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Books > Arts & Architecture > The arts: general issues > Theory of art

Form as Revolt - Carl Einstein and the Ground of Modern Art (Paperback): Sebastian Zeidler Form as Revolt - Carl Einstein and the Ground of Modern Art (Paperback)
Sebastian Zeidler
R762 R721 Discovery Miles 7 210 Save R41 (5%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The German writer and art critic Carl Einstein (1885-1940) has long been acknowledged as an important figure in the history of modern art, and yet he is often sidelined as an enigma. In Form as Revolt Sebastian Zeidler recovers Einstein's multifaceted career, offering the first comprehensive intellectual biography of Einstein in English. Einstein first emerged as a writer of experimental prose through his involvement with the anarchist journal Die Aktion. After a few limited forays into art criticism, he burst onto the art scene in 1915 with his book Negro Sculpture, at once a formalist intervention into the contemporary theory and practice of European sculpture and a manifesto for the sophistication of African art. Einstein would go on to publish seminal texts on the cubist paintings of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. His contributions to the surrealist magazine Documents (which Einstein cofounded with Georges Bataille), including writings on Picasso and Paul Klee, remain unsurpassed in their depth and complexity. In a series of close visual analyses-illustrated with major works by Braque, Picasso, and Klee-Zeidler retrieves the theoretical resources that Einstein brought to bear on their art. Form as Revolt shows us that to rediscover Einstein's art criticism is to see the work of great modernist artists anew through the eyes of one of the most gifted left-wing formalists of the twentieth century.

Conversations on Violence - An Anthology (Paperback): 'Brad Evans, Adrian Parr Conversations on Violence - An Anthology (Paperback)
'Brad Evans, Adrian Parr
R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Brad Evans in one of the brightest critical minds of his generation' - Henry A. Giroux Whether physical or metaphorical, institutional or interpersonal, violence is everywhere. A seemingly immutable fact of life, it is nonetheless rarely engaged with at the conceptual level. What does violence actually mean? And is it an inevitable part of the human condition? Conversations on Violence brings together many of the world's leading critical scholars, artists, writers and cultural producers to provide a kaleidoscopic exploration of the concept of violence. Through in-depth interviews with thirty figures including Marina Abramovic, Russell Brand and Simon Critchley, Brad Evans and Adrian Parr interrogate violence in all its manifestations, including its role in politics, art, gender discrimination and decolonisation. Provocative, eye-opening and bracingly original, Conversations on Violence sheds light on a defining political and ethical concern of our age.

Art And The Unconscious - A Psychological Approach to a Problem of Philosophy (Hardcover): Thorburn John M Art And The Unconscious - A Psychological Approach to a Problem of Philosophy (Hardcover)
Thorburn John M
R2,955 Discovery Miles 29 550 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Routledge is now re-issuing this prestigious series of 204 volumes originally published between 1910 and 1965. The titles include works by key figures such asC.G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget, Otto Rank, James Hillman, Erich Fromm, Karen Horney and Susan Isaacs. Each volume is available on its own, as part of a themed mini-set, or as part of a specially-priced 204-volume set. A brochure listing each title in the "International Library of Psychology" series is available upon request.

How to Read Paintings - A Crash Course in Meaning and Method (Paperback): Liz Rideal How to Read Paintings - A Crash Course in Meaning and Method (Paperback)
Liz Rideal 1
R298 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R39 (13%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

How to Read Paintings is a valuable visual guide to Western European painting. Through a gallery of artworks accompanied by informative commentary, it enables readers to swiftly develop their understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of painting, and to discover how to look at diverse paintings in detail, closely reading their meanings and methods. In the first part of the book, the Grammar of Paintings, the author reveals how to read paintings by considering five key areas: shape and support, medium and materials, composition, style and technique, and signs and symbols, as well as the role of the artist. In the second part, we explore fifty paintings through extracted details, accompanied by insightful commentary, training the reader and viewer to understand context and discover meaning within art. As a collection, the pictures featured in How to Read Paintings have a strong relationship with one another, and underpin the story of painting. This book will be a valuable tool whether you are viewing the real thing on a gallery wall, or simply reading around the subject to learn more about Western art.

