New books for 21 -28 June 2018

The following titles will be on display from 21- 27 June. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display see library staff. Otherwise click on the call number link to check the library catalogue for availability.

Keep walking intently : the ambulatory art of the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus
Keep walking intently ; the ambulatory art of the surrealists, the situationist international, and Fluxus - Couverture - Format classique
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Under the pseudonym Rrose S√©lavy, Marcel Duchamp designed a small book in 1922 for his friend, the art critic Henry McBride. Some French Moderns Says McBride is a collection of McBride’s articles from the New York Sun and the New York Herald, reprinted with a trick: over the course of the book’s eighteen pages, the type size increases every few pages, culminating in letters so large that a single sentence can no longer fit on one page. Just as Duchamp used found objects in his readymades, we have repurposed his design conceit for this book to suggest the change of pace associated with walking and reading or, perhaps, reading about walking.

The rise of realism 

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Until quite recently, almost no philosophers trained in the continental tradition saw anything of value in realism. The situation in analytic philosophy was always different, but in continental philosophy realism was usually treated as a pseudo-problem. That is no longer the case.

In this provocative new book, two leading philosophers examine the remarkable rise of realism in the continental tradition. While exploring the similarities and differences in their own positions, they also consider the work of others and assess rival trends in contemporary philosophy. They begin by discussing the relation between realism and materialism, which DeLanda links closely but which Harman tries to separate. Part Two covers the many different meanings of realism, with the two authors working together to develop an expanded definition of the term. Part Three features a spirited exchange on the respective virtues and drawbacks of DeLanda's realism of attractors and singularities and Harman's object-oriented theory. Part Four shifts to the question of the knowability of the real, as the authors discuss whether scientific knowledge does full justice to reality. In Part Five, they shift the focus to space, time, and science more generally, and here Harman offers a defence of actor-network theory despite its obvious anti-realist elements.

Lively, accessible and engaging, this book is the best attempt so far to clarify the different paths for realism in continental philosophy. It will be of great value to students and scholars of continental philosophy and to anyone interested in the cutting-edge debates in philosophy and critical theory today.

Love and lament : an essay on the arts in Australia in the twentieth century
Love & Lament : An Essay on the Arts in Australia in the Twentieth - Professor Margaret Plant
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Spanning music, theatre, film, literature, as well as other forms of visual art including architecture and photography, this ambitious overview of Australian art covers the entire spectrum of artistic mediums in the 20th century.

Art historian Margaret Plant’s extensive research and intimate knowledge of these areas, together with her renowned literary aplomb, make it a highly original read full of fascinating insights on the individual contributions of a myriad of Australian creators.

100 great street photographs
100 Great Street Photographs - David Gibson
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This celebration of contemporary street photography in all its edgy, strange, beautiful, haunting, colourful, and humorous glory brings together the work of a new generation of talented artists. 

Over the past few decades, the long tradition of street photography has been wholly transformed by the proliferation of digital cameras, the Internet, and smartphones. A new generation of photographers have embraced this modern technology to capture the world around us in a way that is un-staged, of-the-moment, and real. 

Exploring this rich seam of emergent and exciting street photography, the 100 photographs featured in this book the majority of which are previously unpublished and taken in the last few years are presented on double-page spreads along with commentary about the work and its creator. 

Curated by David Gibson, a street photographer and expert in the genre, this stunning book offers a truly global collection of images. Gibson's insightful introduction gives an insider's overview of street photography, illuminating its historic importance and its renaissance in the digital age. 

Liz Williams : body language 
Liz Williams : Body language - Margot Osborne
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This book reveals the remarkable achievement of Australian ceramicist Williams.

Osborne traces the evolution of Williams' impressive body of coil-built ceramic sculptures. Williams' work was marked by increasing refinement and prowess in her stylisation of the figure and her encapsulation of inner life through pose, facial expression and adornment.

W. Barns-Graham : a studio life
W. Barns-Graham: A Studio Life by Lynne Green

British abstract painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) played a key role in the development of modern abstract art in Britain. This new paperback edition of Lynne Green's classic monograph completes the story of the artist's life and work with a new coda covering Barns-Graham's final years, drawing for the first time on the artist's personal diaries and notebooks.Born in Fife, Scotland, for over sixty years Barns-Graham lived and worked in St Ives, at the heart of the avant-garde group of artists who made the town internationally famous. Lynne Green's insightful text restores Wilhelmina Barns-Graham to her rightful place in the story of the St Ives School, establishes her personal achievement as a painter, and by implication the importance of her wider contribution to twentieth-century art.Despite the increased attention given to Barns-Graham's work over the last decade, this book remains the only in-depth study of an artist who had the courage and determination to pursue her own path, and with spectacular success. As this new edition demonstrates, in the last decade of her life Barns-Graham's creative invention blossomed and her output increased dramatically, not least because of her enthusiastic adoption of cutting-edge contemporary screenprinting techniques. In these years she worked with a new sense of urgency and creative freedom, in which risk-taking became a central theme. The result was some of the most exhilarating, joyful, and life-affirming work ever produced by a British artist.

Tania Kovats

After completing her MA at the Royal College of Art in 1990, Tania Kovats (b.1966) won the Barclays Young Contemporaries award at the Serpentine Gallery in 1991. The intervening years have seen Kovats' early artistic promise grow and develop and today she stands as an important figure within British contemporary art.

Vibrant Matter : A Political Ecology of Things

In Vibrant Matter the political theorist Jane Bennett, renowned for her work on nature, ethics, and affect, shifts her focus from the human experience of things to things themselves. Bennett argues that political theory needs to do a better job of recognizing the active participation of nonhuman forces in events. Toward that end, she theorizes a "vital materiality" that runs through and across bodies, both human and nonhuman. Bennett explores how political analyses of public events might change were we to acknowledge that agency always emerges as the effect of ad hoc configurations of human and nonhuman forces.