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To the rescue of art : twenty-six essays

Author: Rudolf Arnheim
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The provocative title of this new collection of essays was chosen by Rudolf Arnheim for good reason. He 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. He says that we must face the threat  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rudolf Arnheim
ISBN: 0520074580 9780520074583 0520074599 9780520074590
OCLC Number: 23177867
Description: x, 248 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: In favor of confrontation --
Art among the objects --
What became of abstraction? --
The reach of reality in the arts --
Space as image of time --
The reading of images and the images of reading --
Writers' pointers --
For your eyes only --
Seven exercises in art appreciation --
Picasso at Guernica --
Sculpture --
The nature of a medium --
Negative art in architecture --
Caricature --
The rationale of deformation --
Art history and psychology --
The melody of motion --
Perceptual aspects of art for the blind --
The artistry of psychotics --
The puzzle of Nadia's drawings --
The artist as healer --
But is it science? --
Complementarity from the outside --
Interaction --
Its costs and benefits --
What is Gestalt psychology? --
The two faces of Gestalt theory --
Beyond the double truth --
Art as religion --
In the company of the century.
Responsibility: Rudolf Arnheim.
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The provocative title of this new collection of essays was chosen by Rudolf Arnheim for good reason. He 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. He says that we must face the threat "that the work crew charged with erecting the edifice of our principles is infiltrated by termites." As the leading explorer of the psychology of art, Arnheim has always sought to let works of art speak for themselves. His many books have reached innumerable students, teachers, museum visitors, and theorists. 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 of the psychology of art, and he widens our range of vision by reaching out to connect art with language, literature, and religion. Anyone who prizes vital, spirited interaction with works of art will find this new volume of Arnheim essays a personal treasure.

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