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  • Signal: 04by Alec Dunn; Josh MacPhee

    PM Press 2015; US$ 9.99

    Alec Dunn is an illustrator, printer, and amateur historian who has designed book and record covers, political graphics, and punk fliers. He is the coeditor of the Signal series and has been a member of the Justseeds Artists? Cooperative since it formed in 2007. He lives in Pittsburgh. Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, activist, and archivist.... 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...

  • 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...

  • The Intervals of Cinemaby Jacques Ranciere; John Howe

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 4.99

    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...

  • 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...

  • The Art Kettleby Sinead Murphy

    John Hunt Publishing 2012; US$ 11.99

    The theme of 'disinterest' is a dominant one in philosophical accounts of aesthetic experience, and, unlike many philosophical themes, it has had and continues to have a huge effect, on presuppositions about the nature of judgment, of feeling, of art, of resistance, of all of those experiences and activities that appear to operate at least partly... more...

  • Representations of Pain in Art and Visual Cultureby Maria Pia Di Bella; James Elkins

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 140.00

    The presentation of bodies in pain has been a major concern in Western art since the time of the Greeks. The Christian tradition is closely entwined with such themes, from the central images of the Passion to the representations of bloody martyrdoms. The remnants of this tradition are evident in contemporary images from Abu Ghraib. In the last forty... more...

  • 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...

  • Public Art, Memorials and Atlantic Slaveryby Celeste-Marie Bernier; Judie Newman

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    In this collection distinguished American and European scholars, curators and artists discuss major issues concerning the representation and commemoration of slavery, as brought into sharp focus by the 2007 bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade. Writers consider nineteenth and twentieth century American and European images of African Americans,... more...

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

    Melville House 2015; US$ 20.00

    ?What could be more delightful--and unsettling--than turning loose a group of contemporary surrealists, disguised as vagabonds and artists, in the ripe fields of the hyper-real? Experimental Geography isn?t about space; it is about terminal strangeness.? --Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz and Ecology of Fear "Living in cities, we need a... more...