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  • Series: Occasional Paper Series (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (July 21, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089236274X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892362745
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By roberto ardon on October 8, 2006
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Recently I bought at least 5 books regarding the modern art analysis. May be this one is the book that most cleverly resolved the question on how to approach the complex modern art. It presents a strategy to open up your mind and get the most of every piece of art that you confront in a museum or a gallery. It does not dwell upon art history but emphasize on what to look and how to look. Unfortunately, at the end of its barely 90 pages, you ended asking for more.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nome de Plume on October 23, 2012
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I really wanted this book but was afraid to buy it outright without a preview, so got it by interlibrary loan. Wasted my $3 anyway. Not trying to be negative, but this was not a useful book. The author writes in a patronizing "I will make the dumb-dumbs appreciate art and then they will be as high cultured as me" style, using informal language that has nothing behind it in terms of thought (ironically the opposite of art). It seems written in a sort of breezy conversational style but has nothing new to tell us. The author comes across as a not very profound thinker; for instance, he has nothing non-obvious to say about the Klee sketch in the beginning of the book, nothing about technique, background, time period, artist, just points out what we can already see. I got better art instruction when my fifth-grade teacher brought out the slide projector with photos she took at some museum herself on vacation and said "this is a Picasso; you have to open your mind to appreciate it". We get it. The whole book is nothing more than "art can make you think, if you think about it." (And the tone the author takes behind that strikes me like he thinks he has had a eureka moment with it).

Skipping ahead, at the end of the book he tries to teach us how to look at a sculpture entitled "Napalm"; his advice is to think of the word "Napalm" and ask if it is positive or negative. (Hint: Negative). Then he recommends we look not just at the whole sculpture but parts of it. Brilliant artistic method of analysis! Technically good advice, but we don't need a $30 book to tell us that. I do not recommend this book even for beginners. I do admit the title and cover art are catchy for the book and intriguing. But judge not a book by the cover . . . Sorry, this book is out of its league.
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21 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on June 26, 2000
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The Intelligent Eye is a great way to teach students (or anyone) how to think by looking at artwork! This book has an easy to read, conversational style to it as it shares some very basic truths about thinking.
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Needed another copy since I have my last one to a person I teach with...so, yes, I like this book.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ALM on March 13, 2006
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This book is interesting for artists. It opens up your mind for different ways of thinking.
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