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  • Architectural theorisations and phenomena in Asia : the polychronotypic Jetztzeit / Francis Chia-Hui Lin

  • Swansea and Nantgarw porcelains : a scientific reappraisal / Howell G.M. Edwards

    This book describes a holistic study of the porcelain manufactured at Nantgarw and Swansea in the first quarter of the 19th Century, using both scientific analytical data and historical provenancing. This porcelain is acclaimed as some of the finest and most translucent porcelain ever produced. These two porcelain factories are linked through the artistic and creative activities of the enigmatic William Billingsley and had a strictly limited production over only three or four years during the period 1812-1820. The earliest chemical analysis of these porcelains were undertaken almost 100 years ago and are compared with the results of more recent analyses The chemical composition of these porcelains, their artistic decoration and the struggle to maintain quality production is reviewed. Scientific explanations are proposed for the characteristic Swansea duck-egg porcelain translucency and for the Nantgarw iridescence. The book is well illustrated throughout and affords a good basis for the further in-depth study of Swansea and Nantgarw porcelains.

  • Emergence in interactive art / Jennifer Seevinck

  • 24/7 : late capitalism and the ends of sleep / Jonathan Crary
    N 72 S6 C733 2013
    24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep  explores some of the ruinous consequences of the expanding non-stop processes of twenty-first-century capitalism. The marketplace now operates through every hour of the clock, pushing us into constant activity and eroding forms of community and political expression, damaging the fabric of everyday life.

    Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation between an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and emerging strategies of control and surveillance. He describes the ongoing management of individual attentiveness and the impairment of perception within the compulsory routines of contemporary technological culture. At the same time, he shows that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that is intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, points to other more formidable and collective refusals of world-destroying patterns of growth and accumulation.

  • Revising green infrastructure : concepts between nature and design / edited by Daniel Czechowski, Thomas Hauck, Georg Hausladen
    NA9053.E58 R48 2015

    This book addresses the theme of "green infrastructure" from the perspective of landscape architecture. It brings together the work of selected ecologists, engineers, and landscape architects who discuss a variety of theoretical aspects, research projects, teaching methods, and best practice examples in green infrastructure. Each chapter discusses its two aspects: hardware and performance. Hardware describes the tool or device used as a green infrastructure, whereas performance indicates the output or product of a green infrastructure.

  • Vernacular architecture : towards a sustainable future : proceedings of the International Conference on Vernacular Heritage, Sustainability and Earthen Architecture, Valencia, Spain, 11-13 September 2014 / editors, C. Mileto, F. Vegas, L. Garc?a Soriano & V. Cristini Universitat Polit?cnica de Val?ncia, Spain
    NA208 .I58 2014

  • Big & small : a cultural history of extraordinary bodies / Lynne Vallone
    NX 650 B634 V35 2017
    A groundbreaking work that explores human size as a distinctive cultural marker in Western thought

    Author, scholar, and editor Lynne Vallone has an international reputation in the field of child studies. In this analytical tour-de-force, she explores bodily size difference--particularly unusual bodies, big and small--as an overlooked yet crucial marker that informs human identity and culture.

    Exploring miniaturism, giganticism, obesity, and the lived experiences of actual big and small people, Vallone boldly addresses the uncomfortable implications of using physical measures to judge normalcy, goodness, gender identity, and beauty. This wide-ranging work surveys the lives and contexts of both real and imagined persons with extraordinary bodies from the seventeenth century to the present day through close examinations of art, literature, folklore, and cultural practices, as well as scientific and pseudo-scientific discourses. Generously illustrated and written in a lively and accessible style, Vallone's provocative study encourages readers to look with care at extraordinary bodies and the cultures that created, depicted, loved, and dominated them.

  • Plaster monuments : architecture and the power of reproduction / Mari Lending
    NA 2005 L46 2017

    We are taught to believe in originals. In art and architecture in particular, original objects vouch for authenticity, value, and truth, and require our protection and preservation. The nineteenth century, however, saw this issue differently. In a culture of reproduction, plaster casts of building fragments and architectural features were sold throughout Europe and America and proudly displayed in leading museums. The first comprehensive history of these full-scale replicas, Plaster Monuments examines how they were produced, marketed, sold, and displayed, and how their significance can be understood today.

    Plaster Monuments unsettles conventional thinking about copies and originals. As Mari Lending shows, the casts were used to restore wholeness to buildings that in reality lay in ruin, or to isolate specific features of monuments to illustrate what was typical of a particular building, style, or era. Arranged in galleries and published in exhibition catalogues, these often enormous objects were staged to suggest the sweep of history, synthesizing structures from vastly different regions and time periods into coherent narratives. While architectural plaster casts fell out of fashion after World War I, Lending brings the story into the twentieth century, showing how Paul Rudolph incorporated historical casts into the design for the Yale Art and Architecture building, completed in 1963.

    Drawing from a broad archive of models, exhibitions, catalogues, and writings from architects, explorers, archaeologists, curators, novelists, and artists, Plaster Monuments tells the fascinating story of a premodernist aesthetic and presents a new way of thinking about history's artifacts.

  • Like Andy Warhol / Jonathan Flatley
    N 6537 W28 F58 2017
    Scholarly considerations of Andy Warhol abound, including very fine catalogues raisonn#65533;, notable biographies, and essays in various exhibition catalogues and anthologies. But nowhere is there an in-depth scholarly examination of Warhol's oeuvre as a whole--until now.

    Jonathan Flatley's Like Andy Warhol is a revelatory look at the artist's likeness-producing practices, not only reflected in his famous Campbell's soup cans and Marilyn Monroe silkscreens but across Warhol's whole range of interests including movies, drag queens, boredom, and his sprawling collections. Flatley shows us that Warhol's art is an illustration of the artist's own talent for "liking." He argues that there is in Warhol's productions a utopian impulse, an attempt to imagine new, queer forms of emotional attachment and affiliation, and to transform the world into a place where these forms find a new home. Like Andy Warhol is not just the best full-length critical study of Warhol in print, it is also an instant classic of queer theory.

