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  • From Acting to Performanceby Philip Auslander

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 45.95

    From Acting to Performance collects for the first time major essays by performance theorist and critic Philip Auslander. Together these essays provide a survey of the changes in acting and performance during the crucial transition from the ecstatic theatre of the 1960s to the ironic postmodernism of the 1980s. Auslander examines performance genres... more...

  • The Most Radical Gestureby Sadie Plant

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 71.95

    This book is the first major study of the Situationist International. Tracing the history, ideas and influences of this radical and inspiring movement from dada to postmodernism, it argues that situationist ideas of art, revolution, everyday life and the spectacle continue to inform a variety of the most urgent poltical events, cultural movements,... more...

  • In Other Los Angelesesby Meiling Cheng

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 28.95

    Performance art and Los Angeles, two subjects spectacularly resistant to definitions, illuminate each other in this searching study by Meiling Cheng. A marginal artistic pursuit by choice as well as necessity, performance art has flourished in and about "multicentric" Los Angeles for nearly four decades, finding its own centers of activity, moving... more...

  • American Salonsby Robert M. Crunden

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 124.99

    In American Salons , Robert Crunden provides a sweeping account of the American encounter with European Modernism up to the American entry into World War I. Crunden begins with deft portraits of the figures who were central to the birth of Modernism, including James Whistler, the eccentric expatriate American painter who became the archetypal artist... more...

  • Carnal Artby C. Jill O’Bryan

    University of Minnesota Press 2005; US$ 75.00

    The French artist Orlan is infamous for performances during which her body is surgically altered. Responding to Orlan’s definition of her performance surgeries as “carnal art,” C. Jill O’Bryan considers how the artist’s ever-fluctuating face questions idealized beauty and female identity, and complicates the notion of identity—and its relation to the... more...

  • After Criticismby Gavin Butt

    Wiley 2008; US$ 150.95 US$ 135.86

    It has recently become apparent that criticism has fallen on hard times. Either commodification is deemed to have killed it off, or it has become institutionally routine. This book explores contemporary approaches which have sought to renew criticism's energies in the wake of a 'theatrical turn' in recent visual arts practice, and the emergence of... more...

  • Art and Thoughtby Dana Arnold; Margaret Iversen

    Wiley 2008; US$ 148.95 US$ 134.06

    Art and Thought is a collection of newly commissioned essays that explores the relationship between the discipline of art history and important movements in the history of western thought. Brings together newly commissioned essays that explore the relationship between the discipline of art history and movements in the history of western thought.... more...

  • Performing "Nation"by Doris Croissant; Joshua S Mostow; Catherine Vanceyeh; Catherine Yeh

    BRILL 2008; US$ 151.00

    Uniquely covering literary, visual and performative expressions of culture, this volume aims to correlate the conjunctions of nation building, gender and representation in late 19th and early 20th century China and Japan. more...

  • Ästhetik des Authentischenby Christoph Zeller

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 210.00

    Mediale Revolutionen wecken Sehnsüchte nach Authentischem. Literatur und Kunst reagieren darauf, indem sie sich dem Faktischen, der Aktion und dem Augenblick zuwenden und sich für das Leben selbst ausgeben. Davon zeugen die historischen Avantgarden, die für viele Ästhetiken um 1970 beispielgebend sind. Die vorliegende Studie entfaltet... more...

  • Theater in a Crowded Fireby Lee Gilmore

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 34.95

    Every summer, thousands gather from around the world in the blistering heat of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the seven-day celebration of art, community, and fire known as Burning Man. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of a wooden effigy, this festival is grand-scale theater for self-expression, personal transformation, eclectic spirituality,... more...