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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (31 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415939437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415939430
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
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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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In "Stories of Art" James Elkins gives an overview of the discipline of Art History. Although there are already a lot of guides about Art History, the writing of Elkins makes "Stories of Art" as informative as delightful to read. It's not only a good tool for those who are discovering and starting to learn what Art History is but also a pleasure for those who want to remember through a very methodic approach. Students of Art History should have "Stories of Art" as one of their first reading about the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative but dry 13 Jan. 2014
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Great book on why we do art history and where it comes from. Very informative and answers questions about categorizing, whilst challenging us with current issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. 13 Feb. 2013
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Very interesting. It made me think again about the history of art. We are 'trained' to think a certain way...this book offers a healthy alternative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 4 Nov. 2007
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I would highly recommend this book to students and instructors of art history.

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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