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Instructional Photography - Learning How To Live Now (Paperback): Carmen Winant Instructional Photography - Learning How To Live Now (Paperback)
Carmen Winant
R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Playing to the Gallery - Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood (Paperback): Grayson Perry Playing to the Gallery - Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood (Paperback)
Grayson Perry 1
R190 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R38 (20%) In stock

'I have never read such a stimulating short guide to art' Lynn Barber, Sunday Times Now Grayson Perry is a fully paid-up member of the art establishment, he wants to show that any of us can appreciate art (after all, there is a reason he's called this book Playing to the Gallery and not 'Sucking up to an Academic Elite'). Based on his hugely popular BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures and full of pictures, this funny, personal journey through the art world answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask.

The World In Your Hand - On The Everyday Global Culture Of The Mobile Phone (Paperback): Olaf Arndt, Gunter Burkart, Kenichi... The World In Your Hand - On The Everyday Global Culture Of The Mobile Phone (Paperback)
Olaf Arndt, Gunter Burkart, Kenichi Fujimotot; Edited by Miya Yoshida, Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz, …
R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Spatula - How Drawing Changed the World (Paperback): Gordon Shrigley Spatula - How Drawing Changed the World (Paperback)
Gordon Shrigley
R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Paesaggio - (Penguin Issue) (Paperback): Hans Ulrich Obrist Paesaggio - (Penguin Issue) (Paperback)
Hans Ulrich Obrist
R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Capitalism and the Camera - Essays on Photography and Extraction (Paperback): Capitalism and the Camera - Essays on Photography and Extraction (Paperback)
R621 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R107 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Photography was invented between the publication of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations and Karl Marx and Frederick Engels's The Communist Manifesto. Taking the intertwined development of capitalism and the camera as their starting point, the essays in Capitalism and the Camera investigate the relationship between capitalist accumulation and the photographic image, and ask whether photography might allow us to refuse capitalism's violence-and if so, how? Drawn together in productive disagreement, the essays in this collection explore the relationship of photography to resource extraction and capital accumulation, from 1492 to the postcolonial; the camera's potential to make visible critical understandings of capitalist production and society, especially economies of class and desire; and propose ways that the camera and the image can be used to build cultural and political counterpublics from which a democratic struggle against capitalism might emerge. With essays by Ariella Aisha Azoulay, Siobhan Angus, Kajri Jain, Walter Benn Michaels, T. J. Clark, John Paul Ricco, Blake Stimson, Chris Stolarski, Tong Lam, and Jacob Emery.

Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Julian Stallabrass Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Julian Stallabrass
R232 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R39 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Contemporary art has never been so popular - but the art world is changing. In a landscape of increasing globalization there is growing interest in questions over the nature of contemporary art today, and the identity of who is controlling its future. In the midst of this, contemporary art continues to be a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and switch between confronting viewers with works of great emotional profundity and jaw-dropping triviality. In this Very Short Introduction Julian Stallabrass gives a clear view on the diverse and rapidly moving scene of contemporary art. Exploring art's striking globalisation from the 1990s onwards, he analyses how new regions and nations, such as China, have leapt into astonishing prominence, over-turning the old Euro-American dominance on aesthetics. Showing how contemporary art has drawn closer to fashion and the luxury goods market as artists have become accomplished marketers of their work, Stallabrass discusses the reinvention of artists as brands. This new edition also considers how once powerful art criticism has mutated into a critical and performative writing at which many artists excel. Above all, behind the insistent rhetoric of freedom and ambiguity in art, Stallabrass explores how big business and the super-rich have replaced the state as the primary movers of the contemporary art scene, especially since the financial crisis, and become a powerful new influence over the art world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Mobile Cinema (Paperback): Romana Schmalisch Mobile Cinema (Paperback)
Romana Schmalisch
R480 Discovery Miles 4 800 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Art - For Whom and for What? (Paperback): Brian Keeble Art - For Whom and for What? (Paperback)
Brian Keeble; Illustrated by Samuel Palmer
R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Waterfall 5 - Invisible Cities (Hardcover): Waterfall 5 - Invisible Cities (Hardcover)
R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
A Theory of the Manifesto (Paperback): Luciano Concheiro A Theory of the Manifesto (Paperback)
Luciano Concheiro
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Mute, v. 3, No. 1 - Double Negative Feedback - Spring/Summer 2011 (Paperback): Josephine Berry Slater Mute, v. 3, No. 1 - Double Negative Feedback - Spring/Summer 2011 (Paperback)
Josephine Berry Slater
R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Mute proudly present the first issue of Volume 3 of their imprint. This new biannual edition contains 175 pages of writing and colour illustrations placed broadly under the banner of 'double negative feedback'. Included in this relaunched issue: Mute's response to the Arts Cuts; an Obituary for the much missed radical film-maker Noreen (Noni) MacDowell; Owen Hatherley on Zaha Hadid and the neo-liberal avant-garde; Eugene Thacker on the passionate divas of Italian silent cinema; Lars bang Larsen on anti-disciplinary feedback; Anna Dezeuze on contemporary art in the age of weightless capital; John Barker on junkie-capitalism; Demetra Kotouza on the rebel sounds of rebetiko; an Anthony Iles interview with artist Graham Harwood; Howard Slater on jazz and compositional improvising; Felix Stadler on wiki-leaks; Omar el-Khairy on Andrea Dunbar; Artist Project by Mimi Leung and more. 'We Gladly Feast On Those Who Would Subdue Us'.

