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a great starting point...,
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Pooke & Newall`s book is a must for students of the history of art...
I decided to pursue my love (probably obsession) with art and I began studying art history academically in September 2011, after a 20-odd year hiatus (first essay was a nightmare for so many reasons), with the wonderful Open University. I had developed what had become a nascent intrigue into where it had all come from, where it was heading, what it all really meant. One of the first things I discovered is that art history/the history of art are not exactly interchangeable terms, but have distinct meanings. This seemingly minor point, as well as concepts such as "what is art", are covered to begin with... it leads the undergraduate/amateur art sleuth through a structured introduction to this massive paradigm...
It goes on to look at methodologies, gender issues, Marxism, semiotics, poststructuralism (good luck...), pschoanalysis, postmodernism and a look at globalisation.
The book covers the subjects very well, it is well researched and sourced, it is easily readable which makes it accessible and crucially for the beginner it offers pithy summaries. It will form part of the essential introduction to learning the 'new' art history I am sure...
If you are serious about getting serious about this subject, as I am, then you will do well to find a better starting point... I`d advise you not to wade in at the what I`d call the top end (other primary & secondary sources will all be revealed in time and are referred to throughout) as you will either get lost or put off.
If you are like me and want to run before you can crawl then buy this book... you will be flaneuring before you know it...