What Painting Is by James ElkinsWhat Painting Is by James Elkins

What Painting Is

byJames ElkinsEditorJames Elkins

Paperback | March 29, 2000

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Unlike many books on painting that usually talk about art or painters, James Elkins' compelling and original work focuses on alchemy, for like the alchemist, the painter seeks to transform and be transformed by the medium.

InWhat Painting Is, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a magical language to explore what it is a painter really does in her or his studio - the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colours will mix, and how they will look.

Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian,What Painting Isis like nothing you have ever read about art.

James Elkinsis Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of many books, includingThe Poetics ofPerspective(1994),The Object Stares Back: On the Natureof Seeing(1996),Our Beautiful, Dry, and Distant Texts:Art History as Writing(1997) andWhy are Our PicturesPuzzles?fort...
Title:What Painting IsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 0.8 inPublished:March 29, 2000Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415926629

ISBN - 13:9780415926621

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