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Women's Work

by Howard Zar
Tarrytown: Lyndhurst Castle, 2022


The Art of Arousal: A Celebration of Erotic Art Throughout History (Revised Edition)

by Ruth K. Westheimer
New York: Abbeville Press, 2022

This irresistible volume presents 130 of the most engagingly erotic paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings from diverse eras and cultures, coupled with revealing commentaries about their sexual and aesthetic content. In its organization, The Art of Arousal traces the course of a sensual relationship. It begins by examining the elements of eroticism, and then progresses from flirtation and seduction through kisses and other foreplay before ultimately arriving at consummation and blissful exhaustion.

The irrepressible Dr. Ruth explores every element of sexuality in these provocative works of art, including the pleasures of looking, creative fantasizing, and the effects on male and female pleasure of the various positions depicted. All the art in this book has been chosen to meet two essential criteria: everyone portrayed must be having a good time, and each image must satisfy the high aesthetic standards of Dr. Ruth and an art historian friend, who writes with witty scholarship about the artistic aspects of these works.

Now available in a revised edition that includes delightful new works by contemporary artists, The Art of Arousal is a stimulating gift for art lovers.


ISBN-10:‎ 0789214210
ISBN-13: ‎978-0789214218

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Why Design Matters: How The World’s Most Creative People Create

by Debbie Millman
New York: Harper Collins, 2022

Over the course of her popular podcast’s fifteen-year reign, Debbie Millman has interviewed more than 400 creative minds. In those conversations, she has not only explored what it means to design a creative life, but has, as Millman’s wife, Roxane Gay, assesses in her foreword, “created a gloriously interesting and ongoing conversation about what it means to live well, overcome trauma, face rejection, learn to love and be loved, and thrive both personally and professional.”

In this illustrated, curated anthology, Millman includes approximately 80 of her best interviews with visionaries from across diverse fields. Grouped by category—Legends, Truth Tellers, Culture Makers, Trendsetters, and Visionaries—these eye-opening, entertaining, and enlightening conversations—offer insights into new ways of being and living.

336 pp.

ISBN-10:‎ 0062872966
ISBN-13: ‎978-0062872968

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Mary Magdalene: Chief Witness, Sinner Feminist

Lieke Wijnia, PhD
Zwolle and Utrecht, The Netherlands: Waanders Publishers and Museum Catharijneconvent, 2021

A comprehensive history of the portrayal of Mary Magdalen in art.

Mary Magdalen is a woman of extremes. Those extremes have given rise to a multiplicity of interpretations: a wealth of representations, conspiracy theories and controversies. This book introduces the reader to the rich, paradoxical and constantly evolving imagery surrounding this mysterious biblical figure. From the time of the New Testament to the present day, Mary Magdalen has proven to be an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists.

Contributions by Lieke Wijnia, Marieke van Schijndel, Caroline Vander Stichele, Robin Griffith Jones, Joan E. Taylor, Frank G. Bosman, Devon Abts, Marije de Nood, Joanne Anderson, Desirée Krikhaar, and Diane Apostolos-Cappadona.

144 pp.

ISBN-10: 9462623252
ISBN-13: ‎978-9462623255

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Roman Sculpture in Context
(Selected Papers in Ancient Art and Architecture, Vol. 6)

Peter De Staebler and Anne Hrychuck Kontokosta, eds.
New York: Archaeological Institute of America, 2020

This volume tackles a pressing issue in Roman art history: that many sculptures conventionally used in our scholarship and teaching lack adequate information about their find locations. Questions of context are complex, and any theoretical and methodological reframing of Roman sculpture demands academic transparency. This volume is dedicated to privileging content and context over traditions of style and aesthetics. Through case studies, the chapters illustrate multivariate ways to contextualize ancient objects. The authors encourage Roman art historians to look beyond conventional interpretations; to reclaim from the study of Greek sculpture the Roman originals that are too often relegated to discussions of "copies" and "models"; to consider the multiple, dynamic, and shifting contexts that one sculpture could experience over the centuries of its display; and to recognize that postantique receptions can also offer insight into interpretations of ancient viewers. The collected topics were originally presented in three conference sessions: "Grounding Roman Sculpture" (Archaeological Institute of America, 2019); "Ancient Sculpture in Context" (College Art Association, 2017); and "Ancient Sculpture in Context II: Reception" (College Art Association, 2019).


