Theory & Criticism


  • 21st Century Surrealism: A Guide for Artists and Creative People

    By Mr Mark Sheeky

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780957194762
    • Publisher: Pentangel Books
  • 33 Artists in 3 Acts

    By Sarah Thornton

    Our Price: $10.00
    • 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.
  • 9 Weeks

    By Hansi Momodu-Gordon

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780620695077
    • Publisher: Stevenson
    • Published: 2016
  • 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

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

    By Terry Atkinson

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780956845917
    • Publisher:
    • Published: 2017
  • About Looking

    By John Berger

    Our Price: $8.00 - $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

    Our Price: $29.99
    • 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

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780935640953
    • Publisher: Walker Postscript/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

    Our Price: $19.95
    • 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

    Our Price: $13.50
    • 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