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Shipwreck in Art and Literature: Images and Interpretations from Antiquity to the Present Day

by Carl Thompson

Tales of shipwreck have always fascinated audiences, and as a result there is a rich literature of suffering at sea, and an equally rich tradition of visual art depicting this theme. Exploring the shifting semiotics...


Beauty, Violence, Representation

by Lisa A. Dickson & Maryna Romanets

This volume explores the relationship among beauty, violence, and representation in a broad range of artistic and cultural texts, including literature, visual art, theatre, film, and music.

Charting diversifying...


Paris Without End: On French Art Since World War I

by Jed Perl

This brilliant blend of history, biography, and criticism explores the seminal figures of twentieth-century French art—Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Léger, Dufy, Braque, Giacometti, Balthus, and Hélion—and the...


Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West

by Lucy R. Lippard

Award-winning author, curator, and activist Lucy R. Lippard is one of America’s most influential writers on contemporary art, a pioneer in the fields of cultural geography, conceptualism, and feminist art....


Cognitive Media Theory

by Ted Nannicelli & Paul Taberham

Across the academy, scholars are debating the question of what bearing scientific inquiry has upon the humanities. The latest addition to the AFI Film Readers series, Cognitive Media Theory takes up this question...


Performing Beauty in Participatory Art and Culture

by Falk Heinrich

This book investigates the notion of beauty in participatory art, an interdisciplinary form that necessitates the audience's agential participation and that is often seen in interactive art and technology-driven...


Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century

by Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm, who passed away in 2012, was one of the most brilliant and original historians of our age. Through his work, he observed the great twentieth-century confrontation between bourgeois fin de siècle...


Panaesthetics: On the Unity and Diversity of the Arts

by Daniel Albright

While comparative literature is a well-recognized field of study, the notion of comparative arts remains unfamiliar to many. In this fascinating book, Daniel Albright addresses the fundamental question of comparative...


Form and Sense

by Wolfgang Paalen, Martica Sawin & Deborah Rosenthal

Wolfgang Paalen was a central figure in internationalist surrealist circles in the late 1930s. Artist and intellectual, he was a European whose fascination with archaic cultures led him finally to Mexico, where...


Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border

by Kate Bonansinga & Lucy Lippard

Located less than a mile from Juárez, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso is a non-collecting institution that serves the Paso del Norte region. In Curating...


The Neural Imagination: Aesthetic and Neuroscientific Approaches to the Arts

by Irving Massey

Art and technology have been converging rapidly in the past few years; an important example of this convergence is the alliance of neuroscience with aesthetics, which has produced the new field of neuroaesthetics.Irving...


Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture

by Lewis Johnson

This volume offers a varied and informed series of approaches to questions of mobility-actual, social, virtual, and imaginary-as related to visual culture. Contributors address these questions in light of important...


In Contemporary

by Marcella Beccaria & Elena Volpato

A private art collection open to all: this is the ultimate aim of our Fondazione per l’Arte della Cassa di Risparmio di Torino. For ten years now, intense acquisition operations have made it possible to endow...


The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry

by Walter Pater

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...


Vision and Design

by Roger Fry

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

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...


The Sense of Beauty

by George Santayana

The great philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist masterfully offers his fascinating outline of Aesthetics Theory. Drawing on the art, literature, and social sciences involved, Santayana discusses the nature...


Concerning the Spiritual in Art

by Wassily Kandinsky

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.


Picturebooks: Representation and Narration

by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

This volume discusses the aesthetic and cognitive challenges of modern picturebooks from different countries, such as Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and USA. The overarching...


Art, Vision, and Nineteenth-Century Realist Drama: Acts of Seeing

by Amy Holzapfel

Realism in theatre is traditionally defined as a mere seed of modernism, a crude attempt to reproduce an exact copy of reality on stage. Art, Vision & Nineteenth-Century Realist Drama redefines realism as a...