Intelligence of Art
by Thomas Crow
A refreshing analysis of the present state of art history by a leading scholar and critic, this book offers a concrete new way for interpreting art through the ages. Crow examines the works of what he considers three of the best examples of art history criticism, Meyer Schapiro on the Romanesque portal sculpture of the abbey church of Sainte Marie in the French town of Sou...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by University of North Carolina Press
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Invoking concrete studies by Schapiro, Levi-Strauss and Baxandall as models (against jargon-filled art history imported from France...) Thomas Crow argues for an approach to art history that illuminates the way artists create in response to particular historical opportunities and pressures, "the intelligence of art in the making" (rather than interpreting meanings after the fact). The key, according to Crow, is finding works of art in which a disruption takes place that reveals the "irresolvable...more