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  • 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...

  • The Ugly Renaissanceby Alexander Lee

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 30.00

    A fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of the sordid, hidden world behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more  Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic innovation, the Renaissance is cloaked in a unique aura of beauty and brilliance. Its very name conjures up awe-inspiring images of an... more...

  • Double Rhythmby Jean Hélion; Deborah Rosenthal

    Arcade Publishing 2014; US$ 22.95

    Jean Hélion, the French painter who died at eighty-three in 1987, brought together in his copious and essential writing on art the theoretical authority of the intellectual and the fundamental insights of the craftsman in his studio. His writing extended throughout the five decades or more of his career. Soon after the young painter?s arrival in... more...

  • Art in the Hellenistic Worldby Andrew Stewart

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 26.00

    This book offers a new thematic, contextualized, and richly illustrated approach to art of the Hellenistic world (c.330?30 BC). more...

  • Photography and Its Violationsby John Roberts

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Theorists critique photography for “objectifying? its subjects and manipulating appearance for the sake of art. In this bold counterargument, John Roberts recasts photography?s violating powers and aesthetic technique as part of a complex “social ontology? that exposes the hierarchies, divisions, and exclusions behind appearances. Photography must... more...

  • The Chemical Museby Ph.D. D. C.A. Hillman

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    ?The last wild frontier of classical studies.? ---The Times (UK) The Chemical Muse uncovers decades of misdirection and obfuscation to reveal the history of widespread drug use in Ancient Rome and Greece. In the city-states that gave birth to Western civilization, drugs were an everyday element of a free society. Often they were not just available,... more...

  • Bramante's Tempietto, the Roman Renaissance, and the Spanish Crownby Jack Freiberg

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 92.00

    This groundbreaking book situates Bramante's Tempietto at the center of an arts program that exalted Spain's quest for Christian hegemony. more...

  • Yoruba Art and Languageby Rowland Abiodun

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 92.00

    Rowland Abiodun draws on his fluency and prodigious knowledge of Yoruba culture and language to dramatically enrich our understanding of Yoruba civilization and its arts. more...

  • Charles Robert Cockerell, Architect in Timeby Anne Bordeleau

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Focusing on how an important nineteenth-century architect addressed the already shifting relation between architecture, time and history, this book offers insights on issues still relevant today-the struggle between imitation and innovation, the definition (or rejection) of aesthetic experience, the grounds of architectural judgment (who decides and... more...

  • Art, Literature and Religion in Early Modern Sussexby Matthew Dimmock; Andrew Hadfield; Paul Quinn

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 124.95

    Essays in this volume offer interdisciplinary studies of a county that was at the forefront of religious, political and artistic developments in early-modern England. Ranging from the schism of Reformation to the outbreak of Civil War, the volume brings together scholars from the fields of art history, religious and intellectual history and English... more...