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The Fragrance of Sensory Studies

In a previous post I suggested that a handful of important books (mostly published within the past decade) offer a productive entry into the leading concerns of sensory history. 1,234 more words

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Tropics of Meta continues its streak of intriguing and off beat booklists with a list of the best books on Sensory Studies. The list focuses on art history books that put the senses in a "social and cultural context." These books are part art history, history, sociology, science and anthropology. Fascinating stuff.   Check out the DailyHistory.org Bookshelf which includes all of our favorite books from Powell's Bookstore.

West Coast Art- Donald Jarvis

It is truly rare to become captivated by more than one piece in an artist’s collection. However, the same cannot be said of one of Canada’s most overlooked abstract artists, whose works are a series of alluring glimpses not only into his riveting imagination, but also his philosophy. 647 more words

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Heavenly Bodies

BEAUTY IN BONES

Art historian Paul Koudounari’s book Heavenly Bodies published by Thames and Hudson, has unearthed a beautiful collection of photographs that depict jewel-encrusted skeletons found in churches across Europe. 195 more words

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New publication: Will the Modernist

Why was the Bard of Avon so frequently on the agenda of avant-garde writers in Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Ireland? This volume explores the rich and diverse landscape of Shakespearean encounters in the tormented aesthetics of pre- and post-World War I Europe. 250 more words

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The fear of the selfie

There is some lugubrious consternation in the press and twittersphere of late over the National Gallery’s decision to lift their ban on photography in the galleries. 367 more words

Testosterone and Art!

http://hyperallergic.com/141737/does-less-testosterone-mean-more-art/

“Social tolerance is necessary for effective cultural transmission of technological innovations and other behaviors … [S]hifts in social tolerance can relatively quickly and profoundly change behaviors because they allow individuals to utilize preexisting cognitive abilities in a new set of contexts.”- Study by Robert L. Cieri

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