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5.0 out of 5 stars As close as you can get, 13 July 2004
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This review is from: Move Closer: An Intimate Philosophy of Art (Paperback)
There are plenty of artists monographs and academic books on art history. There are also loads of ordy books on aesthetics or rants about how rubbish modern art is and so on. This is different, though. Armstrong has attempted to provide a guide to how to enjoy art, based on how we extract pleasure from things. Don't be put off by the use of the word "philosophy"- this doesnt presuppose any knowledge of philosphy, although Kant, Hegel even Nietszche are namedropped. The book adopts a philosophic frame of mind without philosophizing. Armstrong goes through the main "methods" of enjoying art, with discussions inculding reverie and contemplation and personal meaning and shows how they are all "valid". In a certain sense he may be preaching to the converted as you are unlikely to buy this book unless you already have a strong interest in art but to a newcomer or someone interested in WHY they enjoy art the book is both informative and interesting. Downsides: there is no mention of modern art, where i suspect the "ways of seeing" are different. It wont be deep enough for anyone studying aesthetics but for the amateur art-lover this should prove a worthy addition to their bookshelves along with John Bergers "Shape of a Pocket".
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