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Art Theory 101 is aimed to provide readings that every graduate student and artist should know.  It will give you historical grounding of ideas, understanding of contemporary thought, and a means of discussion about art.


Preliminary Bibliography: (reader in progress)


Adorno and Horkheimer: The Dialectic of Enlightenment

Adorno, Theodor. Letter to Benjamin on the “Work of Art” essay (1936)

Adorno,Theodor. “Committment,” from New Left Review, September-December 1974, p. 87

Ahmed, Sara. The Cultural Politics of Emotion

Agamben, Giorgio.

Alcoff, Linda Martín. Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

Althusser, Louis. Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes towards an Investigation)

Badiou, Alain. Excerpts from Being and Event.

Barthes, Roland. “The Death of the Author” (1968).

Barthes, Roland. Image Music Text.

Bataille, Georges. Sanctity, Eroticism and Solitude 384

Bataille, Georges. Base Materialism and Gnosticism.

Bataille, Georges. The Big Toe

Bataille, Georges. The Notion of Expenditure

Bataille, Georges. The Psychological Structure of Fascism

Baudrillard , Jean. For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign

Benhabib, Seyla and Drucilla Cornell. Feminism as Critique.

Benjamin , Walter “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Benjamin, Walter “Little History of Photography” (1931);

Benjamin, Walter. “Experience” (1913),

Benjamin, Walter. “The Author as Producer” (1934)

Benjamin, Walter.“On the Concept of History” [a.k.a. the “Theses,” 1940

Benjamin, Walter.“The Paris of the Second Empire in Baudelaire” (1938)

Benjamin, Walter.“The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (1936)

Bhabha ,Homi – ”DissemiNation: Time, Narrative and the Margin of the Modern Nation” from The Location of Culture (Routledge: 2004), p.139-170

Bishop, Claire. Antagonism And Relational Aesthetics

Bourriaud, Nicolas. Postproduction Culture as Screenplay,

Bourriaud, Nicolas. Relational Aesthetics by Les Presse Du Reel, France. 1998.

Buchloh, Benjamin H. D. Conceptual Art 1962-1969: From The Aesthetic Of Administration To The Critique Of Institutions

Buren, Daniel The Function of the Studio

Butler, Judith. “Subjects of Sex / Gender / Desire,” from Gender Trouble

Charlesworth, Sarah a declaration of dependence

Cixous, Helene

Clark, T. J.  “Greenberg’s Theory of Art” (1982); and Michael Fried, response to Clark (1982)

De Certeau, Michel, The Practice of Everyday Life.

Debord, Guy. The Society of the Spectacle

DeLanda, Manuel. Immanence and Transcendence in the Genesis of Form

Deleuze, Gilles And Félix Guattari Percept, Affect, And Concept

Derrida, Jacques. The Parergon

Derrida, Jacques. Differance

Derrida, Jacques. Politics of Friendship

Derrida, Jacques. White Mythology – Metaphor in the Text of Philosophy

Eikhenbaum, Boris.  The Theory of the ‘Formal Method

Fanon , Frantz. “The Fact of Blackness” (Chapter 5) from Black Skin White Masks (Grove Press, 2008)

Fisher, Mark. Capitalism Realism.

Foster, Hal. “The Artist as Ethnographer.” From The Return of the Real. The Avant Garde at the End of the Century. Cambridge, MA: The M.I.T. Press. 1996. P.171-204.

Foucault, Michel. ”Sex, Power and the Politics of Identity,” Interview by B. Gallagher and A. Wilson in Toronto in June 1982, published in The Advocate (7 August 1984), pp. 26-30 and 58.

Foucault, Michel. “Truth and Power.”

Foucault, Michel. “What is Enlightenment?” (1978)

Foucault, Michel. “What is an Author?” (1969)

Freud Sigmund. ”The Uncanny” (1919) from The Uncanny  (Penguin Classics, 2003), p.121

Freud, Sigmund. The Unconscious 506

Freud, Sigmund. Notes on the Mystic Writing Pad.

Freud, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams.

Fried, Michael. Art and Objecthood.

Greenberg, Clement. “Avant-Garde and Kitsch” (1939)

Greenberg, Clement. “Modernist Painting” (1961)

Greenberg, Clement. “Towards a Newer Laocoon” (1940).

Grosz, Elizabeth

Habermans, Jürgen, The Public Sphere.

