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Philosophy & Social Aspects

  • 100 Artists' Manifestosby Alex Danchev

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 18.32

    In this remarkable collection of 100 manifestos from the last 100 years, Alex Danchev presents the cacophony of voices of such diverse movements as Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Feminism, Communism, Destructivism, Vorticism, Stridentism, Cannibalism and Stuckism, taking in along the way film, architecture, fashion, and cookery. Artists' manifestos... more...

  • 1989, The Numberby Kevin Coval; Nate Marshall

    Haymarket Books 2016; US$ 0.01

    For hip-hop heads 89 was the peak of the Golden Era and the Crack Epidemic. more...

  • 30 Years of Mattby Matt Pritchett

    Orion 2018; US$ 18.99

    From all-day opening hours to President Trump; from the first Red Nose Day to Brexit... The last 30 years has seen some momentous - and not so momentous - events. And chronicling the entire three decades is Matt, beloved, award-winning cartoonist - and the very best there is. Whether it's beleaguered commuters, political surprises, national absurdities,... 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...

  • Absence and Difficult Knowledge in Contemporary Art Museumsby Margaret Tali

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 150.00

    This book analyzes practices of collecting in European art museums from 1989 to the present, arguing that museums actualize absence both consciously and unconsciously, while misrepresentation is an outcome of the absent perspectives and voices of minority community members which are rarely considered in relation to contemporary art. Difficult knowledge... more...

  • Advancing a Different Modernismby S.A. Mansbach

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 49.95

    Advancing a Different Modernism analyzes a long-ignored but formative aspect of modern architecture and art. By examining selective buildings by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1850-1923) and by the Slovenian designer Jože Plecnik (1872-1957), the book reveals the fundamental political and ideological conservatism that helped shape... more...

  • The Aesthetic Dimensionby Herbert Marcuse

    Beacon Press 2014; US$ 20.00

    Developing a concept briefly introduced in Counterrevolution and Revolt , Marcuse here addresses the shortcomings of Marxist aesthetic theory and explores a dialectical aesthetic in which art functions as the conscience of society. Marcuse argues that art is the only form or expression that can take up where religion and philosophy fail and contends... more...

  • After the Partyby Joshua Chambers-Letson

    NYU Press 2018; US$ 30.00

    A new manifesto for performance studies on the art of queer of color worldmaking.  After the Party  tells the stories of minoritarian artists who mobilize performance to produce freedom and sustain life in the face of subordination, exploitation, and annihilation. Through the exemplary work of Nina Simone, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Danh Vō, Felix... more...

  • After Silenceby Avram Finkelstein

    University of California Press 2017; US$ 27.95

    Early in the 1980s AIDS epidemic, six gay activists created one of the most iconic and lasting images that would come to symbolize a movement: a protest poster of a pink triangle with the words “Silence = Death.” The graphic and the slogan still resonate today, often used—and misused—to brand the entire movement. Cofounder of the collective Silence... more...

  • Against Value in the Arts and Educationby Sam Ladkin; Robert McKay; Emile Bojesen

    Rowman & Littlefield International 2016; US$ 48.99

    A multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary volume exploring the damage to the arts, arts’ funding and education through the rhetoric, manipulation and auditing of value. The collection includes contributions from anthropology, the history of art, literature, education, musicology, political science, and philosophy. more...