Move Closer: An Intimate Philosophy Of Art

Move Closer: An Intimate Philosophy Of Art

by John Armstrong

What do we do-beyond just staring-to get the most out of art?

How do we come to develop an attachment to individual works and find them fascinating?

While many teachers and critics have diligently directed attention to questions in art history, theory, or criticism, John Armstrong, in a powerful and original shift of focus, considers the roots of our personal attachment to art.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Art
  • Rating: 3.79
  • Publish Date: September 12th 2001 by Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Isbn10: 0374527822
  • Isbn13: 9780374527822

What People Think about "Move Closer: An Intimate Philosophy Of Art"

The simple question this book asks is, what should you do if you feel disappointed by a work of art you know is much better than you can work it out as being from what you are seeing. To which I think, when it comes to works of art, people answer like that all of the time. We often know we arent really up to understanding certain great works of art and so we blame ourselves. Now, he later goes on to explain that this is probably the least satisfactory way of coming to understand a work of art, but, especially today with the internet, it is one of the more readily available ways to start out on our journey. This is the point works of art arent just products of their times, you know, not just but having some idea of the times they are products of is going to help eventually in some way, just possibly not in a way that is immediately obvious. But noticing the parts that the painting is composed of is an essential first step. The fact Mars has been stripped of his armour and the satyrs are either playing with it or wearing it is clearly going to be important in any reading of this painting. The sexual joke seems obvious enough, but sometimes even trying to explain simple jokes like this can go a long way to helping us understand the point of a painting. To really understand a painting we need to seek to see what it was saying in its own voice to try to understand what was going on in its world that might explain this as an image that made sense then. If you watch the first minute of so of Ways of Seeing youll understand what I mean about how our reading of this painting has become affected by our modern world - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pDE4V... As this book makes clear we now tend to look at idealised worlds with the sort of distain that comes from screwing up our noses while tutting. This book gives us some tools to start this journey but the paradox is that while great works of art are universally great, they need to be understood by us individually.

Facts makes the individual look refined. Armstrong takes it to be a intimate experience.like drinking your favorite coffee.you taste it slowly,gently sipping.you remember your child,the warm air,the crispy pages of the book( reveries). I felt that experience of mutual recognition when visiting a tribal arts fair.the huge tribal lady with a bun, was weaving a basket with dedication. In the last section, John asks 'what is in art for me?'. Here the works of philosophers like Kant,schiller,hegel are used as a basis for the actual value of art. Art is the trip back home by the wandering, paralysed mind. This part is tiring in the sense of having too much focus on making it over philosophical.

An art appreciation book written in the spirit of actual art appreciation, which is a private, personal, intimate thing.