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Why are Animals Funny?: Everyday Analysis

by EDA Collective Zero Books (March 28, 2014)

Analyzing the signs of everyday life.

Los Caprichos

by Francisco Goya Dover Publications (May 11, 2012)

Considered Goya's most brilliant work, this collection combines corrosive satire and exquisite technique to depict 18th-century Spain as a nation of grotesque monsters sprung up in the absence of reason. 80...

Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun

by Wafaa Bilal & Kari Lydersen City Lights Publishers (August 06, 2013)

Award-winning Iraqi artist's life story and reflections on his highly provocative interactive art piece.

The Long 1968: Revisions and New Perspectives

by Daniel J. Sherman, Ruud van Dijk, Jasmine Alinder & A. Aneesh Indiana University Press (July 16, 2013)

From the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, revolutions in theory, politics, and cultural experimentation swept around the world. These changes had as great a transformative impact on the right as on the left. A...

Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution

by Josh MacPhee & Rebecca Solnit The Feminist Press at CUNY (October 01, 2010)

A graphic history of dissent and activism around the world.

The Art of Looking

by Lance Esplund Basic Books (November 26, 2018)

A veteran art critic helps us make sense of modern and contemporary art

The landscape of contemporary art has changed dramatically during the last hundred years: from Malevich's 1915 painting of a single black...

The Phoenix Years

by Madeleine O'Dea Pegasus Books (October 03, 2017)

By following the stories of nine contemporary Chinese artists, The Phoenix Years shows how China's rise unleashed creativity, thwarted hopes, and sparked tensions between the individual and the state that continue...

The Vanishing Velázquez

by Laura Cumming & Siobhan Redmond Simon & Schuster Audio (April 12, 2016)


A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2016

“As compelling and entertaining as a detective novel” (The Economist), the incredible true story--part art history and part mystery--of...

Your Art Will Save Your Life

by Beth Pickens Blackstone Publishing (November 20, 2018)

As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized theimportance of making art. As an adult, she has worked as a consultant empowering artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your...

The Da Vinci Women

by Kia Vahland & Ana Clements Black Dog & Leventhal (February 25, 2020)

This new biographical look at Leonardo da Vinci explores the Renaissance master's groundbreaking portrayal of women which forever changed the way the female form is depicted.

Leonardo da Vinci was a revolutionary...

Intermedialities: Philosophy, Arts, Politics

by Henk Oosterling & Ewa Plonowska Ziarek Lexington Books (July 10, 2012)

As an alternative to universalism and particularism, Intermedialities: Philosophy, Arts, Politics proposes 'intermedialities' as a new model of social relations and intercultural dialogue. The concept of 'intermedialities'...

The Aesthetics of Necropolitics

by Natasha Lushetich Rowman & Littlefield International (December 11, 2018)

Every politics is an aesthetic. If necropolitics is the (accelerated) politics of what is usually referred to as the ‘apolitical age’, what are its manoeuvres, temporalities, intensities, textures, and tipping...

Signs of Resistance

by Bonnie Siegler Artisan (February 20, 2018)

“Clever images of dissent are not a recent phenomenon in the United States. . . . [Signs of Resistance is] visually fascinating. . . . [and] there is bigly wit here, too.”

The Washington Post

In hundreds...

Scenes from the Revolution

by Kim Wiltshire & Billy Cowan Pluto Press (September 20, 2018)

Political theatre thrives on turbulence. By turning the political issues of the day into a potent, dramatic art form, its practitioners hold up a mirror to our society - with the power to shock, discomfit and...

After the Great Refusal

by Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen Zero Books (September 28, 2018)

After the Great Refusal offers a Western Marxist reading of contemporary art focusing on the continued presence (or absence) of the avant-garde’s transgressive impulse. Taking art’s ability to contribute...

Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Sentiment

by Peter Gottschalk & Gabriel Greenberg Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 19, 2018)

In the minds of many Americans, Islam is synonymous with the Middle East, Muslim men with violence, and Muslim women with oppression. A clash of civilizations appears to be increasingly manifest and the war...

