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Art: 60-105/106/206 Critical Theory in Art: Home

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Resources online and in print for critical studies in art, theory and culture including dictionaries, primary sources, anthologies, booklists, theorists, how to browse the stacks and search for materials in the library, journals for critical studies, journal article databases, dissertations, images and media, database search tips and web links.

Related guides:

Art and Ecology
Women and Art
Art and Society
Art: Contemporary Artists
Art: Contemporary Visual Culture

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Style guides and writing manuals

Chicago Manual of Style Citation Quick Guide


CMU Libraries Citation Styles and Management Guide
Manuals for Chicago and other styles, plus citation management software options.


Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art. New York: Longman, 2003; Boston : Pearson Education Inc., 2015
HUNT STACKS-4 N7476 .B37 2015


The Global Communication Center (GCC) provides free writing consultations for students and the CMU community with trained communication tutors through one-on-one sessions and classroom workshops.


Bauhaus: The Face of the 20th Century (2016) on

Kanopy Streaming Video

Kanopy is a streaming film service containing documentaries and feature films. The subscription is through the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries.

Hypermedia Research Centre

Hypermedia Research Centre: Theory Pages (School of Communication and Creative Industries at Westminster University) Founded in 1995 forays in the fields of Interactive Music, Digital Economy and Open Source software development. Includes the ANTI-rom artists' statement, a critique on the mediocrity of contemporary multimedia; and the HRC manifesto.

Acqs of interest

Strings, Sabina. Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. New York: New York University Press, 2019

Osborne, Peter. The postconceptual condition : critical essays S.l.]: VERSO BOOKS, 2018.
HUNT-4  N6490 .O7334 2018

Lamm, Kimberly. Addressing the other woman : textual correspondences in feminist art and writing Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018.
HUNT STACKS-4 (Stacks 4th Floor) N72 .F45 L35 2018


Aaenssen, Han Thomas. Representation and Scepticism From Aquinas to Descartes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Belting, Hans,, Thomas S Hansen, and Abby J. Hansen. Face and Mask: A Double History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017.

Betancourt, Michael. Glitch Art in Theory and Practice: Critical Failures and Post-digital Aesthetics. New York, NY ; London: Routledge, 2017.

Cairns, Graham. Visioning Technologies: The Architectures of Sight. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, 2017.

Berger, Susanna. The Art of Philosophy: Visual Thinking in Europe From the Late Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment. P.rinceton: Princeton University Press, 2017.


Fraser, Pamela,, Roger Rothman, and College Art Association (U.S.). Annual Conference. Beyond Critique: Contemporary Art in Theory, Practice, and Instruction. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Grant, Kim. All About Process: The Theory and Discourse of Modern Artistic Labor. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017.

Kind, Amy. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination. London: Routledge, 2016. TOC

Henderson, Gretchen E..
Ugliness: A Cultural History. [London, England]: Reaktion Books, 2015.

Schwarz, David. An Introduction to Electronic Art Through the Teaching of Jacques Lacan: Strangest Thing. London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.


Smith, Murray. Film, Art, and the Third Culture: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film. Oxford ; New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017.