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Re-Enchantment (Hardcover): James Elkins, David Morgan Re-Enchantment (Hardcover)
James Elkins, David Morgan
R3,188 Discovery Miles 31 880 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The near-absence of religion from contemporary discourse on art is one of the most fundamental issues in postmodernism. Artists critical of religion can find voices in the art world, but religion itself, including spirituality, is taken to be excluded by the very project of modernism. The sublime, "re-enchantment" (as in Weber), and the aura (as in Benjamin) have been used to smuggle religious concepts back into academic writing, but there is still no direct communication between "religionists" and scholars. Re-Enchantment, volume 7 in The Art Seminar Series, will be the first book to bridge that gap.

The volume will include an introduction and two final, synoptic essays, as well as contributions from some of the most prominent thinkers on religion and art including Boris Groys, James Elkins, Thierry de Duve, David Morgan, Norman Girardot, Sally Promey, Brent Plate, and Christopher Pinney.

What Photography Is (Hardcover): James Elkins What Photography Is (Hardcover)
James Elkins
R2,943 Discovery Miles 29 430 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In What Photography Is, James Elkins examines the strange and alluring power of photography in the same provocative and evocative manner as he explored oil painting in his best-selling What Painting Is. In the course of an extended imaginary dialogue with Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida, Elkins argues that photography is also about meaninglessness--its apparently endless capacity to show us things that we do not want or need to see--and also about pain, because extremely powerful images can sear permanently into our consciousness. Extensively illustrated with a surprising range of images, the book demonstrates that what makes photography uniquely powerful is its ability to express the difficulty--physical, psychological, emotional, and aesthetic--of the act of seeing.

The End of Diversity in Art Historical Writing - North Atlantic Art History and its Alternatives (Paperback, Klappenbroschur):... The End of Diversity in Art Historical Writing - North Atlantic Art History and its Alternatives (Paperback, Klappenbroschur)
James Elkins
R770 R609 Discovery Miles 6 090 Save R161 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The End of Diversity in Art Historical Writing is the most globally informed book on world art history, drawing on research in 76 countries. In addition some chapters have been crowd sourced: posted on the internet for comments, which have been incorporated into the text. It covers the principal accounts of Eurocentrism, center and margins, circulations and atlases of art, decolonial theory, incommensurate cultures, the origins and dissemination of the "October" model, problems of access to resources, models of multiple modernisms, and the emergence of English as the de facto lingua franca of art writing.

Fluid Flesh - The Body, Religion and the Visual Arts (Paperback): Barbara Baert Fluid Flesh - The Body, Religion and the Visual Arts (Paperback)
Barbara Baert; Introduction by James Elkins
R848 Discovery Miles 8 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How do we relate the body we have and the bodies we see to the mind, or to the soul? Fluid Flesh addresses the relationship between the body, religion, and the visual arts, which is one of both love and tension. Are we able (and allowed) to think of the divine in a corporeal way? Isn't artistic expression, which originated from both the human mind and body, intrinsically a bodily matter?Featuring an introduction from James Elkins, Fluid Flesh covers an array of topics including the visual as a spiritual medium today; iconophilia and iconoclasm in the past and present; the human body, religion and contemporary lifestyles; and premodern and postmodern perspectives on anatomy and the visual arts. Several authors address the presentation of the human form in Christian art and ask whether the body may be present in religious art even without figuration. The authors highlight the intertwined and powerful roles of both the image and the body within a contemporary culture that has seemingly devalued language (in favor of the image) and has renewed a "sinful" conception of the body as in constant need of improvement.

What Photography Is (Paperback): James Elkins What Photography Is (Paperback)
James Elkins
R957 Discovery Miles 9 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In What Photography Is, James Elkins examines the strange and alluring power of photography in the same provocative and evocative manner as he explored oil painting in his best-selling What Painting Is. In the course of an extended imaginary dialogue with Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida, Elkins argues that photography is also about meaninglessness--its apparently endless capacity to show us things that we do not want or need to see--and also about pain, because extremely powerful images can sear permanently into our consciousness. Extensively illustrated with a surprising range of images, the book demonstrates that what makes photography uniquely powerful is its ability to express the difficulty--physical, psychological, emotional, and aesthetic--of the act of seeing.

