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A Short Guide to Writing about Art,9780673524874

A Short Guide to Writing about Art

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Edition:
5th
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9780673524874

ISBN10:
0673524876
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/1997
Publisher(s):
Addison-Wesley
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Summary

Key Benefit: "A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Eighth Edition," the best-selling book of its kind, equips students to analyze pictures (drawings, paintings, photographs), sculptures and architecture, and prepares them with the tools they need to present their ideas in effective writing. Key Topics: This concise yet thorough guide to " seeing and saying" addresses a wealth of fundamental matters, such as distinguishing between description and analysis, writing a comparison, using peer review, documenting sources, and editing the final essay. Market: This book is a perfect complement to any art course where writing is involved

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 Writing about Art
1(21)
What Is Art?
1(3)
Why Write about Art?
4(1)
The Writer's Audience
4(1)
The Function of Critical Writing
5(2)
A Sample Essay
7(5)
Robert Herbert
"Millet's The Gleaners"
8(3)
A Note on Outlining
11(1)
What Is an Interpretation--and Are All Interpretations Equally Valid?
12(5)
Interpretation and Interpretations
12(1)
Who Creates "Meaning"--Artist or Viewer?
13(1)
The Relevance of Context
14(2)
Arguing an Interpretation
16(1)
When We Look, Do We See a Masterpiece--or Ourselves?
17(2)
Expressing Opinions
19(3)
2 Analysis
22(64)
Analytic Thinking: Seeing and Saying
22(3)
Subject Matter and Content
25(3)
Getting Ideas: Asking Questions to Get Answers
28(45)
Basic Questions
28(2)
Drawing and Painting
30(8)
A Note on Nonobjective Painting
38(4)
Sculpture
42(5)
A Note on Nonobjective Sculpture
47(5)
A Cautionary Word about Photographs of Sculpture
52(1)
Architecture
53(8)
Photography
61(10)
Another Look at the Questions
71(2)
Formal Analysis
73(4)
What Formal Analysis Is
73(1)
Opposition to Formal Analysis
74(1)
Formal Analysis versus Description
75(2)
Style as the Shaper of Form
77(2)
Sample Essay: A Formal Analysis
79(7)
Stephen Beer
"Formal Analysis: Prince Khunera as a Scribe"
79(4)
Behind the Scene: Beer's Essay, from Early Responses to Final Version
83(1)
Beer's Earliest Responses
83(1)
Organizing Notes
83(1)
Preparing a Preliminary Outline
83(1)
Writing a Draft
84(1)
Outlining a Draft
84(2)
3 Writing a Comparison
86(18)
Comparing as a Way of Discovering
86(1)
Two Ways of Organizing a Comparison
87(5)
Sample Essays: Two Comparisons
92(12)
L. R. Rogers
"Two Low Relief Carvings from the Fifteenth Century"
93(3)
Rebecca Bedell
"John Singleton Copley's Early Development: From Mrs. Joseph Mann to Mrs. Ezekial Goldthwait"
96(8)
4 Some Critical Approaches
104(17)
Social History: The New Art History and Marxism
104(3)
Gender Studies: Feminist Criticism and Gay and Lesbian Studies
107(6)
Biographical Studies
113(1)
Psychoanalytic Studies
114(1)
Iconography and Iconology
115(6)
5 In Brief: How to Write an Effective Essay
121(15)
Getting to a First Draft
121(2)
Getting to a Readable Draft
123(4)
Revising
124(1)
Peer Review
125(2)
Preparing the Final Version
127(1)
Guidelines on Writing with a Computer
128(8)
Preparing to Write
128(1)
Initial Note-taking
128(1)
Recording Sources
129(1)
Outlining
130(2)
Writing a First Draft
132(1)
Revising a Draft
132(1)
Saving and Backing Up
133(1)
Proofreading
133(1)
Graphics and the Computer
133(1)
The Final Document
134(2)
6 Style in Writing
136(18)
Principles of Style
136(1)
Get the Right Word
137(3)
Denotation
137(1)
Connotation
137(1)
Concreteness
137(1)
Tone
137(2)
Repetition
139(1)
The Sound of Sense, the Sense of Sound
140(1)
Write Effective Sentences
140(5)
Economy
140(3)
Parallels
143(1)
Subordination
143(2)
Write Unified and Coherent Paragraphs
145(9)
Unity
145(4)
Coherence
149(2)
Introductory Paragraphs
151(1)
Concluding Paragraphs
152(2)
7 Manuscript Form
154(33)
Basic Manuscript Form
154(3)
Corrections in the Final Copy
157(1)
Quotations and Quotation Marks
158(3)
Acknowledging Sources
161(4)
Borrowing without Plagiarizing
161(2)
Fair Use of Common Knowledge
163(1)
"But How Else Can I Put It?"
164(1)
Footnotes and Endnotes
165(8)
Kinds of Notes
165(1)
Footnote Numbers and Positions
166(1)
Footnote Style
166(7)
Bibliography
173(3)
Bibliographic Style
173(3)
Some Conventions of Language Usage
176(11)
The Apostrophe
176(1)
Capitalization
177(1)
The Dash
177(1)
Foreign Words and Quotations in Foreign Languages
178(1)
The Hyphen
178(1)
Names
179(1)
Avoiding Sexist Language
179(1)
Avoiding Eurocentric Language
180(4)
Spelling
184(1)
Titles
185(1)
Italics and Underlining
185(2)
8 The Research Paper
187(26)
A Note on Art-Historical Research and Art Criticism
187(8)
Connoisseurship
187(1)
History and Criticism
188(2)
Criticism and Values
190(5)
What Research Is
195(1)
Primary and Secondary Materials
196(1)
From Subject to Thesis
196(1)
Finding the Material
196(9)
The Library Catalog: Card or Computerized Scanning Encyclopedias, Books, and Book Reviews
198(2)
Indexes and Databases to Published Material
200(3)
Other Guides
203(2)
Reading and Taking Notes
205(2)
Writing the Paper
207(6)
9 Essay Examinations
213(5)
What Examinations Are
213(2)
Writing Essay Answers
215(2)
Last Words
217(1)
Credits 218(1)
Index 219


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