1. Recommended Reading 32 items
    1. Ways of seeing - John Berger 2008

      Book Further Based on the BBC television series, this book is a unique look at the way we view art. For the new student to critical theory, it has the advantage of being produced for a mass audience, and has as a central aim the de-mystification of art. The television series is also worth watching online - link is available below. (Alternative print edition also in library 9780140135152)

    2. Ways of Seeing - 4 part BBC documentary series

      Audio-visual document  This is the link to Box of Broadcasts where you will be able to access the BBC TV series of 'Ways of Seeing'.

    3. Species of spaces and other pieces: Georges Perec - Georges Perec, John Sturrock 2008

      Book Further Georges Perec produced some of the most entertaining and spirited essays of his age. At times playful, more serious at other, but writing always with the lightest of touches. He had the keenest of eyes for the 'infra-ordinary', the things we do every day - eating, sleeping, working - and the places we do them in without giving them a moment's thought. Alternative print edition also available in the library 9780140189865

    4. ARTocracy: art, informal space, and social consequence : a curatorial handbook in collaborative practice - Nuno Sacramento 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Further Thoughts about art, public space, and town planning, can produce a multiplicity of scenes and images. They range from memorable landmarks to less visible reliefs for architectural embellishment. This book explores some valid approaches to the subject and pays tribute to the precarious balance between artistic quality and social consequence and considers what makes for successful relationships between art, urban planning and the daily life of communities. It examines the initial decision making process and such topics as motivation, consultation, funding, marketing, and education.

    5. In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy - Elizabeth Price 2016

      Book Further Divided into four themes--sleeping, working, mourning, dancing--this publication presents images selected by British artist Elizabeth Price (born 1966) that explore the horizontal. Recumbent and reclining bodies are illustrated alongside austere landscapes, elaborate processions and dancers with outstretched limbs. Excerpts of texts by well-known poets, scientists and novelists are bookended throughout each section.

    6. Thinking contemporary curating - Terry Smith 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Further What is contemporary curatorial thought? Current discourse on the topic is heating up with a new cocktail of bold ideas and ethical imperatives. these include: cooperative curating, especially with artists; the reimagination of museums; curating as knowledge production; the historicization of exhibition making; and commitment to extra-artworld participatory activism. Less obvious, but increasingly of concern, are issues such as rethinking spectatorship, engaging viewers as co-curators and the challenge of curating contemporaneity itself.

    7. The artificial kingdom - Celeste Olalquiaga 2002

      Book Further From her pet glass-globed hermit crab Rodney to the Victorian era’s Crystal Palace—Celeste Olalquiaga offers a meditative look at the origins of kitsch and what kitsch tells us about the conflicts between the real and the artificial, tradition and modernity, nostalgia and melancholy.

    8. Evocative objects: things we think with - Sherry Turkle c2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Further Autobiographical essays, framed by two interpretive essays by the editor, describe the power of an object to evoke emotion and provoke thought: reflections on a cello, a laptop computer, a 1964 Ford Falcon, an apple, a mummy in a museum, and other "things-to-think-with."For Sherry Turkle, "We think with the objects we love; we love the objects we think with." In Evocative Objects, Turkle collects writings by scientists, humanists, artists, and designers that trace the power of everyday things. These essays reveal objects as emotional and intellectual companions that anchor memory, sustain relationships, and provoke new ideas.

    9. Everything you always wanted to know about curating but were afraid to ask - Hans-Ulrich Obrist c2011

      Book Further Everything you ever wanted to know about Hans Ulrich Obrist but were afraid to ask has now been asked, revealing the truth from the beginning of his career as a young curator in his Zurich kitchen to his recent position as co-director of the Serpentine in London.

