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  1. Recommended Reading 24 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 - please see the link 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.

    4. 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.

    5. Flatland: a romance of many dimensions - Edwin Abbott Abbott c1992

      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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

    15. 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.

    16. Vitamin D: new perspectives in drawing - Emma Dexter 2005

      Book Further 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.

    17. 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.

    18. 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.

    19. 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".

    20. 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.

    21. 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.

    22. 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.

    23. 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.

    24. 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".

  2. Further Reading 13 items
    1. Art journals 6 items
      1. Afterall

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      2. Frieze : contemporary art and culture

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    2. About looking - John Berger 2009

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    3. Practices of looking: an introduction to visual culture - Marita Sturken, Lisa Cartwright 2009

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    4. The SAGE handbook of visual research methods - Eric Margolis, L. Pauwels 2011 (electronic resource)

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    5. Art and artifact: the museum as medium - James Putnam 2009

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

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    7. Art since 1940 - Jonathan David Fineberg 2010

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  3. Further reading 14 items
    1. Ryan Gander: catalogue raisonnable, Vol. 1 - Ryan Gander 2010

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    2. Gabriel Orozco - Gabriel Orozco, Yve Alain Bois 2009

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    3. The language of sculpture - William Tucker 2002

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

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    5. An American renaissance - Sam Hunter 1986

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    6. How music works - David Byrne 2013

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    7. Gerhard Richter - Gerhard Richter c2009

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    8. Gerhard Richter catalogue raisonne: 1: werknummern 1-198 1962-1968 - Dietmar Elger 2011

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    9. John Smith - John Smith 2011

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    10. Rich texts - John Kelsey 2012

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    11. Caro by Anthony Caro - Toby Glanville

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    12. Objects for - and other things - Phyllida Barlow c2004

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    13. City racing: the life and times of an artist-run gallery, 1988-1998 - Matt Hale c2002

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