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The Psychology of Contemporary Art

Gregory Minissale
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Language
English
ISBN
9781107019324, 110701932X
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Summary
"While recent studies in neuroscience and psychology have shed light on our sensory and perceptual responses to art, they have yet to explain our responses to contemporary art which downplays perceptual responses and instead encourages conceptual thought. The Psychology of Contemporary Art brings together the most important developments in recent scientific research on visual perception and cognition and applies the results of empirical experiments to analyses of contemporary artworks not normally addressed by psychological studies. The author explains, in simple terms, how neuroaesthetics, embodiment, metaphor, conceptual blending, situated cognition and extended mind offer fresh perspectives on specific contemporary artworks - including those of Marina Abramović, Francis Alÿs, Tracey Emin, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Marcus Harvey, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschorn, Gabriel Orozco, Marc Quinn and Cindy Sherman. This book will appeal to psychologists, cognitive scientists, artists and art historians, as well as those interested in a deeper understanding of contemporary art"--
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. Brain; 3. Body; 4. World.
Description
xxxv, 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-364) and index.
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