The Art of Wonder: A History of Seeing

The Art of Wonder A History of Seeing Destined to become an indispensable classic this fresh and invigorating guide to appreciating the world s art encourages readers to trust their own instincts tastes eyes and experiences Renowned cu

  • Title: The Art of Wonder: A History of Seeing
  • Author: Julian Spalding
  • ISBN: 9783791331508
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Destined to become an indispensable classic, this fresh and invigorating guide to appreciating the world s art encourages readers to trust their own instincts, tastes, eyes and experiences Renowned curator, award winning museum director and controversial art critic Julian Spalding has never been part of the academic establishment He is not bound by the burden of scholarlDestined to become an indispensable classic, this fresh and invigorating guide to appreciating the world s art encourages readers to trust their own instincts, tastes, eyes and experiences Renowned curator, award winning museum director and controversial art critic Julian Spalding has never been part of the academic establishment He is not bound by the burden of scholarly trends deconstruction, post structuralism or post Marxism As a connoisseur and a practising curator, he helps us reconsider our relationship with the arts and makes us aware that seeing is the true gift He shows us how mankind s early vision of the sun and moon, the seasons and death is reflected in art and draws striking parallels between apparently disparate cultures, eras and peoples Reaching across continents and back through time to study the earliest known works as well as the modern world s most memorable accomplishments, Spalding offers a highly original and revealing history of art The wonders of the world have changed little, what has changed through history is our way of understanding, approaching and seeing them and our role in it.

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    1. Spalding has written an art history book that is totally different, exchanging chronology for a narrative about how our ancestors responded to phenomena such as the changing seasons, day and night, birth and death and sun and moon and made sense of it with the medium of art. The first chapters after the Introduction are thematic: the stars, our vision of the world, the sun and moon, death and darkness, before moving on to modern art and the exchanging of representation of reality for expression [...]

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