The Art of Seeing

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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For one semester courses in Art Appreciation or Introduction to Art. This best-selling exploration of traditional and contemporary art and artistic media focuses on art as seen from the artist's point of view, treating artistic techniques and introductory aesthetic principles. It is a clear, concise presentation with illustrations and a strong emphasis on the elements and media.

Table of Contents

Learning To See
Understanding Art
The Creative Impulse
BOX:Maria Lewis on Suffering and Creativity
Political Content
Power and Propaganda
Spiritual Purposes
Inner Experiences
BOX:Vincent van Gogh on Emotion and Intellect
Beauty in Form
Forms of Art
Two-and Three dimensional Art
Degrees of Realism
Fine and Applied Arts
BOX:Georgia O'Keefe on ldquo;Saying What I Want To
rdquo;Public and Private Art
Art Issues: Censorship of Offensive Art
Critical Opinion
Art Issues: Race and Gender Criticism
Greatness in Art
Visual Elements
Seeing Lines
The World Seen: Islamic Calligraphy
Implied Line
Descriptive Line
Expressive Qualities of Line
Directional Line
Shape and Form
Characteristics of Three-Dimensional Form
BOX:Henry Moore on Form and Space
Two-Dimensional Illusion of Form Shapes
BOX:Arshile Gorky on the Intensity of Art
Three-Dimensional Art in Space
Two-Dimensional Space
Spatial Illusion
Actual Texture
Simulated Texture
Value and Light
Local and Interpretive Values
Light as a Medium
A Vocabulary of Color
Natural and Applied Color
Local, Atmospheric, and Interpretive Color
Emotional Effects of Color
Warm and Cool Colors
Advancing and Receding Colors
Color Combinations
Interaction of Color
Limited and Open Palette
BOX:Josef Albers on the Complexity of Color
Actual Movement
Illusion of Movement
BOX:Auguste Rodin on the Illusion of Movement
The Captured Moment
Change Through Time
Organizing Principles of Design
Compositional Unity
BOX:Wassily Kandinsky on Underlying Harmony
Relationship to the Environment
Two-Dimensional Media and Methods
Approaches to Drawing
Dry Media
Graphite Pencil
Pastel Crayon
Liquid Media
Pen and Ink
BOX:The World Seen: Chinese Landscape Paintings
Brush and Ink
Approaches to Painting
Paint Media
Leonardo da Vinci on Chiaroscuro
Art Issues: Are there Limits to the Restorer's Art? Oil
Art Issues: Cleaning and Restoring Paintings
The Word Seen: Tibetan Sand Paintings
Mixed Media
Printmaking Processes
BOX:Stephen Alcorn on the Challenge of Linocuts
Mixed Print Media
Graphic Design
The Graphic Designer and Visual Ideas
BOX:Peter Good on the Art of Graphic Design
Photography, Photocopy, and Film-Making
BOX:Edward Weston on Photography as a Way of Seeing
Photocopy and Fax Art
Television and Video
Art Issues: Mixing Art and Politics: The Films of Leni Riefenstahl
Computer Graphics
The Computer as a Drawing Medium
The Computer as a Painting Medium
The Computer in Three-Dimensional Art
Video Graphics
Virtual Reality
The Computer as a Unique Art Medium
Art in Cyberspace
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We are very pleased to be able to offer this new sixth edition ofThe Art of Seeing,for its features will bring readers even closer than before to an informed understanding of the fine and applied arts of the world. The scope of this understanding has been extended in many ways. NEW FEATURES OF THIS EDITION Color is such a critical element of design that the use of color illustrations has been greatly increased in this edition, with 66 new color images. We have particularly emphasized the reproduction of paintings in color and have added important painters who did not appear in previous editions, such as Bellini and Delacroix. The new artworks range from multi-media installations and Daniel Libeskind's model for a poignantly symbolic post-9/11 World Trade Center to wooden sculpture by the thirteenth-century Japanese master, Unkei. The multicultural nature of the book has been enhanced with new material from contemporary Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, Native American, and African artists. Women artists continue to be well represented throughout the book, particularly in contemporary pieces such as the provocative installation and performance work of Marina Abramovic. Digital art has become an integral part of the contemporary art scene, so its coverage has been expanded and updated throughout the book as well as in the chapter on digital art. At the same time, consideration of historical movements has also been enhanced with additions such as a new section on Assyrian art. The Art of Seeinghas been completely redesigned for greater readability and clarity. Each chapter now begins with a helpful list of "Key Concepts" to help readers mentally organize the material that follows. Boxes in Chapter 15 summarizing major historical developments in Western art along with significant events of the times have been completely reorganized, with references to pieces of art previously illustrated in the book to explain particular topics, so that these works may also be better understood within their historical contexts. Special feature boxes were introduced to the fifth edition entitled "The World Seen." Each examines an art form that has been highly developed in a particular time and place, such as the brush and ink paintings of Sung China, the precious metalwork of Tsarist Russia, the ivory work of the kingdom of Benin, and the traditional gold-embroidered saris that have now entered the realm of high fashion in India. The social and cultural factors that led to these heights are examined along with the exceptional skillfulness of the artists. In the sixth edition, another extraordinary art wonder of the world has been added: "The Hidden Temples of Angkor" in Cambodia. These "The World Seen" boxes are distinguished from the running text by their green-tinted headings. The special feature boxes on "Art Issues" have also been updated and expanded, with the addition of boxes on "Looting of Art Treasures," prompted by thefts from the Baghdad Museum but also delving into other similar controversies, plus boxes on "Preserving Ephemeral Materials" and "TheCamera Obscura:A Trade Secret?" Both in the text and in these special boxes we have attempted to explore many areas of controversy in the art world. These "Art Issues" boxes are distinguished from the running text by their brown-tinted headings. THE NATURE OF THIS BOOK As always, we have taken considerable effort inThe Art of Seeingto make art come to life. The language we use is vigorous and down-to-earth, with many quotations from the artists themselves to help explain, in their own words, what they were trying to do. There are also numerous "Artists on Art" boxes throughout the book, distinguished by blue-tinted headings, featuring more lengthy passages in which major artists speak about their work in general, giving students valuable insights into art from the artists' point of view. Artists' own words abou

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Decent book March 7, 2011
The book is alright. Not too exciting, but it's a textbook so you shouldn't expect too much. The book does have good info in it and does a good job of explaining concepts, etc.
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