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The Art of Wonder: A History of Seeing [Hardcover]

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Destined to become an indispensable classic, this fresh and invigorating guide to appreciating the world's art encourages readers to trust their own eyes and experiences.

Renowned curator, award-winning museum director, and controversial art critic Julian Spalding helps us reconsider our understanding of art. He finds striking parallels between seemingly different cultures, eras, and peoples. Reaching across continents and back through time to study the earliest works known to man as well as the modern world's most memorable accomplishments, Spalding offers a highly original and revealing look at art through the ages. What has changed through history is people's ways of understanding, approaching, and seeing ourselves within the world.

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Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.7" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   2.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2005
Publisher   Prestel Publishing
ISBN  3791331507  
ISBN13  9783791331508  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! A former Director of the Glasgow Museums and Galleries. Julian Spalding is the founder of such award-winning museums as the Ruskin Gallery, the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, and the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art. The author of The Poetic Museum (Prestel), he speaks and writes often about issues in contemporary art. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Julian Spalding currently resides in Edinburgh.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Criticism
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > General
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > General
4Books > Subjects > History

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exploration of the sources of art over ages and cultures with a call for getting back in touch with these  Jan 25, 2006
Spalding's book on art breathtaking in its breadth and fascinating for its enormous store of details locates the sources and influences of art in cultures of all times and all parts of the earth. "The colour green appeared to have a sacred meaning for the ancient Mayan people..."; "The only decorations allowed [in Islamic religious art] apart from stylized, intertwined flowers, are quotations from the Koran...." But Spalding sees beyond the local and historical bases for each culture's distinctive art to its common human elements running through all time and all circumstance. "When we encounter faces from the past, we almost always recognise the look in their eyes." The great diversity of material is divided into chapters of general topics--Under the Sun, Birth, Visions, The Age of Light, and others. The work is intended not only to impart a wealth of factual, cultural, and historical information on art, but also to form a comprehension and perspective of art based on the author's belief that the sense of wonder is essential to the spirit and allure of art. Spalding is an English art critic and art museum and gallery director who has controversial, provocative views of modern art. He maintains that "Western art fell apart in the 1940s..."; and that its millenial sources became supplanted by the new, modern, art's twin dictums that it had to be new and that it had to shock. The author hopes that eventually these dictims will die away so that art will once again grow out of the sense of wonder.

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