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  • Is Art History Global?by James Elkins

    Taylor & Francis 2006; US$ 18.95

    Globalism is arguably the most pressing issue facing art criticism and art history. As the number of art history departments continues to grow, there is a danger art history will become a uniform practice around the world and may soon settle to a global standard. Is Art History Global? stages an international conversation among art historians and critics... more...

  • Visual Culturesby James Elkins

    Intellect 2010; US$ 20.00

    Visual Cultures is the first study of the place of visuality and literacy in specific nations around the world, and includes authoritative, insightful essays on the value accorded to the visual and the verbal in Japan, Poland, China, Russia, Ireland, and Slovenia. The content is not only analytic, but also historical, tracing changes in the significance... more...

  • Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?by James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 39.95

    With bracing clarity, James Elkins explores why images are taken to be more intricate and hard to describe in the twentieth century than they had been in any previous century. Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles? uses three models to understand the kinds of complex meaning that pictures are thought to possess: the affinity between the meanings of paintings... more...

  • Pictures and Tearsby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 39.95

    Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber caught his eye. And what's bad about that? In Pictures and Tears, art historian James Elkins tells the story of paintings that have made people... more...

  • What Painting Isby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 39.95

    Unlike many books on painting that usually talk about art or painters, James Elkins? compelling and original work focuses on alchemy, for like the alchemist, the painter seeks to transform and be transformed by the medium. In What Painting Is , James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history.... more...

  • Visual Studiesby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 43.95

    In his latest book, James Elkins offers a road map through the field of visual studies, describing its major concerns and its principal theoretical sources. Then, with the skill and insight that have marked his successful books on art and visuality, Elkins takes the reader down a side road where visual studies can become a more interesting place. Why... more...

  • Is Art History Global?by James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 39.95

    This is the third volume in The Art Seminar , James Elkin's series of conversations on art and visual studies. Is Art History Global?  stages an international conversation among art historians and critics on the subject of the practice and responsibility of global thinking within the discipline. Participants range from Keith Moxey of Columbia University... more...

  • Photography Theoryby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 39.95

    Photography Theory presents forty of the world's most active art historians and theorists, including Victor Burgin, Joel Snyder, Rosalind Krauss, Alan Trachtenberg, Geoffrey Batchen, Carol Squiers, Margaret Iversen and Abigail Solomon-Godeau in animated debate on the nature of photography. Photography has been around for nearly two centuries,... more...

  • Master Narratives and Their Discontentsby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 33.95

    In this bracing engagement with the many versions of art history, James Elkins argues that the story of modernism and postmodernism is almost always told in terms of four narratives. Works of art are either seen as modern or postmodern, or praised for their technical skill or because of the politics they appear to embody. These are master narratives... more...

  • How To Use Your Eyesby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 46.95

    James Elkins's How to Use Your Eyes invites us to look at--and maybe to see for the first time--the world around us, with breathtaking results. Here are the common artifacts of life, often misunderstood and largely ignored, brought into striking focus. With the discerning eye of a painter and the zeal of a detective, Elkins explores complicated things... more...