What Painting is
By (author) James Elkins
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What Painting is by James Elkins
Book DescriptionUnlike many books on painting that usually talk about art or painters, James Elkins' compelling and original work focuses on alchemy, for like the alchemist, the painter seeks to transform and be transformed by the medium. In What Painting Is, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a magical language to explore what it is a painter really does in her or his studio - the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colours will mix, and how they will look. Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, What Painting Is is like nothing you have ever read about art.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415926621
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This forward-thinking collection brings together over 60 essays that invoke images to summon, interpret, and argue with visual studies and its neighbouring fields such as art history, media studies, visual anthropology, critical theory, cultural studies, and aesthetics.
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Author Biography - James Elkins
James Elkins is Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of many books, including The Poetics of Perspective (1994), The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing (1996), Our Beautiful, Dry, and Distant Texts: Art History as Writing(1997) and Why are Our Pictures Puzzles? forthcoming from Routledge.
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