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This is the third, final, and definitive edition of this book: I will not be expanding it further, so it's a safe book to buy. Previous editions have been available in less expensive black and white versions, but this time I decided color really does make a difference, so there is no black and white option. The cover was painted especially for this book by Mark Staff Brandl.About 10 chapters are expanded from chapter 4 in my book Why Art Cannot be Taught: A Handbook for Art Students, but this book is not just an extract from that one. I have worked hard on this book: everything's been reorganized, and lots has been rewritten; lots of material is crowd sourced from Facebook; and this edition also adds five new chapters that weren't in the second edition--2, 5, 7, 10, and 43. It's as good as I can make it. I hope you find it useful.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Academia Publishing/ The Spring; Expanded edition (November 10, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 254 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0990693929
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0990693925
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.5 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8 x 0.69 x 10 inches
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James Elkins grew up in Ithaca, New York, separated from Cornell University by a quarter-mile of woods once owned by the naturalist Laurence Palmer.

He stayed on in Ithaca long enough to get the BA degree (in English and Art History), with summer hitchhiking trips to Alaska, Mexico, Guatemala, the Caribbean, and Columbia. For the last twenty-five years he has lived in Chicago; he got a graduate degree in painting, and then switched to Art History, got another graduate degree, and went on to do the PhD in Art History, which he finished in 1989. (All from the University of Chicago.) Since then he has been teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Some of his books are exclusively on fine art (What Painting Is, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?). Others include scientific and non-art images, writing systems, and archaeology (The Domain of Images, On Pictures and the Words That Fail Them), and some are about natural history (How to Use Your Eyes).

Current projects include a series called the Stone Summer Theory Institutes, a book called The Project of Painting: 1900-2000, a series called Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Art, and a book written against Camera Lucida.

He married Margaret MacNamidhe in 1994 on Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands, off the West coast of Ireland. Margaret is also an art historian, with a specialty in Delacroix. Jim's interests include microscopy (with a Zeiss Nomarski differential interference microscope and Anoptral phase contrast), optics (he owns an ophthalmologist's slit-lamp microscope), stereo photography (with a Realist camera), playing piano, and (whenever possible) winter ocean diving.

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