By Megan Smith 

The Foundation for Contemporary Art (FCA) in Ghana is housed in a modern, modest wooden building at the W.E.B. Dubois center in the Cantonments, Accra. After rebuilding in 2015 because of flooding and a fallen tree on the building, the organization founded in 2004 by Professor Joe Nkrumah and Australian anthropologist Virginia Ryan made a vibrant comeback. The FCA offers its space to artists of all varieties for exhibitions, workshops, book talks, educational presentations, Critlabs, and networking that center development, presentation, and critical thinking of contemporary art in Ghana. Their space is also complete with an extensive library that is open to the public with books on African and world art, history, architecture, and culture. The FCA not only works on projects in their space, but they also bring art out into the community through building play spaces, murals, sculptures, and renovations that clean up run-down public areas.


(The FCA Building and Library, Photo: Smith, M. 2022)

At the FCA, public art that fosters community engagement has taken a primary focus with co-directors Adwoa Amoah and Ato Annan facilitating multiple projects around the city. Amoah received her BFA in painting from the Kwame Nkrumah University of science and technology in Kumasi, Ghana. She has collaborated with artists and organizations locally and internationally to curate, manage, and facilitate educational art projects that include, The Global Crit Clinic Ghana in 2012, 2013, and 2014, The Archive: Static, Embodied, Practiced in 2013 and 2017, and Curatorial Intensive, Accra, Ghana in 2017 (Critlab, 2022). Annan is also an artist specializing in painting, installation, sound, video, and performance and his work has been exhibited in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Holland, Denmark, Italy, and India. He has collaborated and facilitated projects on local and international levels such as three years of The Global Crit Clinic and the smaARTpower Laboratory workshop in  2012 in Accra (Curators International, 2022). Both Amoah and Annan have an interest in public art and believe in its potential to foster community engagement and enrichment as well as “democratize” or widen the audience of contemporary art (Curators International, 2022). Together they have worked on projects in Accra that include the Chale Wote Street Art Festival from 2011-2016, the Mmofra Park project in 2014, and the Longitudinal Diologues Project in May of 2022. 

The Chale Wote is Ga language and translates to “friend lets go” in English and takes place in James Town, Accra. The festival attracts over 200 artists from Ghana and around the world every year and aspires to break creative barriers with art as a tool to renovate public spaces (Visit Ghana, 2022). During Chale Wote, the streets come alive with musical performances, street painting, graffiti murals, theatre, poetry, skating, food and fashion vendors, and workshops in which the FCA is the visual coordinator during the event (Visit Ghana, 2022). 

(FCA Facebook, Chale Wote Festival, July 29, 2011)

Mmofra Place was a 2014 project collaboration between the Mmofra Foundation and the FCA with the goal of building a children’s park in Dzorwulu, Accra. Mmofra translates to children in Akan language and the space was brilliantly crafted into a playground, garden plot, and natural greenery space for relaxation and community gathering. Mmofra is an inspiration for more initiatives around Accra focused on public art spaces for children to play to connect to Ghanaian culture and nature. 

The Longitudinal Diologues was a collaboration between the FCA, The Line London, Arup Phase 2, and renowned Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey in May of 2022 that was funded by The British Council’s International Collaboration Grant. The project put on workshops on teaching and discussing urgent topics including migration, climate change, and water supply in six primary schools in London and six primary schools in Accra. Pupils then crafted wearable artworks reusing everyday recyclable materials that were inspired by Clottey’s art project, Afrogallonism (FCA, 2022).

(Serge Attukwei Clottey, AfroGallonism,, 2018

Through their creative brilliance and dedication, the FCA has established itself as a powerful, influential force in Ghana, West Africa, and the world that brings the critical reflection of contemporary art to African society. With the reopening of the city after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the FCA is driving forward in 2022 with more public art installations and projects to look ahead to. Amoah and Annan are in the beginning stages of planning an art walk in Accra inspired by The Line London, which is set to open in 2023 or 2024. The central vision of the project is to invite local and international artists to collaborate with Ghanaians to build artworks in public spaces that are reflective of their cultural heritage and present realities. The Art Walk will be strategically mapped out around Accra in different neighborhoods and also highlight other local attractions in the area.  






Works Cited:

Kiunguyu, Kylie. 22, October 2018. Serge Attukwei Clottey: The Ghanaian artist who pioneered “Afrogallonism.” Retrieved July 14, 2022, from 

Critlab. (2022). Facilitators. Retrieved July 13, 2022, from 

Curators International. (2022). Ato Annan – About. Retrieved July 13, 2022, from 

Foundation for Contemporary Art – Ghana. (2022). Retrieved July 14, 2022, from 


by Clare Doyle, OTH

“For me, Art is the restoration of order. It may discuss all sort of terrible things, but there must be satisfaction at the end. A little bit of hunger, but also satisfaction.” — Toni Morrison, interview with Don Swaim, 1987

This issue of OTH Bookshelf comprises nearly 200 academic open access titles in the areas of art and art history, focusing on books that would be of most interest and value to HSS scholars and students. 

