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  • The Most Radical Gestureby Sadie Plant

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 71.95

    This book is the first major study of the Situationist International. Tracing the history, ideas and influences of this radical and inspiring movement from dada to postmodernism, it argues that situationist ideas of art, revolution, everyday life and the spectacle continue to inform a variety of the most urgent poltical events, cultural movements,... more...

  • Postmodernismby Christopher Butler

    Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 9.99

    Postmodernism has been a buzzword of contemporary society for the last decade. But how can it be defined? In this "Very Short" Introduction Christopher Butler challenges and explores the key ideas of postmodernists, and their engagement with theory, literature, the visual arts, film, architecture, and music. more...

  • Dada and Surrealismby David Hopkins

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 9.99

    Dada and Surrealism are two of the most important movements of modern art. This book provides an account of them in historical terms, but also explains why they are important in wider cultural terms. Themes of contemporary interest such as gender and identity politics are given particular prominence in this introduction. more...

  • American Salonsby Robert M. Crunden

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 99.99

    In American Salons, Robert Crunden provides a sweeping account of the American encounter with European Modernism up to the American entry into World War I. Crunden begins with deft portraits of the figures who were central to the birth of Modernism, including James Whistler, the eccentric expatriate American painter who became the archetypal artist... more...

  • Primitivist Modernismby Sieglinde Lemke

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 109.99

    This book explores a rich cultural hybridity at the heart of transatlantic modernism. Focusing on cubism, jazz, and Josephine Baker's performance in the Danse Sauvage, Sieglinde Lemke uncovers a crucial history of white and black intercultural exchange, a phenomenon until now greatly obscured by a cloak of whiteness. Considering artists and critics... more...

  • Bloomsbury and Franceby Mary Ann Caws; Sarah Bird Wright

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 26.99

    A literary and visual overview of the experiences of the Bloomsbury group of writers and artists, including Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Dora Carrington. In particular, this work describes their travels in France which shaped much of their thinking, painting and writing. more...

  • Carnal Artby C. Jill O?Bryan

    University of Minnesota Press 2005; US$ 75.00

    The French artist Orlan is infamous for performances during which her body is surgically altered. Responding to Orlan?s definition of her performance surgeries as ?carnal art,? C. Jill O?Bryan considers how the artist?s ever-fluctuating face questions idealized beauty and female identity, and complicates the notion of identity?and its relation to the... more...

  • Modernismby Peter Childs

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 24.95

    The modernist movement radically transformed the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary establishment, and its effects are still felt today. Modernism introduces and analyzes what amounted to nothing less than a literary and cultural revolution. In this fully updated and revised second edition, charting the movement in its global... more...

  • After Criticismby Gavin Butt

    Wiley 2008; US$ 140.95

    It has recently become apparent that criticism has fallen on hard times. Either commodification is deemed to have killed it off, or it has become institutionally routine. This book explores contemporary approaches which have sought to renew criticism's energies in the wake of a 'theatrical turn' in recent visual arts practice, and the emergence of... more...

  • Art and Thoughtby Dana Arnold; Margaret Iversen

    Wiley 2008; US$ 138.95

    Art and Thought is a collection of newly commissioned essays that explores the relationship between the discipline of art history and important movements in the history of western thought. Brings together newly commissioned essays that explore the relationship between the discipline of art history and movements in the history of western thought.... more...