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A list of mostly out-of-print books and magazines not available online – and a way to contribute to Monoskop and the Internet.

Interwar avant-garde

  • (Posted.) Aleksei Gan, Konstruktivizm [Конструктивизм], Tver: Tverskoe izdatelstvo, 1922, 70 pp. (Russian)
  • (Posted.) El Lissitzky, Hans Arp, Die Kunstismen/Les Ismes De L’Art/The Isms of Art: 1914-1924, Erlenbach-Zürich/Munich/Leipzig: Eugen Rentsch, 1925. (German)/(French)/(English)
  • (Posted: 1-12, 14.) Bauhaus books series, 14 vols., 1925-30. (German)
  • (Posted.) Franz Roh, Jan Tschichold (eds.), Foto-Auge: 76 Fotos der Zeit / Œil et photo: 76 photographies de notre temps / Photo-Eye: 76 Photos of the Period, Stuttgart: Wedekind, 1929, 18+[76] pp. Catalogue. (German)/(French)/(English)
  • Georges Bataille, et al., Un Cadavre, Jan 1930. [1] (French)
  • (Posted.) František Kalivoda (ed.), Telehor: The International Review New Vision, Vol 1, Nos 1-2, Brno, 1936. (English)/(Czech)/(German)
  • (Posted.) Leslie Martin, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo (eds.), Circle: International Survey of Constructive Art, London, 1937.
  • (Posted.) Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Vision in Motion, Paul Theobald, 1947.

Artists' writings, Art history and theory

Journals and magazines

  • Ur. Cahiers pour un dictat culturel, 3+7 numbers, ed. Maurice Bismuth, Paris: Brunidor, 1950-53 (nos. 1-3) & 1963-67 (nos. 1-7). Lettrist magazine. [2] [3]
  • Ion. Centre de création, 1 issue, ed. Marc-Gilbert Guillaumain [Marc’O], Apr 1952, 286 pp. Lettrist magazine. [4]
  • Interfunktionen, 12 issues, eds. Fritz Heubach and Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Cologne, 1968-75.
  • Avalanche, 13 issues, eds. Willoughby Sharp and Liza Béar, New York: Kineticism Press, 1970-76. [5] [6]
  • Zero, eds. Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, 3 issues, 1958-61; facsimile, MIT Press, 1973.

Artists' books and the like

  • Barry Humphries (ed.), Bizarre, 1965.
  • Dorothy Iannone, The Berlin Beauties, 1977. [7]
  • (Posted.) Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, ed. Joan Lyons, Utah: Gibbs Smith Publishers, 1985.

Artists' writings

  • Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers (ed.), El Lissitzky: Life, Letters, Texts, trans. Helene Aldwinckle, London: Thames and Hudson, 1968; 1980.
  • (Posted.) Jimmie Durham, A Certain Lack of Coherence: Writings on Art and Cultural Politics, Kala Press, 1993.
  • Oskar Hansen, Towards Open Form, Frankfurt am Main: Revolver and Warsaw: Foksal, 2005. (English)/ (Polish)


  • (Posted.) Albert H. Barr, Cubism and Abstract Art, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1936; repr., Arno Press, 1966. (English)
  • (Posted.) Pontus Hultén (ed.), The Machine: As Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1968, 218 pp. Catalogue.
  • Harald Szeemann, Le mammelle della verità / The Breasts of Truth, 1978. Catalogue of an exhibition of the utopian enclave/proto-hippie resort.
  • Robert Filliou, Das Immerwährende Ereignis Zeigt / The Eternal Network Presents / La Fête Permanente Présente, 1984. Catalogue. [8]
  • (Posted.) Les Immatériaux, 1: Épreuves d'écriture, Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1985. Catalogue. (French)
  • Stephen Kovats (ed.), Ost-West-Internet/Media Revolution. Electronic Media in the Transformation Process of Eastern and Central Europe, Campus Verlag, 1999.
  • Achille Bonito Oliva, Art Tribes, Milan: Skira, 2002.
  • Isidore Isou: Hypergraphic Novels, 1950-1984, eds. Frédéric Acquaviva and Simona Buzatu, Stockholm: Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, 2012, 129 pp. Catalogue.
  • ± 1961. Founding the Expanded Arts, Madrid: Reina Sofia, 2013. Catalogue. [9]


