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Brief, visual, and relevant, THE POWER OF ART, 2e delivers an engaging, jargon-free survey for the art appreciation course. Richard and Susan Lewis open your eyes to the power of art with their captivating writing, so lively and succinct that you'll be able to complete your reading quickly, concentrate on the accompanying illustrations, and come to class prepared. The book's reproductions — larger than in other art appreciation texts — make it easier to focus on the key details important to understanding the artwork. The text does an exceptional job of focusing on the Western tradition while incorporating non-Western material in key points to demonstrate cultural intersections and mutual influences. Clear discussions of artistic forms and art in Western culture are complemented by boxed features like "Art News" and "Global View" that highlight the relevance of art today, controversial topics, and the impact of non-Western cultures on the West. In addition to its excellent art history coverage, THE POWER OF ART features a diverse mix of artists and spotlights the latest technologies used to create art. This solid text also is bolstered by ArtExperience Online's rich learning tools. The Advantage pricing of this text delivers an unrivaled value!
Richard Lewis is Professor of Art at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he has taught for more than 25 years and previously served as Chair of Art and Art History and Dean of Academic Programs. Currently, he coordinates the programs at its branch campus in Florence, Italy, is the Director of its M.A. in Museum Studies there, and has led student travel courses to England, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, and Japan. He holds a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from Purchase College and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Michigan. He is very active in the field of digital art and multimedia, and has also authored a textbook on digital media (Prentice Hall in 2003).
Susan I. Lewis is Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She studied studio art at Rhode Island School of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, holds a B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in History from Binghamton University. She has contributed to books, published articles in professional journals, and is the author of Unexceptional Women, published by Ohio State University Press.
Part I: THE LANGUAGE OF ART. 1. The Power of Art. 2. The Primary Elements. 3. The Principles of Design. Part II: THE ARTIST'S MATERIALS AND TOOLS. 4. Drawing. 5. Painting. 6. Printmaking. 7. Photography. 8. New Media: Time and Digital Arts. 9. Sculpture. 10. Architecture. 11. Decorative Arts, Crafts, and Design. Part III: A GLOBAL HERITAGE. 12. Ancient Empires, Ancient Gods. 13. The Age of Faith. 14. The Renaissance. 15. Drama and Light: Mannerism, The Baroque, and Rococo. Part IV: THE MODERN ERA. 16. The Battle of the Isms: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism. 17. Out of the Studio and Into the Light: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. 18. The Real World on Trial: The Early Twentieth Century. 19. The Invisible Made Visible: Abstract and Nonrepresentational Art Crossing the Frontier. 20. A Storm of Images: Art in the Contemporary World.