After the Party

by Joshua Chambers-Letson NYU Press (August 07, 2018)

A new manifesto for performance studies on the art of queer of color worldmaking. 

After the Party  tells the stories of minoritarian artists who mobilize performance to produce freedom and sustain life in...

The Dream

by Mohammad Malas & Samirah Alkassim The American University in Cairo Press (December 15, 2016)

In 1980, Syrian filmmaker Mohammad Malas traveled to Lebanon to film a documentary about the country's Palestinian refugee camps, during which time he kept a diary of his impressions. The Dream: A Diary of a...

Performing Revolutionary

by Nicole Garneau & Anne Cushwa Intellect (March 22, 2018)

The result of five years of practice-based creative research focused on Nicole Garneau’s UPRISING project, Performing Revolutionary presents a number of methods for the creation of politically charged interactive...

Performing Exile

by Judith Rudakoff Intellect (November 01, 2017)

Bringing together a range of perspectives to examine the full impact of political, socio-economic, or psychological experiences of exile, Performing Exile: Foreign Bodies presents an inclusive mix of voices...

Civil Servants on the Silver Screen

by Michelle C. Pautz Lexington Books (December 29, 2017)

In the movies, government often finds itself in a variety of roles from villain to supporting cast, and rarely, if ever, the hero. A frequent component of that role is the bureaucracy and as documented in Civil...

Plays in Time

by Karen Malpede Intellect (October 01, 2017)

This is an anthology of four plays set during seminal events from the late 20th Century to the present: the Bosnian war and rape camps; the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Israel’s 2006 bombardment of...

Catalan Cartoons

by Rhiannon McGlade University of Wales Press (February 15, 2016)

In a world increasingly dominated by visual sensation, our understanding of the role and influence of comics and cartoon humor in popular culture has become essential. This book offers a critical and cognitive...

Kill Trump: Invoke the 25th -- A Revolution of the Human Spirit

by Kevin Michael Marley Human Spirit (July 04, 2017)

Kill Trump: Invoke the 25th -- A Revolution of the Human Spirit

Obviously, in the vein of protest novels, such as Civil Disobedience, Invisible Man, and The Souls of Black Folk, comes Kill Trump: Invoke the...

Kill Trump: Invoke the 25th -- A Revolution of the Human Spirit

by Kevin Michael Marley Human Spirit (July 04, 2017)

Obviously, in the vein of protest novels, such as Civil Disobedience, Invisible Man, and The Souls of Black Folk, comes Kill Trump: Invoke the 25th -- A Revolution of the Human Spirit. 

Remarkably, the story...

Music and Soviet Power, 1917-1932

by Marina Frolova-Walker & Jonathan Walker Boydell Press (July 19, 2012)

The October Revolution of 1917 tore the fabric of Russian musical life: institutions collapsed, and leading composers emigrated or fell into silence. But in 1932, at the outset of the "socialist realist" period,...

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...


by Kamuran Abacioglu, Seref Ozata & Seref Kocak iBoo (April 19, 2017)

We want to be a bridge of peace  between Turkey and Nederland as businessmen.  Turgut Torunogullari, CEO of Edelstaal Group who is a Turkish business man in Holland said that they are ready to be a "peace...

Arts for Change

by Beverly Naidus New Village Press (April 01, 2009)

Arts for Change presents strategies and theory for teaching socially engaged art with an historical and contemporary overview of the field. The book features interviews with over thirty maverick artists/faculty...

Approaching the End

by Peter Labuza The Critical Press (October 01, 2014)

"An auspicious debut."—Glenn Kenny

An innovative study of film noir, Peter Labuza investigates the hidden structures underneath a variety of American films, from Kiss Me Deadly to Days of Heaven to The Terminator...


by Omar El-Khairy & Nadia Latif fly prates (March 06, 2017)

Sometimes your worst self is your best self.  It's about shedding your skin – of slipping out of it, reborn – and free, finally. 

