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  • Second Skinby Anne Anlin Cheng

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 19.99

    Through the figure of Josephine Baker, Second Skin tells the story of an unexpected yet enduring intimacy between the invention of a modernist style and the theatricalization of black skin at the turn of the twentieth century. Stepping outside of the platitudes surrounding this iconic figure, Anne Anlin Cheng argues that Baker's famous nakedness... more...

  • Site-Specific Artby Nick Kaye

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 50.95

    Site-Specific Art charts the development of an experimental art form in an experimental way. Nick Kaye traces the fascinating historical antecedents of today's installation and performance art, while also assembling a unique documentation of contemporary practice around the world. The book is divided into individual analyses of the themes of space,... more...

  • Situationistische Internationaleby Max Jakob Orlich

    transcript 2014; US$ 45.41

    Die »Situationistische Internationale« hat eine der einflussreichsten Kritiken der Kultur der 1960er Jahre ausgearbeitet, in der das Scheitern der historischen Avantgarden als zentraler Bestandteil in die eigene Theorieproduktion eingeht. Die zentralen Theoreme der Gesellschaft des Spektakels, der dérive, des détournement und der récupération sind... more...

  • Surrealism and the Exoticby Louise Tythacott

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 54.95

    Surrealism and the Exotic is the story of the obsessive relationship between surrealist and non-western culture. Describing the travels across Africa, Oceania, Mexico and the Caribbean made by wealthy aesthetes, it combines an insight into the mentality of early twentieth century collectors with an overview of the artistic heritage at stake in these... more...

  • Theater in a Crowded Fireby Lee Gilmore

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 34.95

    Every summer, thousands gather from around the world in the blistering heat of Nevada?s Black Rock Desert for the seven-day celebration of art, community, and fire known as Burning Man. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of a wooden effigy, this festival is grand-scale theater for self-expression, personal transformation, eclectic spirituality,... more...

  • Total Chaosby Jeff Chang

    Basic Books 2008; US$ 18.95

    The author of the award-winning Can?t Stop, Won?t Stop assembles the most innovative and provocative voices in hip-hop to assess the future of the most important cultural movement of our time more...

  • Uncommon Culturesby Jim Collins

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 43.95

    Jim Collins argues that postmodernism and popular culture have together undermined the master system of "culture." By looking at a wide range of texts and forms he investigates what happens to the notion of culture once different discourses begin to envision that culture in conflicting ways, constructing often contradictory visions of it simultaneously. more...

  • Victorian Types, Victorian Shadows (Routledge Revivals)by George P. Landow

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 49.95

    The importance of typology in the study of early modern literature has long been accepted, yet students of Victorian culture have paid little attention to it. First published in 1980, this study demonstrates how biblical typology, an apparently arcane interpretative mode, had profound effects on the secular culture of the Victorian age: its art, literature... more...

  • Ästhetik des Authentischenby Christoph Zeller

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 196.00

    Media revolutions awaken longings for the authentic. Literature and art react by turning to the facts, the action and the moment and by pretending to be life. The historical avant-garde movements, which were exemplary for much of the aesthetics around 1970, testify to this. This study explores the history and theory of aesthetics from... more...

  • Action Art: A Bibliography of Artists' Performance from Futurism to Fluxus and Beyondby John Gray

    ABC-CLIO 1993; US$ 75.00

    This comprehensive international bibliography is the first to attempt documentation of this diverse field, covering the history of Artist's Performance. It focuses on its early twentieth-century antecedents in such movements as Futurism, Dada, Russian Constructivism, and the Bauhaus as well as its peak period in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with such... more...