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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (21 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415373085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415373081
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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...
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This book should be owned by every higher education student or artist who is studying fine art, art history/theory as it contains excellent condensed information and suggests further reading to facilitate an understanding of contemporary practice. The terms used in this book are commonplace in art history/theory and are often misunderstood - the authors have endeavoured to address this successfully. The previous review suggests that these are 'newish theories' however they are mistaken as all these theories are embedded in the reading of art practice, both historical and contemporary. This book is long overdue!
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I just wanted to say that I'm sitting here at my computer and amid the pandemonium of reading piles of literature and trying to make sense of the mess, your book is like a warm bath of calm - I dug it out yesterday and it makes so many things clear...a brilliant little book.
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I brought this product as I am studying fine art and want to continue this with art history next. I feel this book has been invaluable and the language and examples used are very clear. I would recommend this to any one who studies a specialism within art or who has an interest in art history.
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This should really be titled "Theories on NEW art history". As a mature student I came to art history as an outsider and was surprised to find a debate raging in academia over re-interpreting art & history through contemporary hang-ups. This book refers mostly to modern ideologies in making a pseudo science of art history. There are plenty of "isms" - Marxism, feminism, post-colonialism, etc but not much art. It worries me when art historians identify themselves with these leanings as it surely undermines objectivity & research. I guess the book is useful to have an alternative view so I'll keep it even though I dislike it. As a holiday book I found it a very handy size for swatting wasps.
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Good book which led me to the one I was looking for: 'The story of art' by Gombrich.
They clearly explain basics of art and the book is not that big so it is easy to read it quickly.
Recommended!
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