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Short Guide to Writing about Art, A,9780321292483

Short Guide to Writing about Art, A

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9780321292483

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0321292480
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
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Prentice Hall
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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

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK xv
PREFACE xvii
1 WRITING ABOUT ART
1(40)
The Writing Process
1(3)
What Is Art?
4(7)
Why Write about Art?
11(1)
The Writer's Audience as a Collaborator
12(2)
The Functions of Critical Writing
14(2)
A Sample Critical Essay
16(7)
Douglas Lee, 'Whistler's Japanese Mother"
16(4)
The Thesis and the Organization
20(1)
A Note on Outlining
21(2)
What Is an Interpretation-and Are All Interpretations Equally Valid?
23(10)
Interpretation and Interpretations
23(1)
Who Creates "Meaning"-Artist or Viewer?
24(2)
When We Look, Do We See a Masterpiece-or Ourselves?
26(3)
The Relevance of Context: The Effect of the Museum and the Picture Book
29(3)
Arguing an Interpretation (Supporting a Thesis)
32(1)
Expressing Opinions: The Writer's "I"
33(8)
What Writing about Art Is: A Very Short View
36(4)
Checklist of Basic Matters
40(1)
2 ANALYSIS
41(79)
Analytic Thinking: Seeing and Saying
41(3)
Subject Matter and Content
44(2)
Form and Content
46(1)
Getting Ideas: Asking Questions to Get Answers
47(52)
Basic Questions
48(2)
Drawing and Painting
50(16)
Sculpture
66(9)
Architecture
75(10)
Cautionary Words about Slides and Reproductions in Books and on the World Wide Web
85(1)
Photography
86(10)
Video Art
96(2)
Another Look at the Questions
98(1)
Formal Analysis
99(5)
What Formal Analysis Is
99(1)
Formal Analysis Versus Description
100(2)
Opposition to Formal Analysis
102(2)
Style as the Shaper of Form
104(1)
Sample Essay: A Formal Analysis
105(7)
Stephen Beer, "Formal Analysis: Prince Khunera as a Scribe"
107(2)
Behind the Scene: Beers Essay, from Early Responses to Final Version
109(3)
Postscript: Thoughts about the Words "Realistic" and "Idealized"
112(8)
3 WRITING A COMPARISON
120(15)
Comparing as a Way of Discovering
120(2)
Two Ways of Organizing a Comparison
122(4)
Sample Essay: A Student's Comparison
126(9)
Rebecca Bedell: "John Singleton Copley's Early Development: From Mrs. Joseph Mann to Mrs. Ezekial Goldthwait"
127(7)
Checklist for Writing a Comparison
134(1)
4 WRITING AN ENTRY IN AN EXHIBITION CATALOG
135(8)
Keeping the Audience in Mind
135(5)
A Sample Entry
140(3)
Checklist for Writing a Catalog Entry
142(1)
5 WRITING A REVIEW OF AN EXHIBITION
143(13)
What a Review Is
143(6)
Drafting a Review
146(3)
Checklist for Revising a Review
149(1)
Three Sample Reviews
149(7)
Phyllis Tuchman, "Mark Rothko"
150(4)
Ken Johnson, "Mark Rothko"
154(1)
Anonymous, "Mark Rothko"
155(1)
6 HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE ESSAY
156(11)
Looking Closely: Approaching a First Draft
157(3)
Revising: Achieving a Readable Draft
160(4)
Checklist for Revising a Draft
163(1)
Peer Review
164(1)
Checklist for Peer Review
164(1)
Preparing the Final Version
165(2)
7 STYLE IN WRITING
167(31)
Principles of Style
167(1)
Get the Right Word
168(9)
Denotation
168(1)
Connotation
169(1)
Concreteness
169(1)
A Note on the Use of "This" Without a Concrete Reference