The site-specific response to the phenomenon of young people leaving Britain...

Born in 1957?  What Else Happened?

by Ron Williams Boom Books (March 01, 2017)

This is the 19th book to be released in a series of 30 about life in Australia – one for each year from 1939 to 1968. They describe happenings that affected people, real people.  The whole series, to coin...

Tiger and Clay

by Rana Abdulfattah Palewell Press (February 06, 2017)

A moving collection of poetry and memoir by Rana Abdulfattah, a young Syrian woman writing in exile in Istanbul, that highlights the corrosive impact on heart and mind of being prevented from going home. ...

The Black Arts Movement

by James Smethurst The University of North Carolina Press (March 13, 2006)

Emerging from a matrix of Old Left, black nationalist, and bohemian ideologies and institutions, African American artists and intellectuals in the 1960s coalesced to form the Black Arts Movement, the cultural...

Fall-Out Shelters for the Human Spirit

by Michael L. Krenn The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

During the Cold War, culture became another weapon in America's battle against communism. Part of that effort in cultural diplomacy included a program to arrange the exhibition of hundreds of American paintings...

Thomas Nast

by Fiona Deans Halloran The University of North Carolina Press (January 07, 2013)

Thomas Nast (1840-1902), the founding father of American political cartooning, is perhaps best known for his cartoons portraying political parties as the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. Nast's...

Rage and Denials

by Branko Mitrovic Penn State University Press (August 21, 2015)

In Rage and Denials, philosopher and architectural historian Branko Mitrović examines in detail the historiography of art and architecture in the twentieth century, with a focus on the debate between the understanding...

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...

The Vienna School of Art History

by Matthew Rampley Penn State University Press (November 11, 2013)

Matthew Rampley’s The Vienna School of Art History is the first book in over seventy-five years to study in depth and in context the practices of art history from 1847, the year the first teaching position...

Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France

by Amy Freund Penn State University Press (June 24, 2014)

Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France challenges widely held assumptions about both the genre of portraiture and the political and cultural role of images in France at the beginning of the nineteenth...

Border Aesthetics

by Johan Schimanski & Stephen F. Wolfe Berghahn Books (April 01, 2017)

Few concepts are as central to understanding the modern world as borders, and the now-thriving field of border studies has already produced a substantial literature analyzing their legal, ideological, geographical,...

The Duke of Wellington, Kidnapped!: The Incredible True Story of the Art Heist That Shocked a Nation

by Alan Hirsch & Noah Charney Counterpoint (March 21, 2016)

In 1961, a thief broke into the National Gallery in London and committed the most sensational art heist in British history. He stole the museum’s much prized painting, The Duke of Wellington by Francisco Goya....

The Political Space of Art: The Dardenne Brothers, Arundhati Roy, Ai Weiwei and Burial

by Benoît Dillet & Tara Puri Rowman & Littlefield International (May 18, 2016)

This book discusses the work of four different kinds of artists from four different countries (Belgium, China, the UK and India) to examine how they create a space for politics in their work.

Against Value in the Arts and Education

by Sam Ladkin, Robert McKay & Emile Bojesen Rowman & Littlefield International (May 18, 2016)

A multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary volume exploring the damage to the arts, arts’ funding and education through the rhetoric, manipulation and auditing of value. The collection includes contributions...

The Politics and Art of John L. Stoddard: Reframing Authority, Otherness, and Authenticity

by Michaelene Cox Lexington Books (January 16, 2015)

This book borrows critical approaches from the interdisciplinary literature of visual culture to assess the imagery and identity of nineteenth-century American travel lecturer and author John L. Stoddard. It...

The Composition of Movements to Come: Aesthetics and Cultural Labour After the Avant-Garde

by Stevphen Shukaitis Rowman & Littlefield International (December 18, 2015)

This text theorizes political change from within social movement via an engagement with autonomist politics and radical aesthetics.