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    How to See

    Looking, Talking, and Thinking About Art

    by David Salle ...
    Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer ...


    7 hours 26 min

    How does art work? How does it move us, inform us, challenge us? Internationally renowned painter David Salle's incisive essay collection illuminates the work of many of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Engaging with a wide range of Salle's friends and contemporaries-from painters to conceptual artists such as Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alex Katz, ... Read more

    $29.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    How to See the World

    Narrated by Jonathan Keeble ...
    series Pelican Books


    7 hours 28 min

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to See the World**, A Pelican Book,** by Nicholas Mirzoeff, read by Jonathan Keeble.In recent decades, we have witnessed an explosion in the number of visual images we encounter, as our lives have become increasingly saturated with screens. From Google Images to Instagram, video games to installation art, this transformation is confusing, liberating ... Read more

    $18.93 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Sexual Personae

    Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

    Narrated by Emily Durante ...


    35 hours 15 min

    In this brilliantly original book, Camille Paglia identifies some of the major patterns that have endured in western culture from ancient Egypt and Greece to the present. According to Paglia, one source of continuity is paganism, which, undefeated by Judeo-Christianity, continues to flourish in art, eroticism, astrology, and pop culture. Others, she says, are androgyny, sadism, and the aggressive ... Read more

    $44.91 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Puro humo

    Narrated by Ernesto Báez ...


    16 hours 26 min

    Una rapsodia al acto de fumar y una crónica erudita sobre la relación entre el puro y el cine, con el característico humor de Guillermo Cabrera Infante.Según Guillermo Cabrera Infante, «Puro humo es varios libros a la vez: una historia del tabaco que empieza con su descubrimiento en 1492 por un marino de la nao capitana, Rodrigo de Jerez [...], una celebración del tabaco y del fumar esa hoja ... Read more

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    The Da Vinci Women

    The Untold Feminist Power of Leonardo's Art

    by Kia Vahland ...
    Narrated by Ana Clements ...


    8 hours 36 min

    This new biographical look at Leonardo da Vinci explores the Renaissance master's groundbreaking portrayal of women which forever changed the way the female form is depicted.Leonardo da Vinci was a revolutionary thinker, artist, and inventor who has been written about and celebrated for centuries. Lesser known, however, is his revolutionary and empowering portrayal of the modern female centuries ... Read more

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    What Is Art?

    by Leo Tolstoy ...
    Narrated by Geoffrey Blaisdell ...


    6 hours 32 min

    What Is Art? is the result of fifteen years’ reflection on the nature and purpose of art.Tolstoy claims that all good art is related to the authentic life of the broader community and that the aesthetic value of a work of art is not independent of its moral content. The book is noteworthy not only for its famous iconoclasm and compelling attacks on the aestheticist notion of “art for art’s sake” ... Read more

    $20.89 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Ekstasen der Zeitenmischung

    Geschichtsdarstellung in der Kunst

    Narrated by Klaus Theweleit ...


    2 hours 35 min

    Zeitenmischung: Gleichzeitigkeit der Zeiten… alles wird zur Gegenwart, schmilzt zusammen, das Vergangene und das Zukünftige: Ekstase! Ezra Pound, die Stimme 'Radio Roms', ruft uns zu aus dem Irrenhaus und brüllt seiner Nymphe Hilda Doolittle ins Ohr… und dann die Gedichte "handgeschrieben auf Schafs- oder Ziegenleder, Orpheus' feinstem Pergament". Klaus Theweleit zeigt, wie das Sprechen selbst ... Read more

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    Contemporary Art

    A Very Short Introduction, 2nd edition

    Narrated by Corrie James ...


    5 hours 18 min

    Contemporary art has never been so popular-but the art world is changing. In a landscape of increasing globalization there is growing interest in questions over the nature of contemporary art today, and the identity of who is controlling its future. In the midst of this, contemporary art continues to be a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and ... Read more

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    Playing to the Gallery

    Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood

    by Grayson Perry ...
    Narrated by Grayson Perry ...


    2 hours 47 min

    'I have never read such a stimulating short guide to art' Lynn Barber, Sunday TimesNow Grayson Perry is a fully paid-up member of the art establishment, he wants to show that any of us can appreciate art (after all, there is a reason he's called this book Playing to the Gallery and not 'Sucking up to an Academic Elite'). Based on his hugely popular BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures and full of pictures, ... Read more

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    Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light, 100 Art Writings 1988-2018

    Narrated by Peter Schjeldahl ...


    15 hours 3 min

    H**ot Cold Heavy Light collects 100 writings—some long, some short—that taken together forma group portrait of many of the world’s most significant and interesting artists. From Pablo Picasso to Cindy Sherman, Old Masters to contemporary masters, paintings to comix, and saints to charlatans, Schjeldahl ranges widely through the diverse and confusing art world, an expert guide to a dazzling scene. ... Read more

    $42.01 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Talk Art

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Everything you wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask


    5 hours 42 min

    *******Includes an exclusive 'Turning the Tables on Talk Art' interview with James Corden***'As rabid admirers and collectors of contemporary art and photography we wholeheartedly recommend this passionate and joyous book. Without art the human soul is unfulfilled. This collection by Russell and Robert fully explains why.'Sir Elton John and David Furnish**'**Russell and Robert have made ... ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Feel Free


    by Zadie Smith ...
    Narrated by Nikki Amuka-Bird ...


