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Drawing is Thinking Hardcover – November 26, 2008

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About the Author

Milton Glaser has had one-man shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. In 2004 he was selected for the lifetime achievement award of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In 2010, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by Barack Obama. His books include Graphic Design, Art is Work, and Drawing is Thinking, all published by Overlook.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (November 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585679941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585679942
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This juicy book is 22 pages of text explaining why there is no text, 180 pages of inventive drawings that invite the viewer to juxtapose the relationship. For someone who draws this is `pure looking' and seeing what's around them. A lexicon of beauty and styles that shape questions about our perceptions and why we choose to look at particular scenes. When you think, `I just don't know what to draw?'
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The interview in the beginning gives an amazing insight and account into Glaser's progress as a visual explorer. He's accomplished so much in his life with a myriad of techniques and clients, yet he's still experimenting, which is the fun part of trying to figure out the story and narrative of his visual sequence. Very cool.
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This book starts out with a 13-page interview with Milton Glaser by Peter Mayer followed by 188 pages of Glaser’s art.

A recurring theme in the short text is ambiguity. “I have always been aware of the need to provoke the mind when communicating ideas because that is the only way that you prod someone into understanding anything. That is why ambiguity is such a useful tool… Why are we unmoved by many of the skills of academic painting? Because their information is complete and unambiguous, so you have nothing to add. The philosophy of modernism suggests that the viewer completes the work.”

Another recurring theme is meditation, specifically related to the act of drawing, and to the experience of the arts in general.

“Drawing can be considered a form of meditation. Meditation involves looking at the world without judgment and allowing what is in front of us to become understandable. Art, in fact, may be the best way we have to experience truth or what is real.”

“In the pursuit of meditation the fundamental objective is to clear the mind of all the stuff that occupies our waking life: our prejudices, our beliefs, our concerns, our anxieties. Our minds are filled with experiences and beliefs. My assumption is that all of these are impediments to experiencing ‘reality.’ …. When you meditate, or clear the mind, you can actually experience your own reality without all the noise that goes on… Most of our lives we spend deflecting most of the information we receive. You go out in the street and you are besieged just by what your sight, your hearing, your mind encounter.
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By Benb on March 5, 2011
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If you're a fan of Glaser, this shouldn't be much of a decision for you. This is stripped down and gets right to what you're interested in. I might gripe that it's not the very best deal in the art book world, but the reproduction quality is perfect.
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By Art on April 17, 2012
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Great idea book for Artist looking for inspiration. It helps put one in the mood for sketches that lead to rough ideas that move you to final works of art that say what you wanted.
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