How to Use Your Eyes (Paperback): James Elkins How to Use Your Eyes (Paperback)
James Elkins
R1,053 Discovery Miles 10 530 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

..". visually stunning and mentally stimulating." Scientific American

" the author of What Painting Is (1998) has written a fascinating new book filled with gorgeous illustrations that would inspire us to learn to see anything. It's a tall order, to be sure, but one that the author pulls off admirably .How to Use Your Eyes is a wondrous visual tour that Elkins hopes will help us learn to use our eyes more concertedly until the details of the world slowly reveal themselves. Readers will be inspired to stop and smell--nay, see--the roses."

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"Elkins invites his readers to extend perception beyond narrow specialties to see meaning in the mundane. He is ever curious, his mind seemingly in overdrive."

Chicago Tribune Magazine


"In that fascinating zone where creative imagination and scientific observation meet, Elkins shines a conceptual flashlight, aiming to illuminate in 32 short chapters a fraction of what we are missing daily. He asks us to use our eyes and our minds differently, to see the world as few of us bother to see it because we rarely make the effort." Library Journal

Grass, the night sky, a postage stamp, a crack in the sidewalk, a shoulder. Ordinary objects of everyday life.
But when we look at them really look at them what do we see?

In the tradition of John Berger s bestselling Ways of Seeing, James Elkins s How to Use your Eyes invites us to look at- and maybe see for the first time- the world around us, with breathtaking results. Here are the common artifacts of life, often misunderstood and largely ignored, brought into striking focus. A butterfly's wing pattern encodes its identity. A cloudless sky yields a precise sequence of colors at sunset. A bridge reveals the relationship of a population with its landscape. With the discerning eye of a painter and the zeal of a detective, Elkins also explores complicated things like mandalas, the periodic table, or a hieroglyph, remaking the world into a treasure box of observations eccentric, ordinary, marvelous. How to Use Your Eyes will transform your view of nature and the mind. "

Art and Globalization (Paperback, Annotated edition): James Elkins, Zhivka Valiavicharska, Alice Kim Art and Globalization (Paperback, Annotated edition)
James Elkins, Zhivka Valiavicharska, Alice Kim
R807 R742 Discovery Miles 7 420 Save R65 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The "biennale culture" now determines much of the art world. Literature on the worldwide dissemination of art assumes nationalism and ethnic identity, but rarely analyzes it. At the same time there is extensive theorizing about globalization in political theory, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, political economy, sociology, and anthropology. Art and Globalization brings political and cultural theorists together with writers and historians concerned specifically with the visual arts in order to test the limits of the conceptualization of the global in art.

Among the major writers on contemporary international art represented in this book are Rasheed Araeen, Joaquin Barriendos, Susan Buck-Morss, John Clark, Iftikhar Dadi, T. J. Demos, Nestor Garcia Canclini, Charles Green, Suman Gupta, Harry Harootunian, Michael Ann Holly, Shigemi Inaga, Fredric Jameson, Caroline Jones, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Anthony D. King, Partha Mitter, Keith Moxey, Saskia Sassen, Ming Tiampo, and C. J. W.-L. Wee.

Art and Globalization is the first book in the Stone Art Theory Institutes Series. The five volumes, each on a different theoretical issue in contemporary art, build on conversations held in intensive, weeklong closed meetings. Each volume begins with edited and annotated transcripts of those meetings, followed by assessments written by a wide community of artists, scholars, historians, theorists, and critics. The result is a series of well-informed, contentious, open-ended dialogues about the most difficult theoretical and philosophical problems we face in rethinking the arts today.

What Heaven Looks Like - Comments on a Strange Wordless Book (Hardcover): James Elkins What Heaven Looks Like - Comments on a Strange Wordless Book (Hardcover)
James Elkins
R464 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R260 (56%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An unknown masterpiece of visionary art-as daring as Blake or Goya, but utterly different-reproduced in full color, with a commentary by one of our most original art historians Somewhere in Europe-we don't know where-around 1700. An artist is staring at something on the floor next to her worktable. It's just a log from the woodpile, stood on end. The soft, damp bark; the gently raised growth rings; the dark radial cracks-nothing could be more ordinary. But as the artist looks, and looks, colors begin to appear-shapes-even figures. She turns to a sheet of paper and begins to paint. Today this anonymous artist's masterpiece is preserved in the University of Glasgow Library. It is a manuscript in a plain brown binding, whose entire contents, beyond a cryptic title page, are fifty-two small, round watercolor paintings based on the visions she saw in the ends of firewood logs. This book reproduces the entire sequence of paintings in full color, together with a meditative commentary by the art historian James Elkins. Sometimes, he writes, we can glimpse the artist's sources-Baroque religious art, genre painting, mythology, alchemical manuscripts, emblem books, optical effects. But always she distorts her images, mixes them together, leaves them incomplete-always she rejects familiar stories and clear-cut meanings. In this daring refusal to make sense, Elkins sees an uncannily modern attitude of doubt and skepticism; he draws a portrait of the artist as an irremediably lonely, amazingly independent soul, inhabiting a distinct historical moment between the faded Renaissance and the overconfident Enlightenment. What Heaven Looks Like is a rare event: an encounter between a truly perceptive historian of images, and a master conjurer of them.