Indian Art Worlds in Contention - Local, Regional and National Discourses on Orissan Patta Paintings (Hardcover): Helle... Indian Art Worlds in Contention - Local, Regional and National Discourses on Orissan Patta Paintings (Hardcover)
Helle Bundgaard
R3,099 Discovery Miles 30 990 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This study develops a theory of Indian art worlds that argues for the need to consider the different discursive formations and related strategic practices of an art world. In so doing, it develops the common notion of "art world" into a plurality of worlds. The author explores the art worlds of the Orisan patta paintings, an Indian art form that has seen a great revival since the early 1950s, due partly to increased national pride after independence and partly to the rise of mass tourism. Locally, the increasing popularity of these paintings has led to, and is reinforced by, a village in the district of Puri being designated a "crafts village" by the states government. Here the author examines the consequences of this increased popularity, paying particular attention to the encompassing local, regional and national discourses involved. In so doing, clashing Indian art worlds demonstrates that, while painters' local discourses are characterized by pragmatism, the discourses of regional and especially national elites are concerned with the exegesis of local paintings and their association with the great Sanskrit tradition. A central theme of the study focuses on the awards given for

Duchamp, Aesthetics and Capitalism (Hardcover): Julian Jason Haladyn Duchamp, Aesthetics and Capitalism (Hardcover)
Julian Jason Haladyn
R1,186 Discovery Miles 11 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book is a significant re-thinking of Duchamp's importance in the twenty-first century, taking seriously the readymade as a critical exploration of object-oriented relations under the conditions of consumer capitalism. The readymade is understood as an act of accelerating art as a discourse, of pushing to the point of excess the philosophical precepts of modern aesthetics on which the notion of art in modernity is based. Julian Haladyn argues for an accelerated Duchamp that speaks to a contemporary condition of art within our era of globalized capitalist production.

Wake of Art - Criticism, Philosophy, and the Ends of Taste (Hardcover): Arthur C. Danto, Gregg Horowitz, Tom Huhn, Saul Ostrow Wake of Art - Criticism, Philosophy, and the Ends of Taste (Hardcover)
Arthur C. Danto, Gregg Horowitz, Tom Huhn, Saul Ostrow
R3,087 Discovery Miles 30 870 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Since the mid-1980s, Arthur C. Danto has been increasingly concerned with the implications of the demise of modernism. Out of the wake of modernist art, Danto discerns the emergence of a radically pluralistic art world. His essays illuminate this novel art world as well as the fate of criticism within it. As a result, Danto has crafted the most compelling philosophy of art criticism since Clement Greenberg. Gregg Horowitz and Tom Huhn analyze the constellation of philosophical and critical elements in Danto's new- Hegelian art theory. In a provocative encounter, they employ themes from Kantian aesthetics to elucidate the continuing persistence of taste in shaping even this most sophisticated philosophy of art.

Literature, Media, Information Systems (Hardcover, Reissue): Friedrich A. Edited and introduced by Johnston Kittler Literature, Media, Information Systems (Hardcover, Reissue)
Friedrich A. Edited and introduced by Johnston Kittler
R3,080 Discovery Miles 30 800 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume is a collection of public writings and insights of the German poststructuralist, Friedrich A. Kittler. It merges the discourse of literature, war and technology into a unified theme. His research results in a vision of the future in which the distinction between mediums is erased. The introduction by John Johnston explicates the theoretical and practical consequences of Kittler's insights into the social and psychological effects of the processes by which metaphor in one medium is made real by another.

The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry (Paperback): Jay Hambidge The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry (Paperback)
Jay Hambidge
R241 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R34 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Controversial but lasting thesis that design and great art can be created by application of easily followed mathematics. 118 illustrations.

Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain (Hardcover): Jonathan Fineberg Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain (Hardcover)
Jonathan Fineberg; Foreword by James B. Milliken
R900 R759 Discovery Miles 7 590 Save R141 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Human beings have made images continuously for more than thirty thousand years. The oldest known cave paintings are between six and ten times older than the first forms of written language. Images help us organize our thoughts and represent them in our memory. We make images, Jonathan Fineberg argues, because we need them to aid not only in structuring our social and psychological self-conceptions but also in developing the circuitry of our brains. Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain is a broad investigation by one of the foremost scholars of modern art of the relationship between modern art and the structure of the mind and brain. Based on Fineberg's Presidential Lectures at the University of Nebraska, his book examines the relationship between artistic production, neuroscience, and the way we make meaning in form. Drawing on the art of Robert Motherwell, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Christo, Jean Dubuffet, and others, Fineberg helps us understand the visual unconscious, the limits of language, and the political impact of art. Throughout, he works from the conviction that looking is a form of thinking that has a profound impact on the structure of the mind.

