Drawing us in: how we experience visual art
Deborah Chasman, Edna Chiang
Beacon Press, May 1, 2000 - Art - 138 pages
A collection of essays which offers a delightful range of views on the role of art in our psychic, social, and political lives. Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Alfred Kazin, Mary Gordon, Dave Hickey and more.
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Drawing us in: how we experience visual artUser Review - Book Verdict
As straightforward as its subtitle, this volume collects 15 brief essays describing the myriad ways human beings appreciate art. Don't let this thin volume deceive, however, for it is very high on impact in spite of its size. The tone is generally personal and accessible, clarifying the aesthetic issues involved. Critics, practicing artists, art teachers, and social observers all contribute their contrasting points of view. Most of the contributors, like Peter Schjeldahl ("A Theft in Norway"), bell hooks ("Art on My Mind"), Lucy Lippard ("Doubletake: The Diary of a Relationship with an Image"), and Arthur C. Danto ("Art and the Discourse of Nations"), are well-known figures in the art world. This book would make an excellent text for introductory art courses, yet it is a delight to read because it is so compact and personal. It is the kind of book that lingers with the reader because the essayists are so easy to identify with and because they summarize timeless art-related concerns. As has been said of many films, "I laughed, I cried." Recommended for public as well as academic collections.DSusan Olcott, Powell, OH ...
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