on July 30, 2011
Charles M. Butter's Crossing Cultural Borders: Universals in Art and their Biological Roots merges powerful tools of neuropsychology and cognitive psychology with sophisticated artistic appreciation in this fascinating answer to an age-old question: What makes art beautiful? Butter brings a unique perspective as both a collector of art and a distinguished neuropsychologist to this tour that ranges from Mesoamerican art and Prende masks of Zaire to the Tang dynasty of China and to Rembrandt, Matisse and Magritte. The artistic roles of balance, perceptual coherence, emotion, social relationships, and imagery are all explored here, and informed by neuroscience from sources that include spatial neglect after cortical injury, autism, and by the cognitive psychology of mental networks and analogy reasoning.
on February 10, 2012
This slim, well illustrated, book explains the relationship of visual art and human brain function. It helps Artists learn how people of all cultures might interpret their work and helps the rest of us understand how and why we react to their art. Dr. Butter's distillation of current brain research related to art is well illustrated with primitive as well as modern works of art. Extensive references and footnotes will enable those who wish to explore any aspect of this fascinating subject further.