Why a Painting Is Like a Pizza: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art

Why a Painting Is Like a Pizza: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art

by Nancy G. Heller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691090513

ISBN-13: 9780691090511

Pub. Date: 09/23/2002

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"The first time she made a pizza from scratch, Nancy G. Heller made the observation that led her to write this entertaining guide to contemporary art. Comparing modern art not only to pizzas but also to traditional and children's art, Heller shows us how to use the analytical tools developed in everyday life to understand and enjoy almost any painting, sculpture, or…  See more details below

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"The first time she made a pizza from scratch, Nancy G. Heller made the observation that led her to write this entertaining guide to contemporary art. Comparing modern art not only to pizzas but also to traditional and children's art, Heller shows us how to use the analytical tools developed in everyday life to understand and enjoy almost any painting, sculpture, or installation." This book is for anyone who agrees with art critic Clement Greenberg that "all profoundly original art looks ugly at first." It's also for anyone who disagrees. It is for anyone who wants to get more out of a museum or gallery visit and would like to be able to say something more than just "yes" or "no" when asked if they like an artist's work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691090511
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/23/2002
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface6
Introduction9
1Exactly What Is "Abstract" Art?13
2Why Is a Painting Like a Pizza?21
3Making Aesthetic Decisions in Art and in Daily Life35
4Paintings That People Love to Hate65
5Bending - and Breaking - the Rules83
6New Materials, New Rules101
7Art Invades Life, and Vice Versa115
8The Emotional Impact of (Some) Abstract Art133
9Commonsense Answers to Some of the Questions Most Often Asked about Modern Art149
Notes173
Acknowledgments182
Suggestions for Further Reading184
Index186

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