The power of art

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Taking readers from ancient Babylon to contemporary Pyongyang, the eminent curator Caroline Campbell explains art’s power to illuminate our lives, and inspires us to benefit from its transformative and regenerative power. Unlike the majority of art history, this book is about much more than the cult of personality. Instead, each chapter is structured around a city at a particularly vibrant moment in its history, describing what propelled its creativity and innovation. The emotions and societies she evokes are recognisable today, showing how great art resonates powerfully by transcending the boundaries of time.

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To read most histories of art, you might be forgiven for supposing that great artists are superhuman, and the knowledge of different movements, periods and styles is essential to truly appreciate art.

It’s time to look at art in a new way.

THE POWER OF ART delves into the stories behind remarkable acts of creation in fifteen global cities at pivotal moments of artistic brilliance. It shows how art is an integral part of our daily lives, embedded in the very fabric of our existence. From the enduring wonders of ancient Babylon to the menacing pastel architecture of contemporary Pyongyang, eminent curator Caroline Campbell intertwines the stories of artists with the broader social, cultural and political landscapes of their time.

In each vivid episode, Campbell reveals how art, in all its forms, is a testament to humanity’s inventiveness and ingenuity: it has served our fundamental needs for shelter, sustenance, spirituality, pleasure, order and community. But it can also evoke envy, anger, greed, and even be used as a means of social control.

Spanning thousands of years of creativity, THE POWER OF ART will ignite your imagination and open your eyes to the art that surrounds us, whether it be a painting in a gallery, a public sculpture or an everyday object with hidden beauty.

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Weight 0.74 kg
Dimensions 23.2 × 15 × 4.2 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

560

Language

English

Edition

Export ed

Dewey

701.03 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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