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
The Saburo Hasegawa ReaderJohnsonMark DeaneditorHartDakineditor2019University of California PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-520-97092-2Hasegawa, Saburō -- 1906-1957 Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 Licence
The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art: Materials, Power and ManipulationJurkowlaniecGrażynaeditorMatyjaszkiewiczIkaeditorSarneckaZuzannaeditor2017Taylor & FrancisPDF, HTML9781315166940Art, medievalArt, ModernMaterial culture Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License
Gothic and Renaissance Art in Nuremberg, 1300–1550 KahsnitzRainereditorWixomWilliam D.editor1986Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF9780870994661Art, German -- Germany -- NurembergArt, Gothic -- Germany -- Nuremberg Art, Renaissance -- Germany -- Nuremberg rights reserved
High-Tech Trash: Glitch, Noise, and Aesthetic FailureKaneCarolyn2019University of California PressEPUB, MOBI, PDF978-0-520-97449-4Art and technology Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives 4.0 Licence
Beta Exercise: The Theory and Practice of Osamu KanemuraKanemuraOsamuMazziMarcoeditorvan Gerven OeiVincenteditor2019punctum booksPDF978-1-947447-7-76Kanemura, Osamu, -- 1964-Photography -- JapanPhotography, Artistic10.21983/P3.0241.1.00Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license
Comradely objects: Design and material culture in Soviet Russia, 1960s–80sKarpovaYulia2020Manchester University PressPDF9781526139863Decorative art -- Soviet UnionDesign -- Soviet Union Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence
Paul Klee: Bauhaus MasterKellerMarianne2013Fundacion Juan MarchPDF, HTML9788415691266Klee, Paul, -- 1879-1940 Bauhuas of Use
American Masters from Bingham to Eakins: The John Wilmerding CollectionKellyFranklin2004National Gallery of Art, WashingtonPDF9780853319030Art, AmericanWilmerding, John -- Art collections rights reserved
Art, History, and Anachronic Interventions Since 1990 KernbauerEva2021Taylor & FrancisPDF, HTML9781003166412Art and historyHistory in artArt, Modern -- 20th century -- Themes, motives Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Bertram Brooker: Life & WorkKingJames2015Art Canada InstitutePDF, HTML978-1-4871-0177-0Brooker, Bertram, -- 1888-1955 rights reserved
Jan Brueghel the Elder: The Entry of the Animals into Noah's ArkKolbArianne Faber2005J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892367702Bruegel, Jan, -- 1568-1625. -- Noah's ark (J. Paul Getty Museum) Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
Ways of Following: Art, Materiality, CollaborationKonturriKatve-Kaisa2018Open Humanities PressPDF978-1-78542-060-3Art, Modern -- 21st centuryCreation (Literary, artistic, etc.)Artistic collaboration Commons By Attribution Share Alike license
Taking Offense: Religion, Art, and Visual Culture in Plural ConfigurationsKruseChristianeeditorMeyerBirgiteditorKorteAnne-Marieeditor2018BrillPDF978-3-8467-6345-2Religion and culture -- History and criticismBlasphemy -- HistoryReligious pluralism -- Social aspects Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Photomediations: a ReaderKucKamilaeditorZylinksaJoannaeditor2016Open Humanities PressPDF, HTML978-1-78542-020-7Photography, ArtisticPhotography -- Social aspects Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
The Event of ArtLafiaMarc2020punctum booksPDF978-1-950192-98-4Lafia, Marc, -- 1955- Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic SculpturesLaGammaAlisa2012Metropolitan Museum of ArtPDF, HTML9781588394323Sculpture, African rights reserved
Chinese Paintings in Chinese Publications, 1956–1968; an Annotated Bibliography and Index to the PaintingsLaingEllen Johnston2020University of Michigan PressHTML978-0-472-90185-2Painting, Chinese -- Bibliography.10.3998/mpub.22820Fulcrum Terms of Service
Pitseolak Ashoona: Life & WorkLalondeChristine2015Art Canada InstitutePDF, HTML978-1-4871-0056-8Pitseolak, 1904–1983 rights reserved
Modern Paints Uncovered: Proceedings from the Modern Paints Uncovered Symposium, May 16-19, 2006, Tate Modern, LondonLearnerThomas J. S.2007J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892369065Paint materials -- AnalysisPainting, Modern Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
Lawrence Alma Tadema : SpringLippincottLouise1990J. Paul Getty MuseumPDF9780892361861Alma-Tadema, Lawrence, -- 1836-1912 -- Criticism and interpretation Publications Virtual Library Terms of Use
Essays on Paula Rego: Smile When You Think about HellLisboaMaria Manuel2019Open Book PublishersPDF, HTML978-1-78374-758-0Rego, Paula, -- (1935- ...)Feminist theory10.11647/OBP.0178Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Not Now! Now! Chronopolitics, Art & ResearchLorenzRenateeditor2014Sternberg PressHTML9783956791086Art -- ResearchQueer theory rights reserved
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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). 


by Clare Doyle

In June 2021, The Library Project and Basic Space Dublin presented On Belonging, a collaborative group exhibition guest-curated by Diana Bamimeke. The artists featured were Bassam Al-Sabah, Maïa Nunes, Moran Been-noon, Osaro, Oscar Fouz Lopez, and Salvatore of Lucan. The artists were invited to respond “not only to the state of belonging – how it is conceived and made physical – but conversely, to not-belonging, and the outcomes of both in the modern world.”

