Recent Acquisitions at the Library: Global Feminisms and Yin Xiuzhen

The next time you visit NMWA, come to the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center to see new books on contemporary art, as well as reference books, artists’ books, and more!

Global Feminisms: New Directions in Contemporary Art
Exhibition catalogue, Brooklyn Museum (2007)
Edited by Maura Reilly and Linda Nochlin
Full-color illustrations, artist biographies, chapter notes, and a 10-page bibliography

GlobFem_BK-coverThis noteworthy exhibition and its equally impressive catalogue honor and examine trends in feminist art and international women artists whose work deals with political, economic, socio-cultural, gender, sexual, and racial identities. Over 80 contemporary women artists from 50 countries are included, and the artwork encompasses a broad range of artistic mediums and expression.

Editors Maura Reilly, curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and Linda Nochlin, a prominent feminist art historian, and seven other art historians and curators offer a variety of international perspectives on the subject.

Visit the Brooklyn Museum’s website to view videos and an exhibition checklist.

Yin XiuzhenYX_cover
Contemporary Artist Series
Phaidon (2015)
Contributors: Hou Hanru, Wu Hung, Stephanie Rosenthal, and Song Dong
Full-color illustrations, interview, survey, focus, studio visit, and excerpts from the artist’s writing

Yin Xiuzhen, born in Beijing in 1963, is one of China’s leading contemporary artists. Her work addresses globalization, displacement, industrialization, and environmental issues. Her installations and sculptures draw from intense political and economic changes during her childhood and the ’85 New Wave movement.

She first gained international recognition for her 2001 Portable City: Beijing installation, part of an ongoing series incorporating clothing collected from the world’s largest cities in an artistic expression of each city’s urban environment. She has participated in many prestigious group exhibitions worldwide and was featured at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010.

Yin Xiuzhen

Yin Xiuzhen inside her Heterotopic Cavitity 2009 installation

This first comprehensive monograph of Yin’s work provides an in-depth exploration of the artist’s background and creative process, including full-color illustrations of the artist’s work, an interivew with the artist, an essay examining historical and cultural contexts, previously unpublished writings by the artist, and insight into her studio practice.

All are welcome to look at these books, which are on display in the LRC’s reading room. If you’re touring the museum’s exhibitions, the library makes a great starting point on the fourth floor. In addition to beautiful books and comfy reading chairs, visitors enjoy interesting exhibitions that feature artists’ books, archival manuscripts, and rare books. Reference Desk staff are always happy to answer questions and offer assistance. Open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.

—Jennifer Page is the library assistant at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.