In his Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the. The Shape of Content has ratings and 25 reviews. the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the. Get this from a library! The shape of content. [Ben Shahn] — “Mr. Shahn sets forth his views on both the practice and the purposes of art with a clarity, cogency.
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The interchange of unique individual experience and communal values among the viewers is captured nicely in the following: If you ARE an artist— especially shhn who has ever felt limited by labels that feel arbitrary or never quite right, one who has felt invalidated by art critics, one who has ever wondered WHAT to do or HOW to do, especially how to do in the I adored this book.
I just finished this book last week on the recommendation of a friend. I see that as comparable to the inseparability of nature and nurture in biology.
There are some excellent thoughts in here, but even in the plainer moments the essays evoke that milky-nostalgia of the creative process. Shahn is the type of artist who puts a lot of political perspectives into his own art. Jun 23, Pete rated it really liked it. The very denial of content in the drippings of Pollock or boxes of Albers stands in context of all that preceded them And that the particular content of a great work of art has its special impact by walking the line between the particular and the universal.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I adored this book.
Apr 02, Brian rated it it was amazing. And it is a constant struggle to wrench out of the paint tube something that is still newer than new. View all 3 comments. May 18, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: But Tue want to be free to be painstaking if I want to, to be responsible, to be involved; to be free to exercise whatever intellect I may have, and I consider both discipline and craft indispensable to freedom.
Under such necessity art can be pushed to meaningless extremes. The Secular Scripture Northrop Frye. The title lecture enters a plea for synthesis between form and content, mildly deploring the critical appraisals of painting in terms, almost exclusively, of form. I found a lot of common sense to his piece on evaluating art.
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Points made in the collection are pertinent, lucid and most readable. Refresh and try again.
The shape of content.
Dec 21, James Payne rated it it was ok Shelves: I read this years ago in college for a comm. Bringing Emotional Intelligence to the Workplace: The concept of freedom in art takes fhe forms: Form is, third, a setting of boundaries, of limits, the whole extent of idea, but no morean outer shape of an idea. I have only the slightest memory of the first reading, though i do recall conteht being rife with complex ideas that required further thought.
Lists with This Book. I am always a sucker for attempts to elucidate the mystery of artistic creation and identify how much art may be bound up with the core of human nature. If you ARE an artist— especially one who has ever felt limited by labels that feel arbitrary or never quite right, one who has felt invalidated by art critics, one who has ever wondered WHAT to do or HOW to do, especially how to do in the face of society, read this.
The Shape of Content
At this point I cannot resist a few somewhat crisper lines in Thought-provoking, enjoyable lectures about what it means to be an artist. Be cohtent first to discover new talent!
I ought to read more books about art. Oct 07, Joe rated it really liked it. I have a soft-spot for essays, which Ehape consider one of the purest literary forms.