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The Senses Deform, The Mind Forms.

“Art is not a plaything, but a necessity, and its essence, form, is not a decorative adjustment, but a cup into which life can be poured and lifted to the lips and be tasted.”  ~ Rebecca West

Rebecca West's iconic quotation speaks to her belief of art transforming our human existence into something that is meaningful. In our lives we are inundated with materialism and simply surviving ("being"). 

But art gives us more, and coming to appreciate, and love art in its many forms need not be the purvey of an elite few. It can be learnt, but learning need not give flashbacks to arcane dryness of academia. No, for the rest of us -- the silent majority who wish to cut through the obscure jargon of art history and the inaccessibility of theory -- there is "The Art Book -- Big Ideas Simply Explained". 

The Art Book is packed with almost every tidbit of knowledge you’d care to know about your favourite artists, from Pablo Picasso to Vincent van Gogh, and those modern maestros such as Jean Dubuffet or Roy Lichtenstein that you may not have heard of.

It’s part educational, part historical, and fully enjoyable. It truly is a clever primer to the world art.

The Art Book's five expert contributors sweep through art history, from prehistoric cave paintings to postmodern art, and help us more than 100 different movements, periods, and works throughout. Global in scope, nothing is overlooked, from ancient Assyrian sculpture and contemporary Japanese multimedia works. Art's theories and themes are made approachable and easier to understand through innovative graphics and creative typography, and by dispensing of unnecessarily obtuse jargon and nomenclature.

Look at some examples of the stunning images and graphics within The Art Book. We at SukasaReads recommend it as a perfect introduction to the complexity of art -- something that gives us meaning.


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