The Split And The Structure / Edition 1

The Split And The Structure / Edition 1

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by Rudolf Arnheim, Rudolf Arneheim
     
 


Rudolf Arnheim's great forte is his ability to illuminate the perceptual processes that go into the making and reception of artworks—painting, sculpture, architecture, and film. Over the years, his pioneering mode of "reading" art from a unique scientific/philosophic perspective has garnered him an established and devoted audience. That audience will take… See more details below

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Rudolf Arnheim's great forte is his ability to illuminate the perceptual processes that go into the making and reception of artworks—painting, sculpture, architecture, and film. Over the years, his pioneering mode of "reading" art from a unique scientific/philosophic perspective has garnered him an established and devoted audience. That audience will take pleasure in Arnheim's most recent collection of essays, one that covers a range of topics and includes titles such as "Outer Space and Inner Space," "What Is an Aesthetic Fact?," "As I Saw Children's Art," "Two Ways of Being Human," "Consciousness—an Island of Images," and "From Chaos to Wholeness."

The notion of structure is Arnheim's guide in these explorations. Most of the essays examine the nature of structure affirmatively: how it comes about, its incentives and objectives, its celebration of perfection. He is interested in how artists grope for structure to shape powerful, enlightening images, and how a scientist's search for truth is a search for structure.

Writing with enviable clarity, even when deploying complex arguments, Arnheim makes it easy and exciting to follow him as he thinks. America is not abundantly supplied with "public intellectuals" such as Rudolf Arnheim—to have his writings with us is cause for celebration.

"The word 'structure' appears for good reason in the title of this collection. . . . Structure seems to be needed as an arbiter wherever this civilization of ours is split by selfish interests and fighting for either/or decisions. The essays want to speak with the voice of reason, because they want to show how the parts require the whole."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520204782
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/17/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
The Split and the Structure3
Learning by What Is Around13
Two Sources of Cognition17
The Two Authenticities of the Photographic Media24
The Way of the Crafts33
Outer Space and Inner Space42
Inside and Outside in Architecture45
Drawings in Design52
Notes on Religious Architecture57
What Is an Aesthetic Fact?65
From Pleasure to Contemplation73
The Symbolism of Light78
A God's Perfection83
Gauguin's Homage to Honesty85
The Echo of the Mountain92
Deus ex Machina97
A Maverick in Art History104
Learning by Looking and Thinking113
As I Saw Children's Art120
Artistry in Retardation126
A System of Expressive Movement133
The Face and the Mind behind It139
Consciousness - an Island of Images144
Form as Creation151
From Chaos to Wholeness156
Two Ways of Being Human165
Lemonade and the Perceiving Mind169
The Dynamics of Problem Solving174
Acknowledgments179
Index181

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