• 100 Contemporary Artists T25 Slipcased
    100 Contemporary Artists T25 Slipcased
    ISBN: 9783836514903
    Title: 100 Contemporary Artists T25 Slipcased

    100 artists who epitomize the contemporary art scene: Key figures on the avant-garde horizon This special two-volume edition features 100 of the most exciting artists from TASCHEN s seminal Art at the Turn of the Millennium and the renowned Art Now series - gathered in a comprehensive survey of contemporary art at the start of the 21st century. The selection includes a wide variety of works by pioneering artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marlene Dumas, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Albert Oehlen, Richard Prince, Charles Ray, Cindy Sherman, and Christopher Wool - alongside a younger generation including Glenn Brown, Natalie Djurberg, Tom Friedman, Mark Grotjahn and Terence Koh. Featured artists include: Franz Ackermann, Ai Wei Wei, Doug Aitken, Darren Almond, Francis Alys, Banksy, Matthew Barney, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cosima von Bonin, Monica Bonvicini, Cecily Brown, Glenn Brown, Andre Butzer, Cai Guo-Qiang, Maurizio Cattelan, George Condo, John Currin, Thomas Demand, Rineke Dijkstra, Nathalie Djurberg, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Urs Fischer, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Gunther Forg, Walton Ford, Tom Friedman, Ellen Gallagher, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Mark Grotjahn, Subodh Gupta, Andreas Gursky, Keith Haring, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschhorn, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Anish Kapoor, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Terence Koh, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Won Ju Lim, Sarah Lucas, Vera Lutter, Marepe, Paul McCarthy, Jonathan Meese, Beatriz Milhazes, Mariko Mori, Sarah Morris, Takashi Murakami, Wangechi Mutu, Yoshitomo Nara, Shirin Neshat, Ernesto Neto, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Albert Oehlen, Chris Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, Tony Oursler, Jorge Pardo, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Phillips, Richard Prince, Neo Rauch, Charles Ray, Tobias Rehberger, Jason Rhoades, Daniel Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Raqib Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Santiago Sierra, Rudolf Stingel, Thomas Struth, Philip Taaffe, Mickalene Thomas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Piotr Ukla ski, Francesco Vezzoli, Kara Walker, Jeff Wall, Rebecca Warren, Franz West, Rachel Whiteread, Kehinde Wiley, Christopher Wool and Erwin Wurm. Text in English, French, and German "

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $150.00
  • 100 Ideas that Changed Art
    100 Ideas that Changed Art
    ISBN: 9781856697958
    Title: 100 Ideas that Changed Art
    Author: BIRD MICHAEL

    From the earliest cave paintings through to the internet and street art, this inspiring book chronicles the 100 most influential ideas that have shaped the world of art. Arranged in broadly chronological order, it provides a unique and brilliantly original take on the history of art. The book shows how developments in materials (oil paint, plastics, paint in tubes) and technology (paper, photography, welding) have radically changed the way that art is produced. But these changes run parallel with influences from wider culture such as the study of optics and anatomy and more conceptual concerns such as chance and ephemerality. Each entry explores when an idea first evolved and how it has resurfaced in the work of different artists up to the present day. Lavishly illustrated with historical masterpieces and packed with fascinating contemporary examples, this is an inspirational and wholly original guide to understanding the forces that have shaped world art.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • 12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark the Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
    12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark the Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
    ISBN: 9780230620599
    Title: 12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark the Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
    Author: THOMPSON DON

    Why would a smart New York investment banker pay $12 million for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock's drip painting No. 5, 1948sell for $140 million? Intriguing and entertaining, The $12 Million Stuffed Sharkis a Freakonomicsapproach to the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world. Why were record prices achieved at auction for works by 131 contemporary artists in 2006 alone, with astonishing new heights reached in 2007? Don Thompson explores the money, lust, and self-aggrandizement of the art world in an attempt to determine what makes a particular work valuable while others are ignored. This book is the first to look at the economics and the marketing strategies that enable the modern art market to generate such astronomical prices. Drawing on interviews with both past and present executives of auction houses and art dealerships, artists, and the buyers who move the market, Thompson launches the reader on a journey of discovery through the peculiar world of modern art. Surprising, passionate, gossipy, revelatory, The $12 Million Stuffed Sharkreveals a great deal that even experienced auction purchasers do not know.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • 12 Million Stuffed Shark Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
    12 Million Stuffed Shark Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
    ISBN: 9781845133023
    Title: 12 Million Stuffed Shark Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
    Author: THOMPSON DON

