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  • Between the Livesby Deborah Shepard

    Auckland University Press 2005; US$ 23.99

    This fascinating look at artists and their intimate partners takes nine well-known New Zealand couples and explores the many aspects of their lives?particularly how the presence of an artistic companion or soul mate impacts the art they produce. Combining the pleasures of gossip with information about how these artists have conducted their lives,... more...

  • Performance: A Critical Introductionby Marvin Carlson

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 51.95

    This comprehensively revised, illustrated edition discusses recent performance work and takes into consideration changes that have taken place since the book's original publication in 1996. Marvin Carlson guides the reader through the contested definition of performance as a theatrical activity and the myriad ways in which performance has been interpreted... more...

  • In Other Los Angelesesby Meiling Cheng

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 15.95

    Performance art and Los Angeles, two subjects spectacularly resistant to definitions, illuminate each other in this searching study by Meiling Cheng. A marginal artistic pursuit by choice as well as necessity, performance art has flourished in and about "multicentric" Los Angeles for nearly four decades, finding its own centers of activity, moving... more...

  • Ethno-Technoby Guillermo Gómez-Peña

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 46.95

    Famous performance activist Gómez-Peña explores the political and philosophical parameters of what's left for artists to do in a post-9/11 repressive culture and offers groundbreaking insight into his methods of production, development and teaching. more...

  • Collectivism after Modernismby Blake Stimson

    University of Minnesota Press 2007; US$ 27.95

    Organized around case studies spanning the globe from Europe, Japan, and the United States to Africa, Cuba, and Mexico, Collectivism after Modernism covers such renowned collectives as the Guerrilla Girls and the Yes Men, as well as lesser-known groups. more...

  • Margaret Cavendish in de Nederlandenby Thijs Weststeijn

    Amsterdam University Press 2008; US$ 29.85

    A beautiful portrait of the seventeenth century phylosopher and her life in Rotterdam and Antwerp more...

  • The Myth of Popular Cultureby Perry Meisel

    Wiley 2009; US$ 107.95

    The Myth of Popular Culture from Dante to Dylan is a fascinating examination of the cultural traditions of the American novel, Hollywood, and British and American rock music which leads us to redefine our concept of the division between "high" and "low" culture. A stimulating history of high and low culture from Dante Alighieri to Bob Dylan, providing... more...

  • Latinos in the Artsby Steven Otfinoski

    Infobase Publishing 2007; US$ 54.00

    From the beginnings of the colonization of the US, Latino art has been a creative and physical presence in the Southwest, southern Florida, and much of California. This work traces the accomplishments of 178 performing and visual artists. A bibliography directs the reader to sources for further information about Latino Americans and the arts. more...

  • Moved by Loveby Mary D. Sheriff

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 25.00

    In eighteenth-century France, the ability to lose oneself in a character or scene marked both great artists and ideal spectators. Yet it was thought this same passionate enthusiasm, if taken to unreasonable extremes, could also lead to sexual deviance, mental illness—even death. Women and artists were seen as especially susceptible to these... more...

  • Making Strangeby Herbert Grabes

    Editions Rodopi 2008; US$ 56.00

    This compact, indispensable overview answers a vexed question: Why do so many works of modern and postmodern literature and art seem designed to appear ‘strange’, and how can they still cause pleasure in the beholder? To help overcome the initial barrier caused by this ‘strangeness’, the general reader is given an initial, non-technical... more...