    10. Co-art - Ellen Mara De Wachter 2017

      Book Further Art history is traditionally presented as the individual's struggle for self-expression, yet over the past fifty years, the number of artists working collaboratively has grown exponentially. Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration explores this phenomenon through conversations with twenty-five leading art-world pairs and groups, who offer insight that is relevant beyond the art world, making this book vital for all who seek to work creatively and effectively with others. Artists featured: Allora & Calzadilla, Assemble, Auguste Orts, ayr, Biggs & Collings, Broomberg & Chanarin, ChimPom, Claire Fontaine, DAS INSTITUT, DIS, Elmgreen & Dragset, Eva & Franco Mattes, GCC, Gelitin, Guerrilla Girls, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Jane and Louise Wilson, John Wood and Paul Harrison, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Los Carpinteros, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Raqs Media Collective, SUPERFLEX

    11. Electronic superhighway: from experiments in art and technology to art after the Internet 2016

      Book Further Beginning with US artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman's 1966 Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) with Bell Laboratories engineers (followed the first network experiment linking two computers in 1965), and including new and rarely seen multimedia works, film, painting, sculpture, photography and drawings by over 30 artists such as Cory Arcangel, Roy Ascott, Jeremy Bailey, Judith Barry, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Oliver Laric, Vera Molnar, Trevor Paglen, Nam June Paik, Ryan Trecartin and Ulla Wiggen, this timely publication tells the story of an interconnected global visual culture marked by mass social and political change.Fully illustrated in colour, the book will include essays by curator Omar Kholeif, Ed Halter (Director at Light Industry, New York) and Erika Balsom (Senior Lecturer at Kings College London); conversations between pioneering video artist Judith Barry and Sarah Perks (Artistic Director: Visual Art at HOME, Manchester), and between musician and media artist Dragan Espenschied and Heather Corcoran (Executive Director of Rhizome); and newly commissioned artist interviews with Ulla Wiggen and Jonas Lund by Seamus McCormack (Assistant Curator, Whitechapel). The catalogue will also feature a sequence of artist interventions from Douglas Coupland.

    12. Akademie X: lessons in art + life - Rebecca Morrill

      Book Further Assembled from the wisdom of 36 legendary art teachers – all of them artists or critics at the top of their field – Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life is an ideal curriculum for the aspiring artist. Each of the book’s "tutors" has provided a unique lesson that aims to provoke, inspire and stimulate the aspiring artist. These lessons cover some combination of the following: technical advice (e.g. don’t make a sculpture bigger than your studio door), assignments (some of which will take five minutes to complete, others five years), tips for avoiding creative ruts (including suggestions for mind‐expanding materials to read, watch or listen to), principles of careful looking (demonstrated with images of artworks, photographs, films or even billboard advertisements), advice on the daily practice of art (how to balance time alone in the studio with building an artistic community), career pointers (how to prepare for a studio visit from a curator or gallerist) and personal anecdotes (e.g. stories from the instructor’s own humble beginnings). Taken together, these lessons offer the reader a set of tools for thinking, seeing and living as an artist.

    13. Flatland : An Edition with Notes and Commentary - Edwin A. Abbott, William F. Lindgren, and Thomas F. Banchoff 2009

      Book Further The narrator is A.Square, whose flat, middle-class life is suddenly given an exciting new shape by his encounter with a sphere. The sphere introduces A.Square to the joys and sorrows of the third dimension, and the reader is drawn into the delightful subtleties and irrepressible logic of multidimensional thinking. This is a multi-user e-book. Print version also available in the library.

    14. Artificial hells: participatory art and the politics of spectatorship - Claire Bishop 2012

      Book Further Artificial Hells is the first historical and theoretical overview of socially engaged participatory art. The book follows the trajectory of twentieth-century art and examines key moments in the development of the participatory aesthetic, in both Europe and America.

    15. The feminism and visual culture reader - Amelia Jones 2010

      Book Further Bringing together key writings on art, film, architecture, popular culture, new media and other visual fields, this key reader combines classic texts by leading feminist thinkers with six previously unpublished polemical new pieces. It explores how issues of race, class, nationality and sexuality, enter into debates about feminism, and includes work by feminist critics, artists and activists.

    16. The language of sculpture - William Tucker 2002

      Book  In the language of sculpture Tucker discusses how the formless takes form; how a narrative can be created across an object; how myth permeates matter.

    17. The studio - Jens Hoffman, Whitechapel Art Gallery 2012

      Book Further You will find a wealth of introductory and critical texts in these books published by the Whitechapel Gallery, related to many diverse themes, practices and concerns that are of central significance to visual culture. The Studio is a good start.

