Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain

Author: Joseph P. Huston

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 544

View: 947

Humans have engaged in artistic and aesthetic activities since the appearance of our species. Our ancestors have decorated their bodies, tools, and utensils for over 100,000 years. The expression of meaning using color, line, sound, rhythm, or movement, among other means, constitutes a fundamental aspect of our species' biological and cultural heritage. Art and aesthetics, therefore, contribute to our species identity and distinguish it from its living and extinct relatives. Science is faced with the challenge of explaining the natural foundations of such a unique trait, and the way cultural processes nurture it into magnificent expressions, historically and ethnically unique. How does the human brain bring about these sorts of behaviors? What neural processes underlie the appreciation of painting, music, and dance? How does training modulate these processes? How are they impaired by brain lesions and neurodegenerative diseases? How did such neural underpinnings evolve? Are humans the only species capable of aesthetic appreciation, or are other species endowed with the rudiments of this capacity? This volume brings together the work on such questions by leading experts in genetics, psychology, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, art history, and philosophy. It sets the stage for a cognitive neuroscience of art and aesthetics, understood in the broadest possible terms. With sections on visual art, dance, music, neuropsychology, and evolution, the breadth of this volume's scope reflects the richness and variety of topics and methods currently used today by scientists to understand the way our brain endows us with the faculty to produce and appreciate art and aesthetics.

The story of art

Author: Ernst Hans Gombrich

Publisher: Phaidon Press

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 1046

View: 180

New Format and Redesign of the World'sBest Selling Art Book"Gombrich (1909-2001) had a gift for clear, conversational language, anarrative approach, and an interest in pop culture--he even included massmedia and cartoons in The Story of Art. The book, which receives highpraise in the CAA report [a recent assessment of art history textbooks bythe College Art Association], is today the world's best selling art historytextbook, with total sales of 8 million copies."-Art News, February 2006E.H. Gombrich's warm, lively, opinionated--yet never patronizing--authorialvoice brings history to life in a way that attracts both adults and youngreaders alike.Last year the first English translation of A Little Historyof the World, originally written in 1935 in German, was a surprisepublishing success.Yet, this isn't even Gombrich's most popular work. The Story of Art has sold over 8 million copies, has been translated intomore than 30 languages and served as the standard introduction to arthistory for students around the world for the past century.Now, the bookwill be available in a new affordable format, in wide release for thegeneral public, just in time for the holidays.Phaidon Press is pleased to announce the publication of THE STORY OF ART:POCKET EDITION by E.H. Gombrich, a re-designed, re-formatted compactedition of one of the best-known and best-loved books on art ever written. This new edition combines smoothly flowing text with a clear, simple designin a convenient and accessible format.The new edition allows this classicwork to continue its triumphant progress for another generation, and toremain the first choice for all newcomers to art. Phaidon Press commissioned Gombrich during World War II to write a historyof art for young people.In 1950, The Story of Art was published and so aclassic was born.Gombrich dictated the whole text from memory, usingillustrations from books in his library as prompts.The outcome was aseminal work of criticism and one of the most accessible introductions tothe visual arts.Starting with the cave paintings at Lascaux andstretching as far as Postmodernism, the whole of art history is presentedas a chronological narrative.Using vivid imagery, storytelling and slyhumor, Gombrich's voice draws in all--the student, connoisseur, or amateur. The Story of Art has always been admired for two key qualities: it is apleasure to read and a pleasure to handle.The pocket edition is noexception.With this new edition this classic work is now as accessible asthe story inside.Gombrich's extraordinary knowledge and wisdom willcontinue to teach and inspire generation after generation.

Lucky Strikes and a Three Martini Lunch

Thinking about Television’s Mad Men

Author: Danielle M. Stern

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 345

View: 636

Lucky Strikes and a Three Martini Lunch: Thinking About Television’s Mad Men explores the attributes of the AMC series that allow it to be such a popular and vital contribution to contemporary cultural discourse. Set in the 1960s in New York, the Emmy and Peabody-winning series Mad Men follows the competitive, seductive, and oftentimes ruthless lives of the men and women of Madison Avenue’s advertising agencies. Many alluring and captivating qualities constitute the Mad Men experience: the way it evokes nostalgia, even from those who did not live in the era being portrayed; its interrogations into identities, and how these interrogations of the past illuminate viewers’ concepts of the present; the compelling (and often heartbreaking) relationships between characters who are trying to make their way in an ever changing and increasingly complex world; the titillation of the characters’ discovery of the powers of mass mediated communication and its abilities to allow learning, information sharing, manipulation, and connection; and, of course, the striking differences in sex roles and sexuality in the workplace that simultaneously celebrates and challenges views of gendered progress in contemporary times. Twenty-six authors – most coming from academic posts but others from practitioner, administrator, or cultural critic positions – come together to explore these themes through eighteen engaging and thoughtful essays and an illuminating introduction, each unique to this collection and exploring a particular aspect of the series through a different academic lens.

