THE PAINTER'S EYE by Jan Greenberg

THE PAINTER'S EYE

Learning to Look at Contemporary American Art
Age Range: 11 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Examining carefully selected, crisply reproduced works by 21 modern Americans, the authors develop an intelligent approach to appreciation based on awareness of the artists' techniques and intentions. From its elegantly simple title-page spread--bold, harmoniously combined sans-serif types balanced by a Lichtenstein painting that spells ``ART''--this is a notably handsome book that impels the reader to take a fresh look. Grabbing the young reader's attention at the outset with a Frankenstein's monster entitled Made in Japan, Greenberg and Jordan carefully define terms and elucidate concepts in relation to specific paintings, using special vocabulary accurately while commendably avoiding academic jargon. Photos of the artists at work and quotes from interviews and their published works not only illuminate the art but make the process of creation more accessible. Suggesting a wealth of insights and interpretations (and a rich language to convey them, including words for colors, effects, and emotions and even several poems inspired by paintings), the presentation attunes the reader to the painter's question: ``This is what I see. What do you see?'' Beautifully designed, organized, reasoned, and presented, an outstanding, mind-expanding book--not easy, but rewarding. Thumbnail sketches of the artists, grouped by seven movements (abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop, etc.); glossary; bibliography; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 11+)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-385-30319-X
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1991




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