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  • 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 negative... more...

  • A Real Van Goghby Henk Tromp

    Amsterdam University Press 2010; US$ 49.50

    Vincent van Gogh's paintings and drawings are fabulously expensive. Millions of people admire his work, but are those masterpieces all genuine? To this day, the international art world struggles to separate the real van Goghs from the fake ones, and the key question addressed in this book is what may happen to art experts when they publicly voice... 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...

  • The Decolonized Eyeby Sarita Echavez See

    University of Minnesota Press 2009; US$ 75.00

    From the late 1980s to the present, artists of Filipino descent in the United States have produced a challenging and creative movement. In The Decolonized Eye, Sarita Echavez See shows how these artists have engaged with the complex aftermath of U.S. colonialism in the Philippines.Focusing on artists working in New York and California, See examines... more...

  • Peregrinatio in terram sanctamby Bernhard von Breydenbach; Isolde Mozer

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 252.00

    The incunabulum Peregrinatio in terram sanctam by Bernhard von Breydenbach, which appeared in 1486, is the first printed and illustrated travelogue. It provides one of the most important sources for studying  medieval contact between religions on the threshold of the Modern Age. Besides sketches in the form of diary entries, theological... more...

  • Le Symbolismeby Nathalia Brodskaya

    Parkstone International 2014; US$ 8.95

    Entre 1880 et les premières années du XXe siècle, le Symbolisme voit le jour en France et en Europe. Les symbolistes, fascinés par les mythologies anciennes, tentent d?échapper au règne de la pensée rationaliste imposée par la science. Souhaitant dépasser le monde du visible et du sensible pour atteindre le monde de la pensée pure, ils flirtent constamment... more...

  • Live Art in LAby Peggy Phelan

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 44.95

    Live Art in LA: Performance Art in Southern California , 1970-1983 documents and critically examines one of the most fecund periods in the history of live art. The book forms part of the Getty Institute?s Pacific Standard Time initiative ? a series of exhibitions, performance re-enactments and research projects focused on the greater Los Angeles... more...

  • Imaging Disasterby Gennifer Weisenfeld

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 60.00

    Focusing on one landmark catastrophic event in the history of an emerging modern nation?the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo and surrounding areas in 1923?this fascinating volume examines the history of the visual production of the disaster. The Kanto earthquake triggered cultural responses that ran the gamut from voyeuristic and macabre... more...

  • Contemporary African Cultural Productionsby V.Y. Mudimbe

    CODESRIA 2013; US$ 34.95

    All over Africa, an explosion in cultural productions of various genres is in evidence. Whether in relation to music, song and dance, drama, poetry, film, documentaries, photography, cartoons, fine arts, novels and short stories, essays, and (auto)biography; the continent is experiencing a robust outpouring of creative power that is as remarkable for... more...