The Art of Understanding Art reveals to students and other readers new and meaningful ways of developing personal ideas and opinions about art and how to express them with confidence. Offers an inquiry-unique among introductory art texts-into the learning process of understanding and appreciating art Examines the multiple issues and processes essential to making, analyzing and evaluating art Uses cross-cultural examples to help readers develop comprehensive, yet personal, ways of looking at and thinking about art Includes an annotated glossary of the 'Art World', institutions and individuals that play a role in defining art as well as diagrams, textboxes callouts and other visual elements to highlight information and enhance learning Richly illustrated with over 40 images Suggests innovative class assignments and projects useful for developing lesson plans, and offers an online companion site for additional illustrations and information.
Intro The Art of Understanding Art Contents Acknowledgments Why Should Art Matter to You? A Message to Art Beginners Introduction: What Is Art? Navigating the Book: A User's Guide Why Is Art Made? The Purposes of Art: A Brief Overview from A to Z The Anatomy of a Work of Art Part One: Making Art 1: Artists and Patrons Artists and Creators Originality, Authorship, Authenticity Appropriations Attributions and Studio Practices Collaborations Artists and Multiple Works Artists and Artisans Anonymous Artists The Creative Process: Inspiration and Influences Self-Reflections The Formative Years: Education, Family Life, and Personal Values Patronage Private Patronage Religious Patronage Royal Patronage State, City, and Community Patronage Today's Patronage: Corporations, Institutions, Foundations, and Grants Summary Notes 2: Environment, Materials, and Other Resources Environment Natural Resources Location Climate Dialogues between the Environment and Art Materials, Tools, and Technology Materials and Artistic Values The Attributes of Materials The "Purity" of Materials and Mixed Media Materials as Sources for Meaning "Unusual" Art Materials Found Objects The Body as Art Material Tools and Technology Other Resources: Knowledge and Information Summary Notes 3: Context Cultural Context Artistic Context Art Organizations, Institutions, and Events Culture, Science, and Ideas Historical, Political, and Religious Context Historical Context and Current Events Political Context Religious Context Societal Context Everyday Life The Mass Media Moral Values Social Context Summary Notes Conclusion to Part One Part Two: Disseminating Art 4: The Dissemination of Original Art. Institutions Museums Collections and Foundations Galleries Academic-Affiliated Art Institutions Beyond Institutional Walls Alternative Spaces Public Art Propaganda Art Art and Business The Art Market and other Financial Matters Art Patrons, Collectors, Dealers, and Sponsors Artists and Business Summary Notes 5: The Dissemination of Art through Reproductions, and Other Issues Publications, Presentations, and Lectures Books, Catalogues, and Periodicals (Articles, Essays, and Reviews) Lectures, Courses, and Presentations The Mass Media Films, Documentaries, and DVDs The Web Art and Popular Culture Copyright Today's Art World The Decontextualization of Art Original Context and Contemporary Times "The Art World" Summary Notes Conclusion to Part Two Part Three: Analyzing Art 6: Visual Resources Used to Analyze Art The Work of Art Form and Content The Physical Condition of the Work of Art Originals and Reproductions The Preservation and Conservation of Art Scientific Tools Visual Documentation and Research Artists' "Body of Work" (Oeuvre) Artistic and Visual Context of the Time Drawings, Architectural Plans, and other Visual Resources New Art/Archaeological Discoveries Symbols in Art Summary Notes 7: Textual and Other Resources Used to Analyze Art Primary Textual Sources Archival Material Artists' Letters, Notes, and Statements Provenance Secondary Textual Sources Art-Historical Literature Original Context and History Today's Art History, Criticism, and Context Additional Resources for Research Art Institutions and Exhibitions Online and Other Sources Comparisons "Conventional" Art Comparisons Cross-Chronological and Cross-Cultural Comparisons. Visual Culture and Interdisciplinary Comparisons Summary Notes 8: A Critical Examination of Art Classification Reflections on Art Classification Identifying the Category of "Art" The Roots of Art Classification Criteria for Art Classification Chronology and Artistic Periods Media Fine Art/High Art Painting, Drawings, Prints, and Sculptures Photography Mixed Media New Media Multimedia Graphic Arts "Minor Arts" Decorative Arts Crafts Architecture Other Categories "Low" Art and Popular Culture "Outsider" Art Naïve and Folk Art Vernacular Art Visual and Material Culture Summary Notes Conclusion to Part Three Part Four: Interpreting Art 9: Interpreting Art Criteria and Values Preconceived Ideas about Art Modern Art and the Audience Artistic Values and Art Appreciation Modernism The Avant-Garde The Modernist Artist Modernism and Global Traditions Originality and the Original System of Values Postmodernism Multiculturalism Originality and the Original (Imitation/Appropriation/Re-purposing) The Postmodern Artist System of Values Interpreting Art: Getting Started Understanding Images Looking at and Interpreting Art Summary Notes 10: Methodologies of Art Introduction to Art Methodologies Biography/Autobiography Connoisseurship Context Deconstruction Feminism Formalism and Style Gender Iconography Multiculturalism Postcolonialism Psychoanalysis Semiotics Structuralism/Poststructuralism Visual Culture Art Interpretation: Case Study Summary Notes Conclusion Appendix 1: The Art World Appendix 2: Creative Assignments and Writing Projects Appendix 3: Glossary Appendix 4: "tools of the trade" Diagram: Form and Content (1-5) and Art Media (6-8). List of Figures and Color Plates Bibliography Index.
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Print version: Costache, Irina D. The Art of Understanding Art