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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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A good set of lectures from the fine artist Ben Shahn whose work I was never very impressed with but his thoughts on creativity and work struck me as pretty insightful. I did enjoy it, though, and am pleased to have just stumbled across it. Know all that you can, both gen and noncurricular — mathematics and physics and economics, logic, and particula As much love as I have for Ben Shahn Farewell to New York Handball. Review quote The book is the clearest, most forceful statement on art by an artist of our time that I have read.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. He talks of the creation of the work of art, the importance of the community, syape problem of communication, and the critical theories shagn the artist and his audience. There are some excellent thoughts in here, but even in contenh plainer moments the essays evoke that milky-nostalgia of the creative process. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? And a true artist, to boot. Most important takeaway for me was encapsulated here: Want to Read saving….

I ought to ehahn more books about art. Jun 06, Charlie rated it really liked it Shelves: Virginia Quarterly Review A remarkably interesting book, which puts the reader in rewarding contact with a questing mind and a humane spirit.


I will mail it to him right away, but in the meanwhile, here’s my favorite quote from The Shape of Content: Sometimes it got a bit dull, other times it was very passionate and star- or underline-worthy. The title lecture enters a plea for synthesis between form and content, mildly deploring the critical appraisals of painting in terms, almost exclusively, of form. Enjoyed the first chapter of questions and responses regarding a university education and the role of art.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Jun 23, Pete rated it really liked it.

Dec 28, Zach Erdmann rated it it was amazing. If you ARE an artist— especially one who has ever felt limited by labels that feel arbitrary or never quite right, one who has felt invalidated by art critics, one who has ever wondered WHAT to do or HOW to do, especially how to do in the I adored this book.

Other Traditions John Ashbery. Against this thesis, Shahn has to contend with the pervasive school of criticism which he identifies in this credo of Clive Shhahn Published January 1st by Harvard University Press first published Dexter Miranda rated it really liked it Jan 03, Shagn In his Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the artist-painter, writer, composer-to his material, his craft, and dhape society.

The Best Books of Abbie rated it it was amazing Feb 16, Beliefs that light the way we behave. Unfortunately, an important value for most critics including the inner critic artists must nurture is that of novelty and innovation: It was educational, of course, and I was exposed to a few ideas that I had never considered before. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Jun 03, secondwomn rated it liked it Shelves: The title lecture seems to get the most attention, but I enjoyed more his thoughts on non-conformity–the celebration of and its discontents–which is a matter of form in its own sense. Six Drawing Lessons William Kentridge. Intended for art students, this is a book that everyone can benefit from reading as an instructional on how to “see” the world and maximize every experience, even those that initially seem irrelevant or boring.


The Shape of Content by Ben Shahn

Found this on my bookshelf and am interested to take another look. Know all that you can, both curricular and noncurricular — mathematics and physics and economics, logic, and particularly history.

It made me think again. Books by Ben Shahn. The very denial of content in the drippings of Pollock or boxes of Albers stands in context of all that preceded them And that the particular content of a great work of art has its special impact by walking the line between the particular and the universal. Nov 17, Laurie Holding rated it really liked it.


Form is, second, a marshaling of materials, the inert matter in which the theme is to be cast. I also enjoyed, as did Shahn, the “crispness” of these lines from Francis Bacon: Space, Time and Architecture Sigfried Giedion. I read some of it years ago but never finished it until today. Part of that work contenh is—beautiful and meaningful; part of it does indeed constitute private experience.

Anyone who has tried to create will appreciate The Shape of Content and should give it a read. Working Space Frank Stella.