    18. The everyday - Stephen Johnstone 2008

      Book  You will find a wealth of introductory and critical texts in these books published by Whitechapel Gallery, related to many diverse themes, practices and concerns that are of central significance to visual culture. This collection of writings by artists, theorists, and critics assembles for the first time a comprehensive anthology on the everyday in the world of contemporary art. This art shows a recognition of ordinary dignity or the accidentally miraculous, an engagement with a new kind of anthropology, an immersion in the pleasures of popular culture, or a meditation on what happens when nothing happens. The celebration of the everyday has oppositional and dissident overtones, offering a voice to the silenced and proposing possibilities for change.

    19. Failure - Lisa Le Feuvre, Whitechapel Art Gallery 2010

      Book  You will find a wealth of introductory and critical texts in these books published by Whitechapel Gallery, related to many diverse themes, practices and concerns that are of central significance to visual culture. Amid the global uncertainties of our times, failure has become a central subject of investigation in recent art. Celebrating failed promises and myths of the avant-garde, or setting out to realize seemingly impossible tasks, artists have actively claimed the space of failure to propose a resistant view of the world. Here success is deemed overrated, doubt embraced, experimentation encouraged, and risk considered a viable strategy. The abstract possibilities opened up by failure are further reinforced by the problems of physically realizing artworks--wrestling with ideas, representation, and object-making.

    20. Moving image - M.I.T. Press 2015

      Book  You will find a wealth of introductory and critical texts in these books published by Whitechapel Gallery, related to many diverse themes, practices and concerns that are of central significance to visual culture. This anthology examines the expanded field of the moving image in recent art, tracing the genealogies of contemporary moving image work in performance, body art, experimental film, installation, and site-specific art from the 1960s to the present day. Contextualizing new developments made possible by advances in digital and networked technology, it locates contemporary practice within a global framework.

    21. The artist's joke - Jennifer Higgie 2007

      Book  You will find a wealth of introductory and critical texts in these books published by Whitechapel Gallery, related to many diverse themes, practices and concerns that are of central significance to visual culture. Ever since Freud's Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious appeared in 1905, humor both light and dark has frequently surfaced as a subversive, troubling, or liberating element in art. The Artist's Joke surveys the rich and diverse uses of humor by avant-garde and contemporary artists.

    22. Ruins - Brian Dillon, Whitechapel Art Gallery 2011

      Book  You will find a wealth of introductory and critical texts in these books published by Whitechapel Gallery, related to many diverse themes, practices and concerns that are of central significance to visual culture. The "ruins" of the modern era are the landmarks of recent art's turn toward site and situation, history and memory. The abiding interest of artists in ruination and decay has led in particular to the concept of the modern ruin - an ambiguous site of artistic and architectural modernism, personal and collective memories, and the cultural afterlife of eras such as those of state communism and colonialism.

    23. The archive - Charles Merewether 2006

      Book  You will find a wealth of introductory and critical texts in these books published by Whitechapel Gallery, related to many diverse themes, practices and concerns that are of central significance to visual culture. In the modern era, the archive -- official or personal -- has become the most significant means by which historical knowledge and memory are collected, stored, and recovered. The archive has thus emerged as a key site of inquiry in such fields as anthropology, critical theory, history, and, especially, recent art. Traces and testimonies of such events as World War II and ensuing conflicts, the emergence of the postcolonial era, and the fall of communism have each provoked a reconsideration of the authority given the archive -- no longer viewed as a neutral, transparent site of record but as a contested subject and medium in itself.

    24. Vitamin D. - Johanna Burton 2016

      Book  Whether representational or abstract, small or large in scale, using only one line or rich in colours and pattern, drawings have a highly descriptive and meticulously detailed quality that is being explored by an increasing number of contemporary artists. Extending beyond the traditional image associated with this medium, Vitamin D hopes to illustrate the complexity, variety, and relevance of the practice of drawing today. Older edition also available in the library.

    25. Illuminations - Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt 1999

      Book Further The literary-philosophical works of Walter Benjamin rank among the most quietly influential of the post-war era. Illuminations contains his two most celebrated essays, 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' and 'Theses on the Philosophy of History', as well as others on the art of translation, Kafka, storytelling, Baudelaire, Brecht's epic theatre, Proust and an anatomy of his own obsession, book collecting.

    26. Mythologies - Roland Barthes, Annette Lavers, Sian Reynolds 2009

      Book Further A series of short essays in which Barthes seeks to tear away masks and demystify the signs, signals, gestures and messages through which western society sustains, sells, identifies and yet obscures itself. Various editions available on Library Catalogue.

