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The Art of Understanding Art reveals to students and other readers new and meaningful ways of developing personal ideas and opinions about art and how to express them with confidence. Offers an inquiry-unique among introductory art texts-into the learning process of understanding and appreciating art Examines the multiple issues and processes essential to making, analyzing and evaluating art Uses cross-cultural examples to help readers develop comprehensive, yet personal, ways of looking at and thinking about art Includes an annotated glossary of the 'Art World', institutions and individuals that play a role in defining art as well as diagrams, textboxes callouts and other visual elements to highlight information and enhance learning Richly illustrated with over 40 images Suggests innovative class assignments and projects useful for developing lesson plans, and offers an online companion site for additional illustrations and information
Irina D. Costache, Ph.D., is an art historian and Professor of Art History at California State University Channel Islands. Her innovative teaching methodologies have been recognized with awards and grants. She has curated several exhibitions, including Postmodern Calligraphies, Nature and/or Technology and Line and Color. Her presentations and publications include This is Not a Painting: Art History and the Internet, Visual Culture/ Virtual Art, Italian Futurism and the Decorative Arts, and Futurist Film: an Incomplete Project.
Table of Contents
|Why Should Art Matter to You? A Message to Art Beginners|
|Introduction: What is Art?|
|Navigating the Book: A User’s Guide|
|Why Is Art Made? The Purposes of Art: A Brief Overview from A to Z|
|The Anatomy of a Work of Art|
|Artists and Patrons|
|Artists and Creators|
|The Creative Process: Inspiration and Influences|
|Environment, Materials, and Other Resources|
|Materials, Tools, and Technology|
|Other Resources: Knowledge and Information|
|Historical, Political, and Religious Context|
|Conclusion to Part One|
|The Dissemination of Original Art|
|Beyond Institutional Walls|
|Art and Business|
|Disseminating Art through Reproductions, and Other Issues|
|The Mass Media|
|Today’s Art World|
|Conclusion to Part Two|
|Visual Resources Used to Analyze Art|
|The Work Of Art|
|Visual Documentation and Research|
|Textual and Other Resources Used To Analyze Art|
|Primary Textual Sources|
|Secondary Textual Sources|
|Additional Resources for Research|
|A Critical Examination of Art Classification|
|Reflections on Art Classification|
|Chronology and Artistic Periods|
|Fine Art/High Art|
|Conclusion to Part Three|
|Interpreting Art: Criteria and Values|
|Preconceived Ideas about Art|
|Modern Art and the Audience|
|Artistic Values and Art Appreciation|
|Interpreting Art: Getting Started|
|Methodologies of Art|
|Introduction to Art Methodologies|
|Art Interpretation: Case Study|
|The Art World|
|Creative Assignments and Writing Projects|
|Glossary of Art and Artists|
|“Tools of the Trade” Diagrams: Form and Content (1–5) and Art Media (6–8)|
|List of Illustrations|
|Credits and Sources/Acknowledgements|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|