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By Van James
"As an art student in the late sixties, I recall how painfully dry and intellectual my art history classes were. I thought to myself, or rather felt to myself, 'There must be something more'" Van James. Artist Van James offers that something more. This is a richly readable and lavishly...
A comparative study of early Eastern and Western philosophy. It seeks to prove that the seemingly separate metaphysical schemes of Greek and Indian cultures have mutually influenced one another over a long period of time, to the point that today's Western world is the product of both.
This discussion on the interaction between art, science and technology works through the territories of interactive media and artificial life, combining with them ideas about creativity and personal identity.
Concerned with the complex and sophisticated relationship between economics, social context, and aesthetics as represented in the contested space of the art gallery, the author raises the question of how artists must construe their work in relation to the gallery space and system.
This text offers a provocative critique of beauty in interaction with the contemporary notion of the sublime. Refuting established views, the author considers beauty as glamor, related to a sublime now found in technology and capitalism rather than in nature.
By Noel Carroll
Philosophy of Art is a textbook for undergraduate students interested in the topic of philosophical aesthetics, introducing the techniques of analytic philosophy in addition to a selection of the major topics in this area.
Visual Culture: The Reader provides an invaluable resource of over 30 key statements from a wide range of disciplines. Although underpinned by a focus on contemporary cultural theory, this Reader puts the study of visual culture and the rhetoric of the image at centre stage.
By Alfred Gell
Completed just before Alfred Gell's death in January 1997, this book embodies the characteristics for which he was admired. The book aims to challenge the basis of the way art has been viewed in the human sciences. It presents a fundamental theory for an anthropology of art.