[NetBehaviour] An art history book, minus the art

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Sep 20 11:04:45 CEST 2012

An art history book, minus the art

Students at Ontario College of Art and Design were forced to buy a $180 
textbook filled with blank squares

By Kyle Chayka, Hyperallergic

According to a blog post published by a disgruntled parent of a student, 
the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) is forcing students to buy 
an art history book for $180 — which wouldn’t be unheard of, but the 
catch is that the publishers of this book didn’t get any of the image 
rights for the artwork it includes. To reiterate, that’s an art history 
survey without any pictures.

Instead of having pictures of artwork, the book, ”Global Visual and 
Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800“ (so named for the course it goes 
with), instead just has placeholders with instructions to see a digital 
version for the actual image. It’s like a website with only broken image 

worthy investigation :-)

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