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Module Reading List

A Story of Art? 2, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr David Jackson
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General titles relevant to the module

Dana Arnold, ‘Rationality, Safety and Power; The Street Planning of Later Georgian London’, Georgian Group Journal, London, 1995, 37-50.Online Course Reading Available in Minerva

Michael Archer, Art Since 1960, London: Thames and Hudson, 1997.

Andre Bazin, ‘Ontology of the Photographic Image’ in What is Cinema? vol.1, trans. Hugh Gray, Berkeley; London: University of California Press, 1967-1971, 4-9.

Jean Baudrillard, For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign, St Louis, MO., Telos Press, 1988, ‘The Art Auction’, 112-122.

Andrew Blauvelt, ‘No Visible Means of Support,’ in Douglas Fogle et al., Painting at the Edge of the World, Minneapolis, Walker Art Centre, 2001, 120. 

John Bowlt, Russian Art of the Avant-Garde. Theory and Criticism 1902-1934, London, Thames and Hudson, Rev. and enlarged ed., 1988.

Nick Cass, Gill Park and Anna Powell, eds., Contemporary Art in Heritage Spaces, Abingdon: Routledge, 2020.

Heschel Chipp, Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book by artists and critics, University of California Press, 1968. Updated version.

Okwui Enwezor, The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994, Munich and London: Prestel, 2001.

Jonathan Fineberg, Art since 1940, New York, 2003.    

Robert Graham, ‘In search of a revolutionary consciousness: further adventures of the European avant Garde’, in Varieties of Modernism, Paul Wood ed., London: Yale University Press/Open University, 2004, 362-397.

Clement Greenberg ‘New American Painting’, 1956, in Art and Culture, Boston: Beacon Press, 1961.

Elizabeth Harney and Ruth B Phillips Mapping Modernisms: Art, Indigenity, Colonialism, Duke University Press 2019.

David Hopkins, After Modern Art 1945-2000, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000.

H.W.Janson, History of Art, numerous editions- seek out the most recent redone with Anthony Janson.

Pamela Jill Kachurin, Making modernism Soviet: the Russian avant-garde in the early Soviet era, 1918-1928, 2013.

Krauss, B. Buchloh, H. Foster and Y-A Bois, Art Since 1900: Modernism, Anti-Modernism and Postmodernism, Thames and Hudson, 2005. (This is an attempt to chart a theoretically informed history of the art of the 20th century by providing four introductory essays and a year by year selection and analysis. Deeply problematic, it is also a text that you will find immensely useful and instructive. Use it to develop your own visual map and overview of the 20th century).

Norbert Lynton, The Story of Modern Art, 1989 and Irving Sandler, Art of the Postmodern Era: From the Late 2960s- 1990s, 1996, provide typical surveys.

Janet Marstine, Critical Practice: Artists, Museums, Ethics, Abingdon: Routledge, 2017.

Dianne S., Macleod, Art and the Victorian Middle Class: Money and the Making of Cultural Identity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1996, 20-87.

Simon Njami, Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, London: Hayward Gallery, 2005.

Claire Robins, Curious Lessons in the Museum: The Pedagogic Potential of Artists’ Interventions, Farnham: Ashgate, 2013.

Revolution: art in Russia 1917-1932, exhibition catalogue, Royal Academy of Arts, 2017.

Joel Snyder, ‘Enabling Confusion’, History of Photography, Summer 2002, 154-160.

Susan Sontag, ‘In Plato’s Cave’, On Photography, Penguin 1977, 1-21

Craig Staff, ‘Painting in the Expanded Field’ in After Modernist Painting: The History of a Contemporary Practice, London: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd, 2013, 129-145.

Craig Staff, ‘Situated Painting’ in After Modernist Painting: The History of a Contemporary Practice, London, I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd, 2013, 49-68.      

Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings, California Studies in the History of Art, 1996: a richer and more nuanced and representative collection.

David Watkin and Tilman Mellinghoff, German Architecture and the Classical Ideal, 1740-1840, London, Thames and Hudson, 1987

Mark Westgarth, ‘Florid-looking Speculators on Art and Virtue: the London Picture Trade c.1850’, in A. Helmreich & P. Fletcher, (eds.), The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London 1850-1939, Manchester & New York, Manchester University Press, 2011, 26-46.


General Books on Art History as a Subject at University

There are some supplementary texts that you should consult:

Marcia Pointon, History of Art: A Student’s Handbook, 1980 and new edition 1997.

Robert Nelson and Richard Schiff, Critical Terms for Art History, Chicago 2003.

Donald Preziosi, The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, Oxford, 1998.

Jonathan Harris, The New Art History: A Critical Introduction, 2001.

Eric Fernie, Art History and its Methods: A Reader, 1995.

Chris Murray, Key Writers on Art   From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century, 2003 and The Twentieth Century, 2003. There are 2 volumes both are relevant for short biographies on key art historians and philosophers.


Art history survey textbooks

Laurie Schneider Adams, A History of Art, 1994.

Art of the Western World, introduced by Michael Wood, 1989.

Helen Gardner, Art Through the Ages, 1954.

Ernst Gombrich, The Story of Art, first published in 1950 and going through many editions. 

Hugh Honour and John Fleming, A World History of Art, 1982/ new ed 2002.

H.W. Jansen, History of Art: From the Dawn of Time to the Present Day, 1962

(many editions updated to 2002).

John Onians, A World Atlas of Art, 2004.

Marilyn Stokstad, Art History, 1998.


For a more inclusive or corrective view see:


Whitney Chadwick, Women, Art and Society, 1990.

Hugh Honour and John Fleming, The Image of the Black in Western Art, 4 vols.

Roszika Parker and Griselda Pollock, Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology, 1981 and 1992.




This list was last updated on 08/12/2021