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Painting by Numbers: Komar and Melamid's Scientific Guide to Art

Wypijewski, JoAnn, ed.

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ISBN 10: 0374228809 / ISBN 13: 9780374228804
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 1997
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Ex libris. Very good- condition, cover corner bumped, small scuff rear cover, pocket and withdrawn stamp back endpaper. a few other library marks, crease, small tear back endpaper, contents fine; dust jacket near fine, light edgewear, no marks. 205 pages, numerous color illustrations, paint-by-number design endpapers, oblong 4to, blue boards. Story of two Russians' survey of people worldwide on art preferences using 102 questions. Opinions of almost two billion people have been collected. Book includes the questions and statistical data along with results and has illustrations of the most and least wanted pictures in various countries. Bookseller Inventory # 016270

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Title: Painting by Numbers: Komar and Melamid's ...

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: Stated First Edition.

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Discusses the findings of the research by Soviet art critics on what Americans want in art


Since the days of the ancient Greek philosophers, people have asked the eternal question "What is beauty?" It took the insight of Russian artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid to apply modern scientific principles to this problem and finally to produce an answer. Using polls conducted by telephone in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, Komar and Melamid were able to determine what each country wanted to see in a painting, and what was least likely to please the public. They then produced canvases based on their polling, creating the most and least wanted paintings in the world. The results are not only funny, they are also oddly disturbing. Almost every nation had the same preferences: people wanted landscapes, and did not want abstract art. Only one nation bucked the trend, but you'll have to read the book to find out which. Painting by Numbers has more insight into art and commerce than any 10 dry studies of aesthetics, and is one of the most significant documents on popular taste ever produced--plus it's a laugh riot. And that, Plato, is beauty.

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