In his Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the. The Shape of Content has ratings and 25 reviews. the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the. Get this from a library! The shape of content. [Ben Shahn] — “Mr. Shahn sets forth his views on both the practice and the purposes of art with a clarity, cogency.

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Here he sets down his views of the artist as a part of the university, non-conformity — a necessary condition for the survival of the arts, modern ov of the situation of art and its proper function and the education of an artist.

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So why not give it a go? One of my favorite human beings recommended this book to me back in the late 70’s and I only grazed upon it then, too busy with the reading and writing of academic obligations.

Six Drawing Lessons William Kentridge. The interchange of unique individual experience and communal values among the viewers is captured nicely in the following: These are the questions Shahn sets out to answer in his famous lectures.

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One has sympathy with a hurt person, not because he is a generality, but precisely because he is not. This book was contebt much into the painting aspect and less about writing.


The title lecture enters a plea for synthesis between form and content, mildly deploring the critical appraisals of painting in terms, almost exclusively, of form. They are fortuitous values; they may be within the work or they may be within the cohtent.


But I want to be free to be painstaking if I want to, to hen responsible, to be involved; to be free to exercise whatever intellect Teh may have, and I consider both discipline and craft indispensable to freedom. Art becomes increasingly free; it has freed itself of craft, freed itself from academic discipline, freed itself from meaning in many cases, and freed itself of responsibility.

Nov 14, Stephanie rated it liked it. Points made in the collection are pertinent, lucid and most readable.

The Shape of Content

Review quote The book is the clearest, most forceful statement on art by an artist of our time that I have read. Space, Time and Architecture Sigfried Giedion. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sep 22, kimberly rated it it was amazing. At that time I found it inspiring, especially the last essay on “The Education of the Artist”.

Part of that brn was—and is—beautiful and meaningful; part of it does indeed constitute private experience. Oct 16, Jay McNair rated it liked it.

I felt like I had gone to the office hours of a friendly professor after a conhent semester and been told all the things I desperately needed to hear. Description In his Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the artist-painter, writer, composer-to his material, his craft, and his society.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Unfortunately, an important value conteent most critics including the inner critic artists must nurture is that of novelty and innovation: Form is, second, a marshaling of materials, the inert matter in which the theme is to be cast. I have always believed that the character of a society is largely shaped and unified by its great creative works, that a society is molded upon its epics, and that it imagines in terms of its created things—its cathedrals, its works of art, its musical treasures, its literary and philosophical works.


Form is, further, the abolishing of excessive content, of content that falls outside the true limits of the theme. In fact, he wanted to capture in as simple way as possible the monstrous cntent of fire to a family. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The Origin of Others Toni Morrison.

The Romantic Generation Charles Rosen. I adored this book. While we wait for any convincing account shxhn sociobiologists that art matters for our biological evolution, it is reassuring to get an angle on its importance for our cultural evolution. Sometimes it got a bit dull, other times it was very passionate and star- or underline-worthy. It’s a book that I really enjoyed reading.

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Sign up here to receive shale FREE alerts. Anyone who has tried to create will appreciate The Shape of Content and should give it a read. Books by Ben Shahn.