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Introduction to Art Criticism, An: Histories, Strategies, Voices

By Kerr Houston

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 3, 2012


Understand the Complexities of Art Criticism in a Straightforward and Readable Manner


An Introduction to Art Criticism offers a thorough overview of art criticism as it has been practiced since the 1700s. The text is built around excerpts from the work of hundreds of historical and contemporary critics, including a substantial history of art criticism and chapters on the fundamental aspects of criticism and the formation of an individual voice.


Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Understand and appreciate the rich history of art criticism as a field
  • Analyze the “voice” of critics


Table of Contents

In this Section:
1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents





Chapter 1: A History of Art Criticism

Chapter 2: Description and Contextualization

Chapter 3: Interpretation and Analysis

Chapter 4: Judgment and Evaluation

Chapter 5: Individual Critical Styles: Tone and Voice




Chapter 1: A History of Art Criticism

The Birth of a Genre

Chapter 2: Description and Contextualization

General issues involving description

Internal and External Evidence

Complexities Involving Description

Chapter 3: Interpretation and Analysis

General Issues Involving Interpretation

Interpretations Involving Internal and External Evidence

Critical Theory and Systematic Interpretations

Chapter 4: Judgment and Evaluation

The Place of Judgment in Criticism

Forms of Judgment and Related Issues

Chapter 5: Individual Critical Styles: Tone and Voice

External Factors Affecting Criticism

Tone, Voice, and the Relevance of External Factors

Debates about Tone

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ISBN-10: 0-205-83594-5

ISBN-13: 978-0-205-83594-2

Format: Book

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