Theory & Criticism


  • 'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide

    By Andrew Hugill

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780262017794
    • Publisher: The MIT Press
    • Published: September 2012
    Of all the French cultural exports over the last 150 years or so, 'pataphysics--thescience of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions--has proven to be one of the most durable. Originating in the wild imagination of French poet and playwright Alfred Jarry and his schoolmates, resisting clear definition, purposefully useless, and almost impossible to understand,'pataphysics nevertheless lies around the roots of Absurdism, Dada, futurism, surrealism,situationism, and other key cultural developments of the twentieth century. In this account of theevolution and influence of 'pataphysics, Andrew Hugill offers an informed exposition of a rich and difficult territory, staying aloft on a tightrope stretched between the twin dangers of oversimplifying a serious subject and taking a joke too seriously. Drawing on more than twenty-five years' research, Hugill maps the 'pataphysical presence (partly conscious and acknowledged but largely unconscious and unacknowledged) in literature, theater, music, the visual arts, and the culture at large, and even detects 'pataphysical influence in the social sciences and the sciences.He offers many substantial excerpts (in English translation) from primary sources, intercalated with a thorough explication of key themes and events of 'pataphysical history. In a Jarryesque touch, he provides these in reverse chronological order, beginning with a survey of 'pataphysics in the digital age and working backward to Jarry and beyond. He looks specifically at the work of Jean Baudrillard, Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, J. G. Ballard, Asger Jorn, Gilles Deleuze, Roger Shattuck, Jacques Prévert, Antonin Artaud, René Clair, the Marx Brothers, Joan Miró, Max Ernst,Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, Raymond Roussel, Jean-Pierre Brisset, and many others.
  • 'The Beautiful Language of My Century': Reinventing the Language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945-1968

    By Tom McDonough

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780262516099
    • Publisher: The MIT Press
    • Published: February 2011
    How culture became a field of struggle over meaning in France: the appropriation ofelements from advertising, journalism, and other sources to serve political ends in art, film, andthe activities of the French left, culminating in the upheavals of May 1968.
  • 25 Women: Essays on Their Art

    By Dave Hickey

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780226333151
    • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
    • Published: December 2015
    Collecting the controversial writer's best and most important writing about female artists from the past 20 years—in which easy essay has been revised, bringing them up to date and drawing out common themes—an accessible, humorous and powerfully illuminating volume analyzes the art itself and reflects on the life and role of the critic.
  • 6(0) Ways

    By Lilet Breddels

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9789056626846
    • Publisher: NAi Publishers
    • Published: August 2010
  • 60 Wrd/Min Art Critic

    By Lori Waxman

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9782915359442
    • Publisher: onestar press
    • Published: May 2014
  • 9.5 Theses on Art and Class and Other Writings

    By Ben Davis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781608462681
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Published: June 2013
    "9.5 Theses on Art and Class and Other Writings seeks to show how a clear understanding of class makes sense of what is at stake in a broad number of contemporary art's most persistent debates, from definitions of political art to the troubled status of "outsider" and street art to the question of how we maintain faith in art itself"--
  • AA Bronson: Mirror Mirror

    By Aa Bronson

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780938437635
    • Publisher: MIT List Visual Arts Center
    • Published: June 2002
  • About Looking

    By John Berger

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679736554
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: September 1991
    Essays explore the ways in which we look at and derive meaning from paintings by Courbet, Turner, Magritte, and others, as well as nature, zoos, and photographs
  • About Modern Art (Second Edition)

    By David Sylvester

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300092028
    • Published: November 2001
    (2nd Edition). This book is an updated version of a volume initially published in 1996 and entitled 'About Modern Art: Critical Essays 1948-96.' The present edition includes a `Postscript' comprising five essays recently completed. Additionally, the introductory `Curriculum Vitae' has been revised. Overall, the essays are mostly about art of the 20th century; a few look back to the nineteenth. They have been selected & arranged as if the book were the equivalent of aretrospective exhibition. Index of Artists. 543p.
  • The Absent Museum: Blueprint for a Museum of Contemporary Art for the Capital of Europe

    By Dirk Snauwaert

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300229141
    • Publisher: Mercatorfonds
    • Published: August 2017
  • Abstract Art In the Late Twentieth Century

    By Frances Colpitt

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780521004534
    • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UP
    • Published: February 2002
    Essays that trace the critical issues surrounding abstract painting's contribution to modern art.
  • Abstract Resistance

    By Yasmil Raymond

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780935640953
    • Publisher: Walker Art Center
    • Published: November 2010
  • Abstraction and Empathy: A classic in the literature of modernism and the interpretation of modern art

    By Wilhelm Worringer

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781566631778
    • Publisher: ELEPHANT BOOKS
    • Published: November 2007
    Worringer's classic study argues that in historical periods of anxiety and uncertainty, man seeks to abstract objects from their unpredictable state and transform them into absolute, transcendental forms. With an introduction by Hilton Kramer.
  • Abstraction: (Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art)

    By Documents of Contemporary Art

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780262518369
    • Publisher: The MIT Press
    • Published: February 2013
    This anthology reconsiders crucial aspects of abstraction's resurgence incontemporary art, exploring three equally significant strategies explored in current practice:formal abstraction, economic abstraction, and social abstraction. In the 1960s, movements as diverseas Latin American neo-concretism, op art and "eccentric abstraction" disrupted thehomogeneity, universality, and rationality associated with abstraction. These modes of abstractionopened up new forms of engagement with the phenomenal world as well as the possibility of diversereadings of the same forms, ranging from formalist and transcendental to socio-economic andconceptual. In the 1980s, the writings of Peter Halley, Fredric Jameson, andothers considered an increasingly abstracted world in terms of its economic, social, and politicalconditions -- all of which were increasingly manifested through abstract codes or sites of style.Such economic abstraction is primarily addressed in art through subject or theme, but Deleuze andGuattari's notion of art as abstract machine opens up possibilities for art's role in theconstruction of a new kind of social reality. In more recent art, a third strand of abstractionemerges: a form of social abstraction centered on the strategy of withdrawal. Social abstractionimplies stepping aside, a movement away from the mainstream, suggesting the possibilities for art tomaneuver within self-organized, withdrawn initiatives in the field of cultural production.Artists surveyed include: Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Amilcar de Castro, PaulCézanne, Lygia Clark, Kajsa Dahlberg, Stephan Dillemuth, Marcel Duchamp, Gardar Eide Einarsson,Günther Förg, Liam Gillick, Ferreira Gullar, Jean Hélion, Eva Hesse, Jakob Jakobsen, Jasper Johns,Donald Judd, Wassily Kandinsky, Sol LeWitt, Piet Mondrian, Bruce Nauman, Hélio Oiticica, BlinkyPalermo, Lygia Pape, Mai-Thu Perret, Jackson Pollock, Tobias Rehberger, Bridget Riley, EmilyRoysden, Lucas Samaras, Julian Stanczak, Frank Stella, Hito Steyerl, Theo vanDoesburgWriters include:Alfred H. Barr Jr., Ina Blom, Lynne Cooke, AnthonyDavies, Judi Freeman, Peter Halley, Brian Holmes, Joe Houston, Fredric Jameson, Lucy R. Lippard,Sven Lütticken, Nina Möntmann, Gabriel Perez-Barreiro, Catherine Quéloz, Gerald Raunig, Irit Rogoff,Meyer Schapiro, Kirk Varnedoe, Stephan Zepke