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Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series

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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...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140135152
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Series: Richard Seaver Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 104,559
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    Very Eye Opening

    If you are ready to question how you see the world around you, read this book. This is not a book of 'knowledge' but a book of questions. Berger and friends are asking some very estute questions about how we portray people. First written nearly 30 years ago, but still very vibrant and relevant.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    I'm sure this is a great book, however, it is so poorly typeset

    I'm sure this is a great book, however, it is so poorly typeset (publishers should all know that a book should never be set in a bold sans-serif type) that it makes it impossible to read and it very hard on the eyes. I will be returning it to the store.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

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    Memorable

    A teacher made me read this in college and not a month goes by I don't think about it. It sort of makes you rethink things, about how you see art and I guess the world. There's some nudity in it, too, so that always helps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    Nice Compliment

    This a wonderful compliment to the BBC series. It allows for a closer analysis of the images he presents in the special.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Good Buy

    This is an excellent book on Art Theory for those looking for a book to read that does not require a dictionary to comprehend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    Love the book

    It is a good book, if you like seeing thing. A quick book report book for a class. Only 170 pages.

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