    27. Looking up: Rachel Whiteread's Water tower - Public Art Fund (New York, N.Y.)

      Book  Rachel Whiteread's "Water Tower" began in 1994 with an invitation by New York's Public Art Fund to visit New York City. After almost four years of planning, on June 7, 1998, the "Water Tower" was installed on a rooftop at West Broadway and Grand in the heart of SoHo. This book documents in words and pictures all stages of producing this complex, yet simple "private sculpture in public space".

    28. Derek Jarman's sketchbooks 2013

      Book  There are few more complete examples of an artist’s record of their own life than the intimately detailed and beautifully produced handmade books that Derek Jarman created throughout his career. Seen together they reveal the story of how he gathered, shaped and made concrete his ideas. Containing poetry, drawings, pressed flowers, photographs, excerpts from scripts and notes, the sketchbooks are part autobiography and part social history, layered and bursting with the energy and creativity not only of this groundbreaking film-maker and artist, but also of London in the 1970s and 80s.

    29. Dieter Roth - diaries - Dieter Roth 2012

      Book  Dieter Roth was an artist of astonishing breadth and diversity, producing graphics, drawings, paintings, sculptures, assemblages, and installation works involving sound recordings and video. He was also a composer, musician, poet, and writer. Roth was particularly noted for his influential artist's books, including Literaturwurst (1961-74), a series of books made using traditional sausage recipes but replacing the sausage meat with pages torn from other publications. Roth kept diaries and notebooks throughout his life, using and reusing them in his art and writing. The idea of keeping a diary-finding a way to record the passing of time and document his life-is a fundamental theme of his artwork.

    30. Diaries - Eva Hesse

      Book  American sculptor Eva Hesse is best known for her pioneering work with materials such as rope, latex and fibreglass. She is regarded as one of the artists who ushered in Post-Minimalism in the late 1960s. Her diaries from 1955 to 1970 served as a tool for the artist to analyse her experience of the world and express her feelings.

    31. Labyrinths: selected stories and other writings - Jorge Luis Borges, Donald A. Yates, James E. Irby 2000

      Book  Jorge Luis Borges was a literary spellbinder whose tales of magic, mystery and murder are shot through with deep philosophical paradoxes. This collection brings together many of his stories, including the celebrated "Library of Babel".

    32. Objects for... and Other Things - Mark Godfrey (Author), Jon Wood (Author), Phyllida Barlow (Illustrator) 2003

      Book Further Please note that this title is now out of print. We are in the process of trying to acquire a copy for the library. You may also be able to access a copy by placing a request with Inter Library Requests

  2. Further Reading 6 items
    1. Art journals 6 items
      1. Afterall

        Journal  A more up to date subscription to Afterall is coming soon

      2. Frieze : contemporary art and culture

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  3. Further reading 12 items
    1. About looking - John Berger 2009

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    2. Practices of looking: an introduction to visual culture - Marita Sturken, Lisa Cartwright 2018

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    3. Sketchbooks - Grayson Perry 2016

      Book  A first-time collection of Grayson Perry's sketches, Sketchbooks follows the evolution of his career from art school to the present day. Grayson Perry has been using sketchbooks as a place to record and develop ideas - whether for pots, tapestries, clothes, houses or exhibitions, or for nothing at all - for over thirty years.

    4. Making contemporary art: how today's artists think and work - Linda Weintraub 2003

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    5. Contemporary British women artists: in their own words - Rebecca Fortnum 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Further E-book. Print copy also available.

    6. Contemporary British women artists - Rebecca Fortnum 2007

      Book Further Print. E-book also available.

    7. Art since 1900 - Hal Foster 2016

      Book Further 3rd edition. Older editions also available from the library.

    8. Art since 1900: modernism, antimodernism, postmodernism - Hal Foster 2011

      Book Further 2nd edition. 3rd edition also available.

    9. Art in theory, 1900-1990: an anthology of changing ideas - Charles Harrison, Paul Wood 1992

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    10. The feminism and visual culture reader - Amelia Jones 2010

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    11. Theories and documents of contemporary art: a sourcebook of artists' writings - Kristine Stiles, Peter Howard Selz c2012

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    12. Fault lines: contemporary art and shifting landscapes - Gilane Tawadros, Sarah Campbell, Institute of International Visual Arts 2003

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