  • Das weisse Buch / Rafael Horzon
    NK 2554 H67 A2 2011

  • American prints, 1900-1950 : an exhibition in honor of the donation of John P. Axelrod, B.A., 1968 : catalogue / by Richard S. Field [and others]
    NE 508 A588 1983

  • Witchbody : a rambling and poetic autoethnography of western occult magic as a pathway for environmental learning and advocacy / written, designed, + illustrated by Sabrina Scott
    N 7433.4 S3956 W58 2016

  • Jasper Johns / edited by Roberta Bernstein
    ND 237 J66 A4 2017
    "Jasper Johns's art unites mastery, mystery, simplicity, and contradiction. His methodical working process combines intense deliberation and experimentation, obsessive craft, cycles of revision and repetition, and decisive shifts of direction. Johns also frequently borrows images from other artists, which, ironically, only underscores the originality of his own vision. His work occupies a key position in the art of the second half of the twentieth century. Jasper Johns: A Retrospective is the most complete and authoritative resource on it available, containing 264 color plates illustrating his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. Accompanying essays review his essential themes, analyze his references to other artists, and explore how his contemporaries have, in turn, seen and absorbed his own work. The plates are arranged to follow the stages of his career, allowing comparison of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints from each period, as his style developed and changed. That comprehensive selection of reproductions is interwoven with an illustrated chronology tracing Johns' life and work with unprecedented accuracy and thoroughness. With its scholarly essays and extensive bibliography, Jasper Johns: A Retrospective is the indispensable reference work on this crucial artist. This volume was originally published to accompany the major exhibition of Johns' work held at The Museum of Modern Art in 1996 and 1997, his first full retrospective in 20 years. It has been out of print since 2002"--Provided by publisher.

  • The global contemporary art world / Jonathan Harris
    N 8600 H376 2017

    The final installment in the critically-acclaimed trilogy on globalization and art explores the growing dominance of Asian centers of art

    This book takes readers on a fascinating journey around five Asian centers of contemporary art and its myriad institutions, agents, forms, materials, and languages, while posing vital questions about the political economy of culture and the power of visual art in a multi-polar world. He analyzes the financial powerhouse of Art Basel Hong Kong, new media art in South Korea, the place of the Kochi Biennale within contemporary art in India, transnational art and art education in China, and the geo-politics of art patronage in Palestine, and he develops a highly original synthesis of theoretical perspectives and empirical research.

    Drawing on detailed case studies and personal insights gained from his extensive experience of the contemporary art scene in Asia, Professor Harris examines the evolving relationship between the western centers of art practice, collection, and validation and the emerging "peripheries" of Asian Tiger societies with burgeoning art centers. And he arrives at the somewhat controversial conclusion that dominance of the art world is rapidly slipping away from Europe and North America.

    The Global Contemporary Art World is essential reading for undergraduates and postgraduate students in modern and contemporary art, art history, art theory and criticism, cultural studies, the sociology of culture, and globalization studies. It is also a vital resource for research students, academics, and professionals in the art world.

  • Democratising beauty in nineteenth-century Britain : art and the politics of public life / Lucy Hartley
    N 7485 G7 H37 2017
    Could the self-interested pursuit of beauty actually help to establish the moral and political norms that enable democratic society to flourish? In this book, Lucy Hartley identifies a new language for speaking about beauty, which begins to be articulated from the 1830s in a climate of political reform and becomes linked to emerging ideals of equality, liberty, and individuality. Examining British art and art writing by Charles Lock Eastlake, John Ruskin, Walter Pater, Edward Poynter, William Morris, and John Addington Symonds, Hartley traces a debate about what it means to be interested in beauty and whether this preoccupation is necessary to public political life. Drawing together political history, art history, and theories of society, and supplemented by numerous illustrations, Democratising Beauty in Nineteenth-Century Britain offers a fresh interdisciplinary understanding of the relation of art to its publics.

  • The artist project : what artists see when they look at art / The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    N 7477 M48 2017

    120 of the world's most influential contemporary artists discuss the art that inspires them in this lavishly packaged and designed book.

    "The Artist Project is the latest step among The Met's recent strides to better integrate contemporary art into its historical pantheon." --Art News

    Artists have long been stimulated and motivated by the work of those who came before them - sometimes, centuries before them. Interviews with 120 international contemporary artists discussing works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection that spark their imagination shed new light on art-making, museums, and the creative process. Images of the artworks appear alongside images of the contemporary artists' work, allowing readers to discover a rich web of visual connections that spans cultures and millennia.

  • Art and China after 1989 : theater of the world / Alexandra Munroe ; with Philip Tinari and Hou Hanru
    N 7345 A77 2017
    Surveys experimental art in China between the years 1989 and 2008.

    Published on the occasion of the largest exhibition of contemporary art from China ever mounted in North America, organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World explores recent experimental art from what is arguably the most transformative period of modern Chinese and recent world history. Featuring over 150 iconic and lesser-known artworks by more than 70 artists and collectives, this catalogue offers an interpretative survey of Chinese experimental art framed by the geopolitical dynamics attending the end of the Cold War, the spread of globalization, and the rise of China. Critical essays explore how Chinese artists have been both agents and skeptics of China's arrival as a global presence, while an extensive entry section offers detailed analysis on works made in a broad range of experimental mediums, including film and video, ink, installation, Land art, performance, as well as painting and photography. In addition, an appendix includes a selected history of contemporary art exhibitions in China, biographies of featured artists, and a bibliography.

  • Dreaming of Italy : Las Vegas and the virtual grand tour / text by Giovanna Franci, photographs by Federico Zignani ; afterword by José Gamez
    NA 735 L37 F72 2005
    In Dreaming of Italy, Giovanna Franci compares three Las Vegas Italian-themed resorts--Caesars Palace, Bellagio, and The Venetian--to their Italian counterparts: the ancient Forum of the Caesars, the breathtaking Lake Como resort town of Bellagio, and eternal Venice, jewel of the Adriatic. Franci not only examines architectural format and decorative details but considers how the mystique of these Italian sites has been transplanted to the Nevada desert. In the process, she addresses the compelling phenomena of modern mass tourism and postmodern travelers to whom the distinction between the real and the fake is often far less important than the appeal of a destination that allows a visitor to make a virtual Grand Tour within the confines of a single city. Franci's perceptive commentary offers unique insights into the trends and intentions behind recent development in Las Vegas. She shows how the builders of these three casinos use architectural language to unite the themes and functions of American consumer culture with the romantic mythology of some of the world's most fantastic oases of pleasure. In this context, Las Vegas emerges as far more than a popular tourist icon. It is rather the first urban spectacle of the postmodern world, a chameleon-like city continuously reinventing itself to offer visitors an unflagging array of experiences, sensations, and hedonistic delights. Federico Zignani's dazzling photographs bring to life the physical details and idyllic ambiance of the lavish Las Vegas resorts and their Italian inspirations.

