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Discussions with Art Historians and Critics about their New Books

Discussions with Art Historians and Critics about their New Books
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Discussions with Art Historians and Critics about their New Books




Lynn Gamwell, "Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History"

Lynn GamwellView on AmazonToday I'm talking with Lynn Gamwell about Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History (Princeton University Press, 2015). This book is a breathtaking combination of scholarship and beauty, tracing the interplay of mathematics and art throughout mankind's history, East and West. Gamwell is a lecturer in the history of mathematics and science at […]

Duration: 00:57:50

Megan Prelinger, "Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age"

Megan PrelingerView on AmazonMegan Prelinger's beautiful new book brings together the histories of technology and visuality to ask the question, "What cultural history of electronics can be extrapolated from a close look at the associated graphic art?"Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age (W. W. Norton, 2015)treats the commercial and advertising art […]

Duration: 01:07:53

Ping Foong, "The Efficacious Landscape: On the Authorities of Painting at the Northern Song Court"

Ping FoongView on AmazonInk landscape painting was distinctive to the Song dynasty, and the Northern Song period was a special time for the medium. By the tenth century, this kind of painting emerged as a "scholars' category" whose "values were especially worthy of support" in critical scholarly discourse, according toPing Foong's fascinating new book. Bringing […]

Duration: 01:07:16

Ilan Stavans and Jorge J. E. Garcia, "Thirteen Ways of Looking At Latino Art"

View on AmazonAs demographic trends continue to mark the so-called "Latinization" of the U.S., pundits across various media outlets struggle to understand the economic, cultural, and political implications of this reality. In popular discourse, Latinoas/os are often referred to as a monolithic group in terms of cultural practices, voting patterns, and consumer preferences. Of course, […]

Duration: 00:59:50

Darren Middleton, "Rastafari and the Arts: An Introduction"

While many are familiar with the call for 'One Love' from the music of Bob Marley they more than likely know little about the tradition that this message is rooted in. In Rastafari and the Arts: An Introduction (Routledge, 2015), Darren Middleton, Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University, introduces his readers to Rastafari through […]

Duration: 00:59:37

Ann C. Pizzorusso, “Tweeting Da Vinci”

[Cross-posted fromNew Books in Science, Technology, and Society] Ann C. Pizzorusso’s new book is a wonderfully creative and gorgeously illustrated meeting of geology, art history, and Renaissance studies. Arguing that understanding Italy’s geological history can significantly inform how we see its art, literature, medicine, architecture, and more,Tweeting Da Vinci(Da Vinci Press, 2014) takes a deeply [...]

Duration: 01:07:11

Jen Harvie, “Fair Play: Art, Performance and Neoliberalism”

[Cross-posted from New Books in Critical Theory]Arts and culture are under threat in the age of austerity. This threat is underpinned by the misuse of the idea of participation in contemporary performance. This is one of the central arguments ofFair Play: Art, Performance and Neoliberalism(Palgrave, 2013)byProfessor Jen Harvie. The book considers how arts and culture [...]

Duration: 00:38:17

Steven Shaviro, “The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism”

[Cross-posted from theNew Books Network Seminar]Steven Shaviro’s new book is a wonderfully engaging study of speculative realism, new materialism, and the ways in which those fields can speak to and be informed by the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. WhileThe Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism(University of Minnesota Press, 2014) will satisfy even advanced scholars [...]

Duration: 01:01:23

James Nisbet, “Ecologies, Environments, and Energy Systems in Art of the 19

It is a rare event when a dissertation focused on a single work yields a rich and fruitful account of an entire period. James Nisbet‘s new book, which began as a study of Walter De Maria’s 1977 Land Art workTheLightning Field, does just this by ranging freely across a wide variety of art works, practices, [...]

Duration: 00:57:11

Ian Condry, “The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media

[Cross-posted fromNew Books in East Asian Studies]You may come for theAstro BoyorAfro Samurai, but you’ll stay for the innovative ways thatIan Condry’s new book brings together analyses of transmedia practice, collaboration, and materialities of democracy.The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story(Duke University Press, 2013) is based on ethnographic fieldwork in a [...]