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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...

  • The Rape of the Mastersby Roger Kimball

    Encounter Books 2005; US$ 17.99

    "The Rape of the Masters" exposes the charlatanry that fuels much academic art history and leaks into the art world generally, affecting galleries, museums and catalogues. It also provides an engaging antidote to the tendentious, politically motivated assaults on our treasured sources of culture and civilization. more...

  • Signal: 01by Alec Dunn; Josh MacPhee

    PM Press 2010; US$ 12.00

    Dedicated to documenting the compelling graphics, art projects, and cultural movements of international resistance and liberation struggles, this unique resource serves as an active discussion of the role of art in revolution. Introducing the artists and cultural workers who have been at the center of upheavals and revolts, this work expands beyond... more...

  • Occupantsby Henry Rollins; Henry Rollins

    Chicago Review Press 2011; US$ 27.99

    For the past 25 years, Henry Rollins has photographed the most desolate and inhospitable corners of the Earth, and his powerful vision has been harnessed in this photographic essay. Though he is known for the raw power of his expression, Rollins has shown that the greatest statements can be made with the simplest of acts: to bear witness; to be present.... more...

  • Ai Weiwei Speaksby Hans Ulrich Obrist

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 8.45

    'If artists betray the social conscience and the basic principles of being human, where does art stand then?' Ai Weiwei - artist, architect, curator, publisher, poet and urbanist - extended the notion of art and is one of the world's most significant creative and cultural figures. In this series of interviews, conducted over several years with... more...

  • 100 Artists' Manifestosby Alex Danchev

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 18.32

    In this remarkable collection of 100 manifestos from the last 100 years, Alex Danchev presents the cacophony of voices of such diverse movements as Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Feminism, Communism, Destructivism, Vorticism, Stridentism, Cannibalism and Stuckism, taking in along the way film, architecture, fashion, and cookery. Artists' manifestos... more...

  • Paths Toward Utopiaby Cindy Milstein; Josh MacPhee; Erik Ruin

    PM Press 2012; US$ 9.99

    Consisting of 10 collaborative picture-essays that weave poetic words with intricate yet bold images, this collection aims to challenge readers into thinking of community action in a positive light. Depicting what it would be like to live, every day, in a world created from below, where coercion and hierarchy are largely vestiges of the past, Paths... more...

  • Outrage: Art, Controversy, and Societyby Richard Howells; Andreea Deciu Ritivoi; Judith Schachter

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 100.00

    A study of controversy in the arts, and the extent to which such controversies are socially rather than just aesthetically conditioned. The collection pays special attention to the vested interests and the social dynamics involved, including class, religion, culture, and - above all - power. more...

  • Pantomime Terrorby John Hutnyk

    John Hunt Publishing 2014; US$ 11.99

    The war on terror thrives on pantomime demons, created and maintained by political opportunism, convenient stereotype and uncritical celebrity scholarship. more...

  • David's Slingby Victoria C. Gardner Coates

    Encounter Books 2016; US$ 27.99

    Throughout Western history, the societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created iconic works of art to celebrate their achievements. Yet despite the enduring appeal of these worksfrom the Parthenon to Michelangelo?s David to Picasso?s Guernica histories of both art and democracy have ignored this phenomenon.... more...