The OTH list includes the book’s author or editor names, title and title remainder, year of publication, publisher, and open access format (PDF, EPUB, MOBI, etc.) Subject headings in the list are taken from WorldCat records or Library of Congress records, if available: if not, original cataloging of subject headings is provided in WorldCat format, for consistency. The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) of the book is given if it is available on the publisher’s website; if not, the URL is provided. The ISBNs listed are for the online version of the book if available, and if more than one online ISBN is available the ISBN for the PDF version has been preferred; if there is not an online or e-book ISBN, the ISBN featured on the publisher’s website is included. The book’s license type (Creative Commons, etc.), terms of use or copyright restrictions are included if these have been provided by the publisher.

The OTH Bookshelf: Art and Art History lists titles from some 30 publishers: if our readers are aware of any title or publishers that are not included, please feel free to submit them for consideration. To be included in OTH Bookshelf, a book must be available to read online and/or download for free and must have been assigned an ISBN.


TitleAuthor 1 LastAuthor 1 FirstEditor 1Author 2 LastAuthor 2 FirstEditor 2Author 3 LastAuthor 3 FirstEditor 3YearPublisherFormatISBNSubject 1Subject 2Subject 3DOI or URLLicence or Terms of Use
Revisiting the Monument: Fifty Years Since Panofsky’s Tomb SculptureAdamsAnneditorBarkerJessicaeditor2016The Courtauld Institute of ArtPDF978-1-907485-06-0SculpturePanofsky, Erwin, -- 1892-1968Sepulchral monuments / History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence
Nothing in MoMAAdamsAbraham2018punctum booksPDF978-1-947447-75-2.Photography, ArtisticArt museums -- New York (State) -- New York -- Pictorial works10.21983/P3.0208.1.00Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license
Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's RenaissanceAinsworthMaryan W.editor2010Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF9781588393982Gossaert, Jan, -- approximately 1478-approximately 1532 -- Criticism and interpretation rights reserved
Paintings from Books: Art and Literature in Britain, 1760-1900AltickRichard D.1985Ohio State University PressPDF9780814203804Art and literature -- Great Britain -- History of Use
Pierre Bonnard: The Late Still Lifes and InteriorsAmoryDitaeditor2009Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF9781588393081Bonnard, Pierre, -- 1867-1947 rights reserved
Frederic Remington: The Color of NightAndersonNancy K.2003National Gallery of Art, WashingtonPDF9780894682995Remington, Frederic, -- (1861-1909) rights reserved
Cezanne in the Studio: Still Life in WatercolorsArmstrongCarol2004J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892366231Cezanne, Paul, -- 1839-1906. -- Still-life with blue potCezanne, Paul, -- 1839-1906 -- Criticism and interpretation Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
Afghanistan: Forging Civilizations Along the Silk RoadAruzJoaneditorFinoElisabetta Valtzeditor2012Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF, HTML9780300179545Afghanistan -- AntiquitiesArt, Ancient -- Afghanistan rights reserved
Chinese Reverse Glass Painting 1720-1820AudricThierry2020Peter LangPDF978-3-0343-3980-3Glass underpainting -- China -- History Commons Attribution 4.0 License
Gerrit Dou, 1613–1675: Master Painter in the Age of RembrandtBaerRonni2000National Gallery of Art, WashingtonPDF9780300083699Dou, Gerard, -- 1613-1675 rights reserved
Art Crossing Borders: The Internationalisation of the Art Market in the Age of Nation States, 1750-1914BaetensJan DirkeditorDriesLynaeditor2019BrillPDF978-90-04-29199-7Art -- Collectors and collecting -- HistoryArt -- Economic aspectsArt -- Marketing -- History Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Vigee le BrunBaillioJosephBaetjerKatharine2016Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF, HTML9781588395818Vigee-Lebrun, Louise-Elisabeth, 1755-1842 Painting, French -- 18th century rights reserved
Holy Ground: Where Art and Text MeetBakkerHans T.2019BrillPDF978-90-04-41207-1Art -- IndiaIndia -- CivilizationSanskrit language Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Emily Carr: Life & WorkBaldisseraLisa2015Art Canada InstitutePDF, HTML978-1-4871-0044-5Carr, Emily, 1871-1945 rights reserved
The Drawings of BronzinoBambachCarmenCox-RearickJanetGoldnerGeorge2010Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF9781588393548Bronzino, Agnolo, 1503-1572 rights reserved
Bellini, Titian, and Lotto: North Italian Paintings from the Accademia CarraraBayerAndreaRodeschiniM. Cristina2011Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF, HTML9780300179569Bellini, Giovanni, -- 1426?-1516 -- ExhibitionsTitian, -- approximately 1488-1576 -- ExhibitionsLotto, Lorenzo, -- 1480?-1556 -- Exhibitions rights reserved
