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Learning to Look: A Handbook for the Visual Arts

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Sometimes seeing is more difficult for the student of art than believing. Taylor, in a book that has sold more than 300,000 copies since its original publication in 1957, has helped two generations of art students "learn to look."

This handy guide to the visual arts is designed to provide a comprehensive view of art, moving from the analytic study of specific works to a co
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Hardcover, 152 pages
Published January 1st 1971 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1957)
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Gerald
Aug 22, 2013 Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I thought I could race through this skinny little art book. After all, it has a lot of pictures.

But I didn't count on my right brain, which apparently gets used far too little, wanting to stop and puzzle over each example.

You know the saying, dying is easy, comedy is hard? So is art!
Justus
Nothing mindblowing, just a basic intro to art criticism. Very vanilla, but something that would be good for a freshman art criticism course...which was what it arose from. Covers analyzing a painting/sculpture/building formally, the basic building blocks and techniques of these arts with a closing chapter on more modern art after mainly focusing on older stuff.

I wish I read this as a freshman...when I got it for some art class that I eventually dropped...but I guess 15 years later isn't too bad
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Anthony Tenaglier
Dec 08, 2012 Anthony Tenaglier rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good intro to art, but what I enjoyed most was reflecting on this passage in the last chapter,

"There is a struggle between what we assume the figure to be and what happens as we look at it. And it is evident that no amount of looking or squinting is going to bring together what the mind recognizes and the eye sees. There is a persistent and lively tension between knowing and seeing that casts a useful doubt on the whole matter of simple perception." (page 152)

Jen
May 22, 2012 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for someone interested in learning more about art history or just becoming better acquainted with the process of creating art. Having just received a degree in the history of art, it was a survey review and somewhat tedious.
Lisa
Oct 21, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cool book.
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