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Reading Roundup

Our first exhibit of the year doesn’t go up until next week, and things are a little slow around here…  If you know of anywhere we should post our Call for Entries, let us know.


What are we reading these days?

Mapping Benjamin:  The Work of Art in the Digital Age edited by Hans Gumbrecht 
and Michael Marrinan
The Relevance of the Beautiful and Other Essays by Hans-Georg Gadamer
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust 

A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, 2nd Edition by Marie Malaro
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith 

Words Without Pictures edited by Alex Klein 
Critical Mass by Philip Ball
The Relevance of the Beautiful and Other Essays by Hans-Georg Gadamer 

August 19, 2009   No Comments

Words Without Pictures

I just finished reading Michael Fried’s Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before.  Its worth reading… if nothing else to know the state of discourse in one vein of photography.  Robin Kelsey’s review in Art Forum (January 2009) offers up some good thoughts on the book.  Our own Joe Arredondo has been wading through it as well and should provide us with a review of his own shortly.

(Incidentally, does anyone know when the paperback is due out?  The hardcover is heavy and expensive… check your library!)


I am perhaps a bit more excited about reading this:   Words Without Pictures, my first print-on-demand book, has arrived.  While I haven’t read more than the introduction, the shiny cover gives me hope that fascinating thoughts are inside.  I’ll let you know what I think of the book once I finish it. More information may be found here on this fascinating year long project.

August 11, 2009   No Comments

Reading Roundup

What are we reading right now?  This is an occasional roundup of the books being perused by whoever is in the office at this moment.


The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980s by Joshua Smith
Photography Theory edited by James Elkins
Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation edited by Brian Wallis
Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before by Michael Fried

Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes
A Barthes Reader edited by Susan Sontag
The Photograph as Contemporary Art by Charlotte Cotton
Jasper Johns: Gray (Art Institute of Chicago)

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

We are also looking at almost anything written or edited by James Elkins.  He will be a visiting speaker November 16-17 at Texas Tech, and we are attempting to prepare for his visit (he’s written a whole lot.)

Also… have any of you ordered/read a copy of Words Without Pictures? We haven’t yet, but its on the list.

Leave a comment and let us know what you’re reading.  We are always looking for more interesting books.

July 28, 2009   No Comments