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  • Political Landscapeby Martin Warnke

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 16.00

    We all know what "the political landscape" is, and politicians and journalists never tire of referring to it. But in this ingenious and original book, Martin Warnke takes that well-worn metaphor literally and uses it to reveal just how politicized the real landscape of continental Europe has been for centuries. The author finds his evidence of humanity's... more...

  • The Art of Warby Sun Tzu

    Thunder Bay Press 2014; US$ 4.99

    Dated to about fifth century BC, The Art of War is considered the oldest treatise on war in the world. Attributed to Sun Tzu of the Zhou dynasty, the book is composed of thirteen chapters, each addressing a particular aspect of warfare, such as planning offenses, military combat, and the employment of spies. Influential in eastern civilization for... more...

  • Guggenheim Forum Reader 1by The Guggenheim Museum

    Guggenheim Museum 2013; US$ 4.99

    Art has a way of raising questions. Since 2009 the Guggenheim Forum has pondered how themes from art affect life outside the museum?s walls: What is the role of spirituality in contemporary life? What is reality in the virtual era? And what?s in a name? By bringing together writers, scientists, artists, and other experts from diverse fields, the Guggenheim... more...

  • Playing at Homeby Gill Perry

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 29.00

     Art Since the ’80s, a new series from Reaktion Books, seeks to offer compelling surveys of popular themes in contemporary art. In the first book in the series, Gill Perry reveals how the house and the idea of home have inspired a range of imaginative and playful works by artists across the globe. Exploring how artists have engaged with... more...

  • Surfaceby Simon Standing; Liz Wells

    Intellect 2005; US$ 10.00

    This book is a collection of six papers from the 2004 Land/Water and Surface symposium. These works contribute both to contemporary academic debates within artist and curatorial practices, and to understanding within related areas of experience and knowledge. Central themes include: sustainability; representation of change, journey, place and visual... more...

  • Too Beautiful to Pictureby Elizabeth C. Mansfield

    University of Minnesota Press 2007; US$ 75.00

    Few tales of artistic triumph can rival the story of Zeuxis. As first reported by Cicero and Pliny, the painter Zeuxis set out to portray Helen of Troy, but when he realized that a single model could not match Helen?s beauty, he combined the best features of five different models. A primer on mimesis in art making, the Zeuxis myth also illustrates ambivalence... more...

  • Icon and Devotionby Oleg Tarasov

    Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 40.00

    Icon and Devotion offers the first extensive presentation in English of the making and meaning of Russian icons. more...

  • Portraitureby Shearer West

    Oxford University Press, UK 2004; US$ 18.99

    This fascinating new book explores the world of portraiture from a number of vantage points, and asks key questions about its nature. How has portraiture changed over the centuries? How have portraits represented their subjects, and how have they been interpreted? Issues of identity, modernity,and gender are considered within a cultural and historical... more...

  • Christian Artby Beth Williamson

    Oxford University Press, UK 2004; US$ 9.99

    Christian images have a long history within the Western art tradition from the narrative and devotional works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, to the radical new interpretations of the twenty-first century. This fascinating new book explores the changing nature of the representation of key themes and subjects found in Christian art, covering... more...

  • Animals as Disguised Symbols in Renaissance Artby Simona Cohen

    BRILL 2008; US$ 144.00

    Demonstrates the continuity and tenacity of medieval animal interpretations and symbolism, disguised under the veil of genre, religious or mythological narrative and scientific naturalism. This work illustrates the ways in which Renaissance artists revived conventional animal imagery in unprecedented contexts. more...