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The Lilith eZine Sunday Edition
The Lilith eZine Sunday Edition
Letter from the Editor
world of art is so much more than Europe and the United States,
although sometimes it certainly feels that way if you live in the USA
and so rarely see anything that is not made in America. If you open an
art history textbook in any high school in the United States the book
likely starts with Egyptian, Greek & Roman art, various stages of
European art and eventually ends with American movements. Its a very
narrow view on the history of art.
Is it the art historians that are to blame? Not so, says our
resident art historian Charles Moffat. He blames the publishing
industry for turning down more comprehensive books in favour of
smaller, more Americentric books. The school boards who choose books
too are likewise to blame. They figure students won't appreciate books
with a more comprehensive view of African, Asian, Russian and (mon
dieu!) South American art... and lest we forget Arabic, Indian,
Australia and New Zealand... oh and that place north of the USA...
So lets say we were to go looking for a book that is comprehensive,
what would you choose? Charles Moffat recommends a book called "The
Visual Arts: A History" by Hugh Honour and John Fleming. The book was
1st published in 1984, but since then has had multiple updates and
editions. The huge 960 page textbook had its 6th edition released in
2002 and is due for a 7th edition sometime in the near future.
Glancing through the book its quick to understand why Moffat
recommends the book. It has everything from prehistoric art, Islamic
art, Asian art and goes all the way up to contemporary art the late 1990s. It also has a
lot of information on printmaking, photography, sculpture and
architecture too. Almost nothing is left out or ignored. Moffat does
point out the book is missing one large aspect of 20th century art
however, and that is fantasy illustrations and paintings (fantasy art
he says isn't taken seriously by some art historians and publishers).
For this he recommends a book called "Fantasy of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History" by Randy Broecker.
is a dozen or so other books Moffat recommends, but his point is clear.
Art history books, if they are to be accurate, should also be
comprehensive. The same goes with websites; Art history websites should
endeavour be more comprehensive. Below we've added some new pages on
Estonian and Turkish artists.
Editor of the Lilith eZine
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I've been invited to a free screening of Hamlet 2, which opens August 22nd.
If only I had been invited to see a free screening of the Dark Knight, or the new Indiana Jones movie... that would have been welcome. A free screening of the newest James Bond film would be nice too.
Not that I'm complaining. Free screenings are nice, but comedies based loosely on Shakespearean plays aren't really my thing.
Here's a list of movies I'd like to see:
Punisher: War Zone
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Pink Panther 2
The Frog Princess (aka The Princess and the Frog)
Samantha Darko (the sequel to Donnie Darko)
The Little Fockers