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Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts

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  • 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...

  • A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Artby Ian Chilvers; John Glaves-Smith

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 18.99

    This unique and authoritative reference work contains around 2,000 clear and concise entries on all aspects of modern and contemporary art. Its impressive range of terms includes movements, styles, techniques, artists, critics, dealers, schools, and galleries. There are biographical entries for artists worldwide from the beginning of the 20th century... more...

  • Neo-avant-garde in Nederlandby Rogier Schumacher

    Amsterdam University Press 2010; US$ 67.75

    In 1955 werd het tijdschrift "Museumjournaal" opgericht in een poging het algmene publiek te winnen voor de twintigste-eeuwse kunst. Binnen tien jaar groeide het blad uit tot dé informatiebron voor eigentijdse avant-gardekunst in ons land. Rogier Schumacher analyseert deze groei. Hij toont aan dat de belangrijkste auteurs in het tijdschrift... 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...

  • Cultural Contact and the Making of European Art since the Age of Explorationby Mary D. Sheriff

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    Art historians have long been accustomed to thinking about art and artists in terms of national traditions. This volume takes a different approach, suggesting instead that a history of art based on national divisions often obscures the processes of cultural appropriation and global exchange that shaped the visual arts of Europe in fundamental ways... 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...

  • Art After Appropriationby John Welchman

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 52.95

    Beginning with the first comprehensive account of the discourse of appropriation that dominated the art world in the late 1970s and 1980s, Art After Appropriation suggests a matrix of inflections and refusals around the culture of taking or citation, each chapter loosely correlated with one year of the decade between 1989 and 1999. The opening chapters... more...

  • The Museums of Contemporary Artby J. Pedro Lorente

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 39.95

    Where, how, by whom and for what were the first museums of contemporary art created? These are the key questions addressed by Pedro Lorente in this new and expanded edition of his groundbreaking 1998 study, Cathedrals of Urban Modernity. In it he explores the concept and history of museums of contemporary art, and the shifting ways in which they have... more...

  • Ideas About Artby Kathleen K. Desmond

    Wiley 2011; US$ 96.95

    Ideas About Art is an intelligent, accessible introductory text for students interested in learning how to think about aesthetics. It uses stories drawn from the experiences of individuals involved in the arts as a means of exposing readers to the philosophies, theories, and arguments that shape and drive visual art.  An accessible, story-driven... more...

  • Aesthetic Creationby Nick Zangwill

    Clarendon Press 2007; US$ 28.99

    What is the purpose of a work of art? What drives us to make art? Why do we value art and consume it? Nick Zangwill argues that we cannot understand the nature of art without first having answers to these fundamental questions. On his view, which he dubs 'the Aesthetic Creation Theory', a work of art is something created for a particular aesthetic... more...