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  • Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?by James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 1999; 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. more...

  • What Painting Isby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2000; US$ 39.95

    Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art-historian, James Elkins? highly original work communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history by focusing on alchemy. more...

  • On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Artby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 39.95

    Can contemporary art say anything about spirituality? Answering this question and more, On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art explores the curious disconnection between spirituality and current art. more...

  • Pictures and Tearsby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 39.95

    This deeply personal account of emotion and vulnerability draws upon anecdotes related to individual works of art to present a chronicle of how people have shown emotion before works of art in the past. more...

  • 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...

  • How to Use Your Eyesby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 46.95

    Bringing into striking focus the common artefacts of life that are often misunderstood or largely ignored, this book explores a range of complicated things, including mandalas, the periodic table and a hieroglyph. more...

  • Visual Literacyby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 40.00

    What does it mean to be visually literate? Does it mean different things in the arts and the sciences? In the developed West or in developing nations? This groundbreaking collection explores what impact the new concept of "visual literacy" has on art history. 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...

  • What Photography Isby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 35.95

    In What Photography Is , James Elkins examines the strange and alluring power of photography in the same provocative and evocative manner as he explored oil painting in his best-selling What Painting Is . In the course of an extended imaginary dialogue with Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida , Elkins argues that photography is also about meaninglessness--its... more...

  • Art History Versus Aestheticsby James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 39.95

    In this unparalleled collection, over twenty of the world's most prominent thinkers on the subject including Arthur Danto, Stephen Melville, Wendy Steiner, Alexander Nehamas, and Jay Bernstein ponder the disconnect between these two disciplines. more...