To The Rescue Of Art

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Never before published essays by the widely admired psychologist of art. Arnheim spiritedly asserts art's fundamental achievements.

Rudolf Arnheim has spent a lifetime analyzing the basic psychological principles that make works of visual art meaningful, stirring, indispensable, and lasting. But recent fashionable attitudes and theories about art, he argues, are undermining the foundation of artistic achievement itself.

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Overview

Never before published essays by the widely admired psychologist of art. Arnheim spiritedly asserts art's fundamental achievements.

Rudolf Arnheim has spent a lifetime analyzing the basic psychological principles that make works of visual art meaningful, stirring, indispensable, and lasting. But recent fashionable attitudes and theories about art, he argues, are undermining the foundation of artistic achievement itself.

The essays collected in this volume are written in his familiar, careful, and solidly supported manner, but under present circumstances they amount to a call to arms.
Included is a series of miniature monographs on a variety of great works of art.
In other essays, Arnheim uncovers enlightening perspectives in the art of the blind, in architectural space, in caricature, and in the work of psychotics and autistic children. He also presents new scientific aspects on the psychology of art and widens our range of vision by connecting art with language, literature, and religion.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book comprises 25 essays written mostly in the 1980s. Many have never been published; others were reworked or spliced together from previously published articles. The topics covered are quite diverse, although they are mainly centered around the author's specialty--the psychology of art. Here the reader can find insightful investigations into the problems of perception, conceptualization, and epistemology as they relate to visual arts, music, and the written word; the arts of the mentally and perceptually impaired; gestalt psychology; and the religious nature/function of art. As such, this volume is not as polemical as the title suggests. Rather, the essays attempt to demonstrate, positively, how the arts provide meaning for human beings by helping them to sort out satisfactorily the perceptual/conceptual problems we encounter in everyday life. The author is truly at his best when he is exploring these problems in light of their philosophical ramifications. As a whole the book is well written and will complement well Arnheim's other seminal works on the psychology of art. Highly recommended.-- David B. Hegeman, Kings Coll . Lib . , Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520074590
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/1991
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Rudolf Arnheim taught at Sarah Lawrence College for many years and was the first Professor of the Psychology of Art at Harvard. He taught at the University of Michigan after his retirement and is the author of ten other books, all published by the University of California Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
In Favor of Confrontation 3
Art Among the Objects 7
What Became of Abstraction? 15
The Reach of Reality in the Arts 27
Space as an Image of Time 35
The Reading of Images and the Images of Reading 45
Writers' Pointers 53
For Your Eyes Only: Seven Exercises in Art Appreciation 61
Picasso at Guernica 74
Sculpture: The Nature of a Medium 82
Negative Space in Architecture 92
Caricature: The Rationale of Deformation 101
Art History and Psychology 115
The Melody of Motion 127
Perceptual Aspects of Art for the Blind 133
The Artistry of Psychotics 144
The Puzzle of Nadia's Drawings 155
The Artist as Healer 164
But Is It Science? 175
Complementarity from the Outside 185
Interaction: Its Benefits and Costs 193
What Is Gestalt Psychology? 200
The Two Faces of Gestalt Theory 206
Beyond the Double Truth 217
Art as Religion 227
In the Company of the Century 236
Index 245
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