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.

Author: Arashiramar Vomi
Country: Argentina
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Literature
Published (Last): 9 June 2007
Pages: 485
PDF File Size: 5.3 Mb
ePub File Size: 18.67 Mb
ISBN: 572-4-70144-156-1
Downloads: 63624
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Faujas

The Shape of Content — Ben Shahn | Harvard University Press

Hossam AL-Mahdy rated it really liked it Jan 06, Buy a copy for anyone you know who is making art. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Shpae was educational, of course, and I was exposed to a few ideas that I had never considered before. Be the first to discover new talent! The Shape of Content by Ben Shahn. 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.

A Biography of a Painting is one the best essays about art-making I have ever read. Sep 21, Tessa rated it really liked it. New Yorker In this brilliant book, which brings the many talents of Ben Shahn The Shape of Content. In fact, he wanted to capture in as simple way as possible the shae horror of fire to a family. Despite all the movements in art toward the plane of the abstract, Shahn argues for the ideas embodied in art as retaining a supreme value. They are fortuitous values; they may be within the work or they may be within the viewer.


Abbie rated it it was amazing Feb contennt, The Romantic Generation Charles Rosen. Worth finding, worth reading, and most of all worth reading the last essay “the education of the artist” several times to catch different things at different times. Oct 07, Joe rated it really liked it. They are those matters which call fourth our most enthusiastic participation, or towards which we are most compassionate about.

Part of that work was—and is—beautiful and meaningful; part of it does indeed constitute private experience.

Points made in the collection are pertinent, lucid and most readable. Books by Ben Shahn.

THE SHAPE OF CONTENT by Ben Shahn | Kirkus Reviews

Of course, when such work becomes dated, its emptiness emerges, for nothing is so hard to look at as the stylish, out of date. Thought-provoking, enjoyable lectures about what it means to be an artist. Sep 22, kimberly rated it it was amazing. Janet Pfeiffer rated it it was amazing Sep 24, May 24, Russell rated it it was amazing.

The Shape of Content

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.


Books of essays are tricky to rate. Found this on my bookshelf and am interested to take another look. I adored this book. I felt like I had gone to the office hours of a friendly professor after a rough semester and been told all the things I desperately needed to hear. Form is, third, a setting of boundaries, of limits, the whole extent of idea, but no morean bwn shape of an idea.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Best Books of Hsape particularly appreciated the way Shahn spoke of the value of freedom in art: Form sshahn based, first, upon a supposition, a theme. Four stars for “really liked parts of it.

I read some of it years ago but never finished it until today. Aug 20, Katie rated it really liked it. Other values used in assessing artistic worth are more variable: Nov 17, Laurie Holding rated it really liked it. Apr 02, Brian rated it it was amazing. No trivia or quizzes yet. I have a soft-spot for essays, which I consider one of the purest literary forms.

This is a short book of essays based on lectures delivered by contebt artist at Harvard in The Secular Scripture Northrop Frye.