ISBN-10: 1948488639
ISBN-13: 978-1948488631

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Ludovico Pratesi Contemporaneo 30x30:
Trenta Mostre in Trenta’ Anni

Ludovico Pratesi
Castelvecchi Editore, 2019

Ludovico Pratesi tells us, in thirty exhibitions, his activity as a curator from 1989 to 2019: from the installations by Kosuth and Merz at the Imperial Forums to the first contemporary art exhibition at the Borghese Gallery. Each exhibition is presented from its conception to the inauguration, with many unpublished details related to great artists, from Damien Hirst to Marina Abramovic, from Tony Cragg to Giuseppe Penone, from Jannis Kounellis to Michelangelo Pistoletto. Without forgetting the emerging ones such as Flavio Favelli, Nico Vascellari, Gian Maria Tosatti and Lara Favaretto. Each exhibition is the stage of a journey under the sign of the contemporary, through a path that touches Rome, Milan, Pistoia, Pesaro, Catania, Pisa and Venice.

In Italian

ISBN-10: 8832828154
ISBN-13: 978-8832828153

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Art: A Brief History (7th Edition)

by Marilyn Stokstad and Michael W. Cothren
London: Pearson Educational, 2019

Shrine For Girls is featured along with Olafur Eliasson, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Rachel Whiteread in the last chapter "The International Scene since the 1950s."

Art History brings the history of art to life for a new generation of students. It is global in scope, inclusive in its coverage, and warm and welcoming in tone. The guiding vision of Art History is that the teaching of art history survey courses should be filled with equal delight, enjoyment, and serious learning, while fostering an enthusiastic and educated public for the visual arts. The Sixth Edition has been revised to reflect new discoveries, recent research, and fresh interpretive perspectives, as well as to address the changing needs of both students and educators.


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Queer Holdings: A Survey of the Leslie-Lohman Museum Collection

Noam Parness and Gonzalo Casals, eds.
Hirmer Publishers, 2019

The collecting origins of the Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York—the only museum dedicated to preserving and fostering LGBTQ art—can be traced to 1969, when its founders hosted their first “homosexual art fair” in New York. Evolving from gallery to foundation to museum in five decades, Leslie-Lohman’s collection mirrors shifting histories of LGBTQ social movements in the United States, from the Stonewall riots to the AIDS epidemic, when the founders often rescued the work of dying artists from families who wanted to destroy it.

This volume presents two hundred objects from the museum’s vast permanent collection, gathers texts that explore history, provenance, genre, and subject matter, and engages in critical conversations about gender and race in the museum’s collection. At once a wide-ranging survey of queer art and a critical glance at contemporary museum collecting practices, Queer Holdings plumbs an institution’s possible futures by revisiting the milestones of its activist past.


ISBN-10: 3777431931
ISBN-13: 978-3777431932

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The Academic Body

Peter Benson Miller and Mark Robbins, eds.
American Academy in Rome, 2019

Since the origins of representation, the human body has been a vehicle for a variety of approaches to artistic expression. As a way of imagining the divine, as a site of ideal beauty and ruminations on mortality, or as the contested ground between nature and culture, bodies—and representations of bodies—index culture’s ideas about itself and mark the locus for the questioning and contestation of the human form. Recently, the body has reemerged as a work in progress, a canvas to be altered, conforming to changing canons of beauty or constantly evolving constructed gender roles. In this capacity, the body as a malleable form has once again taken center stage in cultural debate and artistic expression. As lightning rods for contemporary social issues—including the violence committed against the marginalized, the recognition of transgender individuals, and the replacement of workers by robotics, to name only a few examples—bodies have assumed unprecedented visibility in political discourse. Mindful of these issues, this exhibition tracks the ways in which the body has been interrogated and transformed in contemporary art from 1894 to the present. As it has evolved from a stalwart of Academic artistic practice to a laboratory for cutting-edge dialogue between critical theory and creative endeavor, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is uniquely qualified to host an exhibition tracking the changing representations of the body in art and society. In so doing, the institution reflects critically on its own trajectory and enduring relevance. The Academic Body features work by artists affiliated with the AAR (Fellows and Residents) whose work has explored the above themes in provocative ways, as well as artists whose trajectories have intersected meaningfully and critically with Italy and the Academic tradition.


