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World Art Studies

Exploring Concepts and Approaches

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  • A uniquely exhaustive compendium of untraditional perspectives on art
  • Examines the phenomenon of art from a broad cultural, global, and temporal perspective

Authors: Richard L. Anderson, Jean M. Borgatti, Donald E. Brown, Cao Yiqiang, John Clark, Elisabeth de Bièvre, Ellen Dissanayake, James Elkins, Paula D. Girshick, Marlite Halbertsma, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, John Onians, Ulrich Pfisterer, Colin Rhodes, Ben-Ami Scharfstein, Wilfried van Damme, Kitty Zijlmans
Editors: Kitty Zijlmans, Wilfried van Damme
Design: Linn Eriksen

2008, Valiz | supported by Mondriaan Foundation, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds | paperback | 464 pp. | 24 x 17 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-90-78088-22-6


  • Read here the review on World Art Studies in Review Art History Vol.33 No.4 (September 2010)

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Introduction (pdf)
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This timely volume challenges the narrow Western-centrism of most art historical models. Archeologists have found that, for tens of thousands of years, all human cultures have shared a desire for visual representation or expression. Yet the study of art history has traditionally focused on Western artworks of the past few centuries. World Art Studies examines the phenomenon of art through a broader cultural, global, and temporal perspective, bringing together a uniquely exhaustive range of perspectives on art and borrowing approaches from the study of neuroscience, evolutionary biology, anthropology and geography as models—alongside more conventional art historical perspectives.
In musicology or linguistics, using such diverse viewpoints for reflection and research is considered part of the normal process. In that spirit, this volume goes beyond abstract models, using case studies to demonstrate and examine specific methods of investigation.