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Josef Albers 1888-1976
Interraction of Color

George Bataille 1897-1962
"The Psychological Structure of Fascism" (Bataille; Lovitt) in The New German Critique (JSTOR)
"Georges Bataille's Diagnosis of Fascism and Some Second Opinions"in The Attractions of Facism
"A Deadly Gift: to Derrida, from Kierkegaard and Bataille" in Extreme Beauty: Aesthetics, Politics, Death

Charles Baudelaire 1821-1867
The Painter of Modern Life: And Other Essays.

Carl Einstein 1885-1940
Primitivism and Twentieth-Century Art

Daniel Kahnweiler 1884-1979
The Rise of Cubism

Alois Riegl 1858-1905
Historical Grammar of the Visual Arts

John Ruskin 1819-1900
Modern Painters: "Of Ideas of Beauty" and "Of the Imaginative Faculty
Lamp of Beauty: Writings on Art 

Stones of Venice

Heinrich Wolfflin 1864-1945
Principles of Art History; the Problems of the Development in Style in Later Art


Rudolph Arnheim 1904-2007

Alfred H. Barr 1902-1981

Defining Modern Art: Selected Writings of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.

Herbert Bayer 1900-1985
Bauhaus, 1919-1928

Ernst H. Gombrich 1909-2001
The Story of Art
The Essential Gombrich: Selected Writings On Art and Culture

John Robert Goldwater 1907-1973
Primitivism in Modern Art

Camilla Gray 1936-
The Russian Experiment in Art, 1863-1922

Clement Greenberg 1909-1994
"Modernist Painting" in
Postmodern Perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Art.

Pontus Hulten 1924-2006
The Machine : As Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age

Francis D. Klingender 1907-1955
Marxism and Modern Art: An Approach to Social Realism

Andre Malraux 1901-1976
The Psychology of Art

John Rewald 1912-1994
Studies in Post-Impressionism

Meyer Schapiro 1904-1996
"Impressionism, Reflections and Perceptions" in
The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology


Lawrence Alloway 1926-1990
Long Front of Culture

Michael Baxandall 1938-2008
Patterns of Intention: on the Historical Explanation of Pictures

Hans Belting 1935-
Likeness and Presence : A History of the Image Before the Era of Art

Albert Boime 1933-2008
Art in an age of civil struggle, 1848-1871

Benjamin H.D. Buchloh 1941-
"Conceptual art 1962-1969: from the aesthetics of administration to the critique of institutions" (1990)  in Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology (1999)

Victor Burgin 1941-
The End of Art Theory: Criticism and Post-modernity
"Looking at Photographs" (1982)  in The Photography Reader (2006)

T. J. Clark 1943-
The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers
"Art and Social Responsibility: The Ideology of Romanticism" (JSTOR)
"El Lissitzky in Vitebsk" in Situating El Lissitzky

Arthur Danto 1924-2013
The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art
The Wake of Art: Criticism, Philosophy, and the Ends of Taste

George Dickie 1926-

Michael Fried 1939-
"Art and Objecthood" in Minimal Art: A Critical Anthology

Hilton Kramer 1928-2012
The age of the avant-garde; an art chronicle of 1956-1972

Brian O'Doherty 1928-
Inside the White Cube: the Ideology of the Gallery Space

Peter Selz 1919-


Jack Burnham 1931-
Dissolve into Comprehension: Writings and Interviews, 1964-2004

Whitney Chadwick 1943-
Women, Art and Society

Douglas Crimp 1944-
On the museum's ruins

Suzi Gablik 1934-
The Reenchantment of Art
Has Modernism Failed?

Boris Efimovich Groys (Grois) 1947-
"Art, Technology, and Humanism" in e-flux Journal #82, May 2017
The Total Art of Stalinism: Avant-garde, Aesthetic, Dictatorship, and Beyond

David Freedberg 1948-
The power of images : studies in the history and theory of response

Matthew Gale
Dada and Surrealism

Boris Groys (1947-)
Art Power (2008)

Katherine Hayles(1943-)
How we  became posthuman: virtual bodies in cybernetcs, literature and informatics (1999)

Rosalind Kraus  1945-1941-
"Sculpture in the Expanded Field" (1979) in JSTOR

Arthur Kroker 1945-
The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism: Heidegger, Neitzsche and Marx

Miwon Kwon
"One place after another: notes on site specificity" in October (April 1997)

Karen Lang
Chaos and Cosmos: On the Image in Aesthetics and Art History

Bruno Latour 1947-
Iconoclash

Lucy Lippard 1937-
Six years : the dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972 (1973)

Lucy Lippard and  John Chandler
"The dematerialization of art" (1968) in Materiality (2015)

Margolis, Joseph 1924-
What, After All, Is a Work of Art?

