Reading List


Alloway, Lawrence, “The Arts and the Mass Media”
Baudrillard, Jean, “Disneyworld Company”
Barthes, Roland, “The Death of the Author.”
Benjamin, Walter, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
Bochner, Mel & Meyers, James, “How Can You Defend Making Paintings Now?”
Bois, Yves-Alain, “Painting: The Task of Mourning”
Buchloh, Benjamin, “A Note on Gerhard Richter’s October 18, 1977”
Debord, Guy, “Society of the Spectacle”
de Duve, Thierry, “When Form Becomes Attitude—And Beyond”
Fogle, Douglas, “Painting At the Edge of the World”
Foucault, Michel, “What is an Author”
Fraser, Andrea, “How To Provide An Artistic Service”
Fried, Michael,  “Art and Objecthood”
Greenberg, Clement, “Avant-Garde and Kitsch” and “Modernist Painting”
Halley, Peter, “On Line”
Heartfield, James, “Postmodernism and the Death of the Subject”
Iriagaray, Luce, “The Power of Discourse and the Subordination of the Feminine’
Kraus, Rosanlind, “Sculpture in the Expanded Field” and “Notes On the Index”
Kristeva, Julia, “Women’s Time”
Lyotard, Jean-Francois, “Answering the Question: What is Postmodernism?”
Melville, Shephen, “Counting/As/Painting”
Minh-Ha, Trinh, “All-Owning Spectatorship”
Richter, Gerhard, “Interview with Benjamin Buchloh”
Zizek, Slajov, “On Belief”

Books:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Albers, Josef, The Interaction of Color                                                                                                                                              Armstrong, Phillip, As Painting: Division & Displacement
Barth, Roland, Mythologies
Berger, John, Ways of Seeing
Baudrillard, Jean, Simulacra and Simulation, The Illusion of the End
Benjamin, Walter,  Illuminations, The Arcades Project
Bogue, Ronald, Deleuze on Music, Painting and the Arts
Bois, Yves-Alain, Painting as Model
Bourriaud, Nicholas, Relational Aesthetics
Buskirk, Martha, The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art                                                                                                    Batchelor, David, Chromophobia 
Danto, Arthur, After the End of Art
Debotton, Status Anxiety
Derrida, Jacques, The Truth in Painting
Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation
Eagleton, Terry, After Theory
Eco, Umberto, The History of Beauty
Elkins, James, What Painting Is; Why Art Cannot Be Taught; The Painting Stares Back: Pictures and Tears
Fogle, Douglas (editor), Painting at the Edge of the World (Walker Art Center – exhibition)
Foster, Hal, The Return of the Real
Art Since 1900:  Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (also by
Krauss, Bois, Buchloh)
Foucault, Michel, The Foucault Reader  (Paul Rabinow, Editor)
Fried, Michael, Art & Objecthood: Essays & Reviews
Fried, Michael, Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot                                                         Gates, Henry Louis, The Dictionary of Global Culture
Godfrey, Tony, Conceptual Art (Art and Ideas)
Goldberg, Roselee, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present
Greenberg, Clement, Collected Essays & Criticism, Vols 1-4
Art and Culture, Critical Essays
Henri, Robert, The Art Spirit
Hickey, Dave, Air Guitar
Hooks, Bell, Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations
Feminist Theory from Margin to Center
Jameson, Fredric, Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
Kocur, Zoya, Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1985
Kraus, Rosalind, The Originality of the Avant-Garde & Other Modernist Myths
The Optical Unconscious


Foster, Hal (ed.) The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays in Postmodern Culture
Gayford, M. & Wright, K. (ed.) The Grove Book of Art Writing
Harris, Jonathan (ed.)    Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Painting : Hybridity, Hegemony, Historicism
Harrison, C & Wood, P. (ed.) Art in Theory: 1900-2000
Siegel, Jeanne (ed.) Art Talk: The Early 80’s
Stiles, K. & P. Selz (ed.) Theories & Documents of Contemporary Art
Tucker, Marcia (ed.) Discourses: Conversations in Postmodern Art & Culture, Vols. 1-3
Wallis, Brian (ed.) Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation
Wallis, Brian (ed.) Blasted Allegories: An Anthology of Writing by Contemporary Artists

Professional Practices & Related Resources
Legal Guide for Visual Artists by Tad Crawford
Art Marketing 101 by Constance Smith
I’d Rather Be in The Studio by Alyson Stanfield
Professional Artist Magazine (subscription discount available for students)
The Critique Handbook by Kendall Buster and Paual Crawford
The Artists Guide by Jackie Battenfield

The Painter’s Handbook by Gottsegen (1993)

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