Art Theory - A Very Short Introduction

Art Theory - A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Cynthia Freeland
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 161
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0192804634


This clear, lively book provides the ideal introduction to thinking about art. The author explains why innovation and controversy in art are constantly in the headlines, and why it matters.

This book discusses the relationship of art with beauty, culture, money, sex and new technology, and draws on examples from Rembrandt, Goya, and Damien Hirst to African nail fetishes, Indian Pueblo dancing, and MTV.


Admirable for its scope, compactness and exceptional claity. Reader-friendly and thought-provoking.

- The Independent

A thoroughly good idea. Snappy, smallformat…stylish design …perfect to pop into your pocket for spare moments.

-Lisa Jardine, The Times

A very good idea, these Very Short Introductions, a new concept.

-Nicholas Lezard, Guardian


List of Illustrations


Blood and Beauty

Paradigms and Purposes

Cultural Crossings

Money, markets, museums

Gender, genius, and Guerrilla Girls

Cognition, creation, comprehension

Digitizing and Disseminating



Further Reading