Laura Mulvey (1941-)
"Visual pleasure and narrative cinema"  in Screen (16:3 1975)

Linda Nochlin 1931-

Jacques Ranciere 1940-
Aisthesis

Edward Said 1935-
Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient

Thierry de Duve 1944-
Kant After Duchamp
"The Readymade is to Art In General What the Tube of Paint is to Modern Painting" (1996)


Yve Alain Bois 1952-

Nicolas Bourriaud 1965-
Relational aesthetics (2002)
Postproduction:culture as screenplay: how art reprograms  the world (2000)

Michael Camille (1958-2002)
"Simulacrum" (1996) in Critical Terms for  Art History (2003)

David Cottington
Cubism and Its Histories

Jonathan Crary 1951-
Suspension of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture.

Douglas Crimp 1944-
"Pictures" (1977)  in After Modernism (1984)

Hal Foster 1955-
The anti-aesthetic: essays on postmodern culture (1983)
Hal  Foster: an  interview (on Kanopy Streaming)
"Death in America" (1996)

Coco Fusco 1960-
The Bodies That Were Not Ours: and Other Writings

Dario Gamboni 1954-
The destruction of art : iconoclasm and vandalism since the French Revolution

Hannah Higgins
"Border crossings: three transnationalisms of Fluxus"  in Not the other avant-garde : the transnational foundations of avant-garde performance (2006)

Amelia Jones 1961-
"Presence in Absentia: Experiencing Performance as Documentation" (1997) in Modern Art Culture:  A Reader (2009)

David Joselit
"The readymade metabolized: Fluxus in life"  in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics (2013)

Joseph Leo Koerner 1958-
Caspar David Friedrich and the Subject of Landscape. 

Trinh T. Minh-Ha 1952-

Partha Mitter

Mignon  Nixon
"Posing the Phallus" in October  (Spring 2000)
"Ringaround Arosie: 2 in 1 in Eva Hesse (2002)

Craig Owen
"The Discourse of  Others: Feminists and Postmodernism" in  Postmodern perspectives: issues in contemporary art (1998)

Christine Poggi 1953-

Liz Kotz
"Post-Cagean aesthetics and the Event Score" in October (Winter 2001)

Griselda Pollock 1949-
Vision and Differece: Femininity, Feminism and Histories of Art

Todd Porterfield 1960-
Allure of Empire: Art in the Service of French Imperialism

Christopher Reed and Christopher Castiglia 1960-
"Mourning militancy: remembering  AIDS  activism"  in  Art  AIDS  America (2005)

Jeffrey T. Schnapp 1954-
"Crash (Speed as Engine of Individuation" in
Modernism/Modernity 6:1, January 1999

Allan Sekula 1951-2013

Mary Anne Staniszewski
Believing is seeing: creating  the culture of art (1995)

Rebecca Solnit 1961-

Michael R. Taylor 1966-

M. Elena Versari
"Futurist Machine Art and International Constructivism" in Futurism and the Technological Imagination

Linda Weintraub
To Life: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet

Nigel Whiteley
“Toward a throw-away culture: consumerism, `style obsolescence’ and cultural theory in the 1950s and 1960s.” in Oxford Art Journal (10: 2 1987)

Artists


Courbet, Gustave 1819-1877
Letters of Gustave Courbet 

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 1848-c1860
An Anthology of Pre-Raphaelite Writings

Hugo Ball 1886-1927
"Cabaret Voltaire"; "Join Dada" in
The Dada Reader: A Critical Anthology

Umberto Boccioni 1882-1916
"Technical Manifesto  of Futurist Painting" in
Futurist Painting Sculpture: (Plastic Dynamism)

Andre Breton 1896-1966
Manifestoes of Surrealism

Oswald de Andrade (1990-1954)
"Anthropophagite Manifesto" in 391:archive

Giorgio de Chirico 1888-1978
"Mystery and Creation" in Post-Impressionism to World War II

De Stijl 1917-1931 (Neoplasticism)

Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968
The Writings of Marcel Duchamp (1973, 1989)
"Apropos of Readymades" (1966)
"The Creative Act" (1957)
 

