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.
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.
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.