THE CHARLES ELIOT NORTON LECTURES
Cover: The Shape of Content in PAPERBACK

The Shape of Content

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PAPERBACK

$24.50 • £19.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674805705

Publication Date: 01/01/1992

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144 pages

35 line illustrations, 1 halftone

The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures

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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.

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