And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and ArtBeharKatherineeditorMikelsonEmmyeditor2016punctum booksPDF978-0-692-65266-4Modern art -- 20th century -- ExhibitionsArt and morals10.21983/P3.0144.1.00Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license
Finding Voice: A Visual Arts Approach to Engaging Social ChangeBermanKim S.2018University of Michigan PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-472-90071-8Art and society -- South Africa Terms of Service
The Camden Town Group in ContextBonettHelenaeditorHoltYsanneeditorMundyJennifereditor2012Tate BritainHTML978-1-84976-385-1Painting, British -- 20th centuryPainters -- Great Britain -- BiographyCamden Town Group Terms of Use
West of Ireland Paintings at the National Gallery of Ireland from 1800 to 2000BourkeMarie2014National Gallery of IrelandPDF9781904288541Ireland, West of -- In art rights reserved
The Making of Bamana Sculpture: Creativity and GenderBrett-SmithSarah1994American Council of Learned SocietiesEPUB, MOBI9781628201352Art -- MaliArt, West AfricanBambara (African people) -- Art Terms of Service
A Century of Drawing: Works on Paper from Degas to LeWittBrodieJuditheditorRobisonAndrew2001National Gallery of Art, WashingtonPDF9780894682872Drawings rights reserved
Johannes VermeerBroosBenWheelockArthur K.1995National Gallery of Art, WashingtonPDF9789040097942Vermeer, Johannes, -- 1632-1675. rights reserved
Collaboration and its (Dis)Contents: Art, Architecture, and Photography since 1950BrownMeredith A.editorFisherMichelle Millareditor2017The Courtauld Institute of ArtPDF978-1-907485-07-7Artistic collaborationGroup work in artGroup work in photography Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported Licence
J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and WatercoloursBrownDavid BlayneyeditorMundyJennifereditor2012Tate BritainHTML978-1-84976-386-8Turner, J. M. W. -- (Joseph Mallord William), -- 1775-1851Drawing Terms of Use
Putting Rehearsals to the Test. Practices of Rehearsal in Fine Arts, Film, Theater, Theory, and PoliticsBuchmanSabetheditorLaferIlseeditorRuhmConstanzeeditor2016Sternberg PressHTML9783956792113Arts -- Production and direction rights reserved
GoBugajskiJilleditorNesinKateeditor2017Art Institute of ChicagoHTML9780865592971Speed in art rights reserved
Personal View: Photographs 1978 – 1986BurkeJanine2015Monash University PressEPUB9781921867033Artists -- Australia -- Melbourne (Vic.) -- PortraitsBurke, Janine, 1952- Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Masterpieces of painting in the J. Paul Getty MuseumBurtonFredricksen1980J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892360222J. Paul Getty Museum -- CatalogsPainting -- Catalogs Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
Masterpieces of painting in the J. Paul Getty MuseumBurtonFredricksen1988J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892361410J. Paul Getty Museum -- CatalogsPainting -- Catalogs Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
Shuvinai Ashoona: Life & WorkCampbellNancy G.2017Art Canada InstitutePDF, HTML978-1-4871-0120-6Ashoona, Shuvinai, -- 1961- rights reserved
Electronic Imaging & the Visual Arts. EVA 2019 FlorenceCappelliniVitoeditor2019Firenze University PressPDF978-88-6453-868-6Image processingArt and technology10.36253/978-88-6453-869-3Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Andrea Mantegna: Adoration of the MagiCarrDawson W.1997J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF, HTML9780892362875Mantegna, Andrea, -- 1431-1506. -- Adoration of the Magi rights reserved
Prints Abound: Paris in the 1890s: From the Collections of Virginia and Ira Jackson and the National Gallery of ArtCatePhillip DennisMurrayGale B.ThomsonRichard2000National Gallery of Art, WashingtonPDF9780894682773Prints, French -- France -- Paris -- 19th century Artists -- France -- ParisParis (France) -- Civilization rights reserved
Art, Research, PhilosophyCazeauxClive2017Taylor & FrancisPDF, HTML9781315764610Art -- ResearchArt and philosophy Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License
Jan Steen: Painter and StorytellerChapmanH PerryKloekWooter Th.WheelockArthur K.1996National Gallery of Art, WashingtonPDF9789040098321Steen, Jan, -- 1626-1679 rights reserved
The Noble Path: Treasures of Buddhism at the Chester Beatty Library and Gallery of Oriental Art, Dublin, IrelandChester Beatty Library1991Chester Beatty LibraryPDF9780951738009Art, Buddhist rights reserved
American Naïve PaintingsChotnerDeborah1993National Gallery of Art, WashingtonPDF9780521443012Primitivism in art—United StatesPainting, American rights reserved
Piero della Francesca: Personal EncountersChristiansenKeith2013Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF, HTML9780300199468Piero, -- della Francesca, -- 1416?-1492 rights reserved