ISBN-13: 9781879549265
ISBN-10: 1879549263

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery

Brandon Brame Fortune
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution and Hirmer Publishers, 2019

Today, with the proliferation of selfies and the contemporary focus on identity, it is time to reassess the significance of the self-portrait. Drawing primarily from the National Portrait Gallery's collection, Eye to I explores how American artists have portrayed themselves over the past two centuries. The book shows that while each individual approaches self-portraiture under unique circumstances, all of their representations raise important questions about self-perception and self-reflection. Sometimes artists choose to reveal intimate details of their inner lives. Other times they use the genre to obfuscate their true selves or invent alter egos.

This richly illustrated book features an introduction by the National Portrait Gallery's chief curator and nearly one hundred fifty insightful entries on key self-portraits in the museum's collection. It enables the reader to come face to face with some of America's most influential artists of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries, like Edward Hopper, Beatrice Wood, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Edward Steichen, Diego Rivera, George Gershwin, Elaine de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Jonas, Patti Smith, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alice Neel, David Hockney, Chuck Close, and many more. Eye to I provides readers with an overview of self-portraiture while revealing the intersections that exist between art, life, and self-representation.


ISBN-13: 9783777432236
ISBN-10: 3777432237

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Closets: Reimagining Identities While Embracing Memories

Deborah Willis, PhD and Kalia Brooks Nelson, PhD, co-curators
Institute of Emerging Media, Tisch, 2019

The “closet” in the American-English vernacular has long been a metaphor used to describe the psychological parts of ourselves that are kept most private, or hidden from public view. As an expression, it points to the zone of our secrets, or the site of our deepest vulnerabilities. The work shown in Closets: Reimagining Identities while Embracing Memories explores these innermost aspects of ourselves, symbolized through closet space, and how we perform our identities based on how we desire to image ourselves to the world.  


About Face: Stonewall, Revolt, and New Queer Art

Jonathan D. Katz, PhD
Wrightwood 659, 2019

This is an exhibition about metamorphosis. Fifty years after Stonewall, we’re still very much a community in progress. The traditional view, that Stonewall represents the birth of a gay and lesbian movement, couldn’t be further from the truth on at least two counts: it hardly represents the beginning and it was never just gay and lesbian. On the contrary, we have always embraced a transpolitics, in the sense of working to variously transgress, transfigure, transpose, transform, and finally, transcend a world of binary options, whether they be gay/straight, male/female, minority/majority, or conformist/nonconformist. Not for nothing were trans folk of various stripes the literal spark that ignited the Stonewall flame. This exhibition thus focuses on art in which boundaries blur, forms mutate, the natural is denaturalized, and the transgressive and transcendent are linked. In the works on view in About Face, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, and race—far from being clear categories—hybridize and overlap to the point that “queer” becomes a verb, not a noun.    


Artistic Reconfigurations of Rome: An Alternative Guide to the Eternal City, 1989-2014

Kaspar Thormod
Brill|Rodopi, 2019

In Artistic Reconfigurations of Rome Kaspar Thormod examines how visions of Rome manifest themselves in artworks produced by international artists who have stayed at the city's foreign academies. Structured as an alternative guide to Rome, the book represents an interdisciplinary approach to creating a dynamic visual history that brings into view facets of the city's diverse contemporary character. Thormod demonstrates that when artists successfully reconfigure Rome they provide us with visions that, being anchored in a present, undermine the connotations of permanence and immovability that cling to the 'Eternal City' epithet. Looking at the work of these artists, the reader is invited to engage critically with the question: what is Rome today? - or perhaps better: what can Rome be?


ISBN-10: 9004394206
ISBN-13: 978-9004394209

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Women and Migration:
Responses in Art and History

Kalia Brooks Nelson, Ellyn Toscano, and Deborah Willis, eds.
New York: NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study and Open Book Publishers, 2019

The essays in this book chart how women’s profound and turbulent experiences of migration have been articulated in writing, photography, art and film. As a whole, the volume gives an impression of a wide range of migratory events from women’s perspectives, covering the Caribbean Diaspora, refugees and slavery through the various lenses of politics and war, love and family.

The contributors, which include academics and artists, offer both personal and critical points of view on the artistic and historical repositories of these experiences. Selfies, motherhood, violence and Hollywood all feature in this substantial treasure-trove of women’s joy and suffering, disaster and delight, place, memory and identity. This collection appeals to artists and scholars of the humanities, particularly within the social sciences; though there is much to recommend it to creatives seeking inspiration or counsel on the issue of migratory experiences, as well as to address the changing needs of both students and educators.



