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What Heaven Looks Like: Comments On A Strange Wordless Book

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An unknown masterpiece of visionary art - as daring as Blake or Goya, but utterly different - reproduced in full color, with a commentary by one of our most original art historians Somewhere in Europe - we don't know where - around 1700. An artist is staring at…
The Poetics of Perspective
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|December 12, 1996

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Perspective has been a divided subject, orphaned among various disciplines from philosophy to gardening. In the first book to bring together recent thinking on perspective from such fields as art history, literary theory, aesthetics, psychology, and the history…
On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art
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|September 15, 2004

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Can contemporary art say anything about spirituality? John Updike calls modern art "a religion assembled from the fragments of our daily life," but does that mean that contemporary art is spiritual? What might it mean to say that the art you make expresses your…
Art Critiques: A Guide. Third Definitive Edition Revised and Expanded

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This is a guidebook for art students at the college level (BA, BFA, MFA, PhD). Compared to other books on critique, this book is more colorful, more engaging, and less formal. "James Elkins is one of the world's leading educators in the visual arts. In Art…
Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A HANDBOOK FOR ART STUDENTS
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|May 17, 2001

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In this smart survival guide for students and teachers--the only book of its kind--James Elkins examines the "curious endeavor to teach the unteachable" that is generally known as college-level art instruction. This singular project is organized around…
Out Of The Darkness: A Collection Of Inspirational Poetry By James Elkins Ii

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The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing
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|February 1, 2001

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In this 'remarkable tour de force' (Publishers Weekly)-a 'ceaselessly thought-provoking book' (Kirkus Reviews)-art historian James Elkins marshals psychology, philosophy, science, and art history to show how seeing alters the thing seen and transforms the…
Six Stories from the End of Representation: Images in Painting, Photography, Astronomy, Microscopy…

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James Elkins has shaped the discussion about how we-as artists, as art historians, or as outsiders-view art. He has not only revolutionized our thinking about the purpose of teaching art, but has also blazed trails in creating a means of communication between…
The Domain of Images
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|January 25, 2001

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In the domain of visual images, those of fine art form a tiny minority. This original and brilliant book calls upon art historians to look beyond their traditional subjects—painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking—to the vast array of…
Stories of Art
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|September 27, 2002

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Stories of Art is James Elkins's intimate history of art. Concise and original, this engaging book is an antidote to the behemoth art history textbooks from which we were all taught. As he demonstrates so persuasively, there can never be one story of art.…
Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

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Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber caught his eye. And what's bad about that? In…
Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction
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|August 8, 2003

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In his latest book, James Elkins offers a road map through the field of visual studies, describing its major concerns and its principal theoretical sources. Then, with the skill and insight that have marked his successful books on art and visuality, Elkins takes…