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Cultivating Picturacy: Visual Art and Verbal Interventions [Hardcover]

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Though English has no word for the visual counterpart to literacy, Heffernan argues that the capacity to interpret pictures must be cultivated and deserves a name: picturacy. Using examples such as the pre-historic cave paintings of Lascaux, film versions of Frankenstein, the provocative photographs of Sally Mann, and the abstract canvases of Gerhard Richter, the volume illustrates how learning to decode the language of pictures resembles the process of learning to read. While words typically frame and regulate our experience of art, the study also explains how pictures can contest the authority of the words we use to interpret art.

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Pages   417
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2006
Publisher   Baylor University Press
ISBN  1932792414  
ISBN13  9781932792416  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Criticism
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