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The FLAG Art Foundation 2008-2018

Glenn Fuhrman
Gregory Miller, 2019

The FLAG Art Foundation, founded in 2008 by financier, philanthropist and collector Glenn Fuhrman, began with the mission of promoting the appreciation of contemporary art among a diverse audience. Since then, FLAG has presented 50 exhibitions featuring more than 500 artists. Guest curators have ranged from artists to athletes, from writers to historians, and from fashion designers to museum directors. Ambitious and entertaining solo and group exhibitions have included established figures such as Louise Bourgeois, Mark Bradford, Maurizio Cattelan, Robert Gober, Félix González-Torres, Jim Hodges, Ellsworth Kelly, Charles Ray, Gerhard Richter and Cindy Sherman, as well as the work of a large number of emerging artists.

The FLAG Art Foundation: 2008–2018 documents the first decade of programming at this innovative and important nonprofit organization. FLAG has rapidly made a major contribution to contemporary art and to the careers of many artists. Fully illustrated with installation views of each exhibition, along with a diverse range of texts from people who have played key roles in FLAG’s history (including Jim Hodges, Chuck Close, James Frey, Shaquille O’Neal and Fuhrman himself), The FLAG Art Foundation: 2008–2018 is a beautifully designed tenth-anniversary testament to a singular institution.


ISBN-10: 194136621X
ISBN-13: 978-1941366219

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Art History (6th Edition)

by Marilyn Stokstad and Michael W. Cothren
London: Pearson Educational, 2017

Shrine For Girls
is featured along with Olafur Eliasson, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Rachel Whiteread in the last chapter "The International Scene since the 1950s."

Art History brings the history of art to life for a new generation of students. It is global in scope, inclusive in its coverage, and warm and welcoming in tone. The guiding vision of Art History is that the teaching of art history survey courses should be filled with equal delight, enjoyment, and serious learning, while fostering an enthusiastic and educated public for the visual arts. The Sixth Edition has been revised to reflect new discoveries, recent research, and fresh interpretive perspectives, as well as to address the changing needs of both students and educators.

ISBN-13: 978-0134479279
ISBN-10: 0134479270

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Regarding Women in the Acton Collection

Ellyn Toscano
Villa La Pietra, New York University Florence, 2017

The images of women within the Acton Collection of Villa La Pietra are numerous and richly varied. From a predominance of religious iconography in fine and decorative arts, to mythological and allegorical depictions, portraiture and scenes of domesticity, every room in the collection of some 6000 objects provides documentation through which to explore the symbolic function of gender roles and relationships across centuries. While we can enjoy the Acton Collection on the level of an aesthetic experience, a display of collecting taste, or an archive of historic art, as active viewers we become aware of a crucial tension between the gender constructions these images represented when created and their meaning and resonance in contemporary social and political contexts today.  


Problems and Provocations:
Grand Arts (1995-2015)

Edited by Stacey Switzer and Annie Fischer
Grand Arts, 2016

Grand Arts, a contemporary art project space in Kansas City, MO, quietly but radically tested the limits of institutional and artistic support for nearly two decades. In helping more than 120 national and international artists realize projects considered too difficult, provocative, or complex to attract funding and support otherwise, the gallery achieved insider fame and deep seated respect as a bastion of generosity and risk. Now, as its final endeavor, Grand Arts gamely interrogates its values, methods, outcomes and legacies in Problems and Provocations: Grand Arts 1995–2015―an indispensable source book on creativity, collaboration and what it takes to realize a major work of contemporary art. The volume documents 30 key projects from Grand Arts’ previously unexcavated history, by artists such as Alice Aycock, Patricia Cronin, Ellie Ga, Alfredo Jaar, Isaac Julien, Annie Lapin, Laurel Nakadate, Filip Noterdaeme, William Pope L., Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Emily Roysdon, Tavares Strachan and the Propeller Group. Recent annotations and previously untold stories by artists and collaborators complement an archival deep dive of photographs, artist proposals, sketches, notes, internal documents and items of private correspondence.

Essays by Pablo Helguera, Iain Kerr, Gean Moreno, Emily Roysdon and Rob Walker explore the models, practices ethics, and futures of art institutions, and a critical study conducted by the research studio RHEI identifies and describes Grand Arts’ distinctive model of support.

Part retrospective, part how-to guide, Problems and Provocations actively leverages Grand Arts’ past to engage problems of theoretical and practical interest to cultural producers moving forward― and serves as essential reading for today’s artists, students, curators and all those interested in tales of unpredictable ventures in the world of contemporary art.


