What is Painting? (Hardback)Julian Bell (author)
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Yes, but is it art?”
This lucid book by Julian Bell, himself a painter, confronts the uncertainty many people feel about art today and challenges generally accepted ideas.
Now in a completely revised second edition, What is Painting? is a fresh, focused look at painting. Bell addresses questions such as “does anything unite those objects we call paintings?” and “what factors have changed the nature of painting over the last two centuries?” by looking at historical evidence and reasoning from common experience.
The current shape of painting pushes the book’s arguments in new directions and a substantial new chapter, The Arts and Art, speaks to the interplay between 2D work, 3D work, and the immateriality of digital imagery. The text has been revised paragraph by paragraph considering both force of presentation andr />historical perspective.
The intention is to provide a general reader’s introduction to theories of painting that is not only reliably informative but stimulating and amusing to read. The book is an introductory guide to art theory for everyone interested in understanding modern art or in making art themselves.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Edition: Second edition
'Brilliant, concise and above all original ... The joy of looking - essentially wordless, as Julian Bell says - here finds a true parallel in the pleasure of reading' - Laura Cumming
'A work of refreshing originality' - Sir Ernst Gombrich
'A very good book' - Andrew Marr
'A worthwhile analysis of the creative process and [is] well-argued and thoroughly illustrated' - Art Book Review
'Bell's examination of what defines, links and changes the act of painting raises live questions ... fascinating' - Michael Prodger, New Statesman
'Don't miss What is Painting? by Julian Bell, a man who both paints and writes exceptionally well' - Independent
'An extended and scholarly look at how painting came into being ... don't miss What is Painting by Julian Bell, a man who both paints and writes exceptionally well' - Independent