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Apollo's selection of recently published books on art, architecture and the history of collecting

We Are in Open Circuits: Writings by Nam June Paik

John G. Hanhardt, Gregory Zinman and Edith Decker-Phillips (eds.)

MIT Press, 40 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9780262039802

The pioneer of video art regularly recorded his thoughts in a more traditional medium, as these letters, essays and plans for projects--many of which have never been published before--demonstrate.

Divine People: The Art & Life of Ambrose McEvoy (1877-1927)

Erik Akers-Douglas; Lawrence Hendra (ed.)

Paul Holberton Publishing, 35 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9781911300793

Despite his roaring success as a society painter (his sitters included Diana Manners and the Duchess of Marlborough), McEvoy was soon forgotten after his death. This study, written in the 1970s but published only now, should renew interest in his work.

The Art of the Bird: The History of Ornithological Art through Forty Artists

Roger J. Lederer

University of Chicago Press, $35

ISBN 9780226675053

People have been trying to depict birds for 40,000 years, but Lederer suggests that their efforts really took flight some 400 years ago, in the work of Flemish artists such as Frans Snyders (Concert of Birds) and Carel Fabritius (The Goldfinch).

How to Read Buddhist Art

Kurt A. Behrendt

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18.99 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9781588396730

Through an analysis of 60 works of art, including reliquaries, sculptures and paintings, this book provides an introduction to Buddhism's various visual traditions. It also traces the spread of the religion from India to the rest of South Asia, China and Japan.

A Rare Treatise on Interior Decoration and Architecture

Joseph Friedrich zu Racknitz; Simon Swynfen Jervis (ed./trans.)

Getty Research Institute, 65 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9781606066249

This German aristocrat's history of design and ornament in 24 'leading nations' --ancient civilisations and European countries--was first published in 1796-99, but appears in English for the first time.

Elizabethan Globalism: England, China and the Rainbow Portrait

Matthew Dimmock

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 50 [pounds sterling]

ISBN 9781913107031

In 1602, Robert Cecil hosted a party at which Elizabeth I was the guest of honour and at which he showed off his Chinese porcelain. Dimmock argues that the famous 'Rainbow Portrait' alludes to the queen's attendance and to England's connections with China.

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