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Body Style

by Theresa M. Winge

Reveals the subcultural body as a site for understanding identity, resistance, agency and fashion. The result of eleven years' research with urban subcultures from Europe, Australia, Asia and North America,...


Anthropology and Art Practice

by Arnd Schneider & Christopher Wright

Anthropology and Art Practice is a practice-based text looking at experimental work informed by the newly-reconfigured relationship between arts and anthropology. Focussing on key works from artists and anthropologists...


The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating

by Jean-Paul Martinon

Stop curating! And think what curating is all about. This book starts from this simple premise: thinking the activity of curating. To do that, it distinguishes between 'curating' and 'the curatorial'. If 'curating'...


The Past is the Present; It's the Future Too: The Temporal Turn in Contemporary Art

by Christine Ross

Offers a comprehensive understanding of contemporary media arts and articulates a closer link between present, past, and future.


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

by Carol Becker

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...


Thinking Contemporary Curating

by Terry Smith & Kate Fowle

What is contemporary curatorial thought? Current discourse on the topic is heating up with a new cocktail of bold ideas and ethical imperatives. these include: cooperative curating, especially with artists;...


Writing Design: Words and Objects

by Grace Lees-Maffei

Explains how important language is to understanding design, how a range of texts - from design criticism to instructions and labels - shape the appreciation and use of design.


Uncontrollable Beauty: Toward a New Aesthetics

by Bill Beckley

The notion of beauty and its relationship to contemporary art is once again arousing passionate discussion and wide-spread debate among artists, writers, critics, and curators. Uncontrollable Beauty is the first...


Redeeming Art Redeeming Art Redeeming Art: Critical Reveries Critical Reveries Critical Reveries

by Donald Kuspit

In essays culled from three decades of critical writing, Donald Kuspit explores the aesthetic developments of the twentieth century, from post-impressionism to the latest permutation of post-Modernism. Ranging...


Women Art Critics in Nineteenth-Century France: Vanishing Acts

by Wendelin Guentner

This book is the first sustained study of a corpus of writings by women art critics active in nineteenth-century France that have all but “vanished” from the historical record. Written by scholars in art...


Public Art: Thinking Museums Differently

by Hilde Hein

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

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

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 Irish Art of Controversy

by Lucy McDiarmid

The Irish Art of Controversy is what serious scholarship should be: meticulously informed, lucid, original. I enjoyed every page.' - Samuel Hynes, Princeton University North American customers should order from...


Contemporary Art in the Light of History

by Erwin Rosenthal, Deborah Rosenthal & Lance Esplund

Erwin Rosenthal’s Contemporary Art in the Light of History, originally published in 1971, is a small masterpiece of writing on the art of the twentieth century. A scholar of medieval art by training and a...


Take a Closer Look

by Daniel Arasse & Alyson Waters

What happens when we look at a painting? What do we think about? What do we imagine? How can we explain, even to ourselves, what we see or think we see? And how can art historians interpret with any seriousness...


The Awakening Artist: Madness and Spiritual Awakening in Art

by Patrick Howe

The Awakening Artist invites artists to discover their relationship to the greatest source of creativity the world has ever known.


9.5 Theses on Art and Class

by Ben Davis

Ben Davis draws the curtain back on the contemporary art world to assail its commodified roots.


The Art-Architecture Complex

by Hal Foster

Hal Foster, author of the acclaimed Design and Crime, argues that a fusion of architecture and art is a defining feature of contemporary culture. He identifies a “global style” of architecture—as practiced...


The Books that Shaped Art History: From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss

by Richard Shone & John-Paul Stonard

An exemplary survey that reassesses the impact of the most important books to have shaped art history through the twentieth century Written by some of today’s leading art historians and curators, this new...