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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (January 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520260767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520260764
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learning Mind: Experience Into Art is astonishing in its range of authors, depths of perception, and subjects, gliding elegantly among three thematic clusters, from 'Being of Being an Artist' to 'Making Art and Pedagogy' and, finally, to 'Experiencing Art.' The editors have brilliantly and imaginatively realized the promise of their anthology's tantalizing, terse title.”—Moira Roth, author of Traveling Companions/Fractured Worlds

"Jacob and Baas have gathered together an exceptional group of some of the most articulate writers about art of this generation, as well as some of the most intelligent, thoughtful, esteemed and socially engaged artists. The Learning Mind invites them to speak from their own experiences with art; what emerges are important biographical moments of insight about the way art is a device for transforming consciousness."—Jennifer Gonzalez, University of California, Santa Cruz

About the Author

Mary Jane Jacob, is Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jacquelynn Baas is the author of Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art (UC Press). Together Baas and Jacob conceived and edited Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (UC Press).

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Many years in the making, this collections of essays surveys a range of authors and critics dealing with the process of conceiving, making, and experiencing art - informed by principles of thought influenced by Buddhism - which emphasize the transformations of consciousness that have been opened up by artists, critics, and philosophers dissolving boundaries between mediums and between art and everyday life.

But this opening is presented in a relevant and accessible way, as rare gems, which help aspiring artists to make sense of many of the historical treads in the complex tapestry of the fabric of contemporary art today. I have found that reading one chapter a day has been a revitalizing exercise and renewed inspirations that had become mired in the politics of artmaking, particularly in how art may be relevant in society today. My hope is that by sharing this with friends and artists, it will strengthen the community of dialogs and the quality of art making that results from our respective practices.
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