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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It’s short and elegant and Shahn makes an irrefutable case that all artists have an unavoidable responsibility to society, and gets in enough fundamentals to give those uninitiated in arts a solid vocabulary to start from. At this point I cannot resist a few somewhat crisper lines in this direction from Francis Bacon: I am always a sucker for attempts to elucidate the mystery of artistic creation and identify how much art may be bound up with the core of human nature.

Shape of Content does not have 1. Working Space Frank Stella.

Virginia Quarterly Review A remarkably interesting book, which puts the reader in rewarding contact with a shapee mind and a humane spirit. An overall form in the painting he later identified as subconscious is that of the Roman she-wolf that instead of suckling Romulus and Remus holds danger of devouring them instead, linked perhaps to fears of wolves inculcated into him from folktales from his Lithuanian childhood.


Many of those names that, during the thirties, had been affixed to paintings of hypothetical tyrannies and theoretical cures were now affixed to cubes and cones and threads and swirls of paint. They are those matters which call fourth our most enthusiastic participation, or towards which we are most compassionate about.


So why not give it a go? The Witness of Poetry Czeslaw Milosz. 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. Form is, next, the relating of inner shapes to the outer limits, the initial establishing of harmonies. His thoughts are wide I just finished this book last week on the recommendation of a friend. If you need inspiration, education, and a little kick in the butt, this book is perfect.

Art History Art History: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I forsee rereading this whole book again this year. The Genesis of Secrecy Frank Kermode.

Paperbackpages. Most important takeaway for me was encapsulated here: There was a problem adding your email address. It’s a book that I really enjoyed reading.

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Six Drawing Lessons William Kentridge. 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.


At that time I found it inspiring, especially the last essay on “The Education of the Artist”. A good set of lectures from the fine artist Ben Shahn whose work I was never very impressed with but his thoughts on creativity and work struck me as pretty insightful.

Good for artists, too, of course. The concept of freedom in art takes interesting forms: And paint and paint and draw and draw. 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 evaluations of the situation of art and its proper function and the education of an artist.

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The shape of content.

Sep 14, Chris rated it it was amazing. I first read “The Shape of Content” as an undergraduate painting student when I was reading everything about art and contnt that I could get my hands on, trying to figure out what and why, and how I was doing.

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