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"EXPLORING ART presents intelligent explanations of the purposes and functions of art and how meaning can be derived from them." "EXPLORING ART offers wonderful examples of themes and clearly explains the formal elements and principles as well as resources for learning more about art and using art in one's life." "EXPLORING ART contains a great range of information all while remaining exciting and well written with the audience in mind, allowing the reader to enjoy the content while stimulating critical thinking about it."
About the Author
Margaret Lazzari is an Associate Professor in the School of Fine Arts at University of Southern California. She is an art critic and writer whose books include "Art and Design Fundamentals" (1991), and "The Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist" (2nd Ed.). Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States.