In his Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the. The Shape of Content has ratings and 25 reviews. the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the. Get this from a library! The shape of content. [Ben Shahn] — “Mr. Shahn sets forth his views on both the practice and the purposes of art with a clarity, cogency.
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Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x If you ARE an artist— especially one who has ever felt limited by labels that feel arbitrary or never quite right, one who has felt invalidated by art critics, one who has ever wondered WHAT to do or HOW to do, especially how to do in the face of society, read this. The last essay, “Education of an Artist,” has some choice excerpts destined to be reborn as rebloggable tumblr directives Go to an art school, or two, or three, or take art courses at night if necessary.
Picasso is an artist, and Dali is not. Such values are the passing vagaries of taste; they are sometimes the principles deduced by art historians, such as the authenticity of the work; or they may be concerned with the curious accumulation of money value, but they are not innate. Beliefs that light the way we behave. To me, this felt like a book of affirmations.
Oct 09, Cbphoenix rated it really liked it. Many of those names that, contdnt the thirties, had been affixed to paintings of hypothetical tyrannies and theoretical cures were now affixed to cubes and cones and threads and swirls of paint.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Review quote The book is the clearest, most forceful statement on art by an artist of our time that I have read.
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contebt A great part of it also represents only the rejection, only the absence of self-commitment. Looking for beautiful books? I thank them both, for letting me house this little volume in my house for One of my favorite human beings recommended this book to me back in the late 70’s and I only grazed upon it then, too busy with the reading and writing of academic obligations.
The Shape of Content
Form is based, first, upon a supposition, a theme. Nov 17, Laurie Holding rated it really liked it. I first read “The Shape of Content” as an undergraduate painting student when I was reading everything about art and artmaking that I could get my hands on, trying to figure out what and why, and how I was doing. But if his own conceptions are limited and narrow in their human meaning it seems likely that time will erase his work.
Of course, dontent such work becomes dated, its emptiness emerges, for nothing is so hard to look at as the stylish, out of date. The two, of course, are inseparable, but, he contends, the whole view has been obscured by overly critical dissecting.
If nonartists read only one book by or about art, this should be it.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Zhape made in the collection are pertinent, lucid and most readable. Quotes from The Shape of Content. The Shape of Content by Ben Shahn. Apr 26, Andrew Martin rated it it was ok Shelves: For to appreciate a work of art, we must bring with us nothing from life, no knowledge of its affairs and ideas, no familiarity with its emotions.
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Conveying an idea or theme, even if it is an anti-idea bound in abstract minimalism, is a value he also appreciates, but ease of communication is not necessarily a virtue. Refresh and try again. Remembering the Future Luciano Berio. Four stars for “really liked parts of it.
While we wait for any convincing account by sociobiologists that art matters for our biological evolution, it is reassuring to get an angle on its importance for our cultural evolution. Want to Read saving….
A valuable addition to the appraisal of the condition of the arts. Having a book full of essays by someone so likable and immediate as Ben Shahn makes this an easy read.