Dear Subscriber,

Welcome to another issue of Worldwide's monthly newsletter. As always, you will find links to new exhibition catalogues and art books from around the world, with convenient subset links that focus on certain areas of collection development. Many of these titles were already provided to libraries that subscribe to a Worldwide Books approval plan and for whom we reserved a copy well in advance. As many of the publications we carry can be hard to obtain or are printed in limited quantities, they can quickly become unavailable or go out of print; an approval plan is the best way to ensure that relevant books find their way into your collection.


This issue also features an exercise in conducting a search on the Advanced Search page of our website following a query from a librarian. It demonstrates some of the pitfalls of researching foreign museum publications and how to avoid them using the many helpful options available to users of our online database. Detailed instructions, explanations of the fields and options, and helpful hints for the Advanced Search page can be found here.




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New Titles 


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

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

By region:       
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



Worldwide's Web


Using the Advanced Search Page: A Case Study


Worldwide was recently contacted by a librarian who wanted to compile a list of publications related to the European Capital of Culture initiative. Each year the European Commission designates two different European cities or regions to serve as Europe's cultural capitals, which sparks a wide array of local events, including exhibitions. Although our records for such titles include the original series citation, she understandably found it hard to locate all the records on our website because the citation lacks consistency: each year, it is in a different language and/or format, reflecting the linguistic and stylistic preferences of the organizers and/or publishers. In order to facilitate her query, we felt it made sense to identify the titles ourselves and include them as a group on the Special Series dropdown menu of our Advance Search page. Now, a full list of the 58 European Capital of Culture titles that Worldwide has carried over the years is only a click away.


European Capital of Culture now available as a Special Series option.

Even without the new search feature that facilitates locating titles issued as part of this particular series of exhibitions, using other search options on the Advanced Search page could be used to help locate these titles.


The Approach


Simply entering "European Capital of Culture" in the title field of our Advanced Search page would not have yielded any results, because that phrase is rarely, if ever, included in the title of any pertinent publication. It is, however, almost always included in the colophon as a series citation. Occasionally, the link between the exhibition catalogue and the annual event is only mentioned or alluded to in the preface or introduction, and in such cases Worldwide takes the liberty of including a series citation in its title record as well. Therefore, entering the phrase in the exhibitor/organizer/publisher/series field would yield better results.


But not all titles can be identified this way. Using the English name as the keywords of the search is problematic: a few exceptions notwithstanding, the organizing committees prefer to cite the designation in their own language. The results of an English keyword search would include the books published on the occasion of Cork 2005 and Liverpool 2008, but not much else. Istanbul 2010 would also be included, because of a bilingual series citation, as would Stavanger 2008 (Norway). The variant citation "Cultural Capital of Europe" would not be included because the phrase is not an exact match.


Using the wildcard character * expands the results somewhat: using the search term "europ* cult*" yields all records that include words containing the fragment "europ" (Europe, europa, européen, europäische, Europalia, etc.) and words that contain the fragment "cult" (culture, cultura, cultural, cultivation, etc.). This type of search will cover more languages than English, but will also include many records for books that have nothing to do with the European Capital of Culture.


Using the wildcard character *.


A better method might be to look for the exact series citation. But there are 24 official languages in the European Union! One could possibly make educated guesses about the series citation in French (Capitale européenne de la culture), Italian (Capitale europea della cultura), German, Spanish or even Dutch, but what about less common languages, such as Bulgarian, Turkish or Latvian?


Some research on the website of the European Commission or on Wikipedia gives us a list of the cities and the year in which they were designated the European Capital of Culture. Using this information, a user could perform one query for each city and year to identify the related exhibition catalogues. The year could be entered as a search term in the exhibitor/organizer/publisher/series field, or in the year of publication field. If the latter is used, specifying a two- or three-year range using the < and > operators is recommended, because not all books are published the same year as the designation (e.g. Worldwide 62263 and 29029). 


Using operators < and > to specify a range of years: in this case "later than" 2006 and "earlier than" 2010 will find results for books published in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The Results


The most effective way to identify all the European Capital of Culture titles would probably be a combination of the various website searches described above. For each of these searches a CSV file containing select records can be downloaded from the Search Results page. These files can easily be opened, edited and manipulated in a spreadsheet or database to compile a relevant bibliography.


Export selected titles in a .csv file.


The methodology explained above can be applied to any type of search and can be used in combination with the dropdown menus of predefined search terms (media, region, country, language of publication, etc.). For example, looking for books related to a contemporary photography biennial not listed in the special series dropdown list? Select "photography" from the medium field, "post-1945" from the period field and "other misc. biennials/triennials/etc." from the special series list to find these titles. Know part of the name of the biennial or the city where it takes place? Enter those keywords in the exhibitor/organizer/publisher/series field to narrow down the results (e.g. Bamako). There is virtually no limit to what a user can search for on the Worldwide website.

Recent Exhibitions



After previously being shown at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada, an exhibition of the work of Haida carver Charles Edenshaw (1829-1920) is now on display at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. Edenshaw was an exceptional carver of wood, silver and argillite, combining indigenous designs with an elegant personal style to create traditional artifacts as well as Western-style objects that feature hybrid forms and non-traditional iconographies, such as floral designs and American emblems. (Worldwide 35568)


The American Folk Art Museum has organized a traveling exhibition featuring a selection of more than one hundred works by self-taught artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Following its closing at the museum, the show will travel to six more museums over the next two years. (Worldwide 35890)


The Centre Pompidou in Paris has one of the most comprehensive collections of works by Wassily Kandinsky in the world (see Worldwide 35953). Until September 1, more than 80 of these works are on display as part of a retrospective exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum alongside pieces from the museum's own collection. (Worldwide 35924)


Earlier this year, the Musée d'Orsay invited the public to explore a vibrant period in Hungary's culture and art history through the work of composer Béla Bartók and his contemporaries. In the years leading up to the First World War, young Hungarian artists spent time in Paris, where they were exposed to French music and painting styles. Upon their return home, avant-garde artists such as Rippl-Rónai, Moholy-Nagy and the members of Nyolcak (The Eight) developed their own dissonant style of Neo-Impressionism and Fauvism inspired by a score composed by Bartók. (Worldwide 35912)


The Historic New Orleans Collection is showing "Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere," an exhibition featuring images by photographer Richard Sexton taken during his recent travels to Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Haiti and New Orleans. A book featuring critical essays on Creole architecture and Sexton's photography accompanies the show. (Worldwide 79767) 



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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