  • Las Vegas in the rearview mirror : the city in theory, photography, and film / Martino Stierli ; translation by Elizabeth Tucker
    NA 735 L3 S7513 2013
    Learning from Las Vegas - published in 1972 by the American architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour - marks the turn in architectural theory from modern to postmodern. Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror explores the significance of this controversial publication by situating it in the artistic, architectural, and urbanist discourse of the 1960s and '70s, and by evaluating the book's enduring influence of visual studies and architectural research. Referencing cinematic visuals, Learning from Las Vegas documented a sprawling postwar city from a moving car. Stierli examines this methodology against a background of contemporary pop and conceptual art, allowing him to assess the impact of this architectural manifesto and why it remains relevant today.

  • Creating CityCenter : World-Class Architecture and the New Las Vegas / William R. Smith, Scott J. Tilden ; with Lynne Lavelle
    NA 6216 L37 C587 2014
    MGM Resorts International's CityCenter is the largest privately financed building project in the United States to date; its development brought together star architects and major interior design firms and landscape architects. The design and concurrent construction of seven separate buildings and accompanying infrastructure are documented here from start to finish in stunning photographs.

  • The Strip : Las Vegas and the architecture of the American dream / Stefan Al
    NA 735 L3 A4 2017

    The transformations of the Strip -- from the fake Wild West to neon signs twenty stories high to "starchitecture" -- and how they mirror America itself.

    The Las Vegas Strip has impersonated the Wild West, with saloon doors and wagon wheels; it has decked itself out in midcentury modern sleekness. It has illuminated itself with twenty-story-high neon signs, then junked them. After that came Disney-like theme parks featuring castles and pirates, followed by replicas of Venetian canals, New York skyscrapers, and the Eiffel Tower. (It might be noted that forty-two million people visited Las Vegas in 2015 -- ten million more than visited the real Paris.) More recently, the Strip decided to get classy, with casinos designed by famous architects and zillion-dollar collections of art. Las Vegas became the "implosion capital of the world" as developers, driven by competition, got rid of the old to make way for the new -- offering a non-metaphorical definition of "creative destruction." In The Strip , Stefan Al examines the many transformations of the Las Vegas Strip, arguing that they mirror transformations in America itself. The Strip is not, as popularly supposed, a display of architectural freaks but representative of architectural trends and a record of social, cultural, and economic change.

    Al tells two parallel stories. He describes the feverish competition of Las Vegas developers to build the snazziest, most tourist-grabbing casinos and resorts -- with a cast of characters including the mobster Bugsy Siegel, the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, and the would-be political kingmaker Sheldon Adelson. And he views the Strip in a larger social context, showing that it has not only reflected trends but also magnified them and sometimes even initiated them. Generously illustrated with stunning color images throughout, The Strip traces the many metamorphoses of a city that offers a vivid projection of the American dream.

  • Acts of voicing / Hrsg., Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler, Christine Peters
    N 8257.5 A28 2015

    Acts of Voicing focuses on the aesthetic, performative, and political significance of the voice, viewed from the perspective of visual art, dance, performance, and theory. The book, which also documents the exhibition of the same title that showed at the WUrttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and the Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul in 2012, explores the diegetic and performative characteristics of the voice. This relates equally to voices that resist and to voices that are disciplined and seek to discipline, to those that are heard and to those that go unheard. The book also examines the struggle to find one's voice and the act of getting voices to speak or be silent.

  • Être ici est une splendeur : vie de Paula M. Becker / Marie Darrieussecq
    ND 588 M58 D37 2016

  • Art, artists and pedagogy : philosophy and the arts in education / edited by Christopher Naughton, Gert Biesta, and David R. Cole
    N 84 A77 2018

    This volume has been brought together to generate new ideas and provoke discussion about what constitutes arts education in the twenty-first century, both within the institution and beyond. Art, Artists and Pedagogy is intended for educators who teach the arts from early childhood to tertiary level, artists working in the community, or those studying arts in education from undergraduate to Masters or PhD level.

    From the outset, this publication is not only about arts in practice but also about what distinguishes the #65533;arts#65533; in education. Exploring two different philosophies of education, the book asks what is the purpose of arts in the twenty-first century. With specific reference to the work of Gert Biesta, questions are raised as to the relation of the arts to the world and what kind of society we may wish to envisage. The second philosophical position comes from Deleuze and Guattari, looking in more depth at how we configure art, the artist and the role played by the state and global capital in deciding on what art education has become.

    This book provides educators with ways to engage with arts, focusing specifically on art, music, dance, drama and film studies. At a time when many teachers are looking for a means to re-assert the role of the arts, this text provides many answers with reference to case studies and in-depth arguments from some of the world#65533;s leading academics in the arts, philosophy and education.

  • The unvarnished truth : exploring the material history of paintings = Mise à nu : une exploration de l'histoire matérielle de la peinture
    ND 1635 U68 2015

  • Tracey Emin : works 2007-2017 / essay by Jonathan Jones
    N 6797 E486 A4 2017
    A new comprehensive monograph on the work of an enduring icon of contemporary art.

    Compiled in close collaboration with the artist and unprecedented in its scope, this definitive book collects ten years of Tracey Emin's drawings, paintings, sculptures, appliqu#65533;s and embroideries, neons, video stills, and installations. A multimedia artist whose intensely personal work blurs the boundaries between art and life, Emin remains one of the most highly publicized contemporary British artists and continues to stir as much controversy as she has acclaim.

    Moving chronologically through a prolific decade of work--from major public installations to recent reflective paintings and sculptures--this book shows a coherent vision that defies the idiosyncrasies of Emin's evolution as an artist. The same mixture of anger, hope, curiosity, and vulnerability that informs her delicate drawings and handwritten neon works can be felt in the darker tones of recent monoprints and the weight of later bronze pieces.

    Written by Jonathan Jones, whose text places Emin's work in a broad art-historical context and sees this recent decade of her artwork as an entry point to examining her full career, this is a beautiful monograph on one of the world's most influential living artists.

  • Short fictions / Gary Pearson
    ND 249 P364 A4 2017
    Gary Pearson is an inventive and protean artist who works in a contemporary idiom, but in the vein of Northern Expressionism. Pearson has a dark sensibility, using mainly graphic, rather than painterly means in his work, which explore the human condition. The artist also produces large&ndashscale drawings, and his restless creativity has led him to make videos as well, both fictional/conceptual and documentary.

    Pearson has travelled widely, having participated in exhibitons and artist's residencies in New york, Berlin, Norway, Poland, Mexico and Australia. When on the road or at residencies, he generally works on paper and at a small scale, as well as writing in his journal. His small pieces later feed into large paintings once he is back in his Kelowna studio. An award-winning artist, Pearson has been Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, Canada, since 1991.

    Gary Pearson: Short Fictionsincludes texts on Pearson's work by Canadian writers Aasron Peck, Michael Turner and Liz Wylie (the curator of the major solo exhibition this book accompanies). There is also a transcription of an interview with the artist by internationally known Canadian writer and curator Ihor Holubizky.