  • I. Matsa (И. Маца) (ed.), Sovetskoe iskusstvo za 15 let. Materialy i dokumentatsiya [Советское искусство за 15 Лет. Матерялы и документация], Moscow/Leningrad: Ogiz-Izogiz [Огиз-Изогиз], 1933, 664 pp. (Russian)
  • Edward F. Fry, Cubism, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966, 200 pp.
  • Peter Stansill, David Zane Mairowitz (eds.), BAMN: Outlaw Manifestos and Ephemera, 1965-70, Penguin, 1971; repr. as BAMN (By Any Means Necessary): Outlaw Manifestos and Ephemera 1965-70, Autonomedia, 1999, 255 pp. [10]
  • Michel Benamou, Charles Caramello (eds.), Performance in Postmodern Culture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1977, 234 pp.
  • (Posted.) Laura Hoptman, Tomas Pospiszyl (eds.), Primary Documents: A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s, MIT Press, 2002, 304 pp. [11]
  • Timothy O. Benson, Éva Forgács (eds.), Between Worlds: A Sourcebook of Central European Avant-Gardes, 1910-1930, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2002.
  • The Undercut Reader: Critical Writings on Artists' Film and Video, eds. Nina Danino, Michael Mazière, London: Wallflower Press, 2003.
  • Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority, eds. Josh MacPhee and Erik Reuland, AK Press, 2007.
  • A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism, 1906-1914, eds. Mark Antliff and Patricia Leighten, University of Chicago Press, 2008, 608 pp. [12]

Book series

  • The Documents of Modern Art series, ed. Robert Motherwell, published by George Wittenborn, 1944-72. Comprising 16 titles: 1. The Cubist Painters, 2. Plastic Art and Pure Plastic Art, 3. The New Vision and Abstract of an Artist, 4. Kindergarten Chats and Other Writings, 5. Concerning the Spiritual in Art, 6. On My Way: Poetry and Painting in Particular, 7. Beyond Painting, 8. The Dada Painters and Poets (1951, 2nd ed. 1989) [13] [14], 9. The Rise of Cubism, 10. From Baudelaire to Surrealism, 11. The Fauvist Painters, 12. Contemporary Sculpture: An Evolution in Volume and Space, 13. (withdrawn by publisher), 14. The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, (Posted.) 15. The Notebooks of Paul Klee Vol. 1: The Thinking Eye, 16. Essays on Art, (Posted.) 17. The Notebooks of Paul Klee Vol. 2: The Nature of Nature.
  • Problems of Contemporary Art series, 1945-54. Comprising 7 titles: 1. Form and Sense, 2. The Grass Roots of Art, 3. The Way Beyond Art: The Work of Herbert Bayer, 4. Possibilities 1, 5. Paintings, Sculptures, Reflections, 6. Taliesin Drawings, 7. The Lost Art: A Survey of One Thousand Years of Stained Glass.
  • Documents of Twentieth Century Art series, 1971-93. Comprising 23 titles: 1. Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp, 2. My Galleries and Painters, 3. Apollinaire on Art: Essays and Reviews 1902-1918, 4. Henry Moore on Sculpture, 5. Arp on Arp: Poems, Essays, Memoirs by Jean Arp, 6. Picasso on Art: A Selection of Views, 7. My Life in Sculpture, 8. The Blaue Reiter Almanac, 9. Functions of Painting, 10. The Futurist Manifestos, 11. The Tradition of Constructivism, 12. Flight Out of Time, 13. Memoirs of a Dada Drummer, 14. Art As Art: The Selected Writings of Ad Reinhardt, 15. Russian Art of the Avant-Garde: Theory and Criticism 1902-, 16. The New Art of Color: The Writings of Robert and Sonia Delaunay, 17. The Autobiography of Surrealism, 18. The Dada Painters and Poets: An Anthology 2nd Revised Edition, 19. Kandinsky: Complete Writings on Art (2 vols.), 20. Marcel Duchamp, Notes, 21. The New Art - The New Life: The Collected Writings of Piet Mondrian, 22. Joan Miro: Selected Writings and Interviews, 23. German Expressionism: Documents from the Wilhelmine Empire to the Rise of National Socialism.


