The Art of Looking at Art

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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8.5 X 11.1 X 0.8 inches | 2.7 pounds

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About the Author

Gene Wisniewski received his art education at Rutgers University, the New York Academy of Art, The National Academy of Design, The New School, and L'Ecole Albert Defois in Vihiers, France. He has exhibited in galleries nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He has twenty years' experience teaching and lecturing on visual art. His short stories have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, the literary magazine of Louisiana State University, Satellite magazine, and other publications. The Art of Looking at Art is his first full-length book. He is currently working on screenplay adaptions based on two of his published short stories.


Hand this book to anyone who says, 'I don't get art.' When they read this, they will get art from the first scratch on a cave wall to the latest disturbance in the habitual look of things. This deeply researched, clearly argued, and delightfully written history of art is two impossible things: a primer and an encyclopedia. You can read it as an ode or an elegy, but whether a believer or a doubter, you will be informed, entertained, and inspired.--Andrei Codrescu, author of No Time Like Now: New Poems (Pitt Poetry Series, 2019)
The Art of Looking at Art is the secret sauce to seeing the world's visual treasures with fresh eyes. Gene Wisniewski, accomplished teacher and lively storyteller, not only deconstructs art of every type imaginable, he offers the reader an insider's view of how the art world operates. This book will drive you to see art, buy art--even make art.--Sally Koslow, author, Another Side of Paradise
As a student in Gene Wisniewski's classes I felt like I had hit the jackpot and believed that teaching was his true calling; however, after reading this book, I started thinking that writing may be even more so. By delving deeply into the psyche of the artists, with an understanding only an artist can have, Gene brings art to life in ways that connect as well as instruct. His ability to explain complex artistic processes, coupled with his vivid and lyrical writing, make this book a must for readers of all artistic abilities and interests. Highly recommended!--Felice Kaufmann, PhD, Independent consultant in gifted child education, former assistant to E. Paul Torrance, creativity researcher