The Explicit Body in Performance (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Rebecca Schneider The Explicit Body in Performance (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Rebecca Schneider
R3,096 Discovery Miles 30 960 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


The Explicit Body in Performance interrogates the avant-garde precedents and theoretical terrain that combined to produce feminist performance art. Among the many artists discussed are:
* Carolee Schneemann
* Annie Sprinkle
* Karen Finley
* Robbie McCauley
* Ana Mendieta
* Ann Magnuson
* Sandra Bernhard
* Spiderwoman
Rebecca Schneider tackles topics ranging across the 'post-porn modernist movement', New Right censorship, commodity fetishism, perspectival vision, and primitivism. Employing diverse critical theories from Benjamin to Lacan to postcolonial and queer theory, Schneider analyses artistic and pop cultural depictions of the explicit body in late commodity capitalism.
The Explicit Body in Performance is complemented by extensive photographic illustrations and artistic productions of postmodern feminist practitioners. The book is a fascinating exploration of how these artists have wrestled with the representational structures of desire.

eBook available with sample pages: 0203421078

Seams - Art as a Philosophical Context (Paperback): Stephen Melville, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe Seams - Art as a Philosophical Context (Paperback)
Stephen Melville, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe
R946 Discovery Miles 9 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Stephen Melville is one of the most thoughtful critics to emerge in recent years. He has applied the tools developed by Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan to the problems of contemporary art. With his roots in Kant, Hegel and Heidegger, he reopens questions of art's reception, interpretation and commentary. He demonstrates how the territory of each of these discourses is maintained by their relationship to one another. Melville's texts not only represent the complexity of his subject, but also the intricate interface between the art object, history and philosophical interpretation. Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe brings to Melville's work the insight not only of an art critic and theorist, but of a practicing artist as well. Navigating the complexity of contemporary thought and philosophy, Gilbert-Rolfe unravels the Gordian knot of the diverse discourses that circumscribe Melville's views, revealing the practicality and clarity of Melville's speculative narratives.

Art As Experience (Paperback): John Dewey Art As Experience (Paperback)
John Dewey 1
R387 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R55 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Based on John Dewey's lectures on esthetics, delivered as the first William James Lecturer at Harvard in 1932, "Art as Experience" has grown to be considered internationally as the most distinguished work ever written by an American on the formal structure and characteristic effects of all the arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and literature.

Outlooks - Lesbian and Gay Sexualities and Visual Cultures (Hardcover): Peter Horne, Reina Lewis Outlooks - Lesbian and Gay Sexualities and Visual Cultures (Hardcover)
Peter Horne, Reina Lewis
R3,094 Discovery Miles 30 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"Outlooks" reflects the richness of lesbian and gay ways of producing and reading visual culturewhile tackling such issues as the advantages of adopting a queer perspective on past art, the responses of lesbian and gay artists to the AIDS crisis, and society's attempts to censor homosexual art.
Providing a space for lesbian and gay artists to exhibit their work and discuss its relationship to sexuality, "Outlooks" It allows for a wide ranging theoretical and historical discussion of the place of lesbians and gay men within visual cultures and shows how much has been missed by a heterosexist approach to art history and the study of culture. Richly illustrated, "Outlooks" includes statements by contemporary lesbian and gay artists, photographers and performers as well as articles by art historians, cultural theorists and lesbian and gay activists.
Contributors include Emmanuel Cooper, Richard Dellamora, Richard Kaye, Thais Morgan, Wendy Leeks, Reina Lewis, Katrina Rolley, Simon Watney.

Feminism and Contemporary Art - The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter (Hardcover): Jo Anna Isaak Feminism and Contemporary Art - The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter (Hardcover)
Jo Anna Isaak
R3,097 Discovery Miles 30 970 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Women artists have made a huge contribution to contemporary mainstream art, and their rise to international prominence has accompanied the development of feminism, feminist theory and history of art. Jo Anna Isaak's important new study of the work of women artists discusses the work of individual women artists in the context of contemporary art practices and in relation to key feminist issues in art history.
Isaak looks at the work of a diverse range of artists including women from the United States, the former Soviet Union and the United Kingdom - discussing, among others, the work of Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman and the Guerilla Girls. Isaak discusses work by 20th century Soviet women artists, providing a fascinating case study of the production of art in non-Western economic, political and ideological circumstances.