  • Fred Forest's utopia : media art and activism / Michael F. Leruth
    N 6853 F62 L47 2017

    "France's most famous unknown artist," the innovative media provocateur Fred Forest, precursor of Eduardo Kac, Jodi, the Yes Men, RT Mark, and the Guerilla Girls.

    The innovative French media artist and prankster-provocateur Fred Forest first gained notoriety in 1972 when he inserted a small blank space in Le Monde , called it 150 cm 2 of Newspaper ( 150 cm 2 de papier journal ), and invited readers to fill in the space with their own work and mail their efforts to him. In 1977, he satirized speculation in both the art and real estate markets by offering the first parcel of officially registered "artistic square meters" of undeveloped rural land for sale at an art auction. Although praised by leading media theorists -- Vil#65533;m Flusser lauded Forest as "the artist who pokes holes in media" -- Forest's work has been largely ignored by the canon-making authorities. Forest calls himself "France's most famous unknown artist." In this book, Michael Leruth offers the first book-length consideration of this iconoclastic artist, examining Forest's work from the 1960s to the present.

    Leruth shows that Forest chooses alternative platforms (newspapers, mock commercial ventures, video-based interactive social interventions, media hacks and hybrids, and, more recently, the Internet) that are outside the exclusive precincts of the art world. A fierce critic of the French contemporary art establishment, Forest famously sued the Centre Pompidou in 1994 over its opaque acquisition practices. After making foundational contributions to Sociological Art in the 1970s and the Aesthetics of Communication in the 1980s, the pioneering Forest saw the Internet as another way for artists to bypass the art establishment in the 1990s. Arguing that there is a strong utopian quality in Forest's work, Leruth sees this utopianism not as naive or conventional but as a reverse utopianism: rather than envisioning an impossible ideal, Forest reenvisions and probes the quasi-utopia of our media-augented everyday reality. The interface is the symbolic threshold to be crossed with an open mind.

  • Ed Atkins / exhibition curators and catalog editors, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Marianna Vecellio
    N 6797 A788 A4 2016
    Conceived by Atkins as an artist's book, the main body is a collage of imagery, text, and graphical elements. Ed Atkins makes videos, draws, and writes, reflexively performing the ways in which contemporary modes of representation attempt to do justice to powerfully emotional experience. Atkins' work is at once a disturbing diagnosis of a digitally mediated present day and an absurd prophecy of things to come. It is skeptical of the promises of technology yet suggests that it is possible to salvage subjectivity, suspending a hysterical sentimentality within the desperate lives of the surrogates he creates.
    This catalog accompanies the exhibition that is developed as a collaboration between Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. With new essays by the editors and by Irene Calderoni and Chiara Vecchiarelli, the book is accompanied by a scholarly timeline and an anthology that includes a selection of the artist's unpublished writings, plus critical writings by Kirsty Bell, Melissa Gronlund, Martin Herbert, Leslie Jamison, Joe Luna, Jeff Nagy, Mike Sperlinger, and Patrick Ward, together with interviews by Katie Guggenheim, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf, and Richard Whitby.

  • EVA London : electronic visualisation and the arts : proceedings of EVA London 2016, BCS London, 12-14 July 2016 / edited by Jonathan P. Bowen, Graham Diprose, Nick Lambert
    NX 180 T4 E93 2016
    EVA London 2016 has established itself as one of the most innovative and interdisciplinary conferences in the field of digital visualisation, The papers in this volume touch on music, performance, electronic art, imaging technology, medical visualisation, museums and their collections, virtual communities, landscape visualisation, augmented reality, 3D imaging, interfaces, enhanced reality as well as other areas.

  • EVA London Electronic Visualisation and the Arts : proceedings of EVA London 2015, BCS London, 7-9 July 2015 / editors: Kia Ng, Johnathan P. Bowen, Nick Lambert
    NX 180 T4 E93 2015
    EVA London 2015 has established itself as one of London's most innovative and interdisciplinary conferences in the field of digital visualisation, The papers in this volume touch on music, performance, electronic art, imaging technology, medical visualisation, museums and their collections, virtual communities, landscape visualisation, augmented reality, 3D imaging, interfaces, enhanced reality as well as other areas.

  • How institutions think : between contemporary art and curatorial discourse / edited by Paul O'Neill, Lucy Steeds, and Mick Wilson
    N 408 H69 2017

    Reflections on how institutions inform art, curatorial, educational, and research practices while they shape the world around us.

    Contemporary art and curatorial work, and the institutions that house them, have often been centers of power, hierarchy, control, value, and discipline. Even the most progressive among them face the dilemma of existing as institutionalized anti-institutions. This anthology--taking its title from Mary Douglas's 1986 book, How Institutions Think --reconsiders the practices, habits, models, and rhetoric of the institution and the anti-institution in contemporary art and curating. Contributors reflect upon how institutions inform art, curatorial, educational, and research practices as much as they shape the world around us. They consider the institution as an object ofienquiry across many disciplines, including political theory, organizational science, and sociology.

    Bringing together an international and multidisciplinary group of writers, How Institutions Think addresses such questions as whether institution building is still possible, feasible, or desirable; if there are emergent institutional models for progressive art and curatorial research practices; and how we can establish ethical principles and build our institutions accordingly. The first part, "Thinking via Institution," moves from the particular to the general; the second part, "Thinking about Institution," considers broader questions about the nature of institutional frameworks.

    Contributors include
    Natasa Petresin Bachelez, Dave Beech, M#65533;lanie Bouteloup, Nikita Yingqian Cai, Binna Choi and Annette Kraus, C#65533;line Condorelli, Pip Day, Cl#65533;mentine Deliss, Keller Easterling and Andrea Phillips, Bassam El Baroni, Charles Esche, Patricia Falgui#65533;res, Patrick D. Flores, Marina Grzinić, Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, Alhena Katsof, Emily Pethick, Sarah Pierce, Moses Serubiri, Simon Sheikh, Mick Wilson

  • Montreal's geodesic dreams : Jeffrey Lindsay and the Fuller Research Foundation Canadian Division / edited by Cammie McAtee ; with contributions by Carlo Carbone and Réjean Legault = Montréal et le rêve géodésique : Jeffrey Lindsay et la Fuller Research Foundation Canadian Division / sous la direction de Cammie McAtee ; avec des contributions de Carlo Carbone et Réjean Legault
    NA 749 L56 M66 2017

