Laurie Schneider Adams is Professor of Art History at John Jay College, City University of New York. Her book Art is a comprehensive book for beginners. Although it is written in academic language, it offers a comfortable reading. And the chapters are short so, you can read it part by part.
A beginners guide to Western art with Laurie Schneider Adams
Art focuses more on western art, as the author points out at the beginning of the book. So if you’re looking for something about Eastern art, I wouldn’t recommend this book. But if you are interested in art in general and want to learn something quickly, you might like this one. The titles of the chapters in the book are as follows: What is art?, A brief history of Western art: ideas and themes, Origins of art, Form and meaning, Purposes of art, The power of images: why art creates controversy?, The future of art. While describing these chapters, the author looks at a number of famous art objects and compares them with one another and explains their differences. So it is much easier to understand.
About the book: Art
Art has existed for as long as humankind, but defining it is notoriously difficult. In this whirlwind tour spanning from prehistory up to the present day and beyond, Laurie Schneider Adams explores how art and our views on it have evolved. Delving into fascinating issues such as why some artworks can be so controversial, why a forgery can never be as good” as the original, and what the future of art may hold, this beautifully crafted introduction provides a deft overview of Western artistic tradition. Also providing a helpful guide to understanding art terminology and to reading artworks for meaning, Art: A Beginner’s Guide is an essential tool for every budding art critic. Laurie Schneider Adams is Professor of Art at John Jay College, City University of New York. She is the author of A History of Western Art and Looking at Art, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Source: Notes in the History of Art.
About the author: Laurie Schneider Adams
Laurie Schneider Adams is Professor of Art History at John Jay College, City University of New York. She is the author of A History of Western Art and Looking at Art, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Source: Notes in the History of Art.