The University of California’s storied academic imprint is making freely available online 700 titles published between 1984 and 2004, Open Culture has reported. The books encompass a broad range of topics, with a healthy dose of critical and historical writings on the arts.
In the field of art history and criticism, the most notable releases are arguably Dore Ashton’s A Fable of Modern Art (1991) and A Critical Study of Philip Guston (1990), though a great deal of other titles are of interest: Edwin Hall’s The Arnolfini Betrothal: Medieval Marriage and the Enigma of Van Eyck’s Double Portrait (1997); essayist and poet W. S. Di Piero’s Out of Eden: Essays on Modern Art (1991); Paul J. Karlstrom’s On the Edge of America: California Modernist Art, 1900-1950 (1996); and Ellen Wiley Todd’s The “New Woman” Revised: Painting and Gender Politics on Fourteenth Street (1993).
Below are direct links to the art and architecture categories as they appear in the index page for the publicly-accessible ebooks (the figure in parenthesis indicates the number of titles available):
- Architectural History (5)
- Architecture (13)
- Art (34)
- Art Criticism (4)
- Art History (28)
- Art Theory (5)
- Art and Architecture (4)
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does anyone know if these books actually show all the photographs/images of work still under copyright or are the art history texts mostly devoid of those like one find on google books etc.
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