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Art and Illusion by E.H. Gombrich


Our book for November will be Art And Illusion: A study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation by E. H. Gombrich.  It is a big book and we might choose to focus on a few specific chapters. I'll let you know after Sept 20th.  It looks rich and I can't wait to get into it.

Here is the blurb from Amazon:

Considered a great classic by all who seek for a meeting ground between science
and the humanities, Art and Illusion examines the history and psychology
of pictorial representation in light of present-day theories of visual
perception information and learning. Searching for a rational explanation of the
changing styles of art, Gombrich reexamines many ideas on the imitation of
nature and the function of tradition. In testing his arguments he ranges over
the history of art, noticing particularly the accomplishments of the ancient
Greeks, and the visual discoveries of such masters as Leonardo da Vinci and
Rembrandt, as well as the impressionists and the cubists. Gombrich's triumph in
Art and Illusion arises from the fact that his main concern is less with the
artists than with ourselves, the beholders.

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  • Kit

    Joey sent this to me and I wanted to share it with all of you.

    Found this about Gombrich and his Art and Illusion which discusses everything we touched on and more. I thought you might want to post it as a footnote for those who are interested or had thought the book was about perceptual psychology and only peripheral to the notion of art. It ties up a lot of the loose ends. Pretty heddy and some issues do get lost without knowing something of it's critics and allies. Though art has moved on to modes that would have been barely or not widely understood as art only 40 years ago the questions and pushback that Art and Illusion was subject are still important though most of the audience for art might be unaware of the questions and the stakes...even at the professional levels as 7 Days in the Art World testified. Joey

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Kit

    Great discussion. Thanks to everyone for coming! I look forward to seeing you next month.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Kit

    A reminder that we are all reading

    Chapter I. From Light into Paint
    Chapter IX. The Analysis of Vision in Art

    November 8, 2013

  • jean h.

    Awesome new location. I like this one- but the one for the next meeting at the Salmagundi club is even better. Near 14th street is really great for me. Thanks Kit!

    October 11, 2013

    • Kit

      Thank you, Jean! I am really psyched about our meeting spaces and am glad that you will be there. See you on the 9th.

      October 14, 2013

  • Kit

    No one needs to spend full price for this book. Just go on Amazon. The entire book looks great, but it's big, so I suggest that we all agree to read at least two chapters, and those who have read more chapters will be able draw on that material as well. The two chapters are:

    Chapter I. From Light into Paint
    Chapter IX. The Analysis of Vision in Art

    For those who have not yet bought the boot, it would be good if we could download copies of the two chapters. If someone has time and inclination to do that research to find those, it would be great. Otherwise, the book is widely available at discounted prices.

    October 5, 2013

  • Joey

    $125? I just checked ABE Books and used copies are offered starting at $1.23. If you don't know ABE it overlaps with Amazon, is owned by Amazon and is a teriffic source of used, especially scarce out of print titles. Just don't expect to get something shipped from overseas any time quick. Thanks for pointing out the study guide. New to me. Someone might have ordered it by mistake.

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There's the Book, and then there's a study guide to the Book. Then there's a hardcover edition on Amazon for > $125.00. Would it be possible to get copies of the germane chapters once they are decided upon? Also, would appreciate knowing when we're meeting.

    September 21, 2013

  • Kit

    Sorry about that strange formatting. Meetup says that it is formatted for your smartphones. But on my PC it looks like I've sent you a poem.

    September 8, 2013

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