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Stories of Art Paperback – 31 Oct 2002
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"Using sketches of his own and those of his students to illustrate alternatives to the standard chronology of the historical time line, Elkins proposes a number of throught-provoking ways to organize the stories of art that are not based on a strict adherence to dates, many of which can only be surmised."
-Kirkus Review, August 1, 2002
"Eminently readable and at times outright fun, Stories of Art is a terrific and transparent meditation on what's at stake in the histories of art we all so glibly recite. Instead of writing yet another survey, James Elkins provides the little counter-narrative that rubs up against the monumental survey volumes with a kind of graceful annoyance. The little buzzing bee that worries the elephant."
-Michael Ann Holly, Clark Art Institute
"A much needed, thoughtful, and intelligent reflection on the disciplinary status and cultural function of the history of art. Stories of Art is an invaluable aid in articulating the hidden agenda that informs art history as it is currently constituted, and an indispensable addition to our increasingly self-aware art historical enterprise."
-Keith Moxey, author of The Practice of Persuasion: Paradox and Power in Art History
About the Author
James Elkins is Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of many books. Among is books are Pictures and Tears, How to Use Your Eyes, and What Painting Is, all published by Routledge.
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Elkins succeeds in encouraging readers to have active thoughts about how the practice of art history is being shaped by art-survey texts. In <<Stories of Art>> he confronts the disappointments and limitations that these widely used publications bring about by furthering contemplation on their purpose, their beginnings, and their future.
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