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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]R. Moore
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 13:49:10 -0800 (PST)
Sharon has been using Susanne Langer's FEELING AND FORM in her classes.
This is an excellent text, filled with good and provocative ideas. I
would recommend, as follow-up, Langer's PROBLEMS OF ART, which is a
general introduction to her comprehensive theory of art, later elaborated
in FEELING AND FORM. Also, chapters IX and X ("On significance in Music,"
and "The Genesis of Artistic Import," in her landmark book PHILOSOPHY IN A
NEW KEY: A STUDY IN THE SYMBOLISM OF REASON, RITE, AND ART. Late in her
life, Langer wrote a monumental, two-volume study called MIND: AN ESSAY IN
FEELING. This is a little bit harder than the earlier works; but it
rewards attention, and will be inspiring for the more advanced students.
I recommend in particular, Part II of Volume I, titled "The Import of
Art," containing chapters on "The Projection of Feeling in Art,"
"the Artist's Idea," "A Chapter on Abstraction," and "On Living Form in
Art and Nature."
Happy Hunting! Langer is a wonderful (and practically endless)
source of rich and fascinating ideas.