Dear Subscriber,

For many years, Worldwide Books has proudly sponsored two annual research awards for the ARLIS/NA membership. This year's winners were announced last month at the ARLIS/NA conference in Washington, D.C.


Worldwide Books would like to congratulate Maryly Snow, the editor of California Society of Printmakers: One Hundred Years 1913-2013 (San Francisco, CA: California Society of Printmakers, 2013) and winner of the 2014 Worldwide Books Award for Publications. Maryly was awarded $1,750 for her publication.


An honorable mention went to Heather Slania for her article "Online Art Ephemera: Web Archiving at the National Museum of Women in the Arts," which appeared in Art Documentation 32, 1 (Spring 2013): 112-126. Heather was awarded $250.


We would like to thank the ARLIS/NA Research Awards Committee for carefully reviewing the nominations and for selecting the winners.  





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Whether you are looking for a specific exhibition catalogue or want to compile a list of publications regarding a particular artist or topic, the Advanced Search page on our website is the tool that will serve you best. Below is a brief overview of this page. For more detailed instructions on how to effectively use the Advanced Search feature, click here.


Our online database features bibliographic records for more than 120,000 titles, including exhibition catalogues and other museum and gallery publications issued since the early 1960s by institutions throughout the world, as well as art books published since 1992 by American trade and university presses. Each record provides basic bibliographic information, and each title has been carefully catalogued using our simplified cataloguing system and subject headings to allow for targeted searches as well as general browsing.



Keywords, Wildcards and Operators


At the top of the Advanced Search page are seven fields in which specific publication and/or exhibition-related information can be entered, such as title, author, publisher, first venue or ISBN. Use these fields for simple keyword searches, or put a phrase in "quotation marks" to find exact matches.


Text fields (including the ISBN field) also accept the asterisk (*) as a wildcard. Typing paint* in the Title field, for example, will call up all records for publications that have the following words in their title or title translation: paint, paints, painting, painter, painters, painted, etc.


The < and > operators can be used in fields that accept numerical values (Year of publication and Worldwide stock number), either by themselves (e.g.: >2011 to find publications published after 2011) or together to cover a range (e.g.: >2010 <2014 to find titles published in 2011, 2012 or 2013).



Subject-Based Browsing


For a more general search based on subject matter, make a selection from one or more of the pull-down menus labeled Region through Language of Publication. Use the Recent Arrivals menu to limit your search to titles announced in a recent printed list or newsletter. To filter the monthly list further (based on subject matter or other criteria), simply choose from any of the other filtering options offered on the Advanced Search screen--a convenient way to review new listings that match your specific areas of interest while ignoring titles that fall outside your collection-development needs. The links listed in the New Titles section of this Newsletter each month are examples of subject-based selections, each one a combination of a subject from one of the drop-down menus and the most recently concluded month from the Recent Arrivals menu.





By default, the Advanced Search results will include titles regardless of their in-stock status. To exclude titles that are out of print or out of stock indefinitely from the search results, uncheck the appropriate boxes towards the bottom of the page. The same can be done to include or exclude university press publications, trade publications or museum publications unrelated to exhibitions.


If you wish to review our Special Sale Items only, you may check that box towards the bottom of the page; you may also wish to specify other filters to restrict your search of our Special Sale Items to titles on specific topics, periods or media.





Use any field or combination of fields and filters to be as general or as specific as you please, but please note that the number of records that will be displayed is limited to 2000. If your search produces more than 2000 results, you may wish to specify more restrictive search criteria, or you may wish to conduct multiple and mutually exclusive searches that in aggregate will show you all of the results relative to your initial search (e.g., you might first search for titles published prior to a given year, and then search for titles published that year or later).


The Advanced Search page offers the option to display select records in catalogue format, or to download them as a .CSV file that can easily be imported into a spreadsheet or database. Users can then further manipulate the data, which consists of elements of bibliographic information, subject headings and descriptive comments, to fit their specific needs. The download option is available for a minimum of 6 records and up to 2,000 records at a time.



Recent Publications

Xu Bing

Following his 1980s project "Book from the Sky," conceived as a room-size installation composed of scores of woodblock-printed books (their unreadable texts consisting of thousands of imaginary Chinese characters) arrayed on the floor in a grid configuration and overhung by gracefully draped scrolls (see Worldwide 32500), renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing (b. 1955) has been engaged in a new ongoing project. In "Book from the Ground", the artist takes his inspiration from the pictographic language of airport signs. Collecting images, icons and logos, he compiled a universally accessible language consisting entirely of pictograms, and used it to write a novel titled From Point to Point (Worldwide 79587). The project also included exhibitions and installations, a "concept store," an animated film and computer software that translates English and Chinese into the pictographic language, all of which are documented in a new book published jointly by MIT Press and MASS MoCA (Worldwide 79595).





In Houston, the 15th International Biennial of Photography and Photo-Related Art--better known as FotoFest--recently concluded. 

The 2014 edition of the Biennial featured more than 100 exhibitions and events at participating museums, galleries and other venues scattered throughout the Houston metropolitan area (see Worldwide 35788). The centerpiece of the biennial was  "View from Inside," four exhibitions that focused on contemporary Arab photography, video and mixed-media art, presenting works by 50 artists from 14 countries in North Africa and the Middle East (see Worldwide 35837).





Currently on view at the Canton Museum of Art is an exhibition that highlights the ceramic sculptures of American artist Waylande Gregory (1905-1971), known for such large-scale works as "Fountain of the Atom," presented at the 1939 New York World's Fair;  "Light Dispelling Darkness" (1933), a fountain featuring six large, brightly colored terra cotta "Vices"; and the controversial "Democracy in Action," an 81-foot long mural commissioned by the WPA. The show was previously on view at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature and at the Cranbrook Art Museum. (Worldwide 35770)


Celebrating the five-decade-long careers of artist couple Jim and Nan McKinnell, the American Museum of Ceramic Art presented a retrospective exhibition on their work that highlighted the artists' influential role in the American ceramics movement from the 1950s through the 80s. (Worldwide 79400)


Twenty-two vessels and more than thirty tiles or panels of tiles made up a recent exhibition of medieval pottery at Sam Fogg in London, a show that featured rare examples of intact pots and decorative tiles of the period from France and Britain. The catalogue includes full-color images and detailed descriptive entries.  (Worldwide 79623)





London's Victoria and Albert Museum, which has one of the most important fashion collections in the world, recently published a new book that highlights a number of its remarkable pieces.  Featuring chiefly British garments and accessories, the publication traces the evolution of  British fashion from the mid-18th century to the present. (Worldwide 79562)


Elegance in an Age of Crisis focuses on international fashions of the 1930s. Published by the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York to accompany its recent exhibition of the same name, the book explores the impact of the decade's turbulent political and economic climate on the fashion scenes in London, New York, Naples and Shanghai. (Worldwide 79419) 



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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