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  • Beauty and Art 1750-2000by Elizabeth Prettejohn

    Oxford University Press, UK 2005; US$ 25.99

    What do we mean when we call a work of art `beautiful`? How do perceptions of beauty change with the passage of time? Elizabeth Prettejohn explores these crucial questions, showing the vital relationship between our changing notions of beauty and specific works of art. She charts the story of western art, from eighteenth-century Germany to the late... more...

  • Contemporary Artby Julian Stallabrass

    Oxford University Press, UK 2006; US$ 9.99

    What is 'contemporary' about contemporary art? Who is really running the art world?. This controversial and witty exploration of the dramatic changes that have taken place in the art world since the fall of the Berlin Wall provides a critical look at the reasons for the current art boom, and reveals the politics behind the business. - ;Contemporary... more...

  • Art Incorporatedby Julian Stallabrass

    Oxford University Press, UK 2004; US$ 8.95

    A controversial and fascinating attempt to define what is 'contemporary' about contemporary art, and the dramatic changes that have taken place in the last twenty years. Stallabrass reveals the growing inclusiveness of the contemporary art world, pointing to the greatly increased visibility for women and non-western artists, and the blurring... more...

  • From Head to Handby David Levi Strauss

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 18.99

    In his third book, Strauss delves into the mysterious process whereby an idea is born in the mind and materialized through the hand in the expression of an artwork. How exactly does this happen? It's a question so basic, an act so fundamental to art-making, that it has rarely received attention. It makes an ideal topic for Strauss, a writer with... more...

  • Children's Book of Artby

    DK Publishing 2009; US$ 24.99

    This engaging guide takes children on an international tour of the world's greatest art, from the first daubs of paint in prehistoric caves to today's performance art. It includes all of the important art movements, from Renaissance to Rococo, as well as the great painters from all these eras. However, the approach is to look at art as an international... more...

  • Encyclopedia of Native American Artistsby Deborah Everett; Elayne Zorn

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2008; US$ 74.95

    Students and art lovers will enjoy reading about the approximately 70 Native American artists presented here, many for the first time in a reference book. more...

  • Grenzen der Katharsis in den modernen Künstenby Martin Vöhler; Dirck Linck

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 133.00

    Whereas Aristotle had limited the evocation of fear and sympathy strictly to the cathartic effect of tragedy, a dissolution can be observed of the boundaries of concepts of catharsis following on from Bernays, Freud and Nietzsche, as the possibilities and limits of catharsis as an emotional abreaction are redrawn. What led to the break with the Aristotelian... more...

  • Drawing on Artby Dalia Judovitz

    University of Minnesota Press 2010; US$ 75.00

    How Duchamp and his collaborators creatively challenged the meaning of art and authorship more...

  • Confessions of a Curatorby Joan Murray

    Dundurn 1996; US$ 14.99

    In this witty and compelling defence of the art field itself, Joan Murray, one of the country's most outspoken art historians, discusses the great figures of Canadian art and the rise of our national are in institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario. more...

  • The Sensory World of Italian Renaissance Artby François Quiviger

    Reaktion Books 2010; US$ 27.00

    In The Sensory World of Italian Renaissance Art, François Quiviger explores the ways in which the senses began to take on a new significance in the art of the sixteenth century. more...