- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers (1 Mar. 1998)
- ISBN-10: 0673391957
- ISBN-13: 978-0673391957
- Package Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,208,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Short Guide to Writing about Art Hardcover – 1 Mar 1998
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From the Back Cover
A Short Guide to Writing about Art offers invaluable advice for any art course where students write papers. It addresses a wealth of fundamental matters:
- description versus analysis
- som critical approaches to art (e.g., formal analysis, cultural materialism, gender studies)
- getting ideas for an essay
- engaging in peer review
- developing paragraphs
- organizing a comparison
- using bibliographic tools, including the Internet
- quoting sources
- writing captions for illustrations
- avoiding sexist and Eurocentric language
- editing the final draft
- documenting sources, using either The Chicago Manual of Style or The Art Bulletin style
- preparing for essay examinations
About the Author
Henry M. Sayre is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus in Bend, Oregon. He earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Washington. He is producer and creator of the 10-part television series, A World of Art: Works in Progress, aired on PBS in the fall of 1997; and author of seven books, including A World of Art, The Visual Text of William Carlos Williams, The Object of Performance: The American Avante-Garde since 1970; and an art history book for children, Cave Paintings to Picasso.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
it has examples of essays and sentence construction.
It is very accessible and you can dip in and out easily.
Written in a concise and clear language, this book is clearly aimed at art students, and is great for those, like me, who have some kind of background in art but who are just starting to write. The initial part of the book, which includes sections such as "Why Write about Art?" and "The Relevance of Context: The Effect of the Museum and the Picture Book", focuses on teaching the students to look at art and to organize their thoughts, ideas and opinions, and the best way of expressing them. The author makes a point of explaining that, if your audience doesn't understand (or misunderstands) what you wrote, most likely the problem is in your writing. He goes on to explain all the little things that one rarely thinks about or even notices, but which make all the difference when reading, and end up separating a great writer/critic from a mediocre one.
The guidelines presented are adapted to various situations, for example, exhibition catalogs, reviews and essays. The book covers everything from giving your own opinions and having a personal style, to the specifics of looking at the different art mediums. Towards the end, the author focuses more on the technical side of writing, including formats, language and research. It is, in short, a reference book and a how-to book combined into one.Read more ›
But the price...? For a little paperback like that? Someone, somewhere, is laughing up their sleeve.
Try to pick it up second hand...
This book will be a great asset to any student of art history in particular but is also very instructive about writing in general.
If you seek a book to help with writing a review of an exhibition, this is the very book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Kindle book that cannot be downloaded onto a standard Kindle device? Works on Kindle for iPad and Kindle for Mac, but that should be made patently clear. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ms. V. Loader
The book arrived with some damages. For example bottom corner of front cover was bent, there were visible scratches and it didn't look brand new on the outside. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is very helpful when writing an essay; short and very simple to understand; the best about it are the examples presented.Published on 23 Feb. 2014 by HORTENCIA MARTINEZ
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