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Summers of Discontent: The Purpose of the Arts Today

by Raymond Tallis & Julian Spalding

An examination of why artists make art in the first place, and why we all feel the need for it.


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...


The Art Spirit

by Robert Henri

The classic work of art criticism, in a beautiful new edition


The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution

by Denis Dutton

In a groundbreaking new book that does for art what Stephen Pinker's The Language Instinct did for linguistics, Denis Dutton revolutionizes our understanding of art and overturns a century of art theory and...


Feminist Art Manifestos: An Anthology

by Katy Deepwell

An anthology of 35 feminist art manifestos by contemporary women artists from around the world, 1969-2013.


Patron Saints: Five Rebels Who Opened America to a New Art 1928-1943

by Nicholas Fox Weber

This lively work of cultural history tells the stories of five young art patrons who, in the last 1920s and 1930s, were instrumental in bringing modern painting, sculpture, and dance to America. A combination...


The Engagement Aesthetic: Experiencing New Media Art through Critique

by Francisco J. Ricardo

Long after painting, sculpture, photography, and film developed along with their materials - canvas and panel, marble and bronze, and celluloid film - a new generation of art has emerged in which digital, electronic,...


Magritte's Labyrinth

by Ellen Handler Spitz

Gertrude Stein once asked why certain painted pictures engrave themselves into our minds with fierce tenacity. Why do they unsettle us? The enigmatic art of Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte has long...


Visual Literacy

by James Elkins

What does it mean to be visually literate? Does it mean different things in the arts and the sciences? In the developed West and in Asia or in developing nations? If we all need to become


D'ARS magazine n° 218

by D'ars

D’ARS Magazine è una collana in formato ePub che dal 2014 offre al pubblico una raccolta di articoli tratti da D’ARS - periodico di arti e culture contemporanee in due lingue (italiano e inglese). Diretto...


Double Rhythm: Writings About Painting

by Jean Helion & Deborah Rosenthal

Jean Hélion, the French painter who died at eighty-three in 1987, brought together in his copious and essential writing on art the theoretical authority of the intellectual and the fundamental insights of the...


Aesthetics: A Beginner's Guide

by Charles Taliaferro

What is art? Why do we find some things beautiful but not others? Is it wrong to share mp3s? These are just some of the questions explored by aesthetics, the philosophy of art. In this sweeping introduction,...


Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace

by Martha Buskirk

Intertwines a dual emphasis on evolving institutional priorities and major shifts in artistic production.


Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else

by David Balzer

Now that we 'curate' even lunch, what happens to the role of the connoisseur in contemporary culture?


How to Write About Contemporary Art

by Gilda Williams

An essential handbook for students and professionals on writing eloquently, accurately, and originally about contemporary art How to Write About Contemporary Art is the definitive guide to writing engagingly...


DARS magazine n° 216

by Dars

D’ARS Magazine è una collana in formato ePub che dal 2014 offre al pubblico una raccolta di articoli tratti da D’ARS - periodico di arti e culture contemporanee in due lingue (italiano e inglese). Diretto...


DARS magazine n° 217

by Dars

D’ARS Magazine è una collana in formato ePub che dal 2014 offre al pubblico una raccolta di articoli tratti da D’ARS - periodico di arti e culture contemporanee in due lingue (italiano e inglese). Diretto...


Negro Sculpture

by Carl Einstein & Patrick Healy

“There is hardly any other art which Europeans approach with so much mistrust as African art. The first move is to even deny that there is such a thing as ‘art’, and then to emphasise the distance which...


On the New

by Boris Groys

On the New looks at the economies of exchange and valuation that drive modern culture's key sites: the intellectual marketplace and the archive. As ideas move from one context to another, newness is created....


Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

by Brian Sheldon

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy is written in a lively and accessible style and is designed to give a thorough grounding in cognitive-behavioural methods and their application. It is essential reading for students...