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • 30 Second Leonardo Da Vinci: His 50 Greatest Ideas & Inventions
    30 Second Leonardo Da Vinci: His 50 Greatest Ideas & Inventions
    ISBN: 9781782400837
    Title: 30 Second Leonardo Da Vinci: His 50 Greatest Ideas & Inventions

    The bestselling 30-Second... series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one picture, all digestible in 30 seconds. 30-Second Leonardo da Vinci uses this unique approach to grapple with the truly diverse thoughts of the ultimate Renaissance Man. Artist, anatomist, sculptor, inventor, architect, cartographer, mathematician, musician, botanist, geologist the word polymath does not quite do Leonardo justice. The painter of the Mona Lisa and conceptualizer of the helicopter seems like a Renaissance superhero. Here, the worlds leading Leonardo scholars present an instant and expert guide to the breadth and brilliance of his greatest innovations.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • 30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity Across Time & Space
    30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity Across Time & Space
    ISBN: 9780714870090
    Title: 30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity Across Time & Space
    Author: PHAIDON

    30,000 Years of Art is an accessible, chronological introduction to art history from 28,000 BC to the present day. Providing a truly global and comprehensive perspective, 30,000 Years of Art charts a course through art history that tracks seminal and lesser known works in all of the fields of both the fine and decorative arts. Featuring over 600 works across all media, from painting and sculpture to textile, metalwork, and ceramic, and updated to include new works from the 20th and 21st centuries, 30,000 Years of Art presents the defining moments, both big and small, of art history. Each entry is accompanied with informative texts written by 35 of the world's leading museum curators, academics and archaeologists providing insights into each work that clearly explain their importance. An illustrated timeline, full index and extensive glossary of schools and movements make 30,000 Years of Art, an indispensable addition to any art library.

    This updated edition includes over 25 new entries that expand the scope of the book further into the 21st century.

    Features 600 of the world's greatest works of art across all media (painting, sculpture, textiles, metalwork, ceramics), ranging from seminal masterworks to lesser known pieces in both the fine and decorative arts.

    Texts are written by 35 of the world's leading museum curators, academics and archaeologists and the easy-to-use chronological format featuring illustrated timelines, and a glossary of terms, schools and movements.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • 33 Artists in 3 Acts
    33 Artists in 3 Acts
    ISBN: 9781847089052
    Title: 33 Artists in 3 Acts

    The best-selling author of Seven Days in the Art World now tells the story of the artists themselves--how they move through the world, command credibility, and create iconic works.33 Artists in 3 Acts offers unprecedented access to a dazzling range of artists, from international superstars to unheralded art teachers. Sarah Thornton's beautifully paced, fly-on-the-wall narratives include visits with Ai Weiwei before and after his imprisonment and Jeff Koons as he woos new customers in London, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi. Thornton meets Yayoi Kusama in her studio around the corner from the Tokyo asylum that she calls home. She snoops in Cindy Sherman's closet, hears about Andrea Fraser's psychotherapist, and spends quality time with Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham, and their daughters Lena and Grace.Through these intimate scenes, 33 Artists in 3 Acts& explores what it means to be a real artist in the real world. Divided into three cinematic "acts"--politics, kinship, and craft--it investigates artists' psyches, personas, politics, and social networks. Witnessing their crises and triumphs, Thornton turns a wry, analytical eye on their different answers--and non-answers--to the question "What is an artist?"33 Artists in 3 Acts reveals the habits and attributes of successful artists, offering insight into the way these driven and inventive people play their game. In a time when more and more artists oversee the production of their work, rather than make it themselves, Thornton shows how an artist's radical vision and personal confidence can create audiences for their work, and examines the elevated role that artists occupy as essential figures in our culture.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • 33 Artists in 3 Acts
    33 Artists in 3 Acts
    ISBN: 9781847089076
    Title: 33 Artists in 3 Acts

    The best-selling author of now tells the story of the artists themselves-how they move through the world, command credibility, and create iconic works.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • 50 Modern Artists You Should Know
    50 Modern Artists You Should Know
    ISBN: 9783791344706
    Title: 50 Modern Artists You Should Know

