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What Heaven Looks Like: Comments On A Strange Wordless Book

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An unknown masterpiece of visionary art - as daring as Blake or Goya, but utterly different - reproduced in full color, with a commentary by one of our most original art historians Somewhere in Europe - we don't know where - around 1700. An artist is staring at…
Our Beautiful, Dry and Distant Texts: Art History as Writing
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|February 10, 2000

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Our Beautiful, Dry, and Distant Texts examines art historical writing as an expressive medium, capable of emotion and reflection - and therefore deserving of serious consideration for its own sake, as the testament of art history and of individual historians.…
Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

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Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber caught his eye. And what's bad about that? In…
On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art
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|September 15, 2004

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Can contemporary art say anything about spirituality? John Updike calls modern art "a religion assembled from the fragments of our daily life," but does that mean that contemporary art is spiritual? What might it mean to say that the art you make expresses your…
Into The Light
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|March 1, 2005

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Six Stories from the End of Representation: Images in Painting, Photography, Astronomy, Microscopy…

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James Elkins has shaped the discussion about how we-as artists, as art historians, or as outsiders-view art. He has not only revolutionized our thinking about the purpose of teaching art, but has also blazed trails in creating a means of communication between…
On Pictures and the Words that Fail Them
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|February 17, 2011

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In this innovative, interdisciplinary study, James Elkins argues against the assumption that images can be adequately described in words. In his view, words must always fail because pictures possess a residue of 'meaningless' marks that cannot be apprehended as…
The Domain of Images
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|January 25, 2001

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In the domain of visual images, those of fine art form a tiny minority. This original and brilliant book calls upon art historians to look beyond their traditional subjects—painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking—to the vast array of…
Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A HANDBOOK FOR ART STUDENTS
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|May 17, 2001

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In this smart survival guide for students and teachers--the only book of its kind--James Elkins examines the "curious endeavor to teach the unteachable" that is generally known as college-level art instruction. This singular project is organized around…
Out Of The Darkness: A Collection Of Inspirational Poetry By James Elkins Ii

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Stories of Art
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|September 27, 2002

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Stories of Art is James Elkins's intimate history of art. Concise and original, this engaging book is an antidote to the behemoth art history textbooks from which we were all taught. As he demonstrates so persuasively, there can never be one story of art.…
Friedrich Kunath: Sincerely Yours
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|This title releases April 17, 2018

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The first major monograph devoted to the witty paintings and sculpture of Los Angeles–based artist Friedrich Kunath. From his precipitous rise in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Friedrich Kunath has been making art that beautifully and lyrically combines…