What Is Painting: Representation and Modern Art


A study and explanation of modern art and the nature of painting
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A study and explanation of modern art and the nature of painting
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Bell's writing style is comfortably relaxed, yet retains an obvious academic edge that often delivers engaging insights. The brevity of its foray into the enigmatic nature of painting renders it an ideal choice for those with a reasonably established knowledge of art history, who simply enjoy an entertaining discussion of art history. What is Painting? is unassuming in appearance, a pliable, slender book which may appeal to a wide audience, whether practicing artisans, art enthusiasts or scholars who are otherwise put off by voluminous, unapproachable texts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500281017
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

'What is art?' 'Is that art?' 7
1 Images and Marks 9
Original and image 9
The imitation of nature 16
Paintings and marks 24
Style and substitution 32
Creation and contemplation 36
2 Sight and Knowledge 40
Portrayal and observation 41
Painting as model for knowledge 51
Photography and Realism 57
Sensation 66
Light and the observer 72
3 Form and Time 83
Form and bodies 83
Time and stories 88
Modernity and history 98
Modernity and art 107
Process, impression, sequence 112
Action and form 118
Information and performance 126
4 Expression 133
The meanings of expression 133
Markets and persons 141
Colour 146
Mind and spirit 152
Bodies 159
Communication 168
5 The Word Art 173
Art and non-art 173
Art as freedom 178
Cubism 185
Abstraction 192
Fun 200
Skills 206
6 Representation 208
Levels of representation 208
Deconstruction 218
Pictures and theories 225
Painting now 230
Picturing painting 235
Sources and Resources 241
List of Illustrations 251
Index 254
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