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.
  • 33 Artists in 3 Acts

    By Sarah Thornton

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780393240979
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: November 2014
    A narrative assessment of the most influential living artists seeks to humanize and demystify contemporary art by illuminating the process of its creation as a reflection of artist psyches, politics, and social networks.
  • 3D: History, Theory and Aesthetics of the Transplane Image

    By Jens Schroeter

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781441167262
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
    • Published: January 2014
    "There is a blind spot in recent accounts of the history, theory and aesthetics of optical media: namely, the field of the three-dimensional, or trans-plane, image. It has been widely used in the 20th century for very different practices - military, scientific and medical visualization - precisely because it can provide more spatial information. And now in the 21st century, television and film are employing the method even more. Appearing for the first time in English, Jens Schroeter's comprehensive study of the aesthetics of the 3D image is a major scholarly addition to this evolving field. Citing case studies from the history of both technology and the arts, this wide-ranging and authoritative book charts the development in the theory and practice of three-dimensional images. Discussing and analyzing the transformation of the socio-cultural and technological milieu, Schroeter has produced a work of scholarship that combines impressive historical scope with contemporary theoretical arguments"--
  • 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"--
  • A-Z of Typography: Classification - Anatomy - Toolkit - Attributes

    By Karen Wilks

    Our Price: $26.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781910787922
    • Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group
    • Published: April 2018
  • The AGMOAS is now a Corporate Audit

    By Terry Atkinson

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780956845917
    • Publisher:
    • Published: 2017
  • Aboriginal Art

    By Howard Morphy

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780714837529
    • Publisher: Phaidon
    • Published: October 1998
    An insightful survey of the great variety of Aboriginal art, from ancient rock paintings to powerful modern works in acrylic on canvas and which explains the social contextsin which art is made and its religious significance. Thefirst book to use a contextual approach to show the interrelationships between such diverse art forms as body painting, dance, the decoration of weapons and utensils, and painting on bark, board and canvas. Illus., 200 color/50 B&W. 448p.
  • About Looking

    By John Berger

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780394739076
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Published: March 1980
  • About Looking

    By John Berger

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679736554
    • Publisher: Vintage
    • 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
  • The Absent Museum: Blueprint for a Museum of Contemporary Art for the Capital of Europe

    By WIELS

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300229141
    • Publisher: Mercatorfonds
    • Published: August 2017
  • Abstract Art Against Autonomy: Infection, Resistance, & Cure Since the 60s

    By Mark A. Cheetham

    Our Price: $103.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780521842068
    • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UP
    • Published: March 2006
    This book gives a revisionary account of abstract art since the decline of formalist paradigms in the 1960s. The narratives of purity & autonomy that ruled avant-garde abstraction in the mid-20th century have been opposed & eclipsed by practices of impurity. Driving this change is a discourse of biological infection that overturns the once assumed goal of aesthetic autonomy. The book identifies Kazimir Malevich's medical model of the infectious 'additional element' as a source for & powerful trope through which to understand recent abstraction in its paradigmatic form, the monochrome, & in its less researched manifestations.
  • 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 Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender

    By David J. Getsy

    Our Price: $65.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300196757
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: November 2015
    "Original and theoretically astute, Abstract Bodies is the first book to apply the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies to the discipline of art history. It recasts debates around abstraction and figuration in 1960s art through a discussion of gender's mutability and multiplicity. In that decade, sculpture purged representation and figuration but continued to explore the human as an implicit reference. Even as the statue and the figure were left behind, artists and critics asked how the human, and particularly gender and sexuality, related to abstract sculptural objects that refused the human form. This book examines abstract sculpture in the 1960s that came to propose unconventional and open accounts of bodies, persons, and genders. Drawing on transgender and queer theory, David J. Getsy offers innovative and archivally rich new interpretations of artworks by and critical writing about four major artists--Dan Flavin (1933-1996), Nancy Grossman (b. 1940), John Chamberlain (1927-2011), and David Smith (1906-1965). Abstract Bodies makes a case for abstraction as a resource in reconsidering gender's multiple capacities and offers an ambitious contribution to this burgeoning interdisciplinary field. "--