Futurism
Futurist Manifestos

Wassily Kandinsky 1866-1944
Point and Line to Plane
The Blaue Reiter Almanac (with Franz Marc)
Concerning the Spiritual in Art
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Sounds
Kandinsky, Complete Writings On Art

Gyorgy Kepes 1906-2001
Vision + Value Series

El Lissitzky 1890-1941
El Lissitzky: Life, Letters, Texts

Kazimir Malevich 1878-1935
The Non-objective World.
Essays on Art

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti 1876-1944
Critical Writings
"Foundation and Manifesto of Futurism" in
Futurist Painting Sculpture

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy 1895-1946
Vision in Motion

Piet Mondrian 1872-1944
The New Art--the New Life: The Collected Writings of Piet Mondrian

Nickolai Punin
"The Monument to the Third International" in Art in Theory 1900-2000

Hans Richter 1888-1976
Dada: Art and Anti-art

Kurt Schwitters 1887-1948
"Merz" in The Dada Painters and Poets

Mario Sironi 1885-1961
"Manifesto of Mural Painting" in Art in Theory, 1900-2000

Varvara Stepanova 1894-1958 /
Alexander Rodchenko 1891-1956
"Program of the First Working Group of Constructivists" in The Industrial Design Reader

Vladimir Tatlin 1885-1953
Tatlin (art, manifestos,letters,writings)


Beuys, Joseph 1921-1986

Lucio Fontana 1899-1968

Donald Judd 1928-
"Specific Objects" (1965)
 
Agnes Martin 1912-2004
Writings

Gustav Metzger 1926-2017
 

Robert Motherwell 1915-1991
Writings of Robert Motherwell

Jackson Pollock 1912-1956
Jackson Pollock: Works, Writings, Interviews

Ad Reinhardt 1913-1967
Art as Art: Selected Writings of Ad Reinhardt

Stieglitz Circle
Democratic visions : art and theory of the Steiglitz Circle, 1924-1934

 


Roy Ascott 1934-
Telematic Embrace: Visonary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness

Coco Fusco 1960-
The Bodies That Were Not Ours: and Other Writings

Robert Morris (1931-)
"Anti-Form"
(1968) in The new sculpture 1965-1975 : between geometry and gesture

Otto Piene 1928-2014
Zero

Adrian Piper 1948-
Talking to myself: the ongoing autobiography of  an art  object  (1975)

Martha Rosler 1943-
Decoys and Disruptions: Selected Writings 1975-2001

Robert Smithson 1938-1973
Robert Smithson, the Collected Writings

Hito Steryl (1966-)
Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of  Planetary Civil War (2017)

Andy Warhol
"Work"

Hannah Wilke 1940-
Philly 1977 (Electronic Arts Intermix)

Fred  Wilson 1954-
Mining the Museum (1994)
"The Silent Message of the Museum" @ Institute of Museum Ethics

Architecture and Design


Reyner Banham 1922-1928
The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment
Theory and Design in the First Machine Age

Le Corbusier 1887-1965
Towards a New Architecture

Buckminster Fuller 1895-1983
Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking

Walter Gropius 1883-1969 and
Herbert Bayer 1900-1985
Bauhaus, 1919-1928

Charles Haxthausen
"Walter Gropius and Lyonel Feininger : Bauhaus Manifesto 1919" in Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity

Malcolm Miles
Urban Avant-Gardes Art, Architecture and Change

Lewis Mumford 1895-1990

Film, Cinema, Photography

Paul Valery 1871-1945 (Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules)
The Centenary of Photography (JSTOR)

(Thaddeus) John Szarkowski 1925-2007
The Photographers Eye

Sergei Eisenstein 1898-1948
"The Montage of Film Attractions" in Selected Works

Sean Cubitt 1953-
The Cinema Effect

Laura Mulvey 1941-
Visual and Other Pleasures
 

Western Philosophy and Theory


Edmund Burke 1729-1797
" A Philosophical Inquiry in to the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful"

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 1770-1831
Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art
The Philosophy of History

Immanuel Kant 1724-1804
Observations On the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime
Critique of Judgement

Karl Marx 1818-1883
Capital: A Critique of Political Economy
The Communist Manifesto


George Bataille 1897-1962
Georges Bataille: Essential Writings

Henri Bergson 1859-1941

Emile Zola 1840-1902

Guillaume Apollinaire 1880-1918
The Cubist Painters
Apollinaire On Art: Essays and Reviews, 1902-1918


Hannah Arendt 1906-1975
The Origins of Totalitarianism

Martin Heidegger 1889-1976
Heidegger's Philosophy of Art
includes "The Origin of the Work of Art"

George L. Mosse 1918-1999
"Beauty without Sensuality: The Exhibition Entartete Kunst" in Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany.

