This is Not an Art Book

By Barbara Jenkins

This Is Not an Art Book (TINA) explores the multiple connections between art, architecture, and power. Beginning with a short art history, the book expands into an analysis of political economy, aesthetics, globalization, commodification, and social hierarchies based on class, race and gender.

Although TINA can be read in the linear way most books are presented (following chapter order), it is also structured in the rhizomic format of a website, with hyperlinks between chapters that allow readers to pursue multiple connections between art and social power.

These connections are designed to portray creative acts of art and architecture as ‘events’ – not singular representations, but works that are implicated in the techniques, political assumptions, and social norms of their time.