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Philosophy & Social Aspects

  • 9.5 Theses on Art and Classby Ben Davis

    Haymarket Books 2013; US$ 18.00

    Ben Davis draws the curtain back on the contemporary art world to assail its commodified roots. more...

  • Against the Wallby William Parry

    Chicago Review Press 2011; US$ 19.99

    Featuring the work of acclaimed artists such as Banksy, Ron English, and Blu, as well as Palestinian artists and activists, the photographs in this collection express outrage, compassion, and touching humor while illustrating the lives and livelihoods of the tens of thousands of people affected by Israel's wall. This stunning book of photographs details... more...

  • Ai Weiwei Speaksby Hans Ulrich Obrist

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    '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...

  • 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...

  • Anarchy and Artby Allan Antliff

    Arsenal Pulp Press 2007; US$ 23.95

    A fascinating study of anarchist artists confronting pivotal historical moments over the past 140 years. more...

  • Animalby Erica Fudge

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 19.95

    From the pet that we live with and care for, to news items such as animal cloning, and the use of various creatures in film, television and advertising, animals are a constant presence in our lives. Animal is a timely overview of the many ways in which we live with animals, and assesses many of the paradoxes of our relationships with them: for example,... more...

  • Antinomies of Art and Cultureby Terry Smith; Okwui Enwezor; Nancy Condee; Antonio Negri; Geeta Kapur; Rosalind Krauss

    Duke University Press 2008; US$ 27.95

    Collection of essays by art historians and cultural theorists on what it means for art to be contemporary in the wake of postmodernism. more...

  • Art, Mimesis and the Avant-Gardeby Andrew Benjamin

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 55.95

    First published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Art, Technology, Consciousnessby Roy Ascott

    Intellect 2000; US$ 10.00

    Within a technological context, this volume addresses contemporary theories of consciousness, subjective experience, the creation of meaning and emotion, and relationships between cognition and location. Its focus is both on and beyond the digital culture, seeking to assimilate new ideas emanating from the physical sciences as well as embracing spiritual... more...

  • The Art Instinctby Denis Dutton

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 10.99

    The Art Instinct combines two of the most fascinating and contentious disciplines, art and evolutionary science, in a provocative new work that will revolutionize the way art itself is perceived. Aesthetic taste, argues Denis Dutton, is an evolutionary trait, and is shaped by natural selection. It's not , as almost all contemporary art criticism and... more...