Modern and Contemporary Art Books
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Recommended Modern Art Books
The Cambridge Companion to Modernism by Michael Levenson (Editor)
Call Number: PN56.M54 C36 1999, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 1999-02-11
In The Cambridge Companion to Modernism, ten eminent scholars from Britain and the United States offer timely new appraisals of the revolutionary cultural transformations of the first decades of the twentieth century. Chapters on the major literary genres, intellectual, political and institutional contexts, film and the visual arts, provide both close analyses of individual works and a broader set of interpretive narratives. A chronology and guide to further reading supply valuable orientation for the study of Modernism. Readers will be able to use the book at once as a standard work of reference and as a stimulating source of compelling new readings of works by writers and artists from Joyce and Woolf to Stein, Picasso, Chaplin, H. D. and Freud, and many others. Students will find much-needed help with the difficulties of approaching Modernism, while the essays' original contributions will send scholars back to this volume for stimulating re-evaluation.
The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths by Rosalind E. Krauss
Call Number: N6490 .K727 1985, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 1986-07-09
Co-founder and co-editor of October magazine, a veteran of Artforum of the 1960s and early 1970s, Rosalind Krauss has presided over and shared in the major formulation of the theory of postmodernism. In this challenging collection of fifteen essays, most of which originally appeared in October, she explores the ways in which the break in style that produced postmodernism has forced a change in our various understandings of twentieth-century art, beginning with the almost mythic idea of the avant-garde. Krauss uses the analytical tools of semiology, structuralism, and poststructuralism to reveal new meanings in the visual arts and to critique the way other prominent practitioners of art and literary history write about art. In two sections, "Modernist Myths" and "Toward Postmodernism," her essays range from the problem of the grid in painting and the unity of Giacometti's sculpture to the works of Jackson Pollock, Sol Lewitt, and Richard Serra, and observations about major trends in contemporary literary criticism.
Paul Klee on Modern Art by Paul Klee; Paul Findlay (Translator)
Call Number: N6490 .K553 1966, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 1966-01-01
Paul Klee on Modern Art, with an introduction by Herbert Read, represents the essential collection of thinking about art from one of the last century's most influential artists.
Modern Arts Criticism by Joann R. Prosyniuk (Editor)
Call Number: REFERENCE N40 .M63
Publication Date: 1990-11-01
This is the first of a series of four volumes providing biographical background and critical assessments of important 19th- and 20th-century artists. It presents many critical essays taken from various books and periodicals, and also includes biographical essays, selected reproductions, portraits of the artists, and annotated reading lists. The series is aimed in particular at teachers and students of art, art history, design, photography, the humanities and architecture.
The Struggle for Utopia: Rodchenko, Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, 1917-1946 by Victor Margolin
Call Number: N6494.M64 M36 1997, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 1997-06-23
Following World War I, a new artistic-social avant-garde emerged with the ambition to engage the artist in the building of social life. Through close readings of the works of Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, and László Moholy-Nagy whose careers covered a broad range of artistic practices and political situations, Victor Margolin examines the way these three artists negotiated the changing relations between their social ideals and the political realities they confronted. Focusing on the difficult relationship between art and social change, Margolin brings important new insights to the understanding of the avant-garde's role in a period of great political complexity. "An ambitious effort. This book puts the masters of European Modernism into perfect focus as inventors, propagators, and practitioners of a visual language that continues to hold sway over contemporary graphic style."--Steven Heller "Worth the wait. . . . Margolin usefully presents what he calls the 'failed hope' of this movement in this valuable effort."--Publishers Weekly
Recommended Contemporary Art Books
Contemporary Art: 1989 to the present by Alexander Dumbadze (Editor); Suzanne Hudson (Editor)
Call Number: N6490 .C65665 2013, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 2013-02-04
An engaging account of today?s contemporary art world thatfeatures original articles by leading international art historians,critics, curators, and artists, introducing varied perspectives onthe most important debates and discussions happening around theworld. Features a collection of all-new essays, organized aroundfourteen specific themes, chosen to reflect the latest debates incontemporary art since 1989 Each topic is prefaced by an introduction on currentdiscussions in the field and investigated by three essays, eachshedding light on the subject in new and contrasting ways Topics include: globalization, formalism, technology,participation, agency, biennials, activism, fundamentalism,judgment, markets, art schools, and scholarship International in scope, bringing together over forty of themost important voices in the field, including SofíaHernández Chong Cuy, David Joselit, Michelle Kuo, Raqs MediaCollective, and Jan Verwoert A stimulating guide that will encourage polemical interventionsand foster critical dialogue among both students and artaficionados
Collage : assembling contemporary art by Blanche Craig
Call Number: N6494.C6 C637 2008, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 2008-09-12
Collage has a relatively short, but incredibly rich history. The popularity of collage is on the increase again, partly as a result of such postmodernist concerns as pluralism, multiplicity and hybridity. This book features works by international artists Picasso, Schwitters and Ernst, through to Hannah Hoch, Martha Rosler, John Stezaker, Richard Hamilton, Layla Curtis, David Salle, Eduardo Poalozzi, Javier Rodriguez, Robert Rauschenberg, Mimei Thompson, David Thorpe, Fred Tomaselli and many more.
