The Domain of Images by James ElkinsThe Domain of Images by James Elkins

The Domain of Images

byJames Elkins

Paperback | 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 "nonart" images, including those from science, technology, commerce, medicine, music, and archaeology. Such images, James Elkins asserts, can be as rich and expressive as any canonical painting. Using scores of illustrations as examples, he proposes a radically new way of thinking about visual analysis, one that relies on an object's own internal sense of organization.Elkins begins by demonstrating the arbitrariness of current criteria used by art historians for selecting images for study. He urges scholars to adopt, instead, the far broader criteria of the young field of image studies. After analyzing the philosophic underpinnings of this interdisciplinary field, he surveys the entire range of images, from calligraphy to mathematical graphs and abstract painting. Throughout, Elkins blends philosophic analysis with historical detail to produce a startling new sense of such basic terms as pictures, writing, and notation.
Title:The Domain of ImagesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.3 inPublished:January 25, 2001Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801487242

ISBN - 13:9780801487248

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"For whatever reason, some of the most daring, experimental writing in the field of art history is now coming out of Chicago. . . Purely in terms of output, Elkins is phenomenal. . . .His work is about 'art history on the edge,' about aspects of art and design that defy categorization and that easily fall through the cracks. . . "—Ballast Quarterly Review. Spring, 2000.