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-isms : understanding art /
Stephen Little.
imprint
New York : Universe, 2004.
description
[160] p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0789312093 :
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imprint
New York : Universe, 2004.
isbn
0789312093 :
catalogue key
5407696
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-03-01:
This mini dictionary/survey's value lies as much in presentation as in content. Little (Web editor, Royal Academy of Arts, London) presents the work in Web site format, reversing the traditional print to Internet conversion. Icons, headers, color coding, small blocks of text, large illustrations, and intellectual content limited to major artistic and cultural movements (shorthanded as "isms") will appeal to patrons who prefer electronic sources. Even though the printed icons do not click and are not intuitive, the information (introduction, key artists, key words, main definition, key works, and other works) displays in consistent, helpful page placements. In addition to providing a glossary and time line, appendixes allow users to go from artists and collections to "isms." The publisher describes the work as a guide for art lovers and gallery visitors. Add students in Western art survey courses and print-phobic patrons, and put it in the circulating collection (where it will be enjoyed, checked out, and taken to museums and galleries) rather than in reference. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates. M. M. Doherty University of South Florida
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Booklist, December 2004
Choice, March 2005
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Short Annotation
Isms: Understanding Art is the perfect pocket-sized guide for gallery and museum lovers who have a general interest in the arts, but not necessarily any formal education in the visual arts.
Unpaid Annotation
Isms: Understanding Art is the perfect pocket-sized guide for gallery and museum lovers who have a general interest in the arts, but not necessarily any formal education in the visual arts. With this portable and indispensable tool in hand, anyone can guide themselves through the world's prestigious museums and major art collections and recognize and intelligently discuss the significant movements that have shaped the world of art. Using an informative and engaging style with informal and direct tone, each of the numerous "isms" that are used to define-but often misleadingly cloud-art movements are explained in simple terms and made accessible to the casual art lover. Readers are encouraged to think of styles as useful tools for conversation and exploration rather than as hard and fast academic definitions, and to relate to the art itself rather than to a merely conceptual idea. Each spread is devoted to a single art historical period and begins with an introduction that explains when the movement first emerged, the historical period to which it applies, and the principal disputes over its applicability, usefulness, or significance. The rest of the chapter is divided into several sections illustrating the most important artists and works within the period, related key words, and illustrations that best represent the distinctive features. This comprehensible structure makes it possible for any reader to gain a clear understanding of Classicism or Cubism while sitting in a cafeacute; or visiting a gallery.
Unpaid Annotation
The perfect pocket-sized guide for gallery and museum lovers who have a general interest in the arts, but not necessarily any formal education in the visual arts, this book uses an informative and engaging style to explain artists, styles and movements in simple terms.

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