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Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts
From Thames and Hudson—the world’s leading art publisher—Gateways to Art facilitates instructor choice and offers unprecedented pedagogical support for students. Short chapters can be read in any order, with new vocabulary defined on the page as it occurs. Eight “Gateways to Art” images (from around the world and all eras) support the common course goal of learning to inte ...more
Paperback, 630 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Thames & Hudson
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A high overview of art vocabulary, movements and interaction with society, this book covers only the visible part of the iceberg. It is hard to fault a book’s depth when they are purposefully taking on a large range of subjects, but this will only be the start of someone’s study of the visual arts. Some of the topics at the end, like Art and War, Art and Science, and Art and Gender, seem pretty focused for a book of this type, whereas there are no chapters on specific movements and the people ...more
I used this new textbook for my intro to art history class at the local community college this past semester. I was intrigued by the layout and supposed flexibility of the book, as well as by its greater global focus and broad definition of art (the students really did seem to respond to the references to graphic arts and grafiti artists that were familiar to them). However, I found it difficult to jump around in the book on the first go through, and so I taught it pretty much front to back. The ...more