What Is Painting by Julian BellWhat Is Painting by Julian Bell

What Is Painting

byJulian Bell

Paperback | May 1, 1999

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"What is art? Is that art?" At the end of the twentieth century, these questions continue to provoke and to bedevil discussion. The uncertainty that prompts them can be productive for artists, who may thrive on such a state of tension. Yet uncertainty can also shade into the suspiciousness with which many people approach the work of those artists.

Reasonable questions deserve articulate answers, and Julian Bell provides them in this lucid, straightforward, and often challenging book. In the process he offers an incisive guide to artistic thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and to the complexities of contemporary theory. Among the many fields of activity covered by the word "art, " Bell, himself a painter, focuses on "flat things" -- the paintings that modern theories seek to explain. The questions he addresses include:
-- What is painting? Does anything unite these objects we call paintings?
-- What happened to the idea of representation in "modern art"? What has caused the vast changes in painting over the last two centuries?
-- What does the ancient practice of painting amount to in today's world at the turn of the twenty-first century?

Bell writes with a wide-ranging curiosity about what other painters have produced in the last two hundred years, giving fresh accounts of the most influential works and introducing many painters who may lie outside fashionable canons. What Is Painting? is a book for everyone interested in making sense of modern art and of the cultural debates it provokes.

Title:What Is PaintingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:May 1, 1999Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0500281017

ISBN - 13:9780500281017

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good gift for painters Great book for those expressing more interest in painting
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative Really informative and interesting all about painting!
Date published: 2018-04-17

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Explore the issues that have dominated painting in this exciting book. In What is Painting?, Julian Bell sheds new light on influential painters while introducing others who lie outside the industry. This inspired account of artistic thinking and practice takes into account the last 200 years and is a must read for those writing about contemporary art.