  • (Posted.) Michael Kirby, Happenings, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1965.
  • (Posted.) Martin Duberman, Black Mountain College: An Exploration in Community, New York: Dutton, 1972.
  • (Posted.) Richard Huelsenbeck, Memoirs of a Dada Drummer, Viking Press, 1974; University of California Press, 1991.
  • (Posted.) Christina Lodder, Russian Constructivism, Yale University Press, 1983.
  • Linda Dalrymple Henderson, The Fourth Dimension, Princeton University Press, 1983; 2013.
  • Esther Sparks, Universal Limited Art Editions. A History and Catalogue: The First Twenty-Five Years, New York: Harry N Abrams, 1989, 551 pp.
  • Alexandra Munroe (ed.), Scream Against the Sky: Japanese Art After 1945, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994.
  • Margarita Tupitsyn, El Lissitzky: Beyond the Abstract Cabinet: Photography, Design, Collaboration, Yale University Press, 1999.
  • Olav Velthuis, Imaginary Economics: Contemporary Artists and the World of Big Money, Rotterdam: nai010, 2005.
  • (Posted.) Christina Kiaer, Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism, MIT Press, 2005, 344 pp.

Marxist aesthetics

  • (Posted.) Marx & Engels on Literature and Art: A Selection of Writings, eds. Stefan Morawski and Lee Baxandall, St. Louis: Telos Press, 1973, 175 pp; New York: International General, 1974, 179 pp; Telos Press, 1983.
  • (Posted.) Armand Mattelart, Seth Siegelaub (eds.), Communication and Class Struggle, 1: Capitalism, Imperialism, New York: International General, and France: International Mass Media Research Center, 1979. [15] [16]
  • (Posted.) Margaret A. Rose, Marx's Lost Aesthetic: Karl Marx and the Visual Arts, Cambridge University Press, 1984, 216 pp; 1988.
  • Michael Sprinker, Imaginary Relations: Aesthetics & Ideology in the Theory of Historical Materialism, London: Verso, 1988, 312 pp.

Literary theory, history of literature

  • Stephen Bann, John E. Bowlt (eds.), Russian Formalism: A Collection of Articles and Texts in Translation, Edinburgh: Scottish Academy Press, 1973; New York, 1974.
  • Benedikt Livshits, The One-and-a-Half-Eyed Archer, trans. John E. Bowlt, Newtonville/MA: Oriental Research Partners, 1977. Memoir of the Russian futurist.
  • (Posted.) Marjorie Perloff, The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant Guerre, and the Language of Rupture, University of California Press, 1985.
  • (Posted.) Roman Jakobson, My Futurist Years, trans. Stephen Rudy, ed. Bengt Jangfeldt, New York: Marsilio, 1997, 345 pp.

Film theory and history

  • P. Adams Sitney (ed.), The Avant-garde Film: A Reader of Theory and Criticism, New York: New York University Press, 1978. Contains the often-hard-to-find theoretical writings of experimental filmmakers, beginning in France in the 1920s and continuing internationally through the 1970s.
  • Ian Christie, John Gillett (eds.), Futurism / Formalism / FEKS: Eccentrism and Soviet Cinema, 1918-36, London: British Film Institute, 1978, 74 pp.
  • (Posted.) Teresa de Lauretis, Stephen Heath (eds.), The Cinematic Apparatus, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980, 213 pp.
  • Holger Wilmesmeier, Deutsche Avantgarde und Film: Die Filmmatinee "Der absolute film" (3. und 10. Mai 1925), 1994, 220 pp. (German)
  • Yuri Tsivian, Lines of Resistance: Dziga Vertov and the Twenties, 2004.

