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BA Visual Art: Extended Studio Practice

Essential Reading

Recommended Reading

Students are expected to compile their own specialist reading list in discussion with their tutor. A range of primary and secondary resources should be sourced. Students will also be expected to visit relevant exhibitions and archive collections. The following online sources may prompt further research:

Afterall’s One Work series is a library of small books, each title focusing on a single artwork that has significantly shaped the way we understand art and its history. It is also an excellent repository of research, articles, and publications relating to contemporary art practice.

Whitechapel/MIT’s Documents of Contemporary Art is a series of books each centred on a different theme pertinent to contemporary art theory. Each book comprises of selected writings on said theme from contemporary artists and academics. These works provide a good entry point to make you aware of contemporary issues, ideas, and perspectives that can be further explored.

It is also well worth reading art magazines like Frieze (, Art Monthly (, and e-flux ( There is a useful repository of moving image and sound art, called Ubuweb, at The Tate Modern website also has links to articles and videos on contemporary art and artists: