Art of Seeing (5th Edition)

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9780130914750: Art of Seeing (5th Edition)

This best-selling exploration of traditional and contemporary art and artistic media focuses on art as seen from the artist's point of view, and presents readers—and viewers—with an exciting gallery of work. Art comes to life through down-to-earth language, and numerous quotations from the artists themselves help explain, in their own words, what they were trying to do. The book contains a four-part organization: Part I lays the foundation for seeing; Parts II and III views two-and three-dimensional art; and Part IV approaches art as it exists in time. An emphasis on aesthetics and art techniques explains in detail the philosophical foundations, elements, and principles of design, and technical considerations of each medium. Broad coverage of all media and traditional and contemporary art includes a section on outsider art and illustrates and discusses multicultural and non-Western art and art by women. Also covered are traditional and contemporary topics such as encaustic; fresco; wood engraving; computer art, graphic design, photography, Xerox and FAX art, video art; conceptual art, performance art, earthworks, installation pieces, and folk art. For anyone who appreciates—and wants to deepen that appreciation of—art.

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Extensively revised and expanded, this best selling exploration of traditional and contemporary art and artistic media focuses on art as seen from the artists' point of view treating artistic techniques and introductory aesthetic principles.

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The Art of Seeing, now in its fifth edition, is an Art Appreciation textbook written from an artist's point of view. Written in highly accessible language for the non-major, it includes:

  • stimulating images and an extremely user-friendly text.
  • images by women and men across cultures, presented in an integrated manner.
  • artists on the cutting edge of the contemporary art scene.

New to this Edition

  • Three brand-new "Art Issues" boxes on Mixing Art and Politics: the Films of Leni Riefenstahl, Protecting Famous Art Works, and The Limits of the Restorer's Art.
  • Twelve new features entitled "The World Seen"-the contextual approach applied to a wide variety of highly developed non Western art forms such as Islamic calligraphy, Chinese landscape paintings, and Persian carpets.
  • New sections on Modernism, Minimalism, Postmodernism, and the Light and Space movement.
  • The new technologies have been specially updated: photography, video, film and computer graphics, as well as the revolutionary impact of the Internet.

Also Featured

  • A new section, "Contemporary Perspectives on Art Criticism" in Chapter 1, discussing feminist, psychoanalytical, and historical models, among others.
  • More on Performance Art in Chapter 15.
  • Full discursive captions for key works of art, relating artists' formal means of expression to underlying content or symbolism.
  • Expanded treatment of `Art in Time" (part 4).

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