Synopses & Reviews
Brief, visual, and relevant, THE POWER OF ART, 2e delivers an engaging, jargon-free survey for the art appreciation course. Richard and Susan Lewis open your eyes to the power of art with their captivating writing, so lively and succinct that you'll be able to complete your reading quickly, concentrate on the accompanying illustrations, and come to class prepared. The book's reproductions -- larger than in other art appreciation texts -- make it easier to focus on the key details important to understanding the artwork. The text does an exceptional job of focusing on the Western tradition while incorporating non-Western material in key points to demonstrate cultural intersections and mutual influences. Clear discussions of artistic forms and art in Western culture are complemented by boxed features like "Art News" and "Global View" that highlight the relevance of art today, controversial topics, and the impact of non-Western cultures on the West. In addition to its excellent art history coverage, THE POWER OF ART features a diverse mix of artists and spotlights the latest technologies used to create art. This solid text also is bolstered by ArtExperience Online's rich learning tools. The Advantage pricing of this text delivers an unrivaled value!
Designed for art appreciation courses, THE POWER OF ART is the first book to truly integrate the study of art within a global historical context. It presents the story of art as part of the accumulated experience of humankind by examining connections between our contemporary world and the past. The authors provide coverage of design and the various media and include more than 600 illustrations to provide visual support.
About the Author
Richard Lewis is Professor of Art and Dean at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he has taught for 20 years. He is very active in the field of digital art and media, and authored a textbook on multimedia (Prentice Hall in 2003).Susan Lewis currently teaches at SUNY New Paltz.
Table of Contents
Part I: THE LANGUAGE OF ART. 1. The Power of Art. 2. The Fundamentals of Art and Design. Part II: THE ARTISTS MATERIALS AND TOOLS. 3. Drawing. 4. Painting. 5. Printmaking. 6. Photography and Computer Art. 7. Sculpture. 8. Architecture. 9. Crafts and Design. Part III: A GLOBAL HERITAGE. 10. Ancient Empires, Ancient Gods. 11. The Age of Faith. 12. The Renaissance. 13. Drama and Light: Mannerism, the Baroque, and Rococo. Part IV: THE MODERN ERA. 14. The Birth of Modern Art: Neoclassicism to Postimpressionism. 15. The Real World on Trial: Early Twentieth Century. 16. The Invisible Made Visible: Abstract and Nonrepresentational Art. 17. A Storm of Images: Art in the Contemporary World. 18. Contemporary Issues in Art.