Oplontis: Villa A ("of Poppaea") at Torre Annunziata, Italy. Volume 2. The Decorations: Painting, Stucco, Pavements, SculpturesClarkeJohn R.editorMuntasserNaylaeditor2019American Council of Learned SocietiesEPUB9781628201383Italy -- AntiquitiesVilla de Poppaea (Torre Annunziata, Italy)Art, Roman Terms of Service
Drawing on America’s Past: Folk Art, Modernism, and the Index of American DesignClaytonVirginia Tuttle2002National Gallery of Art, WashingtonPDF9780807827949Index of American DesignDecorative arts -- United StatesFolk art -- United States rights reserved
Creative Frictions: Arts Leadership, Policy and Practice in Multicultural AustraliaCmielewskiCecelia2021Australian National University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF9781760464592Australia -- Cultural policyArts--Australia Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Imaging African Art: Documentation and TransformationCornellDanielFinleyCheryl2000Yale University Art GalleryPDF0-89467-091-6Art, AfricanAfrican American artistsArt, African American rights reserved
Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete PhotographsCoxJulianFordColin2002J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF, HTML9780892366811Cameron, Julia Margaret, -- 1815-1879Photography -- History rights reserved
Dawn of Egyptian ArtCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International LicenseDiana2012Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF, HTML9780300179521Art, Egyptian -- ExhibitionsArt, Ancient -- Egypt -- Exhibitions rights reserved
Manhua Modernity: Chinese Culture and the Pictorial TurnCrespiJohn2020University of California PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-520-97386-2Caricatures and cartoons—China—History--20th centuryCaricature--Political aspects—China--20th century Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 Licence
Art Expanded, 1958-1978CrosbyEriceditorGlassLizeditor2015Walker Art CenterHTML9781935963110Fluxus (Group of artists) -- 21st century -- Catalogs rights reserved under pan-American copyright conventions
Josef Albers, Process and Printmaking: 1914-1975DanilowitzBrendaWeberNicholas Fox2014Fundacion Juan MarchPDF, HTML9788470756214Albers, Josef -- 1888-1976Prints -- Technique of Use
The Structural Conservation of Panel PaintingsDardesKathleeneditorRotheAndreaeditor1998J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892363841Panel painting -- Conservation and restoration Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
The Archaeology of Rock Art in Western Arnhem Land, AustraliaDavidBrunoeditor2017Australian National University PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF9781760461621PetroglyphsArt, Aboriginal AustralianRock paintings rights reserved
Cover and Uncover: Eric CameronDavisAnneditor2011University of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-535-7Cameron, EricArt, Canadian Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported Licence
Marion Nicoll: Silence and AlchemyDavisAnn2013University of Calgary PressPDF978-1-55238-739-9Nicoll, Marion, -- 1909-1985Art, Abstract -- Canada -- History Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported Licence
Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and EpistemologiesDavisHeather M.editorTurpinEtienneeditor2015Open Humanities PressPDF978-1-78542-017-7Human ecology and art Commons By Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives license
Botticelli Past and PresentDebenedettiAnaeditorElamCarolineeditor2019UCL PressPDF978-1-78735-459-3Botticelli, Sandro, -- 1444 or 1445-1510 Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Italian Paintings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth CenturiesDeGraziaDianeGarbersonEric1996National Gallery of Art, WashingtonPDF9780894682414Painting, italian -- 17th centuryPainting, italian -- 18th century rights reserved
Worlds Without End: Stories Around BordersDempseyMichaeleditorEvansVictoriaeditor2020Hugh Lane GalleryPDF9781901702590Borders in art rights reserved
Performing the Sentence. Research and Teaching in Performative ArtsDertingCarolaeditorThun-HohensteinFelicitaseditor2014Sternberg PressHTML9783956790539Art -- ResearchArt -- Study and teaching.Performance rights reserved
Burning Bright: Essays in Honour of David BindmanDethloffDianaeditor2015UCL PressPDF978-1-910634-34-9Bindman, David, 1940-Art history10.14324/111.9781910634189Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Hack the Experience: Tools for Artists from Cognitive ScienceDeweyRyan2018punctum booksPDF978-1-947447-65-3Arts audiences -- PsychologyArt and science10.21983/P3.0206.1.00Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license
Bernini: Sculpting in ClayDickersonC. D.SigelAnthonyWardropperIan2012Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF, HTML9781588394729Bernini, Gian Lorenzo, -- 1598-1680 -- ExhibitionsTerra-cotta sculpture, Italian -- 18th century -- Exhibitions rights reserved
