2013 University Press Books
Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries
700-799 The Arts
Dance and American Art: A Long Embrace
456 pp., 7" x 10", 143 color illustrations, $60.00 cloth, CIP included
The University of Wisconsin Press
This innovative look at the elusive, evocative nature of dance and the American visual artists who captured it through their paintings, sculpture, photography, and prints includes: Winslow Homer, George Caleb Bingham, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Edward Steichen, David Smith, and others.
LC 2011042650, ISBN 9780299288006 (c.)
The First Modern Museums of Art: The Birth of an Institution in 18th- and Early-19th-Century Europe
368 pp., 7" x 10", 65 b&w illustrations, $50.00 cloth, CIP included
This important volume explores the origins of Europe's most prominent museums, as well as their nature, display, and growth, and their role in educating the public.
LC 2012007728, ISBN 9781606061206 (c.)
The Illustrated Guide to the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo
416 pp., 5" x 8 1/2", 365 color illustrations, $29.95 paper, CIP included
The American University in Cairo Press
Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art houses one of the richest collections of artifacts from all periods of Islamic history and all parts of the Islamic world. Structured as a guide, but fully illustrated with superb color photographs, this book suggests a simple but comprehensive itinerary through one of Egypt's most fascinating museums....[T]his useful guidebook explains and illuminates the esthetic and historic importance of the museum's main works on display, including metalwork, textiles, woodwork, glass, carved stone and ivory, and the art of the book. Written by one of the leading authorities on Islamic art and architecture...this is the definitive guide to Egypt's great collection of Islamic art.
LC 2011500580, ISBN 9789774163388 (p.)
224 pp., 6 5/8" x 9 1/2", 60 color and 60 b&w illustrations, $60.00 cloth, $30.00 paper, CIP included
The evolution of Roman imagery is placed in the political and social context of Republican Rome and the Empire in this groundbreaking study, now available in paperback.
LC 2010001808, ISBN 9781606060308 (c.), ISBN 9781606061015 (p.)
Meetinghouses of Early New England
456 pp., 6" x 9", 130 illustrations, $49.95 cloth, CIP included
University of Massachusetts Press
Meetinghouses identifies 2,200 New England houses of worship during the period 1622-1830, bringing many of them to light for the first time. Benes addresses the stunning but impermanent blossoming of a "vernacular" tradition of ecclesiastical/municipal architecture. He pinpoints the specific European antecedents of the seventeenth-century meetinghouse and traces their evolution through the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries into Congregational, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches heavily influenced by an Anglican precedent that made a place of worship a "house of God." Benes draws on primary sources to determine which religious societies in the region advocated (or resisted) this evolution, tying key shifts in meetinghouse architecture to the region's shifting liturgical and devotional practices.
LC 2011050380, ISBN 9781558499102 (c.)
Clay's Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price, and Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968
240 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 131 color and 37 b&w illustrations, $50.00 cloth
Focusing on three radical artists, this book examines the period when ceramics artists broke from the craft tradition and elevated the medium to a fine art.
ISBN 9781606061053 (c.)
Comics Versus Art
288 pp., 6" x 9", 10 illustrations, $65.00 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included
University of Toronto Press
Why were comics excluded from the history of art for most of the twentieth century? What does it mean that comics' production is now more closely aligned with the art world? Comics Versus Art explores the relationship between comics and the most important institutions of the art world; including museums, auction houses, and the art press. "Forget Batman versus Superman: Bart Beaty's rigorous and insightful study of the comics medium's struggle for legitimacy—artistic and otherwise—is the battle comic fans should be reading."—Peter Birkemoe, founder-Toronto Comic Arts Festival and owner-The Beguiling bookstore
LC 2012454981, ISBN 9781442643512 (c.), ISBN 9781442612044 (p.)
Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World
192 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 20 b&w illustrations, $34.95 cloth, CIP included
University of Nevada Press
The Atomic Age saw comic books, comic strips, and other cartoon media explaining to the general public the complex scientific and social issues of atomic power. From the 1920s on, through the exploits of superhero figures such as Atomic Man and Spiderman, nuclear adversaries and atomic-themed adventures, readers learned a new scientific vocabulary and understood the promise and dangers of atomic power. Ferenc Morton Szasz's fascinating analysis of scores of comics from both...America and Japan shows how this aspect of popular culture shaped modern understanding of atomic energy.
LC 2011043536, ISBN 9780874178746 (c.)
Apocalypse Hotel: A Novel
134 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $24.95 cloth, CIP included
Texas Tech University Press
Ho Anh Thai's dark fable draws readers into the divided society of 1990s Vietnam, to an underground economy in which anything may be bought and sold, youth seek speed, sex, and thrills, and past crimes still haunt the pure and the guilty alike. In this riveting, fast-paced cautionary tale, citizens of all ages and situations must come to grips with the sordid, unforeseen consequences of a war once meant to liberate them.
LC 2012031148, ISBN 9780896728035 (c.)
Canadian Folk Art to 1950
600 pp., 9" x 9", 498 colour photographs, notes, bibliography, index, $75.00 cloth, $45.00 paper, CIP included
The University of Alberta Press
Fleming, Rowan, and Chambers have made use of their extensive networks, word of mouth, and even fortuitous accidents to discover and record...over 425 distinctive examples of Canadian folk art. They have organized the book into seventeen affinities, which emphasize folk art's multiple manifestations and its "aesthetic of the everyday." Canada's material heritage is told through paintings and carvings, boxes and game boards, quilts and rugs, tables and trade signs...Readers will gain an intense appreciation of the understated particulars of Canada's history and evolving cultural identity. Canadianists, historians, curators, collectors, and dealers, as well as anyone who appreciates folk art, will want to have this sumptuous book close at hand.
ISBN 9780888646309 (c.), ISBN 9780888645562 (p.)
Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Care for Antiques, Collectibles, and Other Treasures
184 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 10 b&w photographs, $14.95 paper, CIP included
University of North Texas Press
What common baking ingredient can conceal white rings on furniture? (Crushed pecans.) How do you detect a repair in a pottery vase you want to buy? (Look at it under a black light.) What's the best way to remove water damage from your great-grandfather's Bible? (Put it in your freezer.) Answers to these questions and many more are included in this convenient handbook by long-time antiques expert Georgia Kemp Caraway. Organized alphabetically, Tips, Tools, and Techniques is easy to consult about the cleaning and maintenance of common antique and collectible objects, including metal advertising signs, glassware, clothing, and jewelry.
LC 2011048889, ISBN 9781574414516 (p.)