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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: 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...


Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century

by Chris Murray

A unique and authoritative guide to modern responses to art. Featuring forty-eight essays, and written by a panel of expert contributors, it introduces readers to the key approaches and analytical tools of contemporary...


Albrecht Durer: A Guide to Research

by Jane Campbell Hutchison

Hutchison's book is a complete guide on Durer and the research on his work, his historical import and his aesthetic legacy.


The Shape of a Pocket

by John Berger

The pocket in question is a small pocket of resistance. A pocket is formed when two or more people come together in agreement. The resistance is against the inhumanity of the New World Economic Order. The people...


The Next Thing: Art in the Twenty-first Century

by Pablo Baler

The Next Thing: Art in the Twenty-first Century is an illustrated collection of commissioned essays that attempt to anticipate, through current artistic productions, the aesthetic sensibility that will define...


Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art

by Peter Osborne

Contemporary art is the object of inflated and widely divergent claims. But what kind of discourse can open it up effectively to critical analysis? Anywhere or Not at All is a major philosophical intervention...