From textile arts and interior design to pop art, this selection of new books features art from continents and countries around the world. All books are available for checkout from our New Books shelf.
Red & White checkered Quilt flyerRed White Quilts: Infinite Variety, presented by the American Folk Art Museum; by Elizabeth Warren with Maggi Gordon / NK9112 .W372 2015
This significant catalog is a highly detailed look at 653 red and white quilts from American history. Like the Log Cabin or Baltimore-style, the red and white quilt is a hugely popular genre of quilting. Colorfast Turkey red dye became readily available in the mid-nineteenth century, so red and white quilts became extremely popular, due not only to the newness of the color but also because of the extremely vibrant and punchy contrasting color scheme. Featuring over 650 quilts from the past three centuries, this book is filled with the gorgeous and imaginative designs of feathered stars, diamonds, animals, oak leaves, baskets, lettering, and snowflakes, as well as fascinating examples of careful embroidery and appliqu .
The World Goes Pop Book Cover with green letteringThe World Goes Pop, edited by Jessica Morgan and Flavia Frigeri / N6494.P6 W67x 2015
This groundbreaking book surveys the concurrent engagements with the spirit of Pop throughout the world, from the frequently studied activity in the United States, England, and France to less well-known developments in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. One of the first publications to examine Pop art with this global scope, The World Goes Pop explores the wide-ranging movements that developed on different continents, such as Nouveau R alisme, Neo Dada, New Figuration, and Spiritual Pop. This unique presentation offers the opportunity to compare how Pop art around the world differed due to geography, local traditions, and different cultures social and political underpinnings.
Contemporary Design Africa Book cover with black and white checkered plateContemporary Design Africa, by Tapiwa Matsinde / NK1487 .M38 2015
This book offers a refreshing challenge to rigid perceptions of what African design looks like. Focusing primarily on interior decoration, the book presents fifty designers, artisans, and cooperatives based on the continent or part of the diaspora who are creating sophisticated and innovative products and interiors. An introductory section surveys the history, vitality, and diversity in African design, followed by profiles of contemporary designers grouped by craft, from textiles, ceramics, and basketry to furniture, lighting, and beyond.
Fabric of India Book Cover with pink floral pattern and teal bandThe Fabric of India, edited by Rosemary Crill / NK8876.A1 F33 2015
Lavishly illustrated, this book begins with an in-depth exploration of the different materials, techniques, and dyeing processes used in the creation of these fabrics before exploring the central importance of cloth to Indian life and culture from ancient times to the present day. Special features focus on objects of historical importance, including a Kashmir map shawl, Tipu Sultan s tent, and a remarkable 18th-century temple hanging from South India.
Along with presenting great historical masterpieces, the importance and variety of the basic fibers silk, cotton, wool from which Indian textiles are traditionally made is emphasized, and the remarkable techniques of weaving, printing, dyeing, and embroidery that have made them prized across the world are illustrated in specially taken photographs.