Books About Art
Compiled by Bob Carroll, MFA

About Looking, by John Berger, Vintage, 1992 (reprint)

The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern, by Carol Strickland, Ph.D., Kansas City: Andrews & McMeel, 1992

Art: A Brief History, by Marilyn Stokstad, Prentice Hall Press; 2nd ed, 2003

Art and Human Consciousness, by Gottfried Richter, Bell Bond Books, 2nd Edition, 1985

An Art of Our Own: The Spiritual in Twentieth-Century Art, Roger Lipsey, Boston: Shambala,1997

Art of Seeing, by Paul J. Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher, (5th Edition) : Prentice Hall, 2002

Art as Spiritual Activity: Rudolf Steiner's Contribution to the Visual Arts, Rudolf Steiner, Michael Howard, ed. Hudson, New York: Anthropomorphic Press, 1998.

Art, Creativity, and the Sacred, Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, editor (New Revised Edition.) New York: Continuum, 1995.

Art That Heals: the Image as Medicine in Ethiopia, Jacques Mercier, New York, Prestel, 1997

Art History, revised edition, Marilyn Stokstad, New York: Abrams, 1999

The Arts of India, Basil Grtay, ed, Oxford: Phaidon, 1981

At Eternity,s Gate: The Spiritual Vision of Vincent van Gogh, Kathleen Powers Erickson, Erdmans, Cambridge 1998

The Art of Tantra, Philip Rawson, London: Thames & Hudson, 1965

Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, by Roland Barthes, Hill and Wang, 1982

Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Wassily Kandinsky, Dover edition, 1977

The Creative Explosion: An Inquiry into the Origins of Art and Religion, by John Edward Pfeiffer, Cornell Univ Press, 1985

Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images, by Terry Barrett, (3rd Edition) McGraw-Hill, 1999.

The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist, by Donald Kuspit, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004

Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia, Peter Sutton, Christopher Anderson, Philip Jones, Francoise Dussart, Steven Hemming. Peter Sutton, ed., New York: Braziller / Asia Society Galleries, 1988

The End of Art, by Donald Kuspit, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004

The Engine of Visualization: Thinking Through Photography, by Patrick Maynard, Cornell Univ Press, 2000

Exploring India,s Sacred Art: Selected Writings of Stella Kramrisch, Barbara Stoler Miller, ed., Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1983

Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science, and the Spiritual. By Lynn Gamwell. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002

Foundations of Modern Art, by Ozenfant 1931 (Dover Ed. 1952)

Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art, by Ivars Peterson, New York: Wiley, 2001

From Expressionism to Post-Modernism: Styles and Movements in 20th-century Western Art, Jane Turner (editor) volume in The Grove Dictionary of Art, London: Macmillan, 2000

Gardner's Art Through the Ages (With Art Study and Infotrac)
by Fred S. Kleiner, Christin J. Mamiya, Tanseyrichard G., Wadsworth Publishing, 2000

Gates of Mystery: The Art of Holy Russia, Roderick Grierson, ed, Cambridge: Lutterworth/Intercultura, 1994

Great Sanskrit Plays - In Modern Translation, by P. Lal, New York: A New Directions Book, 1964

Himalyan Art, Madanjeet Singh, New York: MacMillan, 1971

History of Art: The Western Tradition, by H. W. Janson, Anthony F. Janson (6th Edition in Slipcase)m Prentice Hall, 2003

How to Look at Photographs: Reflections on the Art of Seeing, by David Finn. David. Abrams, 1994

Icons: Art and Devotion, T. Talbot Rice. London: Bracken Books, 1993

In the Image of Tibet: Tibetan Painting after 1959, by Clare Harris, London, Reaktion, 1999

Learning to Look: A Handbook for the Visual Arts, by Joshua C. Taylor, 2nd ed, University of Chicago, 1981

Malevich, by Charlotte Douglass, New York: Abrams, 1994

Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment, by Denise Patry Leidy and Robert A. F. Thurman. New York: Asia Society Galleries, and Tibet House, 1997

The Mission of Art, Alex Grey, Boston: Shambala, 2001

The Mystical Now: Art and the Sacred, Sister Wendy Beckett, New York: Universe, 1993

