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 on June 26th and 27th. While our staff diligently takes stock of all of the 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 processed promptly. E-mail and voicemail will be monitored throughout the inventory period, and we will respond immediately to urgent inquiries. Please note that we will also be closed on July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We apologize for any inconvenience
Ruscha Artist's Books Set
We noted with interest that the Gagosian Gallery in New York is offering to sell a complete set of the 16 small artist's books produced from 1963 to 1978 by celebrated Los Angeles-based artist Ed Ruscha (b. 1937), a pioneer of the modern artist's book movement in the United States whose highly influential book works are held in the collections of such institutions as MoMA, the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Included in the set of first editions in their original glassine dust jackets (many of them signed or inscribed by Ruscha) are the iconic Twentysix Gas Stations of 1963 and Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966).
When we inquired with the Gagosian about the details of the sale, we learned that the Gallery has priced the set at $150,000.
Libraries interested in exploring the purchase of the set are encouraged to contact us. Please note that the set is currently on display in the Gagosian shop, and is subject to prior sale.
Recent publications on Ruscha available through Worldwide include:
The restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States has brought with it an increased interest in Cuban art, especially the work and international standing of the country's contemporary artists. In contrast to the Soviet Union and other countries of the Eastern bloc, Cuba did not impose Socialist realism on its artists, and despite the country's long-term political isolation and its general suppression of freedom of expression, the Cuban art scene has remained vital and relevant -and now finds itself going through another period of radical change.
Adios Utopia showcases important paintings, graphics, photographs, videos, installations and performances produced in Cuba over the past six decades. The works reflect key historical moments, from the romanticism of the triumphant revolution of 1959 and the post-revolutionary euphoria to Cuba's alienation from the Soviet Union during the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and its impacts on the island nation in recent decades. It focuses on works produced in Cuba, many of them by artists who no longer live there.
ADIOS UTOPIA: ART IN CUBA SINCE 1950.
Ed. by Ana Clara Silva and Eugenioa Valdes Figueroa.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2017. Organized in association with CIFO Europa|Cisneros Fontanals Fundacion Para Las Artes, Madrid, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Published by CIFO|Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, New York.
404 pp. 31 x 25 cm. LC 2016-962422
Hardcover: ISBN 978-0-6928-2073-5
Worldwide Number: 037841
Cuba: Tatuare la storia
: Surveys important recent trends in Cuban art, featuring a large selection of works by leading young Cuban artists. (Worldwide 37842)
For more titles on Cuban art, click here.
: Renowned art collectors Peter and Irene Ludwig started collecting modern Cuban art in the mid-1990s. Their commitment to the country's artists led to the establishment in 1995 of the non-governmental Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, a highly influential institution dedicated to the promotion and protection of the work of emerging Cuban artists. (Worldwide 37847)
For photography titles with Cuba as subject, click here.
U.S. Regional Searches Now Available through Worldwide's Website
For several decades, Worldwide has "indexed" certain kinds of titles on American art and architecture as relating to specific regions of the country. When an exhibition catalogue or trade monograph treats the work of a number of different artists or architects based in a given U.S. region, we pair one of nine regional codes with the United States code in our bibliographic record for the publication. (Titles on individual American artists are not assigned regional codes.)
We have long been able to compile lists of these regionally coded titles internally for customers interested in the art and architecture of a particular region, but until now such searches could not be conducted by users of our website.
We are pleased to announce that searches for titles focused on specific U.S. regions can now be run through the Country pull-down menu of our Advanced Search Page. The nine regions appear as a bulleted subset under the United States entry in the menu, and can be highlighted individually. Regional searches can be further refined through combination with chronological, media or topical parameters available through the Advanced Search, or limited by year of publication (for example, entering >2014 in the "Year of publication" field of the search form will yield a list of titles published in 2015, 2016 or 2017).
Looking for books on mid-century modern houses of the Los Angeles area, the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, the Chicago Imagists, or the art colonies of Taos and Santa Fe? Try using the newest feature of our powerful Advanced Search Page!
The state-by-state breakdown of the nine U.S. regions is as follows:
District of Columbia
CALIFORNIA AND HAWAII
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