How to use your eyes

Elkins James

How to use your eyes

New York ; London : Routledge, 2010, 1 vol. (XIII-258 p.).

ISBN 978-0-415-99363-0

Résumé :

Grass, the night sky, a postage stamp, a crack in the sidewalk, a shoulder. Ordinary objects of everyday life.
But when we look at them – really look at them – what do we see ?
In the tradition of John Berger’s bestselling Ways of seeing, James Elkins’s How to use your eyes invites us to look at – and maybe see for the first time – the world around us, with breathtaking results. Here are the common artifacts of life, often misunderstood and largely ignored, brought into striking focus. A butterfly’s wing pattern encodes its identity. A cloudless sky yields a precise sequence of colors at sunset. A bridge reveals the relationship of a population with its landscape. With the discerning eye of a painter and the zeal of a detective, Elkins also explores complicated things like mandalas, the periodic table, or a hieroglyph, remaking the world into a treasure box of observations – eccentric, ordinary, marvelous. How to use your eyes will transform your view of nature and the mind.

James Elkins is E.C. Chadbourne chair in the Department of art history, theory and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His many books include What painting is, Pictures and tears, Stories of art,Visual studies, Why are our pictures puzzles, On the strange place of religion in contemporary art, and Master narratives and their discontents, all published bu Routledge.

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