Dear Subscriber,

Each year, Worldwide Books selects some 2,000 exhibition catalogues, collection catalogues and other museum and gallery publications for inclusion in our approval plan program. Titles are selected after our staff carefully examines and evaluates hundreds of newly released publications each month. Each title in the program is assigned to one of four publication categories: Basic Selections, Supplemental Selections, Special Order Selections and Additional Selections. Worldwide's standard approval plans draw from the first two of these categories, which consist of significant exhibition catalogues documenting retrospectives on established artists and important group shows.


A catalogue is offered as a Special Order Selection if its price exceeds its probable importance to most library collections, if its status as an exhibition catalogue is ambiguous, or if it largely duplicates previously published catalogues. Approval plans can be modified to include some or all of these titles.


Our Additional Selections, which are supplied judiciously to many plan subscribers interested in broader coverage beyond the parameters of our standard plans, include exhibition catalogues on specialized topics, focused treatments of particular aspects of important artists' oeuvres and surveys of work by younger or less prominent artists, as well as collection catalogues and other museum publications unrelated to exhibitions.


As subsets of the Basic Selections (Plan 01), Plans 07 through 10 are made up of important exhibition catalogues in English, or bilingual in English and another language, and are structured to accommodate various budget levels. While Plan 07 includes all the English-text or bilingual catalogues in Plan 01, Plans 08 through 10 include smaller selections of those Basic Selections.


Below is a breakdown of the titles supplied on our upper-tier plans in January and early February of this year:


  • Plan 10: These four titles represent catalogues judged to be essential acquisitions for most art library collections.
  • Plan 09: Plan 09 subscribers received the four Plan 10 selections, as well as five more titles that include Behold America (Worldwide 35003), a monograph on Gustave Caillebotte (Worldwide 34992) and the catalogue to the 7th Asia-Pacific Triennial (Worldwide 34919).
  • Plan 08: Along with all the Plan 09 selections, subscribers received an additional 6 titles, including new monographs on Nam June Paik (Worldwide 34976) and Judy Chicago (Worldwide 34974) and a catalogue on Baroque painting (Worldwide 35028).
  • Plan 07: Subscribers to this plan received all 20 of the English-text Basic Selections, including catalogues documenting a Wayne Thiebaud retrospective (Worldwide 34844), the multi-media art of Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Worldwide 34953) and traveling 19th-century Austrian painters (Worldwide 34980).
  • Plan 01: If your library was not limiting its selections to English-language material, a Plan 01 subscription would have included not only all of the Plan 07 selections, but also these three French-text titles.
    Note: We always try to arrange consolidated shipments from vendors in foreign countries to help economize on shipping charges; although this sampling happened to encompass a large consolidated shipment of French-language titles, a broader sampling would have also included new Plan 01 titles in German, Italian, Spanish and other languages.
Please note that subscribers interested in receiving certain titles that fall outside the parameters of their existing approval plan profiles may contact our Approval Plan Manager David Fogel at any time to request that specific titles be included in upcoming shipments.



Did you know that previous issues of our newsletter are still available through our Web site? You can find them here.

Starting with the 2009 issues, PDF versions of our monthly printed list are also archived on our Web site and can be viewed or downloaded here.

New Titles 


To view all the new titles that we first listed in January, click here

To filter the list by subject, use our Advanced Search page and select "January 2013" from the Recent Arrivals menu in combination with any other parameter or keyword to obtain relevant results on specific subjects, or choose one of the main categories below.

By region:       

Asia  |  Europe  |  Middle East/North Africa  |  Latin America   
U.S.  |  Canada  |  Australia  |  Russia
By medium:

Painting  |  Drawing  |  Prints  |  Sculpture
Photography  |  Video  |  Installation Art          
Architecture  |  Interior Design  |  Graphic Design  |  Fashion

By period:

300-1400   |  1400-1600  |  1600-1800  |  1800-1900  |  1900-1945
Post-1945  |  Post-1970  |  Post-1990  |  Post-2000

By topic:

Decorative Arts  |  Women Artists  |  Urban Planning  |  Design

By approval plan:
(for more details on our approval plans, click here)

Basic Selections (Plan 01)
English textPlan 07  >  Plan 08  >  Plan 09  >  Plan 10
Foreign text  |  Foreign text highlight (Plan 12)
Pre-20th Century (Plan 05)  |  20th & 21st Centuries (Plan 06)

Supplemental Selections (Plan 02)
Pre-20th Century (Plan 04)  |  20th & 21st Centuries (Plan 03)

Special Order Selections

Additional Selections

By type of publisher:

Trade press  |  University press  |  Non-trade/Non-university press

By language of text:

English  |  French  |  German  |  Italian  |  Spanish


Recent Exhibitions

The Kunsthaus Zrich recently exhibited 60 prints by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), a richly varied collection of rare graphic works by the celebrated French painter that includes a series of zincographs documenting his stay in Brittany, as well as many woodcuts produced during and after the artist's first journey to the South Seas. (Worldwide 34967)