    13 hours 53 min

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Feel Free by Zadie Smith, read by Nikki Amuka-Bird.From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN'S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Changing My Mind and Swing Time - discover a second unmissable collection of essays from Zadie Smith'Generous, courageous, and tough-minded... [A] classic English essayist in the vein of Orwell, Woolf and Angela Carter' Financial Times<... ... Read more

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    Glitch Feminism

    A Manifesto

    Narrated by Janina Edwards ...


    3 hours 4 min

    A new manifesto for cyberfeminism The divide between the digital and the real world no longer exists: we are connected all the time. How do we find out who we are within this digital era? Where do we create the space to explore our identity? How can we come together and create solidarity? The glitch is often dismissed as an error, a faulty overlaying, but, as Legacy Russell shows, liberation can ... Read more

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    The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker


    30 hours 1 min

    A collection of the New Yorker‘s groundbreaking writing on race in America, including work by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hilton Als, Zadie Smith, and moreFrom the pages of the New Yorker comes a bold and telling portrait of Black life in America, with astonishing early work from Rebecca West’s account of a lynching trial and James Baldwin’s ‘Letter from a Region in My Mind’ ... Read more

    $66.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Socialist Realism

    by Trisha Low ...
    Narrated by Cindy Kay ...


    6 hours 42 min

    When Trisha Low moves West, her journey is motivated by the need to arrive “somewhere better” — someplace utopian, like revolution; or safe, like home; or even clarifying, like identity. Instead, she faces the end of her relationships, a family whose values she has difficulty sharing, and America’s casual racism, sexism, and homophobia. In this book-length essay, the problem of how to account for ... Read more

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    Narrated by Stephen Bayley ...


    2 hours 22 min

    An informative, fun and rather charming essay on the nature and history of one of life’s most desirable assets, Charm, by renowned culture and design critic, Stephen Bayley.Aiming to wound, a schoolmaster wrote on future design-guru Stephen Bayley’s last ever school report “Charm alone will not get him through”. Bayley took this to mean that an affable, genial, outgoing nature was not enough to ... Read more

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    The Fiery Angel

    Art, Culture, Sex, Politics, and the Struggle for the Soul of the West

    by Michael Walsh ...
    Narrated by Michael Walsh ...


    8 hours 44 min

    Without an understanding and appreciation of the culture we seek to preserve and protect, the defense of Western civilization is fundamentally futile; a culture that believes in nothing cannot defend itself, because it has nothing to defend. The past not only still has something to tell us, but it also has something that it must tell us. In this profound and wide-ranging historical survey, Michael ... Read more

    $29.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Cruising Utopia

    The Then and There of Queer Futurity 10th Anniversary Edition

    Narrated by Paul Boehmer ...


    11 hours 15 min

    The LGBT agenda for too long has been dominated by pragmatic issues like same-sex marriage and gays in the military. It has been stifled by this myopic focus on the present, which is short-sighted and assimilationist. Cruising Utopia seeks to break the present stagnancy by cruising ahead. Drawing on the work of Ernst Bloch, Jose Esteban Muñoz recalls the queer past for guidance in presaging its ... Read more

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    Art and Faith

    A Theology of Making

    Narrated by David Shih ...


    5 hours 59 min

    From a world-renowned painter, an exploration of creativity's quintessential-and often overlooked-role in the spiritual life Conceived over thirty years of painting and creating in his studio, this book is Makoto Fujimura's broad and deep exploration of creativity and the spiritual aspects of "making." What he does in the studio is theological work as much as it is aesthetic work. In between ... Read more

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    Marking Time

    Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

    Narrated by Adenrele Ojo ...


    11 hours 39 min

    More than two million people are currently behind bars in the United States. Incarceration not only separates the imprisoned from their families and communities; it also exposes them to shocking levels of deprivation and abuse and subjects them to the arbitrary cruelties of the criminal justice system. Yet, as Nicole Fleetwood reveals, America's prisons are filled with art. Despite the isolation ... Read more

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    Reason in Art

    The Life of Reason

    Narrated by Bernard Mayes ...


    6 hours 43 min

    In Reason in Art, Santayana explores the social and psychological origins of art. He examines its moral and ideal functions, its lapses into tastelessness, and the distinctive character of music, speech, poetry, and prose. The Spanish-born philosopher sees art as part of the broader human context, concluding that art prepares “the world to receive the soul and the soul to master the world.” ... Read more

    $29.88 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Art & Fear

    Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    Narrated by Arthur Morey ...


    3 hours 8 min

    What is your art really about? Where is it going? What stands in the way of getting it there?These are questions that matter, questions that recur at each stage of artistic development-and they are the source for this volume of wonderfully incisive commentary. Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many ... Read more

    $17.96 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Death of the Artist

    How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech

    Narrated by Sean Patrick Hopkins ...


    13 hours 56 min

    A deeply researched warning about how the digital economy threatens artists' lives and work—the music, writing, and visual art that sustain our souls and societies—from an award-winning essayist and criticThere are two stories you hear about earning a living as an artist in the digital age. One comes from Silicon Valley. There's never been a better time to be an artist, it goes. If you've got a ... Read more

    $32.33 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Art’s Prospect

    The Challenge of Tradition in an Age of Celebrity

    by Roger Kimball ...
    Narrated by Christopher Lane ...


    7 hours 37 min

    In this series of essays, Roger Kimball, managing editor of the New Criterion and an art critic for the London Spectator, illuminates some of the chief spiritual itineraries of modern art. His wide range of subjects includes Vincent van Gogh, Clement Greenberg, the Barnes Foundation, Matthew Barney, Mark Rothko, and the Whitney Biennial, as well as the way in which Gilbert and George demonstrate ... Read more

    $25.39 AUD or free with audiobook trial