What Drawing and Painting Really Mean - The Phenomenology of Image and Gesture (Paperback): Paul Crowther What Drawing and Painting Really Mean - The Phenomenology of Image and Gesture (Paperback)
Paul Crowther
R1,051 Discovery Miles 10 510 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

There are as many meanings to drawing and painting as there are cultural contexts for them to exist in. But this is not the end of the story. Drawings and paintings are made, and in their making embody unique meanings that transform our perception of space-time and sense of finitude. These meanings have not been addressed by art history or visual studies hitherto, and have only been considered indirectly by philosophers (mainly in the phenomenological tradition). If these intrinsic meanings are explained and further developed, then the philosophy of art practice is significantly enhanced. The present work, accordingly, is a phenomenology of how the gestural and digital creation of visual imagery generates self-transformation through aesthetic space.

Feminism and Contemporary Art - The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter (Paperback): Jo Anna Isaak Feminism and Contemporary Art - The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter (Paperback)
Jo Anna Isaak
R898 Discovery Miles 8 980 Ships in 12 - 17 working days




eBook available with sample pages: HB:0415080142

The Block Reader in Visual Culture (Hardcover): Jon Bird, Barry Curtis, Melinda Mash, Tim Putnam, George Robertson, Sally... The Block Reader in Visual Culture (Hardcover)
Jon Bird, Barry Curtis, Melinda Mash, Tim Putnam, George Robertson, …
R3,112 Discovery Miles 31 120 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Between 1979 and 1989, "BLOCK" initiated and responded to key debates in visual and cultural studies, publishing writings by artists, art and design historians and cultural theorists. The journal's editors and contributors furthered the critical tradition in art history, responded to the work of contemporary artists, and brought the concerns of new cultural and critical theory to the study of art and design history. The" BLOCK Reader in Visual Culture" brings together classic writings by leading cultural theorists and artists first published in this seminal journal and which are now unavailable, providing an invaluable resource for the teaching and study of art and design as well as theory and cultural studies.
Contributors: Jon Bird, Barry Curtis, Tamar Garb, Philippa Goodall, Nicholas Green, Frank Hannah, Dick Hebdige, Lucy Lippard, Frank Mort, Kathy Myers, Fred Orton, Claire Pajaczkowska, Griselda Pollock, Tim Putnam, Oliver Richon, Martha Rosler, Lisa Tickner, Necdet Teymur, Judith Williamson.

The Red and the Black - Studies in Greek Pottery (Hardcover): Brian A Sparkes The Red and the Black - Studies in Greek Pottery (Hardcover)
Brian A Sparkes
R3,081 Discovery Miles 30 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume covers the major stages in the history of Greek pottery production, both figured and plain, as they are understood today. It provides an up-to-date evaluation of ways of studying Greek pottery and encourages new approaches. There is a detailed analysis of the subject matter of figured scenes covering some of the main preoccupations of ancient Greece: myth, fantasy and everyday life. Furthermore, it sets the artefacts in the context of the societies that produced them, highlighting the social, art historical, mythological and economic information that can be revealed from their study. This volume also covers a hitherto neglected area: the history of the collecting of Greek pottery through the Renaissance and up to the present day. It shows how market values have gradually increased to the high prices of today and goes on to take a closer look at the enthusiasm of the collectors.

Lynda Benglis - Beyond Process (Paperback): Susan Richmond Lynda Benglis - Beyond Process (Paperback)
Susan Richmond
R658 Discovery Miles 6 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In four decades of abstract art practice, Lynda Benglis has not merely challenged the status quo. She has tied it in knots, melted it down and poured it across the floor, cast it in glass, clay and bronze. Daring and sometimes outrageous, her intense and provocative practice has produced some of the most iconic pieces of art from the late twentieth century. Richmond gives serious critical attention to work often dismissed as trivial and rootless, recovering the themes that link the different phases of the artist's quest to capture the 'frozen gesture'. Whether challenging popular tastes and definitions of art with her 1970s abstract knotwork or mocking puritanical aesthetics of gender with her colourful latex pourings and their allusions to corporeal topographies, Benglis never failed to provoke. Her sculptures commemorate and celebrate the processes of creation themselves, combining architectonic abstraction and feminized sensuality in a haunting, visceral theme of the strangeness of the body that runs through all her experiments in glass, video, metals, ceramics, gold leaf, paper and plastics. Lynda Benglis: Beyond Process examines in depth the work and critical neglect of an artist who, perhaps more than any of her contemporaries, changed the face of American art in the 1960s and 1970s, and continues to fetishise, provoke and demand your attention.

