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Understand Art History: Teach Yourself (Teach Yourself General) [Paperback]

Grant Pooke And Graham Whitham
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Book Description

26 Nov 2010 Teach Yourself General

Is this the right book for me?

Are you interested in art? Do you want to develop your own opinions? Would you like to get more out of your visits to galleries and exhibitions?

Art History: Teach Yourself is a comprehensive and unpretentious guide that will ensure you gain a solid grounding in this fascinating subject.

It begins by asking the fundamental question, 'what exactly is art?' before delving into the main historical approaches and interpretations, such as formalism, postmodernism and context. The different art periods, styles and genres are all considered in detail and illustrated with well-known examples, as are painting techniques and the way in which art is presented in museums and galleries. So, whether you are preparing for a course in art history or just want to gain confidence in your own opinions, this is the book for you.

Understand Art History includes:

Chapter 1: What is art and what is art history?

Art: different things in different times and places

Artistic status

What is a 'good' painting

Chapter 2: Judging by appearances

Formalism: What it means

Formalism and art history

Chapter 3: Looking beyond the picture frame

Art in context

The life of the artist: biography

Representing gender


Chapter 4: Art today: contemporary ways of looking

Where to start?

Postmodernism and art histories

Seeing difference: non-Western art

Chapter 5: Art in museums and galleries: spectacle and display

The art museum experience

The art exhibition and the 'blockbuster' show

Museums and exhibitions: other meanings

Chapter 6: Categorizing the history of art

Art periods and styles

Painting materials and techniques

Finding out more: what to look for

Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:

Not got much time?

One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Author insights

Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

Test yourself

Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Extend your knowledge

Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.

Five things to remember

Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.

Try this

Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (26 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444104977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444104974
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Art History: Teach Yourself is the essential guide for anyone studying art or anyone who wants to get more out of visiting galleries and exhibitions.

About the Author

Grant Pooke teaches at the University of Kent, where he is a Programme Director of the open entry Art History BA Degree.

Graham Whitham is an Open University Associate Tutor and a former Art History A/AS Level Chief Examiner.

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