Seeing Renaissance Glass: Art, Optics, and Glass of Early Modern Italy, 1250–1425DillonSarah M.2019Peter LangEPUB9781433148354Glass in artGlass painting and staining, RenaissanceArt, Renaissance -- Italy Commons Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 Unported License
Arrival Cities: Migrating Artists and New Metropolitan Topographies in the 20th CenturyDogramaciBruceeditor2020Leuven University PressPDF9789461663245Modernism (Art)Emigration and immigration -- Social aspectsArts and society
Walter S. Allward: Life & WorkDombowskyPhilip2021Art Canada InstitutePDF, HTML978-1-4871-0252-4Allward, Walter Seymour, -- 1876-1955 rights reserved
Day Dreams, Night Thoughts: Fantasy and Surrealism in the Graphic Arts and PhotographyDoosryYasmineditor2013Fundacion Juan MarchPDF, HTML9788415691495SurrealismArt and designFantasy in art of Use
Fernand Khnopff: Portrait of Jeanne KeferDraguetMichel2004J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892367306Khnopff, Fernand, -- 1858-1921. -- Jeanne KéferSymbolism (Art movement) -- Belgium Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
Pink Labor on Golden Streets. Queer Art PracticesErharterChristianeeditor2015Sternberg PressHTML9783956791826Gender identity in artHomosexuality and artQueer theory rights reserved
Walker Evans: FloridaEvansWalker2000J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF, HTML9780892365661Evans, Walker, -- (1903-1975)Gulf Coast (Fla.) -- Pictorial works rights reserved
Byzantium and Islam: Age of TransitionEvansHelen C.editorRatliffeBrandieeditor2012Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF9781588394576Byzantine Empire -- Civilization -- Islamic influencesArt, ByzantineByzantine Empire -- History -- 527-1081 rights reserved
Giuseppe Arcimboldi: Two Paintings of FloraFalomirMiguelRobertsLynnMitchellPaul2014Fundacion Juan MarchPDF, HTML9788470756177Arcimboldi, Giuseppe, -- 1527-1593Painting, Italian -- 16th century of Use
Devotional Portraiture and Spiritual Experience in Early Netherlandish PaintingFalqueIngrid2019BrillPDF978-90-04-40973-6Portrait painting, NetherlandishDevotion in artChristian art and symbolism Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Writing ArtFernandoJeremy2015punctum booksPDF978-94-91914-05-8Art criticism10.21983/P3.0228.1.00Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 3.0 Unported Licence
French Drawings: Acquisitions 1970-1984FieldRichard S.1984Yale University Art GalleryPDF0-89467-033-6Drawing -- French
Malangatana: Mozambique ModernFolkertsHendrikeditorMingsFeliciaeditorPetridisConstantineeditor2021Art Institute of ChicagoHTML978-0-86559-313-8Ngwenya, Malangatana, -- 1936–2011 rights reserved
Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art GalleryFranksPamelaSteeleRobert E.2010Yale University Art GalleryPDF9780894679773African American artists rights reserved
Art in History/History in Art: Studies in Seventeenth-Century Dutch CultureFreedbergDavideditorde VriesJaneditor1991J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892362011Art in historyHistory in art Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
Ruskin’s Ecologies: Figures of Relation from Modern Painters to The Storm-CloudFreemanKellyeditorHughesThomaseditor2021The Courtauld Institute of ArtPDF978-1-907485-13-8Ruskin, John, -- 1819-1900Art criticism10.33999/2021.56Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence
American Icons: Transatlantic Perspectives on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century American ArtGaehtgensThomaseditorGaehtgensHeinzeditor1992J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892362462Painting, American -- 18th centuryPainting, American -- 19th centuryNationalism and art -- United States Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
Paul-Emile Borduas: Life & WorkGagnonFrancois-Marc2014Art Canada InstitutePDF, HTML978-1-4871-0016-2Borduas, Paul-Emile, 1905-1960 rights reserved
Vasari’s Florence: Artists and Literati at the Medicean CourtGahtaMaia W.JacksPhilip J.1994Yale University Art GalleryPDF9780521580885Art, Renaissance -- Italy -- FlorenceArtists -- Italy -- FlorenceFlorence (Italy) -- Civilization rights reserved
Rosalie Gascoigne: A Catalogue RaisonneGascoigneMartin2019Australian National University PressEPUB, PDF9781760462352Gascoigne, Rosalie, -- 1917-1999 rights reserved
Molly Lamb Bobak: Life & WorkGewurtzMichelle2018Art Canada InstitutePDF, HTML978-1-4871-0188-6Bobak, Molly Lamb, -- 1920-2014 rights reserved
Reading Vincent van Gogh: A Thematic Guide to the LettersGrantPatrick2016Athabasca University PressPDF9781771991896Gogh, Vincent van, -- 1853-1890--Correspondence Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 Licence
My Own Portrait in Writing: Self-fashioning in the Letters of Vincent van GoghGrantPatrick2015Athabasca University PressPDF9781771990608Gogh, Vincent van, -- 1853-1890--Correspondence Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 Licence
