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Bizarre Books

Okładka książki: Bizarre Books

Russell Ash & Brian Lake. Bizarre Books: A Compendium of Classic Oddities. New York. Harper Perennial, 2007. ISBN 978-0-06-134665-1

“They say you can’t judge a book by its cover – but its title can tell you more than you ever needed to know! Amazing, illuminating, and gut-bustingly funny, Bizarre Books is the wonderfully twisted product of more than two decades of determined searching in forgotten corners of out-of-the-way libraries and through the literary detritus of eclectic private collections. It is certain to delight every true fan of trivia and the patently absurd. “

From Preface

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Brilliant Effects

Okładka książki: Brilliant Effects

Marcia Pointon. Brilliant Effects : a Cultural History of Gem Stones& Jewellery. New Haven & London. Yale University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-300-14278-5

“Pointon explores the capacity of jewels – whether crimson coral or translucent pearls – not only to fascinate but also to create disorder and controversy throughout history: what is materially precious is invariably contentious, whether in religious or in secular society; when what is precious is not gold bars or bonds but finely crafted artefacts made from hard-won imported materials, the stakes are particularly high. The struggle for control of both material and meaning is paramount, whether  in scientific discourse […] or in pictorial imagery, such as Poussin’s interpretations of the origin of coral. The presence of jewels can never be ignored – this was recognized by writers as varied as Pliny the Elder, the economist Adam Smith, and Gustav Flaubert. And it remains true for us today whether in the blind favoured by international sports stars or the «rocks» borrowed for the Oscars.

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The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art

Okładka książki: The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art

Ann Millett-Gallant. The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art. Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. ISBN 978-0-230-10406-8

The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art is the first book to cross the disciplines of art history and disability studies. Millet-Gallant visually analyzes images of the body in visual culture – from painting, sculpture, photography, and performance art to medical displays to the nineteenth and twentieth-century freak show – placing the work of disabled and non-disabled artists in critical dialogue. Pursuing the agenda of disability studies, this book examines Western art history through a new lens and draws parallels to sexism, racism, classism, and heterosexism/homophobia.

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Kunst von besonderen Menschen

Okładka książki: Kunst von besonderen Menschen

Kunst von besonderen Menschen : Beobachtungen zur Kreativwelten von Menschen mit geistigen Behinderungen. Weitra. Verlag  Bibliothek der Provinz, 2010. ISBN 978-3- 902414-40-3

     „Dieser Beitrag sollte im Rahmen der wissenschaftlichen Anmerkungen zu Kunst-Verstehen - Sprache zur Kunst von Menschen mit Beeinträchtigungen anlässlich des        Symposiums herausfinden, was die pädagogische Herausforderung im Zusammenhang mit der besonderen Kunst bestehen könnte.“

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Hieronymus Bosch

Okładka książki: Hieronymus Bosch

Stefan Fischer. Hieronymus Bosch: Malerei als Vision, Lehrbild und Kunstwerk. Böhlau Verlag. Köln  - Weimar - Wien, 2009. ISBN 978-3-412-20296-5

„In diesem Band wird eine neue, adäquate Bewertung seines Lebens und Werkens versucht. So zeigt sich, dass Bosch kein sozialer und religiöser Außenseiter war, sondern fernab der großen Kunstzentren in 's-Hertogenbosch geistlich geprägt wurde: selbst Kleriker niederen Ranges, verkehrte er als Geschworener der Liebfrauenbruderschaft inmitten der gesellschaftlichen Elite und der religiösen Orden seiner Stadt. In detaillierten Analysen seiner zentralen Werke werden die produktions- und wirkungs- ästhetischen Aspekte seiner Kunst, das Verhältnis von Tradition und Innovation in seinen Bildern, aber auch die Bedingtheit künstlerischer Freiheit dargestellt. Denn seine künstlerischen Konzepte waren abhängig von den städtischen und höfischen Auftraggebern.

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Styles, schools & movements

Okładka książki: Brilliant Effects

Amy Dempsey. Styles, schools & movements: The Essential Encyclopaedic Guide to Modern Art. New and Expanded Edition. London. Thames& Hudson, 2010. ISBN 978-0-500- 28844-3

“Over one hundred main entries are presented in broadly chronological order, from Impressionism and Cubism to Sound Art, Internet Art and Art Photography in the twenty-first century. A further two hundred supplementary entries provide fully cross- referenced summaries of essential styles and movements, tracing intriguing patterns of influence and development. A foldout timeline shows at a glance how the evolution of art corresponds with historical events, providing a through overview of the whole period.”


Islam in the West

Okładka książki: Islam in the West

Islam in the West. Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies. Vol. 1-4. Ed. By David Westerlund and Ingvar Svanberg. London & New York. Routledge, 2011. ISBN 978-0-415-48124-3 (Set)

Vol. 1: Regions and History, Vol. 2: Region and Culture, Vol. 3: Social and Economic Issues, Vol. 4: Politics and Law

“[…] Our intention and ambition have been to produce a reader that is as comprehensive as possible; and the scholars whose work have been selected represent a great variety of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The main emphasis is one contemporary issues, but historical aspects are included in all of the four volumes, and particularly in the first one. This highlights the fact that Islam is not a new religion in the West but has a long history, especially in southern and eastern Europe.”
                                                                                           From Preface

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The Responsibility of the Philosopher

Okładka książki: The Responsibility of the Philosopher

Gianni Vattimo. The Responsibility of the Philosopher. New York. Columbia University Press, 2010.  ISBN 978-0- 231152426

“The Responsibility of the Philosopher is brilliant and entertaining without becoming overly conceptual, yet it makes no concessions to or falls into mediocrity or commonplaces. The language is consistently rigorous, yet it is extraordinarily clear and accessible to a philosophically unsophisticated audience.”
Silvia Benso, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Walter Benjamin

Okładka książki: Walter Benjamin

Uwe Steiner. Walter Benjamin: An Introduction to His Work and Thought. Chicago & London. The University of Chicago Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-226-77221-9

      “Uwe Steiner is widely regarded as one of the leading Benjamin scholars working today, with particular expertise in aspects of Benjamin’s work that are less familiar to an English-language audience. In Walter Benjamin, he has produced a truly outstanding introduction to Benjamin’s work; this book is the product of a career spent thinking about Benjamin. Steiner is able not just to open up major works and concepts, but to show, in very short compass, their place in a complex cultural field. His ability to combine deep reading with broad conceptualization is the ideal combination for a critical introduction to this major thinker. Written with precision and lucidity, this book does a real service to the legions of readers interested in Benjamin.”

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