I received some positive feedback on a February post listing used art books for under $10. With the economy still on shaky ground (and most artists just as poor as ever…) here’s more books for recession 2009. These are listed from cheapest to most expensive at current Amazon used prices.
Thomas Kinkade: Heaven on Earth
A steal at 81 cents! This catalog is from Jeffrey Vallance’s 2004 survey of Kinkade. Good essays and examination of Kinkade’s work in the context of contemporary art.
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder
Can’t go wrong with this one. A great read about LA’s Museum of Jurassic Technology.
Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century
Not the greatest bookâ€”more encyclopedic than anything elseâ€”but it’s worth a couple bucks.
Haven’t read this one personally, but it looks good. Artist’s conversations from the mid-90s.
Camera Lucida and A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes
These should be in your library. Classics! and good reads too.
This expanded version of Smithson’s writings is a pretty good deal. Why not put it on your school book shelf so you can look like every other student?
Spiral Jetta: A Road Trip through the Land Art of the American West
At $9, this is approaching the almost-not-a-good-deal category. I’m curious to check this one out thoughâ€”I’ve heard mixed reviews.
The Future of the Image by Jacques Ranciere
Only a few bucks cheaper than the new version, but this recent philosophic tract is a good deal either way. Plus it’s a looker!