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A general theory of visual culture, Whitney Davis

Label
A general theory of visual culture
Title
A general theory of visual culture
Statement of responsibility
Whitney Davis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • What is cultural about vision--or visual about culture? In this ambitious book, Whitney Davis provides new answers to these difficult and important questions by presenting an original framework for understanding visual culture. Grounded in the theoretical traditions of art history, A General Theory of Visual Culture argues that, in a fully consolidated visual culture, artifacts and pictures have been made to be seen in a certain way; what Davis calls "visuality" is the visual perspective from which certain culturally constituted aspects of artifacts and pictures are visible to informed viewers. In this book, Davis provides a systematic analysis of visuality and describes how it comes into being as a historical form of vision
  • Expansive in scope, A General Theory of Visual Culture draws on art history, aesthetics, the psychology of perception, the philosophy of reference, and vision science, as well as visual-cultural studies in history, sociology, and anthropology. It provides penetrating new definitions of form, style, and iconography, and draws important and sometimes surprising conclusions (for example, that vision does not always attain to visual culture, and that visual culture is not always wholly visible). The book uses examples from a variety of cultural traditions, from prehistory to the twentieth century, to support a theory designed to apply to all human traditions of making artifacts and pictures--that is, to visual culture as a worldwide phenomenon. --Book Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Davis, Whitney
Index
index present
LC call number
N72.S6
LC item number
D37 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Art and society
  • Art
  • Beeldcultuur
  • Kunsttheorie
  • Kunstgeschiedenis (wetenschap)
Label
A general theory of visual culture, Whitney Davis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The successions of visual culture. Vision has an art history -- Vision and the successions to visual culture -- What is cultural about vision? What is formalism? -- The stylistic succession -- The close reading of artifacts -- Successions of pictoriality -- The iconographic succession -- Visuality and pictoriality -- What is visual about culture? How visual culture becomes visible -- Visuality and the cultural succession
Control code
587249100
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvi, 384 p.
Isbn
9780691147659
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010021905
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)587249100
Label
A general theory of visual culture, Whitney Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The successions of visual culture. Vision has an art history -- Vision and the successions to visual culture -- What is cultural about vision? What is formalism? -- The stylistic succession -- The close reading of artifacts -- Successions of pictoriality -- The iconographic succession -- Visuality and pictoriality -- What is visual about culture? How visual culture becomes visible -- Visuality and the cultural succession
Control code
587249100
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvi, 384 p.
Isbn
9780691147659
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010021905
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)587249100

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