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Interpreting Art

This book introduces readers to the varied methodologies of art interpretation without unnecessary jargon, presenting difficult and complex issues in an understandable way for beginning students without alienating more sophisticated readers. Throughout the book, readers are introduced to more complex concepts and encouraged to become active interpreters rather than passive absorbers of art. It features sixteen pages of colour illustrations. - The first chapter, About Interpretations, gives readers a step-by-step guide through the process of researching and developing interpretations of Rene Magritte. - Focusing on Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, chapter two acknowledges and describes multiple interpretations for the work, showing the varied conclusions possible for a single artwork. - Because students often find unfamiliar and controversial art most difficult to understand, the book deals directly with it in a meaningful and objective way, giving methods of looking at art that the readers may then apply, enhancing their abilities to think critically.
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Table of Contents

Interpreting Art: Reflecting, Wondering, and Responding Introduction Chapter 1: About Interpretation: Rene Magritte Chapter 2: Multiple Interpretations of One Work of Art: Edouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere Chapter 3: Interpreting and Judgment: Controversial Art Chapter 4: Interpreting and Appreciation: Abstract Painting Chapter 5: Interpreting Old and Foreign Art Chapter 6: Interpreting and Medium: Photography Chapter 7: A Sampler of Interpretations Chapter 8: Principles for Interpreting Art Notes Bibliography Credits Index

About the Author

Terry Barrett is Professor of Art Education, with a joint appointment in the Department of Art, at The Ohio State University, where he is the recipient of a distinguished teaching award for courses in criticism and aesthetics within education. He has authored four books: Interpreting Art: Reflecting, Wondering and Responding; Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary (2nd ed.); Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images (4th ed.); and Talking about Student Art. He edited the anthology Lessons for Teaching Art Criticism, published articles in Aesthetic Education, Afterimage, Art Education, Exposure, Camera-Lucida, Dialogue, Cultural Research in Art Education, New Advocate, New Art Examiner, Studies in Art Education, Teaching Artist Journal, Theory into Practice, Visual Arts Research, and many chapters in edited books. He is an art critic in education for the Ohio Arts Council, consults museum education departments, juries exhibitions, and conducts workshops on studio critiques and writing.

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