Adolph Hitler 1889-1945
"Hitler's Speech at the Opening of the House of German Art in Munich, July 18, 1937"  in German History in Documents and Images online.
 


Alain Badiou 1937-

Jean Baudrillard 1929-2007

Guy Debord 1931-1994
The Society of the Spectacle  (1994 printing)
"Separation Perfected" and The Commodity of Spectacle" 1967

Helene Cixous 1937-
"The Laugh of the Medusa" in The Essential Feminist Reader

Frantz Fanon 1925-1961
Black Skin White Masks

Jean Francois Lyotard 1924-1998
Introducing Lyotard: Art and Politics

Michel Foucault 1926-1984
The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences
Discipline and Punish : the Birth of the Prison

Jacques Derrida 1930-2004

Julia Kristeva 1941-
"Giotto's Joy" in Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art

Leo Marx 1919-
The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America

Marshall McLuhan 1911-1980
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man
The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects


W. J. T, Mitchell 1942-
"Romanticism and the Life of Things: Fossils, Totems and Images" (JSTOR)

Lewis Mumford 1895-1990
The brown decades; a study of the arts in America, 1865-1895.
Art and Technics

Jacques Ranciere (1940-)
Aesthetics and  its discontents  (2009)

Jean Paul Sartre 1905-1980
Essays in Aesthetics


Leo Bersani 1931-
Is  the rectum  a grave?  and other essays (2010)

Judith Butler 1956-
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1999)
"Performative acts and gender constitution: an essay in phenomenology and feminist theory" in Theatre Journal  (Dec  1988)

Donna J. Haraway, 1944-
"A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century" in Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature.

Antonio Negri 1933- and Michael Hardt (1960-)
Empire (2000)

Georges Didi-Huberman 1953-
Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art
 


Eastern Philosophy and Theory

Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947
Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art

Rasheed Araeen 1935-
The Third Text Reader: On Art, Culture, and Theory
The Other Story Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain

Homi K. Bhabha 1949-
Location of Culture

Geeta Kapur 1943-
"Gender Mobility : Through the Lens of Five Women Artists in India" in Global Feminisms: New Directions in Contemporary Art

 

Queer theory

Sarah Ahmed 1969-
Queer phenomenology: orientations, objects, others  (2006)

Jongwoo Jeremy  Kim
Queer difficulty in art and poetry: rethinking the sexed body in verse and visual culture (2017)
Painted men in Britain,1868-1918: Royal Academicians and Masculinities   (2012)
British queer history: new approaches and perspectives (2013)


Jose Esteban Munoz (1967-)
Disidentifications: queers of color and the performance of politics (1999)
Cruising utopia: the then and there  of queer futurity (2009)

Kenneth Silver
"Modes of Disclosure: The Construction of Gay Indentity and the Rise of Pop Art" (1993)
 

Race studies


Bell Hooks 1952-
Art on My Mind: Visual Politics (1995)
Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory and Practice (2013)

Fred Moten (1962-) and Stefano Harney (1962-)
The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning  and  Black  Study. Brooklyn: Autonomedia (2013).

Martin Berger
Seeing through race a reinterpretation of civil rights photography (2011) including:
"The Iconic Photographs of  Civil  Rights"
"White Shame,White Empathy

Theresa A.Carbone, ed.
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (2014)

Connie Choi
"Documentary  Activism: Photography and the Civil Rights Movement" in Witness: art and civil rights in the sixties(2014)

Glen Ligon
"Kelley Walker's Negro Problem" (2010) in Yourself in the world : selected writings and interviews  (2011)

 

Critical Theory


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Frankfurt School of Sociology
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Theodor W. Adorno 1903-1969


Walter Benjamin 1892-1940

"Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" in Illuminations

Gilles Deleuze 1925-1995
The fold : Leibniz and the Baroque
"Postscript on the Societies of Control" in
October Vol. 59 (Winter 1992) 3-7.

Felix Guattari 1930-1992
Chaosophy: Texts and Interviews 1972-1977

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri
A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

Herbert Marcuse 1898-1979
The Aesthetic Dimension: Toward a Critique of Marxist Aesthetics

 


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