Ways of Seeing
British Broadcasting Corporation, 1972 - Art - 166 pages
John Berger's Classic Text on Art
John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures." By now he has.
"Berger has the ability to cut right through the mystification of the professional art critics . . . He is a liberator of images: and once we have allowed the paintings to work on us directly, we are in a much better position to make a meaningful evaluation" —Peter Fuller, Arts Review
"The influence of the series and the book . . . was enormous . . . It opened up for general attention to areas of cultural study that are now commonplace" —Geoff Dyer in Ways of Telling
Winner of the 1972 Booker Prize for his novel, G., John Peter Berger (born November 5th, 1926) is an art critic, painter and author of many novels including A Painter of Our Time, From A to X and Bento's Sketchbook.
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We only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice. As a result of this act,
what we see is brought within our reach – though not necessarily within arm's
reach. To touch something is to situate oneself in relation to it. (Close your eyes,
... glamorous resides in their supposed happiness: the power of the bureaucrat in
his supposed authority. It is this which explains the absent, unfocused look of so
many glamour images. They look out over the looks of envy which sustain them.
The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. “But there is also another
sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our
place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rnmdfrd - www.librarything.com
So clearly and succinctly written, even with its unique insights. I love how John Berger writes just as much as how he sees art. I will definitely continue to read more of his work. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing
I imagine, that when this book was originally published, and even more so when the BBC showed the television series, that this was pretty controversial. Berger does not fawn over the merits of the ... Read full review