How to Read Contemporary Art : experiencing the art of the 21st century by Michael Wilson
Call Number: N6497 .W55 2013, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
Today's artists create work that's challenging, complicated, and often perplexing, and this book offers a guide to understanding--and enjoying--the wide range of works on display in museums and galleries worldwide. How to Read Contemporary Art provides a thoughtful, accessible, and lavishly illustrated look at the ever-changing world of art at the beginning of the 21st century. Organized alphabetically, the book encompasses photography, installation, sculpture, painting, video art, performance, and more. Author Michael Wilson explores the impact of a broad selection of the most prominent artists at work around the world today, including Francis Alÿs, Allora & Calzadilla, Luc Tuymans, and Marina Abramović.
The Reckoning : women artists of the new millennium by Eleanor Heartney; Helaine Posner; Nancy Princenthal; Sue Scott
Call Number: N8354 .H43 2013, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 2013-09-23
In "After the Revolution", the authors concluded that 'The battles may not all have been won . . . but barricades are gradually coming down, and work proceeds on all fronts in glorious profusion.' Now, with "The Reckoning", authors Heartney, Posner, Princenthal, and Scott bring into focus the accomplishments of 24 acclaimed international women artists born since 1960 who have benefited from the groundbreaking efforts of their predecessors. The book is organised in four thematic sections: 'Bad Girls' profiles artists whose work represents an assault on conventional notions of gender and racial difference. 'History Lessons' offers reflections on the self in the context of history and globalization. 'Spellbound' focuses on women's embrace of the irrational, subjective, and surreal, while 'Domestic Disturbances' takes on women's conflicted relationship to home, family, and security. Written in lively prose and fully illustrated throughout, this book gives an informed account of the wonderful diversity of recent contemporary art by women.
Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: a sourcebook of artists' writings by Kristine Stiles; Peter Selz
Call Number: N6490 .T492 2012, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 2012-09-25
First published in 1996, this irreplaceable resource has now been updated, revised, and expanded by Kristine Stiles to represent thirty countries and more than one hundred new artists. Stiles has added forty images and a diverse roster of artists, including many who have emerged since the 1980s, such as Julie Mehretu, Carrie Mae Weems, Damien Hirst, Shirin Neshat, Cai Guo-Qian, Olafur Eliasson, Matthew Barney, and Takashi Murakami. The writings, which as before take the form of artists' statements, interviews, and essays, make vivid each artist's aesthetic approach and capture the flavor and intent of his or her work. The internationalism evident in this revised edition reflects the growing interest in the vitality of contemporary art throughout the world from the U.S. and Europe to the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Australia.
To Life! : eco art in pursuit of a sustainable planet by Linda Weintraub
Call Number: N6494.E6 W45 2012, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet documents the burgeoning eco art movement from A to Z, presenting a panorama of artistic responses to environmental concerns, from Ant Farm’s anti-consumer antics in the 1970s to Marina Zurkow’s 2007 animation that anticipates the havoc wreaked upon the planet by global warming. This text is the first international survey of twentieth and twenty-first-century artists who are transforming the global challenges facing humanity and the Earth’s diverse living systems. Their pioneering explorations are situated at today’s cultural, scientific, economic, spiritual, and ethical frontiers. The text guides students of art, design, environmental studies, and interdisciplinary studies to integrate environmental awareness, responsibility, and activism into their professional and personal lives.
By Hand : the use of craft in contemporary art by Shu Hung (Editor); Joseph Magliaro (Editor)
Call Number: N6498.H36 B94 2007, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 2010-04-07
Available now in a paperback edition, our critically acclaimed By Hand features the work of thirty-two artists whose innovative and unexpected uses of handicraft techniques such as embroidery, sewing, knitting, and crocheting are making the age-old craft versus art debate obsolete. From Kiki Smith's lovingly etched birds, to Barb Hunt's knitted land mines to dynamo-ville's one-of-a-kind puppets, to Evil Twin's handstitched publications, the artworks in By Hand revel in the care and consideration of craft.
Ice Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture by Sergio Edelsztein; Ten Curators Staff; Michael Asbury (Translator); Sonya Dyakova (Designed by); Jens Hoffmann; Lagnado Lisette
Call Number: N6490 .C746 2007, MAIN (2ND FLOOR)
Publication Date: 2007-05-04
In 1998 we published cream, which initiated our 10x10 formula: Phaidon asked 10 curators to select 10 emerging artists. Among the 100 chosen many are now established artists, including Maurizio Cattalan, Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson and Thomas Hirschhorn, positioning the Cream series at the pinnacle of contemporary art surveys. Ice Creamreveals the next generation of emerging artists as selected by a fresh group of curators-- Sergio Edelsztein, Jens Hoffmann, Lisette Lagnado, Midori Matsui, Shamim Momin, Pi Li, Gloria Sutton, Olesya Turkina, Philippe Vergne, and The Wrong Gallery.
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