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Drawing Distinctions : The Varieties of Graphic Expression

Maynard, Patrick

Published by Cornell University Press, Ithaca - London, 2005
ISBN 10: 0801443245 / ISBN 13: 9780801443244
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Title: Drawing Distinctions : The Varieties of ...

Publisher: Cornell University Press, Ithaca - London

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition


266 pp. 92 b/w in-text figures. "The aim of 'Drawing Distinctions' is to argue the great importance of drawing and to advance our understanding of it as an autonomous activity." - The Preface. Internally clean without marks or additions. An unread retail store copy with sound binding. Black printers cloth covered boards with printed foil titles on the backstrip. Slight dent to the tail cap and surface rubbing at the corners from shelving otherwise in fine condition. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 008701

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Synopsis: "If our procedure is to work steadily in the direction of drawing as fine art, rather than (as we so often find) beginning from examples of such art, where shall we begin? One attractive possibility is to begin at the beginning—not the beginning in prehistory, which is already wonderful art, but with our personal beginnings as children. From there it will be the ambitious project of this book to investigate ‘the course of drawing,’ from the first marks children make to the greatest graphic arts of different cultures."—from the Introduction

Patrick Maynard surveys the rich and varied practices of drawing, from the earliest markings on cave walls to the complex technical schematics that make the modern world possible, from cartoons and the first efforts of preschoolers to the works of skilled draftspeople and the greatest artists, East and West.

Despite, or perhaps because of, its ubiquity, drawing as such has provoked remarkably little philosophical reflection. Nonphilosophical writing on the topic tends to be divided between specialties such as art history and mechanics. In this engagingly written and well-illustrated book, Maynard reveals the interconnections and developments that unite this fundamental, autonomous, human activity in all its diversity. Informed by close discussion of work in art history, art criticism, cognitive and developmental psychology, and aesthetics, Drawing Distinctions presents a theoretically sophisticated yet approachable argument that will improve comprehension and appreciation of drawing in its many forms, uses, and meanings.

From the Inside Flap: "Drawing Distinctions is written in uncommonly forthright, elegant, and generous prose. By describing in some detail the techniques of drawing, understanding each enough to develop a repertoire of theoretical concepts and distinctions, Patrick Maynard treats the important topic of pictures in a fresh way and makes a useful contribution to the philosophical literature."—Dominic McIver Lopes, Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia

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