    A century and a half of masterpieces is covered in this chronologically arranged volume that beautifully captures the development of art in a new age. Starting with James Abbott McNeill Whistler and ending with Matthew Barney, nearly every prominent figure in Modern art is represented in vibrant double-page spreads that show how these artists continued to redefine norms and challenge tradition. Fascinating biographical and anecdotal information about each artist is provided alongside large reproductions of their most celebrated works, stunning details, and images of the artists themselves. A color-coded timeline spans the entire volume, showing overlapping careers and important historical dates. From the impressionists to the surrealists, the cubists to the pop-artists-readers will find a wealth of information as well as hours of enjoyment learning about this popular and prolific period in art history.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • About Looking
    About Looking
    ISBN: 9780747599579
    Title: About Looking
    Author: BERGER JOHN

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Abstract Expressionism
    Abstract Expressionism
    ISBN: 9780714844152
    Title: Abstract Expressionism
    Author: SIEGAL KATY

    Abstract Expressionism emerged in New York in the years immediately following the Second World War and quickly became one of the most powerful and influential movements in the history of modern art. Building on developments in European avant-garde art of the preceding decades, a wave of artists such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman and Clyfford Still developed a new abstraction that was simultaneously elemental and sophisticated. Though several of Abstract Expressionism's key figures were emigres, including Mark Rothko, Hans Hofmann and Arshile Gorky, it was art's first definitively American movement, establishing New York as the new capital of artistic innovation for years to come while creating a visual language that would soon reach to the farthest corners of the globe. Editor Katy Siegel has assembled a complete overview of the subject in three sections. The definitive Survey recounts in detail the movement's emergence, high period and later accomplishments, incorporating both contemporaneous critical writing and up-to-the-minute scholarship. The Works section presents large full-colour images of over 200 key artworks, each accompanied by an informative caption. And the Documents section provides a generous archive of primary and secondary texts, including artist's statements, exhibition reviews and critical writings. The extensive back matter includes biographies on all the artists and authors plus a full bibliography.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $105.00
  • Abstract Expressionism
    Abstract Expressionism
    ISBN: 9780500204276
    Title: Abstract Expressionism
    Author: ANFAM DAVID

    In this concise account, David Anfam examines the movement in terms of its political implications and cultural context, taking into account a wealth of recent scholarship on the subject and offering fresh insight into the works themselves.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity & Social Practice in Contemporary Art
    Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity & Social Practice in Contemporary Art
    ISBN: 9781783208548
    Title: Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity & Social Practice in Contemporary Art

    Martin Patrick explores the ways in which contemporary artists across media continue to reinvent art that straddles both public and private spheres. Examining the impact of various art movements on notions of performance, authorship, and identity, Across the Art/Life Divide argues that the most defining feature of contemporary art is the ongoing interest of artists in the problematic relationship between art and life. Looking at underexamined forms, such as stand-up comedy and sketch shows, alongside more traditional artistic media, he situates the work of a wide range of contemporary artists to ask: To what extent are artists presenting themselves? And does the portrayal of the “self” in art necessarily constitute authenticity? By dissecting the meta-conditions and contexts surrounding the production of art, whether aesthetic or conceptual, social or political, Across the Art/Life Divide examines how ordinary, everyday life is transformed into art.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $68.00
  • Adam Stowers Dinosaurs Collect & Colour
    Adam Stowers Dinosaurs Collect & Colour
    ISBN: 9781848776074
    Title: Adam Stowers Dinosaurs Collect & Colour
    Author: STOWER ADAM

    This scene of dinosaurs playing and making mischief is begging to be coloured in! Why not create a purple T-rex, a pink Stegosaurus and an orange Diplodocus? Humorous drawings by picture book artist Adam Stower bring this popular subject to life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Aesthetic Movement
    Aesthetic Movement
    ISBN: 9780714863191
    Title: Aesthetic Movement

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Aesthetic Theory Essential Texts
    Aesthetic Theory Essential Texts
    ISBN: 9780393733495
    Title: Aesthetic Theory Essential Texts