  • 2017 Canadian Biennial / Jonathan Shaughnessy ; with contributions by Nicole Burisch, Rachelle Dickenson, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Greg Hill, Jasmine Inglis, Andrea Kunard, Christine Lalonde, Ann Thomas and Rhiannon Vogl = Biennale canadienne 2017 / Jonathan Shaughnessy ; avec la collaboration de Nicole Burisch, Rachelle Dickenson, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Greg Hill, Jasmine Inglis, Andrea Kunard, Christine Lalonde, Ann Thomas et Rhiannon Vogl
    N 910 O7 A5 2017
    Innovative and diverse artworks by artists from across the country and beyond are featured in this fourth edition of the Canadian Biennial. Richly illustrated with dozens of colour plates, the publication provides individual presentations on each artist as well as a comprehensive scholarly text. The author looks at the dynamic ways in which artists engage with the increasingly globalized world of contemporary art through a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, video and installation-based practices. Migration, the impact and interpretation of history and belief systems on contemporary art and culture, stereotypes of identity and nationhood, and the emancipatory potential of the imagination and creativity, are some of the themes and subjects addressed in a Biennial that reflects the Gallery¿s pursuits in building an outstanding and pertinent collection of art today. Jonathan Shaughnessy is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada. In English and French. Participating artists: Barry Ace, John Akomfrah, Benoit Aquin, Shuvinai Ashoona, BGL, Valérie Blass, Shannon Bool, Shary Boyle, Mark Bradford, Anthony Burnham, Nick Cave, Patrick Coutu, Chris Curreri, Beau Dick, Stan Douglas, Jessica Eaton, Latifa Echakhch, Tracey Emin, Cynthia Girard-Renard, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Houseago, Christian Jankowski, Brian Jungen, Shelagh Keeley, Ruben Komangapik, Jonathan Lasker, lessLIE, Maya Lin, Elaine Ling, Angela Marston, Kent Monkman, Wangechi Mutu, Nadia Myre, Chris Ofili, Jamasee Padluq Pitseolak, Susan Point, Mika Rottenberg, Collier Schorr, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Wael Shawky, Steven Shearer, Taryn Simon, Kiki Smith, Monika Sosnowska, Zin Taylor, Mickalene Thomas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jutai Toonoo, Renée Van Halm, Waheed, Daniel Young and Christian Groulx.

  • A legacy of Canadian art from Kelowna collections
    N 6545 L42 2017

  • Visitor information : Lise Beaudry, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Martie Giefert, Morris Lum, Jeff Thomas / curated by Linda Jansma and Jayne Wilkinson
    N 6545.6 V57 2017
    Five artists use a wide range of photographic practices to investigate the social histories of land, architecture and institutions. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the the Oshawa Ontario-based gallery, each artist has created a project that grapples with the shifting nature of the city¿s social, economic and technological fabric. Drawing from accounts that range from its history as a site of Indigenous occupation to the dominance of the 20th century auto industry, and from explorations of family archives to representations of institutional tech hubs, the works create narratives that offer diverse views of a once-rural community continually transformed by industry. The works provide an intriguing historical overview of the city for residents and visitors alike. Participating artists: Lise Beaudry, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Martie Giefert, Morris Lum and Jeff Thomas.

  • Art for an undivided earth : the American Indian Movement generation / Jessica L. Horton
    N 6538 A4 H678 2017
    In Art for an Undivided Earth Jessica L. Horton reveals how the spatial philosophies underlying the American Indian Movement (AIM) were refigured by a generation of artists searching for new places to stand. Upending the assumption that Jimmie Durham, James Luna, Kay WalkingStick, Robert Houle, and others were primarily concerned with identity politics, she joins them in remapping the coordinates of a widely shared yet deeply contested modernity that is defined in great part by the colonization of the Americas. She follows their installations, performances, and paintings across the ocean and back in time, as they retrace the paths of Native diplomats, scholars, performers, and objects in Europe after 1492. Along the way, Horton intervenes in a range of theories about global modernisms, Native American sovereignty, racial difference, archival logic, artistic itinerancy, and new materialisms. Writing in creative dialogue with contemporary artists, she builds a picture of a spatially, temporally, and materially interconnected world--an undivided earth.

  • Artists who make books / Andrew Roth, Philip E. Aarons, and Claire Lehmann, eds. ; entries by Jeffrey Kastner and Cleaire Lehmann
    N 7433.3 A746 2017

    A vital survey of 32 internationally recognized artists who make books as part of their creative practice - features 500 images of these rarely seen works.

    The 'artist's book' has long been an important form of expression, and Artists Who Make Booksshowcases 32 internationally recognized artists who have integrated book production into their larger creative practice. This volume features a selection of books -- many rarely seen -- by every artist included, an accompanying text providing further context, and over 500 illustrations of covers and interior spreads. Insightful interviews with Tauba Auerbach, Paul Chan, and Walther K#65533;nig, and in-depth essays by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh and Lynda Morris round out this illuminating survey.

  • Diligence and elegance : the nature of Japanese textiles / curated by Natalia Nekrassova
    NK 8884 A1 T49 2017
    spacer.gifDiligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada¿s collection of 19th and 20th century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto¿s professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques - weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery - that exemplify venerable social and cultural values. The authors discuss the highly refined skills and materials by which textiles have been constructed and decorated over centuries, and on how diligence and ingenuity have shaped their timeless beauty. The persistence of traditions seen in such rigorously executed textiles has come to embody the heart of Japanese aesthetics. Every material, colour and technique has a story to tell. The publication also features the contemporary work of Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shintani, two Japanese-Canadians whose consummate craftsmanship and philosophies are profoundly connected to the evolution of Japanese textile traditions of spinning, dyeing and weaving. Their internationally renowned artistic achievements are testimony to the ethics of labour associated with a lifelong investment of time, practice and precision; they position living traditions as opportunities for personal reflection and the acknowledgement of the significance of collective human accomplishments.

  • Life with clay : pottery and sculpture by Jan and Helga Grove / Allan Collier with an essay by Alan Elder
    NK 4210 G76 A4 2017
    This retrospective monograph on work of Jan and Helga Grove accompanies the most extensive exhibition ever held, and features works made from 1953 to 2005, shortly before they retired. Born in Germany, both Jan and Helga Grove trained and worked there in the late 1940's and 1950¿s, before moving to Canada. From 1966 to 2009 they operated studios in Colwood, and later in Metchosin (British Columbia) where they produced pottery with bright colours and matte glazes, often decorated with geometric and abstract designs. Their work was exhibited at Expo '67 and other national exhibitions and sold across the country. Also featured are several experimental pieces highlighting Jan's modernist forms and glazes and Helga's unique geometric and fable animal decorations. For over 40 years, they also produced clay sculptures assembled from wheel-thrown and hand formed parts. Often whimsical and thought-provoking commentaries on human existence, the sculptures are at once a synthesis of unique artistic expression and advanced technical skill. The publication contains photographs, artwork, and other historical material documenting the work and lives of these extraordinary artists.

