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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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Vision and Art (Updated and Expanded Edition)
Vision and Art (Updated and Expanded Edition)
by Margaret S. Livingstone
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With the original release of Vision and Art in 2002, Harvard professor Margaret Livingstone successfully bridged the gap between science and art, exploring how great painters fool the brain: why Mona Lisas smile seems so mysterious, or Monets Poppy Field... (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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The Decorated School: Essays on Visual Culture of Schooling
The Decorated School: Essays on Visual Culture of Schooling
by Catherine Burke
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The Decorated School: Essays on Visual Culture of Schooling is a new multi-text publication discussing the relationships between architects, artists and educators, specifically through the art which became an integral part of the fabric of educational... (read more)

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Anarchy in the Organism
Anarchy in the Organism
by Simeon Nelson
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Anarchy in the Organism is an in-depth reader exploring a variety of discourses derived from responses to Simeon Nelsons affecting art installation of the same name. As the artist-in-residence at the UCLH integrated Macmillan Cancer Centre, Nelson... (read more)

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The Decision Between Us: Art and Ethics in the Time of Scenes
The Decision Between Us: Art and Ethics in the Time of Scenes
by John Paul Ricco
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The Decision Between Us combines an inventive reading of Jean-Luc Nancy with queer theoretical concerns to argue that while scenes of intimacy are spaces of sharing, they are also spaces of separation. John Paul Ricco shows that this tension informs... (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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Visual culture is central to how we communicate. Our lives are dominated by images and by visual technologies that allow for the local and global circulation of ideas, information, and politics. In this increasingly visual world, how can we best decipher... (read more)

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Homo Aestheticus : Where Art Comes From and Why (95 Edition)
Homo Aestheticus : Where Art Comes From and Why (95 Edition)
by Ellen Dissanayake
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Dissanayake argues that art was central to human evolutionary adaptation and that the aesthetic faculty is a basic psychological component of every human being. In her view, art is intimately linked to the origins of religious practices and to ceremonies... (read more)

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Panaesthetics: On the Unity and Diversity of the Arts (Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities)
Panaesthetics: On the Unity and Diversity of the Arts (Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities)
by Daniel Albright
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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 arts: Are there many different arts... (read more)

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Nicolas Calas and the Challenge of Surrealism
Nicolas Calas and the Challenge of Surrealism
by Lena Hoff
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With ties to Greece, France, and the United States, Nicolas Calas was a truly international poet, critic, and polemicist writing at the height of surrealism. Emerging on the scene in a vital period of Greek literary history in the early 1930s, he would... (read more)

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The Society of the Spectacle
The Society of the Spectacle
by Guy Debord
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The Situationist book that helped inspire the May 1968 revolt in France. Arguably the most influential book of radical theory in the last fifty years. This new translation by Ken Knabb is the only edition to include extensive annotations, clarifying the... (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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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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Your Everyday Art World
Your Everyday Art World
by Lane Relyea
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Over the past twenty years, the network has come to dominate the art world, affecting not just interaction among art professionals but the very makeup of the art object itself. The hierarchical and restrictive structure of the museum has been replaced by... (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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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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Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book by Artists and Critics
Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book by Artists and Critics
by Herschel B. Chipp
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Gathers interviews, articles, letters, and manifestos dealing with Postimpressionism, symbolism, fauvism, Expressionism, and cubism.... (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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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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