But Is It Art  Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

But Is It Art


  • Author : Cynthia Freeland
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2002-02-07
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191504259

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But Is It Art Excerpt :

In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this book, Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, function, and interpretation of the arts. Freeland also propels us into the future by surveying cutting-edge web sites, along with the latest research on the brain's role in perceiving art. This clear, provocative book engages with the big debates surrounding our responses to art and is an invaluable introduction to anyone interested in thinking about art.

Art Theory  A Very Short Introduction Book

Art Theory A Very Short Introduction


  • Author : Cynthia Freeland
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2003-02-13
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191579325

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Art Theory A Very Short Introduction Excerpt :

In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this Very Short Introduction Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, function, and interpretation of the arts. Freeland also propels us into the future by surveying cutting-edge web sites, alongside the latest research on the brain's role in perceiving art. This clear, provocative book engages with the big debates surrounding our responses to art and is an invaluable introduction to anyone interested in thinking about art. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

But is it Art  Book

But is it Art


  • Author : Nina Felshin
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015026921489

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But is it Art Excerpt :

This groundbreaking anthology documents the recent explosion of art that agitates for progressive social change. Leading art critics, historians, and journalists explore the provocative methods of activist artists who reject conventional art practices in favor of public sites and community participation.

The Naked And The Undead Book

The Naked And The Undead


  • Author : Cynthia Freeland
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-03-05
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 315
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429975868

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The Naked And The Undead Excerpt :

Horror is often dismissed as mass art or lowbrow entertainment that produces only short-term thrills. Horror films can be bloody, gory, and disturbing, so some people argue that they have bad moral effects, inciting viewers to imitate cinematic violence or desensitizing them to atrocities. In The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror, Cynthia A. Freeland seeks to counter both aesthetic disdain and moral condemnation by focusing on a select body of important and revealing films, demonstrating how the genre is capable of deep philosophical reflection about the existence and nature of evil?both human and cosmic. In exploring these films, the author argues against a purely psychoanalytic approach and opts for both feminist and philosophical understandings. She looks at what it is in these movies that serves to elicit specific reactions in viewers and why such responses as fear and disgust are ultimately pleasurable. The author is particularly interested in showing how gender figures into screen presentations of evil.The book is divided into three sections: Mad Scientists and Monstrous Mothers, which looks into the implications of male, rationalistic, scientific technology gone awry; The Vampire's Seduction, which explores the attraction of evil and the human ability (or inability) to distinguish active from passive, subject from object, and virtue from vice; and Sublime Spectacles of Disaster, which examines the human fascination with horror spectacle. This section concludes with a chapter on graphic horror films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Written for both students and film enthusiasts, the book examines a wide array of films including: The Silence of the Lambs, Repulsion, Frankenstein, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Alien, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, Frenzy, The Shining, Eraserhead, Hellraiser, and many others.

Philosophy and Film Book

Philosophy and Film


  • Author : Cynthia A. Freeland
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-01-08
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 271
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134714148

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Philosophy and Film Excerpt :

Philosophy and Film moves from broad theoretical reflections on film as a medium to concrete examinations of individual films.

Conversations on Art and Aesthetics Book

Conversations on Art and Aesthetics


  • Author : Hans Maes
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199686100

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Conversations on Art and Aesthetics Excerpt :

What is art? What counts as an aesthetic experience? Does art have to beautiful? Can one reasonably dispute about taste? What is the relation between aesthetic and moral evaluations? How to interpret a work of art? Can we learn anything from literature, film or opera? What is sentimentality? What is irony? How to think philosophically about architecture, dance, or sculpture? What makes something a great portrait? Is music representational or abstract? Why do we feel terrified when we watch a horror movie even though we know it to be fictional? In Conversations on Art and Aesthetics, Hans Maes discusses these and other key questions in aesthetics with ten world-leading philosophers of art: Noel Carroll, Gregory Currie, Arthur Danto, Cynthia Freeland, Paul Guyer, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Jerrold Levinson, Jenefer Robinson, Roger Scruton, and Kendall Walton. The exchanges are direct, open, and sharp, and give a clear account of these thinkers' core ideas and intellectual development. They also offer new insights into, and a deeper understanding of, contemporary issues in the philosophy of art.

What Are You Looking At  Book
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

What Are You Looking At


  • Author : Will Gompertz
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2012-10-25
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101561133

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What Are You Looking At Excerpt :

For skeptics, art lovers, and the millions of us who visit art galleries every year—and are confused—What Are You Looking At? by former director of London’s Tate Gallery Will Gompertz is a wonderfully lively, accessible narrative history of Modern Art, from Impressionism to the present day. What is modern art? Who started it? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it such big money? Join BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz on a dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art forever. From Monet's water lilies to Van Gogh's sunflowers, from Warhol's soup cans to Hirst's pickled shark, hear the stories behind the masterpieces, meet the artists as they really were, and discover the real point of modern art. You will learn: not all conceptual art is bollocks; Picasso is king (but Cézanne is better); Pollock is no drip; Dali painted with his moustache; a urinal changed the course of art; why your 5-year-old really couldn't do it. Refreshing, irreverent and always straightforward, What Are You Looking At? cuts through the pretentious art speak and asks all the basic questions that you were too afraid to ask. Your next trip to the art gallery is going to be a little less intimidating and a lot more interesting. With his offbeat humor, down-to-earth storytelling, and flair for odd details that spark insights, Will Gompertz is the perfect tour guide for modern art. His book doesn’t tell us if a work of art is good; it gives us the knowledge to decide for ourselves.