Music, music theory, sound art and sound studies

  • Pierre Schaeffer, À la recherche d'une musique concrète, Paris: Seuil, 1952. (French)
  • Pierre Schaeffer, Traité des objets musicaux, Paris: Seuil, 1966; 2nd ed., 1977. (French)
  • (Posted.) Germano Celant, The Record as Artwork: From Futurism to Conceptual Art, Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1977, 121 pp. Catalogue. [17] (English)/(French)
  • Sound: An Exhibition of Sound Sculpture, Instrument Building and Acoustically Tuned Spaces, Pasadena, CA: Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, 1979, 68 pp. Early catalogue of sound art.
  • (Posted.) René Block, Lorenz Dombois, Nele Herltling, Barbara Volkmann (eds.), Für Augen und Ohren. Von der Spieluhr zum akustischen Environment. Objekte. Installationen. Performances, Berlin: Akademie der Künste, 1980, 312 pp. Early catalogue of sound art. (German)
  • Wolfgang Müller, Geniale Dilletanten, 1982. Manifesto and photos from the Grosse Untergangshow, Festival der Geniale Dilletanten, Tempodrom, Berlin, 1981. (German)
  • Vito Acconci, William Hellermann, Don Goddard, Sound/Art, New York: The Foundation, 1984, 29 pp. Early catalogue of sound art.
  • Ruth Katz, Carl Dahlhaus (eds.), Contemplating Music: Source Readings in the Aesthetics of Music, 4 vols., Pendragon, 1987.
  • (Posted.) Ursula Block, Michael Glasmeier (eds.), Broken Music: Artists' Recordworks, Berlin: Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD & gelbe Musik Berlin, 1989, 278 pp. Catalogue. (German),(English),(French)
  • (Posted.) Douglas Kahn, Gregory Whitehead (eds.), Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde, MIT Press, 1992, 452 pp.
  • Erik Satie, Musiques d'ameublement, Salabert, 1999. 'Furniture music' scores written from 1917 to the 1920s. (French)


  • Bruno Zevi, Towards An Organic Architecture, Faber & Faber, 1950.
  • Oswald Mathias Ungers, Morphologie: City Metaphors, Cologne: Walther König, 1982.
  • Douglas Darden, Condemned Building: An Architect's Pre-text, Princeton Architectural Press, 1993.
  • K. Michael Hays (ed.), Oppositions Reader: Selected Readings from A Journal for Ideas and Criticism in Architecture 1973-1984, Princeton Architectural Press, 1998.
  • Catherine de Zegher, Mark Wigley (eds.), The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architectures from Constant's New Babylon to Beyond, New York: Drawing Center, and MIT Press, 2001.


  • (Posted.) Martin Heidegger, Sojourns: The Journey to Greece, SUNY Press, 2005.

Political theory

  • Padraic Kenney, Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe 1989, Princeton University Press, 2002.

Cultural history

  • Jack Goody, The Domestication of the Savage Mind, Cambridge University Press, 1977.
  • Anton Kaes, Martin Jay, Edward Dimendberg (eds.), The Weimar Republic Sourcebook, University of California Press, 1994.
  • William R. Everdell, The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth-Century Thought, 1997.

History and philosophy of science, technology, media and computing

  • (Posted.) Donna Haraway, Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science, Routledge, 1989.
  • (Posted.) James Nyce, Paul Kahn (eds.), From Memex to Hypertext: Vannevar Bush and the Mind's Machine, London: Academic Press, 1991.
  • (Posted.) Ursula Franklin, The Real World of Technology, Toronto: Anansi, 1992.
  • Thomas L. Hankins, Robert J. Silverman, Instruments and the Imagination, Princeton University Press, 1999, 352 pp. TOC.
  • Georg Trogemann, Wolfgang Ernst, A. Y. Nitussov (eds.), History of Computer Devices in Russia, Friedrick Vieweg & Son, 2001.

Media theory and media aesthetics

  • Friedrich Kittler, Horst Turk, Urszenen. Literaturwissenschaft als Diskursanalyse und Diskurskritik, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1977, 409 pp. (German)
  • (Posted.) Eric A. Havelock, Jackson P. Hershbell (eds.), Communication Arts in the Ancient World, New York: Hastings House, 1978, xiv+162 pp.
  • (Posted.) Friedrich Kittler, Grammophon Film Typewriter, Berlin: Brinkmann & Bose, 1986. (German)
  • Peter Klier, Jean-Luc Evard (eds.), Mediendämmerung: Zur Archäologie der Medien, Berlin: Tiamat, 1989. (German)
  • Neil Strauss, Dave Mandl (eds.), Radiotext(e), Autonomedia, 1993. [18]
  • Régis Debray, Transmitting Culture, trans. Eric Rauth, University of Columbia Press, 2000; 2004.
  • (Posted.) Friedrich Kittler, Musik und Mathematik I: Hellas 1: Aphrodite, Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2006. (German)
  • (Posted.) Eric Kluitenberg (ed.), Book of Imaginary Media, Rotterdam: NAi, 2006.
  • Friedrich Kittler, Musik und Mathematik I. Hellas 2: Eros, Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2009. (German)

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First posted on 26 June 2014. Last updated 2 June 2020.