Author Archives: Alyssa Loera

LIBRARY SHELF: What Photography Is

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Elkins, James; What Photography Is (2011) ICI Shelf: Photography FIRST LINE: “It has been thirty years since Roland Barthes published his little book Camera Lucida.” LAST LINE: “I have tried to write a sterile book, with a minimum of interruptions from pathos, … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Artwork

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Vartanian, Ivan Artwork: Seeing Inside the Creative Process (2011) ICI Shelf: Artist Handbooks FIRST LINE: “As artists, we often prefer the note to the final product; it is an object that is ours alone, free of explanatory fuss and ornament.” LAST LINE: “I … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Ways of Worldmaking

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Goodman, Nelson; Ways of Worldmaking (1978) ICI Shelf: Current Project FIRST LINE: “Countless worlds made from nothing by use of symbols– so might a satirist summarize some major themes in the work of Ernst Cassirer.” LAST LINE: “My readers could weaken that … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Art School

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Madoff, Steven Henry; Ed.; Art School: Propositions for the 21st Century (2009) ICI Shelf: Art Criticism FIRST LINE: “No school is a school without an idea.” LAST LINE:“Yours sincerely, Ken” ICI HISTORY: First Line: Today at the ICI-Twitter Feed (03-26-17) Accession … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Interface

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Gilot, Françoise; Interface: The Painter and the Mask (1983) ICI Shelf: Galt First Line: “The painter gazes; the painting is his mask.” Last Line: “Ou Tao Tseu never returned.” ICI History: First Line, Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed (06-30-16) Notes: Signed … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: What Happened to Art Criticism?

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Elkins, James; What Happened to Art Criticism? (2003) ICI Shelf: Art Criticism First Line:“Art criticism is in worldwide crisis.” Last Line: “The hydra may have seven heads, or seventeen thousand: but it is speaking with all of them, and each one … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Themes in Contemporary Art

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Perr, Gil and Wood, Paul; Eds.; Themes in Contemporary Art (2004) ICI Shelf: Art Criticism First Line: “’Postemodernism’ is a convenient yet confusing term.” Last Line: “In the early twenty-first century, the practice of art continues to take place in a situation … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: A Look at the 20th Century

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FPG, International A Look at the 20th Century (1996) ICI Shelf: Photography First Line: “The age of optimism.” Last Line: “Saucer Landing” ICI History: Last Line, Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed (06-03-16) Accession #: ICI-02595

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LIBRARY SHELF: Artists Communities

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Obalil, Deborah and Caitlin Glass; Eds.; Artists Communities: A Directory of Residencies That Offer Time and Space for Creativity (2005) ICI Shelf: Art Criticism First Line: “What is an Artists’ Community?” Last Line: “Long may it thrive.” ICI History: Last Line, Today … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Visual Studies

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Elkins, James Visual Studies, a Skeptical Introduction (2003) ICI Shelf: Visuality First Line: “A good place to start in considering a new field is some basic questions of the kind administrators or librarians might ask:  Where did it get its name?” … Continue reading

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