On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art (Paperback, New): James Elkins On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art (Paperback, New)
James Elkins
R895 Discovery Miles 8 950 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

For millennia, art has been religious - even in times and places when there was no word for 'art'. Then, in the Renaissance, it became possible for art to glorify the artist, making viewers think more of his skills than of the subjects he portrayed. The modern artist faces a more complex dilemma - one that no art historian has talked about until now. Can contemporary art say anything about spirituality? Is contemporary art is spiritual? What might it mean to say that the art you make expresses your spiritual belief? The Impossibility of Transcendence is about the curious disconnect between spirituality and current art. This book will enable you to walk into a museum and talk about the spirituality that is or is not visible in the art you see.

Stories of Art (Paperback): James Elkins Stories of Art (Paperback)
James Elkins
R899 Discovery Miles 8 990 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Stories of Art is James Elkins's intimate history of art. As he demonstrates so persuasively, there can never be one story of art. Cultures have their own stories - about themselves, about other cultures - and to hear them all is one way to hear the multiple stories that art tells. But each of us also has our own story of art, a kind of private art history made up of the pieces we have seen, and loved or hated, the effects they had on us, and the connections that might be drawn among them. Elkins opens up the questions that traditional art history usually avoids.

Why Art Cannot be Taught - A Handbook for Art Students (Paperback, New): James Elkins Why Art Cannot be Taught - A Handbook for Art Students (Paperback, New)
James Elkins
R526 R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Save R55 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this smart survival guide for students and teachers--the only book of its kind--James Elkins examines the "curious endeavor to teach the unteachable" that is generally known as college-level art instruction. This singular project is organized around a series of conflicting claims about art: "Art can be taught, but nobody knows quite how." "Art can be taught, but it seems as if it can't be since so few students become outstanding artists." "Art cannot be taught, but it can be fostered or helped along." "Art cannot be taught or even nourished, but it is possible to teach right up to the beginnings of art so that students are ready to make art the moment they graduate." "Great art cannot be taught, but more run-of-the-mill art can be." Elkins traces the development (or invention) of the modern art school and considers how issues such as the question of core curriculum and the intellectual isolation of art schools affect the teaching and learning of art. He also addresses the phenomenon of art critiques as a microcosm for teaching art as a whole and dissects real-life critiques, highlighting presuppositions and dynamics that make them confusing and suggesting ways to make them more helpful. Elkins's no-nonsense approach clears away the assumptions about art instruction that are not borne out by classroom practice. For example, he notes that despite much talk about instilling visual acuity and teaching technique, in practice neither teachers nor students behave as if those were their principal goals. He addresses the absurdity of pretending that sexual issues are absent from life-drawing classes and questions the practice of holding up great masters and masterpieces as models for students capable of producing only mediocre art. He also discusses types of art--including art that takes time to complete and art that isn't serious--that cannot be learned in studio art classes.Why Art Cannot Be Taught is a response to Elkins's observation that "we know very little about what we do" in the art classroom. His incisive commentary illuminates the experience of learning art for those involved in it, while opening an intriguing window for those outside the discipline.

What Do Artists Know? (Paperback, New ed.): James Elkins What Do Artists Know? (Paperback, New ed.)
James Elkins
R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another's work. The outcome of each of these convergences is an extensive and "unpredictable conversation" on knotty and provocative issues about art. This third volume in the series, What Do Artists Know?, is about the education of artists. The MFA degree is notoriously poorly conceptualized, and now it is giving way to the PhD in art practice. Meanwhile, conversations on freshman courses in studio art continue to be bogged down by conflicting agendas. This book is about the theories that underwrite art education at all levels, the pertinent history of art education, and the most promising current conceptualizations. The contributors are Areti Adamopoulou, Glenn Adamson, Rina Arya, Louisa Avgita, Jan Baetens, Su Baker, Ciarin Benson, Andrew Blackley, Jeroen Boomgaard, Brad Buckley, William Conger, John Conomos, Christopher Csikszentmihalyi, Anders Dahlgren, Jonathan Dronsfield, Marta Edling, Laurie Fendrich, Michael Fotiadis, Christopher Frayling, Miguel Gonzalez Virgen, R.E.H. Gordon, Charles Green, Vanalyne Green, Barbara Jaffee, Tom McGuirk, William Marotti, Robert Nelson, Hakan Nilsson, Saul Ostrow, Daniel Palmer, Peter Plagens, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Howard Singerman, Henk Slager, George Smith, Martin Soberg, Ann Sobiech Munson, Roy Sorensen, Bert Taken, Hilde Van Gelder, Frank Vigneron, Janneke Wesseling, Frances Whitehead, Gary Willis, and Yeung Yang.

