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  • Picturing the Selfby Gen Doy

    I.B.Tauris 2004; US$ 35.00

    Ideas of selfhood, from Descartes? theory of ?I think therefore I am? to postmodern notions of the fragmented self, have been crucial to the visual arts. Gen Doy explores this relationship in relation to contemporary art but also going back to the early modern period and Holbein?s Ambassadors. She argues that the importance of subjectivity for art... more...

  • Seeing Powerby Nato Thompson

    Melville House 2014; US$ 18.95

    A significant meditation on political art and the politics of art by the country?s most celebrated young curator A fog of information and images has flooded the world: from advertising, television, radio, and film to the information glut produced by the new economy. With the rise of social networking, even our contemporaries, peers, and friends... more...

  • De Kooning's Bicycleby Robert Long

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 8.99

    Some of the twentieth century's most important artists and writers--from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Frank O'Hara to Jean Stafford--lived and worked on the East End of Long Island years before it assumed an alternate identity as the Hamptons. The home they made there, and its effect on their work, is the subject of these searching, lyrical... more...

  • The Ransom of Russian Artby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 12.99

    In the 1960's and 1970's, American professor Norton Dodge forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground "unofficial" artists, and brought it out himself or arranged to have it shipped illegally to the United States. John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine activities in the service of dissident Soviet art, his motives... more...

  • What Are You Looking At?by Will Gompertz

    Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 14.99

    For skeptics, art lovers, and the millions of us who visit art galleries every year?and are confused? What Are You Looking At? by former director of London?s Tate Gallery Will Gompertz is a wonderfully lively, accessible narrative history of Modern Art, from Impressionism to the present day. What is modern art? Who started it? Why do we either... more...

  • High Victorian Designby Nikolaus Pevsner

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 20.40

    'Thirst for information, faith in commerce and industry, inventiveness and technical daring, energy and tenacity, and a tendency to mix up religion with visible success - all these qualities have to be remembered as one embarks on a conducted tour of some of the exhibits of 1851.' The Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace was opened... more...

  • Classical Sculpture and the Culture of Collecting in Britain since 1760by Viccy Coltman

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 109.99

    This is a book about classical sculptures in the early modern period, centuries after the decline and fall of Rome, when they began to be excavated, restored, and collected by British visitors in Italy in the second half of the eighteenth century. Viccy Coltman contrasts the precarious and competitive culture of eighteenth-century collecting, which... more...

  • Spirit of the Deltaby Dorothy Sample Shawhan; Patti Carr Black; Tom Rankin

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 35.00

    Raised in West Virginia, self-taught artist Carolyn Norris (b. 1948) moved as a young woman of twenty-one to Cleveland, Mississippi, a quintessential Delta railroad town on the famous blues Highway 61. To create one of her first paintings, she tore the wooden back off a dresser to use as a canvas. She painted with available house paint and completed... more...

  • Ways of Seeingby John Berger

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; Not Available

    How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever. "Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak." "But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is... more...

  • The Best Art You've Never Seenby Julian Spalding

    Rough Guides Ltd 2010; Not Available

    Across the globe there are scores of beautiful and unusual works of art that are largely unseen or fail to receive the critical acclaim they deserve. The Best Art You've Never Seen is your essential companion to this hidden world of artistic treasures. Travelling from Peru to Papua New Guinea, The Best Art You've Never Seen restores to view 101... more...