Event: Open House + Arts/Visual Collections Showcase

The Art History/Classics Library and the History of Art Visual Resources Center will be hosting an event to bring together the many great arts-related and visual scholarly resources and scholarly output from around the UCB campus and beyond. Come and learn more about these arts/visual collections at our Open House + Collections Showcase. It will be a book-fair-style event with outreach materials and collection highlights from the many collections around campus, the CDL, and UC Press.

 

We hope you can join us. Drop by any time between 4-6 on February 13th.

 

 Arts/Visual Collections Showcase + Open House
Art History/Classics Library + Visual Resources Center
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
4:00-6:00pm
308 Doe Library
open house

 

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Hands-On 11: Twentysix Artists’ Books


Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer through sight, touch and physical manipulation. Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations was seminal in bringing the concept of artists’ books into common consciousness. The Environmental Design Library will have several Ruscha books on hand and a number of other derivative and related works for you to touch, turn pages, and explore.


NYT’s “Best Art Books of 2017” Features Publication with Contributions by Department Faculty Lenssen and Gupta

Department faculty, Anneka Lenssen and Atreyee Gupta contributed to a publication that was featured in the New York Times “Best Art Books of 2017“. The publication, Postwar: Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965, is a comprehensive global survey of the art of the postwar era. 

 

Postwar: Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965

Postwar publication

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New Publication from Emeriti Faculty Anne Wagner and T.J. Clark

Congratulations to our Emeriti faculty, Anne Wagner and T.J. Clark, on their recent publication, Pity and Terror: Picasso’s Path to ‘Guernica’. The publication accompanies an exhibition they curated at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. The book can be found on the Moffitt new book shelf: http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b24128591~S1

 

Pity and Terror

 

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New York Times Best Art Books of 2017

Check out the titles from the New York Times list of Best Art Books of 2017! Our very own Julia Bryan-Wilson made the list with Fray: Art and Textile Politics.

Julia Bryan-Wilson

ISBN: 9780226077819

 

Check out some of the other highlights from the list that can be found in our library:

LB

INTIMATE GEOMETRIES: THE ART AND LIFE OF LOUISE BOURGEOIS

 

CS

CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN: KINETIC PAINTING

 

Michelangelo

MICHELANGELO: DIVINE DRAFTSMAN AND DESIGNER

Black Dada

BLACK DADA READER

 

chinese

CHINESE PAINTING AND ITS AUDIENCES

 

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New Book from Professor Gregory Levine: “Long Strange Journey: On Modern Zen, Zen Art, and Other Predicaments”

Congratulations to History of Art Department Professor Gregory Levine on his new publication, Long Strange Journey: On Modern Zen, Zen Art, and Other Predicaments, with the University of Hawaii Press.

Levine

ISBN: 9780824858056

 

From the publisher website:

“Long Strange Journey presents the first critical analysis of visual objects and discourses that animate Zen art modernism and its legacies, with particular emphasis on the postwar “Zen boom.” Since the late nineteenth century, Zen and Zen art have emerged as globally familiar terms associated with a spectrum of practices, beliefs, works of visual art, aesthetic concepts, commercial products, and modes of self-fashioning. They have also been at the center of fiery public disputes that have erupted along national, denominational, racial-ethnic, class, and intellectual lines. Neither stable nor strictly a matter of euphoric religious or intercultural exchange, Zen and Zen art are best approached as productive predicaments in the study of religion, spirituality, art, and consumer culture, especially within the frame of Buddhist modernism.

Long Strange Journey’s modern-contemporary emphasis sets it off from most writing on Zen art, which focuses on masterworks by premodern Chinese and Japanese artists, gushes over “timeless” visual qualities as indicative of metaphysical states, or promotes with ahistorical, trend-spotting flair Zen art’s design appeal and therapeutic values. In contrast, the present work plots a methodological through line distinguished by “discourse analysis,” moving from the first contacts between Europe and Japanese Zen in the sixteenth century to late nineteenth–early twentieth-century transnational exchanges driven by Japanese Buddhists and intellectuals and the formation of a Zen art canon; to postwar Zen transformations of practice and avant-garde expressions; to popular embodiments of our “Zenny zeitgeist,” such as Zen cartoons. The book presents an alternative history of modern-contemporary Zen and Zen art that emphasizes their unruly and polythetic-prototypical natures, taking into consideration serious religious practice and spiritual and creative discovery as well as conflicts over Zen’s value amid the convolutions of global modernity, squabbles over authenticity, resistance against the notion of “Zen influence,” and competing claims to speak for Zen art made by monastics, lay advocates, artists, and others.”

 

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December’s New Books in Art History

You can find these titles and other recent acquisitions on the Art History / Classics Library’s New Book Shelf.

Inextricabilia, enchevêtrement magiques : art brut, art sacré, art contemporain, art rituel africain
Inextricabilia, enchevêtrement magiques : art brut, art sacré, art contemporain, art rituel africain

 

Les rois imaginaires : une histoire visuelle de la monarchie de Charles VIII à Louis XIV
Les rois imaginaires : une histoire visuelle de la monarchie de Charles VIII à Louis XIV

 

Italia / Emmanuel Guibert.
Italia / Emmanuel Guibert.

 

Egon Karl Nicolaus : Arbeiten auf Papier = works on paper, 1956-1988
Egon Karl Nicolaus : Arbeiten auf Papier = works on paper, 1956-1988

 

Academy of Tal R
Academy of Tal R