. a book of simplicity and clarity that may well come to rival John Berger's Ways of Seeing as a reader's digest of the rubric of theories that make up contemporary art criticism . . . This is a valuable book for anyone perplexed by the arcane theorising of contemporary art * Sue Hubbard, The Independent 14/03/01 * admirable for its scope, compactness and exceptional clarity. Reader-friendly and thought-provoking * The Independent, 23/02/2002 * this is a pacy and readable introduction to art history * Independent on Sunday 10/03/2002 * This pocket potboiler provides some answers, a lot of questions and plenty of entertainment along the way * TNT Magazine 25/03/2002 * Review from previous edition So many of the questions that define us as a culture have been raised through and by the art of recent decades, that without coming to terms with our art, we can scarcely understand ourselves. Cynthia Freeland has written a very smart book, in which high philosophical intelligence is applied to difficult questions raised by real works of art. It immediately situates the reader where thought and action meet, and since the issues
are inescapable, it should be required reading for everyone.
'I know of no work that moves so swiftly and with so sure a footing through the battle zones of art and society today.' * Arthur C. Danto, Columbia University, author of After the end of art *show more