Bodyscape - Art, Modernity and the Ideal Figure (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Nicholas Mirzoeff Bodyscape - Art, Modernity and the Ideal Figure (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Nicholas Mirzoeff
R1,964 Discovery Miles 19 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Western art has long sought to find a perfect method of representing the body. At the same time as we have lost faith in the certainty of the modernist project, the perfect, straight, white body of modernism is now seen as fiction. But what sort of body will take its place? This work explores body images in visual culture, from revolutionary France to contemporary New York. It engages with artists' use of different kinds of body images in painting, sculpture, photography and film, and shows the centrality of the body in the work of artists from da Vinci to Manet, from Paul Strand to Kiki Smith. Also covered are the ways in which concerns about race, gender, sexuality, nation and technology are reflected in representations of the body and the body politic, from the paintings of David to the Vietnam veterans memorial.

Abject Visions - Powers of Horror in Art and Visual Culture (Paperback): Rina Arya, Nicholas Chare Abject Visions - Powers of Horror in Art and Visual Culture (Paperback)
Rina Arya, Nicholas Chare
R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This major new volume brings together leading international scholars to debate the continuing importance and relevance of the concept of abjection for the interpretation of modern and contemporary culture. This genuinely interdisciplinary collection includes important new essays that draw on the work of Georges Bataille, Judith Butler, Julia Kristeva and other key critical thinkers to provide innovative readings of works of art, film, theatre and literature. The clear and accessible essays in this volume extend the existing literature on abjection in exciting new ways to demonstrate the enduring richness of the concept. -- .

Character Design Quarterly 14 (Paperback): Publishing 3DTotal Character Design Quarterly 14 (Paperback)
Publishing 3DTotal
R358 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R47 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Character Design Quarterly (CDQ) is a lively, creative magazine bringing inspiration, expert insights, and leading techniques from professional illustrators, artists, and character art enthusiasts worldwide. Each issue provides detailed tutorials on creating diverse characters, enabling you to explore the processes and decision making that go into creating amazing characters. Learn new ways to develop your own ideas, and discover from the artists what it is like to work for prolific animation studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks. Issue 14 is adorned by an enchanting cover by Rafael Mayani, and is jam-packed with playful content. It features the humorous development of a group of elderly horror characters by Dom Murphy, nostalgic designs from Glenn Thomas, and artwork from Maite Franchi, Design Lad, Mohammad Marz, and many others.

Robert Motherwell, Abstraction, and Philosophy (Hardcover): Robert Hobbs Robert Motherwell, Abstraction, and Philosophy (Hardcover)
Robert Hobbs
R1,189 Discovery Miles 11 890 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Employing an interdisciplinary approach, this book breaks new ground by considering how Robert Motherwell's abstract expressionist art is indebted to Alfred North Whitehead's highly original process metaphysics. Motherwell first encountered Whitehead and his work as a philosophy graduate student at Harvard University, and he continued to espouse Whitehead's processist theories as germane to his art throughout his life. This book examines how Whitehead's process philosophy-inspired by quantum theory and focusing on the ongoing ingenuity of dynamic forces of energy rather than traditional views of inert substances-set the stage for Motherwell's future art. This book will be of interest to scholars in twentieth-century modern art, philosophy of art and aesthetics, and art history.

Art and Technology in Early Modern Europe (Paperback): Richard Taws, Genevieve Warwick Art and Technology in Early Modern Europe (Paperback)
Richard Taws, Genevieve Warwick
R660 Discovery Miles 6 600 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In 12 essays by a distinguished group of art historians, Art and Technology in Early Modern Europe explores the relationship between artistic and technological advances from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution. * Provides a broad definition of technology for this period and addresses the influence of technological shifts on the history of early modern art * Covers c.1420-1820, the time period between the advent of the printed image and that of the photographically produced image * Discusses a wide range of early modern artists tools, instruments, skills, and techniques and their historical applications * Highlights a frequently overlooked aspect of research within art history that yields substantial insights into the analysis of the making and viewing of art

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