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The Lives, Loves, and Art of Arthur B. Davies
The Lives, Loves, and Art of Arthur B. Davies (July 1998)
Bennard B. Perlman - Author

This is the first full-length biography of the artist Arthur B. Davies, who played a major role in twentieth-century American art's coming-of-age. Includes 101 illustrations.

"This is the first comprehensive biography of Davies, whose stewardship of the Armory Show transformed the course of American art, and it contains a mine of information on the artist's life and career found nowhere else. The original research i...(Read More)
Living Pictures
Living Pictures (April 1998)
The Origins of the Movies
Deac Rossell - Author

CHOICE 1999 Outstanding Academic Book

A history of the near-simultaneous emergence of moving pictures in several countries in the mid-1890s and a thorough reevaluation of the development of the technology.

This is the first book in English in nearly half a century to tell the full story of the international development of the first films, the origins of celluloid itself, the background of mag...(Read More)
Interventions and Provocations
Interventions and Provocations (April 1998)
Conversations on Art, Culture, and Resistance
Glenn Harper - Editor

A collection of interviews with some of the most provocative artists of the postmodern era, including Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Carrie Mae Weems, Carolee Schneemann, Andres Serrano, Karen Finley, and Kathy Acker. These sculptors, writers, filmmakers, activists, and performance artists have forged a new vision of art that is confrontational, political, and concerned with interrupting the domination of our lives by mass culture.

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Albany Institute of History and Art
Albany Institute of History and Art (January 1998)
200 Years of Collecting
Tammis K. Groft - Editor
Mary Alice Mackay - Editor

Beautifully illustrated introduction to and overview of the collections of the Albany Institute of History and Art.

Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History and Art is one of the nation’s oldest cultural institutions. Today, it boasts outstanding collections largely focused on New York State’s upper Hudson River valley. These include Hudson River school landscape paintings, portraits by Ezra Ame...(Read More)
Open-Air Sketching
Open-Air Sketching (January 1998)
Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Drawings in the Albany Institute of History and Art
Elizabeth K. Allen - Author

Nineteenth-century landscape and outdoor drawings and sketches by the Hudson River school artists and others.

Showcased in these pages are nineteenth-century American drawings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Sanford Gifford, Jasper Cropsey, William Stanley Haseltine, Walter Launt Palmer, and other members of the Hudson River school. Included are rarely seen works by Cole and other first-generation Hudson River sch...(Read More)
The Insular Tradition
The Insular Tradition (October 1997)
Catherine E. Karkov - Editor
Robert T. Farrell - Editor
Michael Ryan - Editor

"A breadth of interdisciplinary voices" discuss how geographical insularity - specifically that of Britain and Ireland - has affected artistic tradition.

A generously illustrated collection, The Insular Tradition explores the various ways in which tradition becomes part of our definition of insular culture and cultural history. The essays are the outcome of a conference held within the Medieval Academy of Americ...(Read More)
Dali and Postmodernism
Dali and Postmodernism (April 1997)
This Is Not an Essence
Marc J. LaFountain - Author

Demonstrates that Dali's Surrealism anticipates postmodern tactics, and inaugurates "New Dali Studies" by offering an original interpretation of his relationship with the Surrealist canon.

By taking Dali's "paranoiac-critical method" to the delirious extents Dali himself recommended, LaFountain demonstrates that Dali's Surrealism anticipates tactics practiced by postmodern and poststructural critics. In particular, LaFo...(Read More)
Art in the Social Order
Art in the Social Order (March 1997)
The Making of the Modern Conception of Art
Preben Mortensen - Author

Seeks to replace the dominant approaches to the question of the nature of art in contemporary English-speaking (analytic) philosophy with a historicist approach that emphasizes localized, cultural-historical narratives.

"Mortensen's work makes a compelling case for the need to develop a properly historical approach to art. He also argues persuasively that although many philosophers have come to recognize this need, the ...(Read More)
Essays on the Nature of Art
Essays on the Nature of Art (November 1996)
Eliot Deutsch - Author

Presents a theory of art which is at once universal in its general conception and historically-grounded in its attention to aesthetic practices in diverse cultures. Argues that art, especially today, enjoys a special kind of autonomy but that it has, nevertheless, important social and political responsibilities.
"Deutsch addresses one of philosophy's enduring questions. He offers a way of understanding how art can be understood both as ha...(Read More)
Zones of Contention
Zones of Contention (July 1996)
Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety
Carol Becker - Author

Addresses the questions: What might be the role of the artist in the 21st century? How essential is art to the psychic and political well-being of American society?
This collection of essays by cultural critic Carol Becker plumbs particular areas of controversy to understand what information these "zones of contention" might yield about the multifarious culture wars taking place within American society today.
In the process she addre...(Read More)
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