The Factory of Forms - Relational Settings. A Relational Vehicle by Elena Bajo (Paperback): Elena Bajo, Freek Lomme, Bastien... The Factory of Forms - Relational Settings. A Relational Vehicle by Elena Bajo (Paperback)
Elena Bajo, Freek Lomme, Bastien Rousseau
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Key Essays - Mapping the Contemporary in Literature and Culture (Paperback): Johnny Rodger Key Essays - Mapping the Contemporary in Literature and Culture (Paperback)
Johnny Rodger
R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Any level of study within literature and culture requires an engagement with a wider scope of themes, issues and discourses, and these debates are often centred around key 'essays'. This book examines a wide range of these essays on topics such as posthumanism, racism, feminism, necropolitics, the Anthropocene, gender, Global North/South, neo- and de-colonialism, universals, borders and limits, interspecies relations, blackness, cosmopolitics, epistemology, addiction. The essays selected represent scholars from a range of disciplines, ethnicities, nationalities and genders, and offer readings relevant across the arts and humanities. Each chapter explains why the essay is of vital importance in our contemporary era, introduces and explains the key themes and theories with which it engages, demystifies any complex content and positions it within wider current debates. Covering all of the essential debates that students and academics must engage with, alongside a close analysis and critique of contemporary seminal essays in the debate, this book will be an essential read for students of literature and culture across the arts and humanities.

Aesthetics and the Iconoclasm of Contemporary Art - Pictures Without a World (Paperback, 1st ed. 2021): Zarko Paic Aesthetics and the Iconoclasm of Contemporary Art - Pictures Without a World (Paperback, 1st ed. 2021)
Zarko Paic
R1,524 Discovery Miles 15 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The main themes and aims of this book are understanding aesthetics, contemporary art and the end of the avant-garde not from the traditional viewpoint of the metaphysics of the beautiful and the sublime but rather thru close connection to the techno-genesis of virtual worlds. This book tackles problems in contemporary art theory such as the body in space and time of digital technologies, along with other issues in visual studies and image science. Further intentions exhibit the fundamental reasons for the disappearance of the picture in the era of virtual reality starting from the notion of contemporary art as realized iconoclasm; art has no world for its "image". The author argues that the iconoclasm of contemporary art has severe consequences. This text appeals to philosophers of art and those interested in contemporary art theory.

