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Maya Deren: Incomplete Control

by Sarah Keller Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

Maya Deren (1917–1961) was a Russian-born American filmmaker, theorist, poet, and photographer working at the forefront of the American avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Influenced by Jean Cocteau and Marcel...

Creating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s

by Michael Fallon Counterpoint (August 18, 2014)

Conceived as a challenge to long-standing conventional wisdom, Creating the Future is a work of social history/cultural criticism that examines the premise that the progress of art in Los Angeles ceased during...

Confessions of a Curator: Adventures in Canadian Art

by Joan Murray Dundurn (January 10, 1996)

In this witty and compelling defence of the art field itself, Joan Murray, one of the country's most outspoken art historians, discusses the great figures of Canadian art and the rise of our national are in...

Point and Line to Plane

by Wassily Kandinsky Dover Publications (February 16, 2012)

This famous work by a pioneer in the movement to free art from the bonds of tradition explores the role of the line, point, and other key elements of non-objective painting. 127 illustrations.

Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century

by Joan Murray Dundurn (November 01, 1999)

Joan Murray discusses social and political events in combination with the movements, ideas, attitudes, styles, and important groups in Canadian art of this century.

Contemporary Art in the Light of History

by Erwin Rosenthal, Deborah Rosenthal & Lance Esplund Arcade (August 01, 2013)

Erwin Rosenthal’s Contemporary Art in the Light of History, originally published in 1971, is a small masterpiece of writing on the art of the twentieth century. A scholar of medieval art by training and a...

Ninth Street Women

by Mary Gabriel & Lisa Stathoplos Little, Brown & Company (February 19, 2019)

Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in this "gratifying, generous, and lush" true story from a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times)



by Michael Shnayerson & Jonathan Davis PublicAffairs (May 21, 2019)

The meteoric rise of the largest unregulated financial market in the world-for contemporary art-is driven by a few passionate, guileful, and very hard-nosed dealers. They can make and break careers and fortunes....

Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez

by Lawrence Weschler, Ramiro Gomez & Cris Scorza Abrams (April 11, 2016)

Award-winning author Lawrence Weschler’s book on the young Mexican American artist Ramiro Gomez explores questions of social equity and the chasms between cultures and classes in America.


Gomez, born in...

The Downtown Pop Underground

by Kembrew McLeod Abrams Press (October 22, 2018)

The 1960s to early ’70s was a pivotal time for American culture, and New York City was ground zero for seismic shifts in music, theater, art, and filmmaking. The Downtown Pop Underground takes a kaleidoscopic...


by Michael Shnayerson PublicAffairs (May 21, 2019)

A behind-the-scenes look at the egomaniacs, geniuses, and canny promoters who shaped the world of modern art and created the largest unregulated financial market in the world.

Before Damien Hirst stuffed a shark,...

The Art of Looking

by Lance Esplund Basic Books (October 23, 2018)

A veteran art critic helps us make sense of modern and contemporary art

A hand-signed porcelain urinal. An abstract drip painting. A silent 700 hour performance.

Art has changed since the days of Giotto, Michelangelo,...

The Art of Resistance

by Shelley Drake Hawks University of Washington Press (November 09, 2017)

The Art of Resistance surveys the lives of seven painters�Ding Cong (1916�2009), Feng Zikai (1898�1975), Li Keran (1907�89), Li Kuchan (1898�1983), Huang Yongyu (b. 1924), Pan Tianshou (1897�1971),...

Across the Art/Life Divide

by Martin Patrick Intellect (February 01, 2018)

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...

Sacred to the Touch

by Thomas A. DuBois University of Washington Press (December 12, 2017)

With near-mythical forests of birch and pine, the Nordic and Baltic countries boast a rich tradition of religious wood carving that is in many ways emblematic of their cultures. Sacred to the Touch examines...

Picturing the Cosmos

by Iina Kohonen Intellect (July 01, 2017)

Picturing the Cosmos elucidates the complex relationship between visual propaganda and censorship in the Soviet Union in the Cold War period, focusing on the 1950s and 1960s. Drawing from a comprehensive corpus...

On the Fortunes and Misfortunes of Art in Post-War Germany

by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg Arktos Media Ltd. (November 22, 2017)

Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an unconventional book appeared in Germany which ignited a firestorm of cultural debate. Decried by many as the work of a dangerous mind, it was defended by the more...

Born in 1947?  What else happened?

by Ron Williams Boom Books (October 21, 2017)

ABOUT THESE SERIES ....But after that, I realised that I knew very little about these parents of mine. They had been born about the start of the Twentieth Century, and they died in 1970 and 1980. For their last...

Cosmic Shift

by Dmitri Prigov, Ilya Kabakov, Emilia Kabakov & Boris Groys et al. Zed Books (October 05, 2017)

  • Features a strong line-up of the country’s most prominent contemporary artists, writers, philosophers, curators and historians.

  • Featuring: pioneers of the Moscow Conceptualism movement Ilya and Emilia Kabakov;...