Pictures and Tears - A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings (Paperback, New In Paperback): James Elkins Pictures and Tears - A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings (Paperback, New In Paperback)
James Elkins
R913 Discovery Miles 9 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber caught his eye. And what's bad about that? In Pictures and Tears, art historian James Elkins tells the story of paintings that have made people cry. Drawing upon anecdotes related to individual works of art, he provides a chronicle of how people have shown emotion before works of art in the past, and a meditation on the curious tearlessness with which most people approach art in the present. Deeply personal, Pictures and Tears is a history of emotion and vulnerability, and an inquiry into the nature of art. This book is a rare and invaluable treasure for people who love art. Also includes an 8-page color insert.

The Object Stares Back - On the Nature of Seeing (Paperback, 1st Harvest ed): James Elkins The Object Stares Back - On the Nature of Seeing (Paperback, 1st Harvest ed)
James Elkins
R326 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R54 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This arresting, provocative book on how we see--reminiscent of Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses--mixes science, philosophy, psychology, and art history, and offers startling, insightful observations likely to alter forever the way we perceive the world. 87 photos & illustrations.

Visual Worlds - Looking, Images, Visual Disciplines (Paperback): James Elkins, Erna Fiorentini Visual Worlds - Looking, Images, Visual Disciplines (Paperback)
James Elkins, Erna Fiorentini
R1,925 Discovery Miles 19 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Farewell to Visual Studies (Hardcover): James Elkins, Gustav Frank, Sunil Manghani Farewell to Visual Studies (Hardcover)
James Elkins, Gustav Frank, Sunil Manghani
R1,486 R1,325 Discovery Miles 13 250 Save R161 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another's work. The outcome of each of these convergences is an extensive and "unpredictable conversation" on knotty and provocative issues about art. This fifth and final volume in the series focuses on the identity, nature, and future of visual studies, discussing critical questions about its history, objects, and methods. The contributors question the canon of literature of visual studies and the place of visual studies with relation to theories of vision, visuality, epistemology, politics, and art history, giving voice to a variety of inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives. Rather than dismissing visual studies, as its provocative title might suggest, this volume aims to engage a critical discussion of the state of visual studies today, how it might move forward, and what it might leave behind to evolve in productive ways. The contributors are Emmanuel Alloa, Nell Andrew, Linda Baez Rubi, Martin A. Berger, Hans Dam Christensen, Isabelle Decobecq, Bernhard J. Dotzler, Johanna Drucker, James Elkins, Michele Emmer, Yolaine Escande, Gustav Frank, Theodore Gracyk, Asbjorn Gronstad, Stephan Gunzel, Charles W. Haxthausen, Miguel A. Hernandez-Navarro, Tom Holert, Kivanc Kilinc, Charlotte Klonk, Tirza True Latimer, Mark Linder, Sunil Manghani, Anna Notaro, Julia Orell, Mark Reinhardt, Vanessa R. Schwartz, Bernd Stiegler, Oyvind Vagnes, Sjoukje van der Meulen, Terri Weissman, Lisa Zaher, and Marta Zarzycka.

The World Atlas of Tattoo (Hardcover): Anna Felicity Friedman The World Atlas of Tattoo (Hardcover)
Anna Felicity Friedman; Contributions by Lars Krutak, Matt Lodder, Nick Schonberger, Sebastien Galliot; Foreword by …
R892 R756 Discovery Miles 7 560 Save R136 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A lavishly illustrated global exploration of the vast array of styles and most significant practitioners of tattoo from ancient times to today Tattoo art and practice has seen radical changes in the 21st century, as its popularity has exploded. An expanding number of tattoo artists have been mining the past for lost traditions and innovating with new technology. An enormous diversity of styles, genres, and techniques has emerged, ranging from geometric blackwork to vibrant, painterly styles, and from hand-tattooed works to machine-produced designs. With over 700 stunning color illustrations, this volume considers historical and contemporary tattoo practices in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Each section, dedicated to a specific geographic region, features fascinating text by tattoo experts that explores the history and traditions native to that area as well as current styles and trends. The World Atlas of Tattoo also tracks the movement of styles from their indigenous settings to diasporic communities, where they have often been transformed into creative, multicultural, hybrid designs. The work of 100 notable artists from around the globe is showcased in this definitive reference on a widespread and intriguing art practice.

