Art Theory

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The Touch of the Present

Explores the importance of the body and the senses in educational encounters, drawing out the aesthetic and political dimensions of educational practices.

Doing Democracy

Demonstrates how activists and others use art and popular culture to strive for a more democratic future.

What We Want Is Free, Second Edition

Explores how contemporary artists use gifts, barter, and other forms of nonmonetary exchange as a means and medium of artistic production.

The Prosthetic Pedagogy of Art

Uses autobiographical and cultural narratives related to art research and practice to explore, experiment, and improvise multiple correspondences between and among learners’ own lived experiences and understandings, and those of others.

Aesthetics of the Virtual

Reconfigures classic aesthetic concepts in relation to the novelty introduced by virtual bodies.

Painting Borges

A provocative examination of the artistic interpretation of twelve of Borges’s most famous stories.

Andy Warhol

Photographs and essays that explore the interconnections between the private and the public in the work of Andy Warhol.

Superstructure

Uses image and text to explore boundaries and points of contact between video and photography.

Aesthetics of Anxiety

Places anxiety at the heart of the aesthetic experience.

Mystery of The Night Café

Explores the spiritual vision of Van Gogh’s painting The Night Café.

Spectacle Pedagogy

Examines the interrelationships between art, politics, and visual culture post-9/11.

The Face of Immortality

Argues for a new kind of criticism, one that mediates between literal and allegorical modes of interpretation.

Essays on the Nature of Art

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.

A Theory of Art

The richness of art is manifested in contrast: contrast with other works of art, other features of human experience, other times and places, and other forms of judgment and understanding. The possibilities ...