Book tips

Why a page containing book tips?
Since I have always been a bookworm and have learned a lot from books throughout my life, I would simply like to list some of my favourite books here. I only distinguish between the two areas #allaroundtheart and on the next page #justforfun-books. Have fun browsing.



Topic #appropriationart

  • Romana Rebbelmund: Appropriation Art, die Kopie als Kunstform im 20. Jahrhundert
    Romana Rebbelmund: Appropriation Art, the Copy as an Art Form in the 20th Century
    Peter Lang Publishing House
    European Publishers of Science, 1999
    In this book, the author examines the questions: Can values such as originality or creativity be ascribed to an art of appropriation? This university thesis gives an overview of the state of research and presents 11 artists as examples.


  • Isabell Graw: Die bessere Hälfte – Künstlerinnen des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts
    Isabell Graw: The Better Half – Women Artists of the 20th and 21st Century
    Dumont Publishing House, 2003
    In this book, the author analyses the techniques and methods used by appropriation artists and presents “exceptional women”.


  • Stefan Römer: Künstlerische Strategien des Fake – Kritik von Original und Fälschung
    Stefan Römer: Artistic Strategies of the Fake – Critique of Original and Fake
    Dumont Publishing House, 2001
    The author has responded to the fact that artistic procedures, which increasingly call into question the possibilities of original image making, call for new theoretical approaches and has written a comprehensive work on the fundamental restructuring of the concept of original since the 1960s.   



  • Michael Taussig: Mimesis und Alterität – Eine eigenwillige Geschichte der Sinne
    Michael Taussig: Mimesis and Alterity – An Idiosyncratic History of the Senses.
    Europäische Verlagsanstalt, 1997
    This history is an exploration of the cultural theories of modernity and post-modernity and takes the reader on an exciting journey through the confusing history of the interaction of identity and imitation, of reality and coopie, of the perception of others and self-dramatisation.


  • Mediologie Band 11: Originalkopie – Praktiken des Sekundären
    Mediologie Volume 11: Original Copy – Practices of the Secondary
    Edited by Gisela Fehrmann, Erika Linz, Eckhard Schumacher and Brigitte Weingart
    Dumont Publishing House, 2004
    Has the distinction between original and copy been dissolved in the digital age? Recent debates on the adaptation of copyright law to the changed media conditions show that the situation is not so simple.


Topic #SubjectofArt and the #ConceptofArt in general

  • Arthur C. Danto: Die Verklärung des Gewöhnlichen
    Arthur C. Danto: The Transfiguration of the Ordinary
    Suhrkamp Publishing House, 1984
    “That is art. Not that.” Why? To this question Danto gives an answer that – although developed mainly on examples of 20th century art – also applies to traditional works of art and can thus lay claim to a comprehensive philosophy of art.


  • Wieland Schmied: Leidenschaft und kühler Blick
    Wieland Schmied: Passion and a Cool Eye
    Dumont Publishing House, 2004
    A comparative view of modernism in art. An introduction, guided by a passionate closeness to the work of art, to what is still the most significant epoch of art for our present day. Characterised by a concern for intelligent and clear communication.


  • Julian Bell: Was ist Malerei? Darstellung und moderne Kunst
    Julian Bell: What is Painting? Representation and Modern Art
    Published by Rogner & Bernhard at Zweitausendeins, 2000
    This book provides a comprehensive insight into the questions: What is painting? Is there anything that unites the objects described as “paintings”? What has become of the idea of depiction or representation in modern art? The author has succeeded brilliantly in combining art history, philosophy, vivid photographic material and an understandable way of expressing himself.


  • Michael Hauskeller: Was ist Kunst? Positionen der Ästhetik von Platon bis Danto
    Michael Hauskeller: What is Art? Positions in Aesthetics from Plato to Danto
    Publisher C.H. Beck, 2002
    In this book, the author presents the most important stages of aesthetics from antiquity to the immediate present. The essays are concise, pointed, generally understandable and simply brilliant.


  • Wolfgang Welsch: Ästhetisches Denken
    Wolfgang Welsch: Aesthetic Thinking
    Reclam Publishing House, 1990/2003
    This book is a collection of essays that explore new questions in aesthetics. The central idea is the assumption that aesthetic thinking today is capable of grasping our reality in a special way. Clearly written and very informative. 


  • Andreas Mäckler: 1460 Antworten auf die Frage: Was ist Kunst?
    Andreas Mäckler: 1460 Answers to the Question: What is Art?
    Dumont Publishing House, 2000
    Over 1400 quotations from famous personalities from all areas of culture and science, arranged thematically and easy to find. This collection makes one thing clear: the question of what art is is as old as it is still unresolved.


  • Georg W. Bertram: Kunst. Eine philosophische Einführung
    Georg W. Bertram: Art. A philosophical introduction
    Reclam Publishing House, 2005
    Here the question is explored: What value does art have for us? Starting with central representatives of the philosophy of art, this introduction uses memorable examples from all the arts, explains important terms and explains how art can be understood as self-understanding.


  • Wolfgang Ullrich: Tiefer hängen
    Wolfgang Ullrich: Hanging Deeper
    Published by Klaus Wagenbach, 2007
    Art historian Wolfgang Ullrich questions the self-understanding of artists and art lovers. The idea of a “high” art is as much a thorn in his side as its commercialisation and functionalisation guided by one-sided motives. He asks questions like: What function is it assigned in a fun society for which “events” are the measure of all things? What is the relationship between art and business, are they entering into a new liaison? Does art even have an economic-promoting function, and what is the connection between art and work? Great book!  



  • Nicole Zepter: Kunst hassen. Eine enttäuschte Liebe
    Nicole Zepter: Hating Art. A disappointed love
    Tropics Klett-Cotta, 2013
    Why must we admire art that bores us? Why are many well-known artists instantly significant? And why do we believe a museum at all? This book shows how the modern art business determines what we perceive as culture today – and why we put up with it. It describes the system behind the crowds of successful exhibitions and highly trafficked art stars. It shows how our trust in authority, belief in artistic genius and a small circle of gallery owners and collectors guide us to judge as art what is put in front of us.
    Nicole Zepter had allowed us to use quotes from her book for the #AnalogTrifftDigital project. Thank you!


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