Habermas, Jürgen. “Modernity — An Incomplete Project” (1980)

Hall, Stuart–“Democracy, Globalization and Difference?” Plenary Lecture, “Democracy Unrealized” conference, Documenta 11, Vienna

Hall, Stuart. Encoding/Decoding

Hall, Stuart. Language, Meaning and Representation

Haraway, Donna. “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,” in (New York; Routledge, 1991), pp.149-181.

Harrison, Ellie. Know Your Thinkers and Theorists.

Hegel. On Lordship and Bondage.

Hegel. Lectures on Art

Heidegger, Martin. Origin of the Work of Art

Heidegger, Martin. The Question Concerning Technology

Irigaray, Luce

Jameson, Frederic. The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.

Jameson, Fredric Postmodernism and Consumer Society 282

Jones, Amelia “1970/2007: The Return of Feminist Art”

Kant Immanuel, “What is Enlightenment?” (1784);

Kant, Immanuel “The Analytic of the Beautiful,” from Critique of Judgment, pp.  43 – 95

Kester, Grant H. “Introduction.” Conversation Pieces: Community + Communication in Modern Art. Berkeley: UC Press, 2004.

Kracauer, Siegfried. “Photography” (1927)

Kracauer, Siegfried. “The Little Shopgirls Go to the Movies” (1928)

Kracauer, Siegfried. “The Mass Ornament,”

Krauss, Rosalind. Notes on the Index part I and II

Krauss, Rosalind. Sculpture in the Expanded Field.

Kristeva,Julia– ”Approaching Abjection” from Powers Of Horror, An Essay on Abjection (Columbia University Press: 1982), p. 1-32,

Kwon, Miwon. . “Sitings of Public Art: Integration vs. Intervention.” One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational IdentityCambridge: MIT Press, 2002.

Lacan, Jacques. The Mirror Stage

Lacan , Jacques  Of The Gaze As Objet Petit A

Levinas, Emmanual.Ethics as First Philosophy.

Lyotard, Jean-François “Answering the Question: What is Postmodernism?” (1982)

Marcuse, Hebert. “A Note on Dialectic” (1960

Marx, Karl “The Fetishism of Commodities,” pp. 435 – 439

Marx, Karl. The German Ideology

Marx, Karl. The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte.

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice  The Intertwining – The Chiasm

Minh-Ha, Trinh T. Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism

Mitchell, W. J. T. What Is an Image?

Mulvey, Laura. Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (1975)

O’Doherty, Brian. Inside the White Cube. The Ideology of the Gallery Space. (1976)

Owens, Craig. “The Discourse of Others”

Pierce, Charles S.

Ranceire, Jacques. “The Distribution of the Sensible” (from The Politics of Aesthetics)

Rifkin, Jeremy. Reinventing Nature from The Biotech Century

Roberts, John. Art After Deskilling

Rogoff, Irit. What is a Theorist?

Said, Edward. “Professionals and Amateurs” (Chapter 4) from Representations of the Intellectual (Vintage: 1996)

Said, Edward. Culture and Imperialism. NY: Knopf. 1993.

Said, Edwards. “Orientalism.” The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. Bill Aschcroft, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Tiffin, eds. NY: Routledge. P 87-91

Saussure, Ferdinand. Course in General Linguistics

Sekulla, Allan. ”The Body and the Archive” from October No. 39. (MIT: winter 1986)

Situationists International.

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. ”Imperialism, History, Writing and Theory,” from Decolonizing Methodologies,19-41.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty

Stallabrass, Julian. “The Fracturing of Globalization.” Now is the Time. Art & Theory in the 21st Century. Rotterdam: NAiPublishers. 2009. p. 65-74

Stimson, Blake. “What was Institutional Critique?” Institutional Critique. An Anthology of Artists’ Writings. Alexander Alberro and Blake Stimson, eds. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 2009. p 20-42

The ThinkTank that has yet to be named. Various readers:

Virilio, Paul and Lotringer, Sylvere. Excerpts from The Accident of Art

Worringer ,Wilhelm. Abstraction and Empathy, from Abstraction and Empathy, A contribution to the psychology of style, p.3-26

Young, Iris Marion. “The Ideal of Community and the Politics of Difference.” Feminism/Postmodernism. Nicholson, Linda, ed. NY: Routledge. 1990. P 300-322.

Zizek, Slavoj. Architectural Parallax Spandrels and Other Phenomena of Class Struggle

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