As the show, originally scheduled for May 2020, kept being postponed, events of the intervening year – global pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and the climate emergency – shaped and changed the artists’ responses to the theme of belonging. And curator Diana Bamimeke wrote an essay about the exhibition:

Four Negotiations

In response to On Belonging, for Basic Space Dublin:

Part 1

This house was an elegy. It was a monument to grief in the most pervasive way. There is the old belief that animals and children can sense evil, cleaved to by generations of the faithful. And yet, in the vicinity of this house, this ability was numbed. There was no perception of good or evil. There was only a vacuum where perception ought to be. This house sat unoccupied for years at the terminal of a cul-de-sac. It was neighbourhood superstition that by this point the knotted mass of weeds in the lawn had gained new sentience and snaked their way indoors. That errant plant life now ruled the house’s interiors. A myth was built around this house and the myth did not let up. In fact, it swelled like a fatal surge, a heedless story that circumnavigated the world, finding translations in every language.

Part 2


Part 3

The way I dug up the garden could be called a sort of crude botanical scrying. By strategically carving up the earth I could get at the truth that had eluded me for so many years. I started in the furthest left hand corner of the space and worked my way across diagonally. Up came budding tomato stalks, stubborn carrots and rainbow flower beds. Dashed aside they formed accidental horns of plenty, their masses leaving loamy stains against the wooden fence. Hours in, the soil around me was pockmarked with holes. The sky reddened, as if embarrassed to see its friend suffer such indignity. I tilted my head up, cupped my mouth. “I have my reasons!” I shouted. Like in a film the only response I got was frightened flocks of birds tearing away from their branches. But I continued to dig. Abandoning my trowel in desperation I thrust my hands into the dirt looking for the answers, asking them to surface for me. Only worms and grey insects revealed themselves. More hours passed. A pit formed, a pit that ate the other little holes, and sure enough it took me. I tumbled in, falling so hard that I bloodied my knees against blunt rocks. But I continued to dig. Even when my sister and my niece found the cavernous mouth that had nearly consumed their entire back garden; even when they called my name and begged me to grab onto the firefighter’s rope; even when years slipped by and the hole had long been refilled and my obituary had been published despite my very much being alive, I continued to dig and dig and dig, compelled by pernicious instinct. I stopped only when my head broke ground, and I found myself crowned with weeds.

Part 4

After hours of waiting in the hard wooden seats, you decide to pee and stretch your legs. You pass the several numbered booths, a few of which have a bored employee stationed behind the protective glass. For every bored employee there is an exasperated customer brandishing a passport or a wretched looking student type on the brink of tears. You swing open the door of the women’s bathrooms and the radioactive blue light drenches you. You haven’t been the same ever since you read that the light is used to reveal drug residue in the stalls and nab users. It might not even be true, but it influences your decision regardless, and you settle on the most innocuous looking toilet. While you sit you thumb through your phone. Absentmindedly, you open your banking app. €300.00. It is still there. In less than an hour, this sum will have disappeared. At times it doesn’t seem worth it, and it feels foolish, to make the sorry pilgrimage to the GNIB yearly and come out poorer than you came in. You tap your foot to the sound of a leaky tap but the percussion is muffled by the trousers round your ankles. In your head you try to calculate how many hours of your life are about to pay for you not to be deported from your home. But you’ve never excelled at mental maths, so your phone does the calculating for you. 29.7029703, the screen responds dutifully.

The stool in booth number seven equals the rows of seats in hardness, if not outstrips them entirely. You wonder if this is a plot by the Department of Justice to make their facilities as inhospitable as possible to deter people from renewing their residence permits. The thought is short-lived because it is interrupted by the attendant who has finished examining your passport. Po-faced, she slides it back to you through the metal opening and motions towards the card reader.

You know the drill. The reader beeps for a successful transaction and without looking away from her computer monitor the attendant says, “Card’ll be posted out to you.” You hazard a goodbye, but there is no response.

About the Author

Diana Bamimeke is a writer and early-career independent curator from Dublin, Ireland. An alumnus of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) After initiative, their writing credits include the VAI News Sheet, the IMMA Magazine and joint publications by the Royal Hibernian Academy and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.