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In 2011, Worldwide Books will again sponsor two annual cash awards that are administered through ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America). The awards will recognize outstanding print and/or electronic resources produced by individual members of ARLIS/NA in 2010. Eligible projects in print format include publications that benefit the profession of art and visual resources librarianship; that result in original scholarship in the literary, musical, architectural or visual arts; or that address aspects of visual and material culture. Eligible electronic projects may be works that improve access to art information and benefit the profession of art and visual resources librarianship, and may include web-based databases and indexes, virtual exhibitions, CD-ROM or DVD products, and publications promoting electronic resources.


Nominations for the Award are currently being accepted until February 4, 2011. Public announcement of the Award winner(s) and the presentation of the prize(s) will be made at the annual ARLIS/NA conference in Minneapolis, March 2011. For further information, please visit the ARLIS/NA Web site where eligibility guidelines and application procedures are fully outlined.
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Werner Spies
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New 10-Volume Publication Presents the Collected Writings
of Werner Spies


Renowned German art historian, critic and curator Werner Spies (b. 1937) served as director of the Musée National d'Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou from 1997 to 2000, and is currently on the board of the Max Ernst Museum, Brühl. As a curator at such institutions as the Centre Pompidou, the Albertina and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Spies organized major exhibitions on Surrealism and Dada, as well as important retrospectives on such contemporary artists as Andy Warhol, Fernando Botero and David Lynch. He has been especially prolific in organizing shows on Pablo Picasso and Max Ernst, artists who were among his personal friends.

Throughout his career, Spies has contributed numerous articles and essays to important monographs and exhibition catalogues, and his writings have been collected in a forthcoming 10-volume publication to be released in the U.S.A. through Abrams next spring (see Worldwide 142723). First published in German in 2008, the collected writings are now being mspiesade available for the first time in an English edition.


Note: Abrams has alerted Worldwide that only a very limited number of copies will be made available for U.S. distribution, and libraries are advised to submit their orders as soon as possible, as the title is likely to sell out upon release. Pre-publication orders may be placed through our Web site; approval plan customers who would like this title included in their Worldwide plan should contact David Fogel. 





Worldwide Books marked a major milestone in mid-December when our Web site's database of bibliographic records reached the 100,000 level. This impressive total represents virtually all the titles that we have carried since the company was founded in 1962, as we retain the records for nearly all out-of-stock titles on the Web site in order to maintain its value as an unparalleled bibliographic resource for art-related publications.


There are currently some 30,000 titles in stock at Worldwide, a total that includes some 23,000 exhibition catalogues and other museum publications and nearly 5,000 recent trade and university-press monographs (unlike our museum-publication selections, these commercially published art books have a relatively short shelf life here at Worldwide, as unsold copies are generally returned to the publishers after being stocked for roughly twelve months). Our active inventory of catalogues includes countless out-of-print publications that have long been unavailable from most other source. Searches of our backlists of both catalogues and books can easily be limited to titles that are either in stock or still readily available: on our Web site's Advanced Search Form, simply "uncheck" the options that allow the inclusion of titles that are out of print or out of stock indefinitely; titles that may be out of print but are in our inventory will still appear in search results.


While it has taken nearly 50 years for our database to cross the 100,000-title threshold, well over half of the records have been added since the turn of the century, with a current total of over 55,000 titles that bear imprints of 2000 or later. The dramatically quickening pace of the database's growth is due in large part to the expansion of our 18-year-old trade monograph program. In the past three years alone we've listed nearly 12,000 new trade titles, reflecting a steady increase in the range and depth of our coverage of standard art books. In recent years we've also strived to refine the systematic and meticulous monitoring of publications from international museums and galleries that has distinguished our acquisitions activity throughout our history.


As Worldwide looks forward to celebrating a half century of service, we will continue our commitment to providing libraries with as comprehensive a selection as possible of important publications on art, architecture, photography and design. 



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For nearly 50 years, Worldwide Books has served academic, museum and public libraries as a specialized source for art exhibition catalogues issued by museums and galleries throughout the world. For the past two decades Worldwide has also offered comprehensive coverage of new books on art, architecture, photography and design published by hundreds of leading American trade and university presses. Serving as a centralized source for a wide range of scholarly art books and exhibition catalogues, Worldwide is uniquely positioned to assist and guide art libraries in careful and efficient collection development.