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The Art of Understanding Art A Behind the Scenes Story,9780470658345

The Art of Understanding Art A Behind the Scenes Story

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780470658345

ISBN10:
0470658347
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
4/24/2012
Publisher(s):
Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

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

Author Biography

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

Acknowledgments
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
Making Art
Artists and Patrons
Artists and Creators
The Creative Process: Inspiration and Influences
Patronage
Summary
Environment, Materials, and Other Resources
Environment
Materials, Tools, and Technology
Other Resources: Knowledge and Information
Summary
Context
Cultural Context
Historical, Political, and Religious Context
Societal Context
Summary
Conclusion to Part One
Disseminating Art
The Dissemination of Original Art
Institutions
Beyond Institutional Walls
Art and Business
Summary
Disseminating Art through Reproductions, and Other Issues
The Mass Media
Today’s Art World
Summary
Conclusion to Part Two
Analyzing Art
Visual Resources Used to Analyze Art
The Work Of Art
Visual Documentation and Research
Summary
Textual and Other Resources Used To Analyze Art
Primary Textual Sources
Secondary Textual Sources
Additional Resources for Research
Comparisons
Summary
A Critical Examination of Art Classification
Reflections on Art Classification
Chronology and Artistic Periods
Media
Fine Art/High Art
Graphic Arts
“Minor Arts”
Architecture
Other Categories
Summary
Conclusion to Part Three
Interpreting Art
Interpreting Art: Criteria and Values
Preconceived Ideas about Art
Modern Art and the Audience
Artistic Values and Art Appreciation
Modernism
Postmodernism
Interpreting Art: Getting Started
Summary
Methodologies of Art
Introduction to Art Methodologies
Art Interpretation: Case Study
Conclusion
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
Bibliography
Credits and Sources/Acknowledgements
Index
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