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Ways of Curating

by Hans Ulrich Obrist Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 04, 2014)

Hans Ulrich Obrist curated his first exhibit in his kitchen when he was twenty-three years old. Since then he has staged more than 250 shows internationally, many of them among the most influential exhibits...

Summers of Discontent: The Purpose of the Arts Today

by Raymond Tallis & Julian Spalding Wilmington Square Books (September 22, 2014)

An examination of why artists make art in the first place, and why we all feel the need for it.

The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry

by Walter Pater Dover Publications (February 21, 2013)

Pater's graceful essays discuss the achievements of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and other artists. The book concludes with an uncompromising advocacy of hedonism, urging readers to experience life as...

Modern Artists on Art: Second Enlarged Edition

by Robert L. Herbert Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

16 of the 20th century's leading artistic innovators talk forcefully about their work: Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, Henry Moore, Kurt Schwitters, Max Ernst, El Lissitzky, Fernand Léger, and more.

Vision and Design

by Roger Fry Dover Publications (October 16, 2012)

Noted critic’s 25 art-related essays explore relationships between ancient and modern art and between art and life. Also includes Fry’s "Essay in Aesthetics." 13 b/w illus.

Art and Geometry: A Study in Space Intuitions

by William M. Ivins Dover Publications (September 18, 2012)

This highly stimulating study observes many historical interrelationships between art and mathematics. It explores ancient and Renaissance painting and sculpture, the development of perspective, and advances...

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

by Wassily Kandinsky Dover Publications (March 23, 2012)

Pioneering work by the great modernist painter, considered by many to be the father of abstract art and a leader in the movement to free art from traditional bonds. 12 illustrations.

Pastiche, Fashion, and Galanterie in Chardin's Genre Subjects: Looking Smart

by Paula Radisich University of Delaware Press (December 12, 2013)

This book analyzes the genre subjects created by Jean Siméon Chardin in the 1730s and 1740s as exemplars of a period-specific aesthetic known as the goût moderne or Modern taste, a category shaped by the literary...

Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art

by Carol Becker Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 17, 2001)

Leading social critic Carol Becker offers a timely analysis of the nature of art and its role in politics and society. Completed just before the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center catastrophe, this book is...

Public Art: Thinking Museums Differently

by Hilde Hein AltaMira Press (July 27, 2006)

By considering the museum itself as art, rather than as a receptacle, Hein's Public Art: Thinking Museums Differently argues for an improved understanding of the role museums play in shaping public discourse....

Movement, Manifesto, Melee: The Modernist Group, 1910-1914

by Milton A. Cohen Lexington Books (September 14, 2004)

Providing a historical taxonomy of the early modernist art groups in Europe and America, Milton Cohen demonstrates how these groups were largely responsible for the artistic innovation and nearly all the avant-garde...

The Immortal Comedy: The Comic Phenomenon in Art, Literature, and Life

by Agnes Heller Lexington Books (October 17, 2005)

This book is the first attempt to think philosophically about the comic phenomenon in literature, art, and life. Working across a substantial collection of comic works author Agnes Heller makes seminal observations...

The Frontier Within: Essays by Abe Kobo

by Kobo Abe & Richard Calichman Columbia University Press (June 04, 2013)

Abe Kobo (1924–1993) was one of Japan’s greatest postwar writers, widely recognized for his imaginative science fiction and plays of the absurd. However, he also wrote theoretical criticism for which he is...

Make Good Art

by Neil Gaiman William Morrow (May 14, 2013)

In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged...

Letters on Cézanne

by Rainer Maria Rilke & Joel Agee Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 15, 2002)

Rilke's prayerful responses to the french master's beseeching art

For a long time nothing, and then suddenly one has the right eyes.

Virtually every day in the fall of 1907, Rainer Maria Rilke returned to a Paris...

Inside Bruegel

by Edward Snow Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 30, 1997)

In this brilliant, original and lavishly illustrated book, Edward Snow undertakes an inquiry into a single painting by the Flemish master Peter Bruegel the Elder—the kaleidoscopic Children's Games—in order...

Peter Greenaway's Postmodern / Poststructuralist Cinema

by Paula Willoquet-Maricondi & Mary Alemany-Galway Scarecrow Press (July 17, 2008)

In this collection of essays, various postmodern and poststructuralist aspects of Peter Greenaway's films are explored, including The Draughtman's Contract, The Belly of an Architect, A Zed and Two Noughts,...

Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum

by Maria Lucia Ferruzza Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

.In the ancient world, terracotta sculpture was ubiquitous. Readily available and economical—unlike stone suitable for carving—clay allowed artisans to craft figures of remarkable variety and expressiveness....

The Aesthetics of Violence

by Robert Appelbaum Rowman & Littlefield International (November 30, 2017)

Violence at an aesthetic remove from the spectator or reader has been a key element of narrative and visual arts since Greek antiquity. Here Robert Appelbaum explores the nature of mimesis, aggression, the affects...

Art of the Ordinary

by Richard Deming Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Cutting across literature, film, art, and philosophy, Art of the Ordinary is a trailblazing, cross-disciplinary engagement with the ordinary and the everyday. Because, writes Richard Deming, the ordinary is...

Shooting Women

by Harriet Margolis, Alexis Krasilovsky & Julia Stein Intellect Books (October 01, 2015)

Shooting Women takes readers around the world to explore the lives of camerawomen working in features, TV news, and documentaries. From first world pioneers like African American camerawoman Jessie Maple...

Cosmic Shift

by Dmitri Prigov, Ilya Kabakov, Emilia Kabakov & Boris Groys et al. Zed Books (October 05, 2017)

  • Features a strong line-up of the country’s most prominent contemporary artists, writers, philosophers, curators and historians.

  • Featuring: pioneers of the Moscow Conceptualism movement Ilya and Emilia Kabakov;...

Picturing Identity

by Hertha D. Sweet Wong The University of North Carolina Press (May 02, 2018)

In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth and -twenty-first century American writers and artists each of whom employ a mix...

The Possibility of a World

by Jean-Luc Nancy, Pierre-Philippe Jandin, Travis Holloway & Flor Méchain Fordham University Press (August 01, 2017)

In this series of interviews, Jean-Luc Nancy reviews his life’s work. But like Schlegel’s historian—“a prophet facing backwards”—Nancy takes this opportunity to rummage through the history of art,...

The Pleasure in Drawing

by Jean-Luc Nancy & Philip Armstrong Fordham University Press (July 16, 2013)

Originally written for an exhibition Jean-Luc Nancy curated at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon in 2007, this book addresses the medium of drawing in light of the question of form—of form in its formation,...

Breaking Resemblance

by Alena Alexandrova Fordham University Press (May 01, 2017)

In recent decades curators and artists have shown a distinct interest in religion, its different traditions, manifestations in public life, gestures and images. Breaking Resemblance explores the complex relationship...

A New Dictionary of Art: One word - 3000 definitions

by Robert Good & Jane Glennie Peculiarity Press (October 20, 2017)

A New Dictionary of Art takes a refreshingly alternative approach to the question ‘What is Art?’. Take your pick from over 3,000 definitions compiled from the internet via chat-rooms and discussion forums...


by Elizabeth Grierson Intellect (July 01, 2017)

Critically challenging the notion of cities as hegemonic spaces, Transformations: Art and the City explores interactions between the human subject and their urban surroundings through site-specific art and creative...

Sensible Life: A Micro-ontology of the Image

by Emanuele Coccia, Scott Alan Stuart & Kevin Attell Fordham University Press (February 29, 2016)

This book is a rehabilitation sensibility. It defines what we call sensibility or sensible life by defining the ontological status of images. It shows that images have an intermediate ontological status and...

Portrait Stories

by Michal Peled Ginsburg Fordham University Press (December 15, 2014)

What makes stories about portraits so gripping and unsettling? Through close readings of nineteenth-century portrait stories from different literary traditions, the book analyzes the way subjectivity is produced...

Art Movements and The Discourse of Acknowledgements and Distinctions

by Themba Tsotsi Vernon Art and Science Inc. (June 30, 2017)

The book is inspired by the discourse of Acknowledgements and Distinctions. A discourse that incorporates Deconstructionist techniques like differance in order to concretise the critical in the discourse which...

Form as Revolt

by Sebastian Zeidler Cornell University Press and Cornell University Li (January 22, 2016)

The German writer and art critic Carl Einstein (1885–1940) has long been acknowledged as an important figure in the history of modern art, and yet he is often sidelined as an enigma. In Form as Revolt Sebastian...

