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Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts

  • The (Moving) Pictures Generationby Vera Dika

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 95.00

    Beginning in the late 1970s, a number of visual artists in downtown New York City returned to an exploration of the cinematic across mediums. Vera Dika considers their work within a greater cultural context and probes for a deeper understanding of the practice. more...

  • 1000 Porträtsby Victoria Charles; Klaus Carl

    Parkstone International 2014; US$ 9.50

    Gemäß den etablierten kunsttechnischen Grundsätzen sollte ein Porträt vor allem ein naturgetreues Abbild der porträtierten Person darstellen. Im Laufe der Geschichte hat sich dieses Genre jedoch als weitaus komplexer erwiesen als es diese Richtlinie, die eine simple Nachahmung der Natur vorzuschreiben scheint, ausdrücken könnte. Das vorliegende Buch... more...

  • 14 Grafikerinnen im Wien des 20. Jahrhundertsby Heidelinde Resch

    Birkhäuser 2013; US$ 32.72

    There are many successful and famous graphic designers in the history of Austrian graphic design, but closer examination shows that women are generally not involved in it or only along the fringes. This publication traces the work of women in applied graphics and puts them, their lives and their creations in center stage. This volume is... more...

  • 800-1200by Dieter Blume

    De Gruyter 2012; US$ 335.84

    Das komplexe Wechselspiel von Bildern und Wissenschaft steht im Mittelpunkt dieses Buches. Die Sternbilderdarstellungen in mittelalterlichen Handschriften transferieren eine antike, heidnische Bilderreihe in einen neuen, christlichen Kontext. Zugleich begleiten und strukturieren sie aber auch den Erkenntnisprozeß mittelalterlicher Astronomie.... more...

  • 9.5 Theses on Art and Classby Ben Davis

    Haymarket Books 2013; US$ 17.99

    Ben Davis draws the curtain back on the contemporary art world to assail its commodified roots. more...

  • The A to Z of Renaissance Artby Lilian H. Zirpolo

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 39.99

    The A to Z of Renaissance Art covers the years 1250 to 1648, the period most disciplines place as the Renaissance Era. A complete portrait of this remarkable period is depicted in this book through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 500 hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on major Renaissance painters, sculptors,... more...

  • About Lookingby John Berger

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.95

    As a novelist, art critic, and cultural historian, John Berger is a writer of dazzling eloquence and arresting insight whose work amounts to a subtle, powerful critique of the canons of our civilization. In About Looking he explores our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see. How do the animals we look at in zoos remind us... more...

  • Aesthetic Creationby Nick Zangwill

    OUP Oxford 2007; US$ 32.99 US$ 28.37

    What is the purpose of art? What drives us to make it? Why do we value it? Nick Zangwill argues that the function of art is to have certain aesthetic properties in virtue of its non-aesthetic properties, and this function arises because of the artist's insight into the nature of these dependence relations and her intention to bring them about. more...

  • Aestheticsby Charles Taliaferro

    Oneworld Publications 2012; US$ 7.99

    What is art? Why do we find some things beautiful but not others? Is it wrong to share mp3s? These are just some of the questions explored by aesthetics, the philosophy of art. In this sweeping introduction, Charles Taliaferro skilfully guides us through notions of art and beauty around the world, tackling lively debates such as who owns art and how... more...

  • The Afghan Queenby Paul Meinhardt

    Turn the Page Publishing 2013; US$ 9.99

    Lela Meinhardt, a tribal art trader in Afghanistan, traveled and traded with migratory Afghan tribes from 1975 to 1980, a time when Americans, and their money, were welcomed by the Afghan people. Lela's adventures, recorded in the letters she sent to her husband, Paul, are more the stuff of legend than a modern journey. To the people who knew her,... more...