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  • But Is It Art?by Cynthia Freeland

    OUP Oxford 2002; US$ 9.99

    Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy, art theory, and many engrossing examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, sex, web sites, and research on the brain's role in perceiving art. This clear, lively book will engage the public, introductory students, and teachers in... more...

  • How to See the Worldby Nicholas Mirzoeff

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 12.68

    In recent decades, we have witnessed an explosion in the number of visual images we encounter, as our lives have become increasingly saturated with screens. From Google Images to Instagram, video games to installation art, this transformation is confusing, liberating and worrying all at once, since observing the new visuality of culture is not the... more...

  • Seeing Powerby Nato Thompson

    Melville House 2015; US$ 23.95

    In our chaotic world of co-opted imagery, does art still have power? A fog of images and information permeates the world nowadays: from advertising, television, radio, and film to the glut produced by the new economy and the rise of social media . . . where even our friends suddenly seem to be selling us the ultimate product: themselves. Here,... more...

  • Maori Tattooingby H. G. Robley

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    Maori tattooing (moko) communicates the bearer's genealogy, tribal affiliation, and spirituality. This definitive study discusses the distinctions between men and women's moko, patterns and designs, and moko in legend and song. more...

  • Ways Around Modernismby Stephen Bann

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 33.95

    Stephen Bann examines the arguments for the centrality of French modernist painting. He begins by focusing particularly on the notion of the modernist break, as it has been interpreted with regard to painters like Manet and Ingres. He argues that ‘curiosity’, with its origins in the seventeenth-century world-view can be a valid concept for understanding... more...

  • The Art of Getting Overby Stephen Powers

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 6.79

    What started as simple street movement, a way to assert individuality and pride, has blossomed into much more: Graffiti is everywhere. From Sprite commercials to The Source magazine to Soho art galleries, the elements and vernacular of the graffiti aesthetic are apparent in today's society. The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium... more...

  • Mehndiby Loretta Roome

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 6.79

    Mehndi, the ancient art of painting on the skin with henna, beautifies the body, rejuvenates the spirit, and celebrates the joys of creativity and self-expression. More than just a temporary tattoo, mehndi offers us a way to participate in a centuries-old tradition still practiced in India, Africa, and the Middle East. In this stunning and authoritative... more...

  • Human Achievementby David Shrigley

    Chronicle Books LLC 2012; US$ 7.99

    Funny, urgent, bizarre, and honest pop artist David Shrigley's darkly hilarious scrawls from the subconscious have earned him a growing legion of fans around the world. Human Achievement collects new truths, anxieties, and amusements from the mundane to the surreal in an addictively strange and entertaining primer that welcomes the uninitiated and... more...

  • Sign Paintersby Faythe Levine; Sam Macon; Ed Ruscha

    Princeton Architectural Press 2013; US$ 19.99

    There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl... more...

  • A Love Letter to the Cityby Stephen Powers; Peter Eleey

    Princeton Architectural Press 2014; US$ 19.99

    Stretched across city walls and along rooftops, Stephen Powers's colorful large-scale murals sneak up on you. "Open your eyes / I see the sunrise," "If you were here I'd be home," "Forever begins when you say yes." What at first looks like nothing as much as an advertisement suddenly becomes something grander and more mysterious—a hand-painted love... more...