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The Psychology Of Artists And The Arts

Author : Edward W.L. Smith
ISBN : 9780786490554
Genre : Social Science
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This book offers the first comprehensive examination of the psychodynamic theories of artistic creativity and the arts. Neither oversimplifying the complexity of these theories, nor bogging down in pedantic discourse, it honors the depth and richness of the work of Freud, Adler, Kris, Reich, Jung, and several lesser-known theorists, while making their theories readily accessible to the educated reader. After discussing the role of theory, the work offers each concept as a readily usable template for describing and understanding a work of art, whether painting, sculpture, music, dance, film, poetry, or prose. With these theories at hand, anyone interested in the arts will possess a far richer vocabulary for describing the artistic experience and a deeper understanding of the artist’s creativity.

Art And Visual Perception

Author : Rudolf Arnheim
ISBN : 0520243838
Genre : Psychology
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Gestalt theory and the psychology of visual perception form the basis for an analysis of art and its basic elements

The Psychology Of Perspective And Renaissance Art

Author : Michael Kubovy
ISBN : 0521368499
Genre : Art
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Michael Kubovy, an experimental psychologist, recounts the lively history of the invention of perspective in the fifteenth century, and shows how, as soon as the invention spread, it was used to achieve subtle and fascinating aesthetic effects. A clear presentation of the fundamental concepts of perspective and the reasons for its effectiveness, drawing on the latest laboratory research on how people perceive, leads into the development of a new theory to explain why Renaissance artists such as Leonardo and Mantegna used perspective in unorthodox ways which have puzzled art scholars. This theory illuminates the author's broader consideration of the evolution of art: the book proposes a resolution of the debate between those who believe that the invention/discovery of perspective is a stage in the steady progress of art and those who believe that perspective is merely a conventional and arbitrary system for the representation of space.

African Vodun

Author : Suzanne Preston Blier
ISBN : 0226058581
Genre : Art
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Beads, bones, rags, straw, leather, pottery, fur, feathers and blood—these are the raw materials of vodun artworks. The power of these images lies not only in their aesthetic, and counter-aesthetic, appeal but also in their psychological and emotional effect. As objects of fury and force, these works are intended to protect and empower people and cultures that have long been oppressed. In this first major study of its kind, Suzanne Preston Blier examines the artworks of the contemporary vodun cultures of southern Benin and Togo in West Africa as well as the related voudou traditions of Haiti, New Orleans, and historic Salem, Massachusetts. Blier employs a variety of theoretically sophisticated psychological, anthropological, and art historical approaches to explore the contrasts inherent in the vodun arts—commoners versus royalty, popular versus elite, "low" art versus "high." She examines the relation between art and the slave trade, the psychological dynamics of artistic expression, the significance of the body in sculptural expression, and indigenous perceptions of the psyche. Throughout, Blier pushes African art history to a new height of cultural awareness that recognizes the complexity of traditional African societies as it acknowledges the role of social power in shaping aesthetics and meaning generally. This book will be of critical importance not only to those concerned with African, African American, and Caribbean art, but also to anthropologists, African diaspora scholars, students of comparative religion and comparative psychology, and anyone fascinated by the traditions of voudou and vodun. "An extraordinary tour de force."—Choice "Extraordinarily detailed....Blier's examination of the entire, often mysterious history of vodun is...in a word, definitive."—Booklist "A serious study that concentrates on the hidden power of objects and the meaning behind that potency is long overdue. Welcome Susan Blier's African Vodun....Certainly a must for...those concerned with the psychology of art."—Janet L. Stanley, Art Documentation "[Blier] is usually sensitive to the need to resist imposing Western artistic values and academic methodologies inappropriately upon such art. But she offers the reader a gift even more precious; she offers rare insights into how various art forms—sculpture and home architecture in particular—yield meanings for the African users of such art.—Norman Weinstein, Boston Book Review

Cognitive Processes In The Perception Of Art

Author : W.R. Crozier
ISBN : 0080866735
Genre : Psychology
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This book reviews progress and describes original research in the cognitive psychology of the arts. The invited contributors are leading authorities, and the topics which they cover include psychological approaches to symbols and meaning in art, issues in experimental aesthetics, the development in children of artistic production and appreciation, and the perception of musical and pictorial material.

Aging Creativity And Art

Author : Martin S. Lindauer
ISBN : 9781441992024
Genre : Psychology
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This volume explores the strengths and opportunities of old age as these are manifested by the accomplishments of aging artists, late artistic works, and elderly arts audiences. It critically examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive development, and gerontology, and will be of interest to a wide range of professionals and students in these fields.

Art And Illusion

Author : Ernst Hans Gombrich
ISBN : 0691070008
Genre : Art
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Featuring a new Preface by the author, this millennial edition examines the history and psychology of pictorial representation in light of present-day theories of visual perception, information, and learning. 320 illustrations.

Thoughts On Art Education

Author : Rudolf Arnheim
ISBN : UOM:39015018477623
Genre : Art
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The relationship between psychology and the arts, and the role of the arts in the educational process are explored. The proposition put forth argues that the sensory system is a primary resource in cognitive life. The relationship of intuition to intellect, of how the whole and its constituent qualities relate, also is explored. The forms of representation artists and art students have access to inexorably shape the content of their work. The educational process too often has thwarted natural human abilities. Art education, however, can and should have a crucial role in fostering these abilities. (DB)

Art And The Senses

Author : Francesca Bacci
ISBN : 9780199230600
Genre : Art
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The senses play a vital role in our health, our social interactions, and in enjoying food, music and the arts. The book provides a unique interdisciplinary overview of the senses, ranging from the neuroscience of sensory processing in the body, to cultural influences on how the senses are used in society, to the role of the senses in the arts.

New Essays On The Psychology Of Art

Author : Rudolf Arnheim
ISBN : 0520055535
Genre : Psychology
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Examines the impact of psychology on how art is perceived and discusses photography, Dante, forgery, and color

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