170(1)
A Note on Technical Language
171(3)
Tone
174(1)
Repetition
175(1)
The Sound of Sense, the Sense of Sound
176(1)
Write Effective Sentences
177(7)
Economy
177(2)
Wordy Beginnings
179(1)
Passive Voice
179(1)
Parallels
180(1)
Variety
181(1)
Subordination
182(2)
Write Unified and Coherent Paragraphs
184(12)
Unity
185(4)
Coherence
189(2)
Introductory Paragraphs
191(3)
Concluding Paragraphs
194(2)
Checklist for Revising Paragraphs
196(1)
Note on Tenses
196(2)
8 SOME CRITICAL APPROACHES
198(23)
Social History: The New Art History and Marxism
199(6)
Gender Studies: Feminist Criticism and Gay and Lesbian Studies
205(8)
Biographical Studies
213(1)
Psychoanalytic Studies
214(2)
Iconography and Iconology
216(5)
9 ART-HISTORICAL RESEARCH
221(17)
Connoisseurship
221(2)
History and Criticism
223(1)
Some Critical Values
224(11)
Arguing about Values
234(1)
Historical Scholarship and Values
235(3)
10 WRITING A RESEARCH PAPER 238(38)
A Concise Overview
239(1)
Primary and Secondary Materials
240(1)
From Subject to Thesis
241(1)
Finding the Material
242(11)
The Library Catalog
243(1)
Browsing in Encyclopedias, Books, and Book Reviews
244(2)
Indexes and Subscription Databases to Published Material
246(5)
Other Guides
251(2)
Art Research and the World Wide Web
253(10)
The Internet and the Web
253(1)
Where to Start
254(1)
Web Search Engines
254(1)
Web Subject Directories
255(1)
Art-Related Directories
256(1)
Museum Directories
256(1)
Finding, Viewing, and Downloading Images
256(2)
Evaluating Web Sites
258(1)
Checklist for Evaluating Web Sites
259(1)
Referencing Web Pages
259(1)
Checklist for Electronic Documentation
260(1)
Citations for Electronic Materials
261(2)
Posting Questions
263(1)
Embedding URLs in Your Paper
263(1)
Keeping a Sense of Proportion
263(2)
Reading and Taking Notes
265(4)
Drafting and Revising the Paper
269(7)
Checklist for Reviewing a Revised Draft of a Research Paper
274(2)
11 MANUSCRIPT FORM 276(49)
Basic Manuscript Form
276(3)
Some Conventions of Language Usage
279(12)
The Apostrophe
279(1)
Capitalization
280(1)
The Dash
280(1)
The Hyphen
281(1)
Foreign Words and Quotations in Foreign Languages
281(1)
Left and Right
282(1)
Names
282(2)
Avoiding Sexist Language
284(1)
Avoiding Eurocentric Language
285(4)
Spelling
289(1)
Titles
290(1)
Italics and Underlining
291(1)
Quotations and Quotation Marks
291(4)
Acknowledging Sources
295(6)
Borrowing Without Plagiarizing
295(3)
Fair Use of Common Knowledge
298(1)
"But How Else Can I Put It?"
299(2)
Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism
301(1)
Documentation
301(1)
Footnotes and Endnotes
302(1)
Kinds of Notes
302(1)
Footnote Numbers and Positions
302(1)
Footnote Style
303(1)
Chicago Manual Style
303(9)
Books
304(2)
Journals and Newspapers
306(1)
Secondhand References
307(1)
Subsequent References
308(1)
Interviews, Lectures, and Letters
308(1)
Electronic Citations
309(1)
Bibliography (List of Works Cited)
309(1)
Bibliographic Style
309(3)
Art Bulletin Style
312(11)
Preparing the Manuscript
312(1)
Text (Including Text of Footnotes)
313(5)
Text References, Footnotes, and Frequently Cited Sources
318(4)
Captions
322(1)
Corrections in the Final Copy
323(2)
12 ESSAY EXAMINATIONS 325(6)
What Examinations Are
325(1)
Writing Essay Answers
326(4)
Last Words
330(1)
CREDITS 331(2)
INDEX 333
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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