  • Small scale subversion : mail art & artistamps / John Held, Jr
    N 6494 M35 H4487 2015
    Although increasingly appreciated in fine art and stamp collecting circles, artist postage stamps, or artistamps, are more likely to be traded between the people who create them than they are to be exhibited in commercial art galleries or read about in philatelic journals. Artistamps are part and parcel of the grassroots network known as Mail Art, an alternative art of creative long-distance communication that intuited the demand for cross-cultural exchange long before the Internet. Although seemingly rigid, the postage stamp format allows flexible approaches in painting, watercolor, offset, photography, photocopy, rubber-stamping, engraving, digitization and sculpture.

  • The synthetic proposition : conceptualism and the political referent in contemporary art / Nizan Shaked
    N 6512.5 C64 S53 2017
    The synthetic proposition examines the impact of Civil Rights, Black Power, the student, feminist and sexual-liberty movements on conceptualism and its legacies in the United States between the late 1960s and the 1990s. It focuses on the turn to political reference in practices originallyconcerned with abstract ideas, as articulated by Joseph Kosuth, and traces key strategies in contemporary art to the reciprocal influences of conceptualism and identity politics: movements that have so far been historicised as mutually exclusive. The book demonstrates that while identity-based strategies were particular, their impact spread far beyond the individuals or communities that originated them. It offers a study of Adrian Piper, David Hammons, Renee Green, Mary Kelly, Martha Rosler, Silvia Kolbowski, Daniel Joseph Martinez, LornaSimpson, Hans Haacke, Andrea Fraser and Charles Gaines. By turning to social issues, these artists analysed the conventions of language, photography, moving image, installation and display.

  • Vibrant architecture : matter as a codesigner of living structures / Rachel Armstrong ; managing editor: Monika Michałowicz ; associate editor: Davina Jackson
    NA 2542.36 A75 2015

    This book sets out the conditions under which the need for a new approach to the production of architecture in the twenty-first century is established, where our homes and cities are facing increasing pressures from environmental challenges that are compromising our lives and well being. Vibrant architecture embodies a new kind of architectural design practice that explores how lively materials, or 'vibrant matter', may be incorporated into our buildings to confer on them some of the properties of living things, such as movement, growth, sensitivity and self-repair. The theoretical and practical implications of how this may occur are explored through the application of a new group of materials. Characteristically, these substances possess some of the properties of living systems but may not have the full status of being truly alive. They include forms of chemical artificial life such as 'dynamic droplets' or synthetically produced soils. As complex systems, they are able to communicate directly with the natural world using a shared language of chemistry and so, negotiate their continued survival in a restless world. Vibrant architecture may create new opportunities for architectural design practice that venture beyond top-down form-finding programs, by enabling architects to co-design in partnership with human and nonhuman collectives, which result from the production of post natural landscapes. Ultimately, vibrant architecture may operate as an ecological platform for human development that augments the liveliness of our planet, rather than diminishes it.

  • Farewell to the muse : love, war and the women of surrealism / Whitney Chadwick
    NX 456.5 S8 C43 2017
    Farewell to the Muse documents what it meant to be young, ambitious, and female in the context of an avant-garde movement defined by celebrated men whose backgrounds were often quite different from those of their younger lovers and companions. Focusing on the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, Whitney Chadwick charts five female friendships among the Surrealists to show how Surrealism, female friendship, and the experiences of war, loss, and trauma shaped individual women's transitions from someone else's muse to mature artists in their own right. Her vivid account includes the fascinating story of Claude Cahun and Suzanne Malherbe in occupied Jersey, as well as the experiences of Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose at the front line.

    Chadwick draws on personal correspondence between women, including the extraordinary letters between Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini during the months following the arrest and imprisonment of Carrington's lover Max Ernst and the letter Frida Kahlo shared with her friend and lover Jacqueline Lamba years after it was written in the late 1930s.

    This history brings a new perspective to the political context of Surrealism as well as fresh insights on the vital importance of female friendship to its progress.

  • Private utopia : cultural setting of the interior in the 19th and 20th century / August Sarnitz, Inge Scholz-Strasser (eds.)
    NA 2850 P76 2015

    This book is a scientific anthology and a text mosaic on the modern interior, its origins and its historic development. In recent years, science has increasingly focused on the subject of the interior; this book investigates the subject from different perspectives, the resum#65533; of a symposium at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna.

    Experts in the fields of architectural history, philosophy and psychology analyze the modern trend towards the individual design of interiors beyond fashion and good taste; the atelier and practice of Lucian and Sigmund Freud, the interiors in Proust's novels, Wittgenstein's house and Kiesler's Endless House.

  • The devout hand : women, virtue, and visual culture in early modern Italy / Patricia B. Rocco
    N 6921 B7 R63 2017
    After the Counter-Reformation, the Papal State of Bologna became a hub for the flourishing of female artistic talent. The eighteenth-century biographer Luigi Crespi recorded over twenty-eight women artists working in the city, although many of these, until recently, were ignored by modern art criticism, despite the fame they attained during their lifetimes. What were the factors that contributed to Bologna's unique confluence of women with art, science, and religion? The Devout Hand explores the work of two generations of Italian women artists in Bologna, from Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614), whose career emerged during the aftermath of the Counter Reformation, to her brilliant successor, Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665), who organized the first school for women artists. Patricia Rocco further sheds light on Sirani's students and colleagues, including the little-known engraver Veronica Fontana and the innovative but understudied etcher Giuseppe Maria Mitelli. Combining analysis of iconography, patronage, gender, and reception studies, Rocco integrates painting, popular prints, book illustration, and embroidery to open a wider lens onto the relationship between women, virtue, and the visual arts during a period of religious crisis and reform. A reminder of the lasting power of images, The Devout Hand highlights women's active role in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Christian reform and artistic production.

  • Degas : a passion for perfection / [edited by] Jane Munro
    N 6853 D33 D44 2017
    A beautiful celebration of six decades of work by Edgar Degas, published in the centennial year of the artist's death

    Edgar Degas's (1834-1917) relentless experimentation with technical procedures is a hallmark of his lifelong desire to learn. The numerous iterations of compositions and poses suggest an intense self-discipline, as well as a refusal to accept any creative solution as definitive or finite. Published in the centenary year of the artist's death, this book presents an exceptional array of Degas's work, including paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, counter proofs, and sculpture, with approximately sixty key works from private and public collections in Europe and the United States, some of them published here for the first time. Shown together, the impressive works represent well over half a century of innovation and artistic production.

