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Prebles' Artforms: An Introduction to the Visual Arts, 10th Edition [Paperback]

Patrick Frank
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October 9, 2010 0205797539 978-0205797530 10th

Prebles’ Artforms continues to lead the field with its steadfast focus on contemporary art, global artists, and cutting edge technology for the art appreciation classroom.


We form Art. Art forms us.

The title of this book has a dual meaning. Besides the expected discussion of the various forms of art, the title also reflects the fact that art does indeed help to form us as people. As we create forms, we are in turn formed by what we have created. Several years ago, the title was changed to Prebles’ Artforms, acknowledging the pioneering contribution of the original authors, Duane and Sarah Preble, to the study of art. Their vision and spirit have touched hundreds of thousands of students who have studied this book.


Artforms grew out of a desire to introduce art through an engaging visual experience, and to expose students to a culturally diverse canon of work. It is written and designed to help readers build an informed foundation for individual understanding and enjoyment of art. By introducing art theory, practice, and history in a single volume, this book aims to draw students into a new or expanded awareness of the visual arts.


Beyond fostering appreciation of major works of art, this book’s primary concern is to open students’ eyes and minds to the richness of the visual arts as unique forms of human communication and to convey the idea that the arts enrich life best when we experience, understand, and enjoy them as integral parts of the process of living.

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About the Author

Patrick Frank has taught in many higher education environments, from rural community colleges to private research universities. His recent scholarly work has focused on Latin American graphic arts. He is author of Posada’s Broadsheets: Mexican Popular Imagery 1890–1910 and Los Artistas del Pueblo: Prints and Workers’ Culture in Buenos Aires (University of New Mexico Press). He has curated five exhibitions of Latin American prints. He has also edited a volume of artists’ writings, Readings in Latin American Modern Art (Yale University Press). He served as collaborating author for the modern section of Marilyn Stokstad’s Art History (third edition). He earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is currently teaching the History of Modern Latin American Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. He lives in the seaside community of Venice.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 489 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 10th edition (October 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205797539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205797530
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars book September 19, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is being used for an art class,the only real problem is the description lead me to believe that it came with the "myartslab" access key. So a week and $90 something dollars plus shipping later, I find out that it did not contain the access code... Leading me to have to purchase the access code a week after I ordered the book for another $40 plus dollars. I could have purchased it at the campus bookstore for a little less and had it when the class started. This is one purchase from amazon that I'm not happy with.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Similar to other editions May 11, 2012
It is very similar to previous editions, and it is most definitely not worth the price the publisher charges. Its the old scheme (Lets add a chapter and some pictures and charge 120 $ for some book we invested a decade ago and recovered our loses a long time ago)

I felt like this book ignored classical artists and instead put the focus on some random contemporary (still alive) artists, who did very little in term of accomplishments. Granted this book is used as an introduction to art, but it is an inaccurate introduction, at an inflated price. It still puzzles me why some universities make use of it. Students should be learning the origins of art and the reasons for its developments in different parts of the world, not examples on how some popular artists do art today in America.

Thats it, thats what I was trying to review: The examples are horrible, the material itself is ok.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MyArtsLab No-functionality March 8, 2012
Format:Loose Leaf
As with the other person's review, I too liked the book. Plus the "A la carte" design makes it easy to take just a few pages around with me.
I have nothing against the book's authors or publisher, so please keep that in mind as you read my later paragraphs. In review of the book itself, there's a chance some of you might find the vocabulary a bit daunting, as the juxtapositions of elongated words are at times unique. I on the other hand rather enjoyed the author's free use of a diverse lexicon. Though I'm pretty sure imact (p132) is a typographical error for impact, unless maybe the author is using an artistic license liberally.

But as the other reviewer discovered; the "myartslab" codes-DO NOT WORK-and are useless, unless your instructor takes part in them.
The code I received was new, unused, and I also had used a lab code for another book before without problems. For this book however Pearson, the online source company, requires that instructors take part in order to utilize the content at all, period, end of story. Because my instruct does not, I had no instructor "course code" and hence the "student code" was useless. Even though much of the online content has little to do with the instructors. The codes are already only good for one year, for which I also see no logical reasoning.

I contacted Pearson directly about their online content. They weren't even friendly, then suggested it was completely the seller's fault-utter nonsense. The packaging for the code says nothing at all on the outside about requiring the instructor ID code to operate, rather it does explain so on the inside-after-you break the seal. All I wanted was to listen to the prerecorded audio files, (the code offers) so why am I denied access to those files after buying their product?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't get what you pay for December 26, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When you buy this book it comes with a internet study guide to help you understand the art pieces if you need a little extra help, however they want to charge you 100.00 more for an access code that you should get when buying the book new. I contacted Amazon thinking that the card fell out of the book because I didn't get mine, they quickly sent me a new book and it too did not have the card in it. I contacted Prebles letting them know that the books were published without the card and they just told me to buy the access code....
I just paid 130.00 for the book, which included the code. They didn't care at ALL.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Don't put only half of Ogata Korin's Cranes in your book and try to do a formal analysis of it.

When teaching people about formal analysis, you can't just describe half the painting! Eesh!

There are two parts to Ogata Korin's Cranes piece. Their analysis of this piece seems subjective and odd.

Also, putting Africa, the Americas and the indigenous people of Australia all in one chapter... fail.

Esp. when you dedicated multiple chapters to western art history.

It is a good book though to teach college students to question the validity and bias of what they are reading.

Also, to question the idea of art as something that will lift your spirits, which I feel is the angle this book takes.

Often it describes art as something that will give you positive feelings, but sometimes effective makes you mad, or agitated, or confused.

Also the definition of creativity is ridiculous! Ugh!

But, alas, they do have many interesting artists in the book. I just think that if you removed the fluffy language and let the students decide how they want to define and understand art, instead of trying to push this feel good idea on them, it would be a much more effective book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great July 11, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I rented this book from Amazon for a summer course. This is the way to go for students on a tight budget. The book's condition was perfect and came to me on time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook.
I'm not much into whole art discussion, but this book made the class very easy. The author has a very approachable writing style and thus it was an easy read.
Published 5 days ago by B.K.
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Published 9 days ago by Lakeisha Mapp
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Just what was described and got here fast! Thanks!
Published 11 days ago by mary
4.0 out of 5 stars everything i expected
I ordered this textbook because I was going to be taking an online art class. I found a used copy for a very reasonable price and I received it within the time frame allotted. Read more
Published 27 days ago by david ziehm
3.0 out of 5 stars some wear around edges
actually thought i was renting a textbook. this is mine to keep forever and ever... for $40 i can't really complain. it came with some wear and dog earring around the edges
Published 1 month ago by betty b
4.0 out of 5 stars Came on time, good condition
I was a little worried about how long this would take to ship, but it seems like the arrival dates are a bit dramatized so as a buyer you are prepare, but it came with plenty of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maggie
4.0 out of 5 stars not what I paid for it they r sending me a new one
I paid for a brand new book, when it got here the first two pages in the book were ripped out but set in the book (I was going to ignore that fact because the pages were at least... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nikon D3100 SLR
5.0 out of 5 stars Book served its purpose
The book was in decent condition. No torn pages. I was able to read read all the pages with not many mark ups.
Published 4 months ago by Sk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great visuals
I purchased the book for an Art Class. The book was laid out well with great history for different periods and visuals.
Published 4 months ago by Irish 64
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing condition!
This book was in great condition. It was definitely worth the money! I do recommend for anyone in need of this book for a class.
Published 4 months ago by Danise
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