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Art History: The Basics Paperback – 21 Nov 2007
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'Invaluable to the emerging art historian... refreshing and realistic... For those thinking of studying art history in the West today, this guide will serve as an invaluable signpost.' - The Art Book
About the Author
Grant Pooke lectures in the History & Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent. He is co-author of Teach Yourself Art History (2003) and the author of Francis Klingender 1907–1955: An Iconographer Out of Time (2007).
Diana Newall completed her doctoral studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Previously an authoring consultant for the Open University’s Teach&Learn project, Diana works as a freelance lecturer and writer.
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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...
They clearly explain basics of art and the book is not that big so it is easy to read it quickly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was recommended to me as a good basic introduction to art history.Looks promising but haven't read it yet. Good, quick delivery.Published 22 months ago by Ratty
This book is great for those reading about art history for the first time but if you know a good amount about the main ideas in art there isn't anything new for you here.Published 23 months ago by rw
I think the title is slightly ambiguous. More knowledge of Art History is required in order to benefit from it.Published on 6 Sept. 2013 by Linda Anderson