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How do we see the world around us? "The Penguin on Design" series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever. "Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak." "But, there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but word can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled." John Berger's "Ways of Seeing" is one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) "Sunday Times" critic commented: 'This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings ...he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures.' By now he has.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referenceArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryTheory of art Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 25/09/2008 ISBN-13: 9780141035796  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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John Peter Berger (born November 5th, 1926) is an art critic, painter and novelist.

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Maybe the strangest thing about this book is remembering that it accompanied a BBC TV series in 1972. They don’t make 'em like this anymore… I’m fond of it because my father always kept it with him, wherever he lived, in flats or old people’s homes, long after he’d been divorced and had only about five books to his name. I think it represented to him a time when there was a stronger desire, in the culture, to bring complicated ideas to the masses. I think it was probably the first book of “theory” I ever read. Anyway it’s a moving and polemical essay about property and art, seeing and owning.

Zadie Smith - 10/08/2012


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