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Art + Art History

A Short Guide to Writing about Art

Students are shown how to analyze pictures (drawings, paintings, photographs), sculptures and architecture, and are prepared with the tools they need to present their ideas through effective writing.

Writing about Art

This straightforward guide prepares students to describe, interpret, and write about works of art in meaningful and lasting terms.

Writing about Visual Art

This is a comprehensive examinationf the history and practice of writing about art, from simple criticisms to encyclopaedic histories. It seeks to reveal art's importance to the art museum, the art gallery, and general aesthetic theory. Paying special attention to the historical and social frameworks of the writers.

In My View

Behind the closed door of the contemporary artist’s studio is a hidden world of images—those artworks from the distant or near past that have animated, troubled, consoled, or inspired the artists of today. This book reveals that hidden world, presenting an intimate guide to the imaginations of today’s leading practitioners through the works they love best.

Methods and Theories of Art History

Art historical theory is a forum of intense, often passionate debate. This book provides an accessible introduction to the range of critical theories used in analyzing art. It covers a broad range of approaches, presenting individual arguments, controversies, and divergent perspectives.

The Quality Instinct

Part memoir, part primer on museum culture, The Quality Instinct brims with wit and humor, utilizing anecdotes and insights from the author's thirty years in the highly competitive, often contentious art world. Anderson takes us on a grand tour of ancient and contemporary art, sharing five simple metrics of quality that help us to increase our visual literacy as we learn to see and, yes, even to judge art.

Understanding Art Objects

What can an art object tell us about its meaning today and at its execution? Can we 'read' artifacts to find out why they were made and for whom? What do they reveal about their context and how has their value changed over the years? Understanding Art Objects presents thirteen essays written by teachers and consultants at Sotheby's Institute addressing these exact questions.

Living with Art

Throughout the previous seven editions, this text has earned a reputation for elegance and the highest standards of quality. Living with Art helps students develop an appreciation of art by offering a clear and comprehensive introduction to the visual arts from several perspectives: themes and purposes of art; the vocabulary of art; individual art media (painting, drawing, camera arts, sculpture, architecture, etc.); and the history of art. The book is rich with illustrations drawn from a wide range of artistic cultures and time periods.