    Essays by leading Degas scholars and conservation scientists explore his practice and recurring themes of the human figure and landscape. The book opens with a study of Degas's debt to the Old Masters, and it concludes with a consideration of his artistic legacy and his influence on leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Ryan Gander, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, R. B. Kitaj, Pablo Picasso, and Walter Sickert.

  • Between Constantinople and Rome : an illuminated Byzantine Gospel book (Paris gr. 54) and the union of churches / Kathleen Maxwell
    ND 3359 B535 M39 2014
    This is a study of the artistic and political context that led to the production of a truly exceptional Byzantine illustrated manuscript. Paris, Biblioth#65533;que Nationale de France, codex grec 54 is one of the most ambitious and complex manuscripts produced during the Byzantine era. This thirteenth-century Greek and Latin Gospel book features full-page evangelist portraits, an extensive narrative cycle, and unique polychromatic texts. However, it has never been the subject of a comprehensive study and the circumstances of its commission are unknown. In this book Kathleen Maxwell addresses the following questions: what circumstances led to the creation of Paris 54? Who commissioned it and for what purpose? How was a deluxe manuscript such as this produced? Why was it left unfinished? How does it relate to other Byzantine illustrated Gospel books? Paris 54's innovations are a testament to the extraordinary circumstances of its commission. Maxwell's multi-disciplinary approach includes codicological and paleographical evidence together with New Testament textual criticism, artistic and historical analysis. She concludes that Paris 54 was never intended to copy any other manuscript. Rather, it was designed to eclipse its contemporaries and to physically embody a new relationship between Constantinople and the Latin West, as envisioned by its patron. Analysis of Paris 54's texts and miniature cycle indicates that it was created at the behest of a Byzantine emperor as a gift to a pope, in conjunction with imperial efforts to unify the Latin and Orthodox churches. As such, Paris 54 is a unique witness to early Palaeologan attempts to achieve church union with Rome.

  • City living : apartment houses by Robert A. M. Stern Architects / Robert A.M. Stern, Paul L. Whalen, Daniel Lobitz, Michael D. Jones ; roundtable moderated by Paul Goldberger ; edited by Peter Morris Dixon and Jonathan Grzywacz
    NA 737 S64 A4 2015
    Today we build all over the world. We bring what we know, and we learn from our clients and our travels. And the fundamental reason that we succeed is that we are committed to architecture as portraits of places.
    -- Robert A.M. Stern

    In City Living , Paul L. Whalen, Daniel Lobitz, and Michael D. Jones, partners at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, present sixteen completed apartment complexes and a portfolio of sixteen further projects in progress in New York and major cities across the United States and in Europe, Asia, and South America.

    Over the past fifteen years, the high-rise residential apartment house has emerged as the focus of contemporary architectural practice, challenging the commercial office building for pride of place on city skylines around the world. Drawing on the rich heritage of apartment house design in New York City from the 1920s and 1930s, the RAMSA partners bring a unique perspective to this building type, creating strong forms with visually intriguing facades that meet the ground and touch the sky with elegance and dignity. These designs extend the classical tradition while inflecting toward the simplicity and abstraction of modernism.

    Essential to the planning process is the integration of buildings into the cityscape and the urban neighborhood setting. The base of the apartment houses is articulated to reflect the scale of the surrounding buildings, and a portion of the site can be reserved for townhouses that create a transition between old and new.

  • Images of the art museum : connecting gaze and discourse in the history of museology / editors Eva-Maria Troelenberg and Melania Savino
    N 430 I43 2017

    In recent years, the emerging field of museum studies has seen rapid expansion in the critical study of museums and scholars started to question the institution and its functions. To contribute differentiated viewpoints to the currently evolving meta-discourse on the museum, this volume aims to investigate how the institution of the museum has been visualized and translated into different kinds of images and how these images have affected our perception of these institutions.
    In this interdisciplinary collection, scholars from a variety of academic backgrounds, including art history, heritage, museums studies and architectural history, explore a broad range of case studies stretching across the globe. The volume opens up debate about the epistemological and historiographical significance of a variety of different images and representations of the Art Museum, including the transformation or adaptation of the image of the art museum across periods and cultures. In this context, this volume aims to develop a new theoretical framework while proposing new methodological tools and resources for the analysis of museological representations on a global scale.

  • Design engineering refocused / [edited by] Hanif Kara and Daniel Bosia
    NA 2750 D47 2016

    The contents of the book will highlight the differences between the design and engineering disciplines - strengths and flaws. It will also illustrate examples of interdisciplinary interactions. Any false dichotomies will be revealed and the many non-linear processes borne out of challenging conventions between traditional and new modes of practice will be revealed. Projects based on a body of experience spanning many years will be selected to support experimentation that goes beyond an undisciplined search for originality, innovation and creativity. In addition to writings from Hanif Kara and Daniel Bosia contributions will be sought from specialists in the field who have played a role in the operations of P.art#65533; at AKT II - past and present - qualifying them to disseminate and distribute a particular form of 'knowledge'.

    Features work of architectural practices: Adjaye Associates, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, HOK, Serie Architects, Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Zaha Hadid Architects. In addition to AKT II, it will encompass the work of engineers and engineering consultants such as: Arup, Cecil Balmond, Buckminster Fuller, Buro Happold, Pier Luigi Nervi and Peter Rice.

  • Reconstruction and the synthesis of the arts in France, 1944-1962 / Nicola Pezolet
    NA 2543 S6 P49 2018

    Reconstruction and the Synthesis of the Arts in France, 1944#65533;1962 considers the artistic, architectural and bureaucratic shifts that emerged in the troubled aftermath of World War II and in the first years of the cold war. Focused on the modernist networks surrounding Le Corbusier, the Salon des R#65533;it#65533;Nouvelles, Groupe Espace, as well as on more radical, neo-avant-garde groups such as the Situationist International, this book casts new light on various artistic collaborations amid the French rebuilding efforts. It asks a series of critical questions: How did the synthesis of the arts discourse lead to a rethinking of the aesthetics of public space in postwar France? How did it participate in the physical reconstruction and modernization of French towns? How can we map the active, interdisciplinary cooperation between French artists, architects and designers on to the new economic challenges and the political unrest that emerged amid the Marshall Plan? Did French artists who called for a synthesis of modern art to architecture develop collaborative practices conducive to new forms of spectator engagement and public address? Finally, how was the avant-garde language of abstraction and polychromy re-envisioned in the context of advanced capitalism, and in what ways was it complicit with, or resistant to, various governmental, corporate and industrial projects?