In the first retrospective devoted to one of the most radical artists of the last 40 years, the Orange County Museum of Art presented room-size installations featuring the paintings of Richard Jackson, works that are rarely confined to the canvas and often include sculptural elements. The exhibition will travel to the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich and the S.M.A.K. in Ghent. (Worldwide 34986)


Featuring paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens, as well as several works by some of their lesser-known contemporaries (among them Teniers, Fyt and Snijers), the Muse Marmottan  Monet in Paris presented a selection of 41 Flemish Baroque paintings from the collection of the Royal  Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in an exhibition that marked the inauguration of a new partnership between the institutions. (Worldwide 35028)


Through a wide-ranging presentation of works in various media, the Muse d'Art moderne de la  Ville de Paris documented the French art scene from the eve of World War II to the dawn of the postwar period in an exhibition that will travel to the Museo Guggenheim in Bilbao in March. (Worldwide 34981)


In a groundbreaking collaborative effort in San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art presented the finest American works from their collections in a recent three-venue exhibition that surveyed more than two centuries of painting, sculpture, graphic art and photography. (Worldwide 35003)



Recent Museum Publications


As part of the Pacific Standard Time exhibition series, the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica presented works by five artists and artists groups who have played key roles in the alternative artist-space movement in Southern California since the 1970s: Rachel Rosenthal, Barbara T. Smith, Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz-Starus, Electronic Cafe International and EZTV. (Worldwide 75850)


In 2010, the Akron Art Museum presented an exhibition that featured works by young contemporary artists who use textiles, pattern and dress to address issues related to cultural identity, including pieces by Iona Rozeal Brown, Willie Cole, Samuel Fosso, Yinka Shonibare,  

Mickalene Thomas and several others. (Worldwide 73667)


The catalogue produced by the Vancouver Art Gallery to accompany an exhibition titled "The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art" features some 15 scholarly essays along with documentation of more than 200 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, films and prints dating chiefly from the 1920s through the 40s, including works by such major artists as Arp, Bourgeois, Brassa, Breton, Cahun, Cornell, Dal, Ernst, Magritte, Matta, Mir, Picasso and Tanguy. (Worldwide 33998)


Marc Desgrandchamps is a key figure in France's contemporary art scene. Through an exhibition of some 100 of his paintings, gouaches, drawings, washes and collages, the Muse d'Art  moderne de la Ville de Paris surveyed his career over the past thirty years. (Worldwide 34363)


With energetic brushwork and eye-popping color, African American painter Beverly McIver (b. 1962) reflects upon her family life through portraits of herself, her mother and her mentally disabled sister, Renee, works that were on view in 2012 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the Mint Museum in Charlotte. The artist was also the subject of an award-winning documentary film titled "Raising Renee." (Worldwide 75666)


Collection Catalogues

Mougins Museum of Classical Art


MOUGINSWorldwide is now offering the first publication issued by the newly established Mougins Museum  of Classical Art, which is located in the ancient village of Mougins in the South of France. The Museum's impressive holdings include sculpture, ceramics, coins and jewelry from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, as well as the world's largest private collection of ancient arms and armor. The antiquities are displayed alongside some 100 classically-inspired paintings, drawings and sculptures by such diverse figures as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Dufy, Czanne, Rodin, Dal, Warhol, Gormley and Hirst, a juxtaposition that creates a fascinating narrative and one that reflects the singular vision of the museum's founder, British investment manager and collector Christian Levett. Mougins Museum of Classical Art (Worldwide 77480) documents the Levett Family Collection, which serves as the basis of the institution's permanent displays, and features more than 800 color illustrations, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in art of the classical world.


The Museum has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year 2013 prize, nominations for which are submitted from the 21 member countries of the Council of Europe. The winner will be announced in May.



Other Collection Catalogues


In the winter of 2011-12, the Stdel Museum in Frankfurt opened a new wing, an expansion designed to better accommodate the display of its expanded collections. To mark the occasion, the museum has published three thematic collection catalogues that document its holdings chronologically: Old Masters, 1300-1800 (Worldwide 76961); Modernism, 1800-1945 (Worldwide 76904); and Contemporary Art (Worldwide 77423).


Princeton University Art Museum's important collection of ancient glass from the Eastern Mediterranean region is documented in a new collection catalogue (Worldwide 77400), which features more than 500 works arranged by production technique and includes a color photograph, line drawing and detailed description of each piece.


One of the most extensive collections of works by renowned German artist Otto Dix (1891-1969) was assembled over several decades by art dealer Dr. Alfred Gunzenhauser, who in 2003 donated the collection to the city of Chemnitz, where it has been on permanent display at the Museum Gunzenhauser. On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of Dix's birth, the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz published a catalogue that documents this magnificent collection of paintings, drawings, watercolors and prints spanning the artist's career (see Worldwide 77406).

About Us  
For over 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.


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