Remaking the Exceptional allows us to feel the furious joy that emanates from those who have saved their own lives with activism and art.
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Van Gogh and the Books He Loved
To Vincent, books were calls to action, lessons in life.
A Close, Dazzling Look at Michelangelo’s Painting
Leo Steinberg’s compelling essays pull you into the interpretative process, asking you to see the drama he unpacks.
A Gripping Memoir Dives Into LA’s Graffiti Subculture of the ’90s
Artist and scholar Stefano Bloch has written a story that is personal, but also a primer on graffiti’s history and artistic and social import.
Is It Beautiful, or Is It Art?
We philosophers love to argue, and so when I say that Thierry de Duve offers a lot to argue with, I mean that as sincere high praise.
Vivian Maier, the Photographer Who Wanted to Go Unobserved
Maier didn’t want people to know where she lived, and often lied about her personal history.
Pitching Poetry: Charles Bernstein’s Essays and Interviews
From the outset of his career Bernstein has fought for a poetry of leaps and fissures, one that inhabits the space between logic and irrationality.
The Modernist Flourishes of Aging Postwar Architecture
Extra Normal features Serge Fruehauf’s photographs from two decades documenting the strange and surreal details of postwar architecture in Europe.
The Biodiversity of the World Captured in Five Centuries of Animal Art
Charlotte Sleigh’s book The Paper Zoo explores 500 years of scientific animal illustration as seen in the collections of the British Library.
Reader’s Diary: It Was a Colorful Year
Darby English’s new book 1971 decries black nationalist demands for a unified artistic community in favor of abstraction, individualism, and personal autonomy.
A Photographer Documents the Uncanny Consistency of Hilton Hotel Rooms
Swiss photographer Roger Eberhard traveled to 32 cities in five continents to document the uncanny uniformity of the Hilton’s standard hotel room.
The Long Shadow of Artificial Darkness on Modern Culture
The emergence of artificial darkness in the 19th century, from the darkroom to the theater, radically influenced our experiences with art.