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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...


The Neoliberal Undead: Essays on Contemporary Art and Politics

by Marc Léger

Charting new directions for cultural theory and practice and offering alternatives to the project of neoliberal class restoration.


The State of Art Criticism

by James Elkins & Michael Newman

The State of Art Criticism presents an international conversation among art historians and critics that considers the relation between criticism and art history.


Erotic Ambiguities: The Female Nude in Art

by Helen McDonald

Art is always ambiguous. When it involves the female body it can also be erotic. Erotic Ambiguities is a study of how contemporary women artists have reconceptualised the figure of the female nude. Helen McDonald...


Performing Memory in Art and Popular Culture

by Liedeke Plate & Anneke Smelik

This volume pursues a new line of research in cultural memory studies by understanding memory as a performative act in art and popular culture. The authors take their cue from the observation that art and popular...


Make Good Art

by Neil Gaiman

In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged...


Rethinking Aesthetics: The Role of Body in Design

by Ritu Bhatt

Rethinking Aesthetics is the first book to bring together prominent voices in the fields of architecture, philosophy, aesthetics, and cognitive sciences to radically rethink the relationship between body and...


What Art Is

by Arthur C. Danto

What is it to be a work of art? Renowned author and critic Arthur C. Danto addresses this fundamental, complex question. Part philosophical monograph and part memoiristic meditation, What Art Is challenges the...


Femininity in Asian Women Artists' Work from China, Korea and USA: If the Shoe Fits

by Patricia Karetzky

Patricia Karetzky discusses the metaphor of the shoe and how it is present in different women artists' work in China, Korea and USA


Good Day Today: David Lynch Destabilises the Spectator

by Daniel Neofetou

This book argues that the films of David Lynch pose a radical challenge to conservative and absolutist ideologies.