The Letters of Vincent van Gogh: a Critical StudyGrantPatrick2014Athabasca University PressPDF9781927356760Gogh, Vincent van, -- 1853-1890--Correspondence Commons Attribution CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA
The Age of CaravaggioGregoriMinaSalernoLuigiSpearRichard E.1985Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF, HTML870993801Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da, -- 1573-1610 -- ExhibitionsPainting, Italian -- Italy -- Rome -- Exhibitions rights reserved
Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public IdentityGriffinChristophereditorMundyJennifereditor2015Tate BritainHTML978-1-84976-391-2Moore, Henry, -- 1898-1986 Sculpture Terms of Use
Caillebotte Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of ChicagoGroomGloriaeditorWesterbyGenevieveeditor2015Art Institute of ChicagoHTML9780865592773Caillebotte, Gustave, -- 1848-1894Paris (France) -- In art rights reserved
Gauguin Paintings, Sculpture, and Graphic Works at the Art Institute of ChicagoGroomGloriaeditorWesterbyGenevieveeditor2016Art Institute of ChicagoHTML9780865592841Gauguin, Paul, -- 1848-1903 rights reserved
Manet Paintings and Works on Paper at the Art Institute of ChicagoGroomGloriaeditorWesterbyGenevieveeditor2017Art Institute of ChicagoHTML9780865592889Manet, Edouard, -- 1832-1883 rights reserved
Object LessonsHammondAnnaeditor2007Yale University Art GalleryPDF978-0-89467-967-4Art -- History and critcismArt -- Study and teaching. rights reserved
Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art: New PerspectivesHardimanLouiseeditorKozicharowNicolaeditor2018Open Book PublishersPDF, HTML978-1-78374-340-7Modernism (Art) -- Russia -- History -- 20th centuryArt, Russian -- 20th centuryPainting -- Russia -- 20th century -- Criticism and interpretation10.11647/OBP.0115Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Asia Has Claims Upon New England: Assyrian Reliefs at YaleHarrelsonSam2006Yale University Art GalleryPDF0-89467-965-1Architecture, Assyro-BabylonianArt, AssyrianAssyria -- Antiquities rights reserved
Before the Museums Came : a Social History of The Fine Arts in the Twin CitiesHarrisLeo J.2013De Gruyter Open PolandPDF978-83-7656-005-2Art -- Minnesota -- Saint Paul Metropolitan Area -- History Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 3.0 Licence
Whistler and Roussel: Linked VisionsHausbergMegLobisVictoria Sanchez2015Art Institute of ChicagoHTML9780865592759Whistler, James McNeill, -- 1834-1903Roussel, Théodore, -- 1847-1926 rights reserved
Pieter Saenredam, The Utrecht Work: Paintings and Drawings by the 17th-century Master of PerspectiveHelmusLiesbeth M2002J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892366651Saenredam, Pieter Jansz, -- 1597-1665 -- ExhibitionsArt, Dutch -- Netherlands -- Utrecht -- 17th century -- ExhibitionsPerspective Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
A Reader in East-Central-European Modernism 1918–1956HockBeataeditorKemp-WelchKlaraeditorOwenJonathaneditor2019The Courtauld Institute of ArtPDF978-1-907485-11-4Art -- Europe, EasternArt -- Europe, CentralModernism (Art) Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence
Portraiture and the Harlem Renaissance: The Photographs of James L. AllenHollowayCamara Dia1999Yale University Art GalleryPDF9780894670824Allen, James Latimer --1907-1977Portrait photographyHarlem Renaissance rights reserved
Pierre-Auguste Renoir : La promenadeHouseJohn1997J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892363650Renoir, Auguste, -- 1841-1919 -- Criticism and interpretation. Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
Treasure Island : British Art from Holbein to HockneyHumphreysRichardBlanningTimJacksonKevin2012Fundacion Juan MarchPDF, HTML9788470756030Hockney, David, 1937- of Use
Prints and visual communicationIvinsWilliams Mills1978MIT PressHTML9780262590020Prints and print making Terms of Service
On PerformativityJacobsenKareneditorJohnsonPamelaeditorMcLeanKathleeneditor2014Walker Art CenterHTML9781935963103Arts, Modern rights reserved under pan-American copyright conventions
Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical AnthologyJanevskiAnaeditorMarcociRoxanaeditorNourilKsensiaeditor2018MoMAPDF9781633450646Art -- Europe, CentralArt -- Europe, Eastern
Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: The British Community Arts MovementJeffersAlisoneditorMoriartyGerrieditor2018Bloomsbury PublishingPDF, HTML978-1-4742-5838-8Community arts projects -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryArtists and community -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century10.5040/9781474258395Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence
Jacques-Louis David: The Farewell of Telemachus and EucharisJohnsonDorothy1997J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892362363David, Jacques Louis, -- 1748-1825 -- Criticism and interpretation. Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
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by Lee Walton

