Dear Subscriber,

As a new year approaches, we look forward to examining the many new exhibition catalogues and art books that will be published throughout 2014. As usual, we will be announcing hundreds of new museum and monographic publications in upcoming editions of this newsletter, each volume having been carefully selected by our Acquisitions staff, which diligently reviews thousands of titles each year to identify those publications most appropriate for inclusion in our approval-plan program.


A Worldwide Books approval plan functions as a highly effective and responsive extension of your own acquisitions department, as our staff carefully selects those titles that best fit the specific acquisitions needs of our individual library clients. Entrusting important collection-development functions of your library to Worldwide can free up valuable staff time that might otherwise be spent on the labor-intensive selection process, and our meticulous approach--all plan assignments are made with the book in hand--consistently yields exceptionally low rates of return. Placing firm orders is as easy as sending an email or giving us a call. Worldwide monitors the publishing activities of hundreds of domestic and foreign art museums and commercial presses, giving our clients unparalleled access to publications that may not be available from most other sources.


We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2014.


Best wishes for the holiday season and the new year from the staff at Worldwide Books!  




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Decorative Arts and Design 


The Bard Graduate Center has published a massive scholarly survey of decorative arts and design from 1400 to the present. The lavishly illustrated volume traces the evolution of styles, materials and techniques across five continents and six centuries, covering such diverse media as furniture, glass, metalwork, ceramics, fashion, textiles and industrial design. (Worldwide 78870)


For its inaugural exhibition, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago chose to feature some 60 objects from its own collection. More than 1,500 stained-glass windows, lamps, vases, furniture pieces and other decorative objects created by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) were acquired over the course of several decades by Chicago philanthropist Richard Driehaus and now make up one the largest collections of works by the celebrated American artist and designer. The pieces featured in the show were presented in period settings at the museum, which is located in a fully restored Gilded Age mansion. (Worldwide 78548)


Tinsel paintings are reverse paintings on glass that incorporate smooth or crumpled metallic foil, a technique that creates a shimmering effect when viewed in candlelight or gaslight. The technique was widely practiced in the second half of the 19th century in the United States, and a large number of these fragile works have survived. The American Folk Art Museum has many examples in its collections, which were featured in a comprehensive survey of this under-recognized decorative art. (Worldwide 78769)


At the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, a summer exhibition explored recent developments in South Korean industrial and graphic design. The show offered an impressively nuanced documentation of the unique aesthetic sensibility that has emerged in the country's design culture in the decades since the Korean War, as designers have increasingly blended traditional forms and motifs with cutting-edge styles and techniques. (Worldwide 35482)


Contemporary automotive design clearly demonstrates the many ways in which form and function can be fully integrated. In an exhibition titled "Ferrari Supercars: Technology, Design, Myth," the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, highlighted the various stages in the design process of LaFerrari, the latest model produced by the legendary Italian company (see Worldwide 78777). In a similar vein, the North Carolina Museum of Art is currently hosting an exhibition that showcases the iconic designs of the Porsche automotive company from the 1930s to the present (see Worldwide 78793). For more books on Porsche, click here



Featured Publications  


Although he is now recognized as one of the most innovative draftsmen of the Italian Baroque, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-1664) remains relatively obscure, and has been the subject of very few monographs. Drawing on the unparalleled holdings of Castiglione's work in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, the Royal Collection Trust, in association with the Denver Art Museum, has organized an exhibition of some 90 drawings and monotype prints by the Genoese artist, a show that is currently on view at The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Castle. (Worldwide 35543)


Imperial War Museums in London has undertaken one of the first of the initiatives to commemorate next year's centenary of the First World War, partnering with publisher Alfred A. Knopf, New York, to produce a sweeping photographic narrative of "the Great War." Drawing on the archives of the IWM, the substantial volume captures aspects of the conflict in stark detail, featuring hundreds of images produced by soldiers, civilians, military photographers and the press. (Worldwide 78663)


Conceived by curator and art critic Massimiliano Gioni and published by the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, the new series "2000 Words" will showcase works by contemporary artists represented in the Dakis Joannou Collection. The first volume is dedicated to Georgian artist Andro Wekua (b. 1977) and features examples of his sculptural and mixed media works. Subsequent volumes will focus on Paweł Althamer, Roberto Cuoghi, Urs Fischer, Elad Lassry and Josh Smith. (Worldwide 78701)     



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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