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  • The China Collectorsby Karl E. Meyer; Shareen Blair Brysac

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 30.99

    PART ONE Chapter One: Rules of the Game PART TWO Chapter Two: Pacific Overtures Chapter Three: The Crimson Chapter Four: Barrels of Glue Chapter Five: Lament for Longmen Chapter Six: Penn Corrals the Tang Horses Chapter Seven: Mad for Ming PART THREE Chapter Eight: Art on the Rails Chapter Nine: The Porcelain Bubble Chapter Ten: Romancing... more...

  • Artificial Hellsby Claire Bishop

    Verso Books 2012; US$ 29.95

    Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous, ranging from art historians such as Grant Kester,... more...

  • Experimental Geographyby Nato Thompson; Independent Curators International; Trevor Paglen; Jeffrey Kastner

    Melville House 2015; US$ 20.00

    A photo of a secret CIA prison. A map designed to help visitors reach Malibu?s notoriously inaccessible public beaches. Guidebooks to factories, prisons, and power plants in upstate New York. An artificial reef fabricated from 500 tons of industrial waste. These are some of the more than one hundred projects represented in Experimental Geography ,... more...

  • The Intervals of Cinemaby Jacques Ranciere; John Howe

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 24.95

    Cinema, like language, can be said to exist as a system of differences. In his latest book, acclaimed philosopher Jacques Rancière looks at cinematic art in comparison to its corollary forms in literature and theatre. From literature, he argues, cinema takes its narrative conventions, while at the same time effacing literature?s images and philosophy;... more...

  • All Art is Politicalby Sarah Lowndes

    Luath Press Ltd 2014; US$ 11.65

    Since the 1990s, performative art has been increasingly accepted into the cultural mainstream, becoming a familiar and popular feature of art galleries and museums, as shown by the Tate Modern?s recent ‘Collecting the Performative? project. As art historian Roselee Goldberg notes,‘The term “performative?, used to describe the unmediated engagement... more...

  • Heroesby Franco "Bifo" Berardi

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 12.95

    What is the relationship between capitalism and mental health? In his most unsettling book to date, Franco ?Bifo? Berardi embarks on an exhilarating journey through philosophy, psychoanalysis and current events, searching for the social roots of the mental malaise of our age. Spanning an array of horrors ? the Aurora ?Joker? killer; Anders Breivik;... more...

  • Los Caprichosby Francisco Goya

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    After a serious illness in 1792, Goya spent five years recuperating and preparing himself for the burst of creativity that was to follow. He read deeply in the French revolutionary philosophers. From Rousseau he evolved the idea that imagination divorced from reason produces monsters, but that coupled with reason "it is the mother of the arts and... more...

  • Mao siegtby Guillaume Paoli

    Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlag 2013; US$ 0.90

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  • The Man Who Made Vermeersby Jonathan Lopez

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009; US$ 14.95

    It's a story that made Dutch painter Han van Meegeren famous worldwide when it broke at the end of World War II: A lifetime of disappointment drove him to forge Vermeers, one of which he sold to Hermann Goering in mockery of the Nazis. And it's a story that's been believed ever since. Too bad it isn't true. Jonathan Lopez has drawn on never-before-seen... more...

  • Why are Animals Funny?by EDA Collective

    John Hunt Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    Analyzing the signs of everyday life. more...