  • Paul Klee : the abstract dimension / edited by Anna Szech for the Fondation Beyeler ; with essays from Teodor Currentzis, Fabienne Eggelhöfer, Jenny Holzer, Regine Prange, Anna Szech, and Peter Zumthor
    ND 588 K5 A4 2017

  • Josef Albers in Mexico / Lauren Hinkson
    N 6888 A5 A4 2017
    Albers in Mexico reveals the profound link between the magnificent art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica and Albers's abstract works on canvas and paper.

    'Mexico is truly the promised land of abstract art', Josef Albers once wrote to Vassily Kandinsky. Albers in Mexico reveals the profound link between the magnificent art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica and Albers's abstract works on canvas and paper. With his wife, the artist Anni Albers, he visited Mexico and other Latin American countries more than a dozen times from 1935 to 1968, where he toured pre-Columbian archeological sites and monuments. On each visit, Albers took blackand- white photographs of the pyramids, shrines, sanctuaries and landscapes in and around these ancient sites, often grouping multiple images printed at various scales onto 8 x 10 inch sheets. The result was nearly 200 photo-collages that illustrate formal characteristics of the pre-Columbian aesthetic. Albers in Mexico brings together rarely exhibited photographs, photo-collages, prints and significant paintings from the Homage to the Square and Variants/Adobe series from the Guggenheim Museum collection and the Anni and Josef Albers Foundation. This catalogue includes two scholarly essays, Albers's poetry from the period and an illustrated map, as well as rich colour reproductions of paintings and works on paper.

  • Zapantera Negra : an artistic encounter between Black Panthers and Zapatistas / edited by Marc James Léger and David Tomas; with Emory Douglas, EDELO (Mia Eve Rollow and Caleb Duarte Piñon), Rigo 23, and Saúl Kak
    N 72 P6 Z37 2017
    The artists of the Black Panthers and the Zapatistas were born into a centuries-long struggle against racial capitalism and colonialism, domestic repression and international war and plunder. Not only did these two movements offer the world an enduring image of freedom and dignified rebellion, they also did so with their signature styles, putting culture and aesthetics at the forefront of political life. What is the role of revolutionary art in times of distress? When Emory Douglas, former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party, accepted an invitation from the collective EDELO and the artist Rigo 23 to meet with autonomous and Indigenous and Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico they addressed just this question. Zapantera Negra is the result of their encounter. It unites the bold aesthetics, revolutionary dreams, and dignified declarations of two leading movements that redefine emancipatory politics in the twentieth and twenty-first century. A powerful elixir of hope and determination, Zapantera Negra provides an eclectic presentation of interviews, militant artwork, and original documents from these two movements' struggle for dignity and liberation.

  • The neoliberal undead : essays on contemporary art and politics / Marc James Léger
    NX 180 P64 L44 2013
    The Neoliberal Undead describes the frightening world of class restoration, neoliberal austerity, ecological meltdown, and neo-imperialism - a disaster capitalism that breeds mutant ideological justifications for itself and the inevitability of disorder, poverty and suffering. What role does culture play in this world of markets and how do new contestatory forms enable a leftist solidarity that can move cultural radicalism beyond the postmodern obsession with new subjectivities? Rather than become the symptoms of democratic materialism, signing up for endless culture wars, The Neoliberal Undead argues for a rethinking of radical cultural leftism against the terms of the dominant global situation. The relentless reduction of art criticism and art production under capitalist relations requires that the living separate themselves from the abstractions of globalization and reconnect with revolutionary theory.

  • Watercolors by Finn Juhl / Anne-Louise Sommer
    ND 1986 J84 A4 2016
    Among the great Danish designers, Finn Juhl (1912-89) ranks alongside such giants as Hans J. Wegner and Arne Jacobsen. He was particularly well known for his sculptural, seemingly organic tables, chairs and sofas, but the complex interior designs that he developed in the 1940s and '50s were also enormously successful. These include the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC, and the conference room of the United Nations Trusteeship Council in New York.
    However, it is not widely known that Finn Juhl was also a talented watercolor painter who used the medium to devise gorgeous, exacting sketches of his pieces. For the first time, this publication allows readers to take a unique look at the designer's working methods. Here, more than 125 subtle works on paper communicate the ingenuity of their creator. Finn Juhl's furniture classics, living concepts and interior designs can finally be experienced in all their complexity, as one traces their development from genesis to realization.

  • Repentant monk : illusion and disillusion in the art of Chen Hongshou / edited by Julia M. White ; with essays by Tamara H. Bentley [and 4 others] ; appendix by Julia Jaw
    ND 1049 C47 A4 2017
    Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou is the first U.S. exhibition focusing solely on Chen Hongshou (1599-1652), a major figure in Chinese painting. Chen has long been regarded as one of the most visually exciting artists of his time as evidenced in this exhibition by a careful selection of his best extant work including figure, landscape, and bird and flower paintings drawn from collections world-wide. Chen's iconic manner of painting figures in the styles of ancient masters lends an aura of antiquity to his work which is equally charged by distinct expressions of irony, humor, and pathos. In his landscape paintings we recognize his vast knowledge of past traditions while in his bird and flower paintings we see a remarkable freshness and modernity that has tremendous popular appeal.

    Repentant Monk addresses the need for a greater historical understanding of this artist's work and breadth of paintings made during the transitional period of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties (early to mid- seventeenth century). The title refers to the sobriquet that Chen adopted in 1646, and goes to the heart of the exhibition content. Chen used "Repentant Monk" (Hui Seng) in seals and signature for a short period of time but his paintings reflected his personal state of mind throughout his later period. His withdrawal from society and adoption of this name make public both his disappointment with the Ming as well as his own regret at surviving and carrying on into the new Qing dynasty rather than following other loyalists to death by their own hands. The exhibition will include work from major museums worldwide and includes strategic loans such as Elegant Gathering (1646-47) from the Shanghai Museum, Scenes from the Life of Tao Yuanming (1650) from the Honolulu Museum of Art, and The Mountain of Five Cataracts (1624) from The Cleveland Museum of Art. The catalogue includes an introduction by exhibition curator Julia M. White with essays by Tamara Bentley, Shi-yee Liu, Richard Vinograd, Hiromitsu Kobayashi, and Patricia Berger. Transcriptions and translations are compiled by Julia Jaw.

    Published in association with The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).

    Exhibition dates:
    October 25, 2017-January 28, 2018

  • Japanese ink painting: Shubun to Sesshu. Translated by Bruce Darling
    ND 2071 T313

  • Hals. Biographical and critical study. Translated from the French by James Emmons
    ND 653 H2 D393 1968

  • Joseph Kosuth / [curator, Christian Domínguez]
    N 6537 K65A4 2008
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