LIBRARY SHELF: What Photography Is


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, art, memory, loss, or nostalgia, … Continue readingLIBRARY SHELF: What Photography Is

LIBRARY SHELF: Ways of Worldmaking


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 latter conviction by agreeing unanimously … Continue readingLIBRARY SHELF: Ways of Worldmaking

LIBRARY SHELF: Themes in Contemporary Art


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 characterised by tension, between the … Continue readingLIBRARY SHELF: Themes in Contemporary Art

LIBRARY SHELF: Artists Communities


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 at the ICI — Twitter … Continue readingLIBRARY SHELF: Artists Communities