 296 pp.; 93 color ills. Cloth $65.00 (9780295743257)

Rauser, Amelia. The Age of Undress: Art, Fashion, and the Classical Ideal in the 1790s. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. 216 pp.; 180 color ills. Cloth (9780300241204)

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 )

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)

Smith, Cherise. Michael Ray Charles: A Retrospective. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2020. 300 pp.; 151 color ills.; 20 b/w ills.; 171 ills. Cloth $60.00 (9781477319178)

Stanek, Łukasz. Architecture in Global Socialism: Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East in the Cold War. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020. 150 color ills.; 127 b/w ills. Cloth $60.00 (9780691168708)

Wiedemeyer, Nina. Original Bauhaus. Exh. cat. Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2019. 240 pp.; 160 ills. Cloth (9783791359045)

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