In his Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the. The Shape of Content has ratings and 25 reviews. the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the. Get this from a library! The shape of content. [Ben Shahn] — “Mr. Shahn sets forth his views on both the practice and the purposes of art with a clarity, cogency.

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Jan 25, LemontreeLime rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 22, kimberly rated it it was amazing. Form is, further, the abolishing of excessive content, of content that falls outside the true limits of the theme.

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Shahn spends some time on the struggle to assure the embrace of arts included immersion creative practice and not just art history and scholarly analysis. Similarly, his essay of advice on prospective artists pursuing an education might be of more value to someone in that camp.

The first half of the book consists of four exquisitely written essays by Kao, Katzman, and Webster, beautifuly illustrated with superb reproductions of Shahn’s photographs and related materials, including detailed notes. I just finished this book last week on the conteht of a friend. Books by Ben Shahn.



For to appreciate a work of art, we must bring with us nothing from life, no knowledge of its affairs and ideas, no familiarity with its emotions. Under such necessity art can be pushed to meaningless extremes. These are the questions Shahn sets out to answer in his famous lectures. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Hossam AL-Mahdy rated it really liked it Jan 06, I read some of it years ago but never finished it until today. It was very interesting how form and content were expressed in regard to painting.

Here he sets down his views of the artist as a part of the university, non-conformity — a necessary condition for the survival of the arts, modern evaluations of the situation of art and its proper function and the education of an artist.

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Quotes from The Shape of Content. Six Drawing Lessons William Kentridge. The Shape of Content by Ben Shahn.

At this point I cannot cntent a few somewhat crisper lines in Thought-provoking, enjoyable lectures about what it means to be an artist.

Beliefs that light the way we behave. In fact, he wanted to capture in as simple way as possible the monstrous horror of fire to a family.

At this point Shhape cannot resist a few somewhat crisper lines in this direction from Francis Bacon: One has sympathy with a hurt person, not because he is a generality, but precisely because he is conrent. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Feb 28, Leah added it. Remembering the Future Luciano Berio. In my own experience as a biology major at a liberal arts college, I feel I benefitted greatly from taking elective courses on sculpture and playing table.


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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Points made in the collection are pertinent, lucid and most readable. Despite all the movements in art toward the plane of the abstract, Shahn argues for the ideas embodied in art as retaining a supreme value.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? It made me think again. Eva rated it it was amazing Oct 22,