Perceiving the Arts: An Introduction to the Humanities (8th Edition)

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KEY BENEFIT: Written for individuals who have little or no knowledge of the arts, Perceiving the Arts has a specific and limited purpose: to provide an introductory, technical, and respondent-related reference to the arts and literature. KEY TOPICS: Intended to give basic information about each of the arts disciplines–drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture, music, theatre, dance, cinema, landscape architecture, and literature–the book seeks to give its readers touchstones concerning what to look and listen for in works of art and literature. MARKET: For arts and humanities instructors and enthusiasts.

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Designed for students who have little or no knowledge of the arts, this well-illustrated, basic handbook of terms and concepts provides a unique introduction to aesthetic perception -- what to look and listen for in works of visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, landscape architecture, architecture, and literature. It shows them how to build on cognitive/perceptual skills they already have to develop discriminating artistic perception for approaching, analyzing, and evaluating works of art -- and to think critically about how their relationship with the arts might enrich their quality of life.

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Key Benefit: Designed for readers who have little or no knowledge of the arts, this well-illustrated, basic handbook of terms and concepts provides a unique introduction to aesthetic perception—what to look and listen for in works of visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, landscape architecture, architecture, and literature. It shows how to build on cognitive/perceptual skills to develop discriminating artistic perception for approaching, analyzing, and evaluating works of art—and to think critically about how the reader's relationship with the arts might enrich their quality of life. Key Topics: Explains how readers can use the cognitive/perceptual skills they have been naturally developing since childhood to see, hear, and read meaning in works of art and literature. Uses a uniformity of approach to each art — based on Broudy's formulation of aesthetic perception and response. Poses four questions in approaching each discipline: What is it? (a formal response); How is it put together?; (a technical response). How does it appeal to the senses? (an experiential approach); What does it mean? (a contextual and personal response). Covers painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, music, opera, theatre, dance, film, landscape architecture, architecture, and literature. Features a comprehensive chapter on theatre. Includes illustrations that reflect the works of Asian, African, African-American, Native American, and women artists. Features interviews with contemporary artists and an international critic — providing important insights into the human process of the arts — the people, problems, and concerns of those who communicate through the arts.

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