To the Rescue of Art
Twenty Six Essays
By (author) Rudolf Arnheim
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To the Rescue of Art by Rudolf Arnheim
Book DescriptionNever before published essays by the widely admired psychologist of art. Arnheim spiritedly asserts art's fundamental achievements. Rudolf Arnheim has spent a lifetime analyzing the basic psychological principles that make works of visual art meaningful, stirring, indispensable, and lasting. But recent fashionable attitudes and theories about art, he argues, are undermining the foundation of artistic achievement itself. The essays collected in this volume are written in his familiar, careful, and solidly supported manner, but under present circumstances they amount to a call to arms. Included is a series of miniature monographs on a variety of great works of art. In other essays, Arnheim uncovers enlightening perspectives in the art of the blind, in architectural space, in caricature, and in the work of psychotics and autistic children. He also presents new scientific aspects on the psychology of art and widens our range of vision by connecting art with language, literature, and religion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520074590
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 25-Nov-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rudolf Arnheim
Toward a Psychology of Art, Paperback (August 2010)
Based on the assumption that art is subject to psychology, accessible to understanding, and needed for any comprehensive survey of mental functioning, this book offers psychological findings range from experiments in the perception of shape or observations on the art work of children to broad deliberations on nature of images or of inspiration.
Entropy and Art, Paperback (August 2010)
An essay that attempts to reconcile the disturbing contradiction between the striving for order in nature and in man and the principle of entropy implicit in the second law of thermodynamics - between the tendency toward greater organization and the general trend of the material universe toward death and disorder.
Dynamics of Architectural Form, Paperback (October 2009)
Explores the unexpected perceptual consequences of architecture.
Power of the Center, Paperback (October 2009)» View all books by Rudolf Arnheim
Using many examples, this title considers the factors that determine the overall organization of visual form in works of painting, sculpture, and architecture.
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Author Biography - Rudolf Arnheim
Rudolf Arnheim taught at Sarah Lawrence College for many years and was the first Professor of the Psychology of Art at Harvard. He taught at the University of Michigan after his retirement and is the author of ten other books, all published by the University of California Press.
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