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The New Philistines

by Sohrab Ahmari

Contemporary art is obsessed with the politics of identity. Visit any contemporary gallery, museum or theatre, and chances are the art on offer will be principally concerned with race, gender, sexuality, power...

How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art

by David Salle

A master class in contemporary art by one of the preeminent painters of our time.

How does art work? How does it move us, inform us, challenge us? Internationally renowned painter David Salle’s incisive essay...

Colloquium: Sound Art and Music

by Thomas Gardner

Declares the relationship between sound art and music “colloquial”: spoken and accessible, rather than locked behind disciplinary boundaries.

A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Re-Examined As a Grotesque, Crippling Disease and Other Cultural Revelations

by Cintra Wilson

Whether you lust after it, loathe it, or feign apathy toward it, fame is in your face. Cintra Wilson gets to the heart of our humiliating fascination with celebrity and all its preposterous trappings in these...

Psychology, Art, and Antifascism: Ernst Kris, E. H. Gombrich, and the Politics of Caricature

by Louis Rose

A vivid portrait of two remarkable twentieth-century thinkers and their landmark collaboration on the use and abuse of caricature and propaganda in the modern world

In 1934, Viennese art historian and psychoanalyst...

Thoughts on an Index Not Freely Given

by John Roberts

In this unprecedented ‘fictive’ construction of the work of five imaginary artists from the 1980s, John Roberts produces an exhilarating theoretical encounter between futures past and futures present.

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Art as a Hidden Message: A Guide to Self-Realization

by Swami Kriyananda

An uplifiting blueprint the future of art that shows how creativity gives energy and meaning to our existence. Topics include: the needs for the arts, the partnership of art and science, secrets of creativity,...

A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney (Revised Edition)

by Martin Gayford

“Sumptuously illustrated, this radiant volume encapsulates what it truly means to be a visual artist.” —Booklist David Hockney’s exuberant work is highly praised and widely celebrated—he is perhaps...

The Muse: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Creative Inspiration

by Adele Tutter

Psychoanalysts have long been fascinated with creative artists, but have paid far less attention to the men and women who motivate, stimulate, and captivate them. The Muse counters this trend with nine original...

Images of History

Picture This: How Pictures Work

by Molly Bang

Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas—about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions,...

Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present

by Erin Thompson

Whether it's the discovery of $1.6 billion in Nazi-looted art or the news that Syrian rebels are looting UNESCO archaeological sites to buy arms, art crime commands headlines. Erin Thompson, America's only professor...

Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance

by Andre Lepecki

How does the production of performance engage with the fundamental issues of our advanced neo-capitalist age?

André Lepecki surveys a decade of experimental choreography to uncover the dual meaning of 'performance'...

Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion

The Art of the People

by William Morris

This early work by William Morris was originally published in 1899 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. William Morris was born in London, England in 1834. Arguably best known...

Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

by William Morris

This early work by William Morris was originally published in 1899 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. William Morris was born in London, England in 1834. Arguably best known...

Industry and Intelligence: Contemporary Art Since 1820

by Liam Gillick

The history of modern art is often told through aesthetic breakthroughs that sync well with profound cultural and political change. Monet’s riotous landscapes, Picasso’s fractured forms, Pollock’s insolent...

Pretentiousness: Why It Matters

by Dan Fox

Pretentiousness is the engine oil of culture; the essential lubricant in the development of all arts, high, low, or middle.

Lost in Wonder: Essays on Liturgy and the Arts

by Aidan Nichols O. P.

This book explores the Liturgy as the manifestation by cultic signs of Christian revelation, the 'setting' of the Liturgy in terms of architectural space, iconography and music, and the poetic response which...