    This collection of writings on beauty includes selections from twenty key philosophers and theoreticians spanning two millennia: Plato Aristotle Vitruvius Alberti Kant Burke Fiedler Nietzsche Wilde Bergson Bell Scott Benjamin Bataille Sontag Jameson Scarry Nehamas Zangwill Freedberg and Gallese With an introduction and critical headnotes explaining the importance of each text, Mark Foster Gage offers a framework for a provocative history of ideas about beauty as they relate to contemporary thinking on architecture and design. In a world increasingly defined by sumptuous visuality, the concepts of beauty and visual sensation are not mere intellectual exercises but standards that define the very nature of design practice across disciplines and that are essential to the emerging worlds of design and architecture in the twenty-first century.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Aesthetics of Installation Art
    Aesthetics of Installation Art
    ISBN: 9783943365191
    Title: Aesthetics of Installation Art

    This study of the philosophical underpinnings of installation art brilliantly reevaluates the concept of aesthetic autonomy as the very condition of the possibility of art itself, writes internationally prominent art historian Tom Holert. Writer Juliane Rebentisch s captivating readings of Martin Heidegger, Theodor W. Adorno, Clement Greenberg, Rosalind E.Krauss, Jacques Derrida, Stanley Cavell and other luminaries push debates about site specificity and Institutional Critique to argue that aesthetic autonomy and the public sphere in installation art are, in fact, inseparable. This indispensible book will rejuvenate and irrevocably change debates about the nature of aesthetic experience, the autonomy of art, modernism and postmodernism, and, through all of these, about installation art.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
  • Affect Theory Reader
    Affect Theory Reader
    ISBN: 9780822347767
    Title: Affect Theory Reader
    Author: GREG MELISSA

    This field-defining collection consolidates and builds momentum in the burgeoning area of affect studies. Major thinkers theorize affect: visceral forces beneath, alongside, or generally other than conscious knowing that can serve to drive us toward movement, thought and ever-changing forms of relation. As Lauren Berlant explores ""cruel optimism,"" Brian Massumi theorizes the affective logic of public threat, and Elspeth Probyn examines shame, they, along with the other contributors, show how an awareness of affect is opening up exciting new insights in disciplines from anthropology, cultural studies, geography, and psychology to philosophy, queer studies, and sociology. In essays diverse in subject matter, style and perspective, the contributors demonstrate how affect theory illuminates the intertwined realms of the aesthetic, the ethical and the political as they play out across bodies (human and non-human) in both mundane and extraordinary ways. They reveal the broad theoretical possibilities opened by an awareness of affect as they reflect on topics including ethics, food, public morale, glamour, snark in the workplace and mental health regimes.The Affect Theory Readerincludes an interview with the cultural theorist Lawrence Grossberg and an afterword by the anthropologist Kathleen Stewart. In the introduction, the editors suggest ways of defining affect, trace the concept's history and highlight the role of affect theory in various areas of study. Contributors; Sara Ahmed; Ben Anderson; Lauren Berlant; Lone Bertelsen; Steven D. Brown; Patricia Ticineto Clough; Anna Gibbs; Melissa Gregg; Lawrence Grossberg; Ben Highmore; Brian Massumi; Andrew Murphie; Elspeth Probyn; Gregory J. Seigworth; Kathleen Stewart; Nigel Thrift; Ian Tucker; Megan Watkins

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
  • African American Art Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, & Beyond
    African American Art Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, & Beyond
    ISBN: 9780847838905
    Title: African American Art Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, & Beyond

    A beautifully illustrated survey of African American art of the twentieth century, including many never-before-seen works by the most important artists of the period. African American Art presents a powerful selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience of the twentieth century. Embracing many universal themes and also evoking specific aspects of the African American experience such as the African diaspora, jazz, and the power of religion, the artists worked in styles as varied as documentary realism, abstraction, and postmodern assemblage of found objects. Drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museums rich collection of African American art, the works include paintings by Benny Andrews, Jacob Lawrence, Thornton Dial Sr., Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, and Lois Mailou Jones, and photographs by Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, Roland Freeman, Marilyn Nance, and James Van Der Zee. More than half of the artworks in the exhibition are being shown for the first time. In Richard Powells text, his usual keen insights into meaning and metaphor enrich the readers understanding of the artworks in their historical setting and contemporary culture.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $119.00
  • After Art
    After Art
    ISBN: 9780691150444
    Title: After Art

    Art as we know it is dramatically changing, but popular and critical responses lag behind. In this trenchant illustrated essay, David Joselit describes how art and architecture are being transformed in the age of Google. Under the dual pressures of digital technology, which allows images to be reformatted and disseminated effortlessly, and the exponential acceleration of cultural exchange enabled by globalization, artists and architects are emphasizing networks as never before. Some of the most interesting contemporary work in both fields is now based on visualizing patterns of dissemination after objects and structures are produced, and after they enter into, and even establish, diverse networks. Behaving like human search engines, artists and architects sort, capture, and reformat existing content. Works of art crystallize out of populations of images, and buildings emerge out of the dynamics of the circulation patterns they will house.

