Some recommended reading
Criticism and Interpretation
Adrian Holme, October 2009

General Criticism and Interpretation
Barrett, T (2000). Criticising art: understanding the contemporary. Boston: McGraw Hill. [A very useful basic practical guide to the subject – well written, clear, straightforward.]
Baudrillard J (2005). The conspiracy of art. New York: Semiotext(e)
Bayley S. (1991). Taste: the secret meaning of things. London: Faber and Faber
Burgin V (1986). The end of art theory: criticism and postmodernity. Basingstoke: Macmillan Education [especially chapters 1, 2, & 7]
Foster Hal, (1996). The return of the real. Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press
Greenberg C. (2003). Avant-garde and kitsch. In: Harrison C and Wood P, Eds., Art in Theory: 1900-2000: an anthology of changing ideas. Malden: Blackwell
Kuspit D (2004). The end of art. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ Press
Munari B (1966). Design as art. London: Penguin Books
Nelson RS and Schiff R (2003), Critical terms for art history. Chicago: Univ Chicago Press.
Sontag, S (1987). Against interpretation. In: Against Interpretation, and other essays. London: Andre Deutsch, Pp. 3-14


Aesthetics
Bourriaud N (2002). Relational aesthetics. Les Presses du Reel
Scruton R (2008). Beauty. Oxford: Oxford Univ Press


Critical Theory
Benjamin, W. The work of art in the age of its technological reproducibility (1936). In Eiland H, Jennings WG (Eds.) Walter Benjamin: Selected writings, Volume 3, 1935-1938, Cambridge Mass., The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2002. Pp. 101-133 [NB. A slightly different version of Benjamin’s essay is available at: http://bid.berkeley.edu/bidclass/readings/benjamin.html
Berger, J. (1972). Ways of seeing. London: Penguin.


Space and place
Auge M (1995). Non-places: introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity. London: Verso
Bachelard G. (1964) The poetics of space. Massachusetts: Beacon Press
De Boton, A (2006). The architecture of happiness: the secret art of furnishing your life. London: Penguin
McLuhan, M. (2001). Understanding media: the extensions of man., Routledge Classics: London. (First published 1964)
McLuhan M (1967). The medium is the massage. London: Penguin [especially pp. 44-69]
Panofsky E. (1997). Perspective as symbolic form. New York: Zone Books


Psychogeography
Ballard JG (1973), Crash, London: Cape [A novel]
Coverley M. (2006) Psychogeography. Harpenden: Pocket Essentials
Sinclair I (1997). Lights out for the territory. London: Penguin [psychogeographic writings]




21 October 2009
Additional reference

Elkins J (2003). What happened to art criticism? Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press
[In a short work surveying the last 50 years of art criticism, Elkins addresses what has become known as the 'crisis of criticism']


23 Ocotber 2009
Handouts (week 3):
Sontag S (1987). Against interpretation. In: Against Interpretation, and other essays. London: Andre Deutsch, Pp. 3-14
Barrett T (2000). Criticising art: understanding the contemporary. Boston: McGraw Hill. Pp. 23-8
Winters E (2005). Architecture. In: Gaut B and McIver Lopes D, Eds. (2005). The Routledge companion to aesthetics. 2nd Edn. London: Routledge Pp. 655-67
de Boton A (2006). The architecture of happiness: the secret art of furnishing your life. London: Penguin Pp 9-26

30 October 2009

Gaut B and McIver Lopes D, Eds. (2005). The Routledge companion to aesthetics. 2nd Edn. London: Routledge
[An excellent selection of focused articles by prominent writers]


11 November 2009

Blunt A (1962) Artistic theory in Italy, 1450-1600. Oxford: Oxford Univ Press.
[Excellent on Renaissance and architecture from the former Advisor for the Queen's Pictures and Drawings, later revealed to have been a Soviet agent. A very fine art historian too]


23 November 2009
Barthes R, (2009) Death of the author. Translated Richard Howard. http://www.ubu.com/aspen/aspen5and6/threeEssays.html#barthes (accessed November 23 2009)
[Useful online version of an enormously influential essay, written by Roland Barthes in 1967. 'The birth of the reader must be ransomed by the death of the author']