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Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies


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Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies presents short-form books on varied topics within the fields of art history and visual studies.

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Buckminster Fuller’s World Game and Its Legacy

Buckminster Fuller’s World Game and Its Legacy

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Timothy Stott
May 31, 2021

This book studies R. Buckminster Fuller’s World Game and similar world games, past and present. Proposed by Fuller in 1964 and first played in colleges and universities across North America at a time of growing ecological crisis, the World Game attempted to turn data analysis, systems modelling, ...

The Power and Fluidity of Girlhood in Henry Darger’s Art

The Power and Fluidity of Girlhood in Henry Darger’s Art

1st Edition

By Leisa Rundquist
April 06, 2021

This book is the first to examine Henry Darger’s conceptual and visual representation of “girls” and girlhood. Specifically, Leisa Rundquist charts the artist’s use of little girl imagery—his direct appropriations from mainstream sources as well as girls modified to meet his needs—in contexts that ...

World-Forming and Contemporary Art

World-Forming and Contemporary Art

1st Edition

By Jessica Holtaway
February 16, 2021

This book explores how contemporary art can alter the ways in which we visualise and conceptualise the world and the social relations that shape it. Drawing from the writings of philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, it spotlights the concept of ‘world-forming’ and the political significance of art-making and...

Jimmie Durham, Europe, and the Art of Relations

Jimmie Durham, Europe, and the Art of Relations

1st Edition

By Andrea Feeser
September 25, 2020

This book investigates Jimmie Durham’s community-building process of making and display in four of his projects in Europe: Something … Perhaps a Fugue or an Elegy (2005); two Neapolitan nativities (2016 and ongoing); The Middle Earth (with Maria Thereza Alves, 2018); and God’s Poems, God’s Children...

Robert Motherwell, Abstraction, and Philosophy

Robert Motherwell, Abstraction, and Philosophy

1st Edition

By Robert Hobbs
July 16, 2020

Employing an interdisciplinary approach, this book breaks new ground by considering how Robert Motherwell’s abstract expressionist art is indebted to Alfred North Whitehead’s highly original process metaphysics. Motherwell first encountered Whitehead and his work as a philosophy graduate student ...

Contemporary Sculpture and the Critique of Display Cultures Tainted Goods

Contemporary Sculpture and the Critique of Display Cultures: Tainted Goods

1st Edition

By Dan Adler
June 30, 2020

In this book, Dan Adler addresses recent tendencies in contemporary art toward assemblage sculpture and how these works incorporate tainted materials – often things left on the side of the road, according to the logic and progress of the capitalist machine – and combine them in ways that allow each...

Post-Conflict Monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina Unfinished Histories

Post-Conflict Monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Unfinished Histories

1st Edition

By Uroš Čvoro
June 15, 2020

At a time of dramatic struggles over monuments around the world, this book examines monuments that have been erected in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) since 1996. Examining the historical precedents for the high rate of monumentbuilding, and its links to ongoing political instability ...

Duchamp, Aesthetics and Capitalism

Duchamp, Aesthetics and Capitalism

1st Edition

By Julian Jason Haladyn
August 07, 2019

This book is a significant re-thinking of Duchamp’s importance in the twenty-first century, taking seriously the readymade as a critical exploration of object-oriented relations under the conditions of consumer capitalism. The readymade is understood as an act of accelerating art as a discourse, ...

Migrations, Arts and Postcoloniality in the Mediterranean

Migrations, Arts and Postcoloniality in the Mediterranean

1st Edition

By Celeste Ianniciello
May 04, 2018

This book is focused on the transcultural memory of the Mediterranean region and the different ways it is articulated by contemporary art practices and museum projects linked to migrations, exile, diaspora and transnationality. The artistic and curatorial examples analysed in this study articulate ...

Advancing a Different Modernism

Advancing a Different Modernism

1st Edition

By S.A. Mansbach
November 02, 2017

Advancing a Different Modernism analyzes a long-ignored but formative aspect of modern architecture and art. By examining selective buildings by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1850-1923) and by the Slovenian designer Jože Plecnik (1872-1957), the book reveals the fundamental ...

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