    Examining the work of architectural firms such as OMA, Reiser + Umemoto, and Foreign Office, as well as the art of Matthew Barney, Ai Weiwei, Sherrie Levine, and many others, "After Art" provides a compelling and original theory of art and architecture in the age of global networks.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $43.00

  • Agony of Power
    Agony of Power
    ISBN: 9781584350927
    Title: Agony of Power

    History that repeats itself turns to farce. But a farce that repeats itself ends up making a history.--from The Agony of PowerIn these previously unpublished manuscripts written just before his death in 2007, Jean Baudrillard takes a last crack at the bewildering situation currently facing us as we exit the system of ""domination"" (based on alienation, revolt, revolution) and enter a world of generalized ""hegemony"" in which everyone becomes both hostage and accomplice of the global market. But in the free-form market of political and sexual liberation, as the possibility of revolution (and our understanding of it) dissipates, Baudrillard sees the hegemonic process as only beginning. Once expelled, negativity returns from within ourselves as an antagonistic force--most vividly in the phenomenon of terrorism, but also as irony, mockery, and the symbolic liquidation of all human values. This is the dimension of hegemony marked by an unbridled circulation--of capital, goods, information, or manufactured history--that is bringing the very concept of exchange to an end and pushing capital beyond its limits: to the point at which it destroys the conditions of its own existence. In the system of hegemony, the alienated, the oppressed, and the colonized find themselves on the side of the system that holds them hostage. In this paradoxical moment in which history has turned to farce, domination itself may appear to have been a lesser evil.This book gathers together two essays--""The Agony of Power"" and ""From Domination to Hegemony""--and a related interview with Baudrillard from 2005, ""The Roots of Evil."" Semiotext(e) launched Baudrillard into English back in the early 1980s; now, as our media and information infested ""ultra-reality"" finally catches up with his theory, Semiotext(e) offers The Agony of Power, Baudrillard's unsettling coda.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Ai Weiwei Speaks: With Hans Ulrich Obrist
    Ai Weiwei Speaks: With Hans Ulrich Obrist
    ISBN: 9780141983912
    Title: Ai Weiwei Speaks: With Hans Ulrich Obrist

    A new edition of conversations between the artist Ai Wei Wei and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, coming up to the present day Ai Weiwei - artist, architect, curator, publisher, poet and urbanist - extended the notion of art and is one of the world's most significant creative and cultural figures. In this series of interviews, conducted over several years with the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, he discusses the many dimensions of his artistic life, ranging over subjects including ceramics, blogging, nature, philosophy and the myriad influences that have fed into his work. He also talks candidly about his father, his childhood spent in exile and his criticism of the Chinese state. Together, these extraordinary discussions are an essential reminder of the need for personal, political and artistic freedom.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
  • Albrecht Durer: Masters of German Art
    Albrecht Durer: Masters of German Art
    ISBN: 9783848003976
    Title: Albrecht Durer: Masters of German Art

    The volumes in this bibliophile series provide unique portraits of European art history. Readers gain fascinating insights into the artists' biographies and their styles of working: Albrecht Durer and his famous portraits and altarpieces, the vivid rural scenes of Pieter Bruegel, the great painters of the Italian Renaissance and the mysterious chiaroscuro paintings of Caravaggio. Authoritative texts illustrate the decisive stages in the artists' lives and in the development of their styles, explaining their impact against the background of their social context as well as their significance for following generations of artists. A wealth of largesized illustrations showcase each artist's oeuvre. Each volume contains a comprehensive appendix providing information on the artists' biographies in tabular form as well as an extensive bibliography. All the authors are renowned in their specialist field.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Alchemy & Mysticism
    Alchemy & Mysticism
    ISBN: 9783836549363
    Title: Alchemy & Mysticism

    A fantastic journey through the history of esoteric lore
    The Hermetic Museum takes its readers on a magical mystery tour spanning an arc from the mediaeval cosmogram and images of Christian mysticism, through the fascinating world of alchemy to the art of the Romantic era. The enigmatic hieroglyphs of cabbalists, Rosicrucians and freemasons are shown to be closely linked with the early scientific illustrations in the fields of medicine, chemistry, optics and colour theory.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • All That Is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity
    All That Is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity
    ISBN: 9780140109627
    Title: All That Is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity

    "A bubbling caldron of ideas . . . Enlightening and valuable." --Mervyn Jones, New Statesman.
    The political and social revolutions of the nineteenth century, the pivotal writings of Goethe, Marx, Dostoevsky, and others, and the creation of new environments to replace the old--all have thrust us into a modern world of contradictions and ambiguities. In this fascinating book, Marshall Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and cultures, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical idealism and a complex, bureaucratic materialism.
    From a reinterpretation of Karl Marx to an incisive consideration of the impact of Robert Moses on modern urban living, Berman charts the progress of the twentieth-century experience. He concludes that adaptation to continual flux is possible and that therein lies our hope for achieving a truly modern society.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • All the World's Futures: 56 International Art Exhibition - La Biennale Di Venezia
    All the World's Futures: 56 International Art Exhibition - La Biennale Di Venezia
    ISBN: 9788831721288
    Title: All the World's Futures: 56 International Art Exhibition - La Biennale Di Venezia

    Rather than one overarching theme, the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale is informed by a layer of intersecting filters. These filters are a constellation of parameters that circumscribe multiple ideas which will be touched upon to imagine and realize a diversity of practices."All the World s Futures "employs as a filter the historical trajectory that the Biennale itself, over the course of its one hundred and twenty years existence has run over. A filter through which to reflect on both the current state of things and the appearance of things.

    At its core is the notion of the exhibition as a stage, where historical and counter-historical projects are explored. Within this framework the main aspects of the 56th Biennale Exhibition solicit and privilege new proposals and works conceived specifically by invited artists, filmmakers, choreographers, performers, composers, and writers."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $225.00
  • Alphabet
    ISBN: 9780955215452
    Title: Alphabet
    Author: BLAKE PETER

    Best known for designing the seminal Beatles album cover, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Sir Peter Blake, born in 1932, is widely considered the godfather of British Pop Art. Across his oeuvre, Blake has always drawn inspiration from popular culture, often collaging disparate elements or quoting from works by other artists. Over the years he has continued to produce art for many musicians, including Ian Dury, Paul Weller and Oasis. And today, he is hugely influential among contemporary fine artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. In 2007, Tate Liverpool presented a major retrospective exhibition of Blake's paintings. At the same time, London's Paul Stolper Gallery collaborated with the renowned fine art printmakers, Coriander Studio, to publish a new portfolio of prints and the accompanying book, "Peter Blake: An Alphabet," Since the 1950s Blake has maintained a deep interest in the letters of the alphabet. This exquisitely fashioned volume reproduces all 26 of the new prints--one for each letter of the alphabet. Each visual interpretation is a collage of images from vintage cards, magazines and books, and the finished works are at once nostalgic and whimsical, humorous and fascinating. This spectacular abecedarium celebrates the interest, from childhood onwards, that we all share in letters and words. With an interview by the renowned art writer, Mel Gooding, and a specially designed cover by the artist, it is required reading for all Peter Blake fans.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $49.00
  • Alphonse Mucha
    Alphonse Mucha
    ISBN: 9780711225176
    Title: Alphonse Mucha
    Author: MUCHA SARAH

    Generally agreed to be one of the most important contributors to Art Nouveau, the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha was trained, celebrated and lived most of his life in Paris. His unforgettably iconic images of Sarah Bernhardt and others embody the spirit of the fin de siecle. But underneath his successful career as an artist and poster designer lay a passionate Slav nationalist whose most important and long neglected works are still being painstakingly restored and exhibited in the Czech republic. This book is the first comprehensive overview of his life and work and is published in association with the Mucha Museum in Prague."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • Alternate Tunings Guide for Guitar
    Alternate Tunings Guide for Guitar
    ISBN: 9780825612510
    Title: Alternate Tunings Guide for Guitar
    Author: HANSON MARK

    Introduces eight of the most commonly used guitar tunings. Designed to fit into your instrument case.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Always Looking: Essays on Art
    Always Looking: Essays on Art
    ISBN: 9780241145845
    Title: Always Looking: Essays on Art
    Author: UPDIKE JOHN