Concerning the Spiritual in Art (Hardcover): Wassily Kandinsky Concerning the Spiritual in Art (Hardcover)
Wassily Kandinsky
R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Thinking About it (Paperback): Sarah Demeuse, Manuela Moscoso Thinking About it (Paperback)
Sarah Demeuse, Manuela Moscoso
R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Historical Grammar of the Visual Arts (Paperback): Alois Riegl Historical Grammar of the Visual Arts (Paperback)
Alois Riegl; Translated by Jacqueline E. Jung; Foreword by Benjamin Binstock
R507 Discovery Miles 5 070 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The first English translation of one of the earliest and most brilliant art-historical surveys, from one of the greatest modern art historians Alois Riegl (1858-1905) was one of the greatest modern art historians. The most important member of the so-called Vienna School, Riegl developed a highly refined technique of visual or formal analysis, as opposed to the iconological method championed by Erwin Panofsky with its emphasis on decoding motifs through recourse to texts. Riegl pioneered new understandings of the changing role of the viewer, the significance of non-high art objects such as ornament and textiles, and theories of art and art history, including his much-debated neologism Kunstwollen (the will of art). Finally, his Historical Grammar of the Visual Arts, which brings together many of the diverse threads of his thought, is available to an English-language audience in a superlative translation by Yale professor Jacqueline E. Jung. In one of the earliest and perhaps the most brilliant of all art historical "surveys," Riegl addresses the different visual arts within a sweeping conception of the history of culture. His account derives from Hegelian models but decisively opens onto alternative pathways that refuse attempts to reduce art merely to the artist's intentions or its social and historical functions.

How to Understand Art (Paperback): Janetta Rebold Benton How to Understand Art (Paperback)
Janetta Rebold Benton
R266 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R19 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The visual arts enrich our lives in many ways: bringing innovative ideas and the pleasures of beauty and emotion, but they can also confound. How To Understand Art sets out to enhance the viewer's experience by breaking down the elements of art and sculpture to provide a firm basis for simple enjoyment as well as further investigation. With 100 visual examples drawn from across the globe, the stress is on how to assess art objectively - a key skill for any art student, museum visitor or cultural enthusiast. Janetta Rebold Benton guides the reader to re-evaluate their experiences of looking at art by learning to move beyond 'I don't know much about art, but I know what I like,' and shift towards an understanding of 'why I like it'. Materials and techniques are discussed - drawing, painting, printing, photography, sculpture and decorative art - making it possible to assess what can (and cannot) be done in certain media. The book also features a section devoted to six key artists who have had a particularly notable and innovative influence on the history of art: Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Perfectly aimed at students and the general reader, this indispensable guide to the subject is well-placed to encourage questions and discussion, especially in the light of current debates surrounding class, ethnicity, gender and race. With 111 illustrations in colour

A Ficto-Historical Theory (Paperback): Jobst A Ficto-Historical Theory (Paperback)
Jobst
R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Misleading Epiphenomena (Paperback): Steve Putton, Steve Swindells, Barbara Penner Misleading Epiphenomena (Paperback)
Steve Putton, Steve Swindells, Barbara Penner; Edited by Ben Hillwood - Harris, Sharon Kivland
R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Sun-Shine, Moonshine (Paperback): Sanderson Conroy, Gabriel Gbadamosi Sun-Shine, Moonshine (Paperback)
Sanderson Conroy, Gabriel Gbadamosi; Edited by Ben Hillwood - Harris, Sharon Kivland
R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
To Be Determined - Photography and the Future (Paperback): Duncan Wooldrige To Be Determined - Photography and the Future (Paperback)
Duncan Wooldrige
R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Draw What You Love - The Art of Simone Grunewald (Hardcover): Simone Grunewald Draw What You Love - The Art of Simone Grunewald (Hardcover)
Simone Grunewald; Edited by 3DTotal Publishing
R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Simone Grunewald is a 3dtotal Publishing favorite as the designer of popular characters for Character Design Quarterly magazine, and the author of Sketch Every Day, a book packed with her much sought-after sketching techniques and character-design tips. This new title, The Art of Simone Grunewald, is a beautifully produced hardback that goes even further to delight existing fans, as well as aspiring character designers new to her work. Simone is an expert in the art of imbuing scenes and character with a depth of mood, emotion, and atmosphere. The resulting images are incredibly engaging and thoughtful, while still being accessible and commercial. This mix of talent and an understanding of creating work that has wide appeal is a professional approach that readers will be keen to learn and apply to their own art. In addition to fan-favorites from her portfolio and exciting new art commissioned especially for the book, Simone shares the digital and traditional tools and techniques she uses to acquire her results. Brand-new tutorials illustrate Simone's talent not just for drawing, but for teaching techniques in a fun and lively way.

Brancusi - An Afterlife (Paperback): Alexandra Croitoru Brancusi - An Afterlife (Paperback)
Alexandra Croitoru
R628 Discovery Miles 6 280 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
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