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Master Narratives and their Discontents

by James Elkins

Highly-revered art historian, James Elkins, argues that the story of modernism and postmodernism is almost always told in terms of four narratives, with each narrative leading to a different understanding of...


Stories of Art

by James Elkins

This original history of art opens up the questions that traditional art history usually avoids. Written by an acclaimed author, the book includes Western and non-Western artworks and diagrams of how artworks...


Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction

by James Elkins

Acclaimed author, James Elkins, presents a road map of the field of visual studies, describing its major concerns and its principal theoretical sources. He takes the reader down a side road where visual studies...


Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

by James Elkins

Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber...


What Photography Is

by James Elkins

In What Photography Is, James Elkins examines the strange and alluring power of photography in the same provocative and evocative manner as he explored oil painting in his best-selling What Painting Is. In the...