This is a reflection from OTH editor and The Third Chapter Project, Inc President, Lee Walton from a recent trip in South Africa. Learn more about The Third Project, Inc. and connect with Lee at

On a recent study abroad New York University students visited the township of Lange on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Our guide Zameli Hleli claims that the name Langa comes from the Xhosa word for “sun-shine”, but it can also be traced back to an abbreviated form of the name Langalibalele, who was a 19th-century Bantu king of the AmaHlubi, in what is modern-day KwaZulu-Natal. Langa is one of the oldest townships in South Africa, tracing back to 1919, before apartheid but still founded with the intent to segregate black Africans.

Today, South Africa has the second highest wealth gap of all countries in the world and over 38.6% unemployment for Black South Africans. In response, the township of Langa is using art to create a stronger sense of community and to support the local economy by teaching young and old alike how to become self-sufficient through the arts.  Guga S’thebe Arts and Cultural Center in Langa is the focal point not just for fine art but for performance art as well. On any given day, one can walk in and hear jazz or a drumming circle, watch a live performance, learn about mosaics, wood carving, painting, or sculpture or just talk to the local artists about their craft. 

As humanists, we appreciate the preservation of culture through art. The sense of pride and community fostered within the Langa art community “shines” through. If anyone would like further information about this wonderful project, please reach out to us at OTH.  

Feature Photo Credit: Anthere, via Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0

Further Reading:

Via College Art Association

For the OTH Art Issue, we want to be thoughtful sharing ideas, inspiration, and new ways of thinking from peoples underrepresented in art history scholarship and conversations in public or civic spaces around art in public life. Specifically with our readership being primarily in academic libraries and faculty departments, providing access to new resources and thought leadership is a core purpose of this Art Issue. 

The College Art Association is on the forefront of many of these topics and conversations as an international leadership organization consistently engaging with artists, scholars, and policy makers. The introduction and syllabus (linked) below is from “A Syllabus on Transgender and Nonbinary Methods for Art and Art History” (Art Open Journal, CAA, 2021), and provides a strong framework for future discussions, lessons, or personal research Transgender and Nonbinary Methods for Art and Art History. 

From Art Journal 80, no. 4 (Winter 2021)

The following syllabus is intended to introduce central topics and methods from transgender studies to art history. It proposes some ways that art and art history’s key themes might be reimagined.

Art history has been slow to engage the robust and decades-old interdisciplinary field of transgender studies. In comparison to fields such as literature or film studies, there has been a dearth of engagement. At the time we submitted this syllabus (March 2021), the term “transgender” had appeared in Art Journal in only thirty-six articles or reviews (with three instances of “nonbinary” and five of “transsexual,” in comparison to 135 of “queer”). The Art Bulletin had three occurrences of “transgender”—with a decade between each occurrence. (“Transsexual” and “nonbinary” have each appeared once in that publication.) The reluctance of art history to engage with trans and nonbinary histories and topics is not for a lack of artists. Contemporary artists have been making work that gives form to the politics and emotions of transgender, nonbinary, and intersex experience in exciting ways. They are on the forefront of trans visibility, and their work has more often been discussed in other fields such as performance studies, film studies, and Black studies.

This syllabus seeks to address this disciplinary caesura by offering a set of short, thematic bibliographies as a means to prompt new alliances between transgender studies and art history. The syllabus does not rehearse the foundations or historiography of transgender studies; consequently, we have forgone many important and now-classic texts that a more comprehensive introduction to the field and its ongoing development would entail. Instead, we organized the syllabus according to general themes that we thought would be useful to teachers and researchers of art and art history. It offers one possible entry into transgender studies, with a concentration on recent texts. Our idea was to take terms that circulate in conversations about art (“form,” “materiality,” and so on) and demonstrate how transgender and nonbinary positions compel us to look at those terms differently. Rather than focus on individual artists, we tried to find texts that spoke with each other about these broad themes. While there are occasional texts in the syllabus that address a single artist’s practice, we have weighted the selection in favor of the methods and concepts around which each thematic section is organized. We developed the order of the texts in each bibliography organically through our discussions and editing, and they are listed in our suggested reading sequence. (We also encourage readers to freely reorganize our lists as well as the sections themselves.)

The selections in the syllabus represent many positions within the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies. We follow the current understanding of that field as encompassing not just the study of transgender subjects but also descriptive and analytic modes of accounting for and nourishing the complexities and multiplicities of nonascribed genders—in conjunction with a critique of the systemic suppression and erasure of them. Transgender studies demands (and is constituted through) a deep engagement with the critical analysis of race, sexuality, ability, and class. It also requires a trenchant account of political and economic ideologies and institutions that parse life and death—namely, the prison industrial complex, racial capitalism, anti-immigration covenants, medical research, building and planning codes, educational standards, and legislative prohibitions on the use of one’s own body.

