Most popular Theory of art books
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Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But, there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. This is a book on art in various languages.
Two authorities on popular culture reveal the ways in which art can enhance mood and enrich lives - now available in paperback
Shows that any of us can appreciate art. Based on his hugely popular BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures and full of pictures, this title presents the author's personal journey through the art world that answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask.
The international bestseller which has helped millions recover their creativity reissued in a beautiful new edition.
From Botticelli to birdsong, Mozart, and the Turner Prize, Roger Scruton explores what it means for something to be beautiful. This thought-provoking introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial, but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects around us.
* New edition of this popular anthology of twentieth-century art-theoretical texts. * Now updated to include the results of new research, together with significant contributions from the 1990s. * Includes writings by critics, philosophers, politicians and literary figures.
Published to enormous critical acclaim and commercial success between 2011 and 2012, these classic memoirs from the late great and incendiary art critic Brian Sewell will be reissued in a single volume in response to their continuing popularity.
Unique in its approach, by applying the different theories used in art history to one painting, Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon An ideal text for teaching, it provides a lively and stimulating introduction to methodological debates within the subject Offers a lucid account of approaches from Hegel to post-colonialism by.
The only color guide a designer will ever need; The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition has been completely updated with Pantone colors and new text.
During the decades of his world fame, Tolstoy wrote this series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice and religion. He considered and rejected the idea that art reveals and reinvents through beauty, although he perceived the question of art to be a religious one.
The 50th anniversary edition of a classic text, featuring an expanded selection of color studies
This book deals with the Divine Proportion, a secret code that rules art, nature, and science. It is known by many names: Golden Mean, Sacred Cut and Phi are only a few; and it is not by chance that the Divine Proportion was given its name. It has been called divine because over thousands of years it has been deemed to be so.
Learn how to create vibrant character designs with the step-by-step guidance of professional artists from the illustration and animation industries.
Art historical theory is a forum of intense, often passionate debate. This book provides an accessible introduction to the range of critical theories used in analysing art. It covers a range of approaches, presenting individual arguments, controversies and divergent perspectives.
The Pocket Universal Principles of Art is a portable but still comprehensive reference for all artists, and a companion volume to Rockport Publishers' best-selling Universal Principles of Design.
Now available in an updated paperback edition, this fascinating and critically acclaimed book explains the market for art - and art's value for all of us.
Argues that a chromophobic impulse - a fear of corruption or contamination through colour - lurks within much Western cultural and intellectual thought. This book analyses the motivations behind chromophobia and focuses on the work of writers and artists who have been prepared to look at colour as a positive value.
Ranciere's magnum opus on the aesthetic.
The essential handbook for students, arts professionals and other aspiring writers on contemporary art.
A collection of 100 manifestos from the last 100 years is cacophony of voices from such diverse movements as Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Destructivism, and Stuckism, taking in along the way film, architecture, fashion, and cookery. It gathers together an international array of artists of every stripe, including Kandinsky, Gilbert and George.
If you thought these paintings were familiar, look again, and look closer. Part art history, part detective work, this fascinating collection explores 100 world-famous works of art through enlarged details, revealing the fashions and lifestyles, the loves and intrigues, politics and people that truly make a masterpiece.
Ways of Seeing is a key art-historical work that continues to provoke widespread debate. It is comprised of seven different essays, three of which are pictorial and the other containing texts and images. Berger first examines the relationship between seeing and knowing, discussing how our assumptions affect how we see a painting.
A down-to-earth, entertaining and accessible companion book for the London roamer celebrating the diverse voices of London's art world, past and present
"First published in the French language by aEditions du Seuil, Paris, under the title Jaune: Histoire d'une Couleur by Michel Pastoureau, copyright A 2019, aEditions du Seuil, Paris"--Verso
Explores how the age of mass media means audiences can listen to or see a work of art repeatedly - and what the troubling social and political implications of this are.
Gary Fine opens up the contemporary art practice MFA and finds that it's mostly about theorizing and arguing about art, and very little about actually making it.
Explains the persistence of certain principles and aspirations throughout the history of art. This title provides a basis for the appreciation of paintings, sculpture and art-objects of all periods by defining the elements that went into their making.
Artists and critics explore the concept of Real Abstraction to help understand contemporary cultural production.
* Provides an indispensable companion to Harrison and Wooda s classic volume Art in Theory 1900--1990. * Extends to a startling degree the canon of nineteenth--century art theory. * Offers for the first time English translations of material from foreign sources, comprising a third of the entire volume.
* 'Great art has dreadful manners...' Simon Schama observes at the start of his epic exploration of the power, and whole point, of art.
Part of the acclaimed series of anthologies which document major themes and ideas in contemporary art. A timely collection of texts, interviews and documentation reflecting the complex interrelationship between the urban, the rural and contemporary cultural production.
Postmodernism has been a buzzword of contemporary society for the last decade. But how can it be defined? In this Very Short Introduction Christopher Butler challenges and explores the key ideas of postmodernists, and their engagement with theory, literature, the visual arts, film, architecture, and music.
Part of the acclaimed series of anthologies which document major themes and ideas in contemporary art.
A thought-provoking discussion on the concept of beauty in works by Manet, Gauguin, and Cezanne.
Explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, bringing together philosophy, art theory, and many examples. This work discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, sex, web sites, and research on the brain's role in perceiving art. It is suitable for the public, introductory students, and teachers in the arts.
Shows how the transformation of textual into visual culture (from the linearity of history into the two-dimensionality of magic) and of industrial into post-industrial society (from work into leisure) went hand in hand, and how photography allows us to read and interpret these changes with particular clarity.
Film is considered to be the dominant art form of the twentieth century. It can be considered many other things; a record of events, a modern mythology, a career, an industry, an art, a hobby, and much else. Michael Wood explores the history of film, its venture into the digital age, and its role and impact on modern society.
A new book from Reaktion best-selling author and artist, David Batchelor, The Luminous and the Grey is a unique study of the places where colour comes into being and where it fades away.
A varied selection of content, including excerpts, new translations, interviews with curators and artists, and art criticism. The Reader is contextualised under key themes and ideas that underpin the notion of a global art history that spans from the 1400s to present day. -- .
A passionately urgent call for all of us to unlearn imperialism and repair the violent world we share.
Joseph Beuys' work continues to influence and inspire practitioners and thinkers all over the world, in areas from organizational learning, direct democracy and money forms to art pedagogies and ecological art practices. This work describes Beuys' expanded conception of art and the deeper motivations and insights underlying 'social sculpture'.