Author(s): Sylvan Barnet
The best-selling guide to writing about art Sylvan Barnet's A Short Guide to Writing About Art guides students through every aspect of writing about art. Students are shown how to analyze pictures (drawings, paintings, photographs), sculptures and architecture, and are prepared with the tools they need to present their ideas through effective writing. Coverage of essential writing assignments includes formal analysis, comparison, research paper, review of an exhibition, and essay examination. New to the 11th edition is a chapter on "Virtual Exhibitions: Writing Text Panels and Other Materials."
BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: Writing About Art Chapter 2: Writing About Art: The Big Picture Chapter 3: Formal Analysis and Style Chapter 4:Analytical Thinking Chapter 5: Writing A Comparison Chapter 6: Writing an Entry in an Exhibition Catalog Chapter 7: Writing a Review of an Exhibition Chapter 8: Virtual Exhibitions: Writing Text Panels and Other Materials Chapter 9: How to Write an Effective Essay Chapter 10: Style in Writing Chapter 11: Art Historical Research Chapter 12: Some Critical Approaches Chapter 13: Writing a Research Paper Chapter 14: Manuscript Form Chapter 15: Writing Essay Examinations FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: Writing About Art What Is Art? Why Write about Art? The Imagined Reader as the Writer's Collaborator The Functions of Critical Writing Some Words about Critical Thinking A Sample Critical Essay What Is an Interpretation--and Are All interpretations Equally Valid? Expressing Opinions: The Writer's "I" Chapter 2: Writing About Art: The Big Picture Standing Back: Kinds of Writing (Informing and Persuading) Close-Up: Drafting the Essay Checklist of Basic Matters Chapter 3: Formal Analysis and Style What Formal Analysis Is Formal Analysis Versus Description Sample Essay: A Formal Analysis Postscript: Thoughts about the Words "Realistic" and "Idealized" Cautionary Words about Slides and Reproductions in Books and on the World Wide Web Chapter 4: Analytical Thinking Subject Matter and Content Form and Content Getting ideas for Essays: Asking Questions to Get Answers Another Look at the Questions Chapter 5: Writing A Comparison Comparing as a Way of Discovering Two ways of Organizing a Comparison Sample Essay: A Student's Comparison Rebecca Bedell: "John Singleson Copley's Early Development: From Mrs. Joseph Mann to Mrs. Ezekial Goldthwait" Checklist for Writing a Comparison Chapter 6: Writing an Entry in an Exhibition Catalog Keeping the Reader in Mind A Sample Entry Checklist for Writing a Catalog Entry Chapter 7: Writing a Review of an Exhibition What a Review Is Three Sample Reviews Chapter 8: Virtual Exhibitions: Writing Text Panels and Other Materials Kinds of Exhibitions Kinds of Writing Assignments Chapter 9: How to Write an Effective Essay The Basic Strategy Looking Closely: Approaching a First Draft Revising: Achieving a Readable Draft Peer Review Preparing the Final Version Chapter 10: Style in Writing Principles of Style Get the Right Word Writing Effective Sentences Write Unified and Coherent Paragraphs A Note on Tenses Chapter 11: Art Historical Research Accounting for Taste Historical Scholarship and Values Chapter 12: Some Critical Approaches Social History: The New Art History and Marxism Gender Studies: Feminist Criticism and Gay and Lesbian Studies Biographical Studies Psychoanalytic Studies Iconography and Iconology Chapter 13: Writing a Research Paper Primary and Secondary Materials From Subject to Thesis Finding the Material Art Research and the World Wide Web Keeping a Sense of Proportion Reading and Taking Notes Checklist for Note-Taking Incorporating Your Reading into Your Thinking: The Art of Synthesis and Drafting and Revising the Paper Checklist for Reviewing a Revised Draft of a Research Paper Chapter 14: Manuscript Form Basic Manuscript Form Some Conventions of Language Usage Quotations and Quotation Marks Acknowledging Sources Documentation Footnotes and Endnotes: Chicago Manual Style Chicago Manual of Style Chapter 15: Writing Essay Examinations What Examinations Are Writing Essay Answers Last Words