ISBN-13: 978-0692625538
ISBN-10: 0692625534

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Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories

Edited by Amelia Jones and Erin Silver 
Manchester University Press, 2016

While feminist art history and queer theory both have a strong presence in academic discourse, there is no clear existing queer feminist art history. This book examines how and why this is the case. Otherwise: Imagining queer feminist art histories addresses the historiographic and political questions arising from the relationship between art history and queer theory in order to help map exclusions and to offer models of a new queer feminist art historical or curatorial approach in a European-North American context and beyond. Including essays by both emerging scholars and renowned feminist art historians, critics and queer theorists, as well as an extensive historical chapter contextualizing the interrelated but never fully coextensive developments of feminist art and art history, and queer theories of visual culture, Otherwise is a crucial resource for specialists and students seeking to enrich the understanding of the relationship between gender politics and visual culture. 


ISBN 10: 0719096413
ISBN 13: 9780719096419

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Queerly Remembered: Rhetorics for Representing the GLBTQ Past

Thomas R. Dunn
University of South Carolina Press, 2016

Queerly Remembered investigates the ways in which gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) individuals and communities have increasingly turned to public tellings of their ostensibly shared pasts in order to advocate for political, social, and cultural change in the present. Much like nations, institutions, and other minority groups before them, GLBTQ people have found communicating their past(s)—particularly as expressed through the concept of memory—a rich resource for leveraging historical and contemporary opinions toward their cause. Drawing from the interdisciplinary fields of rhetorical studies, memory studies, gay and lesbian studies, and queer theory, Thomas R. Dunn considers both the ephemeral tactics and monumental strategies that GLBTQ communities have used to effect their queer persuasion.

Hardcover, 232pp.

ISBN-10: 1611176700
ISBN-13: 978-1611176704

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All The World’s Futures:  56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

Okwui Enwezor
Marsilio, 2015

Rather than one overarching theme, the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale is informed by a layer of intersecting filters. These filters are a constellation of parameters that circumscribe multiple ideas which will be touched upon to imagine and realize a diversity of practices. All the World’s Futures employs as a filter the historical trajectory that the Biennale itself, over the course of its one hundred and twenty years existence has run over. A filter through which to reflect on both the current ‘state of things’ and the ‘appearance of things.’

At its core is the notion of the exhibition as a stage, where historical and counter-historical projects are explored. Within this framework the main aspects of the 56th Biennale Exhibition solicit and privilege new proposals and works conceived specifically by invited artists, filmmakers, choreographers, performers, composers, and writers.


ISBN-10: 8831721283
ISBN-13: 978-8831721288

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Live the Art: 15 Years of Deitch Projects

by Jeffrey Deitch
Designed by Stefan Sagmeister
Rizzoli, New York, 2014

This extraordinary three-dimensional package of LIVE THE ART, is a suitable homage to Jeffrey Deitch’s legendary stature and influence as an art dealer and producer of memorable installations and art happenings that robustly transcended the idea of a mere “exhibition.”

More than four years in the making, and divided into chapters devoted to each year between 1996 and 2010, LIVE THE ART explores in detail the astonishing shows and performances the visionary Deitch mounted in a one-story former garage on Grand Street in Soho that would be the primary home of Deitch Projects for fifteen years.

Deitch illuminates the founding concept by stating, “Deitch Projects was not meant to be an art gallery. The concept was simple. We would not operate as a gallery but would become a commercial version of the ‘project room’ that the Museum of Modern Art and a number of other American Museums had established in the ‘70s and ‘80s.”

Deitch’s original guidelines were simple: his intention was to invite artists who had not yet had a solo exhibition to create a “project” rather than a conventional show of work, and he would provide funds for the artist to produce their visions in the space.

Hardcover, 448pp.

ISBN-10: 0847836479
ISBN-13: 978-0847836475

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Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1

Jack Flam
Skira Editore S.p.A., Torino, 2014

This book documents an extraordinary exhibition in 2013 commemorating the first anniversary of a disaster of extraordinary proportions--the Atlantic storm named Sandy. This catalogue reproduces installation photographs of works of art that were in the exhibition in Brooklyn, New York, along with photographs of the various events that took place while it was on view.

Hardcover, 296pp.

