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A short guide to writing about art

Author: Sylvan Barnet
Publisher: New York : Pearson/Longman, ©2005.
Series: Short guide series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 8th edView all editions and formats
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This edition addresses such fundamental matters as: description versus analysis; critical approaches to art (e.g., formal analysis; cultural materialism; gender studies); getting ideas for an essay; developing paragraphs; organizing a comparison; using bibliographic tools, including the internet; writing a catalog entry; quoting sources; documenting sources, using either the Art Bulletin style or the Chicago Manual  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Barnet, Sylvan.
Short guide to writing about art.
New York : Pearson/Longman, ©2005
(OCoLC)606132056
Online version:
Barnet, Sylvan.
Short guide to writing about art.
New York : Pearson/Longman, ©2005
(OCoLC)607173502
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvan Barnet
ISBN: 0321292480 9780321292483
OCLC Number: 56686584
Description: xxi, 343 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Writing about art --
The writing process --
What is art? --
Why write about art? --
The writer's audience as collaborator --
The functions of critical writing --
A sample critical essay --
Whistler's Japanese mother / Douglas Lee --
The thesis and the organization --
A note on outlining --
What is an interpretation --
and are all interpretations equally valid? --
Who creates "meaning" --
artist or viewer? --
The relevance of context: the effect of the museum and the picture book --
Arguing an interpretation (supporting a thesis) --
Expressing opinions: the writer's "I" --
What writing about art is: a very short view --
Analysis --
Analytic thinking: seeing and saying --
Subject matter and content --
Form and content --
Getting ideas: asking questions to get answers --
Cautionary words about slides and reproductions in books and on the World Wide Web --
Formal analysis --
Formal analysis versus description --
Opposition to formal analysis --
Style as the shaper of form --
Sample essay: a formal analysis --
Formal analysis: Prince Khunera as a scribe / Stephen Beer --
Behind the scene: Beer's essay, from early responses to final version --
Postscript: thoughts about the words "realistic" and "idealized" --
Writing a comparison --
Comparing as a way of discovering --
Two ways of organizing a comparison --
Sample essay: a student's comparison --
John Singleton Copley's early development: from Mrs. Joseph Mann to Mrs. Ezekial Goldthwait / Rebecca Bedell --
Writing a review of an exhibition --
What a review is --
Drafting a review --
Three sample reviews --
Mark Rothko / Phyllis Tuchman --
Mark Rothko / Ken Johnson --
Mark Rothko / Anonymous --
How to write an effective essay --
Looking closely: approaching a first draft --
Revising: achieving a readable draft --
Peer review --
Preparing the final version --
Style in writing --
Principles of style --
Get the right word --
Write effective sentences --
Write unified and coherent paragraphs --
Note on tenses --
Some critical approaches --
Social history: the new art history and Marxism --
Gender studies: feminist criticism and gay and lesbian studies --
Biographical studies --
Psychoanalytic studies --
Iconography and iconology --
Art-historical research --
Some critical values --
Historical scholarship and values --
Writing a research paper --
Primary and secondary materials --
From subject to thesis --
Finding the material --
The library catalog --
Browsing in encyclopedias, books, and book reviews --
Indexes and subscription databases to published materials --
Other guides --
Art research and the World Wide Web --
Web search engines --
Web subject directories --
Art-related directories --
Museum directories --
Finding, viewing, and downloading images --
Evaluating web sites --
Referencing web pages --
Checklist for electronic documentation --
Citations for electronic materials --
Posting questions --
Embedding URLs in your paper --
Keeping a sense of proportion --
Reading and taking notes --
Drafting and revising the paper --
Manuscript form --
Basic manuscript form --
Some conventions of language and usage --
Avoiding sexist language --
Italics and underlining --
Quotations and quotation marks --
Acknowledging sources --
Borrowing without plagiarizing --
Fair use of common knowledge --
Documentation --
Footnotes and endnotes --
Chicago Manual Style --
Art Bulletin Style --
Corrections in the final copy --
Essay examinations --
What examinations are --
Writing essay answers --
Last words.
Series Title: Short guide series.
Responsibility: Sylvan Barnet.

Abstract:

This edition addresses such fundamental matters as: description versus analysis; critical approaches to art (e.g., formal analysis; cultural materialism; gender studies); getting ideas for an essay; developing paragraphs; organizing a comparison; using bibliographic tools, including the internet; writing a catalog entry; quoting sources; documenting sources, using either the Art Bulletin style or the Chicago Manual style; avoiding sexist and Eurocentric language; writing citations for illustrations; engaging in peer review; editing the final draft; writing essay examinations.

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