A brief introduction to aspects of art in its social context.
OneWorld Publications 2012
1. What is art?
2. A Brief History of Western Art
3. Origins of Art
4. Form and Meaning
5. Purposes of Art
6. The Power of Images: Why Art Creates Controversy
7. Conclusion: The Future of Art
"Clear, genuinely informative, and likely to stimulate discussion. An excellent introductory text on art, its history, and its place in social life." -- Richard Woodfield, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Art History at the Universities of Birmingham and Glasgow.
"In remarkably clear and precise prose, Adams sets the story of art, how it arose, and what its uses are." -- Mary Wiseman, Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
"... one of the clearest and most practical and engagingly written books on art history and criticism I've ever come across. In fact, it's the Swiss Army Knife ... of art guides. ....In the last paragraph of the book Schneider Adams makes a final plea for open-mindedness and sober reflection -- qualities all too absent in a contemporary society awash with blind prejudice and trashy ephemera;.... Nuff said."
---- William Yeoman, The West Australian