Dear Subscriber,


The beginning of a new year is a good time to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. In 2011, Worldwide Books aims to continue serving the art-librarian community to the best of our ability, by offering an outstanding selection of new art-related publications and by diligently administering our approval-plan program and firm-order services. Customer feedback is essential to maintaining the high quality of the services that we provide, and we very much appreciate your comments and suggestions. You may reach us at 1-800-473-8146, submit you requests through the online inquiry form, or email our staff members directly.


The staff at Worldwide Books wishes you a happy and prosperous 2011.


In This Issue
New Titles
Staff Picks
ARLIS Conference
About Us

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



Eileen Baker is the Acquisitions Manager and is responsible for selecting the exhibition catalogues and museum publications Worldwide Books carries.


After a major expansion in 2009 at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, their publications department has been producing numerous exhibition catalogues. Due to be released in the U.S. in March is the exhibition catalogue for Keeping it Real (Worldwide 73553), a show conceived by Chief Curator Achim Borchardt-Hume as a sequence of four micro-exhibitions: The Corporeal; Subversive Abstraction; Current Disturbance; and Material Intelligence, including works by Louise Bourgeois, David Hammons, Sarah Lucas, Lynda Benglis, Kori Newkirk, Mona Hatoum, Martin Kippenberger, Seth Price and other international artists.


Several beautifully designed exhibition catalogues are on their way from the University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane. Among them are two monographs on contemporary Australian artists Fiona Foley and Ricky Swallow, figures relatively unknown in North America. While Swallow has gained recognition for his sculptural work, this catalogue (Worldwide 73507) is the first to focus on his watercolors. Foley's 20-year career is surveyed for the first time in a major exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and in Brisbane (see Worldwide 33632). Her work encompasses painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and installation art, and deals with such broad issues as politics, language, female sexuality, race and the history of opium in Queensland.


Whether oversized or miniature, acclaimed Australian artist Ron Mueck's sculptures are among the most prominent and identifiable on the international contemporary art scene. In 2010, the National Gallery of Victoria presented a major and comprehensive exhibition of his lifelike and poignant work. The catalogue (Worldwide 33669) quickly went out of print and availability in North America was severely limited. However, Worldwide succeeded in obtaining copies directly from the third exhibition venue, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand. The title was sent on approval to customers that subscribe to Plan 2 or Plan 20, but a few copies remain available for firm orders.


Hirmer Verlag continues to expand its publishing program with a larger selection of English-language titles as well as publications on contemporary artists. Ted Partin: Eyes Look Through You (Worldwide 73116) documents the artist's first museum exhibition. Partin (b. 1977), who received his MFA from Yale University School of Art, where he studied under Gregory Crewdson, works with a traditional plate camera, which takes a considerable amount of time to set up but allows greater intimacy in its images.


Another outstanding monograph that has just arrived from Spain focuses on the photography of Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986). In this well-designed catalogue documenting Spain's first comprehensive retrospective of the acclaimed French master (see Worldwide 33587), thought-provoking essays focus on Lartigue's belief that photography is an instrument of memory and his need to "trap" happiness. 




The Minneapolis ARLIS conference is fast approaching, and we look forward to being in attendance again this year. Worldwide sponsors two annual awards that recognize outstanding publication and electronic resources produced by ARLIS/NA members in the previous year. Nominations for this year's awards are being accepted until February 4, 2011. Visit the ARLIS/NA Web site where eligibility guidelines and application procedures are fully outlined.


The annual conference provides us with the welcome opportunity to meet with existing clients, introduce ourselves to new librarians and showcase the range and depth of our coverage of art-related publications. As always, we'll bring along a broad selection of interesting recent exhibition catalogues and monographs on art, architecture, photography and design. Please stop by our booth to browse through our books and chat with Kelly, Eileen and David. And don't forget to pick up the Minneapolis edition of the celebrated Worldwide Books tote-bag series. 



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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.