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Art & Today
Art & Today
by Eleanor Heartney
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Art and Today is an innovative and extensive survey of international contemporary art from the 1980s to the present. Over four hundred of the most significant contemporary artists from around the world are represented in this comprehensive overview... (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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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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Systems (Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art)
Systems (Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art)
by Edward A. (edt) Shanken
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In the late 1950s, experiments such as the cybernetic sculptures of Nicolas Schöffer or the programmatic music compositions of John Cage and Iannis Xenakis transposed systems theory from the sciences to the arts. By the 1960s, artists as diverse as Roy... (read more)

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Politically Unbecoming: Postsocialist Art Against Democracy
Politically Unbecoming: Postsocialist Art Against Democracy
by Anthony Gardner
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From biennials and installations to participatory practices, contemporary art has come to embrace an aesthetic of democratization. Art's capacity for democracy building now defines its contemporary relevance, part of a broader, global glorification of... (read more)

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Art as Therapy
Art as Therapy
by Alain De Botton
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What is art’s purpose? In this engaging, lively, and controversial new book, bestselling philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful... (read more)

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Ethics (Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art)
Ethics (Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art)
by Walead (edt) Beshty
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The boundary of a contemporary art object or project is no longer something that exists only in physical space; it also exists in social, political, and ethical space. Art has opened up to transnational networks of producers and audiences, migrating into... (read more)

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Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Concerning the Spiritual in Art
by Wassily Kandinsky
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A pioneering work in the movement to free art from its traditional bonds to material reality, this book is one of the most important documents in the history of modern art. Written by the famous nonobjective painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), it... (read more)

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Art and illusion :a study in the psychology of pictorial representation
Art and illusion :a study in the psychology of pictorial representation
by E H Gombrich
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An attempt to explain rationally the shifting styles of art, from antiquity to the present, employing modern concepts of visual perception, information theory, and learning.... (read more)

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How to Read a Modern Painting: Lessons from the Modern Masters
How to Read a Modern Painting: Lessons from the Modern Masters
by Jon Thompson
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Eroticism is a truly universal topic, a subject that has always fascinated humankind. Erotic art is telling: It reveals much about an era, a culture, and psychology; it can be sweet, aggressive, soothing, or wild. Erotic Art explores the history of... (read more)

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Everything That Rises : a Book of Convergences (07 Edition)
Everything That Rises : a Book of Convergences (07 Edition)
by Lawrence Weschler
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From a cuneiform tablet to a Chicago prison, from the depths of the cosmos to the text on our T-shirts, Lawrence Weschler finds strange connections wherever he looks. The farther (and further) one travels (through geography, through art, through science,... (read more)

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Art of Cruelty (11 Edition)
Art of Cruelty (11 Edition)
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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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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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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Ambition and Love in Modern American Art (Yale Publications in the History of Art)
Ambition and Love in Modern American Art (Yale Publications in the History of Art)
by Jonathan Weinberg
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Freud wrote that the artist "desires to win honor, power wealth, fame, and the love of women". In this engrossing book, Jonathan Weinberg investigates how an artist's ambition interacts with his or her art, how wealth and celebrity play a role in the... (read more)

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Practices of Looking : an Introduction To Visual Culture (2ND 09 Edition)
Practices of Looking : an Introduction To Visual Culture (2ND 09 Edition)
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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Undermining: A Wild Ride in Words and Images Through Land Use Politics in the Changing West
Undermining: A Wild Ride in Words and Images Through Land Use Politics in the Changing West
by Lucy R. Lippard
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Award-winning author, curator, and activist Lucy R. Lippard is one of Americas most influential writers on contemporary art, a pioneer in the fields of cultural geography, conceptualism, and feminist art. Hailed for "the breadth of her reading and the... (read more)

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Feeding the Eye
Feeding the Eye
by Anne Hollander
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Since the advent of cinema, visual art has tended to be perceived as if it were in motion. Artists now create less often in fresco or carved stone and more on film and tape, on the dance stage, or in the ever changing, ever moving medium of clothes. In... (read more)

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Design and Art (Documents of Contemporary Art)
Design and Art (Documents of Contemporary Art)
by Alex Coles
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This reader in Whitechapel's Documents of Contemporary Art series investigates the interchange between art and design. Since the the Pop and Minimalist eras--as the work of artists ranging from Andy Warhol to Dan Graham demonstrates--the traditional... (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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As a color, black comes in no other shades: it is a single hue with no variation, one half of a dichotomy. But what it symbolizes envelops the entire spectrum of meaningandmdash;good and bad. The Story of Black travels back to the biblical and classical... (read more)

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