To suit the readership of Art Journal, the historical focus of the topics lies heavily in contemporary art and recent debates. Even within that chronological frame, we found it necessary to choose only a few foci from among the many pathways, media, and practices of contemporary art. Film and new media, for instance, are represented by only a small selection of texts, since their connections with fields other than art history have resulted in more robust engagements with transgender studies and require their own distinct bibliographies. As well, with a handful of key exceptions (notably, in the Museums and Curating section), most of the texts center on cultural production in the United States (and are written in English). This was a difficult choice to make, since we recognize that this is only one dimension of a global framework for transgender and nonbinary topics. However, the Black, anti- and decolonial, and Indigenous analytics and methods outlined by the scholars and artists whom we have marshalled here address the triangulation of racialization, coloniality, and (un)gendering. These methods are part of diasporic and transnational enterprises, historicity, and discourse. The art and scholarship included in the syllabus show how the conjuncture of Black, Indigenous, and trans analytics problematize settler colonialism, sovereignty, and nationalism and border enforcement.

At present, there are also burgeoning fields arguing for the distinctness of nonbinary and intersex experience—which are only sometimes or partially registered in the history of trans studies. In the present syllabus, we have also aimed to include readings that formulate a nonbinary mode of analysis and history, seeing it as allied with the broader aim of trans studies to make space for a critical assessment of nonascribed genders. There are fewer texts drawn from intersex studies in the syllabus. Intersex studies has a more defined and longrunning literature (that has helped to shape transgender studies). Some of the key questions about the regulation of bodies and their capacities look different from the perspectives of intersex studies and trans studies, even though they share much in terms of their broad critique and methods. Our inclusions of texts from intersex studies focus on issues of photography and representation. As intersex studies has decisively shown (especially with regard to the history of medicine, psychiatry, and criminology in the United States), the scientific narratives about gender and sex were constituted through the violent study of intersex bodies and the problem of representation they posed to scientific and psychiatric establishments.1 Photography was a central tool of that violence—a fact that all histories of photography must address. The historical and methodological issues that intersex studies offer to art history are many; we see the need for another project such as this one that would examine the central place of intersex in histories of representation.

We are very aware of how partial this (or any) syllabus is, but the advantage of the syllabus form is that its content must constantly be adapted, changed, substituted, and updated. We encourage the selective use and remaking of the topics, and we expect that readers will have many additions to our themes and the texts we chose to represent them. We included multiple texts for each thematic section, with the understanding that instructors might use only a selection of those texts or use the groupings as the basis for multiple sessions on a given theme. We have included our own writings in the syllabus as a means of locating some of our investments in these topics. With regard to the illustrations: they relate to artists featured in some of the texts, and they were chosen to suggest additional dimensions beyond the examples discussed. In the interest of increasing the audience for this syllabus, it will also appear online with open access on Art Journal Open. Whenever possible, links to texts are provided in the syllabus. We thank the Art Journal editors for their help with this process.

In the time that we have been developing this list, the literature on transgender, nonbinary, and intersex cultural production has grown rapidly, with exciting new contributions being published every month.2 We have tried to give significant representation to the most recent literature. One could easily teach a class on the scholarship that has been published in the last two years alone. We see this syllabus as an opening to a dynamic and evolving field that is made possible through the nexus of trans and nonbinary art, pedagogy, and methodology.

  1. See Hil Malatino, Queer Embodiment: Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2019); Georgiann Davis, Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (New York: NYU Press, 2015); Elizabeth Reis, Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009); Katrina Karkazis, Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008); Sharon Preves, Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003); Anne Fausto-Sterling, Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (New York: Basic Books, 2000); Suzanne Kessler, Lessons from the Intersexed (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1998); and Alice Domurat Dreger, Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998). 
  2. A selection of recent special issues of academic journals is an indication: Amelia Jones, ed., “Trans-ing Performance,” Performance Research 21, no. 5 (2016); Rox Samer, ed., “Transgender Media,” Spectator 37, no. 2 (2017); Shanté Paradigm Smalls and Elliott H. Powell, eds., “Black Queer and Trans* Aesthetics,” The Black Scholar 49, no. 1 (Spring 2019); Dorothy Kim and M. W. Bychowski, eds., “Visions of Medieval Trans Feminism,” Medieval Feminist Forum: Journal for the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship 55, no. 1 (2019); GPat Patterson and K. J. Rawson, eds., “Transgender Rhetorics,” Peitho 22, no. 4 (Summer 2020); and McKenzie Wark, ed., “trans | femme | aesthetics,” e-flux 117 (April 2021).