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New Titles
Retrospective Collections
MAXXI & The Chinati Foundation
About Us

New Titles
View all the new titles that arrived in September here.


Retrospective Collections


Library at SCAD-Hong Kong

With our extensive inventory of more than 30,000 in-stock, fully indexed titles from the past several decades, and with a knowledgeable staff experienced in helping art libraries to fulfill their collection-development needs, Worldwide Books is uniquely qualified to assist clients who wish to assemble retrospective collections of art-related titles. Over the years Worldwide has put together large collections for libraries throughout the world, ranging from subject-based collections of a few hundred titles on such topics as photography, sculpture, architecture, Native American art and Islamic Art, to a wide-ranging collection of more than 15,000 exhibition catalogues for the national art library in Spain, and a similarly broad collection of some 20,000 catalogues for a newly formed university library in Taiwan.


Earlier this year, Worldwide compiled an opening-day collection for Savannah College of Art and Design's (SCAD) new campus in Hong Kong, which opened this fall. Having worked closely with Worldwide in 2005 to expand the library holdings at their newly incorporated campus in Atlanta, SCAD once again turned to Worldwide to assist them in prioritizing selections for their library in Hong Kong. Space limitations were a key factor, and the selections had to be made very carefully to ensure that the relatively small collection would successfully serve the needs of the school's students and faculty.


SCAD's library staff requested extensive coverage of titles to support SCAD-Hong Kong's studio programs, which will initially focus on photography, graphic design, illustration, animation and game design, but also made it clear that the new library would need a core collection of art history reference volumes and important titles on key figures and movements spanning the breadth of art history.


Hong Kong-bound books await shipment from Worldwide

Some 2,000 new and backlist titles were carefully chosen by Worldwide's staff after an exhaustive and systematic review of our inventory and backlist, the selection including major exhibition catalogues from the past several years (among them many out-of-print titles that we still had in stock) as well as recently released books and catalogues. Although the collection drew heavily from our on-hand inventory, Worldwide also identified hundreds of important titles that were out of stock at Worldwide but still in print, and quickly restocked those volumes specifically for inclusion in the collection.


A special area of interest that was addressed by the SCAD-Hong Kong collection was contemporary Asian art, particularly the work of China's increasingly high-profile artists. Searches of Worldwide's unparalleled database identified scores of catalogues and books on the current Asian art scene, many of which were selected for inclusion.


The collection has been very well received throughout the SCAD library system, with faculty at the school's Savannah and Atlanta campuses (where much of the initial processing of the Hong Kong collection was done) taking notice and requesting that certain titles we had selected for the Hong Kong library also be added to their main library collections in the U.S. According to Deborah Prosser, Ph.D., Dean of Library Services at SCAD, such keen interest "is validation that the work truly targeted key needs." 




MAXXI & The Chinati Foundation 


Photo by Simone Cecchetti 

During the final decade of the last century, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome conceived the creation of an new national center for the exhibition of contemporary art and architecture: MAXXI, the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo. In 1998, following an international competition, British architect Zaha Hadid was awarded the project, and by 2006 construction of the new building was well on the way. While still under construction, the museum was already involved in organizing exhibitions and publishing catalogues. MAXXI finally opened its doors to the public on May 30th of this year and has been well received. In July, reported that the museum was attracting an average of more than 1,700 visitors a day. On October 2nd, Zaha Hadid Architects won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2010 for the building's design, described by the Royal Institute of British Architects as Ms. Hadid's best work to date.



Founded by Donald Judd and widely considered as one of the world's most important venues for large-scale installations, the Chinati Foundation is the subject of a new catalogue (Worldwide 73283) presenting the Foundation's entire collection, which includes many works by Judd himself as well as pieces by Flavin, Kabakov, Oldenburg and van Bruggen, Long and many other contemporary artists. This publication marks the retirement of Marianne Stockebrand, director of the Chinati Foundation, and introduces Thomas Kellein, renowned art historian, curator and former director of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, as her successor.



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