    Following on from the acclaimed Just Looking and Still Looking, Always Looking treats readers to a series of elegant and sensitive essays on art, and includes writing on a comprehensive array of subjects, both American and European.In 'The Clarity of Things', Updike looks closely at Copley, Homer, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop, in order to explore what is 'American' in American art. From here he moves to masterpieces of American and European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries -- from the sublime landscapes of Frederic Church and the series paintings of Monet and Degas, to the verbal-visual puzzles of Magritte and the steely sculptural environments of Richard Serra. With more than two-hundred full-colour reproductions, Always Looking is an invitation to see the world afresh through the eyes of a matchless connoisseur.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • American Painting of the Nineteenth Century Realism, Idealism, & the American Experience With a New Preface
    American Painting of the Nineteenth Century Realism, Idealism, & the American Experience With a New Preface
    ISBN: 9780195309492
    Title: American Painting of the Nineteenth Century Realism, Idealism, & the American Experience With a New Preface

    In this distinguished work, which Hilton Kramer in The New York Times Book Review called "surely the best book ever written on the subject," Barbara Novak illuminates what is essentially American about American art. She highlights not only those aspects that appear indigenously in our art works, but also those features that consistently reappear over time. Novak examines the paintings of Washington Allston, Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Fitz H. Lane, William Sidney Mount, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and Albert Pinkham Ryder. She draws provocative and original conclusions about the role in American art of spiritualism and mathematics, conceptualism and the object, and Transcendentalism and the fact. She analyzes not only the paintings but nineteenth-century aesthetics as well, achieving a unique synthesis of art and literature.
    Now available with a new preface and an updated bibliography, this lavishly illustrated volume--featuring more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations and sixteen full-color plates--remains one of the seminal works in American art history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $46.00
  • Andy Warhol Diaries
    Andy Warhol Diaries
    ISBN: 9780141193076
    Title: Andy Warhol Diaries

    Edited with an Introduction by Pat Hackett'Cruel, sexy and sometimes heartbreaking . . . Warhol is no neutral observer, but a character in his own right'NewsweekAndy Warhol kept these diaries faithfully from November 1976 right up to his final week, in February 1987. Written at the height of his fame and success, Warhol records the fun of an Academy Awards party, nights out at Studio 54, trips between London, Paris and New York, and surprisingly even the money he spent each day, down to the cent. With appearances from and references to everyone who was anyone, from Jim Morrison, Martina Navratilova and Calvin Klein to Shirley Bassey, Estee Lauder and Muhammad Ali, these diaries are the most glamorous, witty and revealing writings of the twentieth century.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $47.00
  • Archive: Documents of Contemporary Art
    Archive: Documents of Contemporary Art
    ISBN: 9780262633383
    Title: Archive: Documents of Contemporary Art

    Charles Merewether is an art historian and writer on contemporary and postwar art who has taught at universities in the United States, Central and South America, and Australia. Collections Curator at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles from 1994 to 2004, he is Artistic Director and Curator for the 2006 Sydney Biennale.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Art & Archaeology of the Greek World: a New History, C. 2500 - C. 150 Bce
    Art & Archaeology of the Greek World: a New History, C. 2500 - C. 150 Bce
    ISBN: 9780500051665
    Title: Art & Archaeology of the Greek World: a New History, C. 2500 - C. 150 Bce
    Author: NEER RICHARD

    This richly illustrated, authoritative and accessible book presents a fresh way of looking at ancient Greek art and archaeology, combining a clear chronological narrative with a lively account of art and material culture and emphasizing the cosmopolitan character of the entire Greek world over two thousand years. Through up-to-date and balanced coverage that integrates the archaeological evidence into its broader historical, cultural and social context, Richard Neer suggests new ways of thinking about fundamental subjects, such as the relationship between art and politics and the evolution of style. Recent discoveries are included, such as an astonishing Minoan-style bull-leaping fresco from Egypt; a spectacular marble sarcophagus from northwest Anatolia; a bronze statue of an athlete found in the sea off Croatia; and tomb paintings from ancient Macedonia. Quotations from ancient texts provide first-hand testimonials, and numerous photographs, maps, plans and chronological charts enliven and support the text. Boxes address illuminating topics and controversial issues, including looting: the connections between Homers poems and the archaeological record; manufacturing techniques; and new discoveries.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $91.00
  • Art & Culture Critical Essays
    Art & Culture Critical Essays
    ISBN: 9780807066812
    Title: Art & Culture Critical Essays

