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Why are our pictures puzzles? : on the modern origins of pictorial complexity

Author: James Elkins
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1999.
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Elkins argues that the intricate meanings that are assigned to pictures are less a matter of insight than a symptom of our culture - a kind of excessive desire for understanding and a demand for  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Elkins
ISBN: 041591941X 9780415919418 0415919428 9780415919425 9780203011652 0203011651
OCLC Number: 38055867
Description: xvii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
List of plates --
Introduction: Mutilated fire unite --
PART 1: CONSIDERING THINGS: The evidence of excess --
What counts as complexity --
PART 2: STAYING CALM: How to solve picture puzzles --
An ambilogy of painted meanings --
On monstrously ambiguous paintings --
Calming the delirium of interpretation --
PART 3: LOSING CONTROL: Hidden images: cryptomorphs, anamorphs, and aleamorphs --
The best work of Twentieth-Century art history --
Envoi: On meaninglessness. --
Notes.
Responsibility: James Elkins.
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