October Books

Founded in 1989, OCTOBER Books provides a forum for critical engagement with crucial moments in the development of the historical and contemporary avant-gardes. Building on the important role the journal played in introducing poststructural theory to the American art world, OCTOBER offers a platform for the innovative work of scholars today.

Series editor: OCTOBER Editorial Board

Gerhard Richter

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh

Sep 06, 2022

Art Demonstration

Claire Grace

May 24, 2022

On the Wings of Hypothesis

Annette Michelson, Rachel Churner, Malcolm Turvey

Oct 13, 2020

Total Expansion of the Letter

Trevor Stark

May 26, 2020

The Long Front of Culture

Kevin Lotery

Apr 14, 2020

Heritage and Debt

David Joselit

Mar 17, 2020

The Barbarian Invasions

Éric Michaud

Dec 03, 2019

Toward Fewer Images

Philipp Ekardt

Aug 07, 2018

Gesture and Speech

André Leroi-Gourhan, Anna Bostock Berger, Randall White, Adam Lehner

May 04, 2018

On the Eve of the Future

Annette Michelson

Feb 10, 2017

Looking for Bruce Conner

Kevin M. Hatch

Feb 12, 2016

Formalism and Historicity

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh

Feb 06, 2015

Realism after Modernism

Devin Fore

Jan 30, 2015

Lucio Fontana

Anthony White

Feb 14, 2014

The Absence of Work

Rachel Haidu

Sep 20, 2013

The Filming of Modern Life

Malcolm Turvey

Sep 13, 2013

Critical Laboratory

Thomas Hirschhorn, Lisa Lee, Hal Foster

Jul 19, 2013

Perpetual Inventory

Rosalind E. Krauss

Feb 08, 2013

Being Watched

Carrie Lambert-Beatty

Feb 25, 2011

Women Artists at the Millennium

Carol Armstrong, Catherine de Zegher

Feb 25, 2011

The Beautiful Language of My Century"

Tom McDonough

Feb 25, 2011

The Artwork Caught by the Tail

George Baker

Sep 03, 2010

Hall of Mirrors

Graham Bader

Jan 29, 2010

Robert Ryman

Suzanne P. Hudson

Mar 06, 2009

Fantastic Reality

Mignon Nixon

Sep 26, 2008

Random Order

Branden W. Joseph

Feb 23, 2007

Decoys and Disruptions

Martha Rosler

Feb 17, 2006

Prosthetic Gods

Hal Foster

Feb 17, 2006

Guy Debord and the Situationist International

Tom McDonough, Adam Lehner

Feb 27, 2004

Leave Any Information at the Signal

Alexandra Schwartz, Ed Ruscha

Feb 27, 2004

Neo-Avantgarde and Culture Industry

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh

Feb 28, 2003

Suspensions of Perception

Jonathan Crary

Aug 24, 2001

Caravaggio's Secrets

Leo Bersani, Ulysse Dutoit

Feb 23, 2001

Infinite Regress

David Joselit

Feb 23, 2001


Rosalind E. Krauss

Aug 25, 2000

Scenes in a Library

Carol Armstrong, Adam Lehner

Nov 12, 1998

Kant after Duchamp

Thierry de Duve

Mar 02, 1998

Infinite Regress

David Joselit

Feb 26, 1998


Rosalind E. Krauss, Annette Michelson, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Hal Foster, Denis Hollier, Silvia Koblowski

Jan 20, 1998

The Return of the Real

Hal Foster

Sep 25, 1996

The Duchamp Effect

Martha Buskirk, Mignon Nixon

Sep 25, 1996

Fast Cars, Clean Bodies

Kristin Ross, Adam Lehner

Feb 28, 1996

Compulsive Beauty

Hal Foster

Mar 27, 1995

Continuous Project Altered Daily

Robert Morris

Mar 27, 1995

The Optical Unconscious

Rosalind E. Krauss

Jul 25, 1994

Cinema, Censorship, and the State

Nagisa Oshima, Annette Michelson, Dawn Lawson, Annette Michelson, Editions Gallimard

Aug 13, 1993

Painting as Model

Yve-Alain Bois

May 04, 1993

Looking Awry

Slavoj Žižek

Sep 08, 1992

The Woman In Question

Parveen Adams, Elizabeth Cowie

Apr 22, 1992

Against Architecture

Denis Hollier, Betsy Wing

Feb 25, 1992

Techniques of the Observer

Jonathan Crary, Adam Lehner

Feb 25, 1992

The Destruction of Tilted Arc

Clara Weyergraf-Serra, Martha Buskirk, Richard Serra

Dec 06, 1990


Jurgis Baltrusaitis, Richard Miller

Sep 26, 1989


Annette Michelson, Rosalind E. Krauss, Douglas Crimp, Joan Copjec

Apr 03, 1989


Douglas Crimp

Sep 29, 1988


Benjamin H. D. Buchloh

Sep 27, 1988