The Domain of Images (Paperback): James Elkins The Domain of Images (Paperback)
James Elkins
R640 R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Save R94 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In the domain of visual images, those of fine art form a tiny minority. This original and brilliant book calls upon art historians to look beyond their traditional subjects painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking to the vast array of "nonart" images, including those from science, technology, commerce, medicine, music, and archaeology. Such images, James Elkins asserts, can be as rich and expressive as any canonical painting. Using scores of illustrations as examples, he proposes a radically new way of thinking about visual analysis, one that relies on an object's own internal sense of organization.Elkins begins by demonstrating the arbitrariness of current criteria used by art historians for selecting images for study. He urges scholars to adopt, instead, the far broader criteria of the young field of image studies. After analyzing the philosophic underpinnings of this interdisciplinary field, he surveys the entire range of images, from calligraphy to mathematical graphs and abstract painting. Throughout, Elkins blends philosophic analysis with historical detail to produce a startling new sense of such basic terms as pictures, writing, and notation."

What Painting Is (Paperback, 2nd New edition): James Elkins What Painting Is (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
James Elkins
R921 Discovery Miles 9 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this classic text, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a strange language to explore what it is a painter really does in the studio-the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colors will mix, and how they will look. Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, this anniversary edition includes a new introduction and preface by Elkins in which he further reflects on the experience of painting and its role in the study of art today.

What Painting Is (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): James Elkins What Painting Is (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
James Elkins
R3,164 Discovery Miles 31 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this classic text, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a strange language to explore what it is a painter really does in the studio-the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colors will mix, and how they will look. Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, this anniversary edition includes a new introduction and preface by Elkins in which he further reflects on the experience of painting and its role in the study of art today.

The Poetics of Perspective (Paperback, New edition): James Elkins The Poetics of Perspective (Paperback, New edition)
James Elkins
R640 R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Save R93 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Perspective has been a divided subject, orphaned among various disciplines from philosophy to gardening. In the first book to bring together recent thinking on perspective from such fields as art history, literary theory, aesthetics, psychology, and the history of mathematics, James Elkins leads us to a new understanding of how we talk about pictures. Elkins provides an abundantly illustrated history of the theory and practice of perspective. Looking at key texts from the Renaissance to the present, he traces a fundamental historical change that took place in the way in which perspective was conceptualized; first a technique for constructing pictures, it slowly became a metaphor for subjectivity. That gradual transformation, he observes, has led to the rifts that today separate those who understand perspective as a historical or formal property of pictures from those who see it as a linguistic, cognitive, or epistemological metaphor. Elkins considers how the principal concepts of perspective have been rewritten in work by Erwin Panofsky, Hubert Damisch, Martin Jay, Paul Ricoeur, Jacques Lacan, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and E. H. Gombrich. The Poetics of Perspective illustrates that perspective is an unusual kind of subject: it exists as a coherent idea, but no one discipline offers an adequate exposition of it. Rather than presenting perspective as a resonant metaphor for subjectivity, a painter's tool without meaning, a disused historical practice, or a model for vision and representation, Elkins proposes a comprehensive revaluation. The perspective he describes is at once a series of specific pictorial decisions and a powerful figure for our knowledge of the world.

