Visual Arts Guide / Edition 1

Visual Arts Guide / Edition 1

by Dennis J. Sporre
     
 

This basic survey of the visual arts—two-dimensional art, sculpture, decorative arts and crafts, photography and cinema— provides the fundamental principles about visual art and its media with a concise survey of Western art history including Byzantine and Islamic art. The volume is designed to stimulate and involve readers in an active pursuit of new… See more details below

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This basic survey of the visual arts—two-dimensional art, sculpture, decorative arts and crafts, photography and cinema— provides the fundamental principles about visual art and its media with a concise survey of Western art history including Byzantine and Islamic art. The volume is designed to stimulate and involve readers in an active pursuit of new experience by including numerous works of art that can be studied on the Internet. The volume explains what art does, how art is put together, two dimensional art, sculpture and decorative arts and crafts, photography and cinema, renaissance to enlightenment, romanticism, realism, impressionism, post-impressionism, and art nouveau, the explosion of art in the early to mid-twentieth century and pluralism in a postmodern world. For beginning art enthusiasts and other interested in expanding their appreciation of art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130416131
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Introduction: Where Are We Going?1
How Do I Use This Book and Learn about Art?1
What Happens When We Connect to the World Wide Web?1
How Do I Pronounce All the Names and Terms?2
How Do We Put This Study in Context?2
1What Does Art Do?6
What's in This Chapter?6
What Concerns Art?6
To What Purposes and Functions?10
How Should We Perceive and Respond?14
Can We Figure Out Style?15
How Do We Live with Art?19
2How Is Art Put Together?24
What's in This Chapter?24
How Does Composition Work?24
What Other Factors Affect Us?35
3Can We See in Two Dimensions? Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking44
What's in This Chapter?44
Drawing Is the Basis45
Painting Is the Dominant Form48
Prints Offer Multiple Opportunities51
Building a Basic Analysis60
4Can We Handle Three Dimensions? Sculpture and Decorative Arts and Crafts62
What's in This Chapter?62
Sculpture--What's in a Form?62
What Are Decorative Arts and Crafts?76
Building a Basic Analysis79
5Getting Next to Structures: Architecture80
What's in This Chapter?80
How Is Architecture Put Together?81
How Can We Respond to Architecture?97
Building a Basic Analysis100
6The Flicker of Camera Art: Photography and Cinema103
What's in This Chapter?103
Photography--Capturing Images through a Lens103
Cinematography--Like Life in a Can107
Building a Basic Analysis114
7From Order and Restraint to Spirituality: Greek Classical, Hellenistic, Roman Classical, Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque, and Gothic Art, c. 500 B.C.E.-c. 1400 C.E.116
What's in This Chapter?116
Greek Classicism--A Predominance of Form over Feeling117
Hellenistic Style--The Emergence of Feeling121
Imperial Roman Classicism--Emulation of the Greeks121
Byzantine Styles--Infusing Spirituality into Art126
Islamic Tradition--Art as a Holy Place128
Romanesque Style--Art in Service to the Christian Church129
Gothic Style--Letting in the Light131
8From Rebirth to Rationalism: Renaissance to Enlightenment, c. 1400-c. 1800135
What's in This Chapter?135
The Renaissance--The Individual Reborn135
The Baroque--Ornateness and Emotion144
The Enlightenment--Confidence in the Power of Reason150
9Fragmenting Images, Emotions, and Individualism: Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Postimpressionism, and Art Nouveau, c. 1800-c. 1900156
What's in This Chapter?156
Romanticism--The Maximum in Anticlassicism156
Realism--Objective Observations of Objective Reality161
Impressionism--Common Passions in Pursuit of Spontaneity164
Postimpressionism--A Diversity of Personalism165
Art Nouveau--Popular Art in Whiplash170
10Viva Innovation and Experimentation: An Explosion of Art in the Early to Mid-Twentieth Century, c. 1900-c. 1960171
What's in This Chapter?171
Expressionism--Joint Reactions172
Cubism--Visual Fragmentation173
Mechanism and Futurism--Dynamic Machines175
Abstraction--The Dissolving Image176
Dada--Antiart Art?178
Surrealism--The Unconscious Mind178
The Harlem Renaissance180
American Painting--A Wealth of Diversity181
Abstract Expressionism--From Brushwork to Content182
Pop Art--From Where We Live183
Minimalism--Reductio Ad Infinitum184
Architecture--Experiments in Modernism185
Cinema and Neorealism190
11Pluralism in a Postmodern World: c. 1960-Present193
What's in This Chapter?193
Painting and Sculpture194
Architecture--Revisionism Revisited201
Cyber and Computer Art--A New Way of Seeing?202
12Conclusion: Applying Critical Thought206
What Is Art Criticism?206
Types of Criticism207
Making Value Judgments210
A Final Thought211
Glossary212
Further Reading223
Index225

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