Skip to Content

Books by Subject

Theory of Art Books

You are currently browsing 11–20 of 36 new and published books in the subject of Theory of Art — sorted by publish date from newer books to older books.

For books that are not yet published; please browse forthcoming books.

New and Published Books – Page 2

  1. Theorizing Visual Studies

    Writing Through the Discipline

    Edited by James Elkins, Kristi McGuire, Maureen Burns, Alicia Chester, Joel Kuennen

    This forward-thinking collection brings together over sixty essays that invoke images to summon, interpret, and argue with visual studies and its neighboring fields such as art history, media studies, visual anthropology, critical theory, cultural studies, and aesthetics. The product of a...

    Published December 12th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Representations of Pain in Art and Visual Culture

    Edited by Maria Pia Di Bella, James Elkins

    Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

    The presentation of bodies in pain has been a major concern in Western art since the time of the Greeks. The Christian tradition is closely entwined with such themes, from the central images of the Passion to the representations of bloody martyrdoms. The remnants of this tradition are evident in...

    Published November 13th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Meanings of Abstract Art

    Between Nature and Theory

    Edited by Paul Crowther, Isabel Wünsche

    Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

    Traditional art is based on conventions of resemblance between the work and that which it is a representation "of". Abstract art, in contrast, either adopts alternative modes of visual representation or reconfigures mimetic convention. This book explores the relation of abstract art to nature (...

    Published June 18th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Genealogy and Ontology of the Western Image and its Digital Future

    By John Lechte

    Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

    With the emerging dominance of digital technology, the time is ripe to reconsider the nature of the image. Some say that there is no longer a phenomenal image, only disembodied information (0-1) waiting to be configured. For photography, this implies that a faith in the principle of an "...

    Published April 2nd 2012 by Routledge

  5. Fifty Key Texts in Art History

    Edited by Diana Newall, Grant Pooke

    Series: Routledge Key Guides

    Fifty Key Texts in Art History is an anthology of critical commentaries selected from the classical period to the late modern. It explores some of the central and emerging themes, issues and debates within Art History as an increasingly expansive and globalised discipline. It features an...

    Published February 12th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Photography: History and Theory

    By Jae Emerling

    Photography: History and Theory introduces students to both the history of photography and critical theory. From its inception in the nineteenth century, photography has instigated a series of theoretical debates. In this new text, Jae Emerling therefore argues that the most insightful way to...

    Published December 12th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Art as Abstract Machine

    Ontology and Aesthetics in Deleuze and Guattari

    By Stephen Zepke

    Series: Studies in Philosophy

    The aim of this book is to understand what Deleuze and Guattari mean by "art." Stephen Zepke argues that art, in their account, is an ontological term and an ontological practice that results in a new understanding of aesthetics. For Deleuze and Guattari understanding what art "is" means...

    Published May 15th 2011 by Routledge

  8. What Photography Is

    By James Elkins

    In What Photography Is, James Elkins examines the strange and alluring power of photography in the same provocative and evocative manner as he explored oil painting in his best-selling What Painting Is. In the course of an extended imaginary dialogue with Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida, Elkins...

    Published April 25th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Cross-Cultural Issues in Art

    Frames for Understanding

    By Steven Leuthold

    Cross-Cultural Issues in Art provides an engaging introduction to aesthetic concepts, expanding the discussion beyond the usual Western theorists and Western examples. Steven Leuthold discusses both contemporary and historical issues and examples, incorporating a range of detailed case studies...

    Published December 12th 2010 by Routledge

  10. Art and Phenomenology

    Edited by Joseph D. Parry

    Philosophy of art is traditionally concerned with the definition, appreciation and value of art. Through a close examination of art from recent centuries, Art and Phenomenology is one of the first books to explore visual art as a mode of experiencing the world itself, showing how in the words of...

    Published November 24th 2010 by Routledge