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Ways of Seeing
Ways of Seeing
by John Berger
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John Berger’s Classic Text on Art John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) Sunday... (read more)

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The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
by Maggie Nelson
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Maggie Nelson has established herself as one of our foremost cultural critics in this landmark work about representations of violence in art. "An important and frequently surprising book . . . could be read as the foundation for a post-avant-garde... (read more)

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The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, & Human Evolution
The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, & Human Evolution
by Denis Dutton
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Our breath catches and we jump in fear at the sight of a snake. We pause and marvel at the sublime beauty of a sunrise. These reactions are no accident; in fact, many of our human responses to nature are steeped in our deep evolutionary pastand#151;we... (read more)

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Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything
Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything
by Stephen Bayley
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What is "ugly"? Sourcing centuries of art, design, and cultural history, and citing examples as wide-ranging as Soviet-era architecture and Frankenstein's monster to the World's Ugliest Dog and the so-called of the human species, Stephen Bayley, one of... (read more)

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Beacon Paperback #0212: Art and Culture: Critical Essays
Beacon Paperback #0212: Art and Culture: Critical Essays
by Clement Greenberg
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"Clement Greenberg is, internationally, the best-known American art critic popularly considered to be the man who put American vanguard painting and sculpture on the world map. . . . An important book for everyone interested in modern painting and... (read more)

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Lacan (Rev 10 Edition)
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Lacan (Rev 10 Edition)
by Slavoj Zizek
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Hitchcock gets onto the analyst's couch in this extraordinary volume of case studies. The contributors bring to bear an unrivaled enthusiasm and theoretical sweep on the entire Hitchcock oeuvre, analyzing movies such as Rear Window and Psycho. Starting... (read more)

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Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary
Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary
by Terry Barrett
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Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary takes readers inside the world of contemporary art and shows them how to think, write, and talk about art. Throughout, the principles of art criticism are presented and applied to contemporary forms of... (read more)

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Critique Handbook: Art Stud. Sourcebook (2ND 10 Edition)
Critique Handbook: Art Stud. Sourcebook (2ND 10 Edition)
by Kendall Buster
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This unique textbook is an invaluable tool for students in any art course requiring critiques.  The Critique Handbook is an excellent resource both for beginners and more experienced students.   This text was written to address an existing gap... (read more)

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Conjunctions 52: Betwixt the Between (Conjunctions #52)
Conjunctions 52: Betwixt the Between (Conjunctions #52)
by Bradford Morrow and Brian Evenson
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Praised by Peter Straub for going "furthest out on the sheerest, least sheltered narrative precipice," Brian Evenson is the author of eight previous books of fiction, including the Edgar Award-nominated novel The Open Curtain and the International Horror... (read more)

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Music in Art (08 Edition)
Music in Art (08 Edition)
by Alberto Ausoni
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This abundantly illustrated, full-color volume provides an overview of the topic of music, musical instruments, and musical performance throughout the centuries, as depicted in Western works of art ranging from ancient sculpture to Renaissance paintings... (read more)

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Studies in Iconology : Humanistic Themes in the Art (67 Edition)
Studies in Iconology : Humanistic Themes in the Art (67 Edition)
by Erwin Panofsky
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In Studies in Iconology, the themes and concepts of Renaissance art are analysed and related to both classical and medieval tendencies.... (read more)

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The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers
The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers
by T. J. Clark
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The Paris of the 1860s and 1870s was supposedly a brand-new city, equipped with boulevards, cafés, parks, and suburban pleasure grounds--the birthplace of those habits of commerce and leisure that constitute "modern life." Questioning those who view... (read more)

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No More Secondhand Art: Awakening the Artist Within
No More Secondhand Art: Awakening the Artist Within
by Peter London
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This book is about using art as an instrument of personal transformation, enabling us to move from an inherited to a chosen state of being. Peter London offers inspiration and fresh ideas to artists, art students, and art teachers—as well as to... (read more)

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Contemporary Art in Shanghai: Conversations with Seven Chinese Artists
Contemporary Art in Shanghai: Conversations with Seven Chinese Artists
by Paul Gladston
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Contemporary Art in Shanghai offers a series of in-depth and illustrated conversations with seven contemporary Chinese artists, all of whom live and work in and around the city of Shanghai: Yu Youhan, Liang Shaoji, Ding Yi, Yang Fudong, Song Tao, Ji... (read more)

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Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in Its Struggle to Be Understood
Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in Its Struggle to Be Understood
by Grayson Perry
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Grayson Perrys book will overturn everything you thought you knew about “art” Now Grayson Perry is a fully paid-up member of the art establishment, he wants to show that any of us can appreciate art (after all, there is a reason hes called... (read more)

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The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology (Oxford History of Art)
The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology (Oxford History of Art)
by Donald Preziosi
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The history of art has been written and rewritten since classical antiquity. Since the foundation of the modern discipline of art history in Germany in the late eighteenth century, debates about art and its histories have intensified. Historians... (read more)

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Pataphysical Essays
Pataphysical Essays
by Rene Daumal
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Pataphysics: the science of imaginary solutions, of laws governing exceptions and of the laws describing the universe supplementary to this one. Alfred Jarry's posthumous novel, Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician, first appeared in... (read more)

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A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, #2: The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form
A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, #2: The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form
by Kenneth Clark
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From the art of the Greeks to that of Renoir and Moore, this work surveys the ever-changing fashions in what has constituted the ideal nude as a basis of humanist form.... (read more)

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The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
by Maggie Nelson
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Today both reality and entertainment crowd our fields of vision with brutal imagery. The pervasiveness of images of torture, horror, and war has all but demolished the twentieth-century hope that such imagery might shock us into a less alienated state... (read more)

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The Artist's Reality: Philosophies of Art
The Artist's Reality: Philosophies of Art
by Mark Rothko
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Mark Rothko (1903andndash;1970), world-renowned icon of Abstract Expressionism, is rediscovered in this wholly original examination of his art and life written by his son. Synthesizing rigorous critique with personal anecdotes, Christopher, the younger... (read more)

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