On Indian Art and Culture, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, New York, Noonday Press, 1965

On Photography, by Susan Sontag. Picador, 2001

The Only Complete Way to Realize the Unbroken Light of Real God, Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj, Dawn Horse Press, 2000

Original Sources: Art and Archives at the Center for Creative Photography by Amy Rule (Editor), Nancy Solomon (Editor), Center Creative Photography, 2002

Paths to the Absolute: Mondrian, Malevich, Kandinsky, Pollock, Newman, Rothko, and Still, John Golding. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Photography and Art: Interactions Since 1946, by Andy Grunberg, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Abbeville Press, 1987

Photography: A Critical Introduction, by Liz Wells (Editor) 2nd ed, Routledge, 2000

The Photography Reader, by Liz Wells (Editor), Routledge, 2002

Piet Mondrian: Colour, Structure and Symbolism, an essay by Hans Locher, Berlin: Verlag Gachanang & Springer, 1994

Point and Line to Plane, by Wassily Kandinsky. New York: Dover Publications, 1979

Realms of Heroism: Indian Paintings at the Brooklyn Museum, New York: Hudson Hills, 1994

The Rebirth of Painting in the Late Twentieth Century, by Donald Kuspit, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000

Redeeming Art: Critical Reveries (Aesthetics Today) by Donald B. Kuspit. Allworth Press, 2000

Reenchantment of Art, by Suzi Gablik, Thames & Hudson, 1992

Religion, Art, & Visual Culture, S. Brent Plate, ed., New York: Palgrave 2002

Ritual Art of India, Ajit Mookerjee, Rochester,Vermont: Inner Traditions, 1998

Sacred Art in East and West, Titus Burckhardt. Louisville: World Wisdom, 1967.

Sacred Art of Tibet, Tarthang Tulku, Berkeley: Dharma Pub, 1974

The Sacred in Life and Art, Philip Sherrard, Ipswich, UK: Golgonooza, 1990

Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision, and Holography, by Falk, David, Dieter Brill, and David Stork, Wiley, 1985

The Golden Bough, A Study in Magic and Religion, Sir James George Frazier. FRS, FBA, New York: The MacMillan Company 1958

The Noh Plays of Japan, Arthur Waley, New York: Evergreen, Grove Press Edition, 1057

Thespis: ritual, myth, and drama in the ancient Near East, by Theodor H. Gaster, New York: Anchor Books - Doubleday and Company 1950

The Shamans of Prehistory: Trance and Magic in the Painted Caves, Jean Clottes and DavidLewis-Williams, New York: Abrams, 1998

The Spiritual Image in Modern Art, Compiled by Kathleen J. Regiere, Wheaton, Illinois: Quest, 1987

The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art / New York: Abbeville Press, 1986

The Story of Art, by E.H. Gombrich, Phaidon, 16th ed, 1995

Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings. Stiles, Kristine, and Peter Selz, editors. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996

Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book by Artists and Critics, by Herschel B. Chipp, Berkeley: University of California Press 1968

Tibetan Thangka Painting: Methods & Materials, by David & Janice Jackson, New York: Snow Lion, 1988

Transfigurations, Alex Grey, Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2001

The Transformation of Nature in Art, by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Kapila Vatsyayan, ed, New Delhi: Sterling, 1995

The Truly Human New World-Culture of Unbroken Real-God-Man, Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj, Dawn Horse Press, 2001

Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in 20th-Century Art, by Wendy Steiner, New York: The Free Press, 2001

Visual Thinking, by Rudolf Arnheim, Berkeley: University California 1969

Ways of Seeing, by John Berger, London: BBC & Penguin, 1977

William Blake: The Seer and His Visions, by Milton Klonsky, New York: Harmony, 1977

A World History of Photography, by Naomi Rosenblum, (3rd ed) Abbeville Press,1997

Zen and Oriental Art, by Hugo Munsterberg, Tokyo: Tuttle, 1969

Zen in Japanese Art: A Way of Spiritual Experience, by Toshimitsu Hasumi, London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1962

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