The Short Story of Art

A Pocket Guide to Key Movements, Works, Themes & Techniques

Author:

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 224

View: 517

The Short Story of Art is a new and innovative introduction to the subject of art. Simply constructed, the book explores 50 key works, from the wall paintings of Lascaux to contemporary installations, and then links these to sections on art movements, themes, and techniques. The design of the book allows the student or art enthusiast to easily navigate their way around key periods, artists and styles. Accessible and concise, it simplifies and explains the most important and influential concepts in art, and shows how they are linked. The book explains how, why, and when art changed, who introduced certain things, what they were, where they were produced, and whether they matter. It demystifies artistic jargon, giving readers a thorough understanding and broad enjoyment of art.

The Broadview Pocket Guide to Writing - Fourth Edition

Author: Doug Babington

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

View: 469

The Broadview Pocket Guide to Writing is a concise volume presenting essential material from the full Broadview Guide to Writing. Included are summaries of key grammatical points; a glossary of usage; advice on various forms of academic writing; coverage of punctuation and writing mechanics; helpful advice on how to research academic papers; and much more. For the fourth edition the section on citation and documentation (in four commonly used styles―MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE) has been substantially expanded as well as updated. Also expanded is coverage of academic argument; of writing and critical thinking; of writing about literature, and of issues in writing related to gender, race, class, religion sexual orientation, etc.

A Nest for Celeste

A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home

Author: Henry Cole

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN:

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

View: 792

A beautifully illustrated novel about a mouse, her friendship with Audubon's apprentice, and her search for home. Beneath the crackled and faded painting of a horse, underneath the worn and dusty floorboards of the dining room, lives Celeste, a mouse who spends her days weaving baskets, until one day she is thrust into the world above. Here Celeste encounters danger—and love—unlike any she's ever imagined. She dodges a hungry cat and witnesses the brutality of hunting for the first time. She makes friends with a singing thrush named Cornelius, a talkative osprey named Lafayette, and Joseph, Audubon's young apprentice. All the while, Celeste is looking for a new home. Is her home in the toe of a worn boot? Nestled in Joseph's pocket? Or in the dollhouse in the attic, complete with mouse-size furniture perfect for Celeste? In the end, Celeste discovers that home is really the place deep inside her heart, where friendships live.

Beautiful Trouble

A Toolbox For Revolution (Pocket Edition)

Author: Andrew Boyd

Publisher: OR Books

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 140

View: 446

Banksy, the Yes Men, Gandhi, Starhawk: the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest is now in the hands of the next generation of change-makers, thanks to Beautiful Trouble. Sophisticated enough for veteran activists, accessible enough for newbies, this compact pocket edition of the bestselling Beautiful Trouble is a book that’s both handy and inexpensive. Showcasing the synergies between artistic imagination and shrewd political strategy, this generously illustrated volume can easily be slipped into your pocket as you head out to the streets. This is for everyone who longs for a more beautiful, more just, more livable world – and wants to know how to get there. Includes a new introduction by the editors. Contributors include: Celia Alario • Andy Bichlbaum • Nadine Bloch • L. M. Bogad • Mike Bonnano • Andrew Boyd • Kevin Buckland • Doyle Canning • Samantha Corbin • Stephen Duncombe • Simon Enoch • Janice Fine • Lisa Fithian • Arun Gupta • Sarah Jaffe • John Jordan • Stephen Lerner • Zack Malitz • Nancy L. Mancias • Dave Oswald Mitchell • Tracey Mitchell • Mark Read • Patrick Reinsborough • Joshua Kahn Russell • Nathan Schneider • John Sellers • Matthew Skomarovsky • Jonathan Matthew Smucker • Starhawk • Eric Stoner • Harsha Walia