Left Bank of the Hudson

by David J. Goodwin Empire State Editions (October 03, 2017)

In the late 1980s, a handful of artists priced out of Manhattan and desperately needing affordable studio space discovered 111 1st Street, a former P. Lorillard Tobacco Company warehouse. Over the next two decades,...

Displaying Time

by Rebecca M. Brown, Anand A. Yang, K. Sivaramakrishnan & Padma Kaimal University of Washington Press (May 31, 2017)

From the fluttering fabric of a tent, to the blurred motion of the potter�s wheel, to the rhythm of a horse puppet�s wooden hooves�these scenes make up a set of mid-1980s art exhibitions as part of the...

Samuel Beckett and Contemporary Art

by Robert Reginio, David Houston Jones & Katherine Weiss Ibidem Press (October 31, 2017)

This groundbreaking collection from scholars and artists on the legacy of Beckett in contemporary art provides readers with a unique view of this important writer for page, stage, and screen. The volume argues...

Facing the Abyss

by George Hutchinson Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

Mythologized as the era of the “good war” and the “Greatest Generation,” the 1940s are frequently understood as a more heroic, uncomplicated time in American history. Yet just below the surface, a sense...

The Power and Politics of Art in Postrevolutionary Mexico

by Stephanie J. Smith The University of North Carolina Press (November 14, 2017)

Stephanie J. Smith brings Mexican politics and art together, chronicling the turbulent relations between radical artists and the postrevolutionary Mexican state. The revolution opened space for new political...

AP® Art History Crash Course Book + Online

by Gayle A. Asch & Matt Curless Research & Education Association (March 22, 2016)

REA's Crash Course for the AP® Art History Exam - Gets You a Higher Advanced Placement® Score in Less Time

2nd Edition - Completely Revised for the New 2016 Exam

Crash Course is perfect for the time-crunched...

Farewell to Visual Studies

by James Elkins, Gustav Frank & Sunil Manghani Penn State University Press (October 15, 2015)

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work. The outcome of each of these convergences...

Art and Globalization

by James Elkins, Zhivka Valiavicharska & Alice Kim Penn State University Press (September 03, 2010)

The “biennale culture” now determines much of the art world. Literature on the worldwide dissemination of art assumes nationalism and ethnic identity, but rarely analyzes it. At the same time there is extensive...

Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic

by James Elkins & Harper Montgomery Penn State University Press (August 20, 2013)

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work....

What Do Artists Know?

by James Elkins Penn State University Press (November 16, 2012)

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work....

Lasting Impressions: The Legacies of Impressionism in Contemporary Culture

by Jesse Matz Columbia University Press (January 24, 2017)

Impressionism captured the world’s imagination in the late nineteenth-century. Portraying the sensations left behind as modernity progressed, impressionist artists revolutionized the arts and the wider culture....

Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform Without Informing

by Alfredo Cramerotti Intellect (September 01, 2009)

As the art world eagerly embraces a journalistic approach, Aesthetic Journalism explores why contemporary art exhibitions often consist of interviews, documentaries and reportage. This new mode of journalism...

Poetic Machinations: Allegory, Surrealism, and Postmodern Poetic Form

by Michael Golston Columbia University Press (August 18, 2015)

The shape, lineation, and prosody of postmodern poems are extravagantly inventive, imbuing their form with as much meaning as their content. Through a survey of American poetry and poetics from the end of World...

The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft

by Ulrich Boser HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

“Boser cracks the cold case of the art world’s greatest unsolved mystery.”

Vanity Fair


“The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft,” The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser is a fascinating...

The Trip

by Deborah Davis Atria Books (July 28, 2015)

From the author of Strapless and Guest of Honor, a “jaunty romp through American pop-art history” (The Washington Post) about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took in 1963, and how that journey profoundly...

Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic's History of 20th Century Graphic Design

by Art Chantry & Monica René Rochester Feral House (June 22, 2015)

Feral House presents an irreverent, educational and entertaining collection of essays by the great contrarian of graphic design, Art Chantry.

The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris

by Alicia Drake Back Bay Books (February 28, 2009)

Deliciously dramatic... The Beautiful Fall crackles with excitement.-New York Times Book Review

In the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. Amid sequins and longing, celebrities...

Love Maps

by Eliza Factor Akashic Books (April 13, 2015)

Violence and loss shatter Sarah Marker's domestic life, causing her to reexamine the roots of creativity and art in NYC.

The End of Cinema?: A Medium in Crisis in the Digital Age

by André Gaudreault, Philippe Marion & Timothy Barnard Columbia University Press (April 14, 2015)

Is a film watched on a video screen still cinema? Have digital compositing, motion capture, and other advanced technologies remade or obliterated the craft? Rooted in their hypothesis of the “double birth of...

After the Red Army Faction: Gender, Culture, and Militancy

by Charity Scribner Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

Masterminded by women, the Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorized West Germany from the 1970s to the 1990s, and afterimages of its leaders persist in the works of pivotal artists and writers, including Gerhard Richter,...