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Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
Gift
Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
Paperback      ISBN: 0394715195

Examines the concept of gifts in anthropological terms and uses this approach to analyze the situation of creative artists and their gifts to society

Paul Klee on Modern Art
Paul Klee on Modern Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0571066828

Published in 1966, Paul Klee on Modern Art has an introduction by Herbert Read."

Keeping a Rendezvous
Keeping a Rendezvous
Paperback      ISBN: 0679737146

When he stands before Giorgione's La Tempesta, Booker Prize-winning author John Berger sees not only the painting but our whole notion of time, sweeping us away from a lost Eden. A photograph of a gravely joyful crowd gathered on a Prague street in November 1989 provokes reflection on the meaning of democracy and the reunion of a people with long-banished hopes and dreams.

With the luminous essays in Keeping a Rendezvous, we are given to see the world as Berger sees it -- to explore themes suggested by the work of Jackson Pollock or J. M. W. Turner, to contemplate the wonder of Paris. Rendezvous are manifold: between critic and art, artist and subject, subject and the unknown. But most significant are the rendezvous between author and reader, as we discover our perceptions informed by Berger's eloquence and courageous moral imagination.
The Ransom of Russian Art
The Ransom of Russian Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374246823

In the 1960's and 1970's, American professor Norton Dodge forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground unofficial artists, and brought it out himself or arranged to have it shipped illegally to the United States. John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine activities in the service of dissident Soviet art, his motives for his work, and the fates of several of the artists whose lives he touched. The Ransom of Russian Art is a suspenseful, chilling, and fascinating report on a covert operation like no other.

Dreaming by the Book
Dreaming by the Book
Paperback      ISBN: 0691070768

Dreaming by the Book explores the almost miraculous processes by which poets and writers teach us the work of imaginative creation. Writers from Homer to Heaney instruct us in the art of mental composition, even as their poems progress. Just as painters understand paint, composers musical instruments, and sculptors stone or metal, verbal artists understand the only material in which their creations will get made--the back-lit tissue of the human brain. In her brilliant synthesis of literary criticism, philosophy, and cognitive psychology, Elaine Scarry explores the principal practices by which writers bring things to life for their readers.

Art Matters: Reflecting on Culture
Art Matters
Reflecting on Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0413738906
Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy
Still Life with Oysters and Lemon
On Objects and Intimacy
Paperback      ISBN: 0807066095

Mark Doty's prose has been hailed as tempered and tough, sorrowing and serene (The New York Times Book Review) and achingly beautiful (The Boston Globe). In Still Life with Oysters and Lemon he offers a stunning exploration of our attachment to ordinary things-how we invest objects with human store, and why.

The Shape of Content
The Shape of Content
Paperback      ISBN: 0674805704

In his 1956-57 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the artist--painter, writer, composer--to his material, his craft, and his society. He talks of the creation of the work of art, the importance of the community, the problem of communication, and the critical theories governing the artist and his audience.

The Pursuit of Spiritual Wisdom: The Thought and Art of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin
The Pursuit of Spiritual Wisdom
The Thought and Art of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin
Hardcover      ISBN: 0838637493

This book explores van Gogh's and Gauguin's conviction that the purpose of visual art in human culture is to communicate a spiritual understanding of existence comparable to the wisdom contained in the metaphors and parables of myths, religions, and literature. Monographic studies in the book, which entail many new interpretations of van Gogh's and Gauguin's imagery, reveal the ways in which their ideas and the specific events of their personal lives shaped their creation of meaningful symbolic motifs.

The Painted Word
The Painted Word
Paperback      ISBN: 0553380656

The author derails the great American myth of modern art in a scathing, witty, uncompromising critique of American art from the 1950s through the 1970s. Reprint. NYT.