The Fleeting Promise of Art

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl Cornell University Press (October 18, 2013)

A discussion of Theodor Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory is bound to look significantly different today than it would have looked when the book was first published in 1970, or when it first appeared in English translation...

The View From The Studio Door: How Artists Find Their Way In An Uncertain World

by Ted Orland Image Continuum Press (April 01, 2006)

How artists convert art theory into art making. Sequel to the author's previous best-seller, "Art & Fear".

Why Only Art Can Save Us

by santiago zabala Columbia University Press (September 05, 2017)

The state of emergency, thinkers such as Carl Schmidt, Walter Benjamin, and Giorgio Agamben have argued, is at the heart of any theory of politics. But today the problem is not the crises we do confront, which...

Artaud the Moma

by Jacques Derrida, Peggy Kamuf & Kaira M. Cabañas Columbia University Press (September 19, 2017)

In 1996 Jacques Derrida gave a lecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on the occasion of Antonin Artaud: Works on Paper, one of the first major international exhibitions to present the avant-garde dramatist...

Speculative Taxidermy

by Giovanni Aloi Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

Taxidermy, once the province of natural history and dedicated to the pursuit of lifelike realism, has recently resurfaced in the world of contemporary art,culture, and interior design. In Speculative Taxidermy,...

Hiroshima After Iraq

by Rosalyn Deutsche Columbia University Press (August 06, 2010)

Many on the left lament an apathy or amnesia toward recent acts of war. Particularly during the George W. Bush administration's invasion of Iraq, opposition to war seemed to lack the heat and potency of the...

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries (December 20, 2015)

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Elegance of the Hedgehog with this concise and insightful summary and analysis!

This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel...

Vox Populi

by Roger Kimball Encounter Books (November 28, 2017)

We have seen the rise of populist movements across the political spectrum, but what role should populism play in modern democracy? Through ten trenchant essays, the writers of The New Criterion examine the perils...

Anarchy and Art

by Allan Antliff Arsenal Pulp Press (April 01, 2007)

One of the powers of art is its ability to convey the human aspects of political events. In this fascinating survey on art, artists, and anarchism, Allan Antliff interrogates critical moments when anarchist...

The Pebble Chance

by Marius Kociejowski Biblioasis (October 20, 2014)

"Kociejowski draws on all these aspects of his life in these engaging, idiosyncratic personal essays ... [that] proffer the reader equal measures of autobiography, insight and quirky charm." —Michael Dirda,...

Irish Drama in Poland

by Barry Keane Intellect (August 01, 2016)

With a forword by Michael Cronin. Irish Drama in Poland is the first book to broadly assess Irish drama’s impact on both Poland’s theatrical world and its cultural and literary heritage in the twentieth...

At the Lightning Field

by Laura Raicovich Coffee House Press (March 20, 2017)

An exploration of coincidences of history, light, space, duration, chaos theory, mathematics, memory, and Walter De Maria's Lightning Field.

Another Brush with God: Further Conversations about Icons

by Peter Pearson Morehouse Publishing (October 01, 2009)

This sequel to the author's previous work, A Brush with God, is for intermediate and advanced iconographers. It presents greater detail and instructions for creating entirely new icons. One major feature of...

Constructed Situations

by Frances Stracey Pluto Press (October 20, 2014)

The Situationist International were a group of anti-authoritarian, highly cultured, revolutionary artists whose energy and enragement fundamentally shaped the revolutions of the late 1960’s, most famously...

Kitsch and Art

by Thomas Kulka Penn State University Press (November 27, 1996)

What is kitsch? What is behind its appeal? More important, what is wrong with kitsch? Though central to our modern and postmodern culture, kitsch has not been seriously and comprehensively analyzed; its aesthetic...

Farewell to Visual Studies

by James Elkins, Gustav Frank & Sunil Manghani Penn State University Press (October 15, 2015)

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work. The outcome of each of these convergences...

Art and Globalization

by James Elkins, Zhivka Valiavicharska & Alice Kim Penn State University Press (September 03, 2010)

The “biennale culture” now determines much of the art world. Literature on the worldwide dissemination of art assumes nationalism and ethnic identity, but rarely analyzes it. At the same time there is extensive...


by Robert Stecker Penn State University Press (December 09, 1996)

What is art? What is it to understand a work of art? What is the value of art? Robert Stecker seeks to answer these central questions of aesthetics by placing them within the context of an ongoing debate criticizing,...