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The Work of Art: How Something Comes from Nothing By Adam Moss Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780593297582
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Published: Penguin Press - April 16th, 2024

The creative process encompasses a lot of different things: scribbled notes on napkins, walks around the city, staring at the wall, mockups, trial runs, financing! Emails!! It’s all a part of being an artist. This book celebrates all of it, in all its beauty and monstrosity. Featuring an impressive range of visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, dancers, and chefs, this book is a good reminder that creativity doesn’t look just one way.


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Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series By John Berger Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780140135152
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Published: Penguin Books - December 1st, 1990

An iconic text, adapted from the 1972 BBC series of the same name, which points to the hidden ideologies present in the Western art canon and challenges us to look a little closer at the world around us. Sidesteps the literal “this figure represents this idea” approach and instead considers the act of viewership itself, raising questions about power, gender, empire, and media. A nuanced and accessible entry point into art criticism.
 


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Tremor: A Novel By Teju Cole Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812997118
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Published: Random House - October 17th, 2023

Part novel, part art criticism, part travelogue. Teju explores the contradictions of appropriating a culture's art in the act of celebrating it. Lyrical and insightful, while quietly shaking the figurative ground beneath your feet. 


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White on White: A Novel By Aysegül Savas Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593330524
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 29th, 2022

Reading this was like trying to catch your balance while roaming a cliffside. The unnamed narrator allows you to easily imagine yourself experiencing the events as they unfold eerily before you. 

 




Reading this book feels like strolling through an intimate and fascinating museum installation. Within are the accounts of prosecutions lobbed at both animals and inanimate objects throughout history, displaying the unreasoned masculine insistence to construct an 'ordered' world. A beautifully designed book.



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Architecture of Nature: Nature of Architecture By Diana Agrest, Peter L. Galison (Contribution by), Caroline A. Jones (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Diana Agrest, Peter L. Galison (Contribution by), Caroline A. Jones (Contribution by)
$49.95
ISBN: 9781939621948
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Published: Applied Research & Design - January 15th, 2019

Ocean currents. Coral reefs. Algae. Fog. Landslides. Salt domes. Perpetual creation and destruction. As part of the Advanced Research graduate studio at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union, Diana Agrest has assembled a collection of drawings, models, and essays that delve into natural and material processes with the aim of building a bridge between humanity, time, and nature, which has its own scales and intentions. Art, science, philosophy converge. Ideas are challenged and reorganized.