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Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
by David Hockney
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Taking a look at the techniques of the Old Masters, hundreds of paintings are reproduced to show how artists would have used the technology available to them in rendering their subjects. 400 color illustrations.... (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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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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Color : Natural History of the Palette (02 Edition)
Color : Natural History of the Palette (02 Edition)
by Victoria Finlay
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In this vivid and captivating journey through the colors of an artist's palette, Victoria Finlay takes us on an enthralling adventure around the world and through the ages, illuminating how the colors we choose to value have determined the history of... (read more)

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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 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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Short Guide To Writing About Art (10TH 11 - Old Edition)
Short Guide To Writing About Art (10TH 11 - Old Edition)
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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But Is It Art? : an Introduction To Art Theory (01 Edition)
But Is It Art? : an Introduction To Art Theory (01 Edition)
by Cynthia Freeland
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From Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes to provocative dung-splattered madonnas, in today's art world many strange, even shocking, things are put on display. This often leads exasperated viewers to exclaim--is this really art? In this invaluable primer on... (read more)

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Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing
Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing
by Margaret Livingstone
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Now in paperback, this groundbreaking study by Harvard neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone explores the inner workings of vision, demonstrating that how we see art depends ultimately on the cells in our eyes and our brains. In Vision and Art, Livingstone... (read more)

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What Art Is
What Art Is
by Arthur C. Danto
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Arthur C. Danto is Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Columbia University and former art critic for The Nation.... (read more)

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California Studies in the History of Art #35: Theories & Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook
California Studies in the History of Art #35: Theories & Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook
by Kristine Stiles
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Ambitious and interdisciplinary, this long-awaited collaboration is a landmark presentation of the writings of contemporary artists. These influential essays, interviews, and critical and theoretical comments provide bold and fertile insights into 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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Craft Reader (10 Edition)
Craft Reader (10 Edition)
by Glen 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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Art Instinct (09 Edition)
Art Instinct (09 Edition)
by Denis Dutton
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In a groundbreaking new book that does for art what Stephen Pinkers The Language Instinct did for linguistics, Denis Dutton overturns a century of art theory and criticism and revolutionizes our understanding of the arts. The Art Instinct combines two... (read more)

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Object Stares Back (96 Edition)
Object Stares Back (96 Edition)
by James Elkins
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In this “remarkable tour de force” (Publishers Weekly)-a “ceaselessly thought-provoking book” (Kirkus Reviews)-art historian James Elkins marshals psychology, philosophy, science, and art history to show how seeing alters the... (read more)

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Art in Theory, 1815-1900 : an Anthology of Changing Ideas (98 Edition)
Art in Theory, 1815-1900 : an Anthology of Changing Ideas (98 Edition)
by Charles Harrison
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Art in Theory 1815-1900 provides the most wide-ranging and comprehensive collection of documents ever assembled on nineteenth-century theories of art.... (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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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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Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy
Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy
by Dave Hickey
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The 23 essays (or love songs) that make up the now classic volume Air Guitar trawl a vast, invisible underground empire of pleasure, through record stores, honky-tonks, art galleries, jazz clubs, cocktail lounges, surf shops and hot-rod stores, as... (read more)

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