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The Shape of Content

The Shape of Content

Ben Shahn

ISBN 9780674805705

Publication date: 01/01/1992

In his 1956–57 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, the Russian-born American painter Ben Shahn sets down his personal views of the relationship of the artist—painter, writer, composer—to his material, his craft, and his society. He talks of the creation of the work of art, the importance of the community, the problem of communication, and the critical theories governing the artist and his audience.


  • The book is the clearest, most forceful statement on art by an artist of our time that I have read.

    —Frank Getlein, New Republic

Book Details

  • 144 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches
  • Harvard University Press