How to Look at a Painting

Author(s): Justin Paton


A special new edition of Justin Paton's popular title. There have never been more paintings painted, and more words written about art, than today. But what does it all mean? How can you distinguish a 'good' painting from a 'bad'? A great artist from a lousy one? Eye candy from deep profundity? How can you tell if it's even art at all? To the average art lover trying to make sense of the manifold movements, techniques, types and trends, it's all a bit like wading through treacle. Enter Justin Paton. Paton has carved a reputation for his ability to demystify art, and make you look at a work - whether an eighteenth century Japanese screen, nineteenth century portrait, twentieth century action painting, or even a blank white canvas of 'nothing' - with new eyes. Whether you're a serious art student or just drop into a gallery occasionally, this book will open your eyes - and your mind. This edition first published September 2008, Auckland


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Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Lifestyle and Contemporary Culture Category 2006 and PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Typography 2009.

Justin Paton is one of New Zealand's foremost art writers and a contributor to many international publications. His books and art catalogues include those on artists Julia Morison, Jeffrey Harris, Ronnie van Hout, Ricky Swallow, Jude Rae, Michael Parekowhai and Laurence Aberhart. He is senior curator at Christchurch Art Gallery. How to Look at a Painting was the winner of the Montana New Zealand Book Award 2006 in the Lifestyle and Contemporary Culture Category.

General Fields

  • : 9780958291606
  • : Awa Press
  • : Awa Press
  • : 0.362
  • : September 2008
  • : 190x130mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : October 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 136pp
  • : second edition
  • : Hardback
  • : Justin Paton