The Art of War Book

The Art of War


  • Author : Sun Tzu
  • Publisher : Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd
  • Release Date : 2021-03-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 104
  • ISBN 10 : 9789390960033

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The Art of War Excerpt :

The Art of War is an enduring classic that holds a special place in the culture and history of East Asia. An ancient Chinese text on the philosophy and politics of warfare and military strategy, the treatise was written in 6th century B.C. by a warrior-philosopher now famous all over the world as Sun Tzu. Sun Tzu's teachings remain as relevant to leaders and strategists today as they were to rulers and military generals in ancient times. Divided into thirteen chapters and written succinctly, The Art of War is a must-read for anybody who works in a competitive environment.

The New Art History Book

The New Art History


  • Author : Jonathan Harris
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2002-09-11
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134582501

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The New Art History Excerpt :

The New Art History provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental changes which have occurred in both the institutions and practice of art history over the last thirty years. Jonathan Harris examines and accounts for the new approaches to the study of art which have been grouped loosely under the term 'the new art history'. He distinguishes between these and earlier forms of 'radical' or 'critical' analysis, explores the influence of other disciplines and traditions on art history, and relates art historical ideas and values to social change. Structured around an examination of key texts by major contemporary critics, including Tim Clarke, Griselda Pollock, Fred Orton, Albert Boime, Alan Wallach and Laura Mulvey, each chapter discusses a key moment in the discipline of art history, tracing the development and interaction of Marxist, feminist and psychoanalytic critical theories. Individual chapters include: * Capitalist Modernity, the Nation-State and Visual Representation * Feminism, Art, and Art History * Subjects, Identities and Visual Ideology * Structures and Meanings in Art and Society * The Representation of Sexuality

Butt Is It Art  Book

Butt Is It Art


  • Author : Multiverse Books
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-02-14
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 0578613964

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Butt Is It Art Excerpt :

An artistic anthology of butt, bottoms, and booties.

Survival of the Beautiful Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Survival of the Beautiful


  • Author : David Rothenberg
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2012-02-02
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408828823

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Survival of the Beautiful Excerpt :

"The peacock's tail," said Charles Darwin, "makes me sick." That's because the theory of evolution as adaptation can't explain why nature is so beautiful. It took the concept of sexual selection for Darwin to explain that, a process that has more to do with aesthetics than the practical. Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution. Taking inspiration from Darwin's observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense, philosopher and musician David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans included, have innate appreciation for beauty-and why nature is, indeed, beautiful. Sexual selection may explain why animals desire, but it says very little about what they desire. Why will a bowerbird literally murder another bird to decorate its bower with the victim's blue feathers? Why do butterfly wings boast such brilliantly varied patterns? The beauty of nature is not arbitrary, even if random mutation has played a role in evolution. What can we learn from the amazing range of animal aesthetic behavior-about animals, and about ourselves? Readers who enjoyed the bestsellers The Art Instinct and The Mind's Eye will find Survival of the Beautiful an equally stimulating and profound exploration of art, science, and the creative impulse.

The Goldfinch Book
Score: 3.5
From 3,552 Ratings

The Goldfinch


  • Author : Donna Tartt
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 784
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316248679

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A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, New York Times Book Review). Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love -- and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, Washington Post).

But Is It Art  Book

But Is It Art


  • Author : Alix Wood
  • Publisher : Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-01-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 1482422972

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But Is It Art Excerpt :

Graffiti has been found on monuments in ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Body art is an important practice in cultures around the world, such as henna in India and tribal tattooing in Africa. This innovative series introduces these and several other kinds of creation that may be considered art today, including junk sculptures and performance art. The main content explains the concepts behind each, and fact boxes offer historical context and other perspectives. Full-color photographs engage readers with the topics they are considering while sidebars ask pertinent questions for readers to think about as they read. High-interest, unique topics attract readers. Funky, colorful layout reflects the creative content. Thoughtful questions asked in the text encourage critical-thinking skills. Age-appropriate content and high-interest subject matter that captivates readers' attention.

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Book
Score: 3.5
From 19 Ratings

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse


  • Author : Eric Carle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-05-05
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593382820

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The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Excerpt :

A brilliant new Eric Carle picture book for the artist in us all Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world as he sees it, just like a child. There's a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. More than anything, there's imagination. Filled with some of the most magnificently colorful animals of Eric Carle's career, this tribute to the creative life celebrates the power of art.

Newspaper Blackout Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

Newspaper Blackout


  • Author : Austin Kleon
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2014-03-18
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061989940

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Newspaper Blackout Excerpt :

Poet and cartoonist Austin Kleon has discovered a new way to read between the lines. Armed with a daily newspaper and a permanent marker, he constructs through deconstruction—eliminating the words he doesn't need to create a new art form: Newspaper Blackout poetry. Highly original, Kleon's verse ranges from provocative to lighthearted, and from moving to hysterically funny, and undoubtedly entertaining. The latest creations in a long history of "found art," Newspaper Blackout will challenge you to find new meaning in the familiar and inspiration from the mundane. Newspaper Blackout contains original poems by Austin Kleon, as well as submissions from readers of Kleon's popular online blog and a handy appendix on how to create your own blackout poetry.