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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...


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


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.


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...


World Art: An Introduction to the Art in Artefacts

by Ben Burt

Based on an excellent range of case studies and supported throughout by useful learning features, World Art explores the concept of 'art' as understood by cultures across the globe. This invaluable textbook...


Deleuze and Futurism: A Manifesto for Nonsense

by Helen Palmer

This book is an original exploration of Deleuze's dynamic philosophies of space, time and language, bringing Deleuze and futurism together for the first time. Helen Palmer investigates both the potential for...


Against Ambience

by Seth Kim-Cohen

Against Ambience diagnoses - in order to cure - the art world's recent turn toward ambience. Over the course of three short months - June to September, 2013 - the four most prestigious museums in New York indulged...


Politics by Other Means: Selected Criticism from Review 31

by Houman Barekat & Alison Hugill

A collection of the site's very best reviews on art, culture & theory.


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....


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...


Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-century Art

by Wendy Steiner

Whereas previous eras had celebrated beauty as the central aim of art, the modernist avant-garde were deeply suspicious of beauty and its perennial symbols, woman and ornament, preferring instead the thrill...