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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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Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
by David Bayles and Ted Orland
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"This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—there aren't any people like that... (read more)

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Artful
Artful
by Ali Smith
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and#147;A stimulating combination of literary criticism, essay, and fictionand#8221; (The New Yorker) from the incomparable Ali Smith Artful is a celebration of literatureand#8217;s worth in and to the worldand#151;it is about the things art can do, the... (read more)

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Proust Was a Neuroscientist
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
by Jonah Lehrer
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The young Lehrer's keen portraits make for a winning read. Using Woolf, Stravinsky, Cézanne, Whitman, and a handful of others, he shows how art has given us as much insight into the human mind as science has.... (read more)

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Originality of the Avant-garde and Other Modern Myths (85 Edition)
Originality of the Avant-garde and Other Modern Myths (85 Edition)
by Rosalind Krauss
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Co-founder and co-editor of October magazine, a veteran of Artforum of the 1960s and early 1970s, Rosalind Krauss has presided over and shared in the major formulation of the theory of postmodernism.In this challenging collection of fifteen essays, most... (read more)

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Six Years
Six Years
by Lucy R. Lippard
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In Six Years Lucy R. Lippard documents the chaotic network of ideas that has been labeled conceptual art. The book is arranged as an annotated chronology into which is woven a rich collection of original documents—including texts by and taped... (read more)

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The Art Spirit
The Art Spirit
by Robert Henri
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In this book are the essential beliefs and theories of a great teacher and American artist, Robert Henri. While it embodies the entire system of his teaching, with much technical advice and critical comment for the student, it also contains inspiration... (read more)

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Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship
Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship
by Claire Bishop
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Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the... (read more)

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Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
by Marita Sturken
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Ideal for students studying visual culture for the first time, Practices of Looking explores the ways we use and understand images. Truly interdisciplinary, this comprehensive and engaging introduction can be used in courses across a range of disciplines... (read more)

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The Craft Reader
The Craft Reader
by Glenn Adamson
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From the canonical texts of the Arts and Crafts Movement to the radical thinking of today's “DIY” movement, from theoretical writings on the position of craft in distinction to Art and Design to how-to texts from renowned practitioners, from... (read more)

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The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa
The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa
by Michael Kimmelman
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A New York Times bestseller—a dazzling and inspirational survey of how art can be found and appreciated in everyday life Michael Kimmelman, the prominent New York Times writer and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, is known as a... (read more)

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Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions
Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions
by Leonard Koren
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Aesthetics, in its totality of meanings, is about where your mind goes—conceptually, analytically, imaginatively—when you engage with things designed, artistic, and the like. This book is about building a deeper understanding of this rangy... (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 Voices of Silence: Man and His Art. (Abridged from the Psychology of Art) (Bollingen Series)
The Voices of Silence: Man and His Art. (Abridged from the Psychology of Art) (Bollingen Series)
by Andre Malraux
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"Not simply one of [Malraux's] best productions but perhaps one of the really great books of our time."--Edmund... (read more)

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Power of Art (1ST 06 Edition)
Power of Art (1ST 06 Edition)
by Simon Schama
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Great art has dreadful manners, Simon Schama observes wryly at the start of his epic and explosive exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things; visions... (read more)

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Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice (11TH 09 - Old Edition)
Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice (11TH 09 - Old Edition)
by Otto Ocvirk
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The original text that set the standard for introduction to art courses across the country, Art Fundamentals has guided generations of students through the essential elements of art as well as the rich and varied history of their uses. This eleventh... (read more)

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A Short Guide to Writing about Art
A Short Guide to Writing about Art
by Sylvan Barnet
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 This best-selling text has guided tens of thousands of art students through the writing process.  Students are shown how to analyze pictures (drawings, paintings, photographs), sculptures and architecture, and are prepared with the tools... (read more)

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9.5 Theses on Art and Class
9.5 Theses on Art and Class
by Ben Davis
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9.5 Theses on Art and Class seeks to show how a clear understanding of class makes sense of what is at stake in a broad number of contemporary art's most persistent debates, from definitions of political art to the troubled status of "outsider" and... (read more)

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Aka Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist (Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge)
Aka Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist (Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge)
by Anne Collins Goodyear
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aka Marcel Duchamp is an anthology of recent essays by leading scholars on Marcel Duchamp, arguably the most influential artist of the twentieth century. With scholarship addressing the full range of Duchamp's career, these papers examine how Duchamp's... (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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