Telepresence and Bio Art - Networking Humans, Rabbits and Robots (Paperback): Eduardo Kac Telepresence and Bio Art - Networking Humans, Rabbits and Robots (Paperback)
Eduardo Kac; Foreword by James Elkins
R730 R680 Discovery Miles 6 800 Save R50 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"Eduardo Kac's work represents a turning point. What it questions is our current attitudes to creativity, taking that word in its most fundamental sense."
-Edward Lucie-Smith, author of "Visual Arts in the 20th Century"
"His works introduce a vital new meaning into what had been known as the creative process while at the same time investing the notion of the artist-inventor with an original social and ethical responsibility."
-Frank Popper, author of "Origins and Development of Kinetic Art"
"Kac's radical approach to the creation and presentation of the body as a wet host for artificial memory and 'site-specific' work raises a variety of important questions that range from the status of memory in digital culture to the ethical dilemmas we are facing in the age of bioengineering and tracking technology."
-Christiane Paul, Whitney Museum of Art
For nearly two decades Eduardo Kac has been at the cutting edge of media art, first inventing early online artworks for the web and continuously developing new art forms that involve telecommunications and robotics as a new platform for art. Interest in telepresence, also known as telerobotics, exploded in the 1990s, and remains an important development in media art. Since that time, Kac has increasingly moved into the fields of biology and biotechnology.
"Telepresence and Bio Art" is the first book to document the evolution of bio art and the aesthetic development of Kac, the creator of the "artist's gene" as well as the controversial glow-in-the-dark, genetically engineered rabbit Alba. Kac covers a broad range of topics within media art, including telecommunications media, interactive systems and the Internet, telematicsand robotics, and the contact between electronic art and biotechnology. Addressing emerging and complex topics, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary art.

Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic (Paperback): James Elkins, Harper Montgomery Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic (Paperback)
James Elkins, Harper Montgomery
R840 Discovery Miles 8 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another's work. The outcome of each of these convergences is an extensive and "unpredictable conversation" on knotty and provocative issues about art. This fourth volume in the series, Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic, focuses on questions revolving around the concepts of the aesthetic, the anti-aesthetic, and the political. The book is about the fact that now, almost thirty years after Hal Foster defined the anti-aesthetic, there is still no viable alternative to the dichotomy between aesthetics and anti- or nonaesthetic art. The impasse is made more difficult by the proliferation of identity politics, and it is made less negotiable by the hegemony of anti-aesthetics in academic discourse on art. The central question of this book is whether artists and academicians are free of this choice in practice, in pedagogy, and in theory. The contributors are Stephanie Benzaquen, J. M. Bernstein, Karen Busk-Jepsen, Luis Camnitzer, Diarmuid Costello, Joana Cunha Leal, Angela Dimitrakaki, Alexander Dumbadze, T. Brandon Evans, Geng Youzhuang, Boris Groys, Beata Hock, Gordon Hughes, Michael Kelly, Grant Kester, Meredith Kooi, Cary Levine, Sunil Manghani, William Mazzarella, Justin McKeown, Andrew McNamara, Eve Meltzer, Nadja Millner-Larsen, Maria Filomena Molder, Carrie Noland, Gary Peters, Aaron Richmond, Lauren Ross, Toni Ross, Eva Schurmann, Gregory Sholette, Noah Simblist, Jon Simons, Robert Storr, Martin Sundberg, Timotheus Vermeulen, and Rebecca Zorach.

Art Critiques - A Guide. Third Definitive Edition Revised and Expanded (Paperback, 3rd Expanded ed.): James Elkins Art Critiques - A Guide. Third Definitive Edition Revised and Expanded (Paperback, 3rd Expanded ed.)
James Elkins
R780 Discovery Miles 7 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Artists with PhDs - On the New Doctoral Degree in Studio Art (Paperback, 2nd Expanded ed.): James Elkins Artists with PhDs - On the New Doctoral Degree in Studio Art (Paperback, 2nd Expanded ed.)
James Elkins
R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is the second, extended edition of the first of its kind. It is a resource to help people artists, teachers, administrators, and students assess and compare programs for a new PhD in Studio Art. "A PhD in art is inevitable, and so best to explore the implications of this seemingly inevitable development." -David Carrier, Champney Family Professor, Case Western Reserve University/ Cleveland Institute of Art. "I find this book to be fascinating and thought-provoking material." -Andrew E. Hershberger, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History, Bowling Green State University. "It is especially timely that a book addressing the many concerns regarding this degree should appear in the US market." -Tom Huhn, Ph.D., Chair Visual & Critical Studies, Art History School of Visual Arts, New York. "The book is organized as a constructive debate that encourages people to engage with the issues." -Lynette Hunter, Professor of the History of Rhetoric and Performance and Director UC Multicampus Research Group in International Performance and Culture, University of California Davis. "This book furthers the debate by opening various windows on the discussion of studio art." -Harold Linton, Chair Department of Art and Visual Technology, College of Visual and Performing Arts George Mason University. "We are in the midst of a paradigm shift.The range of viewpoints presented in this collection will help spur the debate and contribute to clarifying what is at stake." -Saul Ostrow, Chair, VisualArts and Technologies, Cleveland Institute of Art

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