ISBN-10: 885722502X
ISBN-13: 978-8857225029

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NYC 1993:
Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

Edited by Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Jenny Moore, Margot Norton
New Museum, New York, 2013

"NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star" looks at art made and exhibited in New York over the course of one year, providing a synchronic panorama in which established artists and emerging figures of the time are presented alongside the work of authors whose influence has since faded from the discussion. Centering on the year 1993, the exhibition is conceived as a time capsule, an experiment in collective memory that attempts to capture a specific moment at the intersection of art, pop culture, and politics. The exhibition draws its subtitle from the eponymous album that the New York rock band Sonic Youth recorded in 1993 and captures the complex exchange between mainstream and underground culture across disciplines, which came to define the art of the era. The New Museum's exhibition will include a number of historical reconstructions of important installations and exhibitions from 1993, while other works will be revisited and reinterpreted from the vantage point of today—highlighting the ways in which certain actions, events, attitudes, and emotions reverberate towards the present. These works will sketch out the complex intersection between art and the world at large that defined the 1990s and continues to shape artistic expression today.

183pp; 64 color and 16 b&w images

ISBN 9780985448561

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Museums, Equality and Social Justice

Edited by Richard Sandell, Eithne Nightingale
Rutledge, London, June 2012

The last two decades have seen concerns for equality, diversity, social justice and human rights move from the margins of museum thinking and practice, to the core. The arguments – both moral and pragmatic – for engaging diverse audiences, creating the conditions for more equitable access to museum resources, and opening up opportunities for participation, now enjoy considerable consensus in many parts of the world. A growing number of institutions are concerned to construct new narratives that represent a plurality of lived experiences, histories and identities which aim to nurture support for more progressive, ethically-informed ways of seeing and to actively inform contemporary public debates on often contested rights-related issues. At the same time it would be misleading to suggest an even and uncontested transition from the museum as an organisation that has been widely understood to marginalise, exclude and oppress to one which is wholly inclusive. Moreover, there are signs that momentum towards making museums more inclusive and equitable is slowing down or, in some contexts, reversing.

Museums, Equality and Social Justice aims to reflect on and, crucially, to inform debates in museum research, policy and practice at this critical time. It brings together new research from academics and practitioners and insights from artists, activists, and commentators to explore the ways in which museums, galleries and heritage organisations are engaging with the fast-changing equalities terrain and the shifting politics of identity at global, national and local levels and to investigate their potential to contribute to more equitable, fair and just societies.


ISBN 13 Paperback: 978-0-415-50469-0
ISBN 13 Hardback: 978-0-415-50468-3

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Twice Drawn : Modern and Contemporary Drawings in Context

Edited by Ian Berry, Jack Shear
Prestel Publishing, 2011

This book is an exciting survey of modern and contemporary drawing that explores how context affects our understanding of art. Twice Drawn brings together an eclectic range of drawings from the last half-century to explore the influence and vigor of this pervasive yet commonly overlooked practice. Providing a contextual depth often lost in large group surveys, this book begins with beautiful reproductions of two stand-out drawings each from over 50 artists. The book then mixes those drawings with hundreds more works that are thematically arranged by traditional genres and less conventional principles, offering alternative ways to examine relationships among style, contemporaneity, and chronology.


ISBN-10: 3791350544
ISBN-13: 978-3791350547

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Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas

Christopher Reed
Oxford University Press, May 2011

This bold, globe-spanning survey is the first book to thoroughly explore the radical, long-standing interdependence between art and homosexuality. It draws examples from the full range of the Western tradition, including classical, Renaissance, and contemporary art, with special focus on the modern era. It was in the modern period, when arguments about homosexuality and the avant-garde were especially public, that our current conception of the artist and the homosexual began to take shape, and almost as quickly to overlap. Not a chronology of gay or lesbian artists, the book is a fascinating and sophisticated account of the ways two conspicuous identities have fundamentally informed one another. Art and Homosexuality discusses many of modernism's canonical figures--painters like Courbet, Picasso, and Pollock; writers like Whitman and Stein--and issues, such as the rise of abstraction, the avant-garde's relationship to its patrons and the political exploitation of art. It shows that many of the core ideas that define modernism are nearly indecipherable without an understanding of the paired identities of artist and homosexual. Illustrated with over 175 b/w and color images that range from high to popular culture and from Ancient Greece to contemporary America, Art and Homosexuality punctures the platitudes surrounding discussions of both aesthetics and sexual identity and takes our understanding of each in stimulating new directions.

