Our approval plans can be tailored to the specific needs of any art library. One of the criteria most commonly used is to include or exclude publications from certain museums, publishers or distributors. While this is generally easy to implement, sometimes an exclusion can be tricky, and approval plan subscribers may appropriately receive an exhibition catalogue with a distributor imprint in the colophon even if they had asked to exclude that specific distributor. Why does this happen?
For reasons of logistics, small presses and non-trade publishers will often turn to larger trade publishers or distributors to disseminate their publications. These distribution deals can take different forms: long-term or exclusive collaborations in which virtually all of the publisher's titles are handled by a single distributor (e.g. Tate titles being routinely distributed in North America through Abrams); arrangements based on a publication's content, as may occur with distributors that specialize in specific geographic areas or subject matter (e.g., the University of Washington Press's focus on publications dealing with the Pacific Rim and Native American art); or agreements that are made simply on a title-by-title basis.
Such arrangements are often made before the book is printed, and as a result, a distribution statement may be included in the colophon. However, these agreements occasionally fall through, meaning that a title may end up not being commercially distributed--contrary to its imprint--or that its commercial distribution may be significantly delayed.
Worldwide Books often obtains review copies directly from publishers well in advance of distribution in North America, especially in the case of titles from certain foreign trade publishers, such as Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig. Because the distribution status of any given title often affects its assignment to our library clients' approval plans, our acquisitions specialists routinely monitor that status. If we are notified of a cancelled or significantly postponed North American distribution, our approval-plan team may decide to ignore any imprinted distribution statements and make the assignment based on information received directly from a publisher or distributor, thereby ensuring that our plan subscribers receive the proper coverage.



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New Titles 


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

To filter the list by subject, use our Advanced Search page and select "August 2016" 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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Museum Publications

The Mead Gallery at the University of Warwick and the Monash University Museum of Art recently teamed up with the Moderna Museet in Stockholm to commission a film titled "Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli/Film Inside an Image" by Irish visual artist Gerard Byrne (b. 1969). The film features a 360-degree habitat diorama of Nordic wildlife at the Biological Museum in Stockholm, a display that incorporates dramatic narratives enacted by the modeled animals. The film premiered in Coventry, is currently touring to Melbourne and will travel to Stockholm this winter. (Worldwide 82566)

Currently on view at the San Diego Museum of Art is the first major presentation of works by American sculptor Arthur Putnam (1873-1930). Largely self-taught, Putnam produced a distinctive oeuvre consisting largely of wild animals rendered with great vitality and expressiveness. (Worldwide 82610).

Irish painter Daniel Macdonald (1820-1853) did not shy away from depicting the economic and social struggles in Ireland in the years leading up to the Great Famine of the 1840s, producing works that were displayed before unsympathetic audiences at the salons in London. His work faded into obscurity after his early death, but a recent exhibition at Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University re-establishes Macdonald as a painter of national significance. (Worldwide 82736)

Series Publications

New issues have recently been published in the following series:

The Library on Display  
Issued by the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence, The Library on Display presents thematic selections of manuscripts and early printed books from the library's collection. Volume 7 features the images in the Laurentian manuscripts of Dante's Commedia. (Worldwide 82609)

The Opener series of exhibition catalogues from the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs presents surveys of work by artists for whom the exhibition may be their first solo show. Opener 26 introduces the mixed-media paintings of New York-based artist Jeff Sonhouse (b. 1968); Opener 27 features drawings, ceramics, glass sculpture and a video work by Beverly Semmes (b. 1963); and Opener 28 presents sculptures by Sao Paulo-based artist Erika Verzutti (b. 1971). (Worldwide 82679)

Boijmans Studies
Ten essays examine various aspects of a  previously unknown drawing of the Crucifixion   to determine whether the work was made by  Jan van Eyck  himself or one of his assistants,  or whether it is a late 15th-century copy.  The  Boijmans Studies  are published by the  Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen . (Worldwide  82623 )

Featured Artist: Lee Friedlander
The Human Clay   is a new series of six thematic publications to be released over three years, each volume of which focuses on photographs of people selected and sequenced by American photographer Lee Friedlander (b. 1934), who chose hundreds of images from his vast personal archive.
Portraits   presents more than 300 photographs of musicians, authors, artists and others whom Friedlander has met over the past four decades. Many of the subjects are prominent figures depicted in private spaces-unguarded in living rooms and kitchens, captured in conversation or an embrace. In other portraits, celebrities such as Fats Domino and Derek Jeter are surrounded by the trappings of fame. (Worldwide 81277)
In Children, more than 300 photographs are presented in two sections, the first featuring images of children that Friedlander has known, captured as they are being bathed or fed, laughing or crying with family members, posing with pets or mugging for the camera. The second section presents images of children on the street, in parades, sitting in cars, reflected in storefront windows, etc. Taken together, these photographs offer a wide-ranging view of America's youth as seen through the eyes of one of the most renowned photographers of his generation. (Worldwide 81254)
Street, the latest volume in the series, compiles street photography produced by the artist over the course of his career, including images of Atlanta, Buffalo, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, and San Francisco, as well as more than 125 photographs of New York City. (Worldwide 82708)

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 thro ugho ut the world. For the past two decade s 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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