Dear Subscriber,

As it does for many of our library clients, July 1st marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for Worldwide Books, and we will be conducting our annual inventory from June 30th through July 2nd. While our staff diligently takes stock of all exhibition catalogues and books in our warehouse (nearly 65,000 volumes, representing more than 35,000 individual titles), business as usual will be suspended and no approval-plan shipments or firm orders will be invoiced. However, customers may still submit orders through regular channels (e-mail, website, telephone, fax or mail), and all orders will be promptly processed. E-mail and voicemail will be monitored throughout the inventory period, and we will respond immediately to urgent queries. We apologize for any inconvenience.





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New Titles 


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

To filter the list by subject, use our Advanced Search page and select "May 2014" 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.

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OCLC Partnership 


Worldwide Books is pleased to announce that it is now a participant in OCLC's vendor record contribution program. Under the program, OCLC compares Worldwide's bibliographic records to existing entries in WorldCat, in search of an ISBN match. When a match is found, our unique vendor identifier (WWBK) is added to the 938$b field (Vendor Info), indicating that the title is available through Worldwide. No new entries will be created in WorldCat based on our records, as we currently do not meet OCLC's standards for coding and cataloging. However, since so many of our approval-plan subscribers load their catalog records into WorldCat, we expect WorldCat to reflect virtually all of our listed museum publications and monographs.


We have recently begun the huge task of loading and matching our entire database of some 125,000 records for exhibition catalogues and books published since the early 1960s, a significant number of which are still in stock. Preliminary tests show a match rate of more than 90%; among the relatively small number of records that do not find matches are older museum publications and variant editions, and titles for which Worldwide maintains separate records for hardcover and paperbound editions (WorldCat generally combines such editions in one record).


As we continue to load our records, you will increasingly encounter our WWBK vendor code or our OCLC symbol NYWWB during WorldCat searches. We hope that our presence in WorldCat will prove to be a useful and valuable collection-development tool for your library.

Recent Publications


In 2013, the Miami Art Museum opened a new building designed by the prominent Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron in downtown Miami and changed its name to Pérez Art Museum Miami. One of the inaugural exhibitions was a survey of the work of Cuban modernist painter Amelia Peláez (1896-1968), featuring nearly 40 works ranging from early paintings to late ceramic works. (Worldwide 35893)


A second inaugural exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum Miami presented selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. On display were some 250 examples of poetry, artists' books and works on paper drawn from a vast collection of more than 250,000 images and objects, including works by such authors and artists as Apollinaire, Broodthaers, Chopin, Doesburg, Mallarmé, Neshat, Rodchenko and Schwitters. (Worldwide 79785)


Bringing together works by Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from its own holdings as well as loans from private and public collections, the National Gallery of Art examines the artistic dialogue between the two major Impressionist figures. The exhibition focuses on the period from the late 1870s through the mid-1880s, featuring paintings, pastels, prints and drawings that illustrate the artists' mutual admiration and their shared interest in experimentation and innovation. (Worldwide 35895)


The Fuller Craft Museum recently presented examples of contemporary studio furniture made in Massachusetts. The pieces reflect a broad range of influences and styles, but all demonstrate a high degree of craftsmanship. The exhibition was part of "Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture," a collaborative project of the Fuller Craft Museum and ten other institutions that celebrates the state's distinguished furniture-making traditions. (Worldwide 79773) 



Gems in the Warehouse

The Draiflessen Collection attracted the attention of the international art world with its 2013 exhibition "The Chanel Legend," and the magnificent catalogue that accompanied it (Worldwide 35419). A year earlier, however, the Draiflessen Collection presented an equally impressive show featuring a never-before exhibited private collection of manuscripts, early printed books and exquisite prints and drawings. Highlights included illuminated books of hours, rare editions of incunabula, prints by Dürer and Rembrandt, and drawings by such figures as Guercino and Van Dyck, all documented in a substantial, handsome volume that includes a separate booklet discussing technical aspects of the book arts. (Worldwide 35418)


In the summer of 2013, the Centre Georges Pompidou presented a retrospective of the work of Hungarian-born French painter Simon Hantaï (1922-2008), featuring his pliage paintings--in which he applied paint to folded canvases--and other works created using innovative painting techniques. The catalogue of the show is set for general U.S. distribution in late July, but copies are already available through Worldwide. (Worldwide 35405)


An expanded edition of a 2010 catalogue published by the Victoria and Albert Museum as Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929 (Worldwide 33488) was issued to accompany a new version of the exhibition presented at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and features a new 18-page chapter titled "When Art Danced with Music," by American art historian Juliet Bellow, and an 8-page partially illustrated checklist documenting the works included in the American version of the show. (Worldwide 35326)


In 2009, as part of the Performa biennial (see Worldwide 74978), the exhibition "Feminines Futures" was staged at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. Structured around a private collection of previously unknown archival material on such topics as Futurism, the Ballets Russes and German Expressionism, the show examined the role of the female avant-garde in the fields of dance and performance. While much of the exhibited material was later  featured in a 2011 exhibition titled "Danser sa vie" at the Centre Georges Pompidou (see Worldwide 34345), French publisher Les presses du réel produced a catalogue documenting the New York show two years after the fact. (Worldwide 35268)


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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