    "Clement Greenberg is, internationally, the best-known American art critic popularly considered to be the man who put American vanguard painting and sculpture on the world map. . . . An important book for everyone interested in modern painting and sculpture."-The New York Times

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Art & Fear Observations on the Perils & Rewards of Artmaking
    Art & Fear Observations on the Perils & Rewards of Artmaking
    ISBN: 9780961454739
    Title: Art & Fear Observations on the Perils & Rewards of Artmaking
    Author: BAYLES DAVID

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Art & Nature in the Middle Ages
    Art & Nature in the Middle Ages
    ISBN: 9780300227055
    Title: Art & Nature in the Middle Ages
    Author: MYERS NICOLE

    This splendidly illustrated book explores the universal and multifaceted theme of nature as manifested in Western European art of the Middle Ages. Fascinating essays consider the concept in the context of medieval philosophy, theology, and poetry. The masterpieces highlighted here, & from the distinguished collection of the Mus#65533;e de Cluny, span the 12th through the 16th centuries and include an impressive array of objects destined for both religious and secular purposes---from exquisite stained glass and carved capitals to spectacular enameled jewelry, illuminated manuscripts, and woven tapestries. Art and Nature in the Middle Ages provides an essential understanding of the symbolism and significance of motifs taken from the natural world, as well as the technical mastery of the medieval artisans who produced these remarkable objects.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $61.00
  • Art & Religion in the 21st Century
    Art & Religion in the 21st Century
    ISBN: 9780500239315
    Title: Art & Religion in the 21st Century
    Author: ROSEN AARON

    The relationship between art and religion has been long, complex, and often conflicted, and it has given rise to many of the greatest works in the history of art. Artists today continue to reflect seriously upon religious traditions, themes, and institutions, suggesting a new approach to spirituality that is more considered than confrontational.Art & Religion in the 21st Century is the first in-depth study to survey an international roster of artists who use their work to explore religion's cultural, social, political, and psychological impact on today's world. An introduction outlines the debates and controversies that the art/religion connection has precipitated throughout history. Each of the book's ten chapters introduces a theme--ideas of the Creation, the figure of Jesus, the sublime, wonder, diaspora and exile, religious and political conflict, ritual practice, mourning and monumentalizing, and spiritual "dwelling" in the body and in space--followed by a selection of works of art that illustrates that theme. Artists discussed include Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Makoto Fujimura, David LaChapelle, Annette Messager, Jason Rhoades, Andres Serrano, and Zeng Fanzhi.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
  • Art after Metaphysics
    Art after Metaphysics
    ISBN: 9781492765486
    Title: Art after Metaphysics

    Contemporary art is a very different kind of art from anything that has ever been practiced in the past. It is an art that takes place after the age of metaphysics, when all the imaginary significations that once used to anchor art in traditional meaning systems have disintegrated. Today's artist, consequently, is left with a rubble heap of broken meaning systems, discarded signifiers and semiotic vacancies that must be sifted through in a quest for new meanings appropriate to an age that has been reshaped by globalization. Through discussions of the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Christian Boltanski and many others, John David Ebert attempts to fathom the nature of what it means to be an artist in a post-metaphysical age in which all certainties of meaning have collapsed.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
  • Art as Therapy
    Art as Therapy
    ISBN: 9780714865911
    Title: Art as Therapy

    The conventional framework of art history, which tells us when, where and by whom an artwork was made, does little to make the case for why art is so important. In this book Alain de Botton and John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at art, suggesting that it can be useful, relevant and above all else, therapeutic for its audiences. The authors begin by laying out a method for looking at art therapeutically, then demonstrate it in action on key themes of existence, like Love, Nature, Money and Politics. They argue that in each area, certain great works of art have clues as to how to manage the tensions and confusions of life. The range of examples of works is part of the pleasure of the book. Unexpected lessons lie in each one: Johannes Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter helps us to focus on what we want to be loved for; Richard Serra's Fernando Passoa reminds us of the importance of dignity in suffering; the colonnades of the monastery at Le Thoronet hold a promise of a serenity that too often escapes us; and Edouard Manet's Bunch of Asparagus teaches us how to preserve and value our long-term partners.nbsp;Passionate, thought provoking, often funny and always accessible, this book reframes art as a therapeutic medium that can guide, console and exhort us, and along the way, help us to understand both art and ourselves better.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
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