304pp; 178 b/w & color illus.; 7 x 10

ISBN13: 978-0-19-539907-3
ISBN10: 0-19-539907-2

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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, 2011

The history of Western art is full of images of seductive, indulgent, submissive, defeated and enslaved women. But the women whom this exhibition centres on are strong women: active, independent, defiant, inspired, creative, domineering and triumphant. Or, to use a key word that has been at the top of the feminist agenda for the last few decades: this exhibition is interested in images which could be sources of “empowerment” for women themselves. Lists of heroines have a long history, starting with the first catalogues of famous females by Hesiod and Homer, in which women appeared only as “accessories” to the males – as the heroes’ or gods’ mothers and daughters, wives and mistresses. The first compendium of women who were illustrious on their own merit was that in Boccaccio’s De claris mulieribus, which followed in the footsteps of Petrarch’s De viris illustribus. Inspired by Boccaccio’s work but intent on correcting his point of view, in 1405 Christine de Pizan wrote the first defence of women to be penned by a woman: The Book of the City of Ladies. Pardon the anachronism but Christine de Pizan was the first feminist – because she attributed the disadvantages of being a woman not to Mother Nature but to force of habit. Her book led to a long Querelle des Femmes which has lasted seven centuries and is still very much alive.

This exhibition is also a kind of “city of ladies” centred especially on the cycle of modernity, from the 19th century to the present day. Following a non-chronological but thematic order, it explores the backgrounds and aspirations of heroines: the iconography of solitude, work, delirium, sport, war, magic, religion, reading and painting. In each “chapter” artworks from different periods, languages and artistic environments are juxtaposed, providing food for thought on what has changed through those differences and what has remained the same. And in each chapter, one or several voices of women artists, particularly contemporary women, respond to images created by their male counterparts.


ISBN 13: 978-0-9668595-1-5

Because We Are

Construction and design specialist: Gabriel Hernandez 
Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 2010

This exhibition presents the work of 10 distinguished artists who are dealing with issues regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual civil rights. Fundamental concerns include gay marriage, the AIDS crisis, religious and legislative persecution, hate crimes and gay sexuality.

These 10 artists express their most intimate feelings and strive for recognition through their own fine art. This exhibition consists of a range of media including sculpture, photography, video, and mixed media. Coinciding with Houston’s Annual Pride Festival, this exhibition shares aesthetic, philosophical, and political views and experiences from a legitimate segment of society.



Edited by Sean McGlashan and Fiona MacLeod 
Glasgow Museum Publishing, 2009

The sh[OUT] programme was developed to promote understanding on LGBTI issues and included a series of events and projects which investigate LGBTI human rights issues through artists, writers and musicians.

The exhibition at GoMA focused on portraiture and self-portraiture about bodies, how they are different from each other and how differently they have been used. While the purpose is to discuss and question the state of exclusion of LGBTI people in the contemporary society, the show also explored love, family, marriage and partnership which are not common themes in contemporary art.


ISBN 978 0902752 90 0  

Just Different

John Vrieze
The Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Grafinoord, Assendelft, 2008

Just Different! is the challenging title of an art exhibition about sexual desire, gender and identity construction in the visual arts at the turn of the 21st century. Disregarding for the moment the heterosexual dominance of much of our daily life, it reveals instead alternative lifestyles such as homosexuality and transsexuality. In over 100 artworks by some 35 national and international artists, the exhibition gives an impression of the sheer wealth of images yielded by the exploration of sexual identity. Epitomising the exhibition will be the nine-metre high monumental statue of David, in bright pink and canary yellow, by Hans-Peter Feldmann, which will be installed in the square outside the Cobra Museum of Modern Art. It is an iconic piece that symbolizes sexual diversity and freedom, but above all pleasure. It is just different.  


High Drama: Eugene Berman and the Legacy of the Melancholic Sublime

Michael Duncan
Hudson Hills Press, New York and Manchester, 2004

Influenced strongly by surrealism and the theatre, Eugene Berman and his peers were also variously labeled neo-romantics, fanatics, and magic realists. This unique publication explores the sculpture and paintings of this acclaimed visionary artist and taps into a fascinating and little known undercurrent in twentieth-century aesthetics.

Hardcover, 167pp.

ISBN-10: 1555952763
ISBN-13: 978-1555952761

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Open House: Working in Brooklyn

Charlotta Kotik and Tumelo Mosaka
Brooklyn Museum, New York, 2004

This exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive survey to date of artists working in Brooklyn, with more than 300 works in all media by 200 Brooklyn artists. All of the works on view have been created since 2000, and most are on show for the first time. The exhibition will place special emphasis on the multigenerational, multiethnic, and multinational artist communities that have revitalized Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, DUMBO, Red Hook, Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Sunset Park.

Expanding on its landmark series of exhibitions showcasing art from Brooklyn, also titled Working in Brooklyn, the exhibition Open House: Working in Brooklyn is curated by Charlotta Kotik, Chair of the Museum’s Department of Contemporary Art, who has coordinated every one of the Museum’s Working in Brooklyn projects, and Tumelo Mosaka, the Department’s new Assistant Curator. Together they have considered the work of well over 1,000 artists and visited nearly as many studios, galleries, and private collections. .


ISBN-10: 0872731502
ISBN-13: 978-0872731509

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Jessica Hough, Richard Klein, Claudia Matzko, Matthew McCaslin, and Harry Philbrick
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 2002

Our families -- eccentric or mainstream, supportive or trying, present or absent -- define in large part who we are. Whether resolving conflicts, caring for ill parents, or committing to a life partner, we are constantly negotiating relationships to maintain the family unit in one form or another. Over time, the idea of what defines a family may have changed, but our dependence on it has not. These intimate and complex relationships impact our character and the decisions we make about our lives.

Curated by Jessica Hough, Richard Klein, Claudia Matzko, Matthew McCaslin, and Harry Philbrick. 

96pp, fully-illustrated.

ISBN: 1-888332-19-0  

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Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History

Harmony Hammond
Rizzoli, New York, 2000

The first history of lesbian art in the United States, this volume documents works since 1970 within the context of gay culture and political activism. Authoritative and engaging, this is a "from the trenches" story of which women made what, when, and where. Hammond moves from the mainstream art world to alternative venues, weaving a compelling narrative complete with critical and theoretical discourse. Profiles of 18 prominent lesbian artists, from Kate Millett and Joan Snyder to Deborah Kass and Catherine Opie, complete this groundbreaking contribution to contemporary art history.

Hardcover, 208pp.

ISBN-10: 0847822486
ISBN-13: 978-0847822485

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Damn Fine Art By New Lesbian Artists

Cherry Smyth
Cassell, London, 1996

Lavishly illustrated with over 50 colour and black and white pictures, Damn Fine An is the first in-depth study of contemporary lesbian art. Engaging with a wide range of international artists from Mexico to Ireland, Cherry Smyth traces the increasing visibility and confidence of lesbian artists in mainstream art and draws on extensive research and interviews with many of the artists themselves. The work is not only situated within art historical and feminist traditions, but the author also shows how recent dyke artists have subverted and appropriated those conventions with the grand irony of burgeoning 'dyke camp'.

From painting and photography, sculpture and mixed media installations, to cartoons, furniture and silicon, Cherry Smyth provides a lively, compelling analysis of a highly diverse selection of work, and places it in a wider cultural, social and political context. She demonstrates the significant impact of new lesbian/dyke art both on our understanding of gender difference and on the role of visual culture in reflecting and affirming who we think we are.

Hardcover, 140pp.

ISBN: 0304333646

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Gender, fucked

Harmony Hammond and Catherine Lord
Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle, 1996

"Gender, fucked" showcased 23 lesbian artists investigating the subject of gender. The curators felt passionate about creating an all lesbian exhibition to give visibility to a group often erased "from a 'queer' culture dominated by gay men and feminist culture dominated by heterosexual women" (Catherine Lord and Harmony Hammond). The exhibit took place from June 28 to August 23, 1996, at CoCA's Gallery located at 65 Cedar Street. Various events were held throughout the show, including a Gallery Talk and Discussion, a Slide Night for Lesbian Artists, and a concert titled Gender, ROCKED!, which took place in the gallery’s alleyway.



Catherine Lord
The Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, 1995

Virtually all 17 of the artists in “Pervert,” curated by UCI studio art chairwoman Catherine Lord, deal with homosexuality in frank, thoughtful and sometimes surprising ways. As Lord writes in her wry introduction to the show, for the gay and lesbian artist, “nothing is sacred--neither the windows of a cathedral . . . nor the heroes and heroines of . . . broadcast television . . . neither the family photo album nor the fallen leaders of the international left; neither the most ladylike and feminine of painting genres nor the most weighty of monuments to American virility and patriotism . . . “


ISBN-10: 1884355013
ISBN-13: 9781884355011

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