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Slow Art reading list

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

Slow Art is an experience rather than a type of art.

This open and ever-changing collection, therefore, includes a variety of books, scholarly articles and treatises considering the matters of Slow Art movement, the act of looking and reception theory as well as other philosophical and theoretical ideas regarding visual culture in general such as phenomenology, and hermeneutics.


Theodor Adorno, Aesthetic Theory, London: Bloomsbury, 1997.

Svetlana Alpers, The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.

William S. Allen, ‘The Language-Like Quality of the Artwork’ in Aesthetics of Negativity: Blanchot, Adorno, and Autonomy, New York: Fordham University Press, 2016


John Berger, Ways of seeing [1972], London: Penguin Books, 2008.

Ways of Seeing: 40th Anniversary Issue’, Journal of Visual Culture.

Roland Barthes, 'The Reality Effect' in The Rustle of Language, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989, pp. 141-148.

Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text, trans. Richard Miller, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1975.

Amelia Barikin, ‘Slow Art Slow Time’, in Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne, 2009.

Nicolas Bourriaud, Relational Aesthetics, Dijon: Les presses du réel, 2002.

Jean Baudrillard,Simulacra and Simulations’ in Simulations. Los Angeles, California, 1983.


T. J. Clark, The Painting of Postmodern Life?

D. Carr. Minds in museums and libraries: The cognitive management of cultural institutions. Teachers College Record, 93, 1991, 6–27.

D. Carr, Cultural institutions as structures for cognitive change, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 53, 1993, 21–35.

M. Csikszentmihalyi & R.E. Robinson,The art of seeing: An interpretation of the aesthetic encounter. Malibu, CA: The J. Paul Getty Museum.1990


Jacques Derrida, 'Note' in Archive Fever A Freudian Impression, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995, pp. 1-5.


Coco Fusco, ‘The Other History of Intercultural Performance’ in Nicholas Mirzoeff, The Visual Culture Reader, London and New York: Routledge.

Michael Findlay, Seeing Slowly – Looking at Modern Art, London: Prestel, 2017

David Freedberg,The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.


E.H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1961

E.H. Gombrich, The Image and the Eye, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982.


Paulliam,Heather, “Rethinking Slow Looking: Encounters with Clonmacnoise”, Essays and Studies, vol. 72, 2019, p. 81

Charles Harrison and Paul Wood (eds), Art in theory 1900-2000, Malden, MA; Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.


W.J. T. Mitchell, What Do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Images, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2005.

Nicholas Mirzoeff, ‘Spectacle and Surveillance’ in An Introduction to Visual Culture (2nd Edition), Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2009, pp. 264-270.


Jules David Prown, Mind in Matter: an Introduction to Material Culture Theory and Method

Donald Preziosi, The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, new edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.


Gerhard Richter, ‘Judging by Refraining from Judgment: Adorno’s Artwork and Its

Einordnung’ in Thinking with Adorno: The Uncoercive Gaze, New York: Fordham University Press, 2019.


Smith and Smith, Spending Time on Art, 2001.

Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation and Other Essays, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1961.

Władysław Strzemiński, Theory of Seeing, intro. Julian Przyboś, Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1958; new ed., ed. & intro